State / Territory Benefits - Rhode Island

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Summary: Rhode Island offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Veterans Employment Preference, Tax Exemption, Education Assistance and Scholarships and Special Vehicle License Plates. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

 

State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

 

State Taxes:

State Tax Advantage: None

Retired Military Pay: Military retired pay follows federal tax rules. It is subject to state tax.

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Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before September 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.

VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Not subject to federal or state taxes.

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Military SBP/ RCSBP/RSFPP: Surviving Spouses of retirees and Service members killed in action or in the line of duty must include any survivor benefits paid to them as income. However, a surviving Spouse may be entitled to a 2% tax credit based on adjusted gross income up to a maximum of $500 if the following criteria are met (RI §44-30-26). The surviving Spouse must:

  • File as a "Surviving Spouse" on Federal and State taxes 

  • Be domiciled in the state of Rhode Island for the entire tax year

  • Be 65 years of age or older Have an adjusted gross income of less than $25,000

Please contact the Rhode Island Division of Taxation for further assistance.

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Non-Resident Tax Exemption: Military pay received by a nonresident service person stationed in Rhode Island is not subject to Rhode Island income tax. This does not apply to other income derived from Rhode Island sources, e.g., if the service person holds a separate job, not connected with his or her military service, income received from that job is subject to Rhode Island income tax.

In addition, under the provisions of the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act, income for services performed by the Service member's Spouse can only be subject to income tax by the state of which they are legal residents if the Service member's Spouse meets certain conditions. Income for services performed by the Service member's Spouse in Rhode Island would be exempt from Rhode Island income tax if the Service member's Spouse moves to Rhode Island solely to be with the Service member complying with military orders sending the Service member to Rhode Island. The Service member and the Service member's Spouse must also share the same non-Rhode Island domicile. 

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Property Tax Exemption: Eligible Veterans residing in Rhode Island may receive an exemption either on their real estate tax bill or on their motor vehicle tax bill. Veterans who serve in more than one campaign may receive only one exemption. Exemptions shall be applied to the property in the municipality where the Veteran resides, and if there is not sufficient property to exhaust the exemption, the Veteran may claim the balance in any other city or town where he/she may own property. An exemption shall not be allowed to Veterans who are not legal residents of the State of Rhode Island. To qualify for an exemption, appropriate documentation will be required by the municipality at the time of application.

There are seven exemption categories:

  • Veterans' regular exemption
  • Unmarried Widow/er of a qualified Veteran
  • Veterans' exemption for totally disabled through service connected disability
  • Veterans' exemption for partially disabled through service connected disability
  • Gold Star Parents' exemption
  • Prisoner of War exemption
  • Specially adapted housing exemption

Eligibility: To be eligible, a Veteran must have served or been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and served during wartime periods as specified by law. The eligible wartime periods are:

 

  • World War II, December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946
  • Berlin: May 9, 1945 to October 2, 1990. Cold War/Show of Strength
  • Korean Conflict, June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955
  • Quemay and Matsu: August 23, 1956 to June 1, 1963. Show of Force and Escort
  • Vietnam: July 1, 1958 to July 3, 1965. Advisory/US Troops Ordered to Undertake Offensive Position
  • Vietnam Conflict, February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975
  • Vietnam Conflict & RVNCM: July 3, 1965 to March 8, 1973. U.S. Troops Ordered to Offensive Position
  • Korea: October 1, 1966 to June 30, 1974. Treaty Commitment
  • El Salvador: January 1, 1981 to February 1, 1992. Advisory/Training
  • Persons who actually served in the Grenada or Lebanon Conflicts of 1983 - 1984.
  • Persian Gulf: August 2, 1990 to November 30, 1995 (Operation Desert Shield & Desert Storm)
  • Persian Gulf Conflict, the Haitian Conflict, the Somalian Conflict and the Bosnian Conflict at anytime
  • During the period beginning August 2, 1990 and ending May 1, 1994, or in any conflict or undeclared war for which a campaign ribbon or expeditionary medal was earned, and who was honorably discharged from the service, or who, if not discharged, served honorably, or of the unmarried Widow or Widower of that person.
  • Southwest Asia: December 1995 ongoing. Maritime Intercept Operation, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Vigilant Sentinel, Operation Northern Watch, Operation Desert Thunder, Operation Desert Fox, Exercise Intrinsic Action, Exercise Iris Gold, Operation Desert Spring
  • Former Republic of Yugoslavia: December 20, 1995 - ongoing. Operation Joint Endeavor, Joint Guard and Force
  • Haiti: April 1, 1995 to January 31, 2000. Operation: UNMHI, U.S. for Haiti, USSPTG-Haiti
  • Kosovo, March 24, 1999 to Present
  • Operation Noble Eagle, September 12, 2001 to Present
  • Operation Enduring Freedom, September 12, 2001 to Present
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom, September 12, 2001 to Present

Please note there are other military engagements that encompass a smaller period of eligible time for which Veterans' exemptions are available. Please contact the local tax assessor for eligibility.  

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Education Benefits:

Rhode Island State Tuition Assistance Program (STAP): The State Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) is available to all Army National Guard Service members (enlisted and officer) who are pursuing an Associate, Bachelor, or Master's Degree from Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), Rhode Island College (RIC), and University of Rhode Island (URI).

STAP waives tuition for up to five (5) tuition free classes per semester. Fees and books must be paid by the Service member. Soldiers must be in good standing and not be flagged for adverse action. Soldiers must have one (1) year military commitment at end of class for every 12 credits. For less than 12 credits, the Soldier's ETS must be after end of class date. The waiver can be used in conjunction with the GI Bill.
Eligibility: National Guard Service members who are pursuing an Associate, Bachelor, Master's Degree, or certification from Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and University of Rhode Island.

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Rhode Island National Guard State Tuition Exemption program (STEP): Covers one (1) tuition free course per SUMMER semester, not to exceed two (2) courses a year. STEP can only be used based on seat availability. You must get a STEP certificate from the Education Office before registering for your class. STEP can be used with Montgomery GI Bill. Four free certificates are awarded per enlistment; the member can get four more free for every year he/she extends his/her enlistment.
Eligibility: This program is available to all Army and Air National Guard Service members (enlisted and officer) who are pursuing an Associate, Bachelor, Master's Degree, or certification from Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and University of Rhode Island.

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Tuition for surviving Spouses or Children of National Guard Members: If an active member of the Rhode Island National Guard is killed or dies while in the performance of his or her duty, the surviving Spouse and/or Children may attend any state college or university tuition-free. This benefit covers tuition only.Eligibility: Proper documentation must be provided (i.e., birth/marriage certificates, DD214, Notification of Casualty, etc.). Surviving Children must enroll at an institution between 16-21 years of age. Aid is granted for the period of time that may equal the normal time for completing a degree program offered by the institution (no more than 4 years).

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Disabled American Veterans Tuition Waiver: Tuition may be waived for disabled Veterans at all Rhode Island colleges and universities under the following conditions:

  • The student must be a resident of the State of Rhode Island and eligible to be assessed instate tuition rates in accordance with the Residency Policy established by the RI Board of Governors for Higher Education.
  • The student must present recently dated evidence of Veteran status with a minimum 10% disability.
  • Matriculated students must have a verified FAFSA on file for the current academic year. The waiver will be reduced by the amount of any grant or scholarship awards received.
  • The student must remit payment for required fees and charges.

Please contact the Financial Aid office at your specific school for the application or further information.

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Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.

  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment.

  • Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.

  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.

  • Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.

  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.

  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.

  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

Primary Point of Contact:
Rosemarie K. Kraeger, Commissioner
Superintendent. Middletown Public Schools
Address: 26 Oliphant Lane, Middletown, RI 02842
Email: rkraeger@mpsri.net
Phone: 401-849-2122

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Employment Benefits:

Employment Assistance: State employee receives 15 days paid military leave per year. Leave without pay for State active duty or length of emergency.
Eligibility:
State employee on orders for annual training or active duty.

Veterans Preference (State): The netWORKri Career Centers in Providence, West Warwick, Woonsocket, or Wakefield are a one-stop career center system offering priority of service to veterans and eligible Spouses of Veterans under the Jobs for Veterans Act. Priority of service gives covered individuals preference over non-covered individuals in receiving any Workforce Investment Act employment, training and placement services. This includes providing first access to services when a time element is involved and giving Veterans preferred registration in a limited enrollment situation.
Eligibility: Veterans eligible for Priority of Service include those who have served in the active military, naval or air service, and who were discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. This includes National Guard and Reserve Personnel.

Also eligible are Spouses of Veterans who have died as a result of a service-connected disability; Spouses of Veterans who have a total disability resulting from a service-connected disability; and Spouses of active duty members of the armed services who, at the time of the Spouses' application for services, have been classified as missing in action, captured or forcibly detained for more than 90 days.

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Veterans Hiring Preferences (Federal): By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:

  • During a war; or
  • During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or
  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or
  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or
  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or
  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.

10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or
  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Widows, Widowers, or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Widow or Widower) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of his or her usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

  • Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or
  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or
  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of his or her usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

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Rhode Island Military Family Leave: Companies that employs between fifteen (15) and fifty (50) employees shall provide up to fifteen (15) days of unpaid Family military leave to an employee during the time federal or state orders are in effect, in accordance with the provisions set forth in this section. Family military leave granted under this act may consist of unpaid leave.. The amount of leave depends on the size of the employer:

  • Employers with 50 or more employees must allow employees to take up to 30 days of leave.
  • Employers with 15 to 49 employees must allow employees to take up to 15 days of leave.

Eligibility: Spouse or parent of a person called to military service lasting longer than thirty (30) days with the state of Rhode Island or the United States pursuant to the orders of the governor of Rhode Island or the President of the United States.

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Employment Rights of Members of Armed Forces: No employer, or officer or agent of any corporation, company, or firm, or other person shall discharge any person from employment because of being an officer or enlisted person in the reserve military forces of the United States, or hinder or prevent that person from performing any military service he or she may be called upon to perform by proper authority, or dissuade any person from membership in the reserve military forces of the United States by threat of injury to that person in respect to his or her employment, trade, or business in case of his or her enlistment or commission. Any person violating any of the above provisions shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

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Unemployment Compensation:   

Veterans' Unemployment Compensation: If you are a Service member separating from active duty, you may qualify for unemployment compensation if you are unable to find a new job. The Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service members (UCX) program provides benefits for eligible ex-military personnel. The program is administered by the States as agents of the Federal government.
Eligibility:
You may be eligible if:

  • You were on active duty with a branch of the U.S. military, and you have separated under honorable conditions.
  • You should file for benefits in the week of your discharge date, as shown on your DD-214 (Discharge Papers).
  • You are allowed to file a claim in the state whose soil you are standing on. There are no residency requirements that need to be met for UCX.
  • The Veteran will need their DD214, as well as their SSN and civilian/military job history when applying.

NOTE: Retirement pay and disability retirement pay reduces UCX benefits dollar for dollar. VA disability compensation benefits do not affect UCX benefits. If you are currently collecting benefits or if you receive a notice of layoff from your employer and are called to active duty, you should call the Call Center and inform the interviewer of your situation.

If the Veteran is currently unemployed, he/she can apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits by calling (401) 243-1900 or over the Internet at https://uiclaims.ri.gov/RI-ICS/Intro/Index.aspx?AC=yes

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Unemployment Insurance: Rhode Island's Department of Labor and Training administers the Unemployment Insurance (UI), providing temporary assistance and partial wage replacement to unemployed Rhode Island workers. Unemployment Compensation (UC) is money paid to workers who have become unemployed through no fault of their own. The program, funded by employer paid taxes, aids in maintaining the economic stability within a community by safeguarding the income and purchasing power of the unemployed worker.

There are two ways to file a claim for Unemployment Insurance: Click here to file a UI claim online, or file a claim over the telephone through the UI Call Center at (401)243-9100.

You will need to provide the following information in order to file an Unemployment Insurance Claim.

  • Name

  • Street address

  • Mailing address (if different from street address)

  • State of residence, including zip code

  • State you worked in most recently (if different)

  • Telephone number

  • Email address

  • Date of birth

  • Social Security number

  • Driver's license number or state-issued identification number

If you have dependents you will need

  • Number of dependent Children under the age of 18; and/or number of Children over the age of 18 with disabilities and incapable of earning wages
  • Name, relationship, date of birth, age, Social Security number, and disability (if applicable) for each Child listed
  • Be prepared to answer the following questions regarding your Children:
    • Do you personally provide for the support of these Children?
    • Does anyone else contribute to the support of these Children? If yes, be prepared to give name, address and SSN of other person.
    • Do all of the above Children live with you? If no, be prepared to Child/Children's address. 
    • Do you have legal custody and physical possession of all the Children listed above?  If no, be prepared to give name, address and SSN of other person involved. 
    • Is your Spouse, or any other person claiming these Children, on an Unemployment Claim?

For a list of all information that may be needed check here. Please be sure you have all of the above information BEFORE calling to file your claim.

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Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Benefits:

Veteran Designation on License/ID: Rhode Island state law allows a Veteran designation on a Rhode Island license or ID. The Veteran designation is free of charge.
Eligibility: Veterans must present a DD214 or other proof of service in the Armed Forces, showing an honorable discharge. Veterans will also need to complete the Veteran Designation Form and bring it to the DMV.

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Free Registration for Disabled Veterans: Any Veteran who has been honorably discharged from the service of the armed forces or the merchant marine of the United States in any of the wars or campaigns in which the United States has been engaged and who, while engaged in these wars or campaigns or as a result of engagement in these wars or campaigns, by reason of amputation, has lost one or both of his or her arms, hands, feet, or legs, or who, by reason of other permanent injury, has lost the use of one or both of his or her arms, hands, feet, or legs, or to whom has been granted a motor vehicle under chapter 870-2D, United States Public Laws 663, enacted 1946, 79th Congress, or has been determined by the Veterans' Administration to have a service connected disability of one hundred percent (100%) shall be forever exempt from the payment of any fee for the annual registration of and a license to operate that motor vehicle.

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License Plates: Applicants for a military-related license plate in Rhode Island must provide proof of service (i.e., DD214), and an Application for Registration from the DMV. Also, some license plates may require further documentation (listed below with each plate).

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National Guard Member License Plate: A special license plate is available to all active and retired members of the Rhode Island army and air national guard for any motor vehicle eligible for registration as an automobile or a commercial vehicle having a gross weight of 8,500 lbs. or less.

 Applicant must present a letter from his/her commanding officer stating that they are a member of the Rhode Island National Guard. Retirees must show proof of retirement from the Rhode Island National Guard. There is a one-time fee of $20.00 to order this plate. Normal registration fees apply. (RIGL 31-3-62)

Purple Heart License Plate: The Purple Heart/ Combat Wounded license plate is available to recipients of the Purple Heart Medal a special motor vehicle registration plate indicating the owner as a recipient of the Purple Heart. The Purple Heart plate may be issued to an eligible individual for any motor vehicle eligible for registration as an automobile or for a commercial vehicle having a gross weight of 10,001 lbs. or less.

Applicant must present either your DD-214 or other paperwork showing award of a Purple Heart. There is no fee to order this plate. In addition, yearly registration fees are also waived. Upon death of the holder of any Purple Heart plates, the plates may be transferred to the surviving Spouse for the Spouse's lifetime or until he/she remarries. If there is no surviving Spouse, a Family member of the recipient may retain one of the plates, provided he/she does not use the plate on a vehicle. There is no fee for initial or renewal plates. (RIGL 31-3-48)

Prisoner of War (POW) Plate: The division of motor vehicles shall issue plates designated as "Ex-P.O.W." upon application on proper forms furnished by the administrator of the division of motor vehicles to former P.O.W.s of World Wars I and II, the Korean conflict, and Vietnam conflict. The plates may be issued for any motor vehicle eligible for registration as an automobile, or a commercial vehicle having a gross weight of 10,001 lbs. or less.

Applicant must provide either discharge papers (form DD-214) or other valid proof supporting your military record. This plate is issued to former POW. Upon the death of the holder of any POW plates, the plates shall be transferred to his or her surviving Spouse for the Spouse's lifetime until he or she remarries. There is no fee to order the plate. (RIGL 31-3-46)

Veteran Plate: Any person who has served on active duty in the armed forces of the United States. This includes members of the National Guard and Reserves called to active duty authorized by the President of the United States or the Secretary of Defense; or who have twenty (20) years of service with a letter and record of separation of service. Upon the death of the holder of any Veteran plates, the plates shall be transferred to the surviving Spouse for the Spouse's lifetime until he or she remarries. A Veteran plate may be issued for any motor vehicle eligible for registration as an automobile, for any motorcycle, or for a commercial vehicle having a gross weight of 12,000 lbs. or less.  There will be a sticker on the upper right corner designating the branch of service. For war Veterans, a white decal with blue letters with the words "War Veteran" is available.

Applicant must provide discharge papers (form DD-214) denoting an honorable discharge or other valid proof supporting their military record. There is an initial fee of $20.00 plus a plate change fee of $21.50.  (RIGL 31-3-53)

Veteran Gold Star Parent Plate: A special license plate is available to all Gold Star Parents. A Gold Star Parent is anyone that has lost a son or a daughter as a result of service with the armed forces of the United States of America; provided, the death was determined to be in the line of duty. A Gold Star Parent plate may be issued to an eligible individual for any motor vehicle eligible for registration as an automobile or for a commercial vehicle having a gross weight of 10,001 lbs. or less.

Applicants must provide the Notification of Casualty or other supporting documents. There is no fee to order this plate. There will be a sticker on the upper right corner designating Gold Star Parent. (RIGL 31-3-53)

Disabled Veteran Plate: The administrator for the division of motor vehicles shall issue to an eligible Veteran for use on an automobile, or on a commercial vehicle having a gross weight of 6,300 lbs. or less, registration plates designated "Disabled Veteran". Upon the death of the holder of "Disabled Veteran" plates, the plates may be transferred to his or her surviving Spouse for his or her lifetime or until he or she remarries. Only one set of "Disabled Veteran" plates shall be issued to an eligible Veteran and only after certification of eligibility from the Veterans' Administration or other satisfactory documentation of eligibility is presented.

Applicant needs to provide either discharge papers (form DD-214) or other valid proof supporting your military record. In addition, a form from the Department of Veteran Affairs, 300 Westminster Street Providence RI describing the injury and indicating a 100% disability rating is required. There is no fee for initial or renewal plate. (RIGL 31-6-8)

Costs are listed in the DMV Fee Table.

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

State Sponsored Life Insurance of Rhode Island: The State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) program is derived from United States Public Law 93-289, May 1974, Title 37, Section 707 and is offered through the National Guard Association of Rhode Island (NGARI). This program is comprised of a combination of six voluntary group life policies available to the military members of the Rhode Island National Guard and is designed to help meet the needs of our membership.

The NGARI is a member of the Militia Insurance Trust (MIT) underwritten by New York Life. The Militia Insurance Trust is comprised of 14 National Guard Associations.

Every member of the Rhode Island National Guard is covered with $1,000 SSLI at no cost to the member. This $1,000 benefit is provided through the Militia Insurance Trust Group Life Insurance Plan.
Benefit Highlights:

  • Over $1,000,000 in coverage available for the Rhode Island National Guardsman through a combination of the SSLI plans.
  • Coverage available for the Spouse and Children.
  • Rates do not go up just because you separate from the National Guard -you can keep the coverage when you separate.
  • Coverage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • No War Exclusion - you are covered in combat.
  • No Aviation Exclusion - aviators are covered.
  • New Recruits are eligible for $10,000 SSLI coverage under the MIT Group Life Insurance Plan at no cost for the first year of service in the Rhode Island National Guard. Enrollment must occur within 90 days of joining the Rhode Island National Guard.

Eligibility: Members of the Rhode Island National Guard and their eligible dependents.

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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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Injury/ Medical Benefits: Any injury that occurs while serving on State Active Duty shall be covered by Worker's Compensation.
Eligibility:
National Guard Service member on State active duty.

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Parks and Recreation Benefits:

Hunting and Fishing Licenses:

Extension of Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Members of the Armed Forces: Every valid license to hunt or fish in this state which is held by any resident of this state upon joining the armed forces or the merchant marine of the United States is hereby extended and is in force and valid until six (6) months following the termination of his or her service.

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Free Hunting and Fishing Licenses for 100% Disabled Veterans: In order to be determined to be eligible for a 100% Permanent Disability Fishing/Combination License, applicants are required to present the original document of the final decision(s), from the Department of Veteran Affairs for a fishing license. For a hunting license, the applicant MUST also provide a previous Rhode Island hunting license, a hunter safety card, or an honorable discharge (DD-214). This license, once issued is permanent.

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Active Duty Military Personnel Hunting and Fishing License: Every member of the armed forces or of the merchant marine of the United States may hunt or fish in this state if that person procures a hunting or fishing license issued by the state of Rhode Island, the fee for which is that charged for a resident civilian. Applications for Hunting and Fishing licenses.

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100% Disabled Veteran State Parks Pass: No fee shall be charged to any Veteran with a disability regardless of age, or to automobiles transporting a non-driver with a disability at any recreational facility owned by the state, however, proper identification is presented as prescribed by the Department of Environmental Management. For the purpose of this section "person with a disability shall mean an individual who has a physical or mental impairment and is receiving: [A] Social Security disability (SSDI), [B] Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI) or Veterans benefits and who shall be determined under applicable federal law by the Federal Department of Veteran's Affairs to be 100% disabled through a service connected injury. "Fees" shall include all fees for parking, admittance, or other user-fees for playing golf. The term "fees" shall not include licensing fees; camping fees, picnic table fees or specialized facility use fees, including, but not limited to fees for the use of equestrian areas, performing art centers, game fields and mule shed.

Disability passes are issued at the following location only:

Rhode Island State Parks Headquarters
1100 Tower Hill Road
North Kingtown, RI 02852
Phone: 401-667-6200
Email: dem.riparks@dem.ri.gov

Click here for more information regarding a disability pass.
Eligibility:
Veterans determined under applicable federal law by the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs to be 100% disabled through a service connected injury.

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Goddard Park Golf Course Exemption: Any Veteran who is a resident of the state, and who is determined under applicable federal law by the Veteran's Administration of the United States of America to be totally disabled through service connected disability shall be exempt from paying any fee to play golf at the Goddard Park Golf Course. Further information can be obtained regarding this exemption by calling the Clubhouse at Goddard Memorial State Park from April 1st through the 3rd Saturday in November at (401) 884-9834 or year round at Division Headquarters at (401)667-6200.

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

Recording of Military Records without Fee: A certificate of the honorable discharge of any Service member may be recorded in the office of the Town or City Clerk (except in Providence, where it shall be recorded in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds). It shall be the duty of said clerk to record any certificate and/or separation notice upon presentation without payment of any fee. For any purpose for which an original copy of an honorable discharge may be required, a certified copy from the office of recording shall be deemed sufficient and accepted in lieu.

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Operation Stand Down Rhode Island Housing Homeless Veterans: Founded in 1993, Operation Stand Down Rhode Island (OSDRI) has grown to become Rhode Island's innovative and leading non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of ending homelessness among Veterans in our communities. OSDRI follows the "housing first model" providing permanent and transitional housing combined with a full range of supportive services designed to address the individual Veteran's needs which led to his or her state of homelessness. Supportive services include but are not limited to: intensive case management; coordination of mental health and substance abuse treatment; assistance with VA benefits and employment, training and job placement services. Our focus is to give Veterans a "hand up...not a hand out."

Presently Operation Stand Down Rhode Island owns and operates fifty nine units of permanent and transitional housing located on five campuses throughout the state. These facilities house disabled low-income Veterans who prior to arriving at Operation Stand Down Rhode Island were homeless.

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State Veterans' Home and Nursing Care Facilities: The Rhode Island Veterans Home is a 110-acre complex on Mount Hope Bay. The home provides quality nursing and residential care to Rhode Island war Veterans. Some of the services provided include social, medical, nursing and rehabilitative services. Services are also available for the Veteran's Families.

The Veterans Home Offers:

  • 260 nursing care beds in six long term care units, including an Alzheimer's Care Unit. There are also two ambulatory care units with 79 beds. Additional services include: dental, x-ray and pharmacy services and transportation to and from the Veterans Administration Hospital clinics in Providence.
  • Rehabilitation Services includes physical and occupational therapy.
  • Social Services include individual and group therapy and specialized support groups.
  • Transitional Services include short-term stays in dorms or a more intensive Transitional Supportive Program for homeless Veterans.
  • Activities and Services for Residents include movies, crafts, card games, bingo, birthday parties, cookouts and day trips.
  • Religious Services are also available.

In addition to the Veterans Home buildings, the facilities include a library, gift shop, cafe, bank, barbershop, and beautician. The Veterans Home has an active Family Council that is open to Family members. They meet monthly to discuss common issues and concerns affecting the residents of the home
Eligibility:
The Rhode Island Veterans Home Services is open to war service Veterans who were honorably discharged and who served for 90 days or more during any foreign war or conflict in which the United States was engaged or in any expedition or campaign for which the United States government issued a campaign medal or as a result of service, acquired a service-related disability or disease.

Applicants must be honorably discharged and deemed in need of the care and services provided at the Home. In addition, war service Veterans need to have lived in the state at least two years prior to the date of application or who were inducted into military services while a resident of the State of Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Veterans Home will accept any Veteran we are licensed to accept, however, the Medical Director has the authority to approve or disapprove any Veteran's diagnosis for admission to the Home. Admission to the Rhode Island Veterans Home is voluntary. Click here for the RI Veterans' Home application or here for an application for Palliative Care.

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Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery: The Division of Veterans Affairs maintains a dignified and solemn military cemetery on 265 acres in Exeter, Rhode Island. Committals are conducted with military honors and memorial services are provided at the facility as well. The grounds of the cemetery are beautifully maintained and include memorials dedicated to Veterans of specific wars and conflicts, including the recently dedicated Korean War Memorial. (RIGL 30-25-14)
Eligibility:
Veterans, his or her Spouse, and an eligible dependent Child may be buried at the cemetery. A Veteran must have:

  • Been discharged from the military with "Honorable Service,"
  • Entered the service from Rhode Island or lived in Rhode Island two consecutive years prior to death,
  • Been on active duty during a wartime period, served two or more consecutive years of active duty during peacetime, or served 20 years of National Guard or Reserve time.

The RIVMC Application for Burial can be found here.

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Burial at Public Expense for Veterans: Whenever any person who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps of the United States during any period of war, and was honorably discharged therefrom, shall die within this state without leaving means sufficient to defray necessary funeral expenses, he or she shall be buried and the expenses paid by the State of Rhode Island.

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State Provided Firing Squad and Bugler for Veteran Funerals: Whenever requested by the Family of any honorably discharged, deceased Soldier, Sailor, Airperson, or Marine of any of the wars in which the United States has been engaged, or by a Veterans' organization duly authorized to conduct the funeral of the deceased Soldier, Sailor, Airperson, or Marine, the adjutant general of the state shall furnish a firing squad, and wherever possible, complete with a bugler to play "Taps," live and not synthesized or pre-recorded.

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Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities in Rhode Island

  

Veterans Health Administration
VA Medical Center
Providence: Providence VA Medical Center, 830 Chalkstone Ave, 401-273-7100 / 866-363-4486

Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Middletown: Middletown Community Based Outpatient Clinic, One Corporate Place, 401-847-6239 / Fax: 401-847-8057

Vet Center
Warwick: Providence Vet Center, 2038 Warwick Ave, 401-739-0167 / Fax: 401-739-7705

Veterans Benefits Administration
VBA Regional Office
Providence: Providence Regional Office, 380 Westminster St, 800-827-1000

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Rhode Island Division of Veterans Affairs
Address:
480 Metacom Ave, Bristol, RI 02809, 401-253-8000 / Fax: 401-254-2320

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Military Installations in Rhode Island

Please see the Rhone Island Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty

Navy
Naval Station Newport 

National Guard
Rhode Island Army National Guard
Rhode Island Air National Guard

Resources

  

http://www.nationalguard.com/benefits

https://www.goang.com/benefits/ 

http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?dnum=ALL&STATE=RI 

http://www.retirementliving.com/taxes-new-york-wyoming#RHODEISLAND

http://www.vets.ri.gov/

http://www.dmv.ri.gov/plates/veteran/index.php

http://mic3.net/pages/contact/Map/rhodeisland.aspx

https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx 

http://www.vets.ri.gov/documents/laws/laws_vets_subject.pdf

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Document Review Date: 29 April 2016