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Summary of Alaska Military and Veterans Benefits: Alaska offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families including 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 Office of Veterans Affairs: The Alaska Office of Veterans Affairs serves as the primary advocate for Veterans, former Service members and their Families and can help them find and apply for benefits under federal, state and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge.
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Alaska Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

What are my Alaska Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Alaska Income Taxes: There are no individual income taxes in Alaska. Distributions received from the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) are not taxed.

Learn more about Alaska Income Taxes

Alaska Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans: Real property owned and occupied as a primary residence by a Veteran who has a 50% or more service-connected disability rating from the VA is exempt from property taxes on the first $150,000 of assessed value. This exemption transfers to a Spouse if the Veteran passes away and the Spouse is at least 60 years of age.

Learn more about the Alaska Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans

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What are my Alaska Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Alaska National Guard Tuition Assistance: The Alaska National Guard will pay up to 100% of tuition and required fees at an educational, vocational, or technical training school for eligible Service members in the Alaska National Guard. Alaska National Guard Service members may combine both federal and state tuition assistance for up to 100% of tuition and authorized fees at a school in the University of Alaska System.

Service members are authorized no more than one credential from each of the following levels:

  • Certificate or license

  • Associate degree

  • Bachelor’s degree

Who is eligible for Alaska National Guard Tuition Assistance? Alaska National Guard Service member’s that participate satisfactorily in unit training activities and is a student in good standing at the educational institution (enrolled, attending and meeting the minimum success requirements for completion of the program or class) are eligible for Alaska National Guard Tuition Assistance. Alaska Statutes 26.05.296

Alaska National Guard Service members must apply to use federal tuition assistance (TA) first, to be eligible to apply for state TA. Service members can apply for state TA through their state education specialist.

For more information, please contact the:

State Education Specialist
G1, Education Services Specialist
JFHQ, Education NCO
Phone: 907-428-6477

Alaska Army National Guard TA handout

Learn more about Alaska National Guard Tuition Assistance

Children sitting on the steps of a schoolAlaska Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3): 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.

MIC3 Assistance Request

Primary Point of Contact
Phone: 907-465-6928

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

Alaska High School Diplomas for World War II Veterans: The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development will award high school diplomas to World War II Veterans, including Alaska Territorial Guard members, who served in the U.S. Armed Forces between August 7, 1940 through July 25, 1947. Veterans with a GED Veteran being recognizedmay also apply. Family or immediate Family members may apply for eligible deceased or incapacitated Veterans. Alaska Statutes 14.03.077

To apply, please send an email to eed.webmaster@alaska.gov that includes the following information:

  • Veteran's full name (as it will appear on the diploma)

  • Dates of service

  • Mailing address

  • Applicant’s name

  • Telephone number

Applicants will be required to fax or mail a copy of the Veteran’s discharge papers to:

Alaska Department of Education and Early Development
ATTN: WWII HS Diploma Program
P.O. Box 110500
Juneau, AK 99811-0500
Fax: 907-465-4156

Learn more about Alaska High School Diplomas for World War II Veterans

Purple Star School Designation for Alaska Military-Friendly Schools : The Alaska Purple Star School designation for military-friendly schools recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and Families connected to the U.S. Armed Forces. Schools that earn the award will receive a special Purple Star recognition to display on site.

For a school to qualify for the Purple Star Award they must appoint a school liaison that is specially trained to handle the unique challenges experienced by military Families. This liaison will ensure that other teachers at their school are aware of special considerations that students from military Families can benefit from. Each school will also have a dedicated page on their school website featuring resources for military Families.
Military Child Education Coalition Purple Star School Program

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What are my Alaska Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Military Service Credit for Alaska State Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS): Former Service members may be eligible to purchase up to five years of PERS credit for active military service. Military credit does not count towards retirement eligibility, it is used to calculate the amount of monthly benefits after retirement.

PERS members will be charged 8.5% of their annualized vesting year salary for each year of military service credit claimed.
Who is eligible for Military Service Credit for Alaska State PERS? Honorably discharged Service members that served the U.S. Armed Forces that are vested in PERS are eligible to purchase credit. PERS retirees, deferred vested members, and Surviving Spouses of PERS members who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, may also be eligible to receive this credit.

PERS members 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.

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

Learn more about Military Service Credit for Alaska State Public Employees' Retirement System

Alaska National Guard and Naval Militia Retirement System (NGNMRS): NGNMRS is a retirement system that will pay eligible Service members $100 per month for each month of satisfactory Alaska National Guard service.

A lump sum payment option or accelerated payments to be completed by age 72 may be chosen in place of the base $100 per month.

If the soliders hiking in the snowService member dies on active duty and has at least 5 years of satisfactory Alaska National Guard service, their full accrued benefit (months of service x $100) is payable in one lump sum to their beneficiary or beneficiaries. If the retired Service member dies prior to the payment 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? Retired National Guard Service members must have at least 20 years of combined service in the Alaska National Guard, the National Guard of another state, U.S. Armed Forces Reserves or on active duty, of which at least five years must have been in the Alaska National Guard. An involuntary discharge from the Alaska National Guard (for reasons other than misconduct) waives this requirement.

To apply for NGNMRS benefits please contact the Alaska Army National Guard Retirement Services Office at 907-428-6461.
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Alaska State Employment Hiring Preference for Veterans, Service Members and Former Prisoners of War: Alaska offers eligible Veterans and National Guard Service members a preference when hiring for public employment. All applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for the position to receive preference.

If a numerical rating system is used for hiring, Veterans and National Guard Service members will receive points equal to 5% of the total points available added to their score. Disabled Veterans and former prisoners of war will receive points equal to 10% of the total points available added to their score.

If numerical ratings are not used, a Veteran or National Guard Service member 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, Service Members and Former Prisoners of War?

Veteran Eligibility:

  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for 181 days or more and received an honorable discharge during the following periods:

    • Between April 6, 1917 through December 1, 1919

    • Between September 16, 1940 through December 31, 1947

    • Between June 27, 1950 through October 14, 1976

    • Between August 2, 1990 through January 2, 1992, Beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on the day prescribed by Presidential proclamation

    • During a war, campaign or expedition that a campaign medal, the Purple Heart, aa medal for heroism in action were awarded

  • Served 181 days or more in the Alaska Territorial Guard.

Disabled Veteran Eligibility:

  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge and:

    • Was discharged due to a service-connected disability

    • Is entitled to compensation from the VA for a disability

    • Was disabled in the line of duty while serving in the Alaska Territorial Guard.

National Guard Eligibility:

  • Currently serving Alaska National Guard Service member in good standing

  • Discharged Alaska National Guard Service member that received an honorable discharge.

Prisoner of War Eligibility:

  • Declared a prisoner of war during a declared war or other recognized conflict.

Learn more about Alaska State Employment Hiring Preference for Veterans, Service Members and Former Prisoners of War

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:Soldiers in the snow

  • 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.

Learn more about Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences

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 if 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 USERRA Benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard Service 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) helps all that have claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
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Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Veterans Employment Services: The Alaska Department of Labor offers priority of service and employment assistance to Veterans, and eligible Spouses, that are looking for employment, apprenticeships and on-the-job training programs.solider in the snow

Examples of priority of service includes:

  • Advanced job opening notification

  • Designated computers

  • Priority when using job center resource rooms

  • Resume and interviewing skills workshops

  • Career counseling

  • Referrals to other local, state and federal programs.

Veterans with significant barriers to employment, as well as eligible Spouses may receive specialized intensive services to get or keep a job.

Examples of intensive services includes:

  • Specialized assessments of skill level and service needs

  • Developing individual employment plan

  • Group and individual counseling and career planning

  • Short term services may include:

    • Development of learning skills

    • Communication skills

    • Interviewing skills

    • Punctuality

    • Personal maintenance skills, and

    • Professional conduct

Who is eligible for the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Veterans Employment Services? To be eligible a Veteran must have served at least one day on active duty and received an other than dishonorable discharge. A Spouse of any of the following are also eligible:

  • Veteran who died of a service-connected disability

  • Service member in the U.S. Armed Forces serving on active duty who is listed for 90 or more days as:

    • Missing in action

    • Captured in line of duty by a hostile force

    • Forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power

  • Veteran who has a total service-connected disability rating from the VA

  • Veteran who died while a total, service-connected disability rating was in existence.

For specific eligibility and questions about Veteran services, please contact the nearest Alaska Job Center or call the Statewide Veteran Coordinator at 907-269-3016.
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Alaska State Employee Leave for Military Duty: State employees that are members of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for 16.5 days of paid military leave per year for training, field exercises or when under direct military control during a search and rescue mission. During military leave employees will not lose pay, time, or efficiency AK National Guardrating.

Service members called to active duty by the governor are eligible for 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 military leave.

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Restoration of Reserve Component Service Members to Former Positions in Alaska State Employment: Alaska State employees that are Service members in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces that are ordered to state or federal active duty must be restored to their former state position at the end of their active duty service.
Who is eligible for Restoration of Reserve Component Service Members to Former Positions in Alaska State Employment? National Guard or Reserve Service members who are state employees are eligible to be restored to their former positions in state employment.

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Alaska Hilton Honors Military Program: The Alaska Hilton Honors Military Program helps make the career transition from service in the U.S. Armed Forces to civilian employment easier for current and former Service members. The Hilton Honors Military Program will provide hotel accommodations for required travel while they are looking for a new job, training for a new job, or finding housing. Those eligible can receive up to a total of 100,000 hotel points for verifiable employment-related activities. Each state sets its own eligibility and residency requirements. Recipients must have a Hilton Honors account to receive the points. For more information, please email HiltonHonors@naswa.org or contact the nearest American Job Center.

Learn more about the Alaska Hilton Honors Military Program

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What are my Alaska Military and Veterans Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

Alaska Unemployment Insurance (UI): UI provides temporary financial assistance for workers that are unemployed through no fault of their own. UI is a partial, short-term replacement of lost wages while workers are seeking other work and is not intended to be a permanent source of income.

Information needed to apply:

  • Social Security Number

  • Non-U.S. citizens, will need alien registration number and work permit type or other documentation that authorizes employment in the U.S.

  • Name, mailing address and phone number of last employer and work location

  • Dates of last employment, first and last day worked

  • Earnings during last week with previous employer

  • Other income received in the last week of employment (vacation, severance or bonus pay)

  • SF8 and SF50 for former federal employees

  • DD214 member copy 4 for former Service members.

Applicants should file their claim using the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, UI Online Claim Portal. For assistance regarding a claim, or more information applicants should contact the nearest claim center.

Anchorage UI Claim Center
P.O. Box 241767
Anchorage, AK 99524-1767
Phone: 907-269-4700
FAX: 907-375-9520
Email Anchorage

Juneau UI Claim Center
P.O. Box 115509
Juneau, AK 99811-5509
Phone: 907-465-5552
FAX: 907-465-5573
Email Juneau

Fairbanks UI Claim Center
675 7th Ave., Station M
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone: 907-451-2871
FAX: 907-451-2870
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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 for eligible Veterans. AK Drivers License Veteran Designation
Who is eligible for the Veteran Designation on Alaska Driver licenses and ID cards? Veterans that served in the U.S. Armed Forces and received a discharge under honorable conditions are eligible for a Veteran designation on their Alaska driver license or ID card.

To request the designation, Veteran must apply at an Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles office Veterans will be required to complete the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles, Application for Alaska Driver License, Permit or ID card, Form 478 and provide one of the following documents:

  • DD214 or DD215

  • NGB22 or NGB22A

  • Letter from the VA certifying eligibility

  • Valid Department of Defense retired, or Reserve retired ID card.

Learn more about Veteran Designation on Alaska Driver licenses and ID cards

Alaska Special Military and Veteran License Plates: 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. 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 license 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 using the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles, Application for Personalize Plates, Form 803 at the nearest Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles office.

Alaska Veteran License Plate: Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for the Alaska Veteran license plate that will have an image of the Veteran’s branch of service or a unit designator. Veterans must provide a copy of one of the following when they apply:

  • DD214

  • Letter from the VA certifying eligibility

  • Active duty ID card

  • Department of Defense retired, or Reserve retired ID card

  • Current LES (leave an earnings statement)

AK Purple Heart plate Alaska Purple Heart License Plate: Recipients of the Purple Heart are eligible for the Alaska Purple Heart license plate. Veterans are authorized one set of license plates free. Applicants must provide a copy of their DD214, orders or other official documentation as proof that they received the Purple Heart when they apply.

Alaska Gold Star Family License Plate: Immediate Family members of a Service member that is killed in the line of duty while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for a free set of Alaska Gold Star Family license plates.

Gold Star license plates are offered to the following:

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse

  • Parent or guardian

  • Sibling

  • Child.

Applicants must provide a copy of a DD1300, Report of Casualty when they apply. Family members that are not listed on the DD1300 must provide other official documentation to prove their relationship to the deceased Service member.

Learn more about Alaska Special Military and Veteran License Plates

AK Disabled Veteran Plate w parking Alaska Disabled Veteran License Plate: Alaska offers one set of free Alaska Disabled Veteran license plates to Veterans that have at least a 50% service-connected disability rating from the VA or their branch of Service. Veterans ae required to provide a copy of their DD214, or discharge paperwork, and official documentation of their disability when they apply.

Veterans that require license plates with the wheelchair logo will be required to also submit a completed Alaska, Division of Motor Vehicles, Application for Special Disability Parking Permit, form 861. Any additional sets of plates will cost $100.

Learn more about the Alaska Disabled Veteran License Plate

Alaska Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Road Skills Waiver: Alaska offers a CDL road skills testing waiver for Service members and former Service members based on their military training and experience. This waiver is offered to Service members who are currently licensed and who are, or were, employed within the last year in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle like the commercial motor vehicle class license they are applying for. This waiver is only for the CDL road skills testing, CDL knowledge tests cannot be waived. Service members cannot transfer school bus or passenger endorsements.

Applicants must also meet the following requirements:

  • Not had more than one license (except for a military license) in the past two years

  • Not had any license suspended, revoked, or cancelled in the past two years

  • Not had any convictions for any type of motor vehicle for the disqualifying offenses (listed on the application)

  • Not had more than one conviction for any type of motor vehicle for serious traffic violations (listed on the application)

  • Have not had had any conviction for a violation of military, state or local laws relating to motor vehicle traffic control (other than a parking violation) as a result of a traffic accident and has no record of an accident in which they were at fault.

To apply for the CDL road skills waiver complete the Alaska, Division of Motor Vehicles, Application for Military Skills Test Waiver, Form 416, page two of Form 416 must be signed by the applicant’s commanding officer. See the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles, CDL webpage for more information on how to apply.

Learn more about the Alaska Commercial Driver’s License Road Skills Waiver

Extension of Alaska Driver licenses for Service Members and their Spouse: The driver license of Service members serving in the U.S. Armed Forces outside Alaska and their Spouse remain valid until 90 days after discharge or until they return to Alaska, whichever occurs first. Those eligible can print a Military Expiration Endorsement as proof their driver license is still valid

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What are my Alaska Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?

Alaska National Guard Medical Coverage and Compensation for Injury, Illness and Death Incurred while on State Active Duty: Alaska National Guard Service members serving on state active duty that are injured, become ill, become disabled or die in the line of duty are eligible for benefits and compensation under the Alaska Worker’s Compensation Act.

Learn more about Alaska National Guard Medical Coverage and Compensation for Injury, Illness and Death Incurred while on State Active Duty

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 or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

This plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when a Service member is not on active duty and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

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).

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance

Alaska Veteran Death Gratuity: The Alaska Department of Military Affairs will pay a death gratuity of $750 to the Surviving Spouse of Veterans who were buried on or after May 13, 1984 or died on or after September 19, 1990. If there is no Surviving Spouse, the gratuity will be paid to the personal representative of the Veteran. 3 people walking in a veteran cemtery
Who is eligible for the Alaska Veteran Death Gratuity? Veterans must meet the following requirements for their beneficiaries to receive a death gratuity:

  • Received an Honorable Discharge or a General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions from service in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces or Served in the Alaska Territorial Guard

  • Resident of Alaska for at least one year prior to entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, and returned to the Alaska within one year after their discharge

  • Resident of Alaska for at least one year prior to death.

Learn more about the Alaska Veteran Death Gratuity

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What are my Alaska Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Alaska Military and Veterans Hunting and Fishing Benefits: Alaska offers special benefits for Service members and Veterans, as well as their Families.

Applicants Caribou in a field can apply for hunting and fishing licenses online at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Online Store.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Residency Definition

Alaska National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserves Hunting and Fishing Licenses: Alaska offers free annual hunting and fishing licenses for resident Service members that are actively serving in the Alaska National Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces Reserves.

Alaska Resident Disabled Veteran Free Hunting and Fishing Licenses: Alaska offers resident disabled Veterans who have a 50% or greater disability rating from the VA or their branch of service free hunting and fishing licenses. Veterans must be physically present in Alaska to apply. If at any time a Disabled Veteran license holder is no longer a resident of Alaska, their licenses are immediately void.

Veterans can apply online, but they must provide a copy of their VA Disability Letter or other official documentation to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as proof of their eligibility. Documentation can be emailed to adfg.license@alaska.gov, faxed to 907-465-2440, or mailed to:

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Licensing Section
P.O. Box 115525
Juneau, Alaska, 99811-5525

Alaska Nonresident Service Members Hunting and Fishing License for Discounted Prices: Nonresident active duty Service members stationed in Alaska canman fishing at the lake purchase fishing and hunting license for discounted prices

Service members serving on active duty and their dependents that are stationed in Alaska for less than 12 months can purchase a special military license at the same price as resident rates. These Service members and dependents must be accompanied by an Alaskan Licensed Guide or a relative within the second degree of kindred ( Alaska Administrative Code 5-92.990(85) ) when hunting brown/grizzly bear or Dall sheep.

Nonresident Service members and their dependents that have been stationed in Alaska for more than 12 months can purchase standard resident licenses and are not required to have a guide.

Learn more about the Alaska Military and Veterans Hunting and Fishing Benefits

Free Alaska State Park Camping Passes for Disabled Veterans: Alaska offers free, two-year Alaska State Park Camping Passes to disabled Veterans. This pass is valid in all developed Alaska State Park campgrounds. Disabled Veteran Camping Passes logo
Who is eligible for a Free Alaska State Park Camping Pass for Disabled Veterans? To be eligible Veterans must be an Alaska resident and have a service-connected disability. Veterans must apply in person at either the Anchorage or Fairbanks Department of Natural Resources, Public Information Centers and will be required to show proof of residency and that they have a service-connected disability.

ANCHORAGE:
550 W 7th Ave, Suite 1360
Anchorage, AK 99501-3557
Phone: 907-269-8400
TDD: 907-269-8411
Fax: 907-269-8901

FAIRBANKS:
3700 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99709-4699
Phone: 907-451-2705
TDD: 907-451-2770
Fax: 907-451-2706

Learn more about Free Alaska State Park Camping Passes for Disabled Veterans

Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) Pass for Disabled Veterans: AMHS offers a reduced fare pass for Veterans that have a service-connected disability. This pass entitles the disabled Veteran and an attendant (if required by a physician) to travel at 50% off the regular passenger fare. This pass may be used betweenAK State Park Alaska ports only, on all AMHS vessels, year-round. Reduced fares do not include vehicle or stateroom.

To apply Veterans must submit a completed application and official documentation of their service-connected disability by email to dot.amhs.youth@alaska.gov, by fax to 907-465-8824 or by mail to:

Alaska Marine Highway System
Disability Pass Desk
PO Box 112505
Juneau, AK 99811-2505
Phone: 907-465-3946

For more information, visit the AMHS website.
AMHS Disability Discount Pass Terms and Conditions
AMHS Disability Discount Pass Application

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Alaska Railroad Discount for Veterans, Active Duty Service Members and Their Dependents: The Alaska Railroad offers a 20% discount to Veterans, active duty Service Members and their dependents. Patrons must show an official ID (active duty ID, dependent ID, DD214 or VA ID) showing proof of eligibility when boarding. For more information, please call 907-265-2494 or 800-544-0552.
Alaska Railroad Webpage

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What are my Alaska Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD):  The Alaska PFD is a monetary fund that pays dividends annually to legal Alaska residents. The amount of the 202  1 dividend is $1,114 per person. AK PFD logoThe 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 Alaska PFD? To be eligible for a PFD, applicants must have been an Alaska resident for the entire calendar year prior to the date of application and must intend to remain an Alaska resident indefinitely. For a complete list of PFD eligibility requirements please see Alaska Statute 43.23 PFD. Applicants should apply at the Alaska Department of Revenue, PFD Online Application webpage .
Alaska Department of Revenue, PFD Tax Information Webpage

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Recording of Alaska Veteran’s Report of Separation Documents: A Veteran may record, free, 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 Alaska Department of Natural Resources State Recorder's office.
Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Recorder’s Office Directory

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Obtaining copies of Alaska Veterans Report of Separation and other Personnel Records: The Alaska Veterans Affairs Office has copies of DD214s for resident Service members that served in the U.S. Armed Forces from 1985 to the present. Veterans will be provided copies upon request. These records will be maintained for 50 years from the date of receipt. If a Veteran’s records cannot be found they can be requested from the National Personnel Records Center. To request copies Veterans should contact the Alaska Office of Veterans affairs at 907-334-0874 or 888-248-3682.

Learn more about Obtaining Copies of Alaska Veterans Report of Separation and other Personnel Records

Free Copies of Alaska Veteran’s Death Certificate: The Alaska Health Analytics and Vital Records Section will issue up to four free copies of the death certificate of Veterans that die in Alaska. The Veteran must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Resident of Alaska

  • Serving on Active Duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at the time of their death

  • Served in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces and received an Honorable or General Discharge.

The following individuals can request death certificates:

  • Representative of the Veteran’s estate

  • Trustee of a revocable trust of a Veteran

  • Requires a copy of the death certificate to prove eligibility for a benefit relating to the death of the Veteran.

To request a Veteran’s death certificates please submit the Alaska Veterans Death Certificate Request Form and the Alaska Death Certificate Request Form and Instructions. Documentation requirements and submission instructions are on the forms.
Alaska Health Analytics and Vital Records Section Webpage

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Alaska Veteran’s 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. The discount is 25% of the purchase price but does not apply to certain costs the DNR may have incurred to develop the land for sale. Alaska Statutes 38.05.940 Land Purchase Price Discount for Veterans
Who is eligible for the Alaska Veteran’s Land Discount?
To be eligible for the Veteran’s Land Discount, Veterans must meet the following requirements:

  • 18 or older on the date of bid or application

  • Alaska resident for at least one year prior to bid or application

  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces or the Alaska Territorial Guard for at least 90 days, unless released early due to a service-connected disability or due to receiving an early separation after a tour of duty overseas

  • Received an Honorable Discharge or General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions.

Service members that have not yet received a DD214, are not yet eligible for this discount.

Veterans must submit proof of eligibility only after it is requested by the DNR. Veterans will be given a deadline by when documentation must be submitted.

Documentation requirements:

Veterans are encouraged to request their DD214 and gather their other required documentation well in advance of the auction.
Alaska Department of Natural Resources, 2021 Alaska State Land Offering

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Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) State Veterans Interest Rate Preference : AHFC offers financing at lower interest rates for Service members and Veterans.

Qualified Veterans may combine State Veterans Interest Rate Preference with most Alaska Single-Family loan programs. A 1% interest rate reduction is applied to the first $50,000 of the loan amount. Loans greater than $50,000 will receive a blended interest rate rounded up to the next 0.125%.
Who is eligible for the AHFC State Veterans Interest Rate Preference? To be eligible for State Veterans Interest Rate Preference, Veterans must meet the following requirements:

  • Served at least 90 days on active duty (not for training) in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge

  • Served for at least five years in the Alaska National Guard and received an honorable discharge

  • Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran

  • Veteran’s Family income cannot exceed Alaska State Veterans Preference Income Limits.

AHFC Loan Program Lenders

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AK Veterans Memorial Museum Alaska Veterans Memorial Museum: The Alaska Veterans Memorial Museum in Anchorage focuses on honoring 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 public through the collection, presentation, and exhibition of artifacts, personal accounts and historical acts relating to the history of Veterans

  • Promote activities that will enhance or support the purpose of the Museum

  • Support Alaska Veterans, active duty, Guard and Reserve Service members.

Learn more about the Alaska Veterans Memorial Museum

Alaska Veterans and Pioneers Home: The Alaska Veterans and Pioneers Home in Palmer offers affordable long-term care to Veterans and provides compassionate care in a home like environment that promotes independence, positive relationships, meaningful activities as well as physical, emotional and spiritual growth. The home AK Veterans Pioneers Home Palmeroffers 75% of their bed to Veterans.

Services provided:

  • Private or semi-private rooms

  • Recreation activities

  • Meals and housekeeping services

  • Emergency assistance

  • Physical activities

  • Assistance with activities of daily living

  • Nursing assessment and health services based upon level of care required

  • Payment assistance for those who qualify

  • Pharmacy services.

Who is eligible for care at the Alaska Veterans and Pioneers Home? To be eligible for admission at the Alaska Veterans and Pioneers Home in Palmer Veterans must meet the following requirements:

  • Alaska Resident for one continuous year prior to application

  • Require nursing care

  • 60 years or old or older

  • Veteran that served in the U.S. Armed Force or the Alaska National Guard or Territorial Guard and received a discharge other than dishonorable. Alaska Statutes 47.55.900

Alaska Veterans and Pioneers Home in Palmer, Admission Webpage
Alaska Veterans and Pioneers Home in Palmer, Veterans Admission Packet

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Alaska Governor's Veterans Advocacy Award: The Alaska Governor’s Veterans Advocacy Award is awarded to Alaska residents who have engaged in unpaid, voluntary activities dedicated to Veterans, Veterans' issues, or Veterans' organizations. Nominees must have provided one of the following:

  • Significant service to Veterans and their Families

  • Extraordinary personal concern, compassion, and commitment to Veterans issues

  • Veterans’ organization support

  • Created or participated in a new, innovative or creative volunteer program, event, or project for Veterans.

Nominations for recipients may be made by providing the following information to the Alaska Office of Veterans Affairs:

  • 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: Brief narrative summary of nominee's efforts and accomplishments for Veterans (no more than two-page double spaced).

Learn more about the Alaska Governor's Advocacy Award

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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.

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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.

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Alaska

Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
4600 DeBarr Road, Suite 180
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: 907-334-0874 / 888-248-3682
Fax: 907-334-0869
Email: alaska.veterans@alaska.gov

Learn more about the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Alaska State Transition Assistance Advisor
Phone: 907-428-6208, 907-854-2151

Learn more about the Alaska State Transition Assistance Advisor

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Military Installations and Veterans Affairs Facilities in Alaska

Please see the Alaska Military Resource Locator for additional information

Active Duty

Army
U.S. Army Alaska - USARAK
Fort Greely
Fort Wainwright
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

Air Force
Eielson AFB
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

National Guard
Alaska National Guard

Alaska Army National Guard

Alaska Air National Guard
176th Wing
168th Wing

U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)
63rd Readiness Division

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Resources

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

Alaska Veterans Museum

Alaska Legislature

Alaska Statutes

Alaska Department of Administration, Retirement and Benefits

Alaska Department of Administration, Personnel and Labor Relations

Alaska Division of Employment and Training Services

Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles, Veteran's License Plates

Alaska Department of Revenue - Tax Division

Alaska Office of Veterans Affairs

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Facility Directory Alaska

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Find Locations Search Engine

Alaska Division of Employment Training and Services, Veteran Services

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Alaska

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Document Review Date: 28 February 2022