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Summary of Alaska Military and Veterans Benefits: Alaska offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans. These benefits include the Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD), military credit toward state retirement, property tax exemptions, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, Veterans Land Discount, vehicle tags, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.
Alaska Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
Alaska Income Taxes: There are no individual income taxes in Alaska. Distributions received from the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) are not taxed.
Alaska Property Tax Exemptions for Disabled Veterans: Real property owned and occupied as the primary residence and permanent place of abode by a qualified disabled Veteran whose disability was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty and whose disability has been rated as 50% or more by the military service or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is exempt from taxation on the first $150,000.00 of assessed valuation. The exemption transfers to a Spouse if the Veteran passes away and the Spouse is at least 60 years of age.
What are my Alaska Military and Veterans Education Benefits?
Alaska Army National Guard Tuition Assistance: Active members of the Alaska Army National Guard can take advantage of both federal and state Tuition Assistance (TA), which pays up to up to 100% of tuition and fees per term — no more than $250 per credit hour, $167 per quarter hour or 16.66 per clock hour for all courses taken inside of the University of Alaska system — currently $167 per semester credit hour (undergrad), up to 12 credits per term.
Service members are authorized no more than one credential from each of the following levels:
certificate and licensure
Who is eligible for Alaska Army National Guard Tuition Assistance? Alaska National Guard or Alaska Naval Militia member that participates satisfactorily in unit training activities and is a student in "good standing" (enrolled, attending and meeting the minimum success requirements for completion of the program or class) [ AK 26.05.296 ].
You must register your classes in ArmyIgnitED before classes begin. If you have any problems setting up your account or registering your classes, please visit your Post Education Center or contact the DMVS at email@example.com or 907-474-7400.
Alaska Army National Guard Soldiers must apply to use federal TA first, in order to be eligible to apply for state TA. Apply for state TA with your education representative and manage your TA at ArmyIgnitED . For more information, see the Army National Guard TA handout.
For more information, please contact the:
State Education Specialist
G1, Education Services Specialist
JFHQ, Education NCO
Alaska Resident Tuition for Nonresident Military Service Members and their Dependents: In-State tuition rates are available at any University of Alaska System school for active-duty military personnel or members of the National Guard, or their Spouses or dependent Children.
Who is eligible for Alaska Resident Tuition for Nonresident Military Service Members and their Dependents? Students with the following military affiliations are eligible for resident tuition rates:
Active duty U.S. Armed Forces and their Spouse and dependent Children
Veterans eligible for a VA education benefit, and their Spouse and dependent Children
Members of the National Guard and Reserves, their Spouses and dependent Children, regardless of whether they yet qualify as residents of the state under any other requirements.
Alaska Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: The purpose of this compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:
Facilitating the prompt 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 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
Alaska Operation Recognition - High School Diplomas for World War II Veterans: The Alaska Legislature in 2001 passed AK 14.03.077, which allows World War II (WWII) Veterans or their Family members to apply to the Department of Education & Early Development for a high school diploma. The law allows the department to award diplomas to WWII Veterans, including Alaska Territorial Guard members, who served in the U.S. military during the period of August 7, 1940 to July 25, 1947. WWII Veterans with a GED may apply. Family or immediate Family members may also apply for eligible deceased or incapacitated Veterans.
To start the application, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veteran's full name (as you would like it to appear on the diploma)
Dates of service (Induction date, Discharge date)
If discharge papers are not readily available, applicants may submit an Affidavit of Service (contact the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development). Please fax or mail a copy of the discharge papers to:
Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
ATTN: WWII HS Diploma Program
P.O. Box 110500
Juneau, AK 99811-0500
What are my Alaska Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?
Military Service Credit toward Alaska State Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS): Qualified individuals may be eligible to receive up to five years of PERS credit for active military service.
Who is eligible for Military Service Credit toward Alaska State PERS? Honorably discharged Service members of the U.S. Armed Forces that are vested in the PERS; Surviving Spouses of Service members may also be eligible. Members first hired under the PERS after 30 June 1986 that retired from regular service and are eligible for a federal benefit for the same military service are NOT eligible. Retired National Guard and Reserve Service members may be eligible to claim active military service even though they are eligible for a federal benefit for the same military service.
Military credit does not count towards retirement eligibility; however, it is used in the calculation of your monthly benefits.
Military service also includes active service as:
A foreign service officer, foreign service reserve officer, or limited foreign service reserve officer with the U.S. Department of State in Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos from 4 August 1964, through 7 November 1975, and
A member of the U.S. Merchant Marines from December 1941, through 30 September 1945.
Alaska Division of Retirement and Benefits, Application for Military Service Credit for Pension Benefit Calculation (form 02-1895)
Alaska Division of Retirement and Benefits, Military Service Credit Brochure
Alaska National Guard and Naval Militia Retirement System (NGNMRS): NGNMRS is a retirement system which can pay you a small benefit upon separation from the Alaska Army Guard, Air Guard, or Naval Militia if you meet minimum eligibility provisions.
The base benefit is $100 per month for each month of satisfactory Alaska guard service. A lump sum payment option or an option for accelerated payments to be completed by age 72 may be elected in place of the base $100.00 per month. Upon certification of your service to the Division of Retirement and Benefits (DRB) by your guard headquarters following your separation, the DRB will advise you of your payment options.
If the Service member dies on active service and has at least 5 years of satisfactory Alaska guard service, their full accrued benefit (months of service x $100.00) is payable in one lump sum to their beneficiary or beneficiaries. If the retiree dies prior to the disbursement of their full accrued benefit, the remainder will be paid in a lump sum to their beneficiary or beneficiaries.
Who is eligible for the NGNMRS? You must have at least 20 years of combined Alaska guard service, guard service in any other state, active military service and the Reserves of them, of which at least five years must have been satisfactory service in any branch of the Alaska Guard. An involuntary discharge from the Alaska Guard (for reasons other than misconduct) waives these eligibility requirements.
To apply for NGNMRS benefits please contact the administrative section of your branch of the Alaska . They will provide you with the appropriate forms and verify your qualifying guard service.
NGMRS System Frequently Asked Questions
Alaska State Employment Hiring Preference for Veterans and Former Prisoners of War: Veterans are eligible for a state employment hiring preference. In a numerical rating system, Veterans will receive points equal to 5% of the total points available from the assessment device(s) added to their score; for disabled Veterans or former prisoners of war, points equal to 10% of the total points available from the assessment device(s) will be awarded. If numerical ratings are NOT used, a Veteran will be given consideration and a disabled Veteran or prisoner of war will be given an opportunity to interview.
Who is eligible for Alaska State Employment Hiring Preference for Veterans and Former Prisoners of War? An honorably discharged Veteran with 181 days or more of active service in the U.S. Armed Forces with service:
Between 27 June 1950 and 14 October 1976, or
For which a Campaign Badge, Expeditionary Medal, Purple Heart, award or decoration for heroism or gallantry in action was awarded
Served 181 days or more in the Alaska Territorial Guard
Disabled Veteran entitled to compensation by the VA
Honorably discharged or released from active duty due to a service-connected disability or disabled in the line of duty while serving in the Alaska Territorial Guard; or
A prisoner of war.
Alaska National Guard State Employment Hiring Preference: Members of the Alaska National Guard are eligible for a state employment hiring preference. In a numerical rating system, National Guard members will receive points equal to 5% of the total points available from the assessment device(s) added to their score. If numerical ratings are NOT used, National Guard members will be given consideration (entire application will be reviewed).
Who is eligible for Alaska National Guard State Employment Hiring Preference? A presently serving member of the Alaska National Guard with at least eight years of service in the Alaska National Guard.
Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans 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% but less than 30%.
10-Point 30% 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% 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 VA 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, Surviving Spouses, or Mothers of Veterans Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on 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 their 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 VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or
Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position because 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 their 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 Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of reserve components. USERRA also protects Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.
Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service as long as the basic eligibility criteria are met.
Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members recovering from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.
Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning Service members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service, with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.
Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102% of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act? Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.
The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) provides assistance to all having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations
Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Veterans Employment Services: The Alaska Department of Labor offers a priority of service and benefits to Veterans, and eligible Spouses or caregivers, seeking employment, apprenticeship opportunities, and on-the-job training programs that pay you while you prepare for a sustainable career.
Examples of priority of service for Veterans include:
Advanced job opening notification; designated computers for Veteran use; and advanced use of available training funds
Priority of service when using job center resource rooms, with internet, copiers, fax machines and phones
Workshops to build effective resumes and bolster interviewing skills
Personal career counseling from job center staff
Referrals to other partner agencies within a complex arena of federal and local programs.
Veterans with significant barriers to employment, as well as eligible Spouses and caregivers, are eligible for specialized intensive services to obtain or retain employment. This is a federally defined category with services offered and administered by state employees at Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Matanuska-Susitna job centers. These state specialists provide intensive services including:
Comprehensive and specialized assessments of skill levels and service needs
Development of an individual employment plan to identify the employment goals
Individual counseling and career planning
Short term prevocational services that may include:
development of learning skills
personal maintenance skills, and
professional conduct to prepare individuals for unsubsidized employment or training.
For specific eligibility and questions about Veteran services, please contact your nearest Alaska Job Center or call the Statewide Veteran Coordinator at 907-269-3016.
Who is eligible for the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Veterans Employment Services? A Veteran that served at least one (1) day in the active military, naval, or air service, and was discharged or released therefrom with other than a dishonorable discharge (active service includes full-time Federal service (typically referred to as Title 10) in the National Guard or a reserve component). A Spouse of any of the following:
Any Veteran who died of a service-connected disability, or
Any member of the U.S. Armed Forces serving on active duty who, at the time of application for the priority, is listed in one or more of the following categories and has been so listed for a total of more than 90 days: (i) Missing in action; (ii) Captured in line of duty by a hostile force; or (iii) Forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power, or
Any Veteran who has a total disability rating resulting from a service-connected disability as evaluated from the VA or
Any Veteran who died while a disability, as indicated in previous bullet of this section was in existence.
Alaska State Employee Leave for Military Duty: State employees receive up to 16.5 days paid military leave per year for annual training, training, field exercises or for instruction, or when under direct military control in the performance of a search and rescue mission.
If an employee is called to active duty by the governor, they are entitled to five days leave of absence without loss of pay, time, or efficiency rating.
Who is eligible for Alaska State Employee Leave for Military Duty? National Guard or Reserve Service members are eligible for leave for military duty.
Restoration of Reserve Component Service Members to Former Positions in Alaska State Employment: A member of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces employed by the state, a political subdivision, or a municipal corporation with the approval of the city council, who is ordered to duty by proper authority, shall, when relieved from duty, be restored to the position the employee held when ordered to duty.
Who is eligible for Restoration of Reserve Component Service Members to Former Positions in Alaska State Employment? National Guard or Reserve Service members are eligible for restoration to former positions in state employment.
What are my Alaska Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits?
Alaska Unemployment Insurance: Alaska's Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program is dedicated to providing unemployed workers fast and accurate payment of UI benefits. With the seasonal nature of much of the state's workforce and Alaska's vast remoteness, unemployment insurance benefits serve not only to bridge the economic gap for the individual worker, but also as a stabilizing influence on local economies.
What information do you need to apply?
Your Social Security Number
If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will need your alien registration number and work permit type or other documentation that authorizes your employment in the U.S.
Name, mailing address and phone number of your last employer and the location where you reported to work
Dates of your last employment, first and last day worked
Earnings you made in the last week of your employment
Other deductible income received in the last week of employment, such as vacation, severance or bonus pay
Federal employees are required to mail or fax copies of standard form SF8 and SF50, and when possible, a Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
Ex-military personnel are required to mail or fax a copy of the DD214 member 4.
The most efficient way to file a claim for unemployment benefits is online. Go to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Unemployment Insurance Online Claim Portal to start a claim.
For claim center phone numbers, contact addresses and additional information regarding Unemployment Insurance claims please refer to the Alaska Unemployment Insurance Claimant Handbook.
What are my Alaska Military and Veterans Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Benefits?
Veteran Designation on Alaska Driver licenses and ID cards: The Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles offers a Veteran designation on Driver Licenses and ID cards.
Who is eligible for the Veteran Designation on Alaska Driver licenses and ID cards? If you are a retired Veteran, or a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces discharged under honorable conditions, you are eligible for a Veteran designation on your license or ID card.
To receive the designation, you must apply for a driver license or state ID card (State of Alaska, Division of Motor Vehicles, Application for Alaska Driver License, Permit or ID card, Form 478), and provide one of the following documents:
Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD214 or DD215), OR
Report of Separation and Record of Service, Departments of the Army and Air Force, National Guard Bureau (NGB22 or NGB22A), OR
A letter signed by the VA that identifies you as a retired Veteran or Veteran discharged under honorable conditions, OR
A valid military ID card that identifies you as a retired Veteran or a Veteran discharged under honorable conditions.
Alaska Special Military and Veteran License Plates and Unit Symbols: Alaska offers 13 distinctive license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, Retired Service member, and certain Family members. Specific eligibility and documentation requirements will apply. A short description of some these license plates is listed below. Examples of the license plates may be found by scrolling down to the “Honoring Military and Veteran Service” section on the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles, License Plate web page.
In addition to the service plates, 63 different symbols for specific units can be added to some plates. For a list, please visit the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles, Military Unit Designations webpage. All license plates are requested with the State of Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles, Application for Personalize Plates Form 803 at your local Division of Motor Vehicles office .
Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles Office Directory
Alaska Veteran License Plate: License plate with specified branch of military service with the word 'Veteran'; or a Unit Designator Personalized Veteran Plate with approved military unit organizations insignia. Fee is $30. Acceptable proof of service includes:
Copies of discharge papers (DD214)
A letter of verification from the VA
Military ID card
Or other comparable proof of service.
Alaska Purple Heart License Plate: Recipients of the Purple Heart Award are entitled to one set of plates for use on a motor vehicle. There is no fee for the plate. Applicants must prove receipt of the Purple Heart Award by providing to DMV, official documentation such as DD214 or a copy of the orders awarding the medal.
Alaska Gold Star Family License Plate: Gold Star plates are available to the Spouse (unless remarried), parent, guardian, sibling or dependent of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces killed in the line of duty. There is no fee for the plate. Applicant must submit a Report of Casualty (DD1300) to be eligible. If the applicant is not listed on the DD1300, further proof must be submitted to connect the applicant to the fallen Service member.
Alaska Disabled Veteran License Plate with Parking Privileges: Alaska offers free Disabled Veteran Parking Permit and Disabled Veteran plates with the wheelchair logo with proof of a service-related disability and documentation of a mobility impairment. Applicants must submit a completed State of Alaska, Division of Motor Vehicles, Application for Special Disability Parking Permit (form 861) and the State of Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles, Application for Personalize Plates Form 803.
Applicant must provide an Application for Disabled Parking completed by their Alaska licensed physician plus a certificate issued by an agency of the U.S. federal government, such as the VA, proving a service-related disability.
Note: Any additional sets of plates are $100.
Alaska Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Road Skills Waiver: If you are a Service member, currently licensed, and drove a military motor vehicle equivalent to a commercial motor vehicle within the last year, you can apply for a CDL without taking a road skills test. You are still required to pass all knowledge tests. This waiver does not apply to school bus or passenger endorsements.
Who is eligible for an Alaska Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Road Skills Waiver?
21 years old with a valid non-commercial driver license
A US citizen or non-US citizen with a valid permanent resident card
Two years commercial driving experience upon discharge from the military
A minimum two year good driver record immediately preceding CDL application date
Certification from your commanding officer with number of years of operating the vehicle and type of vehicle operated to determine appropriate CDL classification
Pass all knowledge tests.
To apply for the CDL Road Skills waiver complete the State of Alaska, Division of Motor Vehicles, Application for Military Skills Test Waiver (Form 416). Page two of form 416 should be filled out and signed by your commanding officer.
Bring this form with you when you apply for your CDL, it will substitute for the road skills test.
Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles, Commercial Driver's License Web Page
Extension of Alaska Driver licenses, Permits or ID cards for deployed Service Members and their Families: Overseas military Service members and their Spouses with noncommercial licenses may be able to renew their Alaska license while deployed to obtain a standard (non-REAL ID) driver license.
Applicants for an extension must:
Complete the State of Alaska, Division of Motor Vehicles, Application for Alaska Driver License, Permit or ID card (Form 478) (noncommercial only)
Provide a credit card fee of $21, can be paid over the phone after the application has been received
Provide a copy of two forms of Identification – such as the expiring card, passport, birth certificate
Provide a copy of military orders – that includes date deployed and date to return and the oversea deployment area
Provide a copy of Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) listing Alaska as state of residence
If not US Citizens; verification of legal presence will be needed
Provide a vision test dated within the last 90 days. This test will need to show that the person has with the best possible corrections in both eyes together vision results of at least 20/40
For Spouses of military Service members proof of relation to the Service member must be provided (example: military dependent ID, copy of marriage certificate, etc.).
These items can be:
Division of Motor Vehicles
3901 Old Seward Highway, Suite 101
Anchorage, AK 99503
What are my Alaska Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?
Alaska National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death Benefits incurred while on State Active Duty: A member of the organized militia who, while performing duties under state active service (AK 26.05.070), including transit to and from the member's home of record, suffers an injury or disability in the line of duty is entitled to all compensation and benefits available under AK 23.30 (Alaska Workers' Compensation Act).
If a member of the organized militia dies as a result of an injury or disability suffered in the line of duty while performing duties under AK 26.05.070, including transit to and from the member's home of record, death benefits shall be paid to the persons in the amounts specified in AK 23.30.215.
TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:
Not on active duty orders
Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program
Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program.
The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits. And, because you can see any provider, you don't have to change providers if you already have one.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The 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:
Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)
Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)
Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI)
Service-Disabled Veterans’ Life Insurance (S-DVI)
Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)
Alaska Veteran Death Gratuity: The Surviving Spouse of a qualified Veteran, upon application, will receive a death gratuity in the amount of $750.00 from the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. If there is no Surviving Spouse, the gratuity will be paid to the personal representative of the Veteran.
Who is eligible for the Alaska Veteran Death Gratuity? Veteran who was a resident of Alaska at the time of death and,
Burial occurred in Alaska on or after 13 May 1984, or
Death occurred on or after 19 September 1990
Received an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions
Was a resident of Alaska for at least one year prior to entry into the military service, and returned to the state as a resident within one year after retiring from military service with the intention of remaining, OR was a resident for at least one year prior to death
Served in the Alaska Territorial Guard, Alaska Army or Air National Guard, Alaska Naval Militia, a Reserve unit of the U.S. Armed Forces in Alaska (if the Reserve unit required a minimum of one weekend of duty per month and 15 consecutive days of active duty training each year for at least three years).
What are my Alaska Military and Veterans Parks & Recreation Benefits?
Alaska Military and Veterans Hunting and Fishing Benefits: Alaska appreciates the sacrifices made by our military Service members and Veterans, as well as their Families. Below are the fishing and hunting licenses offered to honor those who have given so much to us all.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Residency Definition
Alaska Department of Fish and Game Online Hunting and Fishing License Purchase
Alaska National Guard and Military Reserves Hunting and Fishing Licenses: Alaska offers a complimentary annual hunting and fishing license for residents actively serving in the:
Alaska National Guard
U.S. Armed Forces Reserves.
Alaska Resident Disabled Veteran Complimentary Hunting and Fishing License: Alaska honors their resident disabled Veterans (DV) by providing a complimentary hunting and fishing license/card to those who meet the Department of Fish and Game’s residency definition and who are certified 50% disabled or greater. Applicants must be physically present in Alaska to apply. If at any time a DV license holder is no longer a resident of Alaska, their DV license is immediately void.
You will also need to provide your letter of disability certification by email to email@example.com, Fax 907-465-2440, or mail to:
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
P.O. Box 115525
Juneau, Alaska, 99811-5525
Alaska Non-Resident Military Hunting and Fishing License at Resident Price: Non-residents of the military service or US Coast Guard on active duty and permanently stationed in Alaska have the privilege of fishing and hunting at discounted rates.
U.S. military and U.S. Coast Guard, and their dependents, on active duty and permanently stationed in Alaska less than 12 months can purchase a special military license at the same price as resident rates.
Please Note: Non-residents must be accompanied by an Alaskan Licensed Guide or a relative within the second degree of kindred when hunting brown/grizzly bear or Dall sheep. Also, they are required to obtain big game locking tags for brown/grizzly bear and muskox at reduced rates. Sheep and goat tags are free of charge.
U.S. military and Coast Guard, and their dependents, on active duty and permanently stationed in Alaska greater than 12 months can purchase a resident license. They do not need to give up their residency privileges in another state. (No guides are required).
Alaska Disabled Veteran's State Camping Pass: An eligible Disabled Alaskan Veterans (DAV) has the right to receive one Alaska State Park Camping Pass free of charge. The DAV Camping Pass, which is valid in all developed Alaska State Park campgrounds, is good for two years.
Who is eligible for the Alaska Disabled Veteran's State Camping Pass? To receive a free DAV camping pass, an eligible disabled Veteran must present proof of a service-connected disability and Alaska residency, in person, at either the Anchorage or Fairbanks Department of Natural Resources Public Information Centers (see below). Proof of residency can be in the form of an Alaskan Driver's License, Alaska Sport Fishing License, Alaska Voter's Registration Card, or other documentation suitable to the department that proves Alaska residency. Evidence of service-connected disability can be provided by presenting either:
A VA Patient Data Card (red, white, and blue) imprinted with "service-connected disability" under the photo identification, or
A current year letter from the VA, which states the person has a service-connected disability and is signed by the Veteran Service Officer AND a photo ID.
550 W 7th Ave, Suite 1360
Anchorage, AK 99501-3557
3700 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99709-4699
Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) Pass: A reduced fare pass is available for travel on Alaska Marine Highway System vessels for U.S. Veterans having a service-connected Veteran's disability. This pass entitles the disabled passenger and an attendant (if required by a physician) to travel at 50% off the regular passenger fare, between Alaska ports only, on all AMHS vessels, year-round. For more information, visit the Alaska Marine Highway System website.
Who is eligible for the AMHS Pass? Veterans who have a service-connected disability are eligible for the pass.
Alaska Railroad Discount for Veterans, Active Duty Military and Their Dependents: The Alaska Railroad offers a 20% discount to Veterans, active duty and dependents. Patrons must present an ID showing proof of status at boarding.
Alaska Railroad Webpage
What are my Alaska Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?
Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD): The Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend is a monetary fund that pays dividends annually to legal Alaska residents. The amount of the 2020 dividend is $992 per person. The Permanent Fund Dividend application season is January 1st through March 31st each year. Applications are only available during application season.
Who is eligible for the PFD? To be eligible for a PFD, you must have been an Alaska resident for the entire calendar year preceding the date you apply for a dividend and intend to remain an Alaska resident indefinitely at the time you apply for a dividend. There are other criteria for eligibility under Alaska Statute 43.23.005 and Alaska Statute 43.23.008.
Alaska Department of Revenue, Permanent Fund Dividend Application Webpage
Alaska Department of Revenue, Permanent Fund Dividend Amount and Tax Information Webpage
Recording of Alaska Veteran’s Report of Separation Form: A Veteran may record, without fee, the original or a certified copy of their U.S. Armed Forces Report of Separation (DD214, DD215, NGB Form 22 or DA Form 1569) at any State Recorder's office of the Department of Natural Resources.
Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Recorders Office Directory
Obtaining copies of Alaska Veterans Report of Separation Form and other Personnel Records: The Alaska Veterans Affairs Office has copies of DD214 from 1985 to present and will maintain the record for 50 years from receipt. If your state can not find the record the National Personnel Records Center will have a complete copy of your service record.
Obtaining Copies of Alaska Veteran Death Certificates: The Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics will issue up to four copies of a Veteran’s death certificate free of charge. The death certificates are only available to qualified individuals who include:
Representative of the Veteran’s estate
Trustee of a revocable trust of which the Veteran was the settler, or
A person who needs a copy of the death certificate for the purpose of satisfying an eligibility requirement for a benefit relating to the death of the Veteran.
Alaska Veterans Land Discount: The Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offers Alaska resident Veterans a once-in-a lifetime discount on the purchase of state land in accordance with AK 38.05.940 Land Purchase Price Discount for Veterans. The discount is 25% of the purchase price, although the discount does not apply to certain costs which DNR incurred to develop the parcel for sale.
Who is eligible for the Alaska Veterans Land Discount? To qualify for the Veteran's Land Discount, you must submit proof of eligibility. Eligibility proof should be submitted only AFTER it is requested from you by DNR; you will be given a deadline by which the information must be submitted. Over the Counter purchasers must submit these items within 30 days of the date of their purchase application to receive the discount.
You must provide proof of the following items:
You are 18 years of age or older on the date of bid or application
You meet the Alaska residency requirements of this program as detailed at Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Proof of Alaska Residency webpage, and
A DD214 (Report of Separation from Active Duty) showing the qualifying length of active duty and character of the discharge. There are many versions of the DD214, and some versions contain multiple pages. Please ensure that the pages you submit show both dates of service and character of discharge
In accordance with AK 38.05.940 Land Purchase Price Discount for Veterans, you must prove you are a Veteran that has:
Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces (active or reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces) or the Alaska Territorial Guard for at least 90 days, unless tenure was shortened due to a service-connected disability or due to receiving an early separation after a tour of duty overseas, and
Received an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions
You will also need to complete the Veteran's Discount Application/Affidavit and sign it in front of a notary.
Please note that if you are still on active duty and have not yet received a DD214, you are not yet eligible for this discount.
For the Sealed-Bid Auction, applicants who are above the age of 18 and fulfill the stated requirement for Alaska residency, but are unable to provide a DD214 or its equivalent, will be required to proceed with purchase of the parcel at the full, non-discounted bid amount.
For over the counter purchases, applicants who are unable to comply with Veteran's Discount requirements will be required to proceed with purchase of the parcel at the full, non-discounted purchase price.
Veterans are encouraged to request their DD214 and gather their other required documentation well in advance of the auction.
The Veteran's Land Discount is a once-in-a-lifetime benefit and a purchaser that received this benefit on a past land purchase from the state is not eligible to receive the discount a second time, regardless of final conveyance on the original parcel.
Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Veterans Land Discount, Veterans Application/ Affidavit
Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Veteran's Programs Brochure
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) Veterans Mortgage Program: AHFC administers the Veterans Mortgage Program which offers financing for qualified Veterans at lower interest rates. Active duty members in the U.S. Armed Forces, Public Health Service, NOAA or service as a cadet at the US Military, Air Force, Coast Guard or Naval Academy may qualify. Loans are generally processed rapidly, require little or no down payment, and often include lower interest.
Who is eligible for the AHFC Veterans Mortgage Program? A Veteran must apply to AHFC within 25 years of their date of discharge from "active duty service." (Active duty service is full-time duty, not including training) Active duty service in the U.S. , U.S. Armed Forces Reserves, Public Health Service, NOAA, or service as a cadet with the U.S. Military, Air Force, Coast Guard or Naval Academy may meet requirements.
Active duty personnel must have completed their initial military obligation. If a retired Service member, discharged or released from active duty, separation must have been under conditions other than dishonorable.
AHFC Loan Program Lenders
AHFC Veterans Programs Webpage
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) Veterans Interest Rate Preference: AHFC offers a Veterans interest rate preference, in which a Veteran may receive a 1% lower interest rate on the first $50,000 of a bank loan when purchasing a new home. Ask the bank handling the financing to implement this program for you. AHFC grants a preference to Veterans for the rent or sale of a portion of its low-cost housing units.
Who is eligible for AHFC Veterans Interest Rate Preference? A qualified resident Veteran is an honorably discharged member of an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces who served at least 90 days of active duty service. Or a honorably discharged Service member in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces that served at least five years. A borrower’s Family income may not exceed state Veteran income limits.
A combination of service in the Guard and Reserves may also qualify. The Surviving Spouse of a qualified Veteran may also be eligible.
AHFC Loan Program Lenders
AHFC State Veterans Preference Income Limits
Alaska Veterans Memorial Museum: The Alaska Veterans Memorial Museum in Anchorage focuses on honoring our nation's Veterans for the sacrifices they made to defend America's freedom. Their mission is to:
Create a museum for the inspiration, remembrance and preservation of the memory of Veterans and of their sacrifices for America’s freedom
Educate the general public through the collection, presentation, and exhibition of artifacts, personal accounts and historical acts relating to the history of our Veterans
Promote activities that will enhance or support the purpose of the Museum
Support Alaska Veterans, active duty, Guard and Reserve Service members.
Alaska Veterans and Pioneers Home: The Alaska Veterans and Pioneers Home in Palmer strives to assist older Alaskans to have the highest quality of life by providing assisted living in a safe home setting which promotes independence, positive relationships, meaningful activities and physical, emotional and spiritual growth. 75% of the 79 beds in the home are designated for Veterans. Qualifying Veterans are eligible for a per diem from the VA to help offset costs of their care. The home may provide the following services, depending on health status and need:
Private or semi-private rooms
Opportunities for recreation
Meals & housekeeping services
Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs)
Nursing assessment and intermittent health services depending upon level of care
Payment assistance for those who qualify
Who is eligible for care at the Alaska Veterans & Pioneers Home? Honorably separated Veterans, 65 or older who require assisted living care are eligible for admission. Veteran must have resided in Alaska for 1 year or more prior to application.
Alaska Veterans and Pioneers Home in Palmer, Admission Webpage
Alaska Veterans and Pioneers Home in Palmer, Veterans Admission Packet
Alaska Governor's Advocacy Award: The Governor of Alaska's Veterans Advocacy Award recipient(s) are announced annually on Veterans Day. Any individual or organization may nominate a person. Nominees must be an Alaskan resident, but need not be a Veteran, and must have engaged in unpaid, voluntary Veteran's activities within the State. The nominee should have demonstrated one or more of the following to Veterans, Veterans' issues, or Veterans' organizations:
A significant service to Veterans and their Families
An extraordinary personal concern, compassion, and commitment
Veterans organization activity, positions held, and lengthy service
Formation or participation in a new, innovative or creative volunteer program, event, or project.
Nominations must include:
Nominee: Name, Occupation, Address, and Phone Number on the top of the narrative summary
Nominator: Name, Address, Telephone Number, Email, Organization, and Signature on the bottom of the narrative
Narrative: Please attach a brief (no more than two-page double spaced) narrative summary of your nominee's efforts and accomplishments for Veterans.
Judging of nominations will be completed by a panel consisting of members of the Alaska Veterans Advisory Council, the Director of Veterans Affairs, and a member of the State veterans’ community selected by the Commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
Please contact the Alaska Office of Veterans Affairs for more information.
Alaska Office of Veterans Affairs Contact Information
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Alaska
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Alaska: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Alaska: The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains two national cemeteries in Alaska. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.
Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
4600 DeBarr Rd, Suite 180
Anchorage AK 99508
Phone: 907-334-0874 / 888-248-3682
Alaska State Transition Assistance Advisor
Phone: 907-428-6208 / 854-2151
Military Installations and Veterans Affairs Facilities in Alaska
Please see the Alaska Military Resource Locator for additional information
Alaska National Guard
U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)
63rd Readiness Division