Delaware Military and Veterans Benefits

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Summary of Delaware Military and Veterans Benefits: The State of Delaware offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including state employment preferences and assistance, education and tuition assistance, special vehicle tags, Veterans homes, burial benefits as well as hunting and fishing licenses. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

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Delaware Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

What are my Delaware Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Delaware State Sales Tax: Delaware does not impose a state or local sales tax but does impose a gross receipts tax on the seller of goods (tangible or otherwise) or provider of services in the state.

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Delaware Retired Military Pay Income Taxes: ( Title 30, Chapter 11 Delaware Code ) Person’s 60 years of age or older are entitled to a pension exclusion of up to $12,500 or the amount of the pension and eligible retirement income (whichever is less). Eligible retirement income includes dividends, interest, capital gains, net rental income from real property and qualified retirement plans (IRS Sec. 4974), such as IRA, 401 (K), and Keough plans, and government deferred compensation plans (IRS Sec. 457). The combined total of pension and eligible retirement income may not exceed $12,500 per person age 60 or over. If you are under age 60 and receiving a pension, the exclusion amount is limited to $2,000.

In Addition, the amount of $2,000 may be excluded by any person who has a total and permanent disability or by a person who is over 60 years of age, and whose earned income in the taxable year is less than $2,500 and whose adjusted gross income does not exceed $10,000.

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Delaware State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired 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 if any of the following conditions apply:

  • You were entitled to receive a disability payment before September 25, 1975

  • You were a member of the military (active or reserves) or were under a binding written commitment to become a member on September 24, 1975

  • You receive disability payments for a combat-related injury. This is a personal injury or sickness that:

    • Resulted directly from armed conflict

    • Took place while you were engaged in extra-hazardous service

    • Took place under conditions simulating, including training exercises such as maneuvers, or

    • Was caused by an instrumentality of war

  • You would be entitled to receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if you filed an application for it (the exclusion under this condition equals the amount you would be entitled to from the VA).

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Delaware State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tyoung child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemeteryax-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-related injury or disease.

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Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Delaware State Tax Benefits: As a resident of Delaware, the amount of your pension and 401K income that is taxable for federal purposes is also taxable in Delaware. However, person’s 60 years of age or older are entitled to a pension exclusion of up to $12,500 or the amount of the pension and eligible retirement income (whichever is less). Eligible retirement income includes dividends, interest, capital gains, net rental income from real property and qualified retirement plans (IRS Sec. 4974), such as IRA, 401 (K), and Keough plans, and government deferred compensation plans (IRS Sec. 457). The combined total of pension and eligible retirement income may not exceed $12,500 per person age 60 or over. If you are under age 60 and receiving a pension, the exclusion amount is limited to $2,000.

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What are my Delaware Military and Veterans Education Benefits ?

Delaware National Guard Tuition Assistance: Up to 100% tuition at state college/university or average of in-state tuition at private college or university in Delaware.
Who is Soldier carrying bookseligible for Delaware National Guard Tuition Assistance? Any active member of a federally recognized unit of the Delaware National Guard, who meets the requirements for satisfactory membership as defined by the Adjutant General of the Delaware National Guard, shall be eligible for funding support by the Delaware National Guard for certain post-secondary education tuition and fees. ( Title 14, Chapter 34, Section 3480 )

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Delaware Educational Benefits for Children of Deceased Veterans Prisoners of War and Service Members Declared Missing in Action: The State of Delaware provides educational benefits for the Children of deceased Veterans, POWs (Prisoners of War) and MIAs (Missing in Action). The per student benefits may include funds for the payment of tuition and required institutional fees for an academic year. Benefits shall be limited to four years of training or education. The amount of benefit per student cannot exceed the amount of tuition and fees per academic year. Benefits are administered by the Delaware Postsecondary Education Commission. ( Title 14, Chapter 34, Sections 3451-3455 )
Who is eligible for Delaware Educational Benefits for Children of Deceased Veterans Prisoners of War and Service Members Declared Missing in Action? To qualify for this entitlement an applicant must be:

  • The Child of

    • A member of the Armed Forces who was killed while on active duty or who died from disease, wounds, injuries or disabilities arising or resulting from performance of duty

    • A member of the Armed Forces who is being held, or who was held prisoner of war

    • A member of the Armed Forces officially declared missing in action

  • A person who at the time of application for benefits is at least 16 years of age, but not more than 24 years of age, and who has been a resident of the State for at least three (3) years prior to the date of application; and

  • Attending or admitted for attendance at an educational institution beyond the high school level in a program not to exceed four (4) years in duration

  • No Child of a member of the Armed Forces shall receive educational benefits in accordance with this subchapter unless such Child qualifies above, and:

    • A parent of such Child Is a resident of the State and is or was missing in action or held as a prisoner of war; or

    • Was a resident of the State at the time such parent was killed or later died from disease, wounds, injuries or disabilities arising or resulting from performance of duty.

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Delaware High School Diploma for Wartime Veterans: Chapter 90 provides a High School Diploma to those Veteran who did not graduate from high school due to their military service during times of war or conflict. Veteran being recognized
Who is eligible for Delaware High School Diploma for Wartime Veterans? A Veteran who served during any of the following periods: World War II: December 7, 1941 through December 11, 1946, and also during occupation of defeated territories up to September 8, 1951; Korean War: June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955; and Vietnam: May 1, 1961 through April 30, 1975. Veterans interested in receiving a diploma may contact the Delaware Office of Veterans Services at 800-344-9900 or 302-739-2792.

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Delaware 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 FamiliesChildren sitting on the steps of a school

  • 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:
Susan K. Haberstroh, Delaware Commissioner
Director, School Support Services, Delaware Department of Education
Address: 35 Commerce Way, Dover, DE 19904
Email: susan.haberstroh@doe.k12.de.us
Phone: 302-857-3356

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What are my Delaware Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Delaware State Employee Leave for Military Duty: State Merit Employees, (employees that have completed their initial probationary period for full time emplohusband and wife huggingyment), who enter active military service are entitled to a leave of absence for the period of time of their tour of duty, extended for 90 calendar days beyond the date on which their active duty terminates.

In addition, Merit employees who are ordered to attend training camp or to special duty training during scheduled work hours are entitled to paid military leave of 112.5 hours (based on a 37.5 hour workweek) or 120 hours (based on a 40 hour workweek). This leave accrues at the beginning of each calendar year. If the active duty tour extends beyond the number of hours for which employees are eligible to be paid, the portion of the leave beyond that time period shall be without pay or employees may request to use annual leave. Military leave is pro-rated for part-time employees.
Who is eligible for Delaware State Employee Leave for Military Duty? Delaware National Guard and Reserve members that are state Merit Employees are eligible for leave for military duty.

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Delaware State Employee Continuation Pay During Military Duty: Delaware state employees called to active military service for any operational mission to augment active forces as ordered are eligible for a continuation of their State salary, less any military compensation received in accordance with Senate Bill 169 . The amount of salary continuation will include the amount of employees' salary funded by State appropriation, Special Funds, or Federal funds. State compensation is limited to base salary only and does not include hazardous duty pay, shift differential or any other special pays.

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Delaware Professional License Services for Military Personnel: The Delaware Division of Professional Regulation offers a number of benefits for Services members, Veterans and Spouses. A short description of these services is below. All those interested in these benefits must use the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation Online Portal (DELPROS) .

Continuation of Delaware Professional License/ Permit for Active Military Personnel: For Service members that are qualified, you may apply to have your Delaware professional license remain active while you are on military deployment. Protection from a license or permit expiration under this provision does not void or limit your obligations as a licensee to meet all licensure requirements of applicable laws and regulations.

Delaware Provisional License/ Permit for Service Members and Spouses: If you are a qualified military member or the Spouse of a qualified member, you may apply for a provisional professional license to practice in Delaware for up to six months while your application for a Delaware professional license is pending.

Military Education, Training or Experience: Delaware law allows professional licensing boards to consider your military education, training, or experience (METE) when determining whether you qualify for a professional license. To give credit for the METE, the Board must determine, based on the proof you submit, that your education, training, or experience is substantially equivalent to the licensure requirements in the law and regulations for your profession. In addition, you must meet all other licensure requirements, such as passing an examination.

Applicants must meet all the following requirements

  • You are a member of the active duty military, National Guard, military reserve, retired military or a military Veteran

  • You are filing a license application at the same time as this request, or you have already filed the application and it is still pending

  • You believe you can meet the education and/or experience requirements of licensure only if given credit for METE.

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Delaware State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference: State employment preference will be given to Veterans of the Armed Forces who served as an active member of the Armed Forces of the United States and were terminated honorably. The rules will also provide for preference to be given to active and honorably discharged members with at least 20 years of service in either the Delaware National Guard or a reserve unit located within Delaware. ( Title 29, Chapter 59, Section 5935 ). These rules provide that:

  • Preference will be confined to original entrance and will not be applied to promotion within the classified service or to retention in case of reduction in force

  • Preference is granted only in the form of credits to be added to earned ratings in examinations, with disabled Veterans receiving no more than 10 points and other Veterans no more than 5 points

  • All Veterans or members will be required to meet job requirements before receiving preference credits

  • Employees in state employment, that leave the state service to engage in military service will be given credit for seniority purposes for the time served in the Armed Forces not to exceed 3 years; and

  • Five preference points may be claimed by the Spouse of any of the following, so long as the Spouse achieves a passing examination grade:

    • Any Veteran or member who has died, so long as the Surviving Spouse has not remarried

    • Any member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty who, at the time of application for the preference, is listed in 1 or more of the following categories for a total of more than 90 days:

      • Missing in action

      • Captured in line of duty by a hostile force; or

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

    • Any Veteran or member who has a disability resulting from a service-connected disability.

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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 passing 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 passing 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 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 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

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Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act: Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protect civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of Reserve components. USERRA also makes major improvements in protecting Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and rettech working with cablesain reemployment rights to five years (the previous law provided four years of active duty, plus an additional year if it was for the convenience of the Government). There are important exceptions to the five-year limit, including 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 clearly 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 convalescing 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 (the long-standing "escalator" principle), 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. The law clearly provides for alternative reemployment positions if the Service member cannot qualify for the "escalator" position. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and is 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 percent 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 the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard members who leave a position for training or active military service.

The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) provides assistance to all persons having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

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Delaware State Retirement Credited for Military Service: If you were hired before July 1, 1976, you may receive service credit for up to five (5) years, for full-time active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States. However, you must have become an employee within five (5) years after completion of your tour of duty or within five (5) years after completion of a course of professional or vocational training (if such course was begun within five (5) years of completion of your tour of duty). The course of professional or vocational training is defined as one leading to a certificate, diploma or degree and offered by a public or private non-profit or proprietary institution approved by the Department of Education. You must have enrolled on a continuous, full-time basis and completed the course of instruction.

If you are called into active service or volunteer for active service in the Armed Forces or the National Guard of the State while you are an active member within the plan and you return to your covered employment with the State within ninety (90) days of the discharge, you will receive full creditable service for such full-time continuous active military service.

If you do not qualify for the above, you may purchase up to five (5) years of credit for full-time active duty in the Armed Forces by paying into the plan an amount equal to the actuarial value of the credits purchased as determined by the Board of Pension Trustees. The credits so purchased cannot be used to determine eligibility for a pension; however, it will be used in the calculation of the benefit.

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Compensation for Delaware National Guard Duty: For every day of service while on State duty on account of an emergency or impending emergency, each enlisted member, officer or warrant officer of the Delaware National Guard shall receive a sum equal to twice the per diem, pay and allowances that military personnel of like grade and length of service in the United States military would be entitled to receive for a similar period of service. For state duty outside of emergency or impending emergency responses, including training or other nonemergency response authorized by the Adjutant General, members of the Delaware National Guard shall receive a sum equal to the per diem, pay, and allowances that military personnel of like grade and length of service in the United States military receive for a similar period of service, with the exception of radiological emergency preparedness (REP) events. For REP events, members of the Delaware National Guard shall receive a sum equal to allowances and twice the base pay.

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What are my Delaware Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Delaware Unemployment Insurance (UI): UI is designed to provide benefits to eligible individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own, and who would be employed if suitable jobs were available. Unlike public welfare, UI is an insurance program and proving a need for assistance is not a prerequisite to its payment. UI is similar to other forms of insurance. In all states, employers pay a tax to cover their workers against involuntary unemployment. Most employers are Delaware Unemployment Insurance (UI) logorequired to pay this tax. When you work for such an employer, you are in "covered employment," and your wages are "covered wages." Your UI benefit is based upon these wages. Like any other insurance, UI has certain requirements that must be met if you are to receive benefit payments. All unemployment transactions are time sensitive. These individual and monetary requirements are established by statutes and regulations and are administered by the Division.
Delaware Unemployment Insurance Claimant Handbook

One of the below combinations of identification documents must be provided at the time you file a claim for unemployment insurance benefits:

  • Social Security Card & Driver's License (by federal law, it can be a valid license from any state)

  • Social Security Card & State Issued Picture ID (by federal law, it can be a valid Picture ID from any state)

  • Social Security Card and Passport

  • Social Security Card and Military ID

  • Driver's License or Passport, and "any official document with full SSN indicated"

  • State Issued Picture ID or Passport and "any official document with full SSN indicated"

Who is eligible for Delaware Unemployment Insurance (UI)? To be eligible an individual must:

  • have earned a minimum amount of wages

  • be able to work, available for work and actively seeking work, and

  • register for work with the Department of Employment and Training (unless exempt by law)

To File for Benefits:

  • Visit the nearest Unemployment Insurance Claims Office; or

  • Start an online application for UI benefits at the State of Delaware Unemployment Insurance Online Claim Portal

  • When filing, the following information will be requested:

    • Name

    • Address

    • Social Security Card (may substitute W2 or pay stub with name and social security number imprinted on it, accompanied by a government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license)

    • Work History - names and addresses of all employers over the last 18 months. Veterans for whom military service falls within the last 18 months must present a DD214 (Member 4) form in order to file for benefits

    • Reason for loss of job

Unemployment Insurance Information Hotline:

New Castle County residents :
302-761-6576
Kent & Sussex County residents:
800-794-3032

Delaware Department of Labor, Unemployment Insurance Office Directory

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What are my Delaware Military and Veterans Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Benefits ?

Veteran Designation on Delaware ID Cards: Veteran Identification (ID) Cards are being issued by the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles. This card is available to any Delaware Veteran that served in the U.S. military and was honorably discharged. The cards are free of charge.

Delaware Veteran ID Card To obtain the card, Veterans must have a valid Delaware driver license or ID card and provide proof of military service, such as:

  • Military ID

  • DD214

  • Deployment Orders

  • Honorable Discharge Certificate

The Veteran ID cards can be obtained at all Division of Motor Vehicle locations. To schedule an appointment, please call

  • Dover DMV at 302-744-2515

  • Georgetown at 302-853-1003

  • Wilmington DMV at 302-434-3220 or

  • Delaware City DMV at 302-832-5176

Deaf or Hard of Hearing individuals seeking DMV information can communicate through 1-800-232-5460 - TDD number.

Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday from noon to 8:00 p.m.
Delaware Division of Motor Vehicle Office Locations

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Delaware Military and Veteran License Plates: The state of Delaware offers 37 license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retirees and Family members. A short description of some of these plates can be found below.

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Delaware Disabled American Veterans License Plates: The State of Delaware offers distinctive Disabled American Veterans License Plates to eligible Veterans for use on private paDelaware Disabled Veteran platessenger vehicles and trucks with a ¾ ton or smaller manufacturer rated capacity. There is no fee in addition to the annual registration fee required for this license plate; however, the original application is subject to a $10 administrative fee.
Who is eligible for the Delaware Disabled American Veterans License Plates? Veterans with a disability of any war (the Korean conflict, the Vietnam conflict, Operation Desert Storm or other military conflict on foreign soil) in which United States Armed Forces were formally engaged in battle are eligible. Surviving Spouses may retain this license plate upon the death of the Veteran.
State of Delaware, Division of Motor Vehicles, Application for Special Disabled American Veteran License Plates

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Delaware Purple Heart License Plates: The State of Delaware offers distinctive Purple Heart License Plates to eligible Veterans for use on private passenger vehicles and trucks wiDelaware Purple Heart plateth a ¾ ton or smaller manufacturer rated capacity. There is no fee in addition to the annual registration fee required for this license plate; however, the original application is subject to a $10 administrative fee.
Who is eligible for the Delaware Purple Heart License Plates? To be eligible an applicant must possess official documentation which indicates that they are the recipient of the Purple Heart medal. In addition, the applicant must be a Veteran of World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Conflict, Operation Desert Storm or other military conflict on foreign soil in which United States Armed Forces were formally engaged in battle. Surviving Spouses may retain this license plate upon the death of the Veteran.
State of Delaware, Division of Motor Vehicles, Application for Purple Heart License Plates

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Delaware Retired Military Plates: The State of Delaware offers distinctive Retired Military License Plates to eligible Veterans for use on private passenger vehicles and trucks withDelaware retired Army plate a ¾ ton or smaller manufacturer rated capacity. There is no fee in addition to the annual registration fee required for this license plate; however, the original application is subject to a $10 administrative fee.
Who is eligible for the Delaware Retired Military Plates?
To be eligible an applicant must be a Veteran that has been honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces after having served an aggregate minimum of 20 years in 1 or more of the branches of the United States armed services. Surviving Spouses may retain this license plate upon the death of the Veteran.
State of Delaware, Division of Motor Vehicles, Application for Retired Military Specialty License Plates

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Delaware Gold Star Family License Plates: The State of Delaware offers distinctive Gold Star Family License Plates to eligible close relatives of deceased Service members for use on private passenger vehicles and trucks with a ¾ ton or smaller manufacturer rated capacity. There is no fee in addition to the annual registration feDelaware Gold Star family platee required for this license plate.
Who is eligible for the Delaware Gold Star Family License Plates? Applicant must provide sufficient official documentation of being awarded a Gold Star lapel button by the United States Department of Defense in recognition of a close relative's death while serving in the military. A close relative is defined as a Surviving Spouse, mother, father, stepmother, stepfather, adoptive mother, adoptive father, foster mother, foster father, son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, adoptive son, adoptive daughter, brother, sister, half-brother and half-sister.
State of Delaware, Division of Motor Vehicles, Application for Gold Star Family License Plate

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Delaware Registration and Inspection of Motor Vehicles Fee Exemption for Disabled Veterans: Any motor vehicle owned by a disabled Veteran will be registered but will not have to pay any registration fees. This payment exemption is limited to one automobile per eligible Veteran at any one time. The Division of Motor Vehicles will also provide number and registration plates free of charge to eligible applicants and vehicles. ( Title 21, Chapter 21, Section 2164 )
Who is eligible for the Delaware Registration and Inspection of Motor Vehicles Fee Exemption for Disabled Veterans? Any Veteran who is eligible for "adaptive equipment" benefits under Title 38 U.S.C. (which includes, but is not limited to power steering, power brakes, power window lifts, power seats, and special equipment necessary to assist the eligible person into and out of the automobile or other conveyance).

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

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (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:

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection ( TSGLI)

  • Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI)

  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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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:Doctor with patient

  • 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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Delaware National Guard Compensation for Illness, Injury or Death While on State Active Duty: If any Service member belonging to any regiment, company, or detachment of the Delaware National Guard is wounded or disabled in the service of the State when called into active service, the member will receive compensation from the State at the rate provided in Chapter 23 of Title 19 Worker’s Compensation laws for the type of injuries sustained.

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Veterans Preference - Admission to the Delaware, Governor Bacon Health Center: The Department of Health and Social Services will give Veterans of World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam era who are eligible for admission to the Health Center a preference over other applicants. ( Title 16, Chapter 53, Section 5323 )

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Delaware National Guard, Line of Duty Death Benefit: The State of Delaware will provide $200,000 to the beneficiary of a National Guard Service member who dies while on State Active Duty and will also provide tuition assistance for surviving Children at State Colleges. ( Title 18, Chapter 66, Section 6602 )

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Delaware Pension Benefits for Paraplegic Veterans: Each eligible paraplegic Veteran will receive a pension from the State of $3,000 per year payable in equal monthly installments at the end of each month.
Veteran in a wheelchair on his porch Who is eligible for the Delaware Pension Benefits for Paraplegic Veterans? The Veteran must file evidence with the Pension Office that:

  • The Veteran is paraplegic and fully disabled to the extent that the Veteran has no voluntary control over either leg; and

  • The Veteran is listed on the rolls of the United States Veterans Administration as totally disabled; and

  • The disability is a direct result of service in the Armed Forces of the United States while the United States was officially at war or during a period when the United States was engaged in hostilities with another nation as a member of the United Nations; and

  • The Veteran is a bona fide resident of the State. ( Title 20, Chapter 10, Section 1001 )

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

Delaware Hunting, Trapping and Fishing License for Disabled Veterans: Free Delaware hunting Trapping and fishing licenses are available for qualifying disabled Veterans. 3 turkeys in the woods
Who is eligible for Delaware Hunting, Trapping and Fishing License for Disabled Veterans? Any Veteran having at least a 60% service-connected disability (certified by the Veterans Administration), is exempt from the licensing requirements. Title 7, Chapter 5, Section 502

Applications and documentation can be mailed, emailed or faxed to:

Division of Fish and Wildlife
Attn: Recreational Licensing
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19001
Email: DFWreclic@delaware.gov
Fax: 302-736-7925

Delaware Disabled Veterans Hunting/ Trapping/ Fishing Exempt Application

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Delaware Resident Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Privileges for Members of the Armed Forces Stationed in Delaware: Active duty military personnel stationed in Delaware are eligible to purchase recreational licenses at the resident price.

Qualified applicants can only purchase the licenses from Dover Airforce Base Outdoor Recreation Center or they must complete the Military Non-Resident License Application and submit it directly to the Division of Fish and Wildlife. Title 7, Chapter 5, Section 505

Applications and documentation can be mailed, emailed or faxed to:

Division of Fish and Wildlife
Attn: Recreational Licensing
89 Kings Highway,
Dover, DE 19001
Email: DFWreclic@delaware.gov
Fax: 302-736-7925


Delaware Military Non-Resident Hunting/ Trapping/ Fishing/ Conservation Access Pass Application

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One Time Free Delaware Hunting/Fishing License for Wartime Veterans: Delaware residents who served 90 or more days in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedofishing at the beachm are eligible for a one-time license exemption for the first 12 months following the date they were honorably discharged or removed from active status.

Qualified applicants must complete the Delaware Resident Military One Time License Application and submit it directly to the Division of Fish and Wildlife. Title 7, Chapter 5, Section 502l

Applications and documentation can be mailed, emailed or faxed to:

Division of Fish and Wildlife
Attn: Recreational Licensing
89 Kings Highway,
Dover, DE 19001
Email: DFWreclic@delaware.gov
Fax: 302-736-7925

Delaware Resident Military One Time Hunting/ Fishing Application

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Delaware Hunting, Trap and Fishing License for Hospitalized Service Members: A member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is a patient in a military hospital may be issued a license to hunt, trap and fish in this State without charge, upon receipt by the Department of a written statement signed by the applicant's commanding officer certifying the nature of the applicant's disability and place of station. Title 7, Chapter 5, Section 502f

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“Delaware Military Pass” Reduced Fee State Park Passes: State law authorizes the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation to reduce the cost of an annual pass by 50% for military members who are permanent residents of the State of Delaware.
kayaks on a lake Who is eligible for the Delaware Military Pass? A permanent resident of the state of Delaware and one of the following:

  • An active-duty military member serving honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States or in the Delaware National Guard, or

  • A Veteran who was honorably discharged, or

  • A military retiree who served honorably for 20 or more years

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Delaware Veterans of Southwest Asia Military Pass: The Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation offers a free pass to Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. This pass is available for the first 12 months following the date the resident was honorably discharged or removed from active status. This pass is issued only at the 89 King's Highway location in Dover, by the Office of Business Services.
Who is eligible for the Delaware Veterans of Southwest Asia Military Pass?
Applicants must be resident Veterans of the Armed Forces and served honorably for 90 or more consecutive days in Southwest Asia associated with Operation Iraqi Freedom and/or Operations Enduring Freedom. Veteran must provide a copy of their DD214.
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Resident Military One Time Hunting/ Fishing / Park Pass Application

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Out of State Military Vehicle Pass for Active Duty Service Members Stationed in Delaware: Active duty Service members stationed in Delaware, but vehicle registration or driver’s license is from another state are eligible for an out-of-state Military Vehicle Pass. At half the cost of the civilian out-of-state vehicle pass, it represents substantial savings for military personnel stationed in Delaware.

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What are my Delaware Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits ?

Delaware Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF): SSVF is a program that addresses both housing stability and ending homelessness among very low-income Veteran Families. SSVF provides a wide range of services including case management, assistance with obtaining benefits, and other supportive services. A few of the supportive services include rental assistance, security deposit assistance, utility assistance, and access to benefit enrollment.Supportive Services for Veterans

If you are a Veteran or know a Veteran who could benefit from the SSVF program, please contact the Outreach Coordinator for your county.

  • New Castle County: Eulita Smith 302-250-5868

  • Kent County: Mindy Bacchus 302-518-5338

  • Sussex County: Gary Boas 302-332-0913

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Delaware People's Place Veteran's Outreach Program: Supported by the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Outreach program offers a wide range of services for Veterans who reside in areas from lower New Castle County to the Delaware-Maryland line. Services range from career counseling; guidance to access state and federal VA benefits, such as medical care and treatment; psychotherapy referrals; mental health counseling; and door-to-door transportation to medical facilities in the region.

For more information about the Veterans Outreach Program:

Address: 1129 Airport Road
Milford, DE 19963
Phone: 302-236-5301
Email: VO@peoplesplace2.com

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Delaware Office of Veterans Services , “The Centurion" (Newsletter): The Delaware Office of Veterans Services publishes a free quarterly newsletter, The Centurion. The Centurion is a newsletter that provides subscribers and Veterans organizations with current developments in benefits, legislative initiatives, community services and local events. To receive the most current copy of The Centurion by email you may subscribe by emailing join-dcva_mail@lists.state.de.us and send a blank email and you will be added to the subscriber list.

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Delaware Certificate of Appreciation for Honorably Discharged Resident Service Members: The State of Delaware provides a "Certificate of Appreciation" signed by the Governor to honorably discharged Veterans.
Who is eligible for the Delaware Certificate of Appreciation for Honorably Discharged Resident Service Members? A current resident of the State of Delaware or resident when they entered the Armed Forces of the United States and honorably discharged. You may download the application located below and mail to the address on the application or the Veteran or Family member may contact the Delaware Office of Veterans Services at 800-344-9900 or 302-739-2792.
Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs, Certificate of Appreciation Application

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Delaware Repository of Resident Military Records: The Delaware Office of Veterans Services has established a repository for Veterans' "Statement of Service" or similar documentary verification of active armed service. If you were a Delaware resident at the time of entry into the service or had a Delaware address at the time of discharge, you may contact the Office of Veterans Services office at 800-344-9900 or 302-739-2792, to inquire if a copy is on file. ( Title 29, Chapter 87, Section 8721 ).

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Free Marriage and Death Certificates Provided for Delaware Resident Veterans: The State Registrar will provide a certified copy of the Veteran's certificate of death free of charge to the relative of a Veteran, one time, providing that the certified copy is essential to the settlement of a claim involving the settlement of the Veteran's affairs. All other copies will be issued at the statutory fee.

In addition, Service members and their Spouses can receive one marriage certificate free of charge. Title 16, Chapter 31, Section 3132

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No Charge for Notary Services for Delaware Veterans: Notaries may not charge for the notarization of any documents for a Veteran or a Veteran’s Family members, that is used to file a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs or for the documentation of the Veterans Service. Title 29, Chapter 43, Sections 4312

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Auctioneer and Book Agent License Exemption for Delaware Veterans: No honorably discharged Service member shall be required to procure any license to follow the occupation of canvassing for the sale of books or for the occupation commonly known as that of "book agent" or for the occupation of auctioneer, Veterans need only to provide documentation proving that they received an honorable characterization of service. Title 30, Chapter 21, Section 2116

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Delaware Veterans Home: The Delaware Veterans Home, established in 2007, is a long-term care facility located on 24 acres in Milford, Delaware. The Home offers skilled nursing care on four units with a total of 150 beds.

The Delaware Veterans Home’s mission is to provide outstanding long-term care services to Delaware Veterans that uphold dignity and respect while sustaining and improving their quality of life.

Delaware Veterans Home The Delaware Veterans Home provides:

  • 24-hour professional nursing care

  • Medical services available daily

  • Physical, occupational and speech therapies

  • Social services

  • Library, computer with internet/Skype access

  • Gift shop

  • Barbershop

  • Multi-denominational chapel services

Who is eligible for care at the Delaware Veterans Home? Admission to the Delaware Veterans Home is open to Veterans that meet the following criteria:

  • Military Service:

    • Honorably discharged from active service (peacetime or wartime) or Any National Guard Service or Reservist who is eligible for retirement pay at age 60 or has served on active duty at least 180 days (does not have to be consecutive)

  • Residency:

    • Applicant must have resided in the State of Delaware for 3 years or more prior to application

  • Level of Care:

    • Must meet federal and state requirement for having a skilled nursing home level of care.

The Delaware Veterans Home is located at:

100 Delaware Veterans Boulevard
Milford, DE 19963
Main Phone: 302-424-6000
Fax: 302-424-6003

Admissions
Phone: 302-424-8572
Email: dosdvh_admissions@delaware.gov

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Delaware State Veterans Home Fund: The Veterans Home Fund is used for the operation of the Veterans Home in the State of Delaware. The Division of Revenue has provided a space on the Delaware State Income Tax Return form so that an individual may voluntarily designate a contribution to the Delaware Veterans Home Fund. Other individual contributions can be mailed to the following address: Delaware Veterans Home Fund, Department of State, 401 Federal St, Suite 3, Dover, DE 19901.

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Delaware Veterans Trust Fund: The Delaware Veterans Trust Fund provides assistance to Delaware’s Veterans in financial crisis. Established in 2013, it has brought relief to Veterans in need of help with reintegration, housing, utilities, and incidental expenses for health and welfare. For more information on the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund, or to obtain an application for assistance, you can call your Veterans Service Officer or the main office at 800-344-9900 or 302-739-2792.
Delaware Office of Veterans Services, Veterans Service Officer Directory

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Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemeteries: The State of Delaware currently operates two state Veterans Cemeteries. All eligible Veterans and members of the Armed Forces of the U.S. can be buried in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemeteries - New Castle County Cemetery, BDelaware Veterans Cemeteryear, DE and Sussex County Cemetery, Millsboro, DE.
Who is eligible for interment at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemeteries? Veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States, their Spouses and dependent Children (under 21 years of age and not married or having a verifiable life-long dependency on eligible Veteran) may be interred at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Eligibility requirements are prescribed by the National Cemetery Administration and the following criteria constitute eligibility:

  • Any Delaware resident who was honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States, other than active duty for training (ADT), or reservist who have served more than 180 days of active federal service. Federal active military service does not have to be consecutive.

  • The Veteran’s Spouse, upon pre-qualification of eligible Veteran.

  • Legal resident of Delaware means the Veteran must have been a:

    • Legal resident of Delaware at the time of death; or

    • Legal resident for a period of 3 or more years (does not have to be consecutive); any cumulative period of 3 or more years, regardless of residency at time of death; or

    • Legal resident of Delaware when they entered the Armed Forces of the United States.

    • Any Delaware National Guardsman or Reservist:

      • Eligible for retirement pay at age 60 regardless of residency

      • Who served on active duty (other than for training) for 180 days or more (does not have to be consecutive)

State of Delaware, Commission of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Memorial Cemeteries, Burial Application

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Veterans Administration (VA) Facilities in Delaware

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Delaware: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in Delaware: The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration does not maintain any cemeteries in Delaware, they do however have two state operated Veterans cemeteries. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

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Delaware Office of Veterans Services
802 Silver Lake Blvd, Suite 100
Dover, DE 19904
Phone: 302-739-2792 / In State Toll Free: 800-344-9900
Fax: 302-739-2794
Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs Facebook Page

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Military Installations in Delaware

Please see the Delaware Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty

Air Force
Dover Air Force Base

National Guard
Delaware National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters

Delaware Air National Guard
166th Airlift Wing

United States Army Reserve (USAR)
99th Readiness Division


Resources

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

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

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife

Delaware State Parks

State of Delaware Official Website

Delaware Code

Delaware Office of Veterans Services

Delaware Veterans Home

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Delaware

Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Resource Guide

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Document Review Date: 27 October 2020