State / Territory Benefits - Vermont
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Summary: The State of Vermont offers special benefits for its military Service Members and Veterans including property tax exemptions, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, vehicle tags, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.
State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
Vermont Exemptions for Military Pay: The following is a list of tax exemptions for military personnel in Vermont:
- Residents - Military pay for full-time active duty with the armed services when the pay is earned outside of Vermont (32 VSA §5823(a)(2))
- Non-Residents - Military pay for full-time active duty with the armed services (32 VSA §5823(a)(3))
- Military income is not included when computing the Vermont tax on other Vermont income for non-residents (as required by Public Law 180-189, Service-members Civil Relief Act effective tax year 2003.)
Guard/Reserve Pay: $2,000 of military pay for unit training in Vermont for National Guard and U.S. Reserve personnel when the unit certifies the training was completed during the calendar year and the Service Member's Federal adjusted gross income is less than $50,000 - 32 VSA §5823(a)(2) & 32VSA §5823(a)(3)
Educational Loan exemptions: Funds received through the federal armed forces educational loan repayment program under 10 U.S.C. chapters 109 and 1609, to the extent the funds are included in adjusted gross income of the taxpayer for the taxable year - 32 VSA §5823(a)(3) & 32 VSA §5823(a)(3).
Earned Income Tax Credit: If you are eligible for Federal Earned Income Tax credit, you may also be eligible for the Vermont earned income tax credit. Recent Federal tax changes allow military personnel to elect to treat nontaxable combat pay as earned income.
Combat Zone Duty: The Vermont income tax return filing due date is extended for at least 180 days after
- the last day of qualifying combat zone service; or
- the last day of any continuous qualified hospitalization for injury received from service in the combat zone.
In addition to extending the filing due date, the payment of tax is also extended. No penalty or interest will be assessed on income tax due during this period. The extension applies to the filing for the military personnel's spouse.
Military Personnel Eligible for Extension Individuals called up for full-time active military duty as the result of the existence of a military conflict in an area designated as a combat zone by the President of the United States, regardless of whether such duty is performed within the combat zone32 VSA §5830d (1)
Retired Military pay: No exemptions
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. Check with state department of revenue office.
Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans: The first $10,000 of appraisal value (up to $40,000 by a vote of the town for the municipal portion) of the established residence of a qualifying Veteran, his or her surviving spouse or child is exempt if:
a. the residence is owned in fee simple by one or jointly and;
b. a written application for the exemption is filed with the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs (VOVA) before May 1
Tuition Assistance: Up to $2,500.00 per year for full-time for courses taken at a Vermont college, university or regional technical center. Tuition discounts at selected colleges.
Eligibility: Vermont National Guard Service member.
Armed Services Scholarship: The Armed Services Scholarship is a State of Vermont program for the spouse and children of military members who died on active duty since 2001, or the spouse and children of Vermont National Guard members who have died while serving at any time. The scholarship can be used towards the completion of an undergraduate degree at a Vermont school. For Vermont state schools, the scholarship covers the full tuition; for Vermont private schools, the scholarship reduces the tuition. If the deceased was a member of the Vermont National Guard, applications are processed by the guard's education office. All others apply to the Veteran Services Director at the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs.
High School Diplomas for Veterans: Veterans who served during World War II, the Korean War era, or the Vietnam War Era can also receive a high school diploma if they have never received one. Applicants can choose to receive their diploma from any Vermont public school. Applications can be made over the phone to the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs. After the Office of Veterans Affairs verifies eligibility, it passes the application along to the appropriate high school, who will make presentation arrangements with the applicant.
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:
Mark Oettinger, Vermont MIC3 Commissioner
40 Edgewood Ln, Burlington, VT 05401
Employment Assistance: State employees receive either 15 days paid military leave per year for military training.
Eligibility: Vermont National Guard or reserve Service member
Employment Preference: Veterans can apply for positions that are normally only available to State employees. Any interested veteran may view all job postings at http://humanresources.vermont.gov/careers.
Eligibility: Any Veteran
Employment Assistance: Each State Department of Labor Career Resource Center has professionals who are trained to assist Veterans and disabled Veterans in finding work or job training. They are extremely knowledgeable about Veterans' benefits and can refer Veterans to the state and federal programs designed to meet their needs. Directory for the closet office.
Unemployment Compensation: Vermont's Department of Labor administers the Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. The primary objective of Unemployment Insurance is to provide temporary income for those workers who become involuntarily unemployed, and who are able and willing to accept suitable jobs that are available. The costs of the program are borne entirely by the employer by payment of taxes to the Vermont Department of Labor, which are used solely for payment of benefits.
The following information will be required when you establish your unemployment claim for the first time. Having this information readily available when you call will help speed up the claims filing process.
- Social Security Number
- Mailing Address and Home Address
- Telephone Number (including area code)
- Alien Registration Number (if not a U.S. citizen)
- Amount and duration of any separation pay you may receive (vacation pay, severance pay, etc.)
- Return to work date (if you expect to be recalled to your job)
- Valid Driver's License Number (or state issued ID Number, if applicable)
- Banking information for Direct Deposit of your unemployment check
- Military Form DD-214, Member 4 Copy (if you were in the military in the past 18 months)
- Form SF-8 (if you worked for the Federal Government during the past 18 months and received one)
For each employer that you worked for in the past 18 months, have the following information available when you call:
- Complete name and address of each employer (including zip code) you worked for
- Payroll address (if different from employer address)
- Employer telephone number (including area code)
- Beginning and ending dates of employment
- Reason for separation
To file a claim, Call Toll-Free: 1-877-214-3330 or 1-800-983-2300 option #1 or file a claim here.
Effective Monday, March 22 the Claims Center extended hours are:
Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Vermont Veterans License Plates: Veterans can receive a Vermont Veteran's license plate when they register their vehicle. Veterans can have a Vermont Veteran's license plate on each of their cars. There are plates recognizing Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Purple Heart recipients, Ex-Prisoner of War, Pearl Harbor Survivors, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, Iraq War and the Afghanistan Campaign. There is no fee for these special recognition plates.
Eligibility: A Veteran who is a Vermont resident must fill out a License Plate
Vermont National Guard Auto Tags: License plate for Guard members available at a special rate.
Eligibility: Vermont National Guard Service member.
Gold Star Family Plate: The Gold Star Family License Plate is a special motor vehicle license plate for Gold Star Families, as defined in 10 U.S.C. §1126. The Gold Star Family license plate identifies widows, parents, and next of kin of members of the Armed Forces of the United States who lost their lives during a war, military conflict, international terrorist attack, or military operations. The Gold Star Family plates are not subject to any special plate fees.
Eligibility: Family members who may receive these plates are: Widows, Widowers, Mother, Father, Stepmother, Stepfather, Son, Daughter, Stepson, Stepdaughter, Brother, Sister, Half Brother, Half Sister, Mother (through adoption), Father (through adoption), Son (by adoption), Daughter (by adoption), Foster Father in Loco Parentis, and Foster Mother in Loco Parentis.
Workers Compensation: National Guard Service members on State Active Duty receive worker's compensation benefits.
Eligibility: Vermont National Guard Service member.
Injury/Death Benefits: $50,000 Death Benefit to National Guard members while on State Active Duty.
Eligibility: Vermont National Guard members.
Hunting and Fishing Permanent Disability License: A Vermont resident who is a Veteran of the armed forces of the United States and who is, or ever has been, 100% disabled due to a service connected disability, may receive a free fishing or combination license, if qualified, upon presentation of a specific letter from the Veterans Administration. To see if you qualify for the license, call the Veterans Benefits Section at 1-800-827-1000. Veteran Free license letter
Eligibility: Veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs Service Connected Disability rating of 100%.
Hunting and Fishing Licenses: Military Service members may obtain free fishing and hunting licenses by signing the applicable affidavit.
Eligibility: Vermont resident currently serving fulltime in the armed forces or currently under orders to perform homeland defense or state-side contingency operation, or both, for a period of 120 consecutive days or more, and this can be certified by the Adjutant General for the Vermont National Guard. Or a non-resident stationed in Vermont may obtain license at the standard resident rate.
Green Mountain Passport: For $2.00 the passport provides free day use pass for life for one individual if you are:
- Vermont resident
- 62 years of age or older
- a Veteran who has been honorably discharged from active duty in US armed services.
Vermont Medals: Vermont has three medals that recognize those who served who have a connection with our state. They are:
- The Vermont Veterans Medal is awarded to most Veterans with an honorable discharge.
- The Vermont Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to Veterans who received an honorable discharge and who served in a combat theater.
- The Patriots Medal is presented to the next-of-kin of Vermont Soldiers killed in action.
Distribution of the Veterans Medal and Distinguished Service Medal is not automatic. Veterans must apply for them, or have someone apply on their behalf. Applications are quick and easy. Most can be completed over the phone by calling the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs. Applicants can choose to receive the medals in the mail, or they can choose to participate in an annual medal presentation ceremony at the Vermont State House, with medals delivered by the Governor. The Family members of deceased Veterans may also receive the medals.
Financial Assistance: The Office of Veterans Affairs provides emergency financial assistance to Veterans and their dependents by providing a one-time payment. Applications are processed over the phone.
Eligibility: For Veterans and their dependents, applicants will need to provide detailed information on their income and expenses to apply. Call 1-888-666-9844 to apply.
Discharge Records: The Office of Veterans Affairs maintains copies of active duty discharge records for most Veterans who entered the service from Vermont. This office helps Veterans locate their records, will store copies of their records, and will make certified copies of records all free of charge. Because of the federal Privacy Act, Veterans must request for discharge in writing. The National Personnel Records Center now accepts Online Requests for records:
http://www.archives.gov/research/order/Eligibility: Discharge records only released to the Veteran or the Veteran's next of kin if the Veteran is deceased. If the requestor is the next of kin, please provide the Veteran's date of death and the relationship to the Veteran. Requests can be faxed or mailed.
Vermont Veterans Home: The Vermont Veterans' Home is located in Bennington, Vermont. The home offers a complete range of specialized health care services. Goals focus on dignity, independence, and the highest quality of life for each resident. Veterans can contact the Vermont Veterans Home by calling them at (802) 447-6523 or by E-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eligibility: Veterans must have served at least 90 days of active duty in the U.S. military and been discharged under honorable conditions. Gold Star parents and Spouses of a qualified Veteran are also eligible for admission. Veterans from other states are eligible on a space available basis.
Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery: The Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery is located in Randolph Center. It provides Veterans with a resting-place that honors their service at a cost lower than a commercial cemetery. In addition, certain Family members may also be buried with the Veteran. Applicants can choose from government markers or custom-made commercial markers.
Eligibility: Vermont Veterans and their Spouses, to include those who have served 20+ years in the National Guard or Reserves.
Presidential Memorial Certificate: The President of the United States issues memorial certificates to the families of deceased Veterans. Visit the National Cemetery Administration's website for application instructions.
Burial of Destitute Veterans: Veterans who die destitute are guaranteed an appropriate burial by the State of Vermont. For more information, contact your local Economic Services Division Office at 1-800-479-6151. In addition, we recommend the families of destitute or low income veterans consider the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery because of its quality and low cost.
Veterans Health Administration
VA Medical Center
White River Junction: White River Junction VA Medical Center, 215 North Main St (Mailing) / 163 Veterans Dr (GPS), 802-295-9363 / 866-687-8387
Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Bennington: Bennington Outpatient Clinic, 186 North St, 802-447-6913 / Fax: 802-442-2137
Brattleboro: Brattleboro Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 71 GSP Dr, 802-251-2200 /
Burlington: Burlington Lakeside Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 128 Lakeside Ave, Suite 260
802-657-7000 / Fax: 802-657-7077
Newport: Newport Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1734 Crawford Farm Rd, 802-624-2400 / Fax: 802-624-2477
Rutland: Rutland Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 232 West St, 802-772-2300 / Fax: 802-772-2377
South Burlington: South Burlington Vet Center, 359 Dorset St, 802-862-1806 / Fax: 802-865-3319
White River Junction: White River Junction Vet Center, 222 Holiday Dr, Gilman Office, Bldg 2, 802-295-2908 / 877-927-8387 / Fax: 802-296-3653
Veterans Benefits Administration
White River Junction: White River Junction Regional Office, 215 North Main St, 800-827-1000
National Cemetery Administration
Brattleboro, VT: Prospect Hill Cemetery Soldiers' Lot, 94 South Main St, 508-563-7113 / Fax: 508-564-9946
Montpelier: Green Mount Cemetery Soldiers' Lot, 250 State St, 802-223-5352 / 508-563-7113 / Fax: 508-564-9946
Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs
118 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05620-4401
Toll Free Phone Number (works only in Vermont): 888-666-9844
Phone Number: 802-828-3379
Fax Number: 802-828-5932
Vermont Air National Guard
Document Review Date: 29 July 2014