Hawaii Military and Veterans Benefits

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Summary of Hawaii Military and Veterans Benefits: Hawaii offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including property tax exemptions, Hawaii National Guard Tuition Scholarship Program, vehicle license plates, tax exemption on passenger cars, preference in state and county classified employment, as well as state Veterans cemetery benefits. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

Hawaii State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

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What are my Hawaii Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Hawaii National Guard and Reserve Drill Pay Exempt from Hawaii Income Tax: Income received by members of the reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces as compensation for performance of duty, equivalent to pay received for 48 drills (equivalent of 12 weekends) and 15 days of annual training duty, at a pay grade of E-5 and below after eight years of service is exempt from state taxation.
Who is eligible for National Guard and Reserve Drill Pay Exempt from Hawaii Income Tax?
Reserve Component Service members are eligible for this exemption.

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Hawaii Income Taxes on Military Retired Pay: Excluded from gross income, adjusted gross income, and taxable income any compensation received in the form of a pension for past services.

Learn more about Hawaii Income Taxes on Military Retired Pay

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Hawaii State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retirement Pay: There shall be excluded from gross income, adjusted gross income, and taxable income any compensation received in the form of a pension for past services.

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

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

  • Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living

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

  • Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program.

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

Learn more about Hawaii State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retirement Pay

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

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

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

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

Hawaii Real Property Tax Exemptions: (HRS 14-246-29) Real property owned and occupied as a home by any person who is totally disabled due to injuries received while on duty with the U.S. Armed Forces is exempt from all property taxes and other than special assessments. housing
Who is eligible for Hawaii Real Property Tax Exemptions? The exemption remains in place with no expiration, provided:

  • The Veteran provides proof of service and disability (DD214 and award letter from the VA

  • The Veteran claiming exemption remains 100% disabled

  • The exemption is not allowed on more than one house for any one person

  • That the property in which the Veteran resides is not used for a commercial purpose.

Un-remarried Surviving Spouses of disabled Veterans are also eligible for the tax exemption, provided the Spouse submits proof of marriage and the deceased Veteran's disability.

Property taxes are assessed by each of the four counties in Hawaii. Each county has their own special assessment rate and forms for the exemption.
County and City of Honolulu - Real Property Tax Exemption for Totally Disabled Veterans
County of Kauai - Real Property Tax Exemption for Totally Disabled Veterans
County of Maui - Real Property Tax Exemption for Totally Disabled Veterans
County of Hawaii - Real Property Tax Exemption for Totally Disabled Veterans

Learn more about Hawaii Real Property Tax Exemptions

Hawaii Passenger Vehicle Tax Exemption for Certain Cars Furnished to Disabled Veterans: Specially adapted vehicles that have been provided to service-connected, disabled Veterans by the VA are exempt from all Hawaii taxes.

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Hawaii Passenger Vehicle Tax Exemption for 100% Disabled Veterans: Passenger cars owned by a Veteran that has a service-connected disability rating of 100% as certified by the VA, is exempt from payment of all annual vehicle registration fees; provided that this exemption does not extend to any vehicle used for commercial purposes or to more than one vehicle owned by the disabled Veteran.

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What are my Hawaii Military and Veterans Education Benefits ?

Hawaii Kupono Diploma Program for Wartime Veterans: The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) Kupono Diploma Program grants honorary high school diplomas to World War II, Korean, and Vietnam War era Veterans, as well as individuals whose schooling was interrupted due to internment in relocation camps during World War II.
Who is eligible for Hawaii Kupono Diploma Program for Wartime Veterans?
Veterans applying for this program must match the following criteria:

  • Veterans must have been enrolled in a Hawaii public high school prior to enlistment in military service

  • Evidence of military status eligibility must be included with the program application (DD214 or Enlisted Record with proof of honorable discharge)

  • Military service must have been during World War II, the Korean War, or Vietnam War

  • Internees must have been enrolled in a Hawaii public school prior to internment and must provide evidence of being interned in a relocation camp.

Under this program, qualified Veterans or internees who successfully completed a General Education Diploma (GED) program will also be granted an honorary high school diploma. Diplomas may also be awarded posthumously and awarded to Family members. There is no cost to participate in the Kupono Diploma Program.

To apply for the Kupono Diploma Program:

  • Application requests may be sent by e-mail to doe_info@hawaiidoe.org. Or mail to: Hawaii State Department of Education, Kupono Diploma Program, PO BOX 2360, Honolulu, HI 96804

  • Applications may be submitted at any time. However, applications must be submitted no later than January 30 to participate in the current year graduation ceremony.

  • Application processing will take four to six weeks. The Department of Education will contact all applicants regarding program eligibility.

Hawaii State Department of Education, Kupono Diploma Application

Learn more about the Hawaii Kupono Diploma Program for Wartime Veterans

Hawaii Residency for Tuition Purposes (Veterans, Service Members and Dependents): Non-resident Veterans, military Service members who are stationed in Hawaii and their dependents are eligible to attend colleges in Hawaii at the resident tuition rate.
Who is eligible for Hawaii Residency for Tuition Purposes (Veterans, Service Members and Dependents)?
Nonresidents may be allowed to pay resident tuition if they qualify as one of the following:

  • U.S. Armed Forces Service members and their authorized dependents during the period such personnel are stationed in Hawai‘i on active duty

  • Members of the Hawai’i National Guard and Hawai’i based Reserves

  • Veterans eligible to use Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33) or Montgomery GI Bill (Ch. 30) Active Duty educational benefits, who live in Hawaii, and enroll at the University within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more

  • Individuals eligible to use transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33) or Montgomery GI Bill (Ch. 30) Active Duty educational benefits, who live in Hawaii, and enroll at the University within three years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more

  • Individuals eligible to use Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33) educational benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, who live in Hawai‘i

  • Individuals eligible to use transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33) educational benefits, who live in Hawai‘i, and whose transferor is a member of the uniformed services who is serving on active duty.

Learn more about Hawaii Residency for Tuition Purposes (Veterans, Service Members and Dependents)

Hawaii National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program: The Hawaii Army National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) offers tuition waivers for eligible Service members who have completed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training. The waiver covers 100% of your tuition if you are a community college student, and 50% of your tuition if you are a four-year university student. In order to be eligible for STAP, you must:

  • Be pursuing an undergraduate degree

  • Be enrolled in courses pertaining to that undergraduate degree

  • Be a satisfactory performer in your assigned Hawaii National Guard unit.

STAP can also be used in conjunction with your G.I. Bill and Federal Tuition Assistance benefits. For more information contact the Hawaii National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion at 808-672-1020.

Learn more about the Hawaii National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program

young men at computers Hawaii New Jersey Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3): The purpose of this compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the prompt enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements

  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities

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

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

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

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

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

MIC3 Assistance Request

Primary Point of Contact
Phone: 808-262-5008 or 808-271-5724

Learn more about the Hawaii Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

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What are my Hawaii Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Hawaii State Employee Leave for Military Duty:  State and city employees receive 15 days military leave per calendar year. Additional 15 days from  the succeeding year Soldiers standing in linemay be used provided that the officer's or employee's entitlement to fifteen working days under this section for the succeeding calendar year shall be canceled and the officer or employee shall so agree in writing.
Who is eligible for Hawaii State Employee Leave for Military Duty?
State and city employee on orders for Military unit training or active duty are eligible.

Learn more about Hawaii State Employee Leave for Military Duty

Hawaii State Employee Military Caregiver Leave: A State employee is eligible for up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave in a single 12-month period to care for your military relative (Spouse, Child, parent, or next of kin) if they have a qualifying serious illness or injury incurred in the line of duty on active duty.

Learn more about Hawaii State Employee Military Caregiver Leave

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

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve trainintank shooting a roundg duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service as long as the basic eligibility criteria are met.

Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members recovering from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.

Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning Service members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service, with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102% of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

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

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Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:

  • During a war, or

  • During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955, or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976, or

  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom, or

  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any U.S. Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10% but less than 30%.

10-Point 30% Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30% or more.

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, irement benefits, or pension from the military or the VA but does not qualify as a CP or CPS, or

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses, or Mothers of Veterans Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of their usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

  • Is rated by appropriate military or VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position because of a disability that is service-connected in origin, or

  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of their usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

Learn more about Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences

Hawaii State Veterans Preference for Public Employment: The Hawaii Department of Human Resources Development manages the Veterans Preference Program for public employment. Non-disabled Veterans receive 5 Veterans preference points; disabled Veterans receive 10 points. Preference points are added to examination scores completed by applicants for open competitive recruitments only.
Who is eligible for Hawaii State Veterans Preference for Public Employment?

5 points Veterans preference may be awarded to honorably separated Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces:

  • During the period December 7, 1941 to July 1, 1955

  • For more than 180 consecutive days from January 31, 1955 through October 14, 1976 (Not including initial active duty for training under Reserve or National Guard programs)

  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge or service medal was authorized.

10 points Veterans preference may be awarded to:

  • Honorably separated Veterans with service-connected disability; including those awarded the Purple Heart

  • The Spouse of an honorably separated Veteran with a service-connected disability which disqualifies the Veteran from State positions in their usual occupation

  • An un-remarried, Surviving Spouse of a person who died while on active duty, or of an honorably separated Veteran who served during the periods cited above.

To receive 5 points, you must submit a copy of your DD214 showing dates of honorable service with this application. To receive 10 points, you must submit an official statement from the VA or armed service dated within the past 12 months which confirms your qualification to receive 10 points preference. Spouses or Surviving Spouses must also submit evidence of marriage, and, as applicable, Veteran’s death.

Additional information regarding Veterans preference points can be found on the Hawai'i Application for Civil Service Positions.

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What are my Hawaii Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Hawaii Unemployment Insurance (UI): UI is a program administered by the Unemployment Insurance Division of the State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. The purpose of this program is to provide temporary financial assistance to workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own and who meet the requirements of the Hawaii Employment Security Law. UI benefits are paid as a matter of legal entitlement and past employment, and not based on need. In Hawaii, employers pay all the costs of unemployment insurance through a payroll tax or reimbursable basis. Employees do not pay any part of their wages to finance the program.

You can apply online.

The online claim portal may be accessed during the following hours:

Monday – Friday
6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Weekends and Holidays
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Hawaii Standard Time

If you require assistance contact your nearest local office. You must present photo ID.
Hawaii Unemployment Office Directory

You will need the following information to file a claim:

  • Your Social Security number

  • Your name, birthdate and contact information (for example, mailing address, phone number and email address)

  • Your highest level of education

  • The names and mailing addresses of all your employers during the past 18 months, including part-time and temporary jobs

  • The dates you worked for all employers in the past 18 months. Use your best estimate if you don’t remember the exact dates. Our system will not accept a future date. If you are still working, use the date you last worked before you apply for benefits

  • If you normally get your work through a union, the name and local number of your union

  • If you were in the military during the last 18 months, your DD214, any member copy, 2 through 8

  • If you were a federal employee in the past 18 months, your Standard Form 8 (SF8)

  • Your citizenship status. If you’re not an U.S. citizen, your work authorization information

  • Your bank account and routing numbers for your bank or credit union for direct deposit.

Information Needed to File Hawaii UI

A confirmation page will be displayed at the end and you will also receive a confirmation email. Ensure you follow all instructions provided to you on confirmation page after your application has been completed. You must also download and submit applicable forms as required.
Hawaii Handbook on UI Benefits

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Hawaii Veteran Unemployment Services: The Workforce Development Division (WDD) and its network of American Job Centers (also called One-Stop Centers) not only offers its array unemployment servicesof employment and training services to Veterans, but also provides relevant applicant recruiting assistance tailored to the needs of the business community. Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVERs) are employed at the centers to help employers seeking to hire Veterans with specific skills and experiences. LVER staff members are Veterans themselves and have received special training at the National Veterans Training Institute (NVTI).

Job seekers can access employment search engines online at the HireNet Hawaii webpage or by visiting any WDD office or One-Stop Career Center. Additional information on Veteran services and programs can be found in the Hawaii Workforce Development Division Brochure.
Hawaii American Job Center Directory

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What are my Hawaii Military and Veterans Department of Transportation Benefits?

Hawaii Department of Motor Vehicles: A statewide Department of Motor Vehicles does not exist in Hawaii; each county has been given the responsibility of regulating and providing driver licenses and vehicle registration.
HRS 286, Sections 41-71

Customers with specific questions may contact their county driver license/state ID office:

Learn more about Hawaii Department of Motor Vehicles

"Veteran" Designation for Hawaii Driver Licenses/State Identification (ID) Cards: A "Veteran" designation for Hawaii driver licenses and state ID cards is now available for eligible Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Hawaii veterans designation on licence
Who is eligible for "Veteran" Designation for Hawaii Driver Licenses/State ID Cards? Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and who were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions are eligible. Applicants must provide a completed Hawaii Driver's License Application or Hawaii ID Card Application and proof of qualification. Acceptable documents include:

  • DD214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty)

  • NGB 22 (National Guard Report of Separation from Active Duty)

  • Prior to January 1, 1950 - WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO, 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD, NAVCG 553, DD Form 217

  • Discharge Certificate reflecting characterization of discharge

  • Verification letter issued by the VA

  • Verification letter issued by the Office of Veteran Services

  • Military Retired ID Card (DD2, Retired)

  • Official Military Orders

  • Veteran's Health ID Card (VHIC)

Applicants whose driver's license, permit, or state ID's are not within the renewal period may add the Veteran designation by applying for a duplicate by presenting one of the documents listed above at a driver license issuing facility; regular duplicate fees will apply.

Applicants for new or renewal driver's licenses, instructional permits, and state ID's are required to provide the necessary documents for proof of name, date of birth, Social Security number, principal residence, and legal presence status. Please visit the following links for details:

Customers with specific questions may contact their county driver license/State ID office at:

  • County of Hawaii: 808-961-2222

  • City/County of Honolulu: 808-532-7730

  • County of Kauai: 808-241-4242

  • County of Maui: 808-270-7363 (Molokai: 808-553-9067, Lanai: 808-565-7878)

Learn more about "Veteran" Designation for Hawaii Driver Licenses/State ID Cards

Vehicle Weight Tax Exemption for Non-Resident Military Service Members: HRS 14-249-6 .5 Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty stationed at a military installation in Hawaii and who are residents of another state are exempt from payment of Hawaii's motor vehicle weight taxes for one vehicle registered in their name. Individuals who are members of a reserve component on temporary active duty do not qualify for this exemption. If you qualify and want to be exempt from the tax, you must submit a completed Non-Resident form. Non-resident forms can be obtained from the county office:

A completed form is required each time you are applying for the following:

  • Renewal of a Hawaii registration

  • Hawaii registration of a vehicle previously registered in another state or county

  • Hawaii registration of a newly purchased vehicle, and

  • For transfer of ownership of a previously Hawaii registered vehicle.

Should you leave active duty, change your residency to Hawaii or are stationed outside of Hawaii but your vehicle remains in Hawaii, you are no longer exempt from Hawaii's motor vehicle weight tax. To avoid a penalty for delinquent registration, you must re-register your vehicle within 30 days of the effective date of your change in status.

Learn more about Hawaii Vehicle Weight Tax Exemption for Non-Resident Military Service Members

Hawaii Gold Star plateHawaii Military and Veterans License Plates: (HRS 249-9.2) Hawaii offers 10 distinctive license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retired Service members, and certain Family members. Specific eligibility and documentation requirements will apply. Currently available are:

  • Gold Star Family

  • Veteran

  • Combat Veteran

  • Combat Wounded (Purple Heart)

  • Pearl Harbor Survivor

  • Former POW

  • World War II Veteran

  • Korean War Veteran

  • Vietnam Veteran

  • Persian Gulf Veteran

Hawaii Military and Veteran License Plate Examples

For the same cost as regular license plates, qualified Veterans can acquire distinctive Veterans' license plates for their car or motorcycle. An application must be submitted to obtain these plates. Applications must be obtained from the applicants County Department of Motor Vehicles.

Who is eligible for Hawaii Military and Veterans License Plates? The applicant must submit current vehicle registration and supporting documentation for the requested plate (i.e., DD214 showing dates of service). Gold Star Family members must provide proof of relationship (marriage/birth certificate), Certificate of Casualty report, or death certificate.

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

Mother holding two kids 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.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The VA provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, active and reserve component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

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

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

  • Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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

Hawaii National Guard Medical Coverage under Worker’s Compensation laws for Injury or Illness incurred while on State Active Duty: If a member of the Hawaii National Guard or Hawaii state defense force suffers a personal injury arising out of and in the performance of the member's duty therein, compensation shall be paid to the member or the member's dependents by the State for such injury in the manner and in the amounts provided for in this chapter; provided that if in any case arising after May 10, 1951, any such member or the member's dependents receive compensation from the federal government by reason of such injury, the amount of the compensation shall be deducted from the amount which may thereafter become due from the State.
Who is eligible for Hawaii National Guard Medical Coverage under Worker’s Compensation laws for Injury or Illness incurred while on State Active Duty? National Guard Service members that suffer an injury or illness, which occurred in the line of duty, while serving on State Active Duty are eligible for coverage.

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What are my Hawaii Military and Veterans Parks & Recreation Benefits?

Feral pigHawaii Hunting Licenses at Resident Price for Nonresident Military: Active duty military personnel and their dependents stationed in Hawaii are residents for the purposes of obtaining a hunting license.

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What are my Hawaii Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Hawaii National Guard State Family Program: The Hawaii National Guard State Family Programs is a resource for Service members, retired Service members, Veterans and their Families to support their resiliency and growth by providing education, resources, and assistance for the unique environment of today's military way of life. This site has been established to better support Service members and their Families. Programs, benefits and valuable information will be posted here. The main goal is to offer services in support of Family readiness and Service members.
Who is eligible for Hawaii National Guard State Family Program?
Any Service member, retired Service member, Veteran, or their Family members may find useful links, resources and information at their website.

Learn more about Hawaii National Guard State Family Program

Free Certified Copies of Vital Statistics Forms for Hawaii Veterans: The Hawaii Office Veteran's Services will provide free certified copies Veterans’ DD214.
Who is eligible for Free Certified Copies of Vital Statistics Forms for Hawaii Veterans?
When the Veteran's documents are to be used in determining their eligibility to participate in benefits made available by their federal agency. Contact your local Office of State Veteran's Services for more information.
Hawaii Office Veteran's Services Directory

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Yukio Okutsu, Hawaii State Veterans Home in Hilo: The Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo, Hawaii's first State Veterans Home, provides high quality nursing and personal care, applied with courtesy and compassion. The home has been entrusted to the management of Avalon Care Center and its dedicated staff to Hawaii state veterans homeprovide care with a reverence for life emphasizes the sacred individuality of every person. The home is a VA and Medicare/Medicaid certified health care community, striving to honor Veterans through dedicated and compassionate care. The Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home is located at 1180 Waianuenue Ave.
Who is eligible for care at the Yukio Okutsu, Hawaii State Veterans Home in Hilo? To be eligible for care the Veteran must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must require skilled or long-term nursing home care as defined by the VA, MedQuest, or Medicare as certified by a physician

  • For adult day health services, they must meet VA or MedQuest criteria as certified by a physician

  • Must be at least 55 years of age

  • Admission of persons under age 55 is considered on an individual basis by the admission team with consideration given to the ability of the Home to meet the needs of the Veteran population

  • Must be honorably discharged

  • Resided in Hawaii prior to induction in the military or have one-year residency in Hawaii

  • Must be able to pay the resident’s portion of the cost of care (if not covered by other payer sources such as Medicare, MedQuest, etc.)

  • On a space available basis, the Home may accept Spouses, Surviving Spouses, and Gold Star parents

  • In case of a waiting list the admissions team will utilize the following priority for admissions:

    • Severity of disability

    • Capacity to earn a living

    • Length of military service

    • Amount of combat experience

    • Circumstances of immediate Family

  • Must meet all other patient clinical criteria for admissions outlined in clinical related policies.

Additional information and an application may be found in the Yukio Okutsu, Hawaii State Veterans Home - Hilo, Information Packet and Application .

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Hawaii State Veterans Cemeteries: Burial in one of the Hawaii State Veterans Cemeteries (HSVC) located on Oahu, Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, or Lanai is an honor reserved for Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their eligible dependents.State Veterans Cemetery

Family members utilize a one grave concept with interments at 4', 6', 8', and 10' depths. Cremations may be placed in a niche in the columbarium wall or inurned in a ground plot. HSVC will provide a gravesite, marker, perpetual care of the gravesite, and will open and close the grave.

When both Spouses are Veterans, two gravesites and two headstones may be provided, if requested. Funeral honors are available through the Hawaii National Guard.
Hawaii Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors Webpage
Who is eligible for interment at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemeteries?
This cemetery is for Veterans, their Spouses, and minor Children who are under 21 years of age or under 23 years of age if pursuing a course of instruction at an approved educational institution. Unmarried adult Children who are physically or mentally disabled and incapable of self-support before reaching the age of 21 years also are eligible for burial.

To establish burial eligibility in the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, a copy of the Veteran's official military discharge document with the character of discharge is required, i.e., DD214, WDAGO 53-55, or VA Statement of Service verifying the Veteran's military service. The following information must also be provided:

  • Veteran's full name, rank, branch of service, SSN/VA claim number

  • Date of entry and discharge of service

  • Date of birth and death

For additional information or assistance, please contact:

Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery
45-349 Kamehameha Highway
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Phone: 808-369-3575
Fax: 808-233-3633

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Hawaii

 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Hawaii: 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 Cemeteries in Hawaii: The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains one national cemetery, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, iNational Memorial Cemetery of the Pacificn Hawaii. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

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Military Installations in Hawaii

Please see the Hawaii Military Resource Locator for additional information

Active Duty:
Army

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

Navy
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

Air Force
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

Marines
Marine Corps Base Hawaii

National Guard:
Hawaii Department of Defense

Army National Guard

Air National Guard
154th Wing

U.S. Army Reserve (USAR):
9th Mission Support Command

Resources

Hawaii Department of Taxation

Hawaii Department of Veterans' Services

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

Hawaii Revised Statutes

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

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

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Hawaii

Hawaii Department of Education, Military Families Information

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Document Review Date: 20 November 2020