State / Territory Benefits - Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

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Education Benefits
Employment Benefits
Department of Driver Services (DDS) Benefits

Health Insurance Benefits
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Miscellaneous Benefits
Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities
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Summary: Puerto Rico offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including income tax advantages, property tax exemptions, education and tuition assistance, as well as injury and death benefits. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

 

Territory Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

Territory Taxes:

Territory Taxes: No information available.

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Education Benefits:

The Puerto Rico National Guard Tuition Assistance Fund (FIGNA) Service Member: Provides funding for Graduate Degree up to 18 credits, per academic year; maximum of $75.00 per credit, and a maximum of $1,350.00 per year, undergraduate or vocational courses, up to 18 credits, maximum of $50.00; or the cost per credit according to the educational institution, whichever is less; and a maximum of $900.00 per year and for M.D. up to a maximum of $1,000.00 annually for two years.
Eligibility: To participate in the State Tuition Assistance program, citizen-Soldiers must be on active member, pay $5.00 monthly.

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The Puerto Rico National Guard Tuition Assistance Fund (FIGNA) Dependents: Provides funding for Graduate Degree up to 18 credits, per academic year; maximum of $75.00 per credit, and a maximum of $1,350.00 per year, undergraduate or vocational courses, up to 18 credits, maximum of $50.00; or the cost per credit according to the educational institution, whichever is less; and a maximum of $900.00 per year and for M.D. up to a maximum of $1,000.00 annually for two years.
Eligibility: To participate in the State Tuition Assistance program, dependents or Spouse of active citizen-Soldiers, pay $5.00 monthly. The State Tuition Assistance provides the Spouse for Graduate Degree up to 18 credits, a maximum of $75.00 per credit, +a maximum of $1,350.00 per semester. The State Tuition Assistance provides funding for the Spouses and/or dependents under the age of 25 for Undergraduate or Vocational courses up to a maximum of 18 credits, a maximum of $50.00 per credit, and a maximum of $900.00 per semester, or the cost per credit.

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Employment Benefits: No information available.

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Division of Driver Services:

Discounted Auto registration: Puerto Rico National Guard members can benefit from a $35 discounted auto registration fee

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

Injury/Death Benefits: Puerto Rico National Guard members are eligible for low-cost life insurance and funeral insurance.

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Group Insurance: The Institutional Trust of the PRNG provides free life insurance; $5,000 for individual.
Eligibility: National Guard members or retired up to 60 years old

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Workers Compensation: State Active Duty National Guard members receive workers' compensation.
Eligibility: National Guard member.

Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, Active and Reserve Component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)
  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)
  • Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection (TSGLI)
  • Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI)
  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders
  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program
  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

Annuities: Puerto Rico National Guard retiree members between the ages of 55 and 59 will receive $175 per month.
Eligibility:  National Guard members upon retirement after 20 or more years of honorable and meritorious service

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Funeral Insurance: $3000.00 payable to the person who proves, in writing, that they incurred the cost of the funeral of the insured. Policy to cover the cost ends at age 60.

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National Cemetery: Located in Bayamon serves over 150,000 Veterans in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, the Caribbean Region, and Central and South America. The cemetery has the only Memorial Program Service Marker Processing Center site located in a national cemetery and outside of the United States.
Eligibility: Service members who die on active duty, Veterans, and their eligible Spouses and dependent Children.

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Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities in Puerto Rico:

Veterans Health Administration

VA Health Care System
San Juan: VA Caribbean Healthcare System, 10 Casia St, 787-641-7582 / 800-449-8729

Outpatient Clinic
Mayaguez: Mayaguez OPC, 175 Algarrobo Ave, 787-834-6900
Ponce: Ponce OPC, Paseo Del Veterano #1010, 787-812-3030 / Fax: 787-651-4317
Utuado: Utuado VA Rural Outpatient Clinic, Isaac Gonzalez St Equina Ledesma, 787-522-2650

Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Arecibo: Arecibo CBOC, Road PR-10, 787-641-7582 x28699 / 800-449-8729 x28678 / Fax: 787-816-1824
Comerio: Comerio Rural Outpatient Clinic, 15 De Diego St, 787-522-2660
Guayama: Guayama CBOC, FISA Bldg 1st Fl, Paseo Del Pueblo, km 0.3, lote no 6, 787-866-8775 / Fax: 787-866-8795
Pueblo Ward: Ceiba Community Based Outpatient Clinic, PR-3, Km. 54.9 Lot#3, 800-449-8729 x29001
Vieques: Vieques Rural Outpatient Clinic, Centro Salud Familiar Susana Centeno Co. Destino Carretera #997, 787-641-7582 x 28601

Vet Center
Arecibo: Arecibo Vet Center, 50 Gonzalo Marin St, 787-879-4510 / 877-927-8387 / Fax: 787-879-4944
Ponce: Ponce Vet Center, 35 Mayor St, Suite 1, 787-841-3260 / 787-841-3280 / Fax: 787-841-3165
Rio Piedras: San Juan Vet Center, Cond. Medical Center Plaza Suite LC 8, 9 & 11, Urb. La Riviera, 787-749-4409 / 877-927-8387 / Fax: 787-749-4416

Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Benefit Office
Guaynabo: San Juan Regional Office, 50 Carr 165, 800-827-1000

National Cemetery Administration
National Cemetery
Bayamon: Puerto Rico National Cemetery, Avenue Cementerio Nacional #50, 787-798-8400 / Fax: 787-785-7281

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Military Installation in Puerto Rico

Please see the Puerto Rico Resource Locator for additional information. 

Active

Army
Fort Buchanan

National Guard

Puerto Rico Army National Guard

Resources

http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?STATE=PR

https://www.nationalguard.com/benefits http://www.figna.gobierno.pr/

http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-state-benefits/commonwealth-of-puerto-rico-veteran-benefits.html

http://www.trabajo.pr.gov/det_content.asp?cn_id=24

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Document Review Date: 29 August 2016