State / Territory Benefits - Territory of Guam

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Summary: Guam offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including state employment preferences, tuition assistance, Driver's License Waiver, vehicle tags, and hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

 

Territory Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

 

Territory Taxes: No territory tax advantages offered

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Education Benefits: No information available for Guam Territory programs. All Veterans Affairs programs are available to eligible Veterans.

Tuition Assistance:  Guam provides Army National Guard tuition assistance of up to $4,000 per fiscal year.

Resident Tuition Rates:  Military and Dependents are entitled to resident tuition rates at post-secondary state College & University.

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Employment Benefits:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Military Leave: Guam government employee receives 15 days military leave each fiscal year. Employee may carry over unused military leave for max of 30 days in any given fiscal year.
Eligibility: All employees of the government of Guam who are members of the Reserve Components of the Department of Defense or Transportation, including, but not limited to, the United States Army, the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Air Force, the Army National Guard, the Air National Guard and the United States Coast Guard.

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Department of Motor Vehicle Benefits:

Waiver of Driver's License Fees: (§3102.1) The fee for the issuance of a motor vehicle driver's license, to include all classes and endorsements, is waived for:

  • Veterans of the United States Armed Forces, to include persons who are serving or have served on active duty, reserve component members, and retirees of the United States Armed Forces; and
  • the Spouse, legal guardian, or surviving Spouse, and to Gold Star parents

Any person listed above and whose character of military service was honorable as verified by the applicant's Report of Transfer or Discharge (DD Form 214), Military Identification Card DD Form2, DD Form 1173, DD Form 2765, or Common Access Card (CAC), or other accepted forms used to verify eligibility status and certified by the government of Guam Office of Veterans Affairs (OVA).

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Veteran License Plates: (§7120.2) Below the line 'GUAM USA,' will be the word 'VETERAN' (in black lettering) bordered on the left by the United States Flag and on the right by the Guam Flag. Alpha numeric format will designate the branch (ex A001-Army, NG310-National Guard, R710-Reserves) Plates  are available from the Division of Motor Vehicles. Below the license number, will be a line reserved for decal entries denoting recipients of medals of valor, combat duty or disabled person's symbols. Such entries shall include: 'DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS,' 'SILVER STAR,' 'BRONZE STAR,' 'PURPLE HEART' OR 'COMBAT WOUNDED,' or other equivalent awards.
Eligibility: U.S. military Veteran verified through written proof of Veteran status. A fee is required.

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Gold Star License Plate: (§ 7120.3) Gold Star License Plates shall only be issued to Families on Guam who have lost loved ones engaged in war operation.
Eligibility: Widows and Widowers, parents, inclusive of mother, father, stepmother, stepfather and mother through adoption, father through adoption, and foster parents who stood in loco parentis of members of the armed forces who:

  •  lost their lives during World War I, World War II, or during any subsequent period of armed hostilities in which the United States was engaged before July 1, 1958;
  • lost their lives after June 30, 1958;
    •  while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
    • while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
    • while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict in which the United States is not a belligerent party against an opposing armed force; or
  • lost their lives after March 28, 1973, as a result of:
    • an international terrorist attack against the United States or a foreign nation friendly to the United States, recognized as such an attack by the Secretary of Defense; or
    • military operations while serving outside the United States (including the commonwealths, territories, and possessions of the United States) as part of a peacekeeping force.

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Active Military Licenses Remain Valid After Expiration: (§3101.2) Unless suspended, canceled or revoked, a driver's license issued under this Title that is held by a person who is on active duty in the armed forces of the United States and is absent from Guam, notwithstanding the expiration date of the license, remains valid as provided herein. If the licensee is honorably discharged from active duty, the license remains valid until the earlier of:

  • the 91st day after the date of the discharge; or
  • the 31st day from the date on which the person returns to Guam, provided that the licensee has discharge or separation papers in his immediate possession

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

Medical Benefits: Same as Guam government public employee.
Eligibility:
National Guard for line-of-duty on State Active Duty.

Injury: Worker's compensation same as for a Guam government employee.
Eligibility:
National Guard on active duty.

Death Benefits: Same as a Guam government employee.
Eligibility:
A Government of Guam employee on active duty with the National Guard.

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

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

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

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State/ Territory Sponsored life Insurance: State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) is a program that provides group term life insurance exclusively for National Guard members and their dependents. The program is derived from United States Public Law 93-289, May 24, 1974, to encourage persons to join and remain in the National Guard. It is available in all fifty states and territories.
Eligibility: National Guard Service Members and their eligible dependents


Benefit Highlights:

  • $1,000 no cost life insurance coverage on Soldiers and Airmen
  • $10,000 to $260,000 additional coverage available for Soldiers and Airmen
  • $5,000 to $155,000 available for Spouses
  • $5,000 to $35,000 available for Children
  • Protection continues until age 70
  • Provides an emergency death benefit up to $25,000 within 24 hours
  • Benefits remain the same and monthly costs does not change when you retire or separate from the National Guard
  • No war, aviation, or terrorism clauses
  • You are protected 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and on or off duty
  • Monthly premiums are payroll deducted for your convenience
  • $40,000 scholarship fund available to a dependent when military member is insured for $100,000 of qualifying coverage and dies in a combat zone or due to an act of terrorism

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

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

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Parks and Recreation Benefits: No information available

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

Free Records:  Veterans are eligible to receive free copies of their discharge records.

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Territorial Veterans Cemetery: Burial at the Guam Veterans Cemetery for all Veterans and their eligible dependents (i.e., Spouse, minor Children under the age of 21 or under 23 years of age if a full-time student at an approved educational institution. Unmarried adult Children who become physically and mentally disabled and incapable of self-support before age 21, or age 23 if a full-time student, also are eligible for burial. Certain Eligible Parents: A Federal law passed in 2010 (Public Law 111-275) extends burial benefits to certain parents of service-members who die as a result of hostile activity or from combat training-related injuries who is buried in a gravesite with available space. The biological or adopted parents of a Service member who dies in combat or while performing training in preparation for a combat mission, leaving no surviving Spouse or dependent Child is also eligible.

The Guam Office of Veterans Affairs coordinates all burials for Veterans with the notification of the respective branch of service for military honors on all Veterans. After each burial, proper forms are then submitted for head markers. Attendance of a staff member of the Office of Veterans Affairs is mandatory to ensure that the required military honors are rendered appropriately and to answer any questions from Families.

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Military Installations in Guam

Please see the Guam Resource Locator for additional information

Active Duty  

Navy

Commander Joint Region Marinas   

U.S. Naval Base Guam

Air Force

Andersen Air Force Base

National Guard  

Guam National Guard

Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities in Guam

Veterans Health Administration

Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Agana Heights: VA Guam Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 498 Chalan Palayso, 671-475-5760

Vet Center:
Hagatna: Guam Vet Center, Reflection Center, 222 Chalan Santo Papa St, Suite 201, 671-472-7161 / 877-927-8387 / Fax: 671-472-7162

Veterans Benefits Administration
Intake Site
Tamuning: Guam Benefits Office, 770 East Sunset Blvd, Suite 165

VA Cemetery

Guam Veterans Cemetery, 490 Chalan Palayso, Agatna Heights, Guam 96910, 671-475-8388 /
Fax: 671-475-8396

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Resources

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/

http://gvao.guam.gov/

http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?State=GU

http://www.guam.gov/?pg=gov_guam_directory

http://www.dol.guam.gov/

http://www.guam.gov/?pg=military_on_guam

https://www.guamtax.com/about/mvd.html

http://www.govguamdocs.com/revtax/docs/2012_NEWSSC_201209.pdf

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Document Review Date: 9 January 2017