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 (32 VSA §5823):
Residents - Military pay is exempt for full-time active duty with the armed services when the pay is earned outside of Vermont.
Non-Residents - Military income is not included when computing the Vermont tax on other Vermont income for non-residents.
Guard/Reserve Pay: Up to $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.
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.
Income Tax Return Extension: Vermont allows taxpayers an automatic six (6) month extension of time to file their Form IN-111, Vermont Individual Income Tax Return. The extension allows additional time to file; it does not extend the time to pay any tax due. If you owe additional tax, you must pay the amount due by the April filing deadline even if you file an extension.
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 zone 32 VSA §5830d (1)
Retired Military pay: Military retirement pay is taxed according to federal guidelines.
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: Survivor pensions are taxed following federal tax rules.
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:
- The residence is owned in fee simple by one or jointly and;
- A written application for the exemption is filed with the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs (VOVA) before May 1. (32 VSA §3802(11))
The exemption only applies to homes that are owned by the Veteran or survivor. Veterans or survivors who rent their homes cannot pass this exemption to their landlord.
Eligibility: A qualifying Veteran is defined as:
- Veterans receiving disability compensation at a rating of 50% or higher,
- Veterans receiving non-service connected pension,
- Veterans collecting military medical retirement pension,
- Surviving Spouses or Children of Veterans who had received the exemption prior to death.
Most Veterans will have to re-file for the exemption yearly before May 1st. Veterans who are determined to be totally and permanently disabled only have to provide proof of eligibility the first year they use the benefit for a home. However, if the Veteran moves to another home in a different town, they will have to provide proof again.
Tuition Assistance: Up to $4,000.00 per year (up to $250 per semester hour, 16 hours 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 members.
Armed Services Scholarship: The Armed Services Scholarship is a State of Vermont program for the Spouses and Children of military members who died on active duty since 2001, or the Spouses 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 at 888-666-9844 or 802-828-3379. After the Office of Veterans Affairs verifies eligibility, it passes the application along to the appropriate high school, which will make presentation arrangements with the applicant.
Dependents Education Assistance (DEA): This VA program is available to some Spouses or Children of military members who died or were permanently and totally disabled as a result of a service connected injury or condition. The program operates much like the Montgomery GI Bill, and must be used within 10 years of the date of eligibility for the program. Applications can be made directly to the VA or through a Veteran Service Officer. Questions about the program can be directed to the VA or to the Education Consultant at the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs.
Education Consultant at the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs: 802-828-1082
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:
David Young, Vermont MIC3 Commissioner
Superintendent, South Burlington School District
500 Dorset St, South Burlington, VT 05403
Employment Assistance: State employees receive 15 days paid military leave per year for military training.
Eligibility: Vermont National Guard or Reserve Service member.
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.
Vermont State Veterans' Employment Preference: (20 VSA 83 §1543) Preference points will be added to the scores of eligible applicants who are Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Additional preference points may be claimed if the Veteran meets any of the following requirements:
- A Veteran with a service-connected disability.
- The Spouse of a totally disabled Veteran with a service-connected disability.
- The unmarried Widow or Widower of a Veteran.
In addition, the Vermont legislature has expanded the Veteran's preference law by providing eligible Veterans the opportunity to apply for jobs that normally are available only to current State employees. Individuals who are eligible for Veteran's preference may also apply and compete for vacant positions that are recruited as "State promotional only".
Any interested Veteran may view all job postings at http://humanresources.vermont.gov/careers.
Eligibility: In general, an eligible Veteran is any person who served in the United States Armed Forces for at least 90 days and was separated under honorable or other acceptable conditions.
Veterans Reemployment Rights: Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) prohibits employment discrimination against a person on the basis of past military service, current military obligations, or intent to serve. An employer must not deny initial employment, reemployment, retention in employment, promotion, or any benefit of employment to a person on the basis of a past, present, or future service obligation. In addition, an employer must not retaliate against a person because of an action taken to enforce or exercise any USERRA right or for assisting in an USERRA investigation.
The pre-service employer must reemploy Service members returning from a period of service in the uniformed services if those Service members meet five criteria:
- The person must have been absent from a civilian job on account of service in the uniformed services;
- The person must have given advance notice to the employer that he or she was leaving the job for service in the uniformed services, unless such notice was precluded by military necessity or otherwise impossible or unreasonable;
- The cumulative period of military service with that employer must not have exceeded five years;
- The person must not have been released from service under dishonorable or other punitive conditions; and
- The person must have reported back to the civilian job in a timely manner or have submitted a timely application for reemployment, unless timely reporting back or application was impossible or unreasonable.
USERRA establishes a five-year cumulative total of military service with a single employer, with certain exceptions allowed for situations such as call-ups during emergencies, reserve drills, and annually scheduled active duty for training. USERRA also allows an employee to complete an initial period of active duty that exceeds five years. Employers are required to provide to persons entitled to the rights and benefits under USERRA a notice of the rights, benefits, and obligations of such persons and such employers under USERRA.
In addition Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102 percent of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA pension protections apply to defined benefit plans and defined contribution plans as well as plans provided under federal or state laws governing pension benefits for government employees. For purposes of pension plan participation, vesting, and accrual of benefits, USERRA treats military service as continuous service with the employer.
The U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) is authorized to investigate and resolve complaints of USERRA violations. For assistance in filing a complaint, or for any other information on USERRA, contact VETS at 1-866-4-USA-DOL or visit The U.S. Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service website. An interactive online USERRA Advisor is also available and can be viewed here.
Eligibility: Veterans and members of the active and Reserve components of the U.S. armed forces.
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 file a claim here.
Persons with hearing impairment or TTY users may file their claim by calling the department directly. To reach a TTY Customer Service Representative, call: 1-800-650-4152
The Claims Center hours are:
Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
After you have established your unemployment claim, you will be required to certify that you have read and understand your Responsibilities and Rights in the Claimant Handbook [PDF]
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. Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) representatives travel throughout the state to work with disabled Veterans at any one of the 12 regional offices, including the VA at White River Junction.
"Veteran" Designation: Veterans are now able to request a credential with the distinguishing mark "VETERAN" added to the front of the card.
Eligibility: Honorably-discharged Veterans may apply for the designation. A new Driver's License/Identification Card application is required for this service, along with Verification of Veteran Eligibility (TA-VL-24) and supporting documents (i.e., DD214). Applicants may present these documents at any Vermont DMV office to receive the designation. There is no fee to add the designation; however, any renewal or duplicate license fees apply.
Vermont CDL Military Skills Test Waiver: At the discretion of the Commissioner, the skills test required under 49 C.F.R. § 383.113 may be waived for a commercial motor vehicle driver with military commercial motor vehicle experience who is currently licensed at the time of his or her application for a commercial driver license, if the test is substituted with an applicant's driving record in combination with the driving experience specified in this subsection. The Commissioner shall impose conditions and limitations to restrict the applicants from whom alternative requirements for the skills test may be accepted.
Eligibility: Service members who are currently licensed and who are, or were, employed within the last year in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a commercial motor vehicle. Additional eligibility restrictions apply, see below. Such conditions shall include the following:
The applicant must certify that, during the two-year period immediately prior to applying for a commercial driver license, he or she:
- Has not had more than one license in addition to a military license;
- Has not had any license suspended, revoked, or cancelled;
- Has not had any convictions for any type of motor vehicle for the disqualifying offenses specified in subsection 4116(a) of this title;
- Has not had more than one conviction for any type of motor vehicle for serious traffic violations specified in subdivision 4103(16) of this title; and
- Has not had any conviction for a violation, other than a parking violation, of military, state, or local law relating to motor vehicle traffic control arising in connection with any traffic accident, and has no record of an accident in which he or she was at fault; and
Also, the applicant must provide evidence and certify that he or she:
- Is regularly employed or was regularly employed within the last year in a military position requiring operation of a commercial motor vehicle;
- Was exempted from the commercial driver license requirements in 49 C.F.R. § 383.3(c); and
- Was operating for at least the two years immediately preceding discharge from the military a vehicle representative of the commercial motor vehicle the driver applicant operates or expects to operate.
Eligible Veterans may apply for the Skills Test Waiver by completing the TA-VL-54 ~ Application for Military Skills Test Waiver and presenting this and supporting documentation (military driver's license and discharge paperwork) to their local Vermont DMV office.
Driver's License Extension (23 SVA 009 §609.001): Active-duty Service Members who are Vermont residents are able to obtain a military extension on their driver's license expiration date for up to four (4) years after their license would normally expire. The Vermont Military Extension Card must be carried and presented with the license in order for the extension to be valid. The license must be renewed within thirty (30) days of discharge date.
To renew the extended license, the following must be completed:
- Complete and submit a Vermont License Renewal Application.
- Provide proof of Identity and Date of Birth, Lawful status in the US, SSN and Vermont Residency,
- Provide proof of continuous active service (since the expiration date showing on the Vermont license currently in your possession),
- Submit a statement on Armed Forces letterhead, signed by a commissioned officer (other than yourself), or a copy of your discharge papers.
Waiver of DMV Fees for Disabled Veterans: Exemptions from sales tax, registration fees, and license fees are provided to disabled Veterans who have had vehicle modifications performed to accommodate their disability. This accommodation must have been paid for by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs. All other Veterans do not qualify for this waiver, including those who may be 100% disabled.
Vermont Veterans License Plates: Veterans can receive a Vermont Veteran's license plate when they register their vehicle. There is no fee for these special recognition plates. Applicants must complete the U.S. Veteran's Plate Application and provide certification of eligibility from the Vermont Office of Veterans' Affairs, unless otherwise specified. See below for specific license plates and instructions for each.
Gold Star Family Plate: The Gold Star Family License Plate is a special motor vehicle license plate for Gold Star Family members 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.
Family members who may receive these plates are: Widow, Widower, 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/or Foster Mother in Loco Parentis.
The Gold Star Family plates are not subject to any special plate fees. These license plates may be issued for use only on vehicles registered at the pleasure car rate or on trucks registered for less than 26,001 lbs. at the applicable fee. The plates will be reissued only to the original holder of the plates.
Applicants must submit a completed application and DD form 1300, Report of Casualty, to the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs for certification as a Gold Star Family member. The Office of Veterans' Affairs will forward the completed application and the copy of the DD form 1300 to the Department of Motor Vehicles for processing.
Disabled Veteran Plate: Veteran must submit a copy of their DD 214, Report of Separation and Universal Medical Evaluation/Progress Report, (TA-VS-113) unless a medical report has been filed with the DMV within the last four years. Active Duty applicants must submit a copy of military ID. Application
U.S. Veteran License Plate: U.S. Veterans and members of the Armed Forces may complete an application for Veteran number plates for use only on vehicles registered at the pleasure car rate, on trucks registered for less than 26,001 lbs at the applicable fee, or at the motorcycle rate. The application must be accompanied by certification of the applicant's status as a U.S. Veteran or a current member of the U.S. Armed Forces. This certification must be completed by the Veterans' Administration or state Veterans' Affairs office, respectively. The U.S. Veteran plates are not subject to any special plate fees. Application
Gulf War License Plate: U.S. Veterans and members of the Armed Forces may complete an application for Veteran number plates for use only on vehicles registered at the pleasure car rate, on trucks registered for less than 26,001 lbs at the applicable fee. The application must be accompanied by certification of the applicant's status as a U.S. Veteran or a current member of the U.S. Armed Forces. This certification must be completed by the Veterans' Administration or state Veterans' Affairs office, respectively. The U.S. Veteran plates are not subject to any special plate fees. Application
Afghanistan Campaign Plate: U.S. Veterans and members of the Armed Forces may complete an application for Veteran number plates for use only on vehicles registered at the pleasure car rate, on trucks registered for less than 26,001 lbs at the applicable fee. The application must be accompanied by certification of the applicant's status as a U.S. Veteran or a current member of the U.S. Armed Forces. This certification must be completed by the Veterans' Administration or state Veterans' Affairs office, respectively. The U.S. Veteran plates are not subject to any special plate fees. Application
Iraq War License Plate: U.S. Veterans and members of the Armed Forces may complete an application for Veteran number plates for use only on vehicles registered at the pleasure car rate, on trucks registered for less than 26,001 lbs at the applicable fee. The application must be accompanied by certification of the applicant's status as a U.S. Veteran or a current member of the U.S. Armed Forces. This certification must be completed by the Veterans' Administration or state Veterans' Affairs office, respectively. The U.S. Veteran plates are not subject to any special plate fees. Application
Korean War License Plate: U.S. Veterans and members of the Armed Forces may complete an application for Veteran number plates for use only on vehicles registered at the pleasure car rate, on trucks registered for less than 26,001 lbs at the applicable fee. The application must be accompanied by certification of the applicant's status as a U.S. Veteran or a current member of the U.S. Armed Forces. This certification must be completed by the Veterans' Administration or state Veterans' Affairs office, respectively. The U.S. Veteran plates are not subject to any special plate fees. Application
Pearl Harbor Survivor License Plate: Application for the plate must include a VT Veteran's Recognition Plate Application and accompanied by copy of discharge record, DD-214, or other document indicating eligibility which bears the stamp and certification of the State of Vermont Office of Veterans' Affairs. The Pearl Harbor plate is not subject to any special plate fees. The license plate may be used only on vehicles registered at the pleasure car rate. Application
Former POW License Plate: Application for the plate must include a VT Veteran's Recognition Plate Application and accompanied by written certification of eligibility by the Veterans' Administration or state Veterans' Affairs office, respectively. The prisoner of war (P.O.W plate is not subject to any special plate fees. The license plate may be used only on vehicles registered at the pleasure car rate. Application
Purple Heart License Plate: Application for the plate must include documentation of award. U.S. Veterans and members of the Armed Forces may complete an application for Veteran number plates for use only on vehicles registered at the pleasure car rate, on trucks registered for less than 26,001 lbs at the applicable fee, or at the motorcycle rate. The application must be accompanied by certification of the applicant's status as a U.S. Veteran or a current member of the U.S. Armed Forces. This certification must be completed by the Veterans' Administration or state Veterans' Affairs office, respectively. The Purple Heart plate is not subject to any special plate fees. Application
Vermont National Guard License Plate: Applicants must provide authorization from the Office of the Adjutant General, State of Vermont of membership in the National Guard may complete an application for Veteran number plates for use only on vehicles registered at the pleasure car rate, on trucks registered for less than 26,001 lbs at the applicable fee. The applicant must provide a written statement from the Office of the Adjutant General, State of Vermont, authorizing the issuance of the plates. When an individual's membership in National Guard ceases or is terminated, the individual must surrender any special registration plates to the Department of Motor Vehicles immediately. Safety/Service Organization Plate Application
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) License Plate: Applicant must provide a copy of their membership card or an authorization signed by the VFW Quartermaster. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) can display the VFW insignia on their Vermont license plate. The plate is available to Vermont members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). The design features the official insignia of the VFW on the right side of the plate. Safety/Service Organization Plate Application
Vietnam Veterans of America License Plate: Applicant must provide a copy of membership card or signed authorization. Vietnam Veterans can proudly display their colors through their Vermont license plate. The plate is available to Vermont members in good standing of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). The design features the official insignia of the VVA on the right side of the plate. Safety/Service Organization Plate Application
Vietnam Veteran License Plate: U.S. Veterans and members of the Armed Forces may complete an application for Veteran number plates for use only on vehicles registered at the pleasure car rate, on trucks registered for less than 26,001 lbs at the applicable fee. The application must be accompanied by certification of the applicant's status as a U.S. Veteran or a current member of the U.S. Armed Forces. This certification must be completed by the Veterans' Administration or state Veterans' Affairs office, respectively. The U.S. Veteran plates are not subject to any special plate fees. Application
World War II Veteran License Plate: U.S. Veterans and members of the Armed Forces may complete an application for Veteran number plates for use only on vehicles registered at the pleasure car rate, on trucks registered for less than 26,001 lbs at the applicable fee. The application must be accompanied by certification of the applicant's status as a U.S. Veteran. This certification must be completed by the Veterans' Administration or state Veterans' Affairs office, respectively. The U.S. Veteran plates are not subject to any special plate fees. Application
Workers Compensation: National Guard Service members on State Active Duty receive worker's compensation benefits.
Eligibility: Vermont National Guard Service member.
Injury/Death Benefits: There is established a death benefit in the amount of $50,000.00 for each activated Vermont National Guard member who dies while on State Active Duty or as the result of injuries incurred while on State Active Duty, provided the death or the injuries that result in death resulted from performing State Active Duty or from engaging in conduct related to s State Active Duty.
Eligibility: Vermont National Guard members.
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.
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)
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, 60% disabled or greater due to a service-connected disability may receive a free permanent 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 Reciprocal Privilege Letter and Application
Eligibility: Veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs Service Connected Disability rating of 60% or greater.
Non-Resident Veterans: Non-Resident Veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States that reside in a state that provides reciprocal privilege for Vermont residents and who would qualify for a free license under the disabled Veteran provision, if the person were a Vermont resident, may receive a free one-year fishing, hunting or combination hunting and fishing license upon presentation of a certificate issued by the Veteran's Administration. Presently NH and ME.
Veteran Free License Reciprocal Privilege Letter and Application
Resident Military Hunting and Fishing Licenses: Military Service members may obtain free fishing and hunting licenses by signing the applicable affidavit. A person who obtains a license under this provision may keep the license until it expires, whether or not the person continues to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. If requesting a hunting or combination license, you also need to submit a copy of your hunter education certification, a previous hunting license, or sign an affidavit stating you have held a hunting license.
Eligibility: Any resident of Vermont who certifies that he or she is:
- serving on active duty in the armed forces of the United States or is
- performing, or is under orders to perform, a homeland defense or state-side contingency operation for a period of 120 or more consecutive days may obtain at no cost a hunting or fishing license or combination hunting and fishing license.
Non-Resident Military Hunting and Fishing Licenses: A non-resident Service member of the U.S. Armed Forces may buy a license to hunt or fish in Vermont at the resident rate.
Eligibility: Service member on active duty and stationed at a military, air or naval post, station or base within Vermont. Applicants must present military ID at the time of purchasing the license.
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 resident Veterans of Vermont and their dependents by providing a one-time payment up to $200.00. 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:
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.
The Vermont Veterans Home is a licensed healthcare facility which provides a wide range of medical services. These include short-and long-term care, post-operative wound care, physical and speech therapy, rehabilitation therapy, and occupational therapy. A Certified Alzheimer's & dementia unit is also on-site, with extensive training provided to staff. The Vermont Veterans' Home created two amazing programs, Namaste which uses relaxation techniques to help residents with comfort and pain management, while keeping their dignity, and Music and Memory a program that uses music to help residents with dementia and Alzheimer's reconnect to the person they once were through relaxation and music.
The Vermont Veterans' Home accepts private payment, Medicare, and Vermont/New York Medicaid. Other insurers may require special arrangements. Veterans may benefit from reduced costs if paying privately. However, the Home is not affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the VA does not pay for care at the Home.
The application for admission may be found here. All applicants are encouraged to have an advance directive in place; specific information can be found here. Veterans or others interested in the Home 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.
Military Funeral Honors: The Vermont National Guard has a professional honor guard team that performs at more than 300 funerals each year. They are a precision team, and during their honors may perform an appropriate gun salute, complete a flag folding ceremony, present the flag to the next of kin, and play Taps. To contact the Vermont National Guard Honor Guard Detail call 802-338-3490.
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, 802-440-3300 / 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
Vet Center: 877-927-8387
South Burlington: South Burlington Vet Center, 19 Gregory Dr, Suite 201, 802-651-0174 / Fax: 802-865-3319
White River Junction: White River Junction Vet Center, 118 Prospect St, Suite 100, 802-295-2908 / 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, 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
Military Installation in the State of Vermont
Please see the Vermont Resource Locator for additional information.
Vermont Air National Guard
Document Review Date: 29 July 2016