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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, 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
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.
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.
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) [ Alaska Code Sec. 26.05.296 ].
You must register your classes in GoArmyEd before classes begin. If you have any problems setting up your GoArmyEd account or registering your classes, please visit your Post Education Center or contact the DMVS at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 GoArmyEd . For more information, see the Army National Guard TA handout (PDF) .
If you have exhausted your federal TA, contact the State Education Specialist:
Maria J. Alvarez
SFC, 42A, AKARNG
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 United States military and their Spouse and dependent Children
United States Veterans eligible for a Veterans Administration education benefit, and their Spouse and dependent Children
Members of the National Guard and Reservists, 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: 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
Terry Ryals, Commissioner
Education Associate, Department of Education & Early Development
Address: PO Box 110500
Juneau, AK 99811-0500
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 email@example.com .
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 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.
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.
Alaska National Guard & Naval Militia Retirement System (NGNMRS) Eligibility Requirements
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].
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]
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 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 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 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 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.
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.