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: Tennessee has no state income tax but does have a "Hall Tax". The Hall tax is imposed only on individuals and other entities receiving interest from bonds and notes and dividends from stock. This tax does not apply to the first $1,250 of income reported on each individual return or the first $2,500 of joint income reported on a jointly filed return. Click here to learn more about the exemptions and deductions of the Hall Tax.

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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 $100,000. When applying as a new applicant (beginning in 2015), the disabled Veteran, their Spouse, and all other co-owner's combined income cannot exceed $60,000. 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*

  • Your 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.
    • Must own and use property on which you apply as your primary residence (proof of residency may be requested). The value of your property does not determine whether you can apply; however the maximum market value on which tax relief is calculated will be on the first $100,000. If your residence is a mobile home, a copy of your title or bill of sale is required.
    • Must meet income requirements.

For Widow(er) of a 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.
  • Must own and use property on which you apply as your primary residence (proof of residency may be requested). The value of your property does not determine whether you can apply; however the maximum market value on which tax relief is calculated will be on the first $100,000. If your residence is a mobile home, a copy of your title or bill of sale is required.
  • Must meet income requirements.

*Determination of eligibility for either of these categories 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: Military Retired pay is not taxed. The Hall income tax is imposed only on individuals and other entities receiving interest from bonds and notes and dividends from stock. The annual Hall Income Tax standard income exemptions for taxpayers 65 years of age or older increases from $33,000 to $37,000 for single filers and from $59,000 to $68,000 for joint filers.

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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: Military personnel exempt from Tennessee sales and use tax on certain motor vehicle purchases include:

  • Full-time members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard who are stationed in Tennessee or a military reservation located partially within Tennessee,
  • Members of the Tennessee National Guard or reserve members of a uniformed service of the United States who are participants in the active guard and reserve program and stationed in Tennessee or a military reservation located partially within Tennessee,
  • Members of the Tennessee National Guard or reserve members of a uniformed service of the United States who have been called into full-time duty in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard and stationed in a combat zone. (Exemption applies from the effective date of official military orders assigning the individual to a combat zone, and it expires 90 days after the effective dates of official military orders releasing him/her from the combat zone.).

Military members who do not qualify for the exemption and bring a vehicle into Tennessee from out of state are subject to use tax. He/she will receive credit after proving to the county clerk that sales tax was paid in another state. If the sales tax paid is less than the use tax due, he/she only pays tax on the difference between these figures.

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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. TCA 5-8-102 (a) & (d) 
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.

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Helping Heroes Grant for Veterans: The award amount is $1,000 per semester for a student who successfully completes twelve (12) or more semester hours with no failing grade as the final grade for the course. The student shall receive $500 per semester for successfully completing six (6) to eleven (11) semester hours with no failing grade as a final grade for the course. The student shall not receive an award if enrolled in fewer than six (6) semester hours.
Eligibility: The Helping Heroes Grant is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to be eligible, the student must:

  • Be an honorably discharged Veteran who had formally served the Armed Forces of the United States, or a former or current member of a reserve or Tennessee National Guard unit who was called into active military service of the United States
  • Be a Tennessee resident for one year preceding the date of application for this grant
  • Be awarded the following:
    • Iraq Campaign Medal;
    • Afghanistan Campaign Medal; or
    • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, on or after Sept. 11, 2001
  • Enroll at an eligible 2-year or 4-year postsecondary institution (Click Here for a listing.)
  • Have not earned a baccalaureate degree;
  • Not be in default on a federal Title IV educational loan or Tennessee educational loan;
  • Not owe a refund on a federal Title IV student financial aid program or a Tennessee student financial aid program;
  • Be in compliance with federal drug-free rules and laws for receiving financial assistance;
  • Not be incarcerated;
  • Meet each qualification relating to this grant and applicable to the student; and
  • Not be required to meet any academic standard at the time of enrollment in order to be eligible for this grant.
  • Award of a Helping Heroes Grant shall be made after the completion of a semester, so long as the student successfully completes the course with a non-failing grade as the final grade for the course.

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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

Carolyn Davis, Military Family Education Liaison
Address: 1059 Whitaker Road, New Market, TN 37820
Email: cjdavistn@msn.com
Phone: 865-850-0923

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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). Additional service may be available if you meet one or more of the following:

  • A disabled Veteran who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation: under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans' Affairs; or,was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability;
  • A recently-separated Service member, (Within 3 years of End of Active Service) who at any point in the previous 12 months has been unemployed for 27 or more consecutive weeks;

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:

Your Personal Info

  • Social Security Number
  • Driver's License Number
  • Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Valid email address
  • Tennessee Unemployment Insurance claimants receive their benefits via the Tennessee Automated Payment (TAP) debit card or direct deposit. To receive benefits by direct deposit, you'll need to provide your bank routing number and account number.
  • DD 214 Member 4 if you served in the military in the past 18 months

Your Employment Info

  • Last 18 months of Employment
  • Last Day Worked
  • Reason for Separation (e.g., quit, fired, lack of work, laid off or job eliminated, etc.)

Employer Info

  • Separating Employer's Name
  • Separating Employer's Address
  • Separating Employer's Telephone Number
  • Separating Employer's Fax Number (if known)

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 call 877-813-0950 or visit the helpdesk at https://lwdsupport.tn.gov/

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Division of Motor Vehicles
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There are more than 30 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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Free Disabled Decal for Disabled Veteran Drivers: Veteran motorists previously defined as disabled drivers according to TCA Section 55-21-102, may apply and receive a free disabled driver decal which may be added to the existing specialty plate. To apply for a decal please visit the Tennessee Department of Revenue for details.

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Active/Retired/Honorable Discharge Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee Active/Retired/Honorably discharged members and Spouses of the U.S. military and military reserves in good standing. Surviving Spouses are eligible until they remarry. The annual fee for this plate is $21.50 with an initial fee is $25.75.
Documentation Required: For active military - Current copy of Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) and stationing orders to be submitted annually upon renewal; For retired and honorable discharge military - Military ID card and one of the following in proof of status: DD Form 2A (RES), DD Form 2N (RES), DD Form 2MC (RES), DD Form 2AF (RES), DD Form 2CG (RES) or DD214

National Guard Plate: This plate is available to officers and enlisted members and retired/honorably discharged members of the Tennessee National Guard, along with their Spouses.
County clerks have eligibility lists. Guard members not listed must provide documentation with name, social security number and proof of good standing to qualify for plate. Retired and honorably discharged applicants must provide current and valid armed forces of Tennessee card stating that status.
Cost:

  • Active officers/spouses* - $21.50 annual fee.
  • Enlisted members and Spouses* - None for first plate; Annual fee of $21.50.
  • Retired and honorably discharged members/Spouses - $21.50 annual fee (initial fee is $25.75).

*NOTE: Officer plates issued in September only; expire Sept. 30.

Air Medal - Valor Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee that are recipients of the Air Medal Valor. Applicants must provide a letter or DD214 from the Department of Veterans Affairs indicating they are an Air Medal recipient. There is no cost for the initial plate. The annual fee for the second and subsequent plates is $21.50 with an initial fee of $25.75.

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 U.S. Armed Forces (i.e., Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard when mobilized to augment Navy, reservists and National Guard) along with retired members of military. The annual fee for this plate is $21.50 with an initial fee is $25.75.
Documentation Required: To obtain this license plate, a registrant must:

  1. Proof of current service in the form of :
    • Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES),
    • Member's military ID card, or
    • 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. Written statement by the Service member indicating the Family relationship with the registrant.

Bosnia Era Veterans Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee honorably discharged Veterans and civilian Veterans who served in Bosnia with the U.S. Armed Forces, but do not qualify for the Bosnia Veteran plate. The applicant will be required to show proof of service. The annual fee for this plate is $21.50 with an initial fee is $25.75.

Bosnia Veteran Plate: This plate is available to honorably discharged Veterans who served in Bosnia with the U.S. Armed Forces. The applicant will be required to show proof of service. The annual fee for this plate is $21.50 with an initial fee is $25.75.

Bronze Star - Meritorious Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are recipients of the Bronze Star - Meritorious. The applicant must provide a DD214 for a letter of confirmation from the Department of Veterans Affairs. 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 $18.75.

Bronze Star - Valor Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are recipients of the Bronze Star - Valor. The applicant must provide a DD214 or a letter of confirmation from the Department of Veterans Affairs. There is no cost for the first plate. The annual fee for the second plate is $21.50 with an initial fee of $23.63. The annual fee for subsequent plates is $14.50 with an initial fee of $16.75 required.

Medal of Honor Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are recipients of the Medal of Honor. Applicant must provide a DD214or a letter of confirmation from the Department of Veterans Affairs. 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. There is no cost for the first plate. The annual fee for the second plate is $21.50 with an initial fee of $23.63. The annual fee for subsequent plates is $21.50 with an initial fee of $25.75.

Desert Storm Era Veteran Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are honorably discharged veterans and civilian veterans who served in Desert Storm with the U.S. Armed Forces, but do not qualify for the Desert Storm Veteran plate. Applicants must provide proof of service. The annual fee for this plate is $21.50 with an initial fee is $25.75.

Desert Storm Veteran Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are honorable discharged Veterans of Desert Storm. Applicants must provide proof of service. The annual fee for this plate is $21.50 with an initial fee is $25.75.

Disabled Veteran Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are Veterans of the United States military with a disability incurred in or aggravated by active military services of the United States. Applicant must provide approval letter from the Department of Veterans Services testifying to: loss or permanent loss of use of one or both feet; loss or permanent loss of use of one or both hands; permanent impairment of vision of both eyes; and service-connected disability constituting 100% permanent total disability. There is no cost for the first plate. The annual fee for the second plate is $21.50 with an initial fee of $23.63. The annual fee for subsequent plates is $21.50 with an initial fee of $25.75.

Distinguished Flying Cross Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are recipients of the Distinguished Flying Cross. Applicants must provide a DD214 or a letter of confirmation from the Department of Veterans Affairs. There is no annual fee for this plate and it cannot be personalized. There is no cost for the first plate. The annual fee for the second plate is $21.50 with an initial fee of $23.63. The annual fee for subsequent plates is $21.50 with an initial fee of $25.75.

Distinguished Service Cross: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross. Applicants must provide a DD214 or a letter of confirmation from the Department of Veterans Affairs. There is no annual fee for this plate and it cannot be personalized. There is no cost for the first plate. The annual fee for the second plate is $21.50 with an initial fee of $23.63. The annual fee for subsequent plates is $21.50 with an initial fee of $25.75

Enemy Evadee Plate: Available to Tennessee residents certified as an enemy evadee. Applicants must provide discharge papers from the U.S. Armed Forces certified by the Department of Veterans Services. Surviving Spouses can renew by providing copy of death certificate. The annual fee for this plate is $21.50 with an initial fee is $25.75.

POW - Former Prisoner of War Plate: Available to former World War I, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War POWs, along with surviving Spouses until remarriage. An applicant must provide a certificate from U.S. Department of Defense stating the period of time the applicant was a POW. Death certificates required for spouses of deceased POWs. There is no cost for the first plate. The annual fee for the second plate is $21.50 with an initial fee of $23.63. The annual fee for subsequent plates is $21.50 with an initial fee of $25.75

Gold Star Family Plate: Available to a person whose Spouse, parent, sibling, or Child served and died in the line of duty in the U.S. Armed Forces or its allies, or died as a result of injuries sustained in such service. Applicant must provide a DD Form 1300 Report of Casualty. The first plate is free. Additional plates will be $21.50 with an initial fee is $25.75.

Honorably Discharged Plate: Available to honorably discharged Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Applicants must provide proof of service. The annual fee for this plate is $21.50 with an initial fee is $25.75.

Korean War Era Veteran Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are honorably discharged Veterans and civilian Veterans who served in the Korean War with the U.S. Armed Forces, but do not qualify for the Korean War Veteran plate. An applicant must provide proof of service. The annual fee for this plate is $21.50 with an initial fee is $25.75.

Korean War Veteran Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are honorably discharged Veterans of the Korean War. An applicant must provide proof of service. The annual fee for this plate is $21.50 with an initial fee is $25.75.

Operation Enduring Freedom Era Plate: Available to Honorably Discharged Veterans and civilian Veterans who served during Operation Enduring Freedom with the U.S. Armed Forces, but do not qualify for the Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran plate. An applicant must provide proof of service. The annual fee for this plate is $21.50 with an initial fee is $25.75.

Operation Enduring Freedom Plate: Available to honorably discharged Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom or active members currently serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. Active members must provide award certificate indicating receipt of campaign ribbon (Afghanistan). Discharged members must provide DD214 form indicating receipt of campaign ribbon (Afghanistan). The annual fee for this plate is $21.50 with an initial fee is $25.75.

Operation Iraqi Freedom Era Plate: Available to Honorably Discharged Veterans and civilian Veterans who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom with the U.S. Armed Forces, but do not qualify for the Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran plate. An applicant must provide proof of service. The annual fee for this plate is $21.50 with an initial fee is $25.75.

Operation Iraqi Freedom Plate: Available to honorably discharged Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom or active members currently serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Active members must provide award certificate indicating receipt of campaign ribbon (Iraq). Discharged members must provide DD214 form indicating receipt of campaign ribbon (Iraq). The annual fee for this plate is $21.50 with an initial fee is $25.75.

Operation New Dawn Era Plate: Available to honorably discharged Veterans and civilian Veterans who served during Operation New Dawn with the U.S. Armed Forces, but do not qualify for the Operation New Dawn Veteran plate. An applicant must provide proof of service. The annual fee for this plate is $21.50 with an initial fee is $25.75.

Operation New Dawn Plate: This plate is available to honorably discharged Veterans of Operation New Dawn, active members currently serving in Operation New Dawn and civilian Veterans of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. An applicant must provide orders or DD214 form confirming honorable discharge, or orders or official documentation from the Army Corps of Engineers classifying the applicant as a civilian Veteran. The annual fee for this plate is $21.50 with an initial fee is $25.75.

Pearl Harbor Survivor License Plate: Available to Tennessee resident who were members of the armed forces and present at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. An applicant must provide a copy of the membership card from the Pearl Harbor Survivor's Association, Inc. The annual fee for this plate is $21.50 with an initial fee is $25.75.

Purple Heart Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are holders of The Purple Heart Medal. An applicant must provide DD214 form or its equivalent prior to 1951 (WWK 53-55) indicating award of Purple Heart, or other documentation indicating the award (to be submitted for approval by Veterans Affairs prior is issuance). There is no cost for the first plate. The annual fee for the second plate is $21.50 with an initial fee of $23.63. The annual fee for subsequent plates is $21.50 with an initial fee of $25.75.
Note: Disabled Veteran recipients of Purple Heart may obtain two plates. There is no cost for first plate if chosen as an alternative to a Disabled Veteran plate.  The cost for an additional plate is $21.50 with an initial fee of $23.63.

Silver Star -Valor Plate: Tennessee residents who are recipients of the Silver Star. An applicant must provide DD214 form or letter of confirmation from the Department of Veterans Services. There is no cost for the first plate. The annual fee for the second plate is $21.50 with an initial fee of $23.63. The annual fee for subsequent plates is $21.50 with an initial fee of $25.75.

Vietnam Era Veteran Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are honorably discharged and civilian Veterans who served in the Vietnam War with the U.S. Armed Forces, but do not qualify for the Vietnam War Veteran plate. An applicant must provide proof of service.  The annual fee for this plate is $21.50 with an initial fee is $25.75.  

Vietnam Veteran Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are honorably discharged Vietnam War Veterans. Applicants will be required to show proof of service. The annual fee for this plate is $21.50 with an initial fee is $25.75. 

Women Veterans Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are females honorably discharged from the Armed Services. The applicant must submit a copy of their DD214 form. The annual fee for this plate is $21.50 with an initial fee is $25.75. 

World War II Era Plate:  This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are honorably discharged Veterans and civilian Veterans who served in World War II with the U.S. Armed Forces, but do not qualify for the World War II Veteran plate. Applicants will be required to show proof of service. The annual fee for this plate is $21.50 with an initial fee is $25.75. 

World War II Plate: This plate is available to Tennessee residents who are honorably discharged Veterans of World War II. Applicants will be required to show proof of service. The annual fee for this plate is $21.50 with an initial fee is $25.75. 

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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.
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 - $35,000 for $2.40 - $17.10 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.

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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.

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Camping:  During the off-season, (November 1 through March 31), discounts on camping fees will be extended to all Tennessee resident Veterans at the same discounted rate as offered to Tennessee senior campers. Specific rates will be as stated in Tennessee State Parks Rate Schedule. Visit TN State Parks website for activity and reservation information.

On Veterans Day of each year, Tennessee resident Veterans will be granted one nights camping free of charge.

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Free Day: In order to honor the Veterans of this state and encourage the use of natural parks across Tennessee, the Department of Environment and Conservation shall designate one (1) day per year during which access to and use of all state parks, including, but not limited to, campgrounds and golf courses, shall be free of charge for all Veterans.
Eligibility: Each Veteran shall be required to show proof of Veteran status, prior to being granted free admission to any state park. 

Golf Greens Fees: On Veterans Day of each year, greens fees for 18 holes of golf will be waived for Tennessee resident veterans. All other golf related fees such as carts, driving range, etc. will still apply.  

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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 in 2015.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants are Veterans who are entitled to medical treatment and/or other benefits from the USDVA, and who also meet at least one of the below 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, two East Tennessee State Veterans Cemeteries in Knoxville, and West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Memphis.

There is no cost if eligibility requirements are met except under the following conditions:

There is a $700.00 fee for the interment of a Veteran's Spouse or eligible dependent Children that must be paid the day of burial.

There is a $150.00 fee for interment of cremated remains in available columbariums. Columbariums are only offered at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery located off of John Sevier Highway in Knoxville, TN. Columbarium services will be offered at other State Veterans Cemeteries in the near future.  Please call your cemetery of interest for more information.

Cremations
The same guidelines apply.

Outer Containers
The Tennessee Department of Veterans Services does not require outer containers for burials. 

Headstones
All Veterans are entitled to a white, upright marble headstone at government expense when buried in a Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery. A temporary grave marker is used to identify grave site until the permanent headstone is delivered in approximately three to four months.

Prior Active Duty Veterans Eligibility for Internment:

  • 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.

Reserve and National Guard Members Eligibility for Internment:

  • 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 Registrars are required to register separation document DD-214 (discharges) the Service member named in the discharge, or to the holder of such discharge. This service is to be provided free of charge.

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Unclaimed Property:  Abandoned military medals are held by the State Treasurer until the owner or owner's heirs or beneficiaries can be identified for the return of the medal. The Treasurer may appoint a custodian such as a Veterans' organization to hold the abandoned medals. Additional and specific requirement information can be found on the Treasury's website.

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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

Please see the Tennessee Resource Locator for additional information

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

Air Force:
Arnold Air Force Base (AFB)

National Guard

Tennessee Army National Guard

Tennessee Air National Guard

134th Air Refueling Wing

118th Wing

164th Airlift Wing

The I.G. Brown Training and Education Center

United States Army Reserve (USAR)

Regional Support Command (RRC) Headquarters, 81st RSC

 

 

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) VA Clinic 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 VA Clinic, 1320 Decatur Pike, 423-746-1410 / Fax: 423-745-6413
Clarksville: Clarksville Dental Clinic, 2291 Dalton Dr, Suite F
Clarksville: Clarksville VA Clinic, 1832 Memorial Dr, 931-645-3552 x64001 / Fax: 931-645-6852
Columbia: Maury County CBOC, 833 Nashville Highway, 931-981-6930 / Fax: 931-840-8835
Dover: Dover (Stewart County), Tennessee 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
- 877-927-8387
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 / 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 MidSouth Healthcare Network, 1801 West End Ave, Suite 600, 615-695-2200

Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Benefit Office
Nashville: Nashville Regional Benefit Office, 110 9th Ave, South, 1-800-827-1000

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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Tennessee Department of Veterans Services
Address: 312 Rosa L. Parks Ave, Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 741-2931
Email: TN.Veterans@tn.gov   

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Resources

Brochure on Property Tax Relief

http://www.nationalguard.com/benefits/additional-guard-benefits/state-benefits

http://www.tn.gov/veteran/section/veteran-state-benefits

http://www.tn.gov/veteran/

http://www.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

https://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/revenue/attachments/militaryveterans.pdf

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Document Review Date: 30 September 2015