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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 Dividend Fund (PFD), Military Credit toward State Retirement, Property Tax Exemptions, State Employment Preferences, Education and Tuition Assistance, Veterans Land Discount/Purchase Preference, 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


 
What are my Alaska Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Alaska Income Taxes: The State of Alaska currently does not have an individual income tax, therefore no employee withholding for state income tax is required.

Alaska Retirement Income Taxes : Alaska does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Alaska, therefore Retirement Income in not taxed.

Alaska Retired Military Pay Taxes : Alaska does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Alaska, therefore Retired Military Pay is not taxed.

Alaska State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay : Alaska does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Alaska, therefore Military Disability Retired Pay is not taxed.

Alaska State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Alaska does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Alaska, therefore Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation is not taxed.

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Alaska State Tax Benefits : Alaska does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Alaska, therefore survivor benefit plans are not taxed.

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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 percent or more by the military service or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 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.

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What are my Alaska Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Alaska National Guard Tuition Assistance: Active members of the AK National Guard are eligible to receive 100% of the undergraduate rate of the University of Alaska; with a maximum yearly benefit of $4,500.00 per fiscal year (01 JUL through 30 JUN). You must remain in the Alaska National Guard during the entire term of courses. The lifetime maximum State Tuition Reimbursement benefit is 208 quarter or 144 Semester credits.

To apply for State Tuition Reimbursement, you MUST contact your unit full-time representative to obligate funds as soon as you know you will be going to school. Information needed will be the name of the school, approximate start date and number of credits to be taken.
Who is eligible for Alaska 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) [ Alaska Code Sec. 26.05.296 ].

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Free Tuition for Spouses or Dependents at Alaska State Supported Educational Institutions: Waiver of undergraduate tuition and fees at a state supported educational institution physically located within Alaska.
Who is eligible for Free Tuition for Spouses or Dependents at Alaska State Supported Educational Institutions ? The Spouse or dependent of an armed services member who died in the line of duty or who died as a result of injuries sustained while in the line of duty or who was listed by the Department of Defense as a Prisoner of War or as Missing in Action is entitled to a waiver of undergraduate tuition and fees from the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The students must be in good standing in a state-supported educational institution in Alaska.

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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? United States Veterans eligible for a VA education benefit or their Spouse or dependent Children are also eligible for resident tuition. Qualifying students must move to and remain domiciled in the State of Alaska during their course of study.

Learn more about Alaska Resident Tuition for Nonresident Military Service Members and their Dependents

Alaska 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
Sana Efird, Deputy Commissioner
Department of Education and Early Development
P.O. Box 110500, Juneau, AK 99811-0500
Email: sana.efird@alaska.gov
Phone: 907-465-2800

Learn more about the Alaska Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Alaska Operation Recognition - High School Diplomas for World War II Veterans: Operation Recognition, a nation-wide effort, recognizes that many World War II Veterans went off to war and never returned to high school to receive a diploma. In Alaska, the Department of Education and Early  Development may award diplomas to WWII Veterans living in Alaska. A Family member may apply on behalf of the Veteran. You will need to submit a copy of your discharge papers or an affidavit of service by fax or mail with your application.
Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, Application for High School Diploma for World War II Veterans

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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 Public Employees' Retirement System (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 unit 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.

Learn more about Military Service Credit toward Alaska State Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS)

Alaska National Guard & 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.
Who is eligible for the Alaska National Guard & Naval Militia Retirement System (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 5 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 National Guard. They will provide you with the appropriate forms and verify your qualifying guard service.

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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 percent 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 percent 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 Armed Forces of the United States with service:

  • Between 27 June 1950 and 14 October 1976; or,

  • For which a campaign badge, expedition medal, Purple Heart, award or decoration for heroism or gallantry in action was awarded;

  • Which was 181 days or more in the Alaska Territorial Guard

  • Disabled Veteran entitled to compensation by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs;

  • 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 Code 39.25.159].

Learn more about the Alaska State Employment Hiring Preference for Veterans and Former Prisoners 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 five percent 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 [Alaska Code 39.25.159c]

Alaska National Guard State Employment Hiring Preference

Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences: 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 28 April 1952 through 1 July 1955; or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after 31 January 1955, and before 15 October 1976; or

  • During the Gulf War from 2 August 1990, through 2 January 1992; or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning 11 September 2001, and ending on 31 August 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, Surviving Spouses, 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 Surviving Spouse) 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 7 September 1980, (or began active duty on or after 14 October 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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Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act: Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protect civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of Reserve components. USERRA also makes major improvements in protecting 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 (the