State / Territory Benefits - Utah

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Summary: Utah offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemptions, Utah National Guard Tuition Scholarship Program, Veterans Job Preference, State Education and Tuition Assistance, Special Fun Tags, Vehicle Tags, as well as Fishing License privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

 

State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

 

State Taxes:

State Tax Advantage: None

Military Retired Pay: Utah treats military retirement pensions as taxable income, and does not offer any additional credits for Veteran retirees other than for retirement in general.

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Retirement Credit for Taxpayers Age 65 and Over: (UC §59-10-1019) A taxpayer age 65 or over as of December 31, 2014, may be able to claim a non-refundable tax credit of up to $450. If a married couple is filing a joint return and are both age 65 or over they may claim a credit of up to $900. This credit is limited by the total of your modified adjusted gross income, nontaxable interest income, and any additions to income reported on TC-40A, Part 1. The credit will be phased-out by a percentage of the excess of your modified gross income, over a certain amount based on filing status.

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Retirement Credit for Taxpayers Under Age 65: (UC §59-10-1019) A taxpayer who meets the following requirements and receives eligible retirement income during the year may be able to claim a non-refundable tax credit of up to 6 percent of eligible retirement income or $288 if lesser:

  • The taxpayer must have been born before January 1, 1953;

  • The taxpayer must be under the age of 65 as of December 31, 2014; and

  • The taxpayer must have received eligible retirement income from one or more of the sources listed below.

Eligible retirement income is pension or annuity income paid to a retiree or the surviving Spouse of the retiree if the income was:

  • Paid from an annuity contract purchased by an employer under a plan that meets the requirements of IRC Section 404(a)(2);

  • Purchased by an employee under a plan that meets the requirements of IRC Section 408;

  • Paid by the United States, a state or political subdivision of a state, or the District of Columbia; or

  • Taxable retirement social security benefits (excluding disability or survivor benefits), but only if included in your federal adjusted gross income.

Income that does not qualify as retirement income for credit purposes includes:

  • Disbursements from deferred compensation plans, such as IRC Section 401(k) and Section 457 plans; and

  • Social security survivor benefits a Child receives on behalf of a deceased employee.

A surviving Spouse is entitled to the credit for eligible retirement income received on behalf of a deceased Spouse. However, Children and other recipients are not entitled to the credit.

Eligible retirement income must be attributable to the taxpayer claiming the credit. Retirement income attributed to a Spouse because of community property law does not qualify.

The credit will be phased-out by a percentage of the excess of your modified gross income, over a certain amount based on filing status (2.5% of the income in excess of the following amounts):

  • $25,000 if filing as single,

  • $32,000 if filing as married jointly,

  • $16,000 if filing as married separately,

  • $32,000 if filing as head of household,

  • $32,000 if filing as a qualifying Widow(er).

Income, for purposes of phase-out calculation, is the total income shown on Utah TC-40, line 6 (Federal adjusted gross income plus Utah additions to income), plus non-taxable interest as shown on your Federal form 1040 or 1040A, line 8b and not included in Utah additions to income.

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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.

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Military SBP/ RCSBP/ RSFPP: (UC §59-10-1019) A surviving Spouse is entitled to the credit for eligible retirement income received on behalf of a deceased Spouse. However, Children and other recipients are not entitled to the credit.

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Nonresident Active Duty Income Exemption (Code 82): (UC §59-10-103(1)(l)) Active-duty military service pay by a non-resident Service-member is not taxable on the Utah return. The amount of military active duty pay included in Federal adjusted gross income should be subtracted on TC-40A, Part 2, using Code 82. A Utah TC-40B, Non or Part-year Resident Schedule must also be completed. Military income subtraction is included in the TC-40B total column on Line 32. If a paper return is filed, attach both the TC-40A and TC-40B to the return, along with the active-duty military form W-2.

Please see Pub 57, Military Personnel Instructions for more information.

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Nonresident Military Spouse Income (Code 88): (UC §59-10-103(1)(l)): All Utah income of a non-resident Spouse married to a non-resident active duty military Service-member may be exempt from Utah income tax.

In order to qualify, the non-resident Spouse must meet the following conditions:

  • The non-resident Spouse had the same domicile as the non-resident military Service-member before moving to Utah;

  • The non-resident Spouse is in Utah to be with their military spouse; and

  • The non-resident active duty Service-member is in Utah under military orders.

If the non-resident military Spouse qualifies for this exemption, all their income is exempt from Utah tax. (This income may still be taxable for federal purposes and may be taxed in the state of residence.) If qualified, subtract the total income included in federal adjusted gross income for the non-resident Spouse on your Utah TC-40A, Part 2, using code 88. This will then be included in the subtractions on TC-40B, column B, line 32. Include only the Utah income of the non-resident Spouse in the subtractions entered on TC-40B, column A, line 32.

See Pub 57, Military Personnel Instructions for more information.

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Combat-Related Death Credit (Code 25): (UC §59-10-1027) If a military Service member dies as a result of military service in a combat zone, the surviving Spouse may be entitled to a nonrefundable tax credit equal to the tax liability of the military Service member for the year in which the Service member dies.
Eligibility: To qualify for the credit, all of the following conditions must be met:

  • The Service member must have been on active duty or in a Reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces,

  • The combat-related death must have occurred on or after January 1, 2010, and

  • The death must have occurred when the Service member was serving in a combat zone, or be the result of a wound, disease, or injury incurred during service in a combat zone.

*Note: If a fiduciary is filing a trust return on behalf of the deceased Service member, the credit is claimed on their TC-41, Utah Fiduciary Income Tax Return.

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Active or Reserve Duty Armed Forces Property Tax Exemption: (UC 59-2-1104 & 1105) The total taxable value of the claimant's primary residence may be exempt from taxation if the claimant is deployed out-of-state for military duty.
Eligibility: This exemption is available to active or reserve members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty who reside outside the state 200 days in a calendar year, or 200 consecutive days beginning in the prior year. The claimant must be the property owner of record as of 1 January and must file on or before 1 September of the year after the year of qualifying service. Supporting documentation (military orders for service) must accompany the application. Claimant must re-apply each year he/she is eligible.

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Disabled Veteran Property Tax Abatement: (UC 59-2-1104 & 1105) The exemption is up to $252,126 of taxable value of a residence, based on the Veteran having a military service-connected disability percentage of 10 percent of more. The exemption can also be applied toward tangible personal property, such as motor vehicles.
Eligibility: This exemption is available to Veterans disabled in military service, their unmarried surviving Spouse or minor Children. An application with proof of military service and proof of disability (or death) must be on file with the county where the eligible property is located.  

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Education Benefits 

State Tuition Assistance Program (STA): STA pays up to $250 per semester hour. This amount cannot exceed 100% of the tuition cost for a course. The maximum amount paid is $4,500 per year. STA may be combined with the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) and Kicker (additional tuition assistance), when the student is enrolled at least 1/2 time or more, STA, the MGIB-SR and the MGIB Kicker Programs may be combined and may exceed 100 percent of tuition costs. Funding is available on a first come first served basis. Soldiers may use STA to receive one credential from each of the following levels:

  1. Secondary School (High School) Diploma or its equivalency (GED);

  2. Certificate (undergraduate, graduate, vocational, technical, licensure);

  3. Associate degree;

  4. Baccalaureate degree;

  5. Master's degree

Eligibility: All active duty resident Soldiers, AGR Soldiers under Title 10 & 32, and drilling Reserve Component Soldiers coded as "satisfactory participants" are eligible. Soldiers must not be attending school under the provisions of AR 621-1, must not be an ROTC Scholarship recipient, or participating in the Green to Gold program. Also, Soldiers must be in good standing (no flags under AR 600-8-2). Soldiers assigned to the Individual Ready Reserve or Inactive National Guard are not eligible. Click here for the more information and Statement of Understanding; click here for the application.

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State Tuition Waiver Program (Scholarship): The State Tuition Waiver Program was developed to aid Soldiers of the Utah National Guard to receive tuition assistance at all Utah State public universities and colleges. The program will cover the cost of tuition equivalent to the full time rate of (12-18 credit hours) for the academic school year; this includes both semesters for Fall and Spring. To be considered for the State Tuition Waiver you must submit an application between January 1st and May 31st prior to the year you will attend. This program pays 100% of tuition and can be used with Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA), but cannot exceed 100% of tuition. This is a limited-availability program; schools receive a specific number of allotments for State Tuition Waivers. Once they are used up, applicants must wait until the start of the next school year.
Eligibility: Utah Army National Guard Soldiers to be used at UT State schools who:

  • Have been accepted as a student at a Utah public college or university,

  • Will be attending school as a full-time student,

  • Are MOS qualified,

  • Do not have a four-year degree,

  • Who are not on active duty (including AGR/ADSW), and

  • Are considered Utah residents by the school he/she will attend

To apply, the following steps must be taken and documentation included:

  • Complete the State Tuition Waiver Application.

  • Submit a short (1-2pg) essay on "Discuss your military goals and how your civilian education will assist you."

  • Submit a copy of transcripts for every high school, college, or university attended. Copies may be unofficial; however, the transcripts must have the applicant's name and the name of the school on the document.

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Purple Heart Tuition Waiver: (UC §53B-8e-103) Purple Heart recipients are eligible for a tuition waiver in all state schools in Utah. This benefit can be used toward a degree up to and including a Master's Degree.
Eligibility: To receive this benefit the Veteran must submit proof that they are a Purple Heart recipient to the Utah State Institution they are attending.

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Veterans' Tuition Gap Coverage: (UC §53B-13b-103) This program provides funding for eligible Utah resident Veterans who have exhausted their post-9/11 education benefits, but have not yet completed the requirements for a Bachelor's degree. The grant funding can help cover tuition for the last year of undergraduate education leading up to a Bachelor's degree.
Eligibility: The applicant must:

  • Be a resident student of the State of Utah under Utah Code §53B-8-102 and Board Policy R512 or exempt from paying the nonresident portion of total tuition under Utah Code §53B-8-106; and

  • Be a aVeteran using the post 9/11 Veterans Assistance Program funds; and

  • Be unconditionally admitted and currently enrolled in an eligible program leading to a bachelor's degree at an eligible institution on at least a half-time basis as defined by the institution; and

  • Be maintaining satisfactory academic progress, as defined by the institution, toward the degree in which enrolled; and

  • Has exhausted the Federal benefit under the post 9/11 Veterans Assistance Program; and

  • Has not completed a bachelor's degree; and

  • Be in the final year of his or her academic baccalaureate program.

Benefit Highlights: Funds will be awarded and packaged on an annual award year basis unless the remaining period of enrollment until completion of the academic program is less than one award year. Funds will be paid each semester or quarter at a time, consistent upon the student maintaining satisfactory progress as defined by the institution. Funds disbursed on behalf of a student will not exceed total tuition and fees. The student must use tuition gap funds for the sole purpose of paying tuition and fees.

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Enlisted Association of the National Guard in Utah (EANGUT) Scholarship Program: The Enlisted Association of the National Guard Utah (EANGUT) has established a scholarship program to assist members of the Utah National Guard in pursuing advanced educational and academic opportunities. These scholarships are for one year, to attend an accredited college, university, or vocational technical school in the State of Utah. The Officer Association sponsors six tuition assistant grants of $1,000 each; the Enlisted Association sponsors three $1,000 scholarships. These scholarships are based on available funding.
Eligibility: The scholarship program is open to outstanding enlisted members of EANGUT, their Spouses or dependents.

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Scott B Lundell Military Survivors Tuition Waiver: (UC §53B-8-107) This legislation waives the undergraduate tuition at state institutions of higher education for surviving military dependents. The waiver in this section does not apply to fees, books, or housing expenses. The Utah Department of Veterans Affairs is the administering agency for this benefit. Call 1-800-894-9497 or (801) 326-2372 for information on how to use this benefit.
Eligibility: Surviving dependents of Utah resident military members killed in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001.

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Veterans Upward Bound (VUB): Veterans Upward Bound specifically serves Veterans who are transitioning from the service into postsecondary education. VUB offers free academic advising, career counseling, testing, and instructional services to eligible Veterans.
Eligibility: Veterans must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must have served at least 181 days active duty

  • OR Was a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces called to active duty for a period of more than 30 days (at least 31 days) on or after September 11, 2001

  • OR Was called to active duty for less than 30 days to serve in support of a contingency operation on or after September 11, 2001

  • AND Be one of the following:

    • Potential first-generation college graduate (neither parent graduated from college.)

    • low income

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In-state Tuition: (UC §53B-8-102) Active duty military and Veterans that have been released from active service within 12 months of attending school will receive tuition at the rate of in-state tuition at public degree granting and certificate granting schools.

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Honorary High School Diplomas: (UC §53A-3-427) Veterans from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam who left high school for military service during those conflicts may be eligible to receive Honorary High School Diplomas from the particular school that they left. Contact the local school district for information on how to receive the diploma.

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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:
Brad C. Smith, MIC3 Commissioner
Address: 250 East 500 South, P.O Box 144200, Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Email: brad.smith@schools.utah.gov
Phone:
801-538-7510

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Employment Benefits: 

Veterans Hiring Preferences: 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:

  • 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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Utah Veterans' Preference:  As a Veteran of the armed services, you may be entitled to preference when seeking initial employment with Utah state government (Utah Code 71-10-1). Preference will be awarded as follows (Utah Code 71-10-2):

  • Five points or five percent of the total possible score (whichever is greater), if the preference eligible applicant is a Veteran;

  • Ten points or ten percent of the total possible score (whichever is greater), if the preference eligible applicant is a Veteran with a disability or a Purple Heart recipient; or

  • In the case of a preference eligible Spouse, widow, or widower, the same percentage the qualifying Veteran is, or would have been, entitled to.

Eligibility:

  • Any individual who has served on active duty in the armed forces for more than 180 consecutive days, except active duty for training purposes such as initial basic and advanced individual training or active duty to attend a military course, and who was separated under honorable conditions.

  • A member or former member of a reserve component who served in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized and who was separated from active service under honorable conditions.

  • A Veteran with a disability, regardless of the percentage of disability.

  • The Spouse or unmarried widow or widower of a Veteran.

  • A Purple Heart recipient.

  • A retired member of the armed forces.

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Veterans Reemployment Rights: Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) provides protection against discrimination in employment because of service in the uniformed services (Title 38, chap 43 USC). Inquiries regarding reemployment rights should be directed to the U.S.D.L., Veterans Employment & Training Services (801-524-5703)
Eligibility: Veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves may be eligible for reemployment with their civilian employers it they meet certain requirements under the Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

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Utah Voluntary Veteran's Preference Employment Policy: (UC §34-50-103) Private-sector employers may create and maintain a Veteran's employment preference policy.

The Veterans' Employment policy shall be:

  • In writing,
  • Applied uniformly to employment decisions regarding hiring, promotion, or retention during a reduction-in-force, and
  • Publicly posted by the employer at the place of employment or on the Internet if the employer has a website or utilizes the Internet to advertise employment opportunities.

Eligibility: An employer may require a Veteran applicant to submit proof-of-service (i.e., DD214) to be eligible for the preference.

Veteran Employment Opportunity Program (VEOP): The Veterans' Employment Opportunity Amendments (HB327) became law effective May 13, 2014. This law found in Utah Code 67-19-15(2)(b)(ii) allows for veterans of the U.S. armed forces to be hired into designated career-service positions with a 6-month on-the-job examination period in lieu of a competitive hiring process. Veteran must upload their DD214 to the Job Seeker website, and indicate that they would like to be considered for hire under this program. Hiring officials may choose to interview and hire a qualified Veteran who has opted into this program separately from other candidates.
Eligibility:

  • Any individual who has served on active duty in the armed forces for more than 180 consecutive days, except active duty for training purposes such as initial basic and advanced individual training or active duty to attend a military course, and who was separated under honorable conditions.

  • A member or former member of a reserve component who served in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized and who was separated from active service under honorable conditions.

  • A Veteran with a disability, regardless of the percentage of disability.

  • The Spouse or unmarried widow or widower of a Veteran.

  • A Purple Heart recipient.

  • A retired member of the armed forces.

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Military Leave: (UC §39-3-2) Utah state, county or municipal government employees are allowed full pay for 15 days of military leave per year for annual military encampment. Military leave is in addition to and distinguished from annual accrued vacation leave with pay.
Eligibility: Service members of the organized Reserve/ National Guard.

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Unemployment Compensation: 

Unemployment Compensation: Utah's Department of Workforce Services administers the Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. The Utah UI program is a federal/state partnership established over 60 years ago to provide temporary financial assistance to eligible unemployed workers. This program provides economic stability to workers, Families, communities and the Utah economy as a whole.

Eligibility for UI benefits is based on the wages you have earned, not on your individual or Family financial resources. Additionally, you must be able and available to accept full-time work to qualify for UI benefits. As such, UI is not welfare, Social Security, workers compensation or disability assistance.

Benefits paid through the Utah UI program are funded entirely through a dedicated tax paid by employers, meaning that you as a worker do not pay any portion of benefit costs or UI taxes.

In general, unemployment insurance benefits are paid to eligible workers who:

  • have earned qualifying wages,

  • are unemployed through no fault of their own,

  • are able and available to work full-time and

  • are actively seeking full-time work.

You can file a new claim here.

For questions regarding an existing claim or UI benefits in general, please call the Claims Center at:

  • Salt Lake and South Davis Counties (801) 526-4400

  • Weber and North Davis Counties (801) 612-0877

  • Utah County (801) 375-4067

  • Remainder of State and Out of State 1-888-848-0688

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Veterans Job Representative: Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program specialists (DVOPs) are located statewide in the larger employment offices of the Utah Department of Workforce Services. They provide intensive employment related services for targeted Veterans, referral to job opportunities, resume writing, referral letters, Veteran's preference, employment counseling, etc.

Utah Department of Work Force Services has several programs available for Veterans of all eras. Visit DWS's website for more information and a list of Veterans Representatives click Vet Reps.

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Division of Motor Vehicles Benefits:

Purple Heart Fee Exemption: (UC §41-1a-1211) A recipient of a Purple Heart is exempt from paying fees related to motor vehicle license and registration. This does not exempt one from the property taxes or age-based fees which are still applicable.
Eligibility: Purple Heart recipient with proof of award submitted to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Driver's License Renewal: (UC §53-2-214) Military personnel whose Utah driver license expires while they are stationed outside of Utah and immediate Family members or dependents who reside with them while stationed outside the state may continue to use that license until up to 90 days after they are discharged, by which time they will need to file for an extension or renewal. Military personnel from outside Utah who are temporarily stationed in Utah may use their valid out-of-state or out-of-country license to drive in Utah, and so may their dependents.

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Veteran Status On Utah Driver License And Utah Id Cards: (UC §53-3-804) Veterans age 21 or older, can now have the word "VETERAN" printed on their state issued driver licenses or state ID cards. In order to have this accomplished, go to any state Driver License or ID office and indicate on the application for these cards that you are a Veteran. You must have served on active duty and have an Honorable Discharge. Veterans must provide a DD-214 or a Report of Separation to have their status verified. All renewal fees are still applicable.

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CDL Driving Skills Test Waiver: (UC §53-3-407) Beginning July 1, 2012 the Utah Driver License Division may waive the driving skills tests for military Veterans applying for a CDL who meet the licensing qualifications, been honorably discharged in the previous 90 days and have operated a CMV during the immediate 2 year period preceding discharge.
Eligibility: The applicant must complete all of the following requirements to be eligible to have the CDL skills tests waived: (application)

  • The applicant must complete the CDL-ST WVR page 1, and the last commanding officer must complete the CDL-ST WVR page 2;

  • Provide a DD214 or discharge papers showing evidence of honorable discharge within the previous 90 days;

  • Provide a copy of a DA348, AF2293 or other equivalent document verifying certification for operating a commercial motor vehicle; and

  • Pass all required knowledge testing.

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Veteran-Army License Plate: Utah Veteran's license plates may be purchased from any DMV for an initial $25.00 contribution to the Utah State Department of Veterans Affairs plus a $15.00 special plate fee, $10 annual contribution fee, and $4 postage/handling fee in addition to normal vehicle registration and property tax fees. This plate may be personalized with up to 5 alphanumeric characters by submitting TC-817, Application for Personalized and Replacement License Plates with the required personalization fee.

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Purple Heart / Combat Wounded Plate: These Veterans are exempt of application and renewal fees. However, regular registration and property tax fees still must be paid. A membership card in the Military Order of the Purple Heart Association or military discharge form DD-214 issued by the National Personnel Records Center is required to obtain this plate. $4 postage/handling fee applies. This plate may be personalized with up to 5 alphanumeric characters by submitting TC-817, Application for Personalized and Replacement License Plates with the required personalization fee.

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Former Prisoner of War: This plate recognizes Utah resident military Veterans held as a prisoner of war. This plate may be transferred to the surviving Spouse of a former prisoner of war so long as the surviving Spouse remains unmarried. This plate has a one-time $15 special plate fee and a $4 postage/handling fee. There is no annual fee. This plate may be personalized with up to 5 alphanumeric characters by submitting TC-817, Application for Personalized and Replacement License Plates with the required personalization fee.

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Gold Star Plate: This plate honors the Family of a member of the military who is killed while serving in the United States armed forces. This plate has a one-time $15 special plate fee when this plate is issued (this includes special group, plate, registration and decal fees), and a $4 postage/handling fee. There is no Annual Contribution with this plate. This fee is in addition to all other fees due at the time the plate is issued. Fees pertaining to the renewal of a vehicle registration apply and must be paid. This plate may be personalized with up to 5 alphanumeric characters by submitting TC-817, Application for Personalized and Replacement License Plates with the required personalization fee. This is a centrally-distributed license plate. It may be ordered from any DMV office, and will be mailed from the Utah State Tax Commission.
Eligibility: This plate is only available to recipients of a Gold Star award as evidenced by military documentation.

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National Guard Plate: Vehicle owners pay a one-time special plate fee of $15 and a $4 postage/handling fee when this plate is issued. There is no annual fee for this plate. This plate is available only to current members of the Utah National Guard as evidenced in documentation to be attached to the registration application. Owners may not use this plate following separation from the Utah National Guard. Owners must register vehicles with new plates upon separation from the Guard. The qualified applicant must be listed on the registration. This plate may be personalized with up to 5 alphanumeric characters by submitting TC-817, Application for Personalized and Replacement License Plates with the required personalization fee.

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Disabled Veteran Plate: Available for Veterans with a service-connected disability. This plate has a one-time $15 special plate fee and a $4 postage/handling fee. There is no annual fee. A letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs or other United States military entity certifying the disabled status of the Veteran is required to obtain this plate. This plate may be personalized with up to 5 alphanumeric characters by submitting TC-817, Application for Personalized and Replacement License Plates with the required personalization fee.

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Pearl Harbor Survivor Plate: This plate recognizes those on duty and surviving the attack at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. There is a one-time $15 special plate fee and a $4 postage/handling fee required to obtain this plate. A membership card issued by the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association is required to obtain this plate. This plate may be personalized with up to 5 alphanumeric characters by submitting TC-817, Application for Personalized and Replacement License Plates, with the required personalization fee.

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

Medical Benefits: Workers Compensation equivalent to State employees.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member's injury occurs while serving on state active duty.

Group Insurance: National Guard Association of Utah offers $1,000 no cost life insurance coverage on Soldiers. Term group life insurance of $260,000 (through a combination of SSLI plans) for member; up to $155,000 for Spouse and up to $35,000 for children. Protection continues until age 70. Click here for current rates.
Eligibility: Army National Guard Service member.

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Workers Compensation: Workers Compensation equivalent to State employees.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member's injury occurs while serving on state active duty.

Injury/Death Benefits: Relief that the legislature deems proper.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member's injury/death occurs while serving on active Duty.

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Parks and Recreation Benefits:

Fishing Privileges: (UC §23-19-38.3) The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources provides Veterans a Utah Disabled Veteran Fishing Licenses at a discounted price of $12.00.
Eligibility: To qualify a Veteran must have a minimum 20% Service Connected Disability rating or higher. Application

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America The Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass: Access Pass: A free lifetime entrance pass that provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies. See Site Locations that issue the Access Pass. The Access Pass admits pas owner and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and the pass holder plus 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, where per-person fees are charged (Children under 16 are always admitted free.). The Pass may also provide a 50% discount on federal use fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, parking, boat launching, and cave tours. It does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.
Eligibility: It is available to citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are medically determined to be permanently disabled that severely limits one or more major life activities. A permanent disability is a permanent physical, mental, or sensory impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working. Veterans may obtain a pass by showing proof of a medically determined permanent disability or eligibility for receiving benefits under federal law. A letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs stating the Veteran's disability rating will suffice. You can obtain an Access Pass in person, with proper documentation, from a participating Federal recreation site or office. See Site Locations that issue the Access Pass. Access Passes may also be obtained via mail order from USGS. Mail-order applicants for the Access Pass must submit a completed application, proof of residency and documentation of permanent disability, and pay the document processing fee of $10 to obtain a pass through the mail.

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Annual Pass for US Military and Their Dependents: Free admission for one full year from the month obtained (through last day of that month). The Annual pass covers entrance to Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service sites that charge Entrance Fees, and Standard Amenity Fees at Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation sites. Admits the pass owners and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas, or the pass owner and up to additional 3 adults at sites that charge per person, children 15 and under are always free. The pass does not cover or provide a discount on expanded amenity fees such as camping, boat launch or interpretive fees.
Eligibility: US military members and the dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as most members of the US Reserves and National Guard. Proper military ID is required (CAC Card or DoD Form 1173). Dependents of deployed military members with DoD Form 1173 may also obtain a pass. You can receive your pass by presenting your US military ID at most Federal lands that charge an entrance fee. A list of sites that sell passes is available.

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

Bus / TRAX Reduced Fare Cards: Veterans with certain disabilities receive greatly discounted fares (65% reduced) to ride Utah Transit Authority (UTA) buses and TRAX light rail system.
Eligibility: Veterans meeting one of the following criteria:

  • Veterans and others with transportation disabilities that cause either difficulty boarding or getting off a bus/light rail system, or

    • Have difficulty standing in a moving bus/light rail system,

    • Difficulty reading bus/light rail system schedules & understanding information signs,

    • Difficulty hearing announcements by bus/light rail system or announcements by bus/light rail systems operators.

  • Valid issued Medicare card holders also get the UTA Reduced Fare Cards.

  • Elderly persons age 65 and over qualify for Senior Passes at the same price as Reduced Fare Cards.

The UTA Reduced Fare Card Application below provides specific examples of disabilities which qualify for the Reduced Fare Card. To obtain UTA Reduced Fare Cards do the following:

  • Go to either UTA location at 167 S. Main St. or 3600 S. 700 W. in Salt Lake City

  • Complete UTA Reduced Fare Card Application form

  • Present evidence of a disability signed by a healthcare provider

  • Pay $2.00 for UTA photo identification to incorporate on UTA Reduced Fare Card.

Visit www.rideuta.com for updated fare information.

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Homeless Veterans Fellowship: The Homeless Veterans Fellowship provides transitional housing for up to 18 months for Veterans. They can also provide emergency food bags and personal hygiene items. Coffee and donuts are provided during open hours. The Homeless Veterans Fellowship address is:

Homeless Veterans Fellowship
541 23rd Street
Ogden, UT 84401
Phone: (801) 392-7662

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Utah State Veterans Nursing Home: Quality nursing and health care services are provided for Utah Veterans with U.S. military service during peacetime or wartime. While wartime service is not a requirement for admission to the nursing home, wartime Veterans with one day or more of wartime service, as recognized by state and federal laws, have top priority. A Veteran's Spouse or surviving Spouse may also qualify for admittance to the Utah State Veterans Nursing Home, providing the marriage to the Veteran occurred at least one year before the application.
Eligibility: Veterans and Spouses (or surviving Spouses) who are residents of Utah and in need of assisted living or nursing home care may be admitted to the homes.

For the purposes of admission, a Veteran is defined using the following criteria:

  • An individual who has served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for more than 180 consecutive days, OR

  • A member of a reserve component who served in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized, OR

  • Any person incurring a service-related injury or disability whether or not that person completed 180 days of active duty, AND

  • Separated or retired under honorable conditions.

Currently there are four State Veterans Nursing Homes:

  • William E. Christoffersen Veterans Home, 700 Foothill Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84113: An 81-bed skilled nursing facility. A professionally-staffed rehabilitation department provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy to improve and restore maximum function and strength. Phone: (801) 584-1900 / Fax: (801) 584-1960.

  • George E. Wahlen Ogden Veterans Home, 1102 N 1200 W, Ogden, UT 84404: A 120-bed skilled nursing care home, including hospice, rehabilitative, and memory care. The Eden Alternative's principle-based philosophy empowers care partners to transform institutional approaches to care into the creation of a community where life is worth living. The main focus is to eliminate loneliness, helplessness and boredom. Phone: (801) 334-4315 or 4300 / Fax: (801) 334-4309. Application

  • Central Utah Veterans Home, 1551 N Main St., Payson, UT 84651: A 108-bed facility divided into nine communities. Each community offers a kitchen, dining room, living room, and 12 fully furnished private rooms with private bathrooms/showers. For Veterans with a 70% or higher disability rating, 100% of the cost is covered. Services include rehabilitative care, memory care, and hospice care. Phone: (801) 465-5400 / Fax (801) 465-4872.

  • Southern Utah Veterans Home, 160 N 200 E St., Ivins, UT 84738: The home is a new facility with 108 beds separated into nine communities. Each community offers a kitchen, dining room, living room, and 12 private rooms with private bathrooms/showers. For Veterans with a 70% or higher disability rating, 100% of the cost is covered. Services include rehabilitative care, memory care, and hospice care. Phone: (435)634-5220/ Fax (435) 673-5839.

Contact the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs for more information at either (801) 326-2372 or 1-800-894-9497.

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Utah State Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park: The Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery and Memorial Park is a state-operated cemetery which was dedicated on Memorial Day 1990 and is located just north of Camp Williams in Bluffdale, Utah. It offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Wasatch Mountains and pays tribute as an honored burial ground to Veterans, their Spouses and dependent Children. It also provides an appropriate venue for memorial services, funerals, meditation and other Veteran memorial related events.

The modern 150-seat chapel is the center-piece of the 30 acre memorial cemetery. The administrative building houses military artifacts and other patriotic materials. A Freedom Shrine contains copies of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and other significant historical documents that relate to the founding of our great nation.

The cemetery has added two new options in addition to the previously offered in-ground urn burials. Veterans and Families that prefer cremation now have the opportunity to use the newly built granite columbarium for niche interments or the beautifully landscaped Memorial Garden to scatter the cremation ashes of their loved one in a private setting.
Eligibility: Residents of Utah who have died either during service in the U.S. Armed Forces or afterwards (having been discharged under honorable conditions) are eligible for burial in the cemetery. Reservist and National Guard retired personnel with 20 years of service are eligible for burial also. A Veteran receives complete, professional burial services at no cost to the Veteran's Family upon presentation of discharge paperwork (casualty report, DD214, or other official documentation). Surviving Spouses and dependent Children also are eligible to be buried in the Utah State Veterans Cemetery & Memorial Park for a fee of $745. This fee covers the plot, headstone, and opening/closing of the gravesite.

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Burial Benefits: As part of the commitment to caring for Veterans and their Families, the Veterans Administration provides benefits to care in a dignified manner for the remains of eligible Veterans. These benefits can include:

  • National / State Veterans Cemetery Burials

  • Headstones, Monuments, and Medallions

  • Presidential Memorial Certificates

  • Burial Flags

  • Burial Reimbursements / Allowances

  • Military Funeral Honors

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Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities in Utah:

Veterans Health Administration
VA Health Care Center
Salt Lake City: VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 500 Foothill Dr, 801-582-1565

Outpatient Clinic
Moab: Moab VA Telehealth Clinic, 702 South Main St, 435-719-4144

Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Orem: Orem CBOC, 1443 West 800 North, Suite #302, 801-235-0953
Price: Price CBOC, 189 South 600 West, Suite B, 435-613-0342
Roosevelt: Roosevelt CBOC, 245 West 200 North, 435-725-1050 / Fax: 435-725-1057
South Ogden: Ogden CBOC, 982 Chambers St, 801-479-4105 / Fax: 801-584-2590
St. George: St. George CBOC, 230 North 1680 East, Bldg N, 435-634-7608
West Valley City: Western Salt Lake CBOC, 2750 South 5600 West, 801-417-5734

Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Murray: Salt Lake Vet Center, 22 West Fireclay Ave, 801-266-1499 / Fax: 801-266-2577
Provo: Provo Vet Center, 1807 North 1120 West, 801-377-1117 / Fax: 801-377-0227
St. George: St. George Vet Center, 1664 South Dixie Dr, Suite C-102, 435-673-4494

Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Office
Salt Lake City: Salt Lake City Regional Office, 550 Foothill Dr, 800-827-1000

Intake Site
Hill Air Force Base: Hill Air Force Base, Airman Family Readiness Center, 5837 D Ave, Bldg 150

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Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs
550 Foothill Drive, Suite105

Salt Lake City, UT 84158-0897
Phone: 801-326-2372
Toll-free: 800-894-9497
Fax: 801-326-2369
E-mail: veterans@utah.gov

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Military Installations in Utah

Active Duty

Army

Dugway Proving Grounds

Tooele Army Depot

Air Force

Hill Air Force Base

National Guard

Utah Army National Guard

Utah Air National Guard

151st Air Refueling Wing

Resources

http://www.veterans.utah.gov/http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp?isFlash=1

http://www.defense.gov/specials/outreachpublic/ut.html

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

http://veterans.utah.gov/education/

http://www.nationalguard.com/benefits

http://tax.utah.gov/forms/pubs/pub-57.pdf

http://www.ut.ngb.army.mil/education2/

http://www.ut.ngb.army.mil/benefits/

http://www.weber.edu/vetsupwardbound/

https://www.goang.com/benefits/

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

http://dmv.utah.gov/plates/special-group

http://www.heropaintings.com/aboutpc.html

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

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Document Review Date: 20 July 2015