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Summary: The Commonwealth of Virginia offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including state tax advantages, 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


State Taxes:

State Tax Advantage: Deduction of up to $15,000 of basic pay (does not apply if basic pay income is over $30,000).
Eligibility: Must be a member of the military (Active Army, Reserve, or National Guard) stationed inside or outside Virginia, provided they are on extended active duty for more than 90 days. For every $1.00 of income over $15,000, the maximum subtraction is reduced by $1.00. For example, if basic pay is $16,000, the Soldier is entitled to deduct only $14,000.

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Exemption for Virginia National Guard Income: The wages or salaries received by any person for active and inactive service in the National Guard of the Commonwealth of Virginia, not to exceed the amount of income derived from thirty-nine calendar days of such service or $3,000, whichever amount is less. If a National Guard Service member has been in an active duty status for 90 consecutive days or more during the taxable year, they may also qualify for the exemption for the first $15,000 of basic military pay. However, if a National Guard Service member has been on active duty status for less than 90 consecutive days of the taxable year, they will not qualify for the exemption for the first $15,000 of basic military pay. If their extended active duty status rolls into the following taxable year and lasts for more than 90 consecutive days, they will qualify for the exemption on the following year income tax return, but only for the pay earned in that taxable period.
Eligibility: Must be a member of Virginia National Guard, in the rank of Captain (03) or below.

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Tax Relief for Spouses and Dependents of Military Personnel: Spouses (for taxable years prior to 2009) and dependents of military personnel are subject to the same residency and filing requirements as all other individuals who are not members of the armed forces. For more information, see Who Must File and Residency. For taxable years 2009 forward, Spouses may be eligible for relief, based on federal provisions with respect to legal residency. See the Residency Relief Act FAQ page for more information.

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Subtraction for Combat and Hazardous Duty Pay: Military personnel on active duty service in a combat zone or a qualified hazardous duty area may subtract their combat or hazardous duty pay, to the extent that the pay was included in Federal adjusted gross income and not otherwise subtracted, deducted or exempted. Any military pay allowances earned while serving by order of the President of the United States with the consent of Congress in a combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area treated as a combat zone for federal tax purposes pursuant to Section 112 of the Internal Revenue Code qualify for the subtraction. Note: Combat pay reported as "Code Q" wages on Form W-2 is excluded from federal adjusted gross income and may not be subtracted on the Virginia return.

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Retired Military Pay: Military retirement pay is subject to tax as income.

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Retired Military Pay received by Medal of Honor Recipients: Military retirement income received by those awarded the Medal of Honor can be subtracted from federal gross income for tax purposes. The subtraction does not apply to benefits received by a surviving Spouse.

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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-related injury" 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.

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Combat Zone Filing and Payment Extensions: Members of the Armed Forces serving in a combat zone will receive either the same individual income tax filing and payment extensions as those granted to them by the IRS, plus an additional fifteen days, OR a one-year extension, whichever date is later. The term "combat zone" includes hazardous duty areas and contingency zones that qualify for similar federal extensions and tax benefits.

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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: Income through a military Survivor Benefits program is treated as taxable income.

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VA Disability Compensation (Service Connection): Disability compensation varies with the degree of disability and the number of dependents, and is paid monthly. The benefits are not subject to federal or state taxes. The payment of retirement pay, disability severance pay, and separation incentive payments known as SSB and VSI (Special Separation Benefits and Voluntary Separation Incentives) also affects the amount of VA compensation paid.
Eligibility: Disability compensation is a monetary benefit paid to Veterans who are disabled by injury or disease incurred or aggravated during active military service. The service of the Veteran must have been terminated through separation or discharge under conditions that were other than dishonorable.

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Real Estate Tax Exemption: Veterans rated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as having a 100%, permanent and total, service-connected disability or who have a service-connected individually unemployable disability rating are exempt from paying real estate taxes on their primary residence. The exemption is based on the Veteran's disability rating rather than the level of compensation. The exemption includes property held jointly by a husband and wife, and applies to the residence and up to one acre of land. The surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran may also receive the real estate tax exemption if the Veteran died on or after January 1, 2011. The Spouse will lose the exemption if he or she remarries or does not occupy the property as his or her primary residence.

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Education Benefits:

VA NG State Tuition Assistance Program (VNGSTAP): Funds 100% of tuition costs remaining after all Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) benefits are applied, at any Virginia state supported school. Maximum VNGSTAP benefit is $6,000 per year, or $2,000 maximum per semester (fall, spring, and summer). VA Guard members are also offered in-state tuition rates as long as they are receiving State Tuition Assistance. Total tuition assistance for private institutions may not exceed the above rates. Subject to availability of funds, VNGSTAP recipients receive up to $350 per semester for textbooks. The VNGSTAP can be combined with the GI Bill.
Eligibility: Virginia Army National Guard member.

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Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program: The Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program (MSDEP) provides educational assistance for the Spouses and Children of military Service members killed, missing in action, taken prisoner, or who became at least 90% disabled as a result of military service in an armed conflict. Military service includes service in the United States Armed Forces, United States Armed Forces Reserves, the Virginia National Guard, or the Virginia National Guard Reserves. Armed conflict includes military operations against terrorism or as the result of a terrorist act, a peace-keeping mission, or any armed conflict after December 6, 1941. This program may pay for tuition and fees at any state-supported college or university. This program waives tuition and fees in Virginia. Benefits are available for up to four years.
Eligibility: In order to be eligible for this benefit, the surviving Child or Spouse must meet the following requirements:

  • The Child must be between ages 16 and 29; there are no age restrictions for Spouses.
  • The military Service member is and must have been a Virginia citizen at the time he or she entered active duty or must have been a Virginia citizen for at least five years immediately prior to the date of the application for admission.
  • In the case of a deceased military Service member the Veteran's surviving Spouse can meet the residency requirements if he or she lived in Virginia for at least five years prior to marrying the military Service member or has been a citizen of Virginia for at least five years immediately prior to the date of application.

Required Documentation: In most cases, eligibility will be determined using documentation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. However, the Veteran or surviving Spouse may be asked to provide documentation verifying residency or the applicant's age or relationship. State income tax records, birth certificates, and/or marriage certificates are usually sufficient.

Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program FAQs

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Honorary Diplomas for World War II/Korean War/Vietnam War Veterans: Veteran Honorary High School Diplomas recognize the life experiences of Veterans who were unable to complete their high school education because of service in the armed forces during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Since the first honorary diplomas were issued in 2001, more than 2,000 have been awarded to Veterans of these three wars. § 22.1-17.4 of the Code of Virginia
Eligibility: Veteran may submit a statement to the Veterans Education Unit of the Virginia Department of Education describing his or her service, the location of the last school attended, and affirming that he or she was unable to complete high school upon return to civilian life. The guideline also allows Family members and Veterans' organizations to submit this information on behalf of the Veteran. Use this form to request a Veteran Honorary High School Diploma (Word) or (PDF)

Contact:
Veterans Honorary High School Diploma Program
Virginia Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120
Phone: 804-225-2924 / Fax: 804-225-2524
Email: Melissa.Luchau@doe.virginia.gov

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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.

Director for Board Relations, Virginia Department of Education
Address: PO Box 2120, Richmond 23218-2120
Email: melissa.luchau@doe.virginia.gov
Phone: 804-225-2924

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Employment Benefits:

Employment Assistance: State employees receive 15 workdays of paid military leave annually.
Eligibility: Army National Guard and US Army Reserve Soldiers

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Military Bank Leave: A full-time state employee who is a member of the organized reserve forces of any of the Armed Services of the United States or of the Virginia National Guard may carry forward all excess accrued annual leave hours to be retained as Military Bank leave (MB). When the yearly carry-over adjustments to annual leave are made on January 10 of each year, the amount of leave in excess of the allowable carry-over amount shall be added to the employee's MB category if that employee has an MR (Military Reserve) or NG (National Guard) designation in PMIS and has authorized accrual of MB leave through his or her agency.

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Physicals:  State Employees are paid up to 8 hours per fiscal year for pre-induction and other physical examinations required for military service in addition to the 120 hours of paid military leave.

Eligibility: Army National Guard and US Army Reserve Soldiers

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Virginia Employment Commission (VEC): VEC provides job referral and placement resources available to assist Veterans in finding jobs. Veterans Employment Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) staff are available in most VEC Local Offices to assist Veterans with employment services. Priority of service means, with respect to any qualified Department of Labor employment and job-training programs, that Veterans and Eligible Spouses shall be given priority over non-Veterans for the receipt of employment, training, and placement services.

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Virginia Workforce Connection: The Virginia Board of Workforce Development is a business-led board that acts as the principal advisor to the Governor and provides strategic leadership to the state regarding the workforce development system and its efforts to create a strong workforce aligned with employer needs. The Board created the Virginia Workforce Connection website to provide information of interest to jobseekers, transitioning military Service members, Veterans, and their Families. Veteran-related topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Employment issues
  • Job searches based on military MOS
  • Resume builder
  • Career services and job searches
  • Links for Veterans' organizations

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Veterans Hiring Preferences (State): In accordance with the Code of Virginia, which requires that state agencies give preference in the hiring process to Veterans, and in support of Executive Order 29(2010), Serving Virginia's Veterans, the following is provided to guide agencies' application of the Veterans Preference provision of the Commonwealth's Hiring Policy. If an agency uses a scored test by which to evaluate applicants, Veterans must receive a credit of an additional 5% of his or her score or, if the applicant is a Veteran having a service-connected disability rating fixed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, he or she must receive a credit of an additional 10% of his or her score. To be eligible for such an increase in score, the applicant must first achieve a passing score on the test or examination.  However, because most state recruitments do not use scored tests, the challenge for agencies is to apply a preference that is equivalent to the 5% increase Veterans receive on test scores (10% for Veterans with a disability rating from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Unemployment Compensation:

Unemployment Insurance: The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) administers the unemployment insurance program that provides temporary financial assistance to individuals who become unemployed through no fault of their own. Benefits are paid through taxes on employers covered under the Virginia Unemployment Compensation Act. No part of the cost of your unemployment benefits is deducted from your earnings.

To file a new claim by telephone, call toll free 1-866-832-2363 or apply online.

You will need the following information to file your claim:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • The accurate employer names, addresses, telephone numbers and dates of employment within the last 18 months.
  • The name and local number of your local union hall, if you obtain work through a union.
  • Your Alien Registration Number if you are not a US citizen.
  • If you have any Non-Virginia employers you must have an accurate mailing address, phone number, and dates of employment for them.
  • You will be asked to select a method of payment: VA Debit Card or Direct Deposit. If you select Direct Deposit, you will need to have your Routing Number (First 9 digits located at the bottom of your checks) and your Account Number (5-17 digits, its exact location and number of digits varies from bank to bank).

If you do not have this information available, please gather it before you begin to file your claim.

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Department of Motor Vehicles Benefits:

This list presents all of Virginia's military-related specialty license plates. Click 'Learn more' after each plate to see a picture of the plate and detailed information. Click here for a complete list of Military plates listed alphabetically.

173rd Airborne Plate: Plate fee (in addition to registration fee) is $10.00 annually. Personalized plate fee is an additional $10.00 annually. A disabled symbol is available for this plate.
Eligibility: Must provide certification of service as a member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade.

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Bronze Star Plate: Plate fee (in addition to registration fee) is a one-time fee of $10.00. Personalized plate fee is an additional $10.00 annually. A disabled symbol is available for this plate. Plate is also available for motorcycles-click here.
Eligibility: Veteran must provide copy of certificate of award (or) copy of official records or letter showing medal was awarded (or) copy of DD214.

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Bronze Star-Valor Plate: Plate fee (in addition to registration fee) is a one-time fee of $10.00. Personalized plate fee is an additional $10.00 annually. Plate is not available with a disabled symbol.
Eligibility:
Veteran must provide copy of official records showing award of the Bronze Star with 'V' device.

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Chosin Reservoir Survivor Plate: Plate fee (in addition to registration fee) is $10.00 annually. Personalized plate fee is an additional $10.00 annually. A disabled symbol is available for this plate.
Eligibility: Must provide certification showing service at the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir from November to December 1950.

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Combat Infantryman Plate: Plate fee (in addition to registration fee) is $10.00 annually. Personalized plate fee is an additional $10.00 annually. A disabled symbol is available for this plate.
Eligibility: Must provide certification of award (i.e., DD214 or award certificate).

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Silver Star Plate: Plate fee (in addition to registration fee) is a one-time fee of $10.00. Personalized plate fee is an additional $10.00 annually. A disabled symbol is available for this plate.
Eligibility: Must provide certification of award (i.e., DD214 or award certificate).

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Special Forces Association Plate: Plate fee (in addition to registration fee) is $10.00 annually. Personalized plate fee is an additional $10.00 annually. A disabled symbol is available for this plate.
Eligibility: Must provide written evidence of membership in the Special Forces Association.

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'Support Our Troops' Plate: Plate fee (in addition to registration fee) is $25.00 annually. Personalized plate fee is an additional $10.00 annually. A disabled symbol is available for this plate. A portion of the plate fee may be tax deductible.
Eligibility: No eligibility requirements.

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U.S. 3rd Infantry Regiment Plate: Plate fee (in addition to registration fee) is $10.00 annually. Personalized plate fee is an additional $10.00 annually. A disabled symbol is available for this plate.
Eligibility: Must provide written evidence of service in the 3rd Infantry Division (i.e., DD214).

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Veterans of Foreign Wars Plate: Plate fee (in addition to registration fee) is $10.00 annually. Personalized plate fee is an additional $10.00 annually. A disabled symbol is available for this plate.
Eligibility: Must provide written evidence of current membership in Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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Purple Heart Plate: Effective July 1, 2011, one free Purple Heart Plate (including vehicle registration fee) per eligible Service member. Personalized plate fee is an additional $10.00 annually and is available with a disabled symbol. Unremarried surviving Spouses are also eligible to receive license plates. Plate is also available for motorcycles-click here.
Eligibility: Veteran must provide copy of certificate of award (or) copy of official records or letter showing medal was awarded (or) copy of DD214.

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Disabled Veteran Plate: Effective July 1, 2015, any Veteran with a service-connected disability certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may purchase Disabled Veteran plates, subject to all applicable registration fees and a special plate fee of $10. A Veteran is eligible to receive one set of Disabled Veteran special plates for free if that Veteran (1) has lost, or lost the use of, a leg, arm, or hand; (2) is blind; or (3) is permanently and totally disabled as certified by the VA. Emission fee is not included. Personalized plate fee is $10.00 annually. Un-remarried surviving Spouses are eligible to receive one set of the license plates. A disabled symbol is available for this plate. Plate is also available for motorcycles-click here.
Eligibility: Must provide a copy of Veterans Certificate of Disability Form VSA 54 signed by a Veteran Service Officer.

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Veteran Armed Forces Plate: Plate fee (in addition to registration fee) is $10.00 annually. Personalized plate fee is an additional $10.00 annually and is available with a disabled symbol. A motorcycle version of this plate is also available, please click here.
Eligibility: Must provide a copy of DD214 showing honorable discharge.

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Army Reserve Plate: Army Reserve Plate fee (in addition to registration fee) is $10.00 annually and the personalized plate fee is an additional $10.00 annually. A disabled symbol is not available for this plate.
Eligibility: Certification from the Army Reserve Commanding General's Office.

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National Guard Plate: No plate fee and National Guard members receive half off County sticker with purchase of National Guard tags. Auto tags can be purchased at 1/2 price. A disabled symbol is not available for this plate. The plate cannot be personalized.
Eligibility: Must provide copy of certification 'AG of VA Form 66.'

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National Guard Retired Plate: There is no fee for the National Guard Retired Plate and the personalized plate fee is $10.00 annually. A disabled symbol is available for this plate.
Eligibility: Must provide copy of certification 'AG OF VA Form 66'.

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Iraqi Freedom Veteran Plate: Iraqi Freedom Veteran Plate fee (in addition to registration fee) is $10.00 annually and the personalized plate fee is and additional $10.00 annually. A disabled symbol is available for this plate.
Eligibility: Provide orders or copy of DD214, dates no earlier than 03/2003 (honorable discharge only).

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Enduring Freedom Veteran Plate: Enduring Freedom Veteran Plate fee (in addition to registration fee) is $10.00 annually and the personalized plate fee is and additional $10.00 annually. A disabled symbol is available for this plate.
Eligibility: Provide orders or copy of DD214, dates no earlier than 09/11/2001 (honorable discharge only) displaying Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Desert Shield / Storm Veteran Plate: Desert Shield / Storm Veteran Plate fee (in addition to registration fee) is $10.00 annually and the personalized plate fee is and additional $10.00 annually. A disabled symbol is available for this plate.
Eligibility: Provide orders or copy of DD214, (honorable discharge only) displaying award of the Southwest Asia Service Ribbon.

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Vietnam Veteran Plate: Vietnam Veteran Plate fee (in addition to registration fee) is $10.00 annually and the personalized plate fee is an additional $10.00 annually. A disabled symbol is available for this plate.
Eligibility: Provide orders or copy of DD214, showing Veteran fought in the Vietnam conflict.

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Vietnam Veterans of America Plate: Plate fee (in addition to registration fee) is $10.00 annually and the personalized plate fee is an additional $10.00 annually. A disabled symbol is not available for this plate.
Eligibility: Provide copy of current membership from the Vietnam Veterans of America.

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Korean War Veteran Plate: Korean War Veteran Plate fee (in addition to registration fee) is $10.00 annually and the personalized plate fee is an additional $10.00 annually. A disabled symbol is available for this plate.
Eligibility: Must provide copy of discharge papers showing participation in operations in the Korean area between June 27, 1950 and July 27, 1954.

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Pearl Harbor Survivor Plate: Pearl Harbor Survivor Plate fee (in addition to registration fee) is a one-time fee of $10.00 and the personalized plate fee is an additional $10.00 annually. A disabled symbol is available for this plate.
Eligibility: Must provide copy of official document indicating person on the island of Oahu on 12/7/1941.

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World War II Veteran: World War II Veteran Plate fee (in addition to registration fee) is a one-time fee of $10.00 and the personalized plate fee is an additional $10.00 annually. A disabled symbol is available for this plate.
Eligibility: Must provide copy of DD214.

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Former Prisoner of War Plate: There is no fee for one Former Prisoner of War Plate and the personalized plate fee is $10.00 annually. Un-remarried surviving Spouses are eligible to receive license plates. A disabled symbol is available for this plate.
Eligibility: Must provide copy of official records showing (or) copy of DD214 that verifies status or previous status as a former POW.

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Gold Star Plate: There is no fee for the Gold Star Plate and the personalized plate fee is $10.00 annually. A disabled symbol is available for this plate.
Eligibility: Must provide copy of the DMV Gold Star License Plate Applicant Certification Form (VSA 10A).

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Distinguished Flying Cross Plate: Distinguished Flying Cross Plate fee (in addition to registration fee) is a one-time fee of $10.00 and the personalized plate fee is an additional $10.00 annually. A disabled symbol is available for this plate.
Eligibility: Must provide a copy of certificate of award (or) copy of official records or letter showing medal was awarded (or) copy of DD214.

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Distinguished Service Cross Plate: Distinguished Service Cross Plate fee (in addition to registration fee) is a one-time fee of $10.00 and the personalized plate fee is an additional $10.00 annually. A disabled symbol is available for this plate.
Eligibility: Must provide a copy of certificate of award (or) copy of official records or letter showing medal was awarded (or) copy of DD214.

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Army Plate: Army Plate fee (in addition to registration fee) is a one-time fee of $10.00 and the personalized plate fee is an additional $10.00 annually. A disabled symbol is available for this plate. A motorcycle version of this plate is also available, click here.
Eligibility: Must provide copy of active duty or retired ID card or DD214 showing dates of service, honorable military discharge status and 180 days of active duty according to § 38 U.S.C 101.

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

Medical Benefits: Full medical benefits through worker's compensation.
Eligibility: Army National Guard member.

Workers Compensation: Full worker's compensation.
Eligibility: Army National Guard member.

Injury and Death Benefits: Full worker's compensation at maximum level benefits.
Eligibility: Army National Guard member.

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Parks and Recreation Benefits:

Hunting and Fishing Privileges: The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) offers a free lifetime hunting and fresh water fishing license to service connected totally and permanently Disabled Veterans. Application
Eligibility: Veteran must provide certification from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stating that the disability is permanent and total and that it is 100% service connected.

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Special Fishing License for Disabled Active Duty Military Personnel: The 2010 Virginia General Assembly has authorized the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to issue a freshwater fishing and trout license at no cost to disabled active duty military personnel who are receiving inpatient or outpatient medical treatment from a hospital in Virginia, an adjoining state, or the District of Columbia. This license is valid for one year and the holder of the license is not eligible to receive a re-issue of this license.

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Disabled Resident Lifetime Saltwater License: Issued separately on individual license. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) offers a discounted Salt water fishing license to service connected totally and permanently Disabled Veterans for only $10.00. Application
Eligibility: Veteran must provide certification from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stating that the disability is permanent and total and that it is 100% service connected. A Saltwater Fishing license is NOT required for persons age 65 and older.

 

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Disabled Non-Resident Lifetime Saltwater License: Issued separately on individual license. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) offers a discounted Salt water fishing license to service connected totally and permanently Disabled Veterans for only $10.00. Application
Eligibility: Veteran must provide certification from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stating that the disability is permanent and total and that it is 100% service connected. A Saltwater Fishing license is NOT required for persons age 65 and older.

 

Partially Disabled Veteran Hunting and Fishing Licenses: The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) offers discounted hunting licenses and fresh water fishing licenses to partially service connected Disabled Veterans. Annual Freshwater Fishing: $12.00 per license for Residents and $24.00 per license for non-Residents. Annual Hunting License: $12.00 per license for Residents and $56.00 per license for non-Residents. (Does NOT include any of the following licenses: Bear; Deer & Turkey; Muzzleloader; archery or National Forest Permit)
Eligibility: Veteran must provide certification from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stating that the Veteran has a service-connected disability with a numeric rating of 70% or greater.

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Non-Resident Totally and Permanently Disabled Veteran Hunting and Fishing Licenses: The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) offers discounted hunting licenses and fresh water fishing licenses. A fee of $12.50 per Annual Freshwater Fishing license and a fee of $28.50 per Annual Hunting License. (Does NOT include any of the following licenses: Bear; Deer & Turkey; Muzzleloader; archery or National Forest Permit)
Eligibility: Veteran must provide certification from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stating that the Veteran has a total and permanent service-connected disability.

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Miscellaneous:

Virginia Veterans ID Card: On behalf of the Department of Veteran Services (DVS), the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) now issues identification cards to Veterans for proof of Veteran status to receive discounts from retailers and restaurants. The cost of the Veterans ID card is $10.00
Eligibility: To qualify for this new Veterans identification card (VIC), applicants must:

  • Be a Virginia resident
  • Hold an unexpired Virginia commercial driver's license, driver's license, learner's permit or DMV-issued ID card
  • Have served either (1) in the active U. S. Armed Forces or (2) for more than 180 days in the Virginia National Guard or U. S. Reserves
  • Have received an honorable discharge
  • Present a photocopy of a Veteran service proof document or combination of documents that provide branch of service, discharge date and discharge status (eg. DD 214, DD 256, WD AGO, or NGB 22)
  • Consent that the information on your application and any subsequent address changes you make will be shared with the Virginia Department of Veteran Services.

For more information on eligibility, please refer to § 46.2-345.1 of the Code of Virginia

NOTE: If your document is missing any of the above data, DMV will request that you present another document displaying the information.

  • Consent that the information on your application and any subsequent address changes you make will be shared with the Virginia Department of Veteran Services.

Submission of Applications
Customers may apply online, by mail, by fax, or in person at a DMV customer service center.

  • Customers who opt to process their request online will need to submit a copy of their online receipt and the required Veteran status proof document(s) to DMV within 15 days of their online application. These documents can be submitted to DMV by mail, by fax or in person at a DMV customer service center.
  • Customers who apply by mail, fax or in person will need to complete a Virginia Veterans Identification Card Application (form DL-11), provide a copy of their Veteran service proof document(s) and payment.

Mail:
Driver Support Work Center, Room 419
P. O. Box 27412
Richmond, VA 23269-0001

Fax:
(804) 367-1112

Visit:
A DMV customer service center

Customers who apply in person will receive a receipt showing all of the information that will display on their card, which will be mailed. While waiting to receive the card by mail, Veterans will be able to use the receipt to show Veteran status to receive retail discounts.

When applying for a Veterans ID card, please make sure that DMV has your current address on your record.

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Virginia Veterans Care Center: The VVCC is a state home for Veterans in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The mission of the VVCC is to provide affordable, high quality, comprehensive nursing and domiciliary care to Commonwealth of Virginia for honorably discharged Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The 240 bed facility is located in Roanoke, VA. Application Packet
Eligibility: Honorably discharged Veterans who are Virginia residents at the time of admission or when they entered into the Armed Forces.

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The Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center: is located on the campus of the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia and is operated by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services. This single-level facility features 160 single-occupancy rooms in three nursing units: two 60-bed skilled nursing care units and one 40-bed secure Alzheimer's dementia unit with enclosed courtyards.
Eligibility: The applicant must be a former member of the United States Armed Forces whose last term of service concluded with an honorable discharge. The applicant must be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia who meets the medical requirements for nursing home care. Application Packet

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Virginia State Veteran Cemeteries: The state of Virginia will furnish a gravesite, open and close the grave, order and place the grave marker, and provide perpetual care for the Veteran and their Spouse/ eligible dependent. Additionally, Veterans are offered the three following choices: Casketed Ground Burial, Cremation Ground Burial, or Cremation Above-Ground inurnment in our Columbarium Niches. There is no cost to the Veteran for these services. For the Spouse / eligible dependent, there is a $300 administrative fee. Burial in a state Veteran's cemetery (Virginia Veterans Cemetery at Amelia, Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk and Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery, Dublin) is based on military service.
Eligibility: The eligibility criterion is the same criteria for burial in VA national cemeteries. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces who die on active duty, who retire from military service, or who are honorably discharged are eligible for burial in one of Virginia's Veterans cemeteries.

Under certain conditions, the following persons are also eligible for interment:

  • Members of the reserve components of the Armed forces who served on military active duty [active duty for training only does not meet eligibility requirements] or at the time of death were entitled to retired pay, or would have been entitled but for being under age sixty, or who received ''Veterans status'' as a result of being called to active duty by Executive Order who was honorable discharged may be eligible for burial in Virginia's State Veteran Cemeteries.  .
  • Members of the Reserve Officer's Training Corps of the Army, Navy, or Air Force.
  • Any Citizen of the United States who served in the Armed Forces of any government allied with the United States during wartime.
  • Any Commissioned officer of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service.
  • American merchant seamen who served actively during World War II.
  • Anyone who dies while in route to be inducted into military service.

Dependents:
The legal Spouse (or Widow or Widower) and/or an unmarried minor Child under age 21 may be eligible. In addition, an unmarried adult Child who, before the age of 21, became permanently incapable of self-support because of physical or mental disability may also be interred.

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Virginia Veteran and Family Support (VVFS) (formerly the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program): VWWP is a legislatively mandated program operated by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services in cooperation with the Department of Behavioral Health and Image of VWWP Developmental Services and the Department of Rehabilitative Services. It was established in 2008 in response to the growing need to improve and expand services to our nation's Veterans and their Family members whose lives have been touched by stress-related injuries or traumatic brain injury.

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Reduced Fare Program for Veterans with Disabilities (Metro Disability ID/SmarTrip® Card): Metrobus and Metrorail customers with disabilities may be eligible to ride at a discounted rate. Those customers who qualify will be issued a Metro Disability ID card. Metro Disability ID/SmarTrip® cards can be used to:

  • Pay Fare when using Metrobus and Metrorail
  • Buy a 7-Day regional pass
  • Pay half the peak fare on Metrorail
  • Pay 85¢ with cash or if paying with the Metro Disability ID/SmarTrip® on regular Metrobus routes and other regional bus services

Eligibility: Disabled Veterans who have been granted a 60% or greater disability rating by the Department of Veterans Affairs do not need to complete Part B or C of the application. The applicant must appear in person at the Metro Transit Accessibility Center, 600 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC with a valid photo ID and an original letter of disability notification issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Disabled Veterans rated at 100% can show their valid DD Form 2465 Department of Defense Uniformed Serves ID card in lieu of an award letter. Metro Disability ID Card Application

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Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Facilities in Virginia

Veterans Health Administration
VA Medical Center
Hampton: Hampton VA Medical Center, 100 Emancipation Dr, 757-722-9961
Richmond: Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, 1201 Broad Rock Blvd, 804-675-5000
Salem: Salem VA Medical Center, 1970 Roanoke Blvd, 540-982-2463 / 888-982-2463

Outpatient Clinic
Bristol: Bristol, Virginia OPC, 2426 Lee Hwy, 276-645-4520 / Fax: 276-645-0349

Community Based Patient Clinic
Charlottesville: Charlottesville CBOC, 590 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, 434-293-3890 / Fax: 804-675-6299
Chesapeake: Chesapeake CBOC, 1987 S. Military Hwy, 757-722-9961
Danville: Danville CBOC, 705 Piney Forest Rd, 434-710-4210 / Fax: 434-792-1471
Emporia: Emporia CBOC, 1746 East Atlantic, 434-348-1055 / Fax: 434-336-1493
Fort Belvoir: Fort Belvoir Outpatient Clinic, 9300 DeWitt Loop, Sunrise Pavilion, 571-231-2408 / Fax: 571-231-2230
Fredericksburg: Fredericksburg CBOC, 130 Executive Center Pkwy, 540-370-4468 / Fax: 804-675-6885
Harrisonburg: Harrisonburg Contract Outpatient Clinic, 1755 S. High St, 304-263-0811 x5130 / Fax: 540-433-0369
Jonesville: Jonesville Rural Outreach Clinic, 32613 Wilderness Rd, Suite 101, 276-346-2595
Lynchburg: Lynchburg CBOC, 1600 Lakeside Dr, 434-316-5000 / Fax: 434-316-7071
Marion: Marion Rural Outreach Clinic, 4451 Lee Hwy, 276-783-2756
Norton: Norton, Virginia CBOC, 654 Hwy 58 East, 276-679-8010 / Fax: 276-679-2325
Staunton: Staunton CBOC, 102 Lacy B. King Way, 540-886-5777 / Fax: 540-886-5776
Tazewell: Tazewell CBOC, 123 Ben Bolt Ave, 276-988-2526 / Fax: 276-988-7877
Vansant: Vansant Rural Outreach Clinic, 1941 Lovers Gap Rd, Suite A, 276-597-2106
Virginia Beach: Virginia Beach CBOC, 244 Clearfield Ave, 757-722-9961
Winchester: Stephens City Outpatient Clinic, 170 Prosperity Dr, 304-263-0811 x5130 / Fax: 540-869-1984
Wytheville: Wytheville CBOC, 165 Peppers Ferry Rd, 276-223-5400 / Fax: 276-223-5454

Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Alexandria: Alexandria Vet Center, 6940 South Kings Hwy #204, 703-360-8633 / Fax: 703-360-2935
Norfolk: Norfolk Vet Center, 1711 Church St, Suites A&B, 757-623-7584 / Fax: 757-623-3879
Richmond: Richmond Vet Center, 4902 Fitzhugh Ave, 804-353-8958 / Fax: 804-353-0837
Roanoke: Roanoke Vet Center, 350 Albemarle Ave SW, 540-342-9726 / Fax: 540-851-2405
Virginia Beach: Virginia Beach County Vet Center, 324 Southport Cir, Suite 102, 757-248-3665 / Fax: 757-248-3667

Veterans Benefits Administration
Intake Site (Pre-Discharge Claims Assistance)
Dahlgren: Dahlgren Naval Station WC, Fleet and Family Service Support Center, 6027 School House Ln
Fort Lee: Fort Lee, 1403 Mahone Ave
Hampton: Langley Air Force Base, Airman and Family Readiness Center, 45 Nealy Ave. Building 15 Ste. 100
Norfolk: Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, Fleet & Family Support Center
Norfolk: Norfolk NB, Regional TAP Office Building U93
Norfolk: Oceana Naval Air Station, Fleet & Family Support Center
Norfolk: Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Fleet & Family Support Center
Roanoke: Fort Eustis, 210 Franklin Rd SW, 800-827-1000
Ft. Belvoir: Fort Belvoir, Bldg 808 (Old Dewitt), Room A-222

Regional Office
Roanoke: Roanoke Regional Benefit Office, 210 Franklin Rd, SW, 1-800-827-1000

National Cemetery Administration
National Cemetery
Alexandria: Alexandria National Cemetery, 1450 Wilkes St, 703-221-2183 / Fax: 703-221-2185
Culpeper: Culpeper National Cemetery, 305 U.S. Ave, 540-825-0027 / Fax: 540-825-6684
Danville: Danville National Cemetery, 721 Lee St, 704-636-2661 / Fax: 704-636-1115
Hampton: Hampton National Cemetery, Cemetery Rd at Marshall Ave, 757-723-7104 / Fax: 757-723-0027
Hampton: Hampton National Cemetery (VAMC), Emancipation Dr, 757-723-7104 / Fax: 757-723-0027
Hopewell: City Point National Cemetery, 10th Ave and Davis St, 804-795-2031 / Fax: 804-795-1064
Leesburg: Ball's Bluff National Cemetery, Route 7, 540-825-0027 / Fax: 540-825-6684
Mechanicsville: Cold Harbor National Cemetery, 6038 Cold Harbor Rd, 804-795-2031 / Fax: 804-795-1064
Richmond:   Fort Harrison National Cemetery, 8620 Varina Rd, 804-795-2031 / Fax: 804-795-1064
Richmond:   Glendale National Cemetery, 8301 Willis Church Rd, 804-795-2031 / Fax: 804-795-1064
Richmond:   Richmond National Cemetery, 1701 Williamsburg Rd, 804-795-2031 / Fax: 804-795-1064
Sandston: Seven Pines National Cemetery, 400 East Williamsburg Rd, 804-795-2031 or 2278 / Fax: 804-795-1064
Staunton: Staunton National Cemetery, 901 Richmond Ave, 540-825-0027 / Fax: 540-825-6684
Triangle: Quantico National Cemetery, 18424 Joplin Rd, 703-221-2183 / Fax: 703-221-2185
Winchester: Winchester National Cemetery, 401 National Ave, 540-825-0027 / Fax: 540-825-6684

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Military Installations in Virginia

Please see the Virginia Resource Locator for additional information.

 

Active

Army
Fort A.P. Hill
Fort Belvoir
Fort Lee
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
Joint Base Langley-Eustis
Fort Eustis 

Navy
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Dahlgren
Naval Station Norfolk
Yorktown Naval Weapons Station

Air Force
Joint Base Langley-Eustis

Langley Air Force Base 

Marines
Marine Corp Base Quantico
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall

National Guard
Virginia National Guard
Virginia Army National Guard

Fort Pickett
192D Fighter Wing

Resources

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

http://www.dvs.virginia.gov/benefits/

http://www.dmv.state.va.us/drivers/#military.asp

http://www.vec.virginia.gov/

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

http://www.vec.virginia.gov/veterans

http://web1.dhrm.virginia.gov/itech/hrpolicy/pol4_50.html 

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

http://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/vets/realifelines/menu.htm

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

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Document Review Date: 29 April 2016