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Summary of the District of Columbia Military and Veterans Benefits: The District of Columbia offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including property tax exemptions, District employment preferences, education and tuition assistance and vehicle tags. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

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What are my District of Columbia Military and Veterans Tax Benefits?

District of Columbia Retired Military Pay Income Taxes : ( DC Code 47-1803.02(a)(2)(N)(i) ) Up to $3,000 of military retirement pay is exempt from District Individual Income Tax for individuals 62 or older.

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District of Columbia 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 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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District of Columbia Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (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-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) DiFolded Flagstrict of Columbia Tax Benefits: ( DC Code 47-1803.02(a)(2)(N)(ii) Survivor benefits received from the District of Columbia or the federal government by persons who are 62 years of age or older by the end of the taxable year are fully excluded from District Individual Income Tax.

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District of Columbia Property Tax Relief for Senior Citizen or Disabled Property Owners: When a property owner turns 65 years of age or older, or when they are disabled (totally and permanently disabled or receiving government disability payments), they may file an application immediately for disabled or senior citizen property tax relief. This benefit reduces a qualified property owner's property tax by 50 percent. If the property owner lives in a cooperative housing association, the cooperative will supply and collect the applications. The following guidelines apply:

  • The disabled or senior citizen must own 50 percent or more of the property or cooperative unit

  • The total federal adjusted gross income of everyone living in the property or cooperative unit, excluding tenants, must be less than $133,100 for the 2019 calendar year; and

  • The same requirements for application, occupancy, ownership, principal residence (domicile), number of dwelling units, cooperative housing associations and revocable trusts apply as in the homestead deduction.

The Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) Homestead Unit has implemented the electronic online filing of the FP-100 Homestead Deduction, Disabled Senior Citizen, and Disabled Property Tax Relief Application. OTR encourages all filers to submit their application request electronically.
District of Columbia, FP-100, Homestead Deduction and Senior Citizen/ Disabled Property Tax Relief Online Application (Go to the “Real Property Quick Links” and select “Submit a Homestead Deduction Application”)
District of Columbia, FP-100, Homestead Deduction and Senior Citizen/ Disabled Property Tax Relief Application

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What are my District of Columbia Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

 District of Columbia National Guard State Tuition Assistance Reimbursement (STAR) Program: STAR is a program available to District of Columbia soldier taking notesNational Guard Soldiers and Airmen whose Tuition and Fees are not 100% covered by Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA). Service members can be reimbursed for these costs each semester. Service members are required to turn in the STAR form to the Education Office, signed by their unit commander, along with a copy of their schedule and bill, within 45 days after the start of the semester. No later than 60 days after the end of the semester, Service members are required to turn in their grades to the Education office for reimbursement. Up to $2,000/year for tuition and $500 for fees ($6,000 for Air).
Who is eligible for the District of Columbia National Guard State Tuition Assistance Reimbursement (STAR) Program? Service members must successfully complete course maintaining a 2.0 grade point average or be tuition assistance will be recouped. The Service member must not be a PT failure or HT/WT failure. Service members must have less than 1 year remaining prior to ETS. STAR may only be used up to a master’s degree.

Learn more about the District of Columbia National Guard State Tuition Assistance Reimbursement (STAR) Program

District of Columbia 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 requirementsChildren sitting on the steps of a school

  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment

  • Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities

  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families

  • Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact

  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact

  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.

  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

Primary Point of Contact:
Lakeeshia Fox, Interim Chief of Staff
Director, Legislative and Governmental Affairs
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education
Address: 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 307
Washington, DC 20004
Email: lakeeshia.fox@dc.gov
Phone: 202-727-2703

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What are my District of Columbia Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Paid Leave for District of Columbia Government Employees for Military Duty: 5 U.S.C. 6323(ca) provides 15 days military leave per fiscal year to members of a Reserve component for active duty, active duty for training, and inactive duty training. An employee can carry over a maximum of 15 days into tMilitary vehicleshe next fiscal year.
Who is eligible for Paid Leave for District of Columbia Government Employees for Military Duty?
National Guard and Reserve Service members that are government employees are eligible for paid military leave.

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District of Columbia Government Employment, Credibility of Military Time for Annual Leave Accrual for Individuals with Prior Military Service: A District government employee who is a military retiree is entitled to credit for active-military service only if the military retirement was based on disability resulting from injury or disease received in the line of duty as a direct result of armed conflict or caused by an instrumentality of war, and incurred in the line of duty during a period of war as defined in Title 38 of the United States Code.

Military service other than described in the above paragraph is not credible for the purposes of this benefit. Leave will be credited in the following manner:

  • For the first 3 years of continuous employment after retirement from the federal government, the person shall accrue 4 hours of annual leave for each biweekly pay period

  • After 3 years of continuous employment after retirement from the federal government, but less than 15 years, the person shall accrue 6 hours of annual leave for each biweekly pay period

  • After 15 years of continuous employment after retirement from the federal government, the person shall accrue 8 hours of annual leave for each biweekly pay period.

DC Department of Human Resources, Credit for Federal Government and Military Service, District personnel Instruction No. 12-60

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Paid Leave for District of Columbia Government Employees for Emergency Military Duty: 5 U.S.C. 6323 (b) provides 22 workdays per calendar year for emergency dARNGuty as ordered by the President, the Secretary of Defense, or a State Governor. This leave is provided for employees who perform military duties in support of civil authorities in the protection of life and property or who perform full-time military service as a result of a call or order to active duty in support of a contingency operation* as defined in section 101(a)(13) of title 10, United States Code.
Who is eligible for Paid Leave for District of Columbia Government Employees for Emergency Military Duty?
National Guard and Reserve Service members that are government employees are eligible for paid leave for emergency duty.

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District of Columbia Government Employment, Veterans Hiring Preference: Veterans preference credits are restricted to initial appointments with the District government, or new appointments following a break in service, except for reduction-in-force purposes. The District offers 5-point and 10-point Veteran preference based on eligibility.
Who is eligible for District of Columbia Government Employment, Veterans Hiring Preference? A Veteran, whose service in the Armed Forces was for more than 180 consecutive days, beginning on or before October 14, 1976, or, if in time of war, beginning on or after October 15, 1976, and who was separated with an honorable or general discharge is entitled to a 5-point preference.

The following are eligible for a 10-point preference:

  • A Veteran who has established a service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension because of a public law administered by the Veterans Administration or a military department

  • A Spouse of a "disabled Veteran," a "disabled Vietnam Veteran," or a "30 percent disabled Veteran," provided such Veteran is disqualified, by reason of their service-connected disability, for appointment to a Federal civil service or District government position along the general lines of their usual occupation

  • An eligible survivor who was married to a Veteran, at the time of such Veteran's death, and who has not subsequently remarried, unless such remarriage has been annulled, provided that such Veteran's service in the Armed Forces was during a war, in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, or included any portion of the period from April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955, and that such Veteran either:

    • Separated from the Armed Forces with an honorable or general discharge; or

    • Died while on active duty under conditions which would not have been cause for separation with other than an honorable or general discharge.

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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 sillouette of a soldier salutingcivil 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 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 Title 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 retain ARNG Trainingreemployment 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 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 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 USERRA Benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

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

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What are my District of Columbia Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

District of Columbia Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a program that provides temporary benefits to workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own, and who are able and available for work. The benefits paid to unemployed workers reduce the hardship of unemployment, help to maintain purchasing power of the unemployed, thereby supporting the local economy, and help to stabilize the workforce so that local workers are available to employers when they are ready to re-employ.

To begin the process of filing for your unemployment benefits, you will need to have the following information readily available:

  • Your social security number

  • Your most recent 30-day employer's name(s), address(es), phone number(s) and dates of employment

  • Your Alien Registration Number, if you are not a US Citizen

  • Your DD214, if you are ex-military

  • Your Standard Form 8 or Standard Form 50, if you are a former federal employee

  • Severance pay information (only applicable if you did or will receive severance pay)

  • Pension

The District offers three ways to file for unemployment compensation – via the Internet, the phone, and in-person. We strongly encourage that customers seeking unemployment benefits do so online for quicker service; however, you can reach the UI call center at 202-724-7000 or visit any American Job Center located throughout the District.
District of Columbia, American Job Center Directory
District of Columbia Initial Claims Online Filing System
DC Department of Employment Services, Unemployment Insurance Handbook
District of Columbia, Department of Employment Services, Unemployment Insurance Quick Guide

Service Contact: Office of Unemployment Compensation – Unemployment Insurance Benefits
4058 Minnesota Ave, NE, 4th Fl, Washington, DC 20019
Contact Email: does@dc.gov
Contact Phone: 202-724-7000
Toll Free: 877-319-7346
Contact Fax: 202-673-6993
TTY: 202-698-4817

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District of Columbia Veterans' Employment Initiative: The District of Columbia, Department of Employment Services (DOES) requires that PrioAmerican Job Centers logority of Service be given to Veterans and eligible Spouses who meet the eligibility criteria in accordance with applicable laws, policies and federally mandated programs. Priority of service also requires that Veterans and eligible Spouses receive priority over non-covered persons earlier in time for the full array of services provided at an American Job Centers (AJC). These services include the receipt of employment, training, and placement services in any workforce preparation program directly funded, in whole or in part, by the US Department of Labor. Specialized federal services such as the Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) program are also available to eligible Veterans.
Who is eligible for the District of Columbia Veterans' Employment Initiative? Veterans must provide proof of service and discharge under other than dishonorable conditions. Disabled Veterans must provide proof of disability (i.e., award letter from Department of Veterans' Affairs).

Services include the following:

  • Registration at an American Job Center

  • One on one case management services

  • Assessment of individual interest, skills and abilities, as well as counseling, to assist with an effective job search

  • Follow-up services

  • Assistance in securing medical services or counseling

  • Priority status accorded to all Veterans for all employment services

For more information about Veterans employment, please contact the following agency:

DC Department of Employment Services
Service Contact: Department of Employment Services
Contact Email: Christopher.Rollins@dc.gov
Contact Phone: 202-698-5247 American Job Centers (AJC) Directory

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What are my District of Columbia Military and Veterans Department of Motor Vehicles Benefits?

"Veteran" Designation on District of Columbia Driver Licenses: The District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV) is offering a Veteran designation on a driver license or ID card. DC Veterans Designation
Who is eligible for the "Veteran" Designation on District of Columbia Driver Licenses? To receive the designation, the applicant must:

  • Have been honorably discharged

  • Provide a DD214, WD AGO, or DD Form 256 certifying Veteran status.

Applicants may request the designation by visiting a DC DMV Service Center and presenting the required documentation when obtaining a new driver license or ID card, as well as during renewal or requesting a duplicate. There are no additional fees incurred when adding a Veteran designation other than what is required for renewal or issue of a duplicate license or ID card.
District of Columbia, Department of Motor Vehicles, Service Center Directory

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District of Columbia Military and Veteran License Plates: The District of Columbia offers 3 distinctive license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retirees, and certain Family members. Specific eligibility and documentation requirements will apply. A short description of some these license plates is listed below.
District of Columbia, Office of Veterans Affairs, Organizational Tag Applicant's Certification
District of Columbia, Department of Motor Vehicles Vehicle Tag Fees
District of Columbia, Department of Motor Vehicles, Service Center Directory

DC Disabled Veteran plate District of Columbia, Disabled American Veterans License Plate: ( DC Code §50-1503.01 ) Disabled Veterans who are members of the District of Columbia, Disabled American Veterans are eligible for Disabled American Veterans license plates.
Who is eligible for the District of Columbia, Disabled American Veterans License Plate? Disabled Veterans who are members of the District of Columbia, Disabled American Veterans are eligible. Proof of membership, disability, and service is required to obtain the plates, and must be presented to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Normal registration fees apply for DAV tags. However, Veterans with a service-connected permanent and total disability, as determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs, may receive one set of tags (i.e., DAV, Veteran, passenger, etc.) at no fee for a non-commercial vehicle DC Code §50-1501.03 . Note the "no fee" is only applicable to annual registration fees.

District of Columbia, Veterans' License Plates: ( DC Code §50-1501.02a ) The District of Columbia, Department of Motor Vehicles will issue Veteran license plates on behalf of the Office of Veteran Affairs. The specialty Veteran tags can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks and vans. There are DC Veterans Plateadditional fees other than registration fees for specialty tags.
Who is eligible for the District of Columbia, Veterans' License Plates? For the purposes of issuance, the term "Veteran" means an individual who has:

  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, OR

  • Served as a member of the National Guard or Reserves

  • Been called to active duty authorized by the President of the United States or Secretary of Defense, or

  • Had at least 20 years of service with record of separation, and

  • Discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.

Proof of military service must be provided to the District of Columbia, Office of Veterans Affairs (OVA) and a District of Columbia, Office of Veterans Affairs, Organizational Tag Applicant's Certification must be completed, which will verify eligibility. Interested residents may apply at the Office of Veteran Affairs office at 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 570 South. After receiving a completed applicant certification from the OVA, the following documents must be presented at a DMV service center in order to secure the Veterans tags:

  • Completed applicant certification from the Office of Veterans Affairs (OVA) showing eligibility for issuance of the District of Columbia Veteran plate.

  • District of Columbia driver license and vehicle registration of the registered owner(s)

The Spouse of a Veteran is also eligible for a DC Veteran tag with proof of the Veterans honorably discharged military service documents (as previously listed), marriage certificate, military ID, DC driver license and DC vehicle registration.

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District of Columbia, Commercial Driver License, Military Skills Test Waiver: The Commercial Driver License (CDL) skills test may be waived for Service members who are currently licensed and who are or were employed within the last 90 days in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV). This waiver allows a qualified Service member to apply for a CDL without skills testing. CDL knowledge (written) test(s) cannot be waived. The transfer of School Bus(S) and/or Passenger (P) endorsements under this Waiver Program are prohibited.
Application for Military Skills Test Waiver

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What are my District of Columbia Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?

TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

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

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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)

  • Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI)

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

  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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

DC National Guard insignia District of Columbia National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death Benefits incurred while on Active Duty: A member of the military forces of the District of Columbia who dies or is disabled while in, or as a result of, active service on behalf of the District, ordered by competent authority, which death or disability arises out of and in the course of their employment in the active service of the District, is entitled to workers' compensation benefits; but no workers' compensation benefits shall be paid under this section in any case where similar benefits are payable under the provisions of any federal law or regulation.

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What are my District of Columbia Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation?

lake with washington monument in background District of Columbia No-Cost Fishing License for Senior Citizens: Persons 65 years of age or older may fish in the District of Columbia without a fishing license.

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What are my District of Columbia Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) Washington: The Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC is a retirement community for enlisted military retirees and Veterans. The AFRH has a wide range of programs and amenities for residents coupled with accredited healthcare, including assisted living and long-term nursing care.
Armed Forces Retirement Homes Amenities
Who is eligible for Care at the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) Washington? To live at the AFRH, you must be able to live independently upon admission. This means you must be able to care for your personal needs, attend a dining facility for meals, and keep all medical appointments. You must not have a felony conviction. And you must be free of drug, alcohol, and psychiatric problems. If advanced care is needed later on, three levels of skilled nursing are available for a little more per month.

Specifically, you must be eligible for admission according to the law established the AFRH below. Married couples are welcome, but both must be eligible in their own right.DC AFRH

Persons are eligible to become Residents of AFRH who served as members of the Armed Forces, at least one-half of whose service was not active commissioned service (other than as a warrant officer or limited-duty officer), are eligible to become Residents of the Retirement Home:

  • are 60 years of age or over; and were discharged or released from service in the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after 20 or more years of active service

  • persons who are determined under rules prescribed by the Chief Operating Officer to be incapable of earning a livelihood because of a service-­â€connected disability incurred in the line of duty in the Armed Forces

  • served in a war theater during a time of war declared by Congress or were eligible for hostile fire special pay were discharged or released from service in the Armed Forces under honorable conditions; and are determined under rules prescribed by the Chief Operating Officer to be incapable of earning a livelihood because of injuries, disease, or disability

  • served in a women's component of the Armed Forces before June 12, 1948; and are determined under rules prescribed by the Chief Operating Officer to be eligible for admission because of compelling personal circumstances

To apply for acceptance as a resident of a facility of the Retirement Home, a person eligible to be a resident submits to the Administrator of that facility an application in such form and containing information required by the Chief Operating Officer. The Chief Operating Officer has established a system of priorities for the acceptance of residents so that the most deserving applicants will be accepted whenever the number of eligible applicants is greater than the Retirement Home can accommodate. For admission assistance or information please call 800-422-9988.

Complete eligibility guidelines may be found on the Armed Forces Retirement Home Admission Application . For additional information and eligibility categorized by service, please visit the MyArmyBenefits, Armed Forces Retirement Home, Fact Sheets .

Below is a list of the resident fees (as of January 1, 2020):

  • Independent Living: 46.7% of total gross current income (not to exceed $2,050 / month)

  • Independent Living Plus: 50% of total gross current income (not to exceed $2,328 / month)

  • Assisted Living: 63% of total gross current income (not to exceed $4,871 / month)

  • Long Term Care: 70% of total gross current income (not to exceed $6,841 / month)

  • Memory Support: 70% of total gross current income (not to exceed $6,914 / month)

*Note: Fees are computed annually and adjusted for inflation each January. The AFRH Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) is based on military retirement COLA. Fees are computed using the most recently filed tax forms.
Armed Forces Retirement Home, Washington DC Brochure

Armed Forces Retirement Home Policies and Procedures Fact Sheet

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Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Reduced Fare Program for Veterans with Disabilities (Reduced Fare/SmarTrip Photo ID Card): Metrobus and Metrorail customers with disabilities may be eligible to ride at a discounted rate. Those customers who qualify will be issued a Reduced Fare SmarTrip photo ID card. Reduced Fare SmarTrip photo ID cards can be used to:

  • Pay Fare when using Metrobus and Metrorail

  • Buy a 7-Day regional pass

  • Pay half the peak fare on Metrorail

  • Pay $1with cash or if paying with the Metro Reduced Fare SmarTrip Photo ID on regular Metrobus routes and other regional bus services

Who is eligible for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Reduced Fare Program for Veterans with Disabilities (Reduced Fare/SmarTrip Photo ID Card)? Disabled Veterans who have been granted a 60% or greater disability rating by the Department of Veterans Affairs must complete Part A of the application but do not need to complete Part B or C. The applicant must appear in person at the Metro Transit Accessibility Center, 600 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC with a valid photo ID and an original letter of disability notification issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Disabled Veterans rated at 100% can show their valid DD Form 2765 Department of Defense Uniformed Services ID card in lieu of an award letter.
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Reduced Fare Program for People with Disabilities Application

Learn more about the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Reduced Fare Program for Veterans with Disabilities (Reduced Fare/ SmarTrip Photo ID Card)

District of Columbia, Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs, VetsRide Program: The Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs (MOVA) is resuming the VetsRide transportation program for District of Columbia (DC) Veterans. VetsRide is a partnership between Via, Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) and MOVA that provides convenient, affordable, and efficient transportation for Veterans in DC seeking educational, health, employment, or housing services.
Who is eligible for the District of Columbia, Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs, VetsRide Program? Program eligibility is restricted to Veteran residents of Washington DC with annual income less than $30,000 or recently unemployed. VetsRide participants will receive ten, one-way ride vouchers per month with the options of rolling over two unused vouchers every month.

VetsRide hours of operation are Monday to Friday 6:00am – 10:00pm within the borders of Washington D.C. Documentation evidencing eligibility may be requested by MOVA.

MOVA prohibits use of the VetsRide Program ("Program") service for any purpose that is not explicitly authorized by the Program terms and conditions.

Program participants may only use Program rides for the following:

  • Medical treatment and/or appointments

  • Educational opportunities

  • Employment Interviews

  • Housing appointments

MOVA encourages voucher ridesharing, however, ridesharing is restricted to the following participants:

  • Other Veterans who are also eligible for the Program

  • Family members of eligible Veterans; and

  • Authorized caregivers for eligible Veterans.

District of Columbia Veterans can register for this service at the MOVA Offices. Ensure you bring proof of District of Columbia residency, DD214 or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Card and a statement for your annual income. Call 202-724-5454 for more details.
District of Columbia, Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs Contact Information

Learn more about the District of Columbia, Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs, VetsRide Program

DC Mayors Office of Veterans Affairs Claims Assistance: The Mayor’s Office of Veteran Affairs (MOVA) is committed to providing District Veterans and service-members with the tools and resources needed to navigate the complex system installed by the Department of Veteran Affairs. Within the MOVA, there DC ARNGis a team of highly trained and dedicated service representatives ready to assist Veterans in need of the following:

  • VA Disability Compensation Claims

  • VA Healthcare Enrollment

  • VA Non-Service-Connected Pension Claims

  • VA Burial and Death Benefit Claims

Mayor Bowser’s continued commitment to serving District Veterans, Service members, and their Families is a top priority. All of the assistance provided through the MOVA is done with compassion, understanding, and an unwavering dedication to advocate on behalf of our District.

For question contact MOVA's District Veterans Service Officer, Robert Pearson at 202-724-7116 or by email : Robert.pearson@dc.gov .

Learn more about DC Mayors Office of Veterans Affairs Claims Assistance

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities in the District of Columbia

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

DC Congressional Cemetery Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in the District of Columbia

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in the District of Columbia: The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration maintains one national cemeteries in the District of Columbia. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

Learn more about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemetery in the District of Columbia

 

District of Columbia, Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs
Address: One Judiciary Square
4th Street NW, Suite 707 North 441
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-724-5454
TTY: 711
Email: ova@dc.gov

Learn more about the District of Columbia, Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs

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Military Installations in the District of Columbia

Please see the District of Columbia Military Resource Locator for additional information

Active Duty

Army
Military District of Washington/Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall , Washington, DC

Air Force
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

DC National Guard HQs Navy
Naval District Washington
US Naval Observatory
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling
Naval Research Laboratory

Marine Corps
Henderson Hall, Washington, D.C.

National Guard
District of Columbia National Guard

District of Columbia Air National Guard
113th Wing

U.S. Army Reserve (USAR):
99th Readiness Division


Resources

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Facility Directory District of Columbia

District of Columbia, Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs

District of Columbia, Department of Motor Vehicles

Air National Guard Benefits

Army National Guard Benefits

District of Columbia, Department of Motor Vehicles, Specialty Vehicle Tags

U.S. Department of Labor, Veteran's Employment and Career Transition Advisor

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, District of Columbia

District of Columbia Electronic District Personnel Manual

District of Columbia Code

District of Columbia Law Library

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Document Review Date: 21 January 2021