State / Territory Benefits - West Virginia

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Summary: West Virginia offers special benefits for military Service members and Veterans including State Tax Exemptions, State Employment Preferences, Education and Tuition Assistance, Special 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: Active duty military pay received by West Virginia National Guard and Reserve forces for service in Operation Enduring Freedom or domestic security duty as the result of a federal order to active duty can be subtracted from federal adjusted gross income when filing West Virginia state taxes. [West Virginia Tax Code, Chapter 11, Article 21, Section 12e]   For taxable years beginning after December 31, 2012, in addition to amounts authorized to be subtracted from federal adjusted gross income pursuant to subsection (c), section twelve of this article, active duty military pay received by a resident individual who is on active duty for thirty continuous days or more in the armed forces of the United States, the National Guard or armed forces reserve is an authorized modification reducing federal adjusted gross income for the taxable year in which the individual has separated from active military service, but only to the extent the active duty military pay is included in federal adjusted gross income for the taxable year in which it is received.
Eligibility:
Military Personnel

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Retired Military Pay: The taxable amount, not to exceed $2,000, of military retirement income from the regular armed forces, National Guard or Reserves, or of survivor annuities, reported on federal return is deducted from federal adjusted gross income. An additional modification, up to a maximum of $20,000, of military retired pay (from the regular armed forces, National Guard or reserve, or from survivor annuities) is to be subtracted from federal adjusted gross income when filing WV state taxes. Please see the West Virginia Tax Code Chapter 11 Article 21 Sections 12-[(c)(5)], [(7)(A&B)] and WV tax form Schedule M for more information.
Eligibility:
Military Retiree or Surviving Spouse

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Military Spouses Residency Relief Act: Due to the passage of the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act in November of 2009, Spouses of military Service members may be exempt from West Virginia income tax on wages received from services performed in West Virginia.
Eligibility: Spouses may be exempt if (a) the Service member is present in West Virginia in compliance with military orders; (b) the Spouse is in West Virginia solely to be with the Service member; and (c) the Spouse maintains domicile in another state.

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Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before September 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.

VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Not subject to federal or state taxes.

Military SBP/ RCSBP/RSFPP: Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax. Check with state department of revenue office.

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Homestead Exemption for Certain Eligible Veterans: Service members who are residents of West Virginia at the time they enter military service and maintain that residency until retirement from military service or earlier separation due to a permanent and total physical or mental disability are deemed to satisfy the residency test and are allowed a $20,000 homestead exemption if they return to WV and purchase a homestead and are otherwise qualified.

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Education Benefits:

The West Virginia Educational Encouragement Program (WVEEP): WVEEP will cover up to 100% of the cost of tuition and fees for in-state schools, up to $6,500 annually. Students must maintain a minimum of 2.0 grade point average.                                                                     
Eligibility:
National Guard Service members must complete courses for which Tuition Assistance is provided before their Expiration Term of Service (ETS) date. Soldiers requesting Tuition Assistance must enroll in an approved post-secondary institution within WV. The institution must provide the student with documentation clearly describing the cost of each course. Tuition Assistance funds will not be disbursed without verification of enrollment. Students need to submit grades to the WVEEP manager upon completion of a course.

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The Army National Guard Federal Tuition Assistance Program: The Army National Guard Federal Tuition Assistance program will pay up to $250 per semester hour, for up to 16 semester hours per fiscal year, with a lifetime limit of 130 undergraduate hours or 39 graduate semester hours. Eligibility:  Must currently be currently serving in the National Guard and have completed at least one year of service from Advanced Individual Training/ Basic Officer Leaders Course graduation date.

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Veterans Re-education Act Fund: West Virginia provides tuition assistance, under the Veterans Re-Education Act Fund, for West Virginia Veterans who need to secure education for a new career due to dislocation or unemployment. The West Virginia Veterans Re-Education Act Fund pays tuition after the applicant has exhausted both Federal VA Education Benefits under the GI Bills and VA Vocational Training funding. Tuition assistance is based on need and funding availability.  

Eligibility: In order to receive tuition assistance from the West Virginia Veterans Re-Education Act Fund, you must:

  • Be an honorably discharged Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Have served 181 consecutive days of military service (some Reservists may not be eligible)
  • Be a West Virginia resident
  • Be Federal Pell Grant eligible or unemployed

To apply for West Virginia Veterans Re-Education Act Funds, submit an application, along with your DD214, to the financial aid or veteran's affairs office at your school. The school completes their information and sends the application to the Director of WV Veterans Affairs. Remember that funding is subject to availability, so the sooner you submit your application, the better your chances of receiving funding. For more information, contact:

West Virginia Division of Veteran's Affairs

1321 Plaza East - Suit 101

Charleston, WV 25301

Phone: 304-558-3661

Toll Free in WV: 888-838-2332

Fax: 304-558-3662

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Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP):  The SLRP can pay up to $50,000 on federally-backed student loans with an enlistment or extension in a deployable unit. This incentive is now available to applicants entering Officer Candidate School (OCS). The Service member must have at least 90 college credit hours and agree to an eight-year commitment.

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Healthcare Professional Special Pay: For just about every specialty or field within the Army Medical Department (AMEDD), the Guard offers a special pay (bonus) and/or student loan repayment program to make your service financially commensurate with your profession.

Contact Officer Strength Management for more details on the AMEDD Special Pay (Bonus) at 304-561-6383

Healthcare Professional Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP): Healthcare providers (M.D.s) in the Medical and Dental Corps can receive loan repayment assistance up to $240,000 for certain specialties-by agreeing to a six-year service commitment with the Guard ($40,000 per year, with a $240,000 lifetime cap). Physician Assistants, Physical Therapists, Family Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers and Clinical Psychologists may qualify for loan repayments up to $25,000 per year with a $75,000 lifetime cap. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Nurses can receive up to $10,000 per year with a $35,000 lifetime cap. 

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State War Orphans Education: Eligible Spouses and Children of deceased Service members that attend a University or College operated by the State of West Virginia will have tuition and registration fees waived upon approval of their application. Approved students may receive monetary awards to help defray costs of room, board, books, clothing and other incidental school expenses other than tuition fees. When a Child or Spouse is eligible for a tuition waiver to attend a private post-secondary education or training institution, where the tuition waiver is not applicable, that Child or Spouse remains eligible for up to two thousand dollars per year in education benefits.  Application
Eligibility:

  • In the case of a Child, is at least sixteen and not more than twenty-five years of age;
  • Is enrolled in a post-secondary education or training institution in this state; and
  • Is the Child or Spouse of an enlistee who designated West Virginia as his or her state of record.
  • Student must be a Child or Spouse of a Veteran who served on active duty in the armed forces at some time during one of the following periods:
    • World War I -April 6, 1917 to July 2, 1921
    • World War II -December 1, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (Provided that if a Veteran was on active duty on December 31, 1946, continuous service before July 26, 1947 shall be considered wartime service for the purpose of this program)
    • Korean War - June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955
    • Vietnam Era - August 5, 1964 - May 7, 1975
    • Kosovo - November 20, 1995 - December 31, 2000
    • Iraq - March 19, 2003 - Date to be determined
    • Afghanistan - October 7, 2001 - Date to be determined

Death of Veteran parent must have occurred during active duty in one of the above periods, OR at any time during which the forces or members of the reserve components are called to active duty by the President of the United States under Title 10 of the United States Code for the purpose of entering into armed combat; and who were killed in action or have died or may hereafter die from disease or disability resulting from this war service. NOTE: If death occurred after discharge, proof of death and evidence showing relationship between cause of death and service must accompany application.

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State Operation Recognition-Diploma Program: West Virginia Veterans who served in WWII, Korea or Vietnam and did not graduate from high school may be awarded a high school diploma. The diploma may be granted by the Veteran's current county of residence or by the county in which the school he/she attended is located. More details are available in West Virginia State Code 18-2-34 or Title 126 Legislative Rule Series 96. Click here for an application.
Eligibility:
Any surviving World War II, Korean War or Vietnam conflict Veteran who:

  • Left school prior to graduation and served in the armed forces of the United States;
  • Did not receive a high school diploma;
  • Was discharged from the armed services under honorable conditions; and
  • Completes the application process as provided by the joint rules of the state board and the Veterans' council.
  • Must have been a Veteran who served on active duty in the armed forces at some time during one of the following periods:
    • World War II, September 16, 1940 to December 31, 1946
    • Korean War, June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955
    • Vietnam Era, August 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975

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Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.
  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.
  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.
  • Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.
  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.
  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.
  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

Primary Point of Contact:
MAJ GEN James A. Hoyer, West Virginia State Commissioner
Address: 1703 Coonskin Dr, Charleston, WV 25311
Email: james.a.hoyer.nfg@mail.mil
Phone: 304-561-6318

Col Christopher Cmiel, Alternate Compact Commissioner
Address: J8, 1703 Coonskin Drive, Charleston, WV 25311
Email: christopher.p.cmiel2.nfg@mail.mil
Phone: 304-561-6779

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Reduced Tuition Rates for National Guard Dependents: Several West Virginia Colleges and Universities now offer reduced tuition rates and/or scholarships for dependents of National Guardsmen.

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Employment Benefits:

Employment Assistance: Eligible Veterans are entitled to priority services, as state and federal law mandates that qualified Veterans receive priority in all employment and training programs including:

  • Referral to jobs and job training programs
  • Counseling, testing and job development assistance
  • Eligibility determination for tax credit programs
  • Assistance in filing complaints related to:
    • Federal contractors regarding affirmative action for qualified Veterans
    • Federal agency hiring practices related to Veteran preference
    • Uniformed Service Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA), including rights of National Guard and reserve members.

WorkForce West Virginia gives you access to the largest online database of jobs in the state, helps you organize your work experience and job preference, and lets you update your experience and job search as often as you want.
Eligibility:
If you have served full-time in the U.S. military, including as a member of a national guard or reserve unit called to active duty under Title 10; have a service-connected disability; or are the Spouse of a Service member missing in action, captured in line of duty or the Spouse of a Veteran with a 100 percent service-connected disability or who died while such disability was in existence, you may be entitled to receive priority services.

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Veterans Preference (State): Veterans applying to State jobs will have five (5) points added to a final passing score. An additional five (5) points are added to a Veteran's score if Veteran is a recipient of the Purple Heart or has a compensable service-connected disability.
Eligibility:
--Under the West Virginia Civil Service System all Veterans who have served under honorable conditions in the armed forces of the United States during hostile conflict are eligible for Veterans Preference.
--Veteran must be Purple Heart recipient or have compensable service-connected disability in order to receive additional five (5) points to final passing score.

--Estimate your Veterans preference on the WV State Government Job Opportunities site.

--Proof of service dates, disability and Purple Heart Award or Campaign Badge must be verified by DD-214. Disability must be verified by a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Veteran's 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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State Employment Leave and Medical Benefits:
State employees receive 30 days military leave for training and drills. In addition, upon mobilization, an additional 30 days of paid military leave is provided for each instance of call to active duty. Employee may elect to maintain State Employee Health Insurance while on State or Federal Active Duty.
Eligibility: National Guard and US Army Reserve Service members who are State employees.

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Unemployment Compensation:

Unemployment insurance:   Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own that meet West Virginia's eligibility requirements. In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have West Virginia wages during the past 12 to 18 months and have earned at least a minimum amount of wages as determined by West Virginia's guidelines. You must also be able to work and available for work each week that you are collecting benefits. Eligibility for unemployment compensation will be determined during the process of filing a claim. Individuals who are unsure if they qualify should still apply. Filing for military benefits (UCX)

If you were on active duty with a branch of the U.S. military during any part of the base period for your claim, you may be entitled to unemployment benefits based on that service. Your military wages are assigned to the state where you first file a new claim that sets up a "benefit year" after your separation from active duty. To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have been separated under honorable conditions.
  • You must have completed a full term of service, or if you were released early, it must have been for a qualifying reason. (Your claims office can advise you whether your reason for early release from duty qualifies you for benefits.)
  • If you served on active duty in reserve status as a member of a National Guard or Reserve component, that duty must have been continuous for ninety (90) or more days.

You must present copy four (4) of your Form DD-214 when you apply for a new claim. You will be notified if you need any other forms from the military. If you have lost your DD-214, or have not yet received it, we can help you obtain one.

UCX benefits are paid under the same conditions as benefits based on other employment. However, your military wages, for claims purposes, are determined by your pay grade at time of separation. A wage table furnished by the federal government is used. This table shows the equivalent civilian wage for each military pay grade.

Information on your DD214 about your length of service and the reason you were separated is final and binding. If you believe the information on your Form DD 214 is incorrect or any other military documents we use, it is your responsibility to contact your branch of service to have the mistake corrected. If you do not know how to go about doing this, WorkForce West Virginia can assist.

Military benefits cannot be paid for any weeks for which you receive allowances from the Veterans Administration under Chapters 31 or 35 of Title 38 of the U.S. Code. (The cited chapters provide subsistence allowances for vocational rehabilitation and educational assistance, allowances to war orphans and Widows, or, in some cases, Children and Spouses of Veterans with permanent total disabilities.) You may have reemployment rights with a pre-service employer. Our Job Service Veteran's representative can advise you about these rights.

Information required for filing: your social security card and a photo ID (such as your driver's license) to verify your identity. If you are separated from the military, bring your DD Form 214. If you are an immigrant, you must supply documentation of your work status. You will be asked to provide names and complete mailing addresses for all employers for whom you worked during the last 18 months. Be prepared to furnish the dates you worked and the reason you left each employer.

For a list of West Virginia UC Claims office addresses, click here. To file online click here for West Virginia's online Unemployment Insurance Application

Call 1-800-252-JOBS (5627)
TDD: 304-558-1549

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

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Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Benefits:

The state of West Virginia offers a large selection of specialized vehicle license plates for Veterans, Disabled Veterans, and Military Service members. The West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website and following link provides a complete list of special military plates.

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82d Airborne Division Association Plate: The fee is based on the exchange rate of the current license plate, and is renewed for $30/year. For exchange pricing or to apply for this plate, click here for the application.
Eligibility: West Virginia resident Veterans or Service members who are members of the 82d Airborne Division Association.

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Army National Guard Plate: National Guard license plates can be purchased for an annual $10.00 reservation fee in addition to the $30.00 regular registration fee. For exchange pricing or to apply for this plate, click here for the application.
Eligibility: WV Army National Guard members. A copy of the Service member's military ID must accompany this application.

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Army Reserve Plate: Army Reserve license plates can be purchased for an annual $10.00 reservation fee in addition to the $30.00 regular registration fee. For exchange pricing or to apply for this plate, click here for the application.
Eligibility: Army Reserve Service members. A copy of the Service member's ID must accompany the application.

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Army Retired Plate: Armed Retired license plates can be purchased for a one-time $10.00 fee in addition to the $30.00 regular registration fee. For exchange pricing or to apply for this plate, click here for the application.
Eligibility: Service members who are retired from the U.S. Army. Applicants may have to provide additional documentation (i.e., DD214 or other documents) to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. Applicants must submit the application and supporting documentation to the Dept of Veterans Assistance.

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Bronze Star Plate: The Bronze Star license plate can be purchased for a one-time $10.00 fee in addition to the $30.00 regular registration fee. For exchange pricing or to apply for this plate, click here for the application.
Eligibility:  Service members who have been awarded the Bronze Star. Applicants may have to provide additional documentation (i.e., DD214 or award citation) to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. Applicants must submit the application and supporting documentation to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. In the event of the death of a special military license plate holder, the license plate may be retained by the surviving Spouse until remarriage, non-renewal, or death. The surviving Spouse's name must be on the title if they wish to use the plate.

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Combat Infantry Badge Plate: Combat Infantry Badge plates can be purchased for a one-time $10.00 fee in addition to the $30.00 regular registration fee. For exchange pricing or to apply for this plate, click here for the application
Eligibility: Service members who have been awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB). Applicants may have to provide additional documentation (i.e., DD214 or award citation) to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. Applicants must submit the application and supporting documentation to the Dept of Veterans Assistance.

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Combat Medic Badge Plate: The Combat Medic Badge license plate can be purchased for a one-time $10.00 fee in addition to the $30.00 regular registration fee. For exchange pricing or to apply for this plate, click here for the application.
Eligibility: Service members who have been awarded the Combat Medic Badge (CMB). Applicants may have to provide additional documentation (i.e., DD214 or award citation) to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. Applicants must submit the application and supporting documentation to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. In the event of the death of a special military license plate holder, the license plate may be retained by the surviving Spouse until remarriage, non-renewal, or death. The surviving Spouse's name must be on the title if they wish to use the plate.

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Disabled Veteran Plate: No registration fee for one Disabled Veteran plate. However, the applicant must pay the $0.50 insurance enforcement fee and a $1.00 litter fee. Disabled Veteran license plate fees are calculated on a ten year schedule. For a $40.00 initial fee and a $30.00 annual fee, an additional Disabled Veteran license plate may be obtained by completing form  DMV-48-A For exchange pricing or to apply for this plate, click here for the application.
Eligibility: Any Veteran in receipt of an auto grant or who is 100% disabled due to service-connected causes as rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The application must be certified by the Department of Veterans' Assistance; therefore, additional documentation may be required. In the event of the death of the Disabled Veteran plate holder, the License plate may be retained by the surviving Spouse until remarriage, non-renewal, or death.

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Distinguished Flying Cross Plate:  The Distinguished Flying Cross license plate can be purchased for a one-time $10.00 fee in addition to the $30.00 regular registration fee. For exchange pricing or to apply for this plate, click here for the application.
Eligibility: Service members who have been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Applicants may have to provide additional documentation (i.e., DD214 or award citation) to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. Applicants must submit the application and supporting documentation to the Dept of Veterans Assistance.  In the event of the death of a special military license plate holder, the license plate may be retained by the surviving Spouse until remarriage, non-renewal, or death. The surviving Spouse's name must be on the title if they wish to use the plate.

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Distinguished Service Cross Plate: The Distinguished Service Cross license plate can be purchased for a one-time $10.00 fee in addition to the $30.00 regular registration fee. For exchange pricing or to apply for this plate, click here for the application.
Eligibility: Service members who have been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Applicants may have to provide additional documentation (i.e., DD214 or award citation) to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. Applicants must submit the application and supporting documentation to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. In the event of the death of a special military license plate holder, the license plate may be retained by the surviving Spouse until remarriage, non-renewal, or death. The surviving Spouse's name must be on the title if they wish to use the plate.

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Former Prisoner of War Plate: A Former Prisoner of War plate may be obtained at no initial cost to the Service member; however, they must pay the .50¢ insurance enforcement fee, plus the $1.00 litter fee. For exchange pricing or to apply for this plate, click here for the application. An additional Prisoner of War license plate may be obtained for a fee of $40.00.
Eligibility: Service members, Veterans, or retirees who are documented former prisoners-of-war. Applicants must submit the application and any supporting documentation to the Dept of Veterans Assistance.

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Gold Star Family Plate: The Distinguished Service Cross license plate can be purchased for a one-time $10.00 fee in addition to the $30.00 regular registration fee. For exchange pricing or to apply for this plate, click here for the application.
Eligibility: The applicant must be a relative of a deceased Service member, as described in WV State Code §17A-3-14, in order to qualify for a Gold Star Family license plate. Applicants must submit the application and any supporting documentation to the Dept of Veterans Assistance.

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Korean War Veteran Plate: The Distinguished Service Cross license plate can be purchased for a one-time $10.00 fee in addition to the $30.00 regular registration fee. For exchange pricing or to apply for this plate, click here for the application.
Eligibility: US Veterans of the Korean War. Applicants may have to provide additional documentation (i.e., DD214 or service documents) to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. Applicants must submit the application and supporting documentation to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. In the event of the death of a special military license plate holder, the license plate may be retained by the surviving Spouse until remarriage, non-renewal, or death. The surviving Spouse's name must be on the title if they wish to use the plate.

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Medal of Honor Plate: No fee for Medal of Honor license plate. There is a $30.00 renewal fee each year. For exchange pricing or to apply for this plate, click here for the application.
Eligibility: Must be a recipient of the Medal of Honor. Applicants must have the application certified in Part II by the WV Division of Veterans Affairs and must provide all documentation required for certification.

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Purple Heart Plate: No fee for Purple Heart Tags for those wounded in action; however, the applicant must pay the $.50 insurance enforcement fee, plus a $1.00 litter fee. The plates expire on a ten-year cycle. For a one-time fee of $40.00 and a renewal fee of $30.00/year, an additional Purple Heart license plate may be obtained by completing Form DMV-48-A. Please click here for the application and to view fee structure.
Eligibility: Must have been awarded the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Applicants must have the application certified in Part II by the WV Division of Veterans Affairs and must provide all documentation required for certification.

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Pearl Harbor Survivor Plate: No fee for a Pearl Harbor Survivor license plate. The renewal fee is on a 10-year cycle; please see the application for details. For a one-time fee of $40.00 and a yearly renewal fee of $30.00, additional license plates can be issued for the eligible applicant, an additional Pearl Harbor Survivor license plate may be obtained by completing Form DMV-48-A.To apply for this plate, click here for the application.
Eligibility: To qualify for a no-fee Pearl Harbor license plate, an applicant must certify that they were an honorably discharged member of one of the Armed Services of the U.S. and while serving, were present during the attack on the Island of Oahu on December 7, 1941 between the hours of 7:55 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Applicants must have this application certified by the WV Department of Veterans Affairs in Part G of the application. Applicants must provide all documentation required for certification. This plate expires upon death of the Pearl Harbor Survivor and may not be retained by the surviving Spouse.

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Persian Gulf Veteran Plate:  The Persian Gulf Veteran license plate can be purchased for a one-time $10.00 fee in addition to the $30.00 regular registration fee. For exchange pricing or to apply for this plate, click here for the application.
Eligibility: Veterans of the Persian Gulf War. Applicants may have to provide additional documentation (i.e., DD214 or service documents) to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. Applicants must submit the application and supporting documentation to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. In the event of the death of a special military license plate holder, the license plate may be retained by the surviving Spouse until remarriage, non-renewal, or death. The surviving Spouse's name must be on the title if they wish to use the plate.

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Silver Star Plate: The Silver Star license plate can be purchased for a one-time $10.00 fee in addition to the $30.00 regular registration fee. For exchange pricing or to apply for this plate, click here for the application.
Eligibility: Service members who have been awarded the Silver Star. Applicants may have to provide additional documentation (i.e., DD214 or award citation) to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. Applicants must submit the application and supporting documentation to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. In the event of the death of a special military license plate holder, the license plate may be retained by the surviving Spouse until remarriage, non-renewal, or death. The surviving Spouse's name must be on the title if they wish to use the plate.

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Veteran Plate: Veteran Plate may be purchased for a one-time fee of $10.00 over and above the regular $30.00 license fee. For exchange pricing or to apply for this plate, click here for the application.
Eligibility: Must be an honorably discharged Veteran. An officer of the Department of Veterans Assistance must complete Part II of the application. Applicants may mail or walk-in the application to any one of the Department of Veterans Assistance offices. Eligibility for the Veteran license plate is contingent upon providing the Department of Veterans Assistance with any information or documentation that they deem necessary to verify eligibility.

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Vietnam War Veteran Plate: The Vietnam Veteran license plate can be purchased for a one-time $10.00 fee in addition to the $30.00 regular registration fee. For exchange pricing or to apply for this plate, click here for the application.
Eligibility: US Veterans of the Vietnam War. Applicants may have to provide additional documentation (i.e., DD214 or service documents) to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. Applicants must submit the application and supporting documentation to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. In the event of the death of a special military license plate holder, the license plate may be retained by the surviving Spouse until remarriage, non-renewal, or death. The surviving Spouse's name must be on the title if they wish to use the plate.

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War on Terrorism - Afghanistan Plate: The War on Terrorism - Afghanistan license plate can be purchased for a one-time $10.00 fee in addition to the $30.00 regular registration fee. For exchange pricing or to apply for this plate, click here for the application.
Eligibility: Service members, Veterans, or retirees who served in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Applicants may have to provide additional documentation (i.e., DD214 or service documents) to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. Applicants must submit the application and supporting documentation to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. In the event of the death of a special military license plate holder, the license plate may be retained by the surviving Spouse until remarriage, non-renewal, or death. The surviving Spouse's name must be on the title if they wish to use the plate.

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War on Terrorism - Iraq Plate: The War on Terrorism - Afghanistan license plate can be purchased for a one-time $10.00 fee in addition to the $30.00 regular registration fee. For exchange pricing or to apply for this plate, click here for the application.
Eligibility: Service members, Veterans, or retirees who served in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, or any direct support of the military campaign in Iraq. Applicants may have to provide additional documentation (i.e., DD214 or service documents) to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. Applicants must submit the application and supporting documentation to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. In the event of the death of a special military license plate holder, the license plate may be retained by the surviving Spouse until remarriage, non-renewal, or death. The surviving Spouse's name must be on the title if they wish to use the plate.

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World War II Plate: The World War II license plate can be purchased for a one-time $10 fee in addition to the $30.00 regular registration fee. For exchange pricing or to apply for this plate, click here for the application.
Eligibility: U.S. Veterans of the World War II. Applicants may have to provide additional documentation (i.e., service documents) to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. Applicants must submit the application and supporting documentation to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. In the event of the death of a special military license plate holder, the license plate may be retained by the surviving Spouse until remarriage, non-renewal, or death. The surviving Spouse's name must be on the title if they wish to use the plate.

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Women Veteran Plate: Women Veteran Plate for female Veterans for a onetime fee of $10.00 over and above the regular $30.00 license fee. For exchange pricing or to apply for this plate, click here for the application.
Eligibility: Any female Service members, Veterans, or retirees who have been honorably discharged. Applicants must submit the application and supporting documentation to the Dept of Veterans Assistance. In the event of the death of a special military license plate holder, the license plate may be retained by the surviving Spouse until remarriage, non-renewal, or death. The surviving Spouse's name must be on the title if they wish to use the plate.

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Veteran Designation on West Virginia Driver's Licenses: Veterans who were honorably discharged from any branch of the United States Armed Forces may have their veteran status designated on their West Virginia driver's license. Information can be found in West Virginia State Code 17B-2-1. For application information, Veterans should contact their local DMV office.

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

State Group Insurance: Army and Air National Guard Service members, their Spouses and dependents are eligible for special State Group Life Insurance rates.
Service Member: $5,000.00/$2.00 month; $10,000.00/$3.67 month; $15,000.00/$5.33 month; $20,000.00/$7.00 month; $25,000.00/$8.67 month; $35,000.00/$12.00 month; $50,000.00/$17.00 month
Spouse: $5,000.00/$2.00 month; $10,000.00/$3.66 month; $15,000.00/$6.00 month
Dependent Child:$2,000.00/$1.33 month; $5,000.00/$3.33 month
Eligibility: Available Only to West Virginia National Guard Service members.

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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)

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Medical Benefits: Worker's Compensation when on state active duty
Eligibility: West Virginia National Guard Service members.

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Injury/Death Benefits: Compensation to survivors as provided by state legislation
Eligibility: WV National Guard Service members.

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Parks and Recreation Benefits:

Hunting and Fishing Privileges: Certain Veterans are not required to purchase hunting and fishing licenses. However, for certain classes of hunting, this does not apply. Veterans must carry and identification card issued by the director.
Eligibility: Residents honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces receiving total permanent service connected disability benefits or former prisoners of war as determined by the Veterans Administration or resident disabled Veterans who qualify under West Virginia Code 17A-10-8 and are exempted from payment of a motor vehicle registration fee by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, may hunt, trap or fish without a license during open seasons. See the Disabled Veterans and Prisoners of War Application for Hunting and Fishing Privileges.

[Hunting and fishing licenses are not required for active duty military on leave; leave papers must be carried while hunting, trapping or fishing.] Fishing license regulations can be found here.

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State Park Campground fees: West Virginia residents who are totally and permanently disabled are entitled to a 50% reduction on campground rental fees from the day after Labor Day until 4 days prior to Memorial Day. A discount card must be obtained in advance of camping reservation.
Eligibility: West Virginia residents who are 100% disabled.

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West Virginia State Parks "Veterans' Salute": Veterans and active duty military personnel are provided a year-round 10% discount on all standard lodge rooms, cabins and campsites operated by West Virginia State Parks. Additional discounts and offers for Veterans and military members are available seasonally.

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

West Virginia Veterans Home: The WV Veterans Home is a 150 bed facility located in the Village of Barboursville. The home began operations in 1981 and accepts honorably discharged Veterans.
Eligibility: Basic eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Must have been discharged from active duty with an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions.
  • Must be ambulatory and independent in all activities of daily living. The Veterans Home will accept Veterans who suffer from disabilities that prevent gainful employment as long as they do not require skilled nursing care or hospitalization.
  • Must have served on active duty or performed active service in a reserve component of the armed forces for a period of at least 12 consecutive months (unless medically discharged for a service connected injury prior to 12 months). If enlisted since September 7, 1980, must have served a minimum of 24 consecutive months on active duty or the full period for which you were called to active duty (unless medically discharged for a service connected injury prior to 24 months).
  • Must be eligible for care at federal VA Medical Centers. Income must not exceed those specified by federal VA guidelines

Due to the health and welfare of residents of the Barboursville Veterans Home, there are certain pre-admission medical tests which must be completed prior to being admitted. The home is not a treatment facility and cannot accommodate Veterans in need of daily care or skilled assistance. The home provides a nursing department and a contact physician. All medical treatment is provided by the VA Medical Center located in Huntington. Transportation is provided to the medical center three times daily.

Rooms available for occupancy accommodate two, three or four persons. Every effort is made to ensure compatibility between occupants. Female Veterans are most welcome and special lodging accommodations are provided as they become available.

A person's income is not a factor in gaining admission, although residents are required to contribute one-half of his or her monthly income as their maintenance contribution. The home is very liberal in its rules and regulations. Residents may leave on a pass for up to three days by simply signing a daily log sheet. All residents are authorized up to 30 days of furlough per year. Visitation to the home is encouraged and visitors may enjoy a meal with the residents at a nominal fee.

Emphasis is placed on maintaining a warm, attractive and comfortable "home" for the West Virginia Veteran who is in need of a place to live. We, the residents and staff, wish to extend an invitation to each of you to visit our facility. You will be proud, as we are, that such a home exists.

Assistance with applications for residency can be obtained through any of the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance Field Offices or you may contact the Veterans Home directly at (304) 736-1027.

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Veterans Nursing Facility: The Veteran's Nursing Facility is a 120 bed facility located in Clarksburg, West Virginia which began operation in 2008. The facility includes a 20 bed unit for Alzheimer patients. Emphasis is placed on maintaining a warm, attractive, and comfortable facility for West Virginia Veterans in need of nursing home care. Visitation to the home is encouraged.
Eligibility:

  1. The following Veterans shall be eligible for admission to the WVVNF:
    • Veterans who have served on active duty or performed active service in a reserve component of the armed forces for a period of at least 12 consecutive months; or who have been medically discharged for a service connected injury prior to 12 months service. Veterans who enlisted after Sept. 7, 1980 must have served 24 continuous months or the full period for which they were called to active duty unless they were medically discharged for a service connected injury prior to 24 months service.
    • Veterans whose discharge status from military service is under honorable conditions
    • Veterans who have continuously been a citizen of the state of West Virginia for 30 days immediately prior to application to the WVVNF or who was a resident of West Virginia at the time they initially entered active military service.
    • Veterans who are physically unable to maintain themselves in their own home by reason of age, disability or disease and meet the criteria for intermediate or skilled nursing care under Medicare and Medicaid regulations.
    • Non-Veteran Spouses may be considered for admission ONLY when the Veteran's nursing facility capacity is greater than 75% of the total licensed beds and when there are no Veterans awaiting admission on the interest list.
  2. The WVVNF shall not admit any applicant who requires treatment primarily for mental retardation, mental illness, or substance abuse, or who has a documented history of physical violence and/or disciplinary problems, or whose needs cannot be met by the facility. As a matter of clarity, prospective residents with Alzheimer's disease or dementia are eligible for consideration.
  3. The West Virginia Veterans State Nursing Home is a smoke-free facility. All Veterans must agree not to smoke anywhere on facility grounds.

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State Veteran's Cemetery: The Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery is a 354 acre facility located at Dunbar, West Virginia designed to provide an honorable, dignified resting place for West Virginia's cherished Veterans and their closest Family members.

Eligibility: Follows Federal guidelines and requirements for eligibility. Includes, but is not limited to:

  •  Any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who dies on active duty.
  • Any Veteran discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and served a minimum of 24 months of active duty.
  • The Spouse or surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran. 
  • The minor Children of an eligible Veteran who are unmarried and under 21 years of age, or under 23 years of age and pursuing a full-time course of instruction at an approved educational institution.

The Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery Pre-Eligibility Application.

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Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Facilities in West Virginia

Veterans Health Administration
Information Resource Center
Huntington: Homeless Veterans Resource Center (Huntington, WV), 624 9th St, 304-529-9142 / Fax: 304-529-0047

VA Medical Center
Beckley: Beckley VA Medical Center, 200 Veterans Ave, 304-255-2121 / 877-902-5142
Clarksburg: Clarksburg - Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Dr, 304-623-3461 / 800-733-0512
Huntington: Huntington VA Medical Center, 1540 Spring Valley Dr, 304-429-6741
Martinsburg: Martinsburg VA Medical Center, 510 Butler Ave, 304-263-0811 / 800-817-3807

Outpatient Clinic
Lenore: Lenore Outreach Clinic, 2867 Route 65, 304-475-3000

Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Charleston: Charleston, West Virginia CBOC, 104 Alex Ln, 304-926-6001
Clarksburg: Rural Mobile Unit (540), 1 Medical Center Dr, 304-623-3461
Franklin: Franklin Contract Outpatient Clinic,91 Pine St, 304-263-0811x5130 / Fax: 304-358-3641
Maxwelton: Greenbrier County CBOC, 804 Industrial Park Rd, 304-497-3900
Parkersburg: Wood County CBOC (540GB), 2311 Ohio Ave, Suite A, 304-422-5114
Parsons: Tucker County CBOC (540GA), 260 Spruce St, 304-478-2219
Petersburg: Petersburg Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 15 Grant St, 304-263-0811 x5130 / Fax: 304-257-9583
Sutton: Braxton County CBOC (540GC), 93 Skidmore Ln, 304-765-3480
Westover: Monongalia County (540GD), 40 Commerce Dr, Suite 101, 304-292-7535 / Fax: 304-292-7537

Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Beckley:  Beckley Vet Center, 1000 Johnstown Rd, 304-252-8220 / Fax: 304-254-8711
Charleston:  Charleston Vet Center, 521 Central Ave, 304-343-3825 / Fax: 304-347-5303
Henlawson:  Logan Vet Center Outstation, 21 Veterans Ave, 304-752-4453 / Fax: 304-752-6910
Huntington: Huntington Vet Center, 3135 16th Street Rd, Suite 11, 304-523-8387 / Fax: 304-529-5910
Martinsburg: Martinsburg Vet Center, 300 Foxcroft Ave, Suite 100, 304-263-6776 / Fax: 304-262-7448
Morgantown: Morgantown Vet Center, 34 Commerce Dr, Suite 101, 304-291-4303 / Fax: 304-291-4251
Parkersburg: Parkersburg Vet Center Outstation, 2311 Ohio Ave, Suite D, 304-485-1599 / Fax: 304-485-4212
Princeton: Princeton Vet Center, 1511 North Walker St, 304-425-8098 / Fax: 304-425-2837
Wheeling: Wheeling Vet Center, 1058 Bethlehem Blvd, 304-232-0587 / Fax: 304-232-1031

Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Benefit Office
Huntington: Huntington Regional Benefit Office, 640 Fourth Ave

National Cemetery Administration
National Cemetery
Grafton: Grafton National Cemetery, 431 Walnut St, 304-265-2044 / Fax: 304-265-4336
Grafton: West Virginia National Cemetery, 42 Veterans Memorial Ln, 304-265-2044 / Fax: 304-265-4336

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Military Installations in West Virginia

Please see the West Virginia Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty

National Guard

West Virginia Army National Guard
West Virginia Air National Guard

167th Airlift Wing 

130th Airlift Wing 

United States Army Reserve (USAR)

99th Regional Support Command 

Resources

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

http://www.legis.state.wv.us

http://www.goang.com/benefits/

http://www.veterans.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.veterans.wv.gov/programs/Pages/default.aspx 

http://www.vubwv.org/

http://www.wv.ngb.army.mil/

https://www.wvguardtuition.com/

http://www.wvdnr.gov

http://www.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx#home

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

http://www.transportation.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.wvdnr.gov/hunting/licensing.shtm

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

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

http://www.veterans.wv.gov/resources/Pages/VeteransTrainingWorkOpportunities.aspx 

http://www.wvcommerce.org/business/workforcewv/wvmilitaryconnection/default.aspx 

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Document Review Date: 25 February 2016