State / Territory Benefits - Territory of the Virgin Islands

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Education Benefits
Employment Benefits
Unemployment Compensation
Department of Driver Services (DDS) Benefits
Health & Insurance Benefits
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Miscellaneous Benefits
Wounded Warrior Benefits
Survivor Benefits
Army National Guard Benefits
U.S. Army Reserve Benefits
VA Medical Facilities
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Summary: Virgin Islands offers special benefits for its military Service members and veterans including Veterans Guardianship, Veterans Employment Preference, Reimbursement for Burial Expenses, Employment Assistance, Veteran Tuition Assistance and Free License Plates. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

Territory Benefit Highlights and Eligibility


Territory Taxes
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Territory Tax Advantage: None.

Retired Military Pay: Pensions are taxable.

Homestead Tax Exemption: Up to $650 from the Real Property Tax Bill is offered to veterans who occupy their primary home.

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Education Benefits:

Veteran Tuition Assistance: Free Tuition is offered for attendance at local public educational institutions and at the University of the Virgin Islands.
Eligibility: This program is for Veterans who entered the Armed Forces while residing in the Virgin Islands.

Community Engagement & Lifelong Learning (CELL): Free Tuition is offered for attendance at the University of the Virgin Islands to participate in the CELL program.
Eligibility: This program is for Veterans who entered the Armed Forces while residing in the Virgin Islands.

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Employment Benefits:

Veterans Employment Preference: Veterans receive an additional 10 points on Local Civil Service Examinations for employment.15-Points are given for Disabled Veterans.
Eligibility: A Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States.

Employment Assistance: Territorial Government employees receive 30 days military leave per year for Federal or State active duty.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member who is a state employee on orders for Drills or Annual Training.

Employment Assistance for Burial Attendance: Administrative leave for Military Burial Attendance (with prior notification).
Eligibility: Any U.S. Veteran working for local governments.

Employment Assistance for Military Exercises: Administrative Leave for temporary participation in military exercises.
Eligibility: Any U.S. Veteran working for local governments.

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Unemployment Compensation:

Unemployment Compensation: The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Labor, Division of Unemployment Insurance administers the Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Unemployment Insurance is designed to provide benefits to eligible persons who are temporarily unemployed through no fault of their own. In all states employers pay quarterly contributions to cover their workers against involuntary unemployment. Most employers are required to pay contributions. Benefits are funded by these contributions. The amount of benefits payable is intended to cover non-deferrable expenses such as housing, food, clothing, and necessary transportation. No deductions are made from the worker's wages to finance Unemployment Insurance Benefits. Eligibility for Unemployment Insurance Benefits is based on wages earned not on Family financial resources.
Eligibility: In order to be eligible for Unemployment Benefits, you must meet certain eligibility conditions. You must be totally or partially unemployed. You are considered totally unemployed any week in which you did not perform work and no wages were paid to you. YOU MUST REPORT ALL OF YOUR WORK AND EARNINGS, INCLUDING ANY SELF-EMPLOYMENT INCOME. You must report to the local office in person to file a claim for Unemployment Benefits. You are required to register for work at the Job Service office. You must participate in reemployment services offered through the Job Service office when you are selected.

Failure to report/participate in any reemployment services, in which you are required to participate, may result in the denial of benefits, unless you have justifiable cause that you have completed such services or are attending similar services. You must file a claim and meet these basic requirements:

1) You must be able to perform full-time work which means that you must be physically and mentally able to work each work each day of the week. Benefits cannot be paid for any week during which you are unable to work. While claiming benefits, you must indicate on your claim form whether there were any days which you were not able to work due to illness, injury, or for any other reason.

2) You must be available for full time work. It means you must be ready and willing to accept suitable work while you are claiming unemployment benefits. In general, work is suitable if it is within your training, capabilities and experience. You must not place undue restrictions on accepting offered work, such as limiting times and places for a job. Transportation and child care problems are not acceptable excuses for not being available for certain jobs that are otherwise suitable.

3) You are required to actively seek full-time work on your own and keep a list of employers you contact for jobs. You must not limit your search to part-time work. If you are only partially employed, you must make a continuing effort to find full time work. If work is not available in your regular occupation, you are expected to look for work in other areas for which you are qualified. The Job Service will make every effort to assist you in finding suitable work.

4) You must be unemployed through no fault of your own. If your separation from your last employer was for anything other than lack of work we will have to conduct a fact-finding interview by secure information from you, your employer, and any other relevant parties before we can determine your eligibility. No payment can be made until we have issued a decision. If you are determined to be responsible for being unemployed a disqualification may be imposed.

The Division of Unemployment Insurance has offices on St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John. Our regular hours are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Our office on St. John has limited service to claimants every other week on Thursdays, from 9:00am to 2:30pm. We share office space at the St. John Legislative building. Please visit our Contact page via the link below for detailed location information.

Contact phone numbers: (340)776-3700 for St. Thomas and (340) 773-1994 for St. Croix.

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Department of Driver Services Benefits:

Free License Plates: All Veterans residing in the Virgin Islands receive free license plates.

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

Group Insurance: Entitled to same rights and benefits as territorial Government employees while on Training for Active Duty.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member.

Workers Compensation: Entitled to same rights and benefits as territorial Government employees while on Training for Active Duty.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member Injury occurs while serving on State Active Duty.

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

Veterans Home/Land Loan: This loan is a maximum of $110,000.00 at a low rate of 4%.
Eligibility: Veterans who entered the Armed Forces while residing in the Virgin Islands.

Burial in Local Cemetery: A Free Burial Plot in Local Cemeteries is offered to Veterans.
Eligibility: Veterans who are residents and entered the Armed Forces while residing in the Virgin Islands.

Reimbursement for Burial Expenses: A maximum of $ 3, 500.00 is reimbursed for Burial Expenses.
Eligibility: Veteran who entered the Armed Forces while residing in the Virgin Islands.

Emergency Ambulance Service: Free Emergency Ambulance Service.
Eligibility: All Veterans residing in the Virgin Islands.

Off Island Travel Assistance: 100% reimbursement for off island travel assistance for non-service connected Veterans with VA medical appointment.
Eligibility: All Veterans residing in the Virgin Islands.

Taxi Medallion: Veterans have an opportunity to acquire a Taxi Medallion.
Eligibility: Veterans who entered the Armed Forces while residing in the Virgin Islands.

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Wounded Warrior Benefits

Veterans Employment Preference: Veterans receive an additional 10 points on Local Civil Service Examinations for employment.15-Points are given for Disabled Veterans.

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Survivor Benefits: None

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Army National Guard Benefits

Veterans Employment Preference: Veterans receive an additional 10 points on Local Civil Service Examinations for employment.15-Points are given for Disabled Veterans.
Eligibility: A Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States.

Employment Assistance: Territorial Government employees receive 30 days military leave per year for Federal or State active duty.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member who is a state employee on orders for Drill or Annual Training.

Group Insurance: Entitled to same rights and benefits as territorial Government employees while on Training for Active Duty.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member.

Workers Compensation: Entitled to same rights and benefits as territorial Government employees while on Training for Active Duty.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member Injury occurs while serving on State Active Duty.

Veterans Home/Land Loan: This loan is a maximum of $110,000.00 at a low rate of 4%.
Eligibility: Veterans who entered the Armed Forces while residing in the Virgin Islands.

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Burial in Local Cemetery: A Free Burial Plot in Local Cemeteries is offered to Veterans.
Eligibility: Veterans who are residents and entered the Armed Forces while residing in the Virgin Islands.

Reimbursement for Burial Expenses: A maximum of $ 3, 500.00 is reimbursed for Burial Expenses.
Eligibility: Veteran who entered the Armed Forces while residing in the Virgin Islands.

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US Army Reserve

Community Engagement & Lifelong Learning (CELL): Free Tuition is offered for attendance at the University of the Virgin Islands to participate in the CELL program.
Eligibility: This program is for Veterans who entered the Armed Forces while residing in the Virgin Islands.

Veterans Employment Preference: Veterans receive an additional 10 points on Local Civil Service Examinations for employment.15-Points are given for Disabled Veterans.
Eligibility: A Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States.

Employment Assistance: Territorial Government employees receive 30 days military leave per year for Federal or State active duty.
Eligibility: National Guard or reserveService member who is a state employee on orders for Drill or Annual Training.

Veterans Home/Land Loan: This loan is a maximum of $110,000.00 at a low rate of 4%.
Eligibility: Veterans who entered the Armed Forces while residing in the Virgin Islands.

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Burial in Local Cemetery: A Free Burial Plot in Local Cemeteries is offered to Veterans.
Eligibility: Veterans who are residents and entered the Armed Forces while residing in the Virgin Islands.

Reimbursement for Burial Expenses: A maximum of $ 3, 500.00 is reimbursed for Burial Expenses.
Eligibility: Veteran who entered the Armed Forces while residing in the Virgin Islands.

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Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities in Virgin Islands:

Veterans Health Administration
Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Kings Hill: Saint Croix CBOC, Box 12, RR-02, The Village Mall #113, 340-778-5553 / 340-778-5554
St. John: St. John Rural Clinic, Myrah Keating Smith CHC, P.O. Box 8312, 340-693-8900
St. Thomas: Saint Thomas CBOC, Medical Foundation Building Suite 101, 340-446-7072 / Fax: 340-774-2069

Vet Center
Christiansted: Ponce Vet Center, RR-2 Box 10553 Kingshill, The Village Mall plot 113 (Barren Spot), 340-778-5553 / 340-778-5553 / Fax: 787-841-3165
St. Croix: St. Croix Vet Center Outstation, The Village Mall, RR 2 Box 10553 Kingshill, 340-778-5553 / 877-927-8387 / Fax: 340-778-5545
St. Thomas: St. Thomas Vet Center Outstation, 50 Estate Thomas, Medical Foundation Building Suite 101, 340-774-5017 / 877-927-8387 / Fax: 340-774-5384


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Resources

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

http://usvibmv.org/military_driver.php

http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book.asp

http://vetaffairsvi.org/Home_Page.html

http://www.dol.gov/elaws/vets/realifelines/stateinfo.htm?state=VI

Document Review Date: 29 July 2013