State / Territory Benefits - Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

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

Health Insurance Benefits
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Miscellaneous Benefits
Wounded Warrior Benefits
Survivor Benefits
Army National Guard Benefits

US Army Reserve Benefits
Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities
Resources

 

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: The Institutional Trust of the PRNG will cover the funeral expenses, or three thousand dollars ($3,000), whichever is less..
Eligibility: National Guard members or retired up to age 60

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.

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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; Retiring Service member who has at least 20 years of honorable service, 16 of which were with the GNPR and submits Letter of application for annuity. (non retroactive).

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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.
Eligibility: National Guard Service members or retired members of the GNPR who contributed $5.00 monthly.

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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. This is the only national cemetery 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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Wounded Warrior Benefits: No information available.

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Survivor Benefits:

National Cemetery: Located in Bayamon serves over 150,000 Veterans in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, the Caribbean Region, and Central and South America. This is the only national cemetery 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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Army National Guard Benefits:

Annuities: Puerto Rico National Guard retiree members between the ages of 55 and 59 will receive $175 per month.

Eligibility; Retiring Service member who has at least 20 years of honorable service, 16 of which were with the GNPR and submits Letter of application for annuity. (non retroactive).

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

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Injury/Death Benefits: The Institutional Trust of the PRNG will cover the funeral expenses, or three thousand dollars ($3,000), whichever is less..
Eligibility: National Guard members or retired up to age 60

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

Learn more

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

Annuities: Puerto Rico National Guard retiree members between the ages of 55 and 59 will receive $175 per month.
Eligibility; Retiring Service member who has at least 20 years of honorable service, 16 of which were with the GNPR and submits Letter of application for annuity. (non retroactive).

Learn more

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.

Eligibility: National Guard Service members or retired members of the GNPR who contributed $5.00 monthly.

Learn more

National Cemetery: Located in Bayamon serves over 150,000 Veterans in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, the Caribbean Region, and Central and South America. This is the only national cemetery outside of the United States.
Eligibility: Service members who die on active duty, veterans, and their eligible spouses and dependent children.

Learn more

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U.S. Army Reserve Benefits

National Cemetery: Located in Bayamon serves over 150,000 Veterans in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, the Caribbean Region, and Central and South America. This is the only national cemetery 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:

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

Outpatient Clinic
Mayaguez: Mayaguez OPC, Avenida Hostos #345, 787-265-8805 / Fax: 787-265-8825
Ponce: Ponce OPC, Paseo Del Veterano #1010, 787-812-3030 / Fax: 787-651-4317
Utuado: Utuado VA Rural Outpatient Clinic, Isaac Gonzalez St, 787-522-2650 / 787-522-2650

Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Arecibo: Arecibo CBOC, Victor Rojas II / Zona Industrial Carr. 129, 787-816-1818 / 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
Vieques: Vieques Rural Outpatient Clinic, Centro Salud Familiar Susana Centeno
Co.Destino Carretera #997, 787-641-7582 ext. 28601

Vet Center
Arecibo: Arecibo Vet Center, 50 Gonzalo Marin St, 787-879-4510 / 877-927-8387 / Fax: 787-879-4944
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 Office
Guaynabo: San Juan Regional Office, 50 Carr 165, 800-827-1000 / Fax: 787-772-7458

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Resources

http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?STATE=PR

http://www.1800goguard.com/benefits/state.php

http://www.figna.gobierno.pr/Default.htm

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

Document Review Date: 1 August 2013