Arkansas Military and Veterans Benefits

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Summary of Arkansas Military and Veterans Benefits: Arkansas offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including property tax exemptions, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, vehicle tags, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs: The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs, through the Veteran Service Officer network helps Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and their Families find and apply for military/ Veterans benefits under federal, state and local laws. For more information, please contact the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs.

Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs
2401 John Ashley Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72214
Phone: 501-683-2382
Fax: 501-370-3829

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Arkansas State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

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What are my Arkansas Military/ Veteran State Taxes Benefits?

Military Pay Exempt from Arkansas State Taxes: Military pay received by members of the U.S. Armed Forces is exempt from Arkansas income tax.
Who is eligible for Military Pay Exempt from Arkansas State Taxes? Military pay received by active and reserve component Service members is exempt from Arkansas Income tax.

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Arkansas Military Spouses Residency Relief Act: A military Spouse's income is exempt from Arkansas income tax if the Service member's home of record is not Arkansas and the Service member and the Spouse have the same home of record.

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Arkansas Military Family Tax Relief Act of 2003: The Arkansas Military Family Relief Act provides the following exemptions:

  • Service members may exclude profits from the sale of their principal residence from Arkansas income tax

  • National Guard and Reserve Service members may exclude overnight travel expenses required for military duty

  • Additional pay and allowances paid to Service members are exempt from Arkansas income tax.

Learn more about Arkansas Military Family Tax Relief

Arkansas Service members Civil Relief Act:

  • Deferral of Tax – Service members may defer their payment of Arkansas income tax for 180 days if they cannot pay due to their military service.

  • Accrual of Interest or Penalty - No interest or penalty accrues if a Service member defers their payment of Arkansas Income taxes

  • Statute of Limitations - The statute of limitations for the collection of a Service member’s deferred taxes is suspended for the period of military service and for an additional 270 days.

  • Residence or Domicile – Service members do not lose their original home of record or gain Arkansas residency if they are in Arkansas due to military orders.

  • Military Service Compensation – Service members are not subject to Arkansas income taxes if they are in Arkansas only in compliance with military orders.

Learn more about Arkansas Service Members Civil Relief Act

Arkansas Homestead and Personal Property Tax Exemption: Eligible Disabled Veterans are exempt from all state taxes on their homestead and personal property. Disabled Veteran
Who is eligible for Arkansas Homestead and Personal Property Tax Exemption? Resident Veterans who have a service-connected 100% permanent and total disability rating from the VA or they are awarded Special Monthly Compensation for loss or loss of use of one or more limbs, or total blindness in one or both eyes is exempt from all state taxes on their homestead or personal property.

Unremarried Surviving Spouses and their dependent Children, are also eligible if the Veteran was killed or died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, is declared missing in action, or died from service-connected causes.

A remarried Surviving Spouse may have the exemption reinstated if their subsequent marriage is terminated. Those receiving the exemption must recertify annually.

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Arkansas Gross Receipts or Gross Proceeds Tax Exemption: Eligible disabled Veterans do not have to pay taxes on the specially adapted vehicles or equipment that are purchased with assistance from the VA.

This benefit is limited to one new passenger vehicle or pickup truck every two years (does not include trucks with a maximum gross load greater than 3/4 ton or trailers). Who is eligible for Arkansas Gross Receipts or Gross Proceeds Tax Exemption? Veterans that receive funds from the VA for the purchase of a specially adapted vehicle or equipment or who is blind as a result of a service-connected injury are eligible. Veterans must provide an entitlement letter from the VA.

Learn more about Arkansas State Gross Receipt of Tax Exemption

Military Retired Pay is Exempt from Arkansas State Taxes: Military retired pay is exempt from Arkansas Income taxes

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Arkansas State Taxes on Military Disability Retirement Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the U.S. Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income. Some of the payments which are considered disability benefits include:

  • Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid to Veterans or their Families

  • Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living

  • Grants for motor vehicles for Veterans who lost their sight or the use of limbs, or

  • Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program.

If you are a retired Service member and receive disability benefits from the VA, see IRS Publication 525 for more information.

Learn more about Arkansas State Taxes on Military Disability Retirement Pay

young child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemetery Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): DIC is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-connected injury or disease.

Learn more about Arkansas State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Arkansas State Tax Exemption: SBP, RCSBP and RSFPP survivor annuities are not taxed in Arkansas.

Learn more about Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Arkansas State Tax Exemption

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What are My Arkansas Military and Veteran Education Benefits?

Arkansas National Guard Tuition Waiver Program (NGTW): NGTW pays up to 120 credit hours or until completion of a bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first. NGTW will be applied to tuition first so that a Service member’s GI Bill can be used to cover all addition costs, if you chsoldier taking notesoose to use them both.

The NGTW can be used to cover mandatory fees, but does not cover other fees, such as books, etc.
Who is eligible for Arkansas National Guard Tuition Waiver Program? All current National Guard Service members that meet the following criteria:

  • Arkansas Resident

  • Completed Basic Training

  • Does not already hold a bachelor or higher degree

  • Enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at an Arkansas public institution of higher education

  • Not flagged for serious misconduct (such as AWOL, ASAP, etc.).

Arkansas National Guard Tuition Waiver Program Flyer
Arkansas National Guard Tuition Waiver Program Application
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Arkansas Military Dependents Scholarship Program (MDS): MDS provides a scholarship for eligible Spouses and dependent Children seeking a bachelor's degree or certificate of completion at an Arkansas public institution of higher education.

Eligibility is limited to eight semesters or the completion of their degree, whichever occurs first.
Who is eligible for Arkansas MDS? The Spouse or dependent Child of a resident Service member who has been declared missing in action/ prisoner of war, killed in action, killed on ordnance delivery, or a Veteran who has been declared 100% totally and permanently disabled during, or as a result of, active military service is eligible.

Spouse and Child Eligibility Requirements:

  • Arkansas resident

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse

  • Citizen of the U.S. or permanent resident alien

  • Biological or legally adopted Child, or Spouse of an eligible Veteran

  • Enrolled, or accepted for admission at an approved Arkansas public institution of higher education

  • Provide required documentation to prove eligibility.

Continuing Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must maintain a 2.0 GPS

  • Must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours per academic year.

Award Amount: The MDS Program will cover the unpaid portion of tuition, mandatory fees and a room and meal plan, (when provided in on-campus facilities), after three months of Survivors' and Dependents' Education Assistance (DEA) have been deducted from the total costs. If there is no remaining balance after deduction of DEA benefits, then no benefits will be paid.

The MDS Program cannot be used to cover the cost of books, auto permit, damages or accessories to dorm room, or utility bills. The institution will be reimbursed for covered charges after verification of full-time (12 or more credit hours) enrollment each semester.

For more information regarding MDS, please call 501-371-2000.
List of Arkansas Public Institutions of Higher Education

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Arkansas Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: Local school districts may award diplomas to Veterans of World War II, Korea or Vietnam who left high school before graduation for service in the U.S. Armed Forces. Those interested should contact their local school superintendent or the Arkansas Department of Education for more information.
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Arkansas In State Tuition for Veterans, Service Members and Dependents : Arkansas Public Institutions of Higher Education will grant residency for tuition purposes to eligible nonresident Veterans, Service members and dependents.
Who is eligible for Arkansas In State Tuition for Veterans, Service Members and Dependents? Those eligible for residency are:

  • Veterans discharged or released from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces after 90 days of active duty and within three years prior to enrollment

  • Child or Spouse of an eligible Veteran

  • Service member in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Child or Spouse of a Service member in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Contracted Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadet.

List of Arkansas Public Institutions of Higher Education

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Children sitting on the steps of a schoolArkansas 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: 501-683-5188

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Arkansas Purple Star School Award for Military-Friendly Schools : The Arkansas Purple Star School Award for military-friendly schools recognizes schools that show a major commitment to serving students and Families connected to The U.S. Armed Forces. Purple Star awardees receive a special Purple Star recognition to display in their building and are recognized on the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education website.Purple Star School District

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. For more information about Arkansas Purple Star Award schools, please call 501-683-5188.

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What are my Arkansas Military and Veteran Employment Benefits?

Arkansas State Employee Leave for Military Duty: Resident and nonresident state employees that are Service members in a reserve component of the U.S. ArmedPine Bluff Arsenal Forces are authorized 15 days of paid military leave per year for official military duties.

Employees called to active duty in emergency situations by the Governor or the President are authorized 30 working days paid leave, after which leave without pay will be granted. During military leave employees do not lose seniority rights, efficiency or performance ratings, promotional status, retirement privileges, life and disability insurance benefits, or any other rights, privileges, or benefits they are entitled to.
Who is eligible for Arkansas State Employee Leave for Military Duty: National Guard and Reserve Service members that are Arkansas state employees are eligible for leave for military duty.

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Arkansas State Employment Veteran's Hiring Preference: Arkansas offers Veterans hiring preference when hiring, for promotion and for retention in state employment.

If an examination is used for hiring, eligible applicants will have points added to passing scores. If an applicant eligible for Veteran’s preference is not selected, they may request the hiring authority to provide them with their base score, adjusted score, and the successful candidate's score.

5 Points are added to the passing scores of:

  • Veterans

  • Surviving Spouse of a deceased Veteran

  • National Guard and Reserve Service members

· Surviving Spouse of a deceased National Guard or Reserve Service member.

10 points are added to the passing scores of:

  • Disabled Veteran

  • Spouses of a disabled Veteran that cannot take the position due to their disability.

If an examination score is not used for hiring, the hiring authority must demonstrate how Veterans hiring preference was applied. If an applicant eligible for Veteran’s preference is not hired the applicant may request all documentation to demonstrate how the Veterans preference was used to develop the interview list and how the successful candidate was selected.

A qualified Veteran's preference status must be considered for promotions and during reductions in force.
Who is eligible for Arkansas State Veterans Hiring Preference? The following individuals are eligible for preference:

  • Veterans that were honorably discharged from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, (active duty for training does not count for this requirement)

  • Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran

  • National Guard or Reserve Service members with at least six years’ time in service

  • Surviving Spouse of an eligible National Guard or Reserve Service member

  • Disabled Veterans over the age 55 that are entitled to a pension or compensation from the VA, or Spouses of a disabled Veteran that cannot take the position due to their disability.

Learn more about Arkansas State Employment Veteran's Hiring Preference

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.

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Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, Veterans Services: The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services has Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists (DVOP) and Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) who are thoroughly familiar with a full range of job development services and training programs available to Veterans, particularly Veterans with barriers to employment. In addition, Veterans receive priority of service for employment, training and job placement services.

DVOPs provide intensive services to meet the employment needs of disabled Veterans and other eligible Veterans, particularly those who are economically or educationally disadvantaged, including homeless Veterans and Veterans with barriers to employment.

LVERs conduct outreach to employers and work with businesses to provide employment opportunities for Veterans, encourage the hiring of disabled Veterans, and generally assist Veterans to gain and retain employment.

For questions regarding services to Veterans, contact your nearest Arkansas Workforce Center and identify yourself as a Veteran.
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Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act: 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 retainConvoy of trucks 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 Arkansas Regional Offices

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What are my Arkansas Military and Veteran Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Arkansas Unemployment Insurance (UI): The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services (ADWS) administers the Arkansas’ UI program by ensuring employer compliance with the Arkansas Employment Security Law, collects UI contributions from employers, provides UI benefits to those eligible.

A claim for UI may be filed in person at any Arkansas Workforce Center office or through the ADWS, EZARC online claim portal.

UI Applicants must provide the following:

  • Social Security Number

  • Mailing and physical address

  • Telephone number

  • Last employer's name and address

  • Name and number of labor union, (if applicable)

  • Alien Identification Number or registration information if not a U.S. citizen

  • Banking information for UI payments by direct deposit.

Who is eligible for Arkansas Unemployment Insurance? To be eligible, UI applicants must be:

  • Unemployed through no fault of their own

  • Able and available to work

  • Make a reasonable effort to find work.

Arkansas Unemployment Insurance Information Handbook
Arkansas Workforce Center Office Directory
Arkansas UI Forms
Arkansas Unemployment Insurance Eligibility Information

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What are my Arkansas Military and Veteran Department of Public Safety, Driver and Vehicle Services Benefits?

AR veteran drivers License Veteran Designation on Arkansas Identification (ID) Card and Driver’s License: Arkansas resident Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces that received an honorable discharge can request a “Veteran” designation on their Arkansas driver’s license or ID card.

Veterans must provide one of the following documents as proof of eligibility:

  • DD214

  • NGB Form 22, Report of Separation

  • Veterans ID card issued by the VA

  • DD 256/ 257, Discharge Certificate

  • DD 2, retired Veteran ID card.

Learn more about Veteran Designation on Arkansas Driver's License and ID Cards

Arkansas Military Specialty License Plates: The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, Office of Motor Vehicles offers 24 distinctive military / Veteran service license plates for Veterans, retired Service members, active Service members and Family members.

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AR Medal of Honor plate Arkansas Medal of Honor License Plate: Resident recipients of the Medal of Honor are eligible for the Arkansas Medal of Honor license plate. Applicants must provide certification from the Arkansas Department of Veterans affairs at the time of application that they received the Medal of Honor. This license plate may be reissued to the Surviving Spouse of a medal of Honor Recipient for a regular registration fee. The first license plate is free, an additional plate costs $3.89.

All applications must be processed through the Arkansas Office of Motor Vehicles. For more information, please call 501-682-4702 or write to:

Department of Finance and Administration
Office of Motor Vehicle Registration and Title Administration
P.O. Box 1272

Little Rock, AR 72203

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AR Purple Heart Plate Arkansas Purple Heart - Combat Wounded License Plate: Resident recipients of the Purple Heart are eligible for the Arkansas Purple Heart license plate. Applicants must provide certification from the Department of Defense that they received the Purple Heart. The first license plate is free, an additional plate costs $1. This license plate may be reissued to the Surviving Spouse of a Purple Heart recipient for a regular registration fee. This license plate is also available for motorcycles.

All applications must be processed through Arkansas Special License Offices.

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AR Disabled Veteran License Plate Arkansas Disabled Veteran License Plate: Resident disabled Veterans may be eligible for the Arkansas Disabled Veteran license plate. The first license plate is free, an additional plate costs $3.89. This license plate may be reissued to the Surviving Spouse of a disabled Veteran for a regular registration fee.
Who is eligible for the Arkansas Disabled Veteran Plate License Plate? Resident Veterans that are 100% non-service-connected disabled and Veterans that are 30% or more service-connected disabled are eligible.

All applications must be processed through Arkansas Special License Offices.
Arkansas Disabled Veteran License Plate, 100% Disabled (Non-Service-Connected) Fact Sheet

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Gold Star Family License Plate Arkansas Gold Star Family License Plate: The Arkansas Gold Star Family license plate is available to immediate Family members of a Service member that is killed in armed conflict while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Immediate Family members are:

  • Surviving Spouse

  • Sibling

  • Child

  • Parent.

Applicants must provide a copy of the Report of Casualty (DD1300), proof they received the Gold Star Lapel Pin, as well as proof of familial relationship.

All applications must be processed through Arkansas Special License Offices.

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What are my Arkansas Military and Veteran Health and Insurance Benefits?

AR National Guard Association of Arkansas National Guard Association of Arkansas Life Insurance: The National Guard Association of Arkansas (NGAA) offers several different insurance policies to Arkansas National Guard Service members and their Families.

  • FREE coverage of $10,000 for one year to new enlistments

  • $50,000 coverage available

  • Payable upon death from any cause

  • No war or suicide clause

  • Full conversion privilege upon termination, regardless of health

  • Death benefit paid within 24 hours of notification

  • Spouse and Children coverage available

  • Can be payroll deducted from drill pay

  • Coverage may be extended at the same rate, even if separated from the Guard.

Who is eligible for NGAA Life Insurance? Arkansas National Guard Service members and their Family members are eligible for coverage. For more information, please call 501-758-6422.

Learn more about the National Guard Association of Arkansas Life 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

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.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you are not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

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Arkansas National Guard Service Members Covered by Worker’s Compensation Laws During State Active Duty: Arkansas National Guard Service members ordered to state active duty are entitled to coverage and benefits provided by Arkansas Workers' Compensation laws.
Who is eligible for Workers Compensation while on Arkansas State Active Duty? Arkansas National Guard Service members injured, become ill, are disabled or die while on state active duty are eligible for coverage.

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What are my Arkansas Military and Veteran Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Arkansas Disabled Veterans Hunting and Fishing Benefits: The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission offers several hunting and fishing benefits to disabled Veterans. All disabled Veteran licenses require proof of at least 60 days Arkansas residency, documentation from the VA of their disability and must applied for by mail to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Little Rock Office:

Arkansas Fish and Game Commission
Resident Disabled Military Veteran Lifetime License
2 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205

For more information please call 800-364-4263 or 501-223-6300 (in the Little Rock area), 8 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Resident Disabled Military Veteran Lifetime License Application

Arkansas Resident Disabled Veteran Lifetime Fishing License ($1.50): This license allows 100% totally and permanently disabled Veterans to fish at Family fishing locations. A Resident Trout Permit must be purchased to fish for, and to keep trout from certain waters.two people fishing from a boat on the lake

Arkansas Resident Disabled Veteran Lifetime Hunting License ($1.50): This license allows 100% totally and permanently disabled Veterans to hunt all game species during open seasons and to take a total bag limit of deer. It also allows Veterans to hunt furbearers. Six deer tags and two turkey tags are included with this license.

Arkansas Resident Disabled Veteran Lifetime Combination License ($3.00): This license provides the same benefits as the Arkansas Resident Disabled Veteran Lifetime Hunting License and the Arkansas Resident Disabled Veteran Lifetime Fishing License.

Resident Partially Disabled Military Veteran Lifetime Combination License ($52.50): This license authorizes resident disabled Veterans with a service-connected disability rating of 70% or higher, or has a service-connected disability rating of 50% or higher and was awarded the Purple Heart, to hunt and fish in Arkansas. This license also provides the Arkansas trout and duck stamps.

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Arkansas Retired Service Member Hunting and Fishing Benefits: The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission offers several hunting and fishing benefits to resident, retired Service members. Retired Service members must be 60 years old or older and provide proof of military retirement. All retired Service member licenses also require proof of at least 60 days Arkansas residency. This license can be applied for at any Arkansas Fish and Game Commission Regional Office or by mail to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Little Rock Office:

Arkansas Fish and Game Commission
Military Retiree Lifetime License
2 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205

For more information please call 800-364-4263 or 501-223-6300 (in the Little Rock area), 8 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Resident Military Retiree Lifetime License Application

Arkansas Resident Military Retiree Lifetime Fishing License ($10.50): This license authorizes retired Service members to fish in Arkansas. A Resident Trout Permit must be purchased to fish for, and to keep trout from certain waters.

Arkansas Resident Military Retiree Lifetime Hunting License ($25.00): This license authorizes retired Service members to hunt all game species during open seasons and to take a total bag limit of deer. It also allows retired Service members to hunt furbearers. Six deer tags and two turkey tags are included with this license.

Arkansas Resident Military Retiree Lifetime Combination License ($35.50): This license provides the same benefits as the Arkansas Resident Military Retiree Lifetime Hunting License and the Arkansas Resident Military Retiree Lifetime Fishing License.

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Active Duty Service Member Arkansas Hunting and Fishing Benefits : Active duty Service members assigned to duty stations in Arkansas can purchase annual or trip hunting and fishing licenses for resident prices.

Active duty Service members that entered the U.S. Armed Forces from Arkansas can purchase annual or trip hunting and fishing licenses for resident prices, regardless of where they are stationed.

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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Discounted Camping for Disabled Veterans: The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism authorizesAR Game and Fish Arkansas resident Veterans with a permanent service-connected 100% disability rating, from the VA, to camp for half price in Arkansas State Parks.
Who is eligible for Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Discounted Camping for Disabled Veterans? Veterans must provide proof from the VA of 100% permanent disability (disability award letter dated within the last two years) or proof they have an Arkansas Disabled Veteran License plate. This discount does not apply to winter rates or Rent-A-Camp options.

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What are my Miscellaneous Arkansas Military and Veterans Benefits?

Arkansas State Veterans Homes: The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs operates two State Veterans Homes located in Fayetteville and North Little Rock.Arkansas State Veterans Home Fayetteville

Arkansas State Veterans Home at Fayetteville: A 90-bed skilled nursing care and rehabilitation facility, that provides a comfortable and supportive atmosphere for Veterans.
Application for Admission to the Arkansas Veterans Home in Fayetteville

Arkansas State Veterans Home Arkansas State Veterans Home at North Little Rock: A 96-bed nursing care facility. Each resident has a private room and private bathroom. This is a small-home concept facility designed to de-institutionalize care and provide a warm, home-like environment in a setting that encourages social activity.
Arkansas State Veterans Home at North Little Rock Inquiry for Admission

Services provided at Arkansas Veterans Homes:

  • Hospice care

  • Medical Director on site

  • RN, LPN, CNA skilled care around the clock

  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy

  • Daily activities coordinated by a Certified Activities Director

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker

  • On site beautician/ barber shop

  • Transportation available

  • Personal laundry done at no additional charge

  • Cable TV provided at no charge

  • Designated smoking area under staff guidance.

Who is Eligible for Admission to the Arkansas State Veterans Home at North Little Rock?

  • Honorably discharged Veterans

  • Have a medical need for nursing home placement

  • Arkansas residents have priority for admission

  • Veteran's Spouses and Gold Star parents may apply for admission.

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State Veterans Cemetery: The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs operates two state Veteran's cemeteries to provide a dignified final resting place for Veterans and their eligible Family members. The Arkansas Veterans Cemeteries are located in Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery at North Little Rock Arkansas State Veterans Cemeteryand Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery at Birdeye. There is no cost for Veteran burial, $300 is charge for the burial of Spouses or qualified dependents.
Who is eligible for Interment at an Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery?

Veterans and Service members of the U.S. Armed Forces:

  • Veterans discharged under conditions other than dishonorable

  • Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces who died on active duty

  • Veterans with service beginning after Sept 7, 1980, as an enlisted person, and service after Oct 16, 1981, as an officer, that served for a minimum 24 continuous months or the full period they were called to active duty, unless discharged early due to a service-connected injury or illness.

National Guard or Reserve Service Members:

  • Eligible for retirement pay at age 60

  • Service members called to active duty for two years or more, (does not have to be consecutive) or completed the full period for which they were called to active duty

  • Service members who die under honorable conditions or while hospitalized or undergoing treatment, (at the expense of the U.S. government), for an injury or disease that occurred while performing active duty for training

  • Service members who die under honorable conditions while performing full time AGR service

  • Service members who receive a Hardship Discharge while on active duty

  • Service members discharged due to a service-connected disability they received while on active duty.

Veteran's Dependents:

  • The Veteran's Spouse (Former Spouses whose marriage was terminated by divorce or annulment are not eligible for burial)

  • Unmarried Child, (under the age of 21 or 23 if still enrolled in school

  • A Child with a verifiable life-long disability.

Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery Pre-Eligibility Application
Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery Interment Application

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Arkansas

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Arkansas: 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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Fayetteville National Cemetery U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Arkansas: The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains three national cemeteries in Arkansas. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

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Military Installations in Arkansas

Please See the Arkansas Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty

Army
Pine Bluff Arsenal

Air Force
Little Rock AFB

National Guard
Arkansas National Guard
Arkansas Army National Guard

Arkansas Air National Guard
188th Wing
189th Airlift Wing

National Guard Professional Education Center (PEC)

United States Army Reserve (USAR)
63rd Readiness Division

Resources

Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs

Air National Guard Benefits

Army National Guard Benefits

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

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

Arkansas Division of Workforce Services

Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, Military Specialty Plates and Placards

Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs, State Benefits

Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs, Resource Directory

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Arkansas

Arkansas Code

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Document Review Date: 28 July 2021