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Summary of Arkansas Military and Veterans Benefits: Arkansas offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families 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 (ADVA), Veteran Service Officer Network: The ADVA, through the Veteran Service Officer Network helps Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and their Families find and apply for benefits under federal, state and local laws. For more information, please contact the ADVA at:
Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs
2401 John Ashley Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72214
Arkansas State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
Military Pay Exempt from Arkansas State Taxes: Military pay received by Service members serving in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces is exempt from Arkansas income tax.
Military Retired Pay is Exempt from Arkansas State Taxes: Military retired pay is exempt from Arkansas Income taxes.
Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) does not withhold taxes for state or local income tax, but it is reported annually on IRS Form 1099-R. All TSP distributions are subject to state taxes and early distributions may incur higher taxes .
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
See IRS Publication 525 for more information.
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.
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.
Arkansas Military Spouses Residency Relief Act: A nonresident 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.
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 U.S. Armed Forces 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.
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.
Arkansas Homestead and Personal Property Tax Exemption: Eligible Disabled Veterans are exempt from all state taxes on their homestead and personal property.
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.
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 who 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.
What are My Arkansas Military and Veteran Education Benefits?
Arkansas National Guard Tuition Waiver Program (NGTW): The Arkansas 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 additional costs.
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 Arkansas National Guard Service members who meet the following requirements are eligible for NGTW:
Completed initial active duty training
Does not already hold a bachelor’s 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 Military Dependents Scholarship Program (MDS): MDS provides a tuition waiver for the eligible Spouse and dependent Children of certain Service members and Veterans. The waiver may be used for a bachelor's degree or certificate of completion at an Arkansas public institution of higher education. MDS will waive the costs of tuition, mandatory fees and room and board that remain after the student applies for federal Survivors' and Dependents' Education Assistance (DEA).
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. 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, a prisoner of war, was 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 are eligible.
Spouse and Child Eligibility Requirements:
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
Continuing Eligibility Requirements:
Must maintain a 2.0 GPA
Must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours per academic year
For more information regarding MDS, please call 501-371-2000.
List of Arkansas Public Institutions of Higher Education
Arkansas Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: Local school districts can award high school diplomas to Veterans of World War II, Korea or Vietnam who left high school before graduation to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Those interested should contact their local school superintendent or the Arkansas Department of Education for more information.
Arkansas Primary and Secondary School Directory
Arkansas Department of Education
Arkansas Resident Tuition for Nonresident 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 after 90 days active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces within three years prior to enrollment
Child or Spouse of an eligible Veteran
Service member serving in the U.S. Armed Forces
Child or Spouse of a Service member serving in the U.S. Armed Forces
Contracted Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadet.
Arkansas 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 to achieve educational success for the student
Primary Point of Contact
Phone: 501-683-5188 / 501-683-5291
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.
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.
Arkansas Purple Star Schools
What are my Arkansas Military and Veteran Employment Benefits?
Arkansas State Employee Leave for Military Duty: Resident and nonresident state employees who are Service members in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are authorized 15 days of paid military leave per year for training and official military duties, including travel time to and from their place of duty.
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 U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Service members who are Arkansas state employees are eligible for leave for military duty.
Arkansas State Employment Veterans 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:
Surviving Spouse of a deceased Veteran
National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Service members
Surviving Spouse of a deceased National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Service member
10 points are added to the passing scores of:
Spouses of a disabled Veterans who 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 Veterans 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 who 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 U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Service members with at least six years’ time in service
Surviving Spouse of an eligible National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Service member
Disabled Veterans over age 55 who are entitled to a pension or compensation from the VA, or the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who cannot take the position due to their disability
Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, Veterans Services: The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services has Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialists 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 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.
The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, Website for Veterans page has a list of web sites that can help Veterans looking for employment opportunities, educational opportunities and Veteran services
For questions regarding services for Veterans, contact the nearest Arkansas Workforce Center.
Arkansas Workforce Center Directory
Federal Employment Veteran’s Hiring Preferences: By federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.
5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:
During a war, or
During the period April 28, 1952, through July 1, 1955, or
For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976, or
During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, or
For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom, or
In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference
10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10% but less than 30%.
10-Point 30% Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30% or more.
10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:
A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the VA but does not qualify as a CP or CPS, or
A Veteran who received a Purple Heart
10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses, or mothers of Veterans. Both a mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.
Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a federal position along the general lines of their usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and
Is rated by appropriate military or VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or
Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position because of a disability that is service-connected in origin, or
Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of their usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability
Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.
A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of reserve components. USERRA also protects Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.
Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces 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? 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) helps all having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Arkansas Regional Offices
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 that provides temporary financial assistance for workers who 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 . Benefits are not based on financial need. Employers pay all costs of the UI program.
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
Last employer's name and address
Name and number of labor union, (if applicable)
Alien ID Number or registration information if not a U.S. citizen
Banking information for UI payments by direct deposit
Who is eligible for Arkansas UI? To be eligible, UI applicants must meet the following requirements:
Unemployed through no fault of their own
Able and available to work
Make a reasonable effort to find work
What are my Arkansas Military and Veteran Department of Public Safety, Driver and Vehicle Services Benefits?
Veteran Designation on Arkansas ID Card and Driver’s License: Arkansas resident Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who received an honorable discharge can request a Veteran designation that is displayed on their Arkansas driver’s license or ID card.
Veterans must provide one of the following documents as proof of eligibility:
NGB Form 22, Report of Separation
Veterans ID card issued by the VA
DD 256 or 257, Discharge Certificate
DD 2, retired Veteran ID card
Extension of the Expiration Date of Driver’s Licenses for Service Members: Service members serving in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces who have an Arkansas driver’s license are eligible for an extension of the expiration date until 60 days after the Service member separates or is honorably discharged. To be eligible for the extension the license must not have been suspended, canceled or revoked.
Service members must apply for an extension at an Arkansas Driver Control Office. For more information, please call 501-682-7059.
Arkansas Military Specialty License Plates: The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, Office of Motor Vehicles offers 23 distinctive military and Veteran service license plates for Veterans, retired Service members, Service members and Family members.
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 ADVA that they received the Medal of Honor. The first license plate is free, an additional plate costs $3.89. This license plate may be reissued to the Surviving Spouse of a Medal of Honor recipient for a regular registration fee.
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
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.
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 the regular registration fee.
Who is eligible for the Arkansas Disabled Veteran Plate License Plate? Resident Veterans who have a 100% disability that is not service-connected and Veterans who have a 30% or greater service-connected disability are eligible.
Veterans will be required to provide certification from the VA of their disability. All applications must be processed through Arkansas Special License Offices.
Arkansas Gold Star Family License Plate: The Arkansas Gold Star Family license plate is available to the immediate Family members of a Service member who died in the line of duty under honorable circumstances or who died within one year of receiving a service-connected injury or illness.
Who is eligible for the Arkansas Gold Star Family License Plate: Family members eligible for the Gold Star Family license plate are:
Applicants must provide a copy of the Report of Casualty (DD1300), proof they received the Gold Star Lapel Pin, as well as proof of Family relationship.
All applications must be processed through Arkansas Special License Offices.
What are my Arkansas Military and Veteran Health and Insurance Benefits?
State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) for Arkansas National Guard Service Members : SSLI offered through the National Guard Association of Arkansas to Arkansas National Guard Service members is made up of several voluntary group life policies that are designed to help meet the needs of National Guard Service members and their Families. Several different insurance policies are offered 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 clause
Full conversion after leaving the Arkansas National Guard, 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 SSLI for Arkansas National Guard Service Members? Arkansas National Guard Service members and their Family members are eligible for SSLI coverage. For more information, please call 501-758-6422.
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)
TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve Service members (U.S. Armed Forces 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 a Service member is not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.
Arkansas National Guard Service Members Covered by Workers’ Compensation Laws During State Active Duty: Arkansas National Guard Service members who are ordered to state active duty and are injured, become ill, disabled or die in the line of duty are entitled to compensation 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 who are injured, become ill, disabled or die while on state active duty are eligible for compensation and benefits.
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 one year of Arkansas residency, documentation from the VA of their disability and must be 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 through 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 trout in certain locations.
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): 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 who have a service-connected disability rating of 70% or higher or has a service-connected disability rating of 50% or higher and awarded the Purple Heart, to hunt and fish in Arkansas. This license also provides the Arkansas trout and duck stamps.
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 one year of 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 trout in certain locations.
Arkansas Resident Military Retiree Lifetime Hunting License ($25): 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.
Arkansas Hunting and Fishing Benefits for Active Duty Service Members: 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.
Discounted Camping for Disabled Veterans at Arkansas State Parks: The Arkansas State Parks Department offers half price camping in Arkansas State Parks for resident Veterans who have a service-connected 100% permanent disability rating from the VA.
Who is eligible for Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Discounted Camping for Disabled Veterans? Veterans must provide proof from the VA that they have a service-connected 100% permanent disability rating from the VA (must provide a 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.
What are my Miscellaneous Arkansas Military and Veterans Benefits?
Arkansas State Veterans Homes: The ADVA operates two State Veterans Homes that provide care for Veterans and their eligible Family members.
Arkansas State Veterans Home at Fayetteville : A 90-bed skilled nursing care and rehabilitation facility
Address: 1179 North College Avenue
Fayetteville, AR 72703
Services provided at Arkansas Veterans Homes includes:
Medical Director on site
Skilled nursing care
Physical, occupational and speech therapy
Coordinated daily activities
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Beautician and barber shop
Personal laundry services
Designated smoking area under staff guidance
Who is Eligible for Admission to an Arkansas State Veterans Home? Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission to an Arkansas Veterans Home:
Honorably discharged Veteran
Have a medical need for nursing home placement
Arkansas residents have priority for admission
Spouse or Gold Star Parents of an eligible Veteran
Arkansas State Veterans Cemeteries: The ADVA has two state Veterans cemeteries that provide a dignified final resting place for Veterans and their eligible Family members.
Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery at North Little Rock
Address: 1501 West Maryland Avenue
North Little Rock, AR 72120
Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery at Birdeye
Address: 3600 Hwy 163
Birdeye, AR 72324
Phone: 501-683-1787, 870-588-4608
Arkansas State Cemeteries provide:
Free burial for Veterans, $807 fee for the burial of dependents
Grave site, as well as opening and closing of the grave
Columbaria niche for cremated remains
Upright federal government headstone or niche cover
Who is eligible for Burial at an Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery? Eligibility requirements for burial at an Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery are the same as for VA National Cemeteries. Exact eligibility requirements can viewed at the VA, National Cemetery Administration Eligibility webpage. The following are the general eligibility requirements:
Discharged from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces under conditions other than dishonorable, or
Died while serving on active duty, or
Served at least 20 years in the National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserves and is eligible for military retired pay (or would have been eligible except their death occurred before age 60), or
Reserve component Service members if they were activated for federal service, (active duty for training does not qualify)
Spouses and dependents (burial of dependent Children is limited to unmarried Children under 21 years old or 23 years old if a full-time student at an approved educational institution or a Child that develops a lifelong disability prior to age 21)
Military Funeral Honors: Family members can arrange for Military Funeral Honors to be performed at the burial service for deceased Veterans. For more information Families should ask their funeral director or contact the Arkansas National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program at 866-280-7542.
All Veterans are encouraged to complete pre-eligibility application to establish eligibility prior to need.
Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery at North Little Rock Pre-Eligibility Application
Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery at Birdeye Pre-Eligibility Application
Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery Interment Application
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.
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.
Military Installations in Arkansas
Please see the Arkansas Military Resource Locator for additional information.
Pine Bluff Arsenal
Little Rock AFB
U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)
63rd Readiness Division