State / Territory Benefits - Tennessee

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Summary: Tennessee offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Veterans Employment Preference, Property Tax Relief, County Motor Vehicle Tax, Dependent Children's Scholarship, Special Vehicle License Plates, Burial Eligibility in Tennessee's State Veterans Cemeteries, as well as lifetime Hunting, Fishing license and State Park privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

State Income Tax: No state income tax in Tennessee. The individual income tax is imposed only on individuals and other entities receiving interest from bonds and notes and dividends from stock.

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Property Tax: Disabled Veterans and their surviving Spouse may qualify for a rebate or exemption of taxes on a specified portion of the value of property used as their residence. The Veteran or surviving Spouse must own and use property as primary residence. The maximum market value on which tax relief is calculated is $175,000. If residence is a mobile home, a copy of the title or bill of sale is required. Apply through the county trustee; or, if property is within the city limits, application can also be made by contacting your city collecting official.
Eligibility:
For Disabled Veteran*--
Disability must meet one of the following categories:

  • A service-connected disability that resulted in:
    • Paraplegia; OR
    • Permanent paralysis of both legs and lower part of the body resulting from traumatic injury or disease to the spinal cord or brain; OR
    • Loss, or loss of use of, two (2) or more limbs; OR
    • Legal blindness
  • A total and permanent disability rating from a service-connected disability.
  • A 100% total and permanent disability rating from being a prisoner of war.

For Surviving Spouse of Disabled Veteran*

  • Property tax relief shall also be extended to the surviving Spouse of a disabled Veteran who at the time of the disabled Veteran's death was eligible for disabled Veterans' property tax relief. If a subsequent amendment to the law would have made the deceased Veteran eligible, then property tax relief shall also be extended to the surviving Spouse. One of the following categories must be met:
    • A service-connected disability that resulted in:
      • Paraplegia; OR
      • Permanent paralysis of both legs and lower part of the body resulting from traumatic injury or disease to the spinal cord or brain; OR
      • Loss, or loss of use of, two (2) or more limbs; OR
      • Legal blindness
    • A total and permanent disability rating from a service-connected disability.
    • A 100% total and permanent disability rating from being a prisoner of war.
    • Death resulting from (1) a service-connected, combat-related cause or (2) KIA (combat-related).
    • Death resulting from being (1) deployed, (2) away from any home base of training, and (3) in support of combat or peace operations.
  • Must provide a copy of Spouse's death certificate.
  • Must provide a form of personal ID such as your social security card, or driver's license.
  • A surviving Spouse must have been married to the Veteran at the time of death and may not have remarried in order to be eligible.

*Determination of eligibility will be made based on information provided by the VA through use of consent forms (F-16) for a Disabled Veteran, or (F16S) for a Widow(er) of a Disabled Veteran available at the county trustee's office or the city collecting officials' office.

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Retired Military Pay: Beginning with tax year 2012, the annual Hall Income Tax standard income exemptions for taxpayers 65 years of age or older increases from $16,200 to $26,200 for single filers and from $27,000 to $37,000 for joint filers. The Hall income tax is imposed only on individuals and other entities receiving interest from bonds and notes and dividends from stock. Military Retired pay is not taxed.

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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: VA benefits are not taxable because they generally are for disabilities and are not subject to federal or state taxes.

Military SBP/ RCSBP/RSFPP: Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax. Tennessee does not have a state income tax.

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Motor Vehicle Sales Tax: Active duty Soldiers stationed at in Tennessee are exempt from the sales and use tax of motor vehicles. In order for the vehicle to qualify for the exemption, it must meet the definition of a "motor vehicle"; it must be registered in Tennessee and must be titled in the same name of the qualifying individual, either alone or jointly with a spouse or lineal relative.
Eligibility: Soldiers who are engaged in active, full-time military service and are stationed in Tennessee. Soldiers of the Tennessee National Guard who are engaged in active, full-time military service as participants in Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) and are stationed in Tennessee. Reservists engaged in active, full-time military service as participants in the Active Guard and Reserve Program (AGR) and are stationed in Tennessee. Guardsmen/Reservists who have been called into active military service of the United States and are stationed in a combat zone, provided that the exemption will commence from the effective date of official military orders and will expire ninety (90) days after the effective date of official military orders.

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County Automobile Tax: Any disabled Veteran who has a 100 percent permanent, total disability from a service connected cause, or any former prisoner-of-war, as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, shall be exempt from the motor vehicle privilege tax upon submission of evidence of such disability to the officer in the county charged with the responsibility for collecting such tax.
Eligibility: A Veteran who is 100% disabled.

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Education Benefits
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Tennessee National Guard Scholarship Program: The National Guard Association of Tennessee (NGAT) has allocated $9,000.00 for Scholarship grants. The six (6) type Scholarships which may be awarded are as follows:

  • One (1) $1,500.00 Scholarship is earmarked exclusively for an active member of the Tennessee Army or Air National Guard.
  • Two (2) $1,500.00 Scholarships are earmarked for active annual or active life members of the NGATN. If an active annual or active life member of the NGATN does not qualify for the stipend, these scholarships may be awarded to a qualified son or daughter of an annual or life member of the NGATN to include the qualified son or daughter of life members who have retired or deceased.
  • Two (2) $1,500.00 Scholarships are earmarked for active members of the Tennessee National Guard. If an active member of the Tennessee Army or Air National Guard does not qualify for the stipend, these scholarships may be awarded to any qualified son or daughter of an active member of the Tennessee National Guard.
  • One (1) $1,500.00 Scholarship, earmarked for a current member of the Tennessee National Guard, or their qualified son or daughter, who were mobilized for "Operation Desert Storm", "Noble Eagle", "Enduring Freedom", and "Iraqi Freedom". If a current member of the Tennessee National Guard does not qualify for this stipend, then it may be awarded to any qualified son or daughter of a former member of these units. "If no qualified applications are submitted, this scholarship may be converted, at the discretion of the committee, to a scholarship earmarked exclusively for an Active Member of the Tennessee Army or Air National Guard". This is a special Scholarship and will be dedicated to all the men and women of the Tennessee National Guard who mobilized for these operations and for those Tennessee Guard members who did not return.

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Combat Veterans Can Register Early for State Classes: A military Veteran who is a current resident of this state or whose home of record for military purposes is Tennessee and who is a student at a public institution of higher education shall be allowed to register for classes prior to the general student population at any public institution of higher education. Early registration shall occur using the same procedure used by student athletes, disabled students and honor students, if such groups are permitted to early register. Amends TCA, Title 49, Chapter 7, Part 1

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Dependent Children's Scholarship: Free tuition, maintenance fees, student activities fees, registration fees, and admittance fees required at any college or university in TN, owned, operated, and maintained by the state.
Eligibility: Dependent Children (under 23 years of age) or Spouse of Armed Forces Members killed or who died as a result of injuries received or officially reported as being either a prisoner-of-war or missing-in-action while serving as a member of the Armed Forces during a qualifying period of armed conflict are eligible. To be eligible for these benefits, the dependent Child or Spouse must present a certificate from the United States Government, and he/she cannot be receiving benefits under Public Law 634 or such other Federal Laws offering like or similar benefits, and must meet the above requirements. Notice of the waiver program must be published in the institutional catalogs and class schedules.  TCA 49-7-102

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Helping Heroes Grant for Veterans: The grant will be available each year to as many as 375 eligible Veterans on a first-come, first-serve basis and will award $1,000 to students completing at least twelve (12) semester hours each term.

Eligibility: Applicants need to have been awarded The Iraq Campaign Medal, The Afghanistan Campaign Medal, or The Global War on Terrorism expeditionary Medal. For further eligibility requirements and information, visit the website: http://www.tn.gov/sos/rules/1640/1640-01-22.20090529.pdf

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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:
Deanna McLaughlin, Tennessee MIC3 Commissioner
Address: 107 Mossland Dr, Clarksville, TN 37042
Email: dmclau9499@bellsouth.net
Phone: 931-645-0315

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Employment Benefits:

Employment Assistance: State employee receives 15 days paid military leave per fiscal year for active duty, active duty training, and inactive duty training. An employee can carry over a maximum of 15 days into the next fiscal year.
Eligibility: State employee in the National Guard or member of a Reserve component of the Armed Forces.

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Veterans Employment Preference: Veterans receive 5 points for Veteran's status and disabled Veterans receive 10 points on state examinations for state employment. Credit for years of military service received in State employment. Ten (10) points will be added to the passing examination scores of the Spouse or unremarried Spouse of a one hundred percent (100%) service-connected disabled Veteran or the unremarried Spouse of a Veteran killed on active duty during the eligibility periods listed below. Five (5) points will be added to the passing examination scores of the Spouse or unremarried Spouse of a one hundred percent (100%) service-connected disabled Veteran or unremarried Spouse of a Veteran killed on active duty during any other time period.
Eligibility:
Tennessee Veterans preference points are only added to passing examination scores on Career Service appointment registers. To receive Veterans preference points, you must be a present or former member of the United States Armed Forces, have served on active duty during the service eligibility periods, have received an honorable discharge, and be a legal resident of the State of Tennessee .

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Veterans Assistance: U.S. Military Veterans will be provided Priority of Service in all TN Career Centers from all partners and programs funded by the U.S Department of Labor. All Veterans are eligible for job referral and referral to training programs through the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development offices (TDLWD).
Eligibility:
All U.S. military Veterans. Proof of military service (DD214, discharge papers, etc.) must be provided when visiting a TN Career Center.

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Unemployment Compensation Benefits:

Unemployment Insurance: The Unemployment Insurance Program, commonly referred to as UI, provides workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own with weekly unemployment insurance payments. The UI program is 100% funded by employers who pay taxes on wages paid to employees.
Eligibility: To be entitled to benefits an individual must

  • Be totally or partially unemployed through no fault of your own and be approved for benefits.
  • Have worked in employment that is covered by unemployment insurance and have qualifying wages in the base period.
  • Be physically able to work at the time you file your first claim.
  • Be available to accept suitable work offered to you.

The first week you certify for after filing an initial and monetarily eligible approved claim is your waiting week. This agency does not pay you for this week unless you certify for, and are eligible for, the first four consecutive weeks of your approved claim.

Each week, report the gross amount of any money you have earned during that week, even if not paid until later.

Individuals must be out of work or working less than full-time. In addition, you must provide the following information:

  • Social Security Number
  • Drivers License Number
  • Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Separating Employer's Name
  • Separating Employer's Address
  • Separating Employer's Telephone Number
  • Separating Employer's Fax Number (if known)
  • Last Day Worked
  • Reason for Separation
  • Last 18 months of Employment


TDLWD will contact you by mail and/or by phone to verify the information submitted on your application. You may be requested to submit additional documentation so a determination may be made on your claim. Please make sure that ALL information is accurate and timely to expedite a decision on your claim. Providing false or misleading information is considered benefit fraud which is punishable by law and violators could face a number of serious penalties and consequences. See the Prevent & Report Fraud page for more information.

Individuals who are currently unemployed or working part-time can apply for UI benefits (you cannot apply for benefits in anticipation of your last day of work). Use one of the following methods:

File online at https://ui.tn.gov/Pages/ApplyForUnemployment.aspx. This is the fastest way to file a claim. To create an email address click here.

If you have questions concerning your claim please call877- 813-0950

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Division of Motor Vehicles
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There are more than 25 Veteran related specialty plates offered in the state of Tennessee. To find out more about all specialty plates and how to obtain them, please visit the Tennessee Department of Revenue website.

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Active Military License Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are registering a private passenger motor vehicle and who are active members of the United States military and military reserves. Active military applicants must provide a current copy of their LES and stationing orders, along with a copy of the vehicle's registration. . Please note: applicants must submit proof of their status each year upon renewal of their vehicle's registration.

Military Retired Plate: Retired military applicants must provide a military ID card and show one of the following official military forms to prove their retired status: DD Form 2A (RES), DD Form 2N (RES), DD Form 2MC (RES), DD Form 2AF (RES), DD Form 2CG (RES) or DD214 which reflects 20 years of honorable military service. Please note: applicants must submit proof of their retired status each year upon renewal of their vehicle's registration. Retired military members can elect to choose to obtain a retired and honorably discharged plate instead, which only requires the submission of proof upon initial application.
The annual fee for automobile registration is $21.50 with an initial fee of $25.75 required. The annual fee for motorcycle registration is $14.50 with an initial fee of $16.75 required. The plate cannot be personalized.

National Guard Member License Plate: Officers and enlisted members of the Tennessee National Guard and Spouses are eligible. Initial Fee is $25.75. Annual Fee is $21.50 for automobiles and $14.50 for motorcycles, free first plate for enlisted members. Each National Guard enlisted member must provide a letter of eligibility identifying them by name, social security number, indicating they are in good standing with the unit and are eligible to have National Guard plates issued if they are not on the eligibility list. If discharged from the Guard prior to the expiration of the registration under which it was issued, the special plate may remain valid for display on the vehicle until the expiration date of the registration. National Guard retirees may obtain this plate with a retired decal affixed. Application must be accompanied by current and valid Armed Forces of Tennessee card stating retired status.

Air Medal Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are registering a private passenger motor vehicle and who are recipients of the Air Medal. Applicants must provide a letter or DD214 from the Department of Veterans Affairs indicating they are an Air Medal recipient. The annual fee for automobile registration is $21.50 with an initial fee of $25.75. The annual fee for motorcycle registration is $14.50 with an initial fee of $16.75 required. The plate cannot be personalized.

Blue Star Family Plate: Blue Star Family license plates are offered for purchase to any eligible person whose Spouse, parent, sibling, or Child is currently serving in the armed forces of the United States at the time of application. Armed forces includes members serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard (when mobilized to augment the Navy) to include Reservists and National Guard members.

To obtain this license plate, a registrant must:

  1. Submit proof of current service from their Service member. Examples of this documentation include copies of one of the following:
    • Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES),
    • Member's military ID card, or
    • A letter from their unit commander on official letterhead stating the Family member's current status as a member of the U.S. armed forces; and
  2. Provide a written statement by the Service member indicating the Family relationship with the registrant.

Proof of eligibility must be submitted for each renewal year. The initial fee for obtaining this license plate is $25.75, and the subsequent annual fee is $21.50. Additional charges for county and/or city wheel tax, where imposed locally, plus county clerk fees will apply. The plate cannot be personalized.

Retired members of the military may apply for this license plate if they also meet the criteria above, but may wish to obtain one of several choices of registration plates available for them in honor of their service.

Bosnia Veterans Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are registering a private passenger motor vehicle and are honorary discharged Veterans who served in Bosnia with the United States Armed Forces. The applicant will be required to show proof of service. The annual fee for automobile registration is $21.50 with an initial fee of $25.75 required. The annual fee for motorcycle registration is $14.50 with an initial fee of $16.75 required. The plate cannot be personalized.

Bronze Star (Meritorious) Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are registering a private passenger motor vehicle and who are recipients of the Bronze Star - Meritorious. The applicant must provide a letter or DD214 from the Department of Veterans Affairs indicating they are a recipient of one of the applicable medals. The annual fee for automobile registration is $21.50 with an initial fee of $25.75 required. The annual fee for motorcycle registration is $14.50 with an initial fee of $16.75 required. The plate cannot be personalized.

Bronze Star (Valor) Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are registering a private passenger motor vehicle and who are recipients of the Bronze Star - Valor. The applicant must provide a letter or DD214 from the Department of Veterans Affairs indicating they are a recipient of one of the applicable medals. The annual fee for automobile registration is $21.50 with an initial fee of $25.75 required. The annual fee for motorcycle registration is $14.50 with an initial fee of $16.75 required. The plate cannot be personalized.

Medal of Honor Plate: Tennessee residents who are recipients of the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross, the Air Force Cross or the Legion of Valor. Initial plate is free and there is no annual fee. Applicant must provide a letter or DD214 from the Department of Veterans Affairs indicating they are a recipient of one of the applicable medals.

Desert Storm Veteran Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are registering a private passenger motor vehicle and are honorably discharges Veterans of Desert Storm. Applicants must provide proof of service. The annual fee for automobile registration is $21.50 with an initial fee of $25.75 required. The annual fee for motorcycle registration is $14.50 with an initial fee of $16.75 required. The plate cannot be personalized.

Disabled Veteran Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are registering a private passenger motor vehicle, are Veterans of the United States military and are entitled to compensation under the laws administered by the Veterans Administration; due to disability incurred in or aggravated by active military services of the United States (Tenn. Code Ann. 55-4-237). For more information on obtaining a disabled veteran plate, click here.

Distinguished Flying Cross Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are registering a private passenger motor vehicle and who are recipients of the Distinguished Flying Cross. Applicants must provide a letter or DD214 from the Department of Veterans Affairs indicating they are a Distinguished Flying Cross recipient. There is no annual fee for this plate and it cannot be personalized.

Enemy Evadee Plate: Available to Tennessee residents certified as an enemy evadee by the VA. Initial Fee is $25.75. Annual Fee is $21.50. The application must be accompanied by discharge papers from the U.S. Armed Forces that have been certified by the VA. A copy of the death certificate should be supplied in the event a surviving Spouse wishes to renew such plate.

Former Prisoner of War (Former-POW) Plate: Residents of Tennessee who are former prisoners of WWI, WWII, the Korean War or the Vietnam War or the surviving Spouse of such former prisoner of war. First two plates are free and additional plates are $21.50. The application should be accompanied by a certificate from the U.S. Defense Department stating the period of time the applicant was a prisoner of war. In the case of an application for continuation of a license plate or plates held by a deceased Spouse of the prisoner of war, a copy of the death certificate should be submitted. A surviving Spouse is entitled to the plates until they remarry.

Gold Star Family Plate: Available to a person whose Spouse, parent, sibling, or Child served and died in the line of duty in the armed forces of the United States or its allies, or died as a result of injuries sustained in such service. The first plate is free. Additional plates will be $25.75 initial issuance and $21.50 for renewal. Applicant must provide a DD Form 1300 Report of Casualty.

Handicapped Veteran License Plate: A Veteran who has served in the United States Armed Forces who is a resident of Tennessee and who has a service-connected disability, which is determined by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs to constitute less than one hundred percent (100%) permanent total disability. Initial Fee is $25.75 and the Annual Fee is $21.50. This plate does not have handicapped parking privileges with it.

Honorably Discharged Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are registering a private passenger motor vehicle and are honorably discharged Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. An applicant must provide proof of service. The annual fee for automobile registration is $21.50 with an initial fee of $25.75 required. The annual fee for motorcycle registration is $14.50 with an initial fee of $16.75 required. The plate cannot be personalized.

Korean War Plate:This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are registering a private passenger motor vehicle and are honorably discharged Veterans of the Korean War. An applicant must provide proof of service. The annual fee for automobile registration is $21.50 with an initial fee of $25.75 required. The annual fee for motorcycle registration is $14.50 with an initial fee of $16.75 required. The plate cannot be personalized.

Legion of Valor License Plate: Tennessee residents who are recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross, the Air Force Cross or the Legion of Valor. Initial plate is free and there is no annual fee. Applicant must provide a letter or DD214 from the Department of Veterans Affairs indicating they are a recipient of one of the applicable medals.

Operation Enduring Freedom Plate: Available to Honorably Discharged Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and active members of the United States armed forces serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. Honorably Discharged - DD214 indicating receipt of campaign ribbon (Afghanistan); Active Duty - award certificate indicating receipt of campaign ribbon (Afghanistan). Annual Fee: $21.50 - automobile; $14.50 - motorcycle. There is an initial fee of $25.75 for automobiles and $16.75 for motorcycles.

Operation Iraqi Freedom Plate: Available to Honorably Discharged Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and active members of the United States armed forces serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Honorably Discharged - DD214 indicating receipt of campaign ribbon (Iraq); Active Duty - award certificate indicating receipt of campaign ribbon (Iraq). Annual Fee: $21.50 - automobile; $14.50 - motorcycle. There is an initial fee of $25.75 for automobiles and $16.75 for motorcycles.

Operation New Dawn Plate: This plate is available to an owner or lessee of a motor vehicle who is a resident of Tennessee and who is an active member of the armed forces serving in Operation New Dawn or a honorably discharged Veteran of Operation New Dawn in the United States Armed Forces or a civilian Veteran of the United States army corps of engineers. The annual fee for automobile registration is $21.50 with an initial fee of $25.75 required. The annual fee for motorcycle registration is $14.50 with an initial fee of $16.75 required. The plate cannot be personalized.

Pearl Harbor Survivor License Plate: Any Tennessee resident who was a member of the armed forces of the United States and present at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941 and who is the owner of a motor vehicle designated for private use. Initial Fee is $25.75 and the Annual Fee is $21.50. A copy of the membership card from the Pearl Harbor Survivor's Association, Inc. must be provided for eligibility.

Purple Heart Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are registering a private passenger motor vehicle and are holders of The Purple Heart Medal. A copy of Form DD214 or the equivalent prior to 1951 (WWK 53-55), indicating the individual has been awarded the Purple Heart should accompany the application for registration. In the event neither form is available and there is other documentation which indicates the awarding of the Purple Heart, that documentation should be forwarded to the Taxpayer & Vehicle Services Division prior to issuing the plate in order that the Department of Revenue may consult with Veterans' groups to ascertain eligibility. There is no annual fee and the plate cannot be personalized. A disabled Veteran may have two plates.

Silver Star -Valor Plate: Tennessee residents who are recipients of the Silver Star. Initial Fee is $25.75 and the Annual Fee is $21.50. The annual fee for motorcycle registration is $14.50 with an initial fee of $16.75 required. The plate cannot be personalized. Applicant must provide a letter or DD214 from the Department of Veterans Affairs indicating they are a recipient of one of the applicable medals.

Vietnam Veteran Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are registering a private passenger motor vehicle and are honorably discharged Veterans of the Vietnam War Veterans. Applicants will be required to show proof of service. The annual fee for automobile registration is $21.50 with an initial fee of $25.75 required. The annual fee for motorcycle registration is $14.50 with an initial fee of $16.75 required. The plate cannot be personalized.

Women Veterans Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are registering a private passenger motor vehicle and who is an honorably discharged member from the armed services. The applicant must submit a copy of their DD214 form. The annual fee for automobile registration is $21.50 with an initial fee of $25.75 required. The annual fee for motorcycle registration is $14.50 with an initial fee of $16.75 required. The plate cannot be personalized.

World War II Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are registering a private passenger motor vehicle and are honorably discharged Veterans of World War II. Applicants will be required to show proof of service. The annual fee for automobile registration is $21.50 with an initial fee of $25.75 required. The annual fee for motorcycle registration is $14.50 with an initial fee of $16.75 required. The plate cannot be personalized.

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Health Insurance Benefits:

Medical: Medical claims must be submitted; Guard members remain on active duty while under doctor's care.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member on State active duty.

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Worker's Compensation: Same as State employees. Increased monetary benefit of Guard member's death gratuity who are killed in action at $100,000.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member on State active duty.

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Group Insurance: National Guard Association of Tennessee offers Guard members $10,000.00-$50,000.00 for $4.40 to $20.40 month. Spouse: $5,000.00 - $10,000 - $25,000.00 for $2.40 - $4.40 - $10.40 month. Dependents: $5,000.00 - $10,000.00 for $3.35 - $6.70 (all rates monthly). Free $10,000 coverage for new members of the National Guard (first year in TN NG).
Eligibility: National Guard Service member.

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Injury/Death Benefits: Same as Worker's Compensation.
Eligibility: Disease, Injury, or Death occurs while serving on State active duty.

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Parks and Recreation:

Lifetime Hunting/Fishing license: A one-time $10.00 fee for a lifetime hunting and fishing license.
Eligibility: A Tennessee Veteran who is 30% disabled and whose disability is the result of injury or illness from wartime service or 100% disabled from service connected cause.

Hunting License: Military personnel on leave carrying leave papers are exempt for requiring a valid hunting license.

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Tennessee Veterans' Discount: Discounted rates are offered for activities at state parks to Veterans who are Tennessee residents. The specific activities for which the discounts would apply, as well as the timing and amount, shall be left to the commissioner's discretion; provided, that the discounts shall only be offered to resident Veterans during the off season.

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Veterans Day has been designated as Free State Park Day for Tennessee Veterans, including complimentary greens fees and a night of camping. Tennessee State Parks offers this special discount to Veterans annually on Veterans Day.

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Miscellaneous Benefits
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Tennessee State Veterans Home: The first home opened in Murfreesboro on June 10, 1991. Located on a seven-acre lot, deeded to the Board by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, adjacent to the Alvin C. York V.A. Medical Center, this is a 140-bed facility offering intermediate and skilled levels of nursing care in a one-story building encompassing 69,278 square feet. Legislation passed by the General Assembly in 1993 provided for construction of a second facility in Humboldt. Also a 140-bed facility offering intermediate and skilled levels of nursing care, this one-story building encompassing some 74,870 square feet opened February 7, 1996. The third home in Knoxville opened in December 2006. This 140-bed facility, offers intermediate and skilled levels of nursing care in a spacious 73,065 square foot, one-story building. In each of the three facilities, 20 of the beds are located in a secure, special needs unit. All residents are cared for in such a manner and in such an environment as to promote enhancement of their quality of life without abridging the safety and rights of other residents. An interdisciplinary team approach to resident life is utilized to assure the quality of life. Residents and Family members are involved in the care planning process, and resident participation is encouraged through a functioning resident council. Residents' rights are posted and enforced as delineated in current federal and state standards. Tennessee State Veterans' Home in Clarksville will be our fourth Tennessee State Veterans' Home. It is expected to open first quarter of 2015.
Eligibility: Veterans who are entitled to medical treatment and/or other benefits from the USDVA, and who also meet at least one of the additional requirements: 1) Resident of Tennessee at time of admission; 2) Born in Tennessee; 3) Entered the U.S. Armed Forces in Tennessee; 4) Tennessee address is official Home of Record on Veteran's Military Record; 5) Has an immediate Family member (Parent, Spouse, Sibling or Child) or Legal Guardian, who would serve as primary caregiver, who is a resident of Tennessee. Spouse, Widow/Widower or Gold Star Parent may also be eligible for admission on a space available basis. Upon meeting the eligibility requirements, the applicant's name will be placed on our Potential Admissions Wait List. Complete the application and provide a copy of the Veteran's discharge papers (DD214); if the applicant is not the Veteran, additional information will be requested.

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Tennessee State Cemeteries: There are currently four cemeteries in the state. Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Nashville, East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Knoxville, East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Knoxville, and West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Memphis. There is no cost for interment or cremation for Veterans who meet eligibility requirements. There is a $700.00 fee for the interment or cremation of a Veteran's Spouse or eligible dependent Children that must be paid prior to or the day of the burial. All Veterans are entitled to a white, upright marble headstone at government expense when buried in a State Veterans Cemetery.
Eligibility:

  • Any person who served on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States who was discharged or released there from before September 7, 1980 under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • Any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who died while on active duty.
  • Any person who served on active duty who entered active duty as an enlisted person after September 7, 1980, and officers commissioned who entered active duty after October 17, 1981, and whose discharge or separation from active military service was under "other than dishonorable" conditions. A person whose first tour of duty began or after the dates listed above is eligible if he or she completed a continuous period of active duty of at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty, whichever is shorter or was released because of a hardship discharge, or has a compensable service connected disability or was released because of a service connected disability.

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Burial in Tennessee State Cemetery for Reserve and National Guard Members:

  • Reserve and National Guard members who are in receipt of compensation or pension from the VA are eligible for burial.
  • Reserve and National Guard members who completed twenty or more years of reserve or guard service and are entitled to retirement pay.
  • Reserve and National Guard members are also eligible for burial under the following five (5) categories and do not have to pay the plot allowance cost, except when their claim is denied by the VA:
    • Dies under honorable conditions while undergoing active duty for training.
    • If called to active duty, completes the full period for which called up.
    • Dies under honorable conditions while performing full time AGR service.
    • Completed at least 24 months of active service.
    • Discharged due to service connected disability while on active duty.

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Recording of Discharges: County Clerks will provide free recording of the official discharge of each Veteran who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, as a confidential record.

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Tennessee Fallen Heroes Medal: The Tennessee Fallen Heroes Medal may be awarded on behalf of the people of the state of Tennessee to an individual serving on active duty who has been killed in action, while:

  1. Engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
  2. Engaged in military support operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force;
  3. Serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party; or
  4. Serving in a combat zone as designated by presidential order.

The recipient's name will be entered on the case of the Tennessee Fallen Heroes Medal. Individuals eligible to receive the Tennessee Fallen Heroes Medal include all active duty military who are legal residents of the state of Tennessee. The Tennessee Fallen Heroes Medal will be awarded solely by the governor or the governor's designee to the immediate survivor of the recipient. This law went into effect July 1, 2011 and is not retroactive.

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Military Installations in Tennessee

Active Duty

Army :
There are no Army installations in Tennessee (although part of Fort Campbell, Kentucky crosses over the Tennessee border).

Navy:
Naval Support Activity (NAVSUPPACT) Mid-South, Millington, TN: http://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrse/installations/nsa_mid_south.html

Air Force:
Arnold Air Force Base (AFB): http://www.arnold.af.mil/

National Guard

Tennessee Army National Guard: http://www.tnmilitary.org/army-national-guard.html

Tennessee Air National Guard: http://www.tnmilitary.org/air-national-guard.html

134th Air Refueling Wing: http://www.134arw.ang.af.mil/

118th Wing: http://www.118wg.ang.af.mil/

164th Airlift Wing: http://www.164aw.ang.af.mil/

The I.G. Brown Training and Education Center: http://www.angtec.ang.af.mil/

United States Army Reserve (USAR)

Regional Support Command (RRC) Headquarters, 81st RSC: http://www.usar.army.mil/ourstory/commands/81RSC/Pages/default.aspx

 

 

Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities in Tennessee:

Veterans Health Administration
VA Health Care System:
Nashville: Tennessee Valley Healthcare System

VA Medical Centers
Memphis: Memphis VA Medical Center, 1030 Jefferson Ave, 901-523-8990
Mountain Home: Mountain Home VAMC/Johnson City, Corner of Lamont & Veterans Way, 423-926-1171 / 877-573-3529
Murfreesboro: Tennessee Valley Healthcare System - Alvin C. York (Murfreesboro) Campus, 3400 Lebanon Pike, 615-867-6000 / 800-876-7093
Nashville: Tennessee Valley Healthcare System - Nashville Campus, 1310 24th Ave South, 615-327-4751 / 800-228-4973

Outpatient Clinics
Chattanooga: Chattanooga CBOC, 6098 Debra Rd, Suite 5200, Bldg 6200, 423-893-6500
Cookeville: Cookeville, Tennessee OPC, 851 S. Willow Ave, Suite 108, 931-284-4060 / Fax: 931-526-4714
McMinnville: McMinnville, Tennessee OPC, 1014 S Chancery St, 931-474-7700 / Fax: 931-474-7705
Nashville: Charlotte Avenue (Nashville, TN), OPC 1919 Charlotte Ave, 615-873-6503
Nashville: Women Veterans Healthcare Center (Nashville, TN), 1919 Charlotte Ave, Suite 300, 615-327-4751

Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Arnold Air Force Base: Tullahoma, Tennessee CBOC, 225 Von Karman Rd, 931-454-6134
Athens: Athens Clinic, 1320 Decatur Pike, 423-746-1410 / Fax: 423-745-6413
Clarksville: Clarksville Dental Clinic, 2291 Dalton Dr, Suite F
Clarksville: Clarksville, Tennessee CBOC, 1832 Memorial Dr, 931-645-3552 , Fax: 931-645-6852
Columbia: Maury County CBOC, 833 Nashville Highway, 931-981-6930 / Fax: 931-840-8835
Dover: Dover-Stewart CBOC, 1225 Spring St, 931-232-5138
Dyersburg: Dyersburg, Tennessee CBOC, 433 East Parkview St, 731-287-7289
Harriman: Harriman CBOC, 2305 North Gateway Ave, Suite 2, 865-882-2010
Jackson: Jackson, Tennessee CBOC, 180 Old Hickory Blvd, 731-661-2750 / Fax: 731-664-6816
Knoxville: Knoxville, Tennessee CBOC, 8033 Ray Mears Blvd, 865-545-4592
LaFollette: LaFollette (Campbell County), Tennessee CBOC, 130 Independence Ln, 423-563-7666 / Fax: 423-562-5373
Memphis: Covington, Tennessee (North Memphis) CBOC, 3461 Austin Peay Highway, 901-261-4500
Memphis: Memphis, Tennessee (South) CBOC, 1056 East Raines Rd, 901-271-4900
Morristown: Morristown, Tennessee CBOC, 925 E. Morris Blvd, 423-586-9100
Nashville: Meharry (Nashville General), 1818 Albion St, 615-873-6700
Rogersville: Rogersville, Tennessee CBOC, 401 Scenic Dr, 423-235-1471
Savannah: Savannah, Tennessee CBOC, 765 Florence Rd, 731-925-2300
Sevierville: Sevierville Clinic, 1124 Blanton Dr, 865-286-6950

Vet Centers
Chattanooga: Chattanooga Vet Center, 951 Eastgate Loop Rd, Bldg 5700 - Suite 300, 423-855-6570 / Fax: 423-855-6575
Johnson City: Johnson City Vet Center, 2203 McKinley Rd, Suite 254, 423-928-8387, 877-928-8387 / Fax: 423-928-6320
Knoxville: Knoxville Vet Center, 2817 E. Magnolia Ave, 865-633-0000 / Fax: 865-545-4198
Memphis: Memphis Vet Center, 1407 Union Ave, Suite 410, 901-544-0173 / Fax: 901-544-0179
Nashville: Nashville Vet Center, 1420 Donelson Pike, Suite A-5, 615-366-1220 / Fax: 615-366-1351

Veterans Integrated Services Network (VISN)
Nashville: VISN 9: VA Mid South Healthcare Network

Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Benefit Office
Nashville: Nashville Regional Benefit Office, 110 9th Ave, South

National Cemetery Administration
National Cemetery
Chattanooga: Chattanooga National Cemetery, 1200 Bailey Ave, 423-855-6590 / Fax: 423-855-6597
Knoxville: Knoxville National Cemetery, 939 Tyson St, NW, 423-855-6590 / 423-855-6591 / Fax: 423-855-6597
Madison: Nashville National Cemetery, 1420 Gallatin Rd, South, 615-860-0086 / 615-860-0230 / Fax: 615-860-8691
Memphis: Memphis National Cemetery, 3568 Townes Ave, 901-386-8311 / Fax: 901-382-0750
Mountain Home: Mountain Home National Cemetery, 53 Memorial Ave, Bldg 117, 423-979-3535 / Fax: 423-979-3521

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Resources

Brochure on Property Tax Relief
http://www.nationalguard.com/benefits/additional-guard-benefits/state-benefits
http://www.state.tn.us/veteran/

http://www.tn.gov/veteran/benefitsstate.shtml
http://www.tn.gov/veteran/
http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp?isFlash=1
http://www.retirementliving.com/taxes-new-york-wyoming#TENNESSEE

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

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

Document Review Date: 25 September 2014