Indiana Military and Veterans Benefits

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Summary of Indiana Military and Veterans Benefits: Indiana offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families including state income tax exemptions, military retired pay and property tax exemptions, education and tuition assistance, special military vehicle tags, as well as hunting and fishing license and state park privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) Offices: CVSO offices are a local point of contact that can assist Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and their Families find and apply for military/ Veterans benefits under federal, state and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge.
Indiana CVSO Directory

Learn more about Indiana County Veterans Service Officer Offices

Indiana State Military and Veterans Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

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What are my Indiana Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Indiana Income Tax Benefits for Service Members: Indiana resident Service members in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for an income tax deduction of $5000 for their military pay.

Service members on duty outside of the U.S. and Puerto Rico, filling Indiana income tax, are authorized an automatic 60 day extension to file taxes.

Military pay earned while in a combat zone is exempt from Indiana income tax.
Indiana Department of Revenue, IT-40 Instruction Booklet

Learn more about the Indiana Income Tax Benefits for Service Members

Indiana National Guard and Reserve Component Service Member Pay Income Tax Deduction: Resident Service members in the Indiana National Guard or the Reserves are eligible to deduct all military pay from their Indiana Income tax if they are called to federal active duty.
Indiana Department of Revenue, IT-40 Instruction Booklet

Learn more about the Indiana National Guard and Reserve Component Service Member Pay Income Tax Deduction

Indiana Income Tax on Military Retired Pay: Indiana is in the process of exempting taxes on all military retired pay.

ForSoldiers in the field with helicopters flying overhead taxable year 2020 Indiana resident Veterans are eligible for a deduction of the first $6,250 of their military retired pay, plus a deduction equal to 50% of their military retired pay greater than $6,250.

For taxable year 2021, the percentage of additional deduction increases to 75%. For taxable year 2022 all military retired pay is not taxed.

Indiana Department of Revenue, Military Retirement or Survivors Deductions Fact Sheet
Indiana Department of Revenue, IT-40 Instruction booklet

Learn more about the Indiana Income Tax on Military Retired Pay

two people hugging Indiana Nonresident Military Spouse Earned Income Deduction: Nonresident military Spouses do not have to pay income tax in Indiana for wages earned in Indiana. P.L. No. 111-97
Who is eligible for the Indiana Nonresident Military Spouse Earned Income Deduction?
Nonresident military Spouses do not have to file an Indiana Income Tax return if they meet the following requirements:

  • Service member and their Spouse are residents of the same state other than Indiana

  • Service member is in Indiana to comply with military orders

  • Military Spouse is in Indiana only to be with the Service member, and they live in the same residence.

To determine eligibility military Spouses should complete the Indiana Department of Revenue, Nonresident Military Spouse Earned Income Deduction, Schedule IN-2058SP. The Spouse will still be required to file income taxes in their state of residence.

Learn more about the Indiana Nonresident Military Spouse Earned Income Deduction

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

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

  • Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living

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

  • Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program.

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

Learn more about Indiana Taxes on Military Disability Retirement Pay

Indiana State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): DIC is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligibleyoung child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemetery survivors of U.S. Armed Forces Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death was the result of a service-connected injury or disease.

Learn more about Indiana 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) Indiana State Tax Benefits: Indiana is in the process of exempting taxes on all military survivor benefits.

For taxable year 2020 Indiana resident Surviving Spouses are eligible for a deduction of the first $6,250 of their survivor annuity payments, plus a deduction equal to 50% of their annuity payment greater than $6,250.

For taxable year 2021, the percentage of additional deduction increases to 75%. For taxable year 2022 all survivor annuity payments are not taxed.
Indiana Department of Revenue, IT-40 Instruction Booklet
Indiana Department of Revenue, Military Retirement or Survivors Deductions Fact Sheet

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

Indiana Disabled Veterans Property Tax Deductions: Indiana offers three property tax deductions for disabled resident Veterans.

Deduction for Totally Disabled Veteran or Veteran age 62 and Partially Disabled: A $14,000 deduction for Veterans who meet the following requirements:

  • Served at least 90 days in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge (can be peacetime service), and

  • Total disability rating from the VA (does not have to be service-connected), or

  • 62 years old or older and has a 10% or more service-connected disability rating

  • Surviving Spouse on an eligible Veteran can claim this deduction.

Note: This deduction is not available if the assessed value of the property is greater than $200,000. Indiana Code 6-1.1-12-14

Deduction for Veteran with Partial Disability: A $24,960 tax deduction is available for Veterans who meet the following requirements:

  • Received an honorable discharge for service in the U.S. Armed Forces during the following time periods:

    • World War II - December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946

    • Korea - June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955

    • Vietnam - August 5, 1964 through May 7, 1975

    • Gulf War - August 2, 1990 through a future date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation, and:

  • At least 10% service-connected disabled

  • Received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces during a wartime period

  • Surviving Spouse on an eligible Veteran can claim this deduction.

Indiana Code 6-1.1-12-13

Deduction for Property Received from a Tax Exempt Organization : Indiana offers a property tax deduction on the assessed value of property given to disabled Veterans by charitable organizations. The property tax deduction is equal to the percentage of service-connected disability the VA has awarded the Veteran. Veterans must have served during a wartime period for at least 90 days and received an honorable discharge and have a service-connected disability rating greater than 50%.

Percentages of property tax deductions:

  • Total disability rating (100%) - deduction is equal to 100% of the assessed value

  • 90% disability rating - deduction is equal to 90% of the assessed value

  • 80% disability rating - deduction is equal to 80% of the assessed value

  • 70% disability rating - deduction is equal to 70% of the assessed value

  • 60% disability rating - deduction is equal to 60% of the assessed value

  • 50% disability rating - deduction is equal to 50% of the assessed value.

Indiana Code 6-1.1-12-14.5

Vehicle Excise Tax Deduction for Disabled Veterans: Veterans or their Spouse that are eligible for any of the deductions above but the assessed value of their property is less than the deduction can apply the overage toward the excise tax on up to two vehicles. Veterans and their Spouse can receive $2 credit to be applied toward the excise tax for every $100 of remaining property tax deduction. An individual cannot claim a vehicle credit and a property tax credit at the same time.

Veterans should contact their county auditor to apply.
Indiana County Auditor Directory
Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Certificate of Eligibility for Disabled Veteran Property Tax Deduction

Learn more about the Indiana Disabled Veterans Property Tax Deductions

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What are my Indiana Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Indiana Wartime Veterans High School Diploma Program: Indiana offers high school diplomas to Veterans that left high school to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces during the following war time periods:

  • December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946 (World War II)

  • June 27, 1950 through Jan 31, 1955 (Korea)

  • or Aug 5, 1964 through May 7, 1975 (Vietnam).

Who is eligible for the Indiana Wartime Veterans High School Diploma Program? Veterans must meet these requirements:

  • Student in good standing at an Indiana high school prior to entering the military

  • Did not graduate or receive a diploma due entering the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Received an honorable discharge.

Diplomas may be awarded posthumously, applications should be submitted to the address on the application.
Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Application for Delayed High School Diploma
Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs Contact Information

Learn more about the Indiana Wartime Veterans High School Diploma Program

Indiana Financial Aid for Military Service Members and Families: Indiana offers several educational benefits to resident Service members, Veterans and eligible Family members.

Eligibility and application instructions can be found at the links below.

  • Tuition and Fee Exemption for Children of Deceased or Disabled Veterans - Provides 100% tuition and regularly assessed fees for Children of deceased Veterans and a portion of tuition and regularly assessed fees for Children of disabled Veterans (20% of tuition plus the percentage of the Veterans service-connected disability), funding is limited to 124 credit hours and may be used at the undergraduate and professional degree level

  • Tuition and Fee Exemption for Children of Purple Heart Recipients Provides 100% of tuition and regularly assessed fees for the Children of Purple Heart recipients, funding is limited to 124 credit hours and may be used at the undergraduate and professional degree level.

  • Supplemental Grant for Children and Spouse of Indiana National Guard Service Members - Provides 100% of tuition and regularly assessed fees for the Child or Spouse of a Indiana National Guard Service member who is killed in the line of duty while serving on state active duty, funding is limited to 124 credit hours.

  • Tuition and Fee Exemption for Indiana Purple Heart Recipients - Provides 100% of tuition and regularly assessed fees for Purple Heart recipients, funding is limited to 124 credit hours and may be used at the undergraduate, graduate and professional degree level.

  • Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home - Provides 100% of tuition and regularly assessed fees for students who are former students and/or graduates of Morton Memorial High School and former residents of the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s home, funding is limited to 124 credit hours and may be used at the undergraduate, graduate or professional degree level.

Financial assistance can be used at Indiana public colleges and universities at the resident tuition rate. For questions about state financial aid programs contact the Indiana Commission for Higher Education Financial Aid Support Center:

Phone: 888-528-4719
Email: awards@che.in.gov

Learn more about Indiana Financial Aid for Military Service Members and Families

Indiana National Guard Supplemental Grant (NGSG): Indiana offers 100% of tuition and regularly assessed fees for Service members in the Indiana National Guard (ING) at Indiana public colleges and universities. Service members can attend either full-time or part-time during only the Spring and Fall semesters.
Who is eligible for the NGSG?

  • ING Service member in active drilling status

  • Must not have been absent without leave in the 12 months prior to their enrollment or for any academic term

  • Graduation caps being tossed up in the air Must submit all required paperwork and receive approval prior to the start of classes each semester.

In addition, Service members must meet the following requirements:

  • High school graduate or received a GED

  • Must submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year

  • May be used for associate’s or bachelor’s degree

  • Must meet institution satisfactory academic progress requirements

  • Any other federal or state educational assistance will be applied first.

To apply for NGSG Service members must contact their unit commander.

ING Scholarship Extension Program: The ING Scholarship Extension Program is available to former ING Service members that were unable to complete their degree due to an active duty deployment. Former Service members must have used the NGSG in the past, served on active duty overseas after Sept. 10, 2001, and received an honorable discharge. Students can attend either full time or part time.

Former Indiana National Guard Service members who believes they qualify for this program may review their application and rules at the ScholarTrack website. First time users will have to create an account. Or they may contact the Indiana National Guard by mail at:

Indiana National Guard
ATTN: Education Services Office
2002 South Holt Road
Indianapolis, IN 46241

Learn more about the Indiana National Guard Supplemental Grant

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA), State Approving Agency (SAA) Apprenticeships and On the Job Training (OJT) for Veterans and Reserve Component Service Members: Indiana SAA approves OJT and apprenticeship training programs for Veterans using their VA education benefits. These programs allow Veterans to learn a trade or skill through training on the job rather than attending formal classroom instruction.

Veterans generally enter a training contract for a specific period with an employer or union, and at the end of the training period, the Veteran gains job certification or journeyman status. Employers generally pay a reduced OJT/ apprenticeship wage (must be at least 50% of journeyman wage). Veterans will receive periodic pay increases and must be paid 85% of the wage for a fully trained employee by the last full month of training.

Apprenticeship programs can be both union and non-union and normally last two to five years. Indiana has over 860 occupations that are eligible for apprenticeships.

OJT programs can be from a minimum of six months to a maximum of two years. Some examples of OJT programs are:

  • Police officer

  • Firefighter

  • Deputy sheriff

  • Corrections officer.

Generally, Veterans have 10 years after separation from active duty to use their VA educational benefits. To determine eligibility, please call the VA Regional Processing Office at 888-442-4551.

National Guard and Reserve Service members that served on active duty for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, may also be eligible. Service members should contact their unit to determine eligibility.

For more information, please contact the IDVA, SAA at:

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs
State Approving Agency
302 W. Washington Street, Room W-469
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2738
Phone: 317-234-6062 / 800-400-4520 x 6062
Email: SAA@DVA.IN.GOV

Approved Indiana Apprenticeship and OJT Training Programs
VA OJT Apprenticeship Fact Sheet

Learn more about Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, State Approving Agency, Apprenticeships and On the Job Training for Veterans and Reserve Component Service Members

Indiana Resident Tuition Rates for Indiana National Guard Service Members, Active Duty Service Members and Dependents: Nonresident Service members and their dependents may be eligible for resident tuition rates at Indiana public colleges and universities.
Who is eligible for Indiana Resident Tuition Rates for Indiana National Guard Service Members, Active Duty Service Members and Dependents? Nonresident students that attend an Indiana public college or university must meet he is following requirements:

  • Indiana National Guard Service member

  • Service member stationed in Indiana

  • Eligible Service member’s dependents.

Learn more about Indiana Resident Tuition Rates for Indiana National Guard Service Members, Active Duty Service Members and Dependents

Indiana Resident Tuition for Veterans: Nonresident Veterans and former Indiana National Guard Service members who enroll in a Indiana public college or university, within 12 months after receiving an honorable discharge are eligible for resident tuition rates.
Who is eligible for Indiana Resident Tuition for Veterans? Veteran or former Indiana National Guard Service member that received an honorable discharge within 12 months of enrolling in an Indiana public college or university.

Within one year of enrollment the Veteran or former Service member must take steps to establish Indiana residency, such as:

  • Register to vote in Indiana

  • Obtain an Indiana driver's license or state ID card

  • Register a motor vehicle.

Learn more about Indiana Resident Tuition for Veterans

Indiana 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:

  • Children sitting on the steps of a school 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: 317-247-3300 / 317-232-0510

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

Indiana Purple Star School Designation for Military-Friendly Schools : The Indiana Purple Star School Designation for military-friendly schools recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and Families connected to the U.S. Armed Forces. Schools that earn the award will receive a special Purple Star recognition to display at their school.

For a school to qualify for the Purple Star Award they must appoint a school liaison that is specially trained to handle the unique challenges experienced by military Families. This liaison will ensure that other teachers at their school are aware of special considerations that students from military Families can benefit from. Each school will also have a dedicated page on their school website featuring resources for military Families.
Indiana Purple Star Designated Schools 2020
Military Child Education Coalition Purple Star School Program

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What are my Indiana Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Military Leave for Indiana National Guard and Reserve Service Members: Indiana National Guard and Reserve Service members are eligible for 15 days military leave per calendar year. This leave may be granted, with or without pay, at the discretion of the employer.
Who is eligible Leave for Indiana National Guard and Reserve Service Members Military Training? Indiana National Guard and Reserve Service members are eligible for military leave. Upon return the Service member must be returned to their previous or a similar position.

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Indiana Military Family Leave: Indiana employers must grant 10 days unpaid leave for Family members for Service members that have received deployment orders. The leave soldiers in the desertcan be taken in the 30 day period before the deployment, while they are on leave during the deployment, or within 30 days at the end of their deployment.
Who is eligible for Indiana Military Family Leave? Indiana employers that have more than 50 employees must grant military Family leave to the Family members of a Service member that is ordered on an active duty deployment. The Spouse, parent, grandparent, Child or sibling that have been employed for 12 months are eligible.

Learn more about Indiana Military Family Leave

Indiana Voluntary Veterans' Hiring Preference Policy for Private Employers: A private employer may have a policy granting preference to Veterans regarding hiring, promotion, or retention (during a reduction in force). The policy must be in writing and applied uniformly to all employees.

Learn more about Indiana Voluntary Veterans' Hiring Preference Policy for Private Employers

Indiana State Employment Veterans’ Hiring Preference: Indiana offers Veterans' preference in Indiana civil service employment for Veterans. Preference is given by adding 10% to the scores of Veterans during the hiring process.
Who is eligible for Indiana State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference? To be eligible, Veterans must meet the following requirements:

  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for at least 181 days

  • Received an honorable discharge.

Learn more about the Indiana State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference

Indiana Employment Assistance for Veterans: The Indiana Department of Workforce Development provides employment assistance to Indiana Veterans. Assistance is provided through the Disabled Veterans' Outreach program (DVOP), and the Local Veterans' Employment Representative (LVER) Program.

Workforce Development Offices throughout the State help Veterans transition from the U.S. Armed Forces to civilian life. DVOP’s specialize in tailored training and job placement opportunities for Veterans with service-connected disabilities and barriers to employment. LVER’s coordinate services provided to Veterans including counseling, testing, and identifying training and employment opportunities. Please go to the link below for a list of Indiana Workforce Development Offices that have Veterans' representatives.

Learn more about Indiana Employment Assistance for Veterans

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

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

  • During a war, or

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

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

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

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

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

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: 10 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): 10 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): 10 points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

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

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): 10 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.

10 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

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 disaster relief search and resucerights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service if the basic eligibility criteria are met.

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

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

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

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

Learn more about the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

Indiana Hilton Honors Military Program: The Indiana Hilton Honors Military Program helps make the career transition from service in the U.S. Armed Forces to civilian employment easier for current and former Service members. The Hilton Honors Military Program will provide hotel accommodations for required travel while they are looking for a new job, training for a new job, or finding housing. Those eligible can receive up to a total of 100,000 hotel points for verifiable employment-related activities. Each state sets its own eligibility and residency requirements. Recipients must have a Hilton Honors account to receive the points. For more information, please email HiltonHonors@naswa.org or contact the nearest American Job Center.

Learn more about the Indiana Hilton Honors Military Program

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What are my Indiana Military and Veterans Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

Indiana Unemployment Insurance (UI): UI provides temporary financial assistance for workers that are unemployed through no fault of their own. UI is a partial, short-term replacement of lost wages while workers are seeking other work and is not intended to be a permanent source of income. Benefits are not based on financial need. Applicants should file for UI as soon as they become unemployed.

Applicants will need the following information to file a claim:

  • A valid email account –email address will be the applicants Uplink Username

  • Driver’s license or valid ID, address, Social Security number, date of birth and phone number

  • Last employer’s name, mailing address, phone number, dates of employment and reason for leaving

  • Bank routing number and account number if choosing direct deposit as payment option.

All claims for UI must be filed through Indiana Department of Workforce Development, UI Uplink, Online filing System.
Indiana Department of Workforce Development, UI Filing System, Video Tutorials

For assistance please contact the UI Help Line at 1-800-891-6499.
Indiana Department of Workforce Development, UI Claimant Handbook

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What are my Indiana Military and Veterans Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) Benefits?

Active Duty, Veteran and Surviving Spouse Indicator for Indiana Driver’s Licenses and ID Cards: Indiana offers driver’s license or ID card indicators to active duty Service members, Veterans and Surviving Spouses.

The indicators and required documentation are:Indiana Veteran Spouse Indicator

  • "V" for Veterans - DD214 or other document from the Department of Defense verifying receiving an other than a dishonorable discharge

  • "AM" for active Service members – Valid Common Access Card (CAC)

  •  “VS” for Surviving Spouses - DD214 or other document from the Department of Defense verifying the Veteran received an other than a dishonorable discharge, marriage certificate, and the death certificate of the Veteran.

If an indicator is added during a new issuance or a renewal transaction, there is no charge. If the indicator is added to an unexpired credential outside of a renewal transaction usual fees will apply.Indiana Veteran Indicator

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Indiana Driver's License, Permit and ID Card Expiration Extension for Service Members and their Families: The Indiana driver’s licenses, learners permits or ID cards of resident Service members serving outside Indiana and their dependents remains valid until 90 days after discharge or end of deployment regardless of the expiration date. Service members and their dependents must print and carry the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Military Extension Letter that serves as authorization to operate a motor vehicle with an expired license.

Service members and their Families are exempt from the knowledge and driving skills testing requirements if they renew their license within 90 days after discharge. Applicants must provide proof of discharge within 90 days at an Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) branch office.

Driver’s licenses that have not expired may be renewed online at the Indiana BMV, myBMV website. Please review the Indiana BMV, Renewing a Driver's License, Permit or ID Card fact sheet for specific eligibility requirements. Indiana Code 9-24-12-6
Indiana BMV Branch Office Directory

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Indiana Service Member Registration and License Plate Renewal: Indiana resident Service members stationed out of state may choose to keep their Indiana license plates, register their vehicle where they are stationed, renew by mail to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) or online at the MyBMV website.

Service members renewing out of state can have the BMV send their registration renewal notice and their renewed license plates to their home of record address or to a friend or Family member living in Indiana, all items must then be forwarded to the Service member. Service members must record with the BMV the address they are using in Indiana while they are out of state.

Service members from another state who are stationed in Indiana, are exempt from Indiana excise taxes on their vehicle when they register their vehicle in Indiana. Service members must provide the following documents to be eligible:

Learn more about Indiana Service Member Registration and License Plate Renewal

Indiana Motorcycle Endorsement for Service Members: Indiana recognizes motorcycle safety courses given in another state or by the U.S. Armed Forces to qualify for an Indiana driver’s license motorcycle endorsement. Service members must provide a copy of their driver’s license, motorcycle learner’s permit (if applicable) and their motorcycle safety course completion card (dated within one year) to:

Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles
100 North Senate Avenue, N481
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Fax: 317-233-0189

Applicants must also include their mailing address and phone number.

Learn more about Indiana Motorcycle Endorsement for Service Members

Indiana Military Commercial Driver License (CDL) Military Skills Waiver Program: The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) will waive the required CDL skills test for eligible Veterans and Service members. The waiver is available to applicants who have military commercial driving training and experience driving a commercial military vehicle (CMV) similar to the commercial vehicle class they are applying for.
Who is eligible for the Indiana CDL Military Skills Waiver Program? All applicants must pass any required written tests and provide proof that within the past year they were regularly employed in a military position requiring the operation of a CMV.

Applicants must also certify that for the past two years they meet the following requirements:

  • Had no more than one license (except for a military license)

  • License has not been suspended, revoked, or cancelled

  • Not had any convictions for any type of motor vehicle for the disqualifying offenses listed on the application

  • Not had more than one conviction for any type of motor vehicle for serious traffic violations listed on the application

  • Have not had any conviction for a violation of military, state or local laws relating to motor vehicle traffic control (other than a parking violation) as a result of a traffic accident and has no record of an accident in which they were at fault.

Application packet required documentation:

  • Visit a BMV branch, pass any required written tests, apply for and receive an Indiana Commercial Learner's Permit

  • Complete the Application for Military CDL Skills Test Waiver form, to include signature of commanding officer or member of their chain of command verifying military driving experience

  • Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214 and letter from their former commander that they have at least one year of CMV experience

  • Service members must provide proof of current active duty status and copy of military vehicle operator’s license.

Completed application packets can be submitted by fax to 317-974-1615, at any Indiana BMV branch office or by mail to:

Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Attn: CDL Programs
100 North Senate Avenue
IGCN, Room N 481
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Learn more about the Indiana Military Commercial Driver License Military Skills Waiver Program

Indiana Military and Veteran Distinctive License Plates: The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) offers 21 distinctive license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and eligible Family members. Specific eligibility and documentation requirements will apply. All plates may be used on passenger cars, trucks up to 11,000 lbs., motorcycles, auto-cycles and recreational vehicles, the Disabled Veteran License plate may also be registered to a 3,000 lbs. trailer.
Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA), Motor Vehicle License Plates Fact Sheet
IDVA, Eligibility for Veteran License Plates Fact Sheet
Indiana BMV, myBMV.com Online Portal
Indiana BMV License Plate Designs - select Military tab to view
Indiana BMV, Branch Office Directory

Learn more about Indiana Military and Veteran Distinctive License Plates

Indiana Army Veteran plate Indiana Army Veteran License Plates: The Indiana Army Veteran license plate is available to Indiana resident Veterans that served in the U.S. Army and received an honorable discharge and to resident Service members that are still serving. Army National Guard and Army Reserve Service members who served on active duty for training also are eligible. The cost of this license plate is $15.

Applicants must provide one of the following documents to prove eligibility:

  • U.S. Uniformed Services Retiree ID card

  • DD214, DD215 or military discharge papers (reflecting character of service as either Honorable or under Honorable Conditions)

  • U.S. Armed Forces ID card (CAC)

  • An Indiana driver’s license, learner’s permit, or ID card with Veteran (“V”) or Active Military (“AM”) identifier.

Applicants must visit an Indiana BMV, Branch office to apply.

Learn more about the Indiana Army Veteran License Plates

Indiana Disabled Army Veteran license plate Indiana Disabled Army Veteran License Plate: Indiana Disabled Army Veteran license plates are available for resident disabled Army Veterans that have a mobility impairment. Veterans must have one of the following disabilities to be eligible:

  • Loss of sight in both eyes, or permanent impairment to the point the Veteran is eligible for service-connected compensation for loss of vision

  • Loss or loss of use of one or both feet

  • Loss or loss of use of one or both hands

  • Physical condition that prevents the applicant from being able to walk without pain or difficulty

  • 50% or more service-connected disability rating from the VA, at least 60% of the disability rating must be for a mobility disability.

A certificate of eligibility from the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) is required to apply for this license plate. Veterans must complete the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), Certification of Eligibility for Veterans License Plates State Form 32584 and provide copies of their disability rating letter from the VA, or branch of service, and their military discharge paperwork (in most cases, DD214). Form 32584 and documents may be submitted in person or by mail to:

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs
777 North Meridian Street, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1421
Phone: (317) 232-3910

IDVA will mail back the completed certification form which must then be taken to any Indiana BMV, Branch office to apply.
IDVA, Motor Vehicle License Plates Fact Sheet
IDVA, Eligibility for Veteran License Plates Fact Sheet

Learn more about the Indiana Disabled Army Veteran License Plates

Indiana Purple Heart plate Indiana Purple Heart License Plates: The Indiana Purple Heart license plate is available to resident Purple Heart recipients.

A certificate of eligibility from the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) is required to apply for this license plate. Veterans must complete the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), Certification of Eligibility for Veterans License Plates State Form 32584 and provide a copy of official documentation that they received the Purple Heart (orders, certificate, statement of service, or DD214). Form 32584 and documents may be submitted in person or by mail to:

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs
777 North Meridian Street, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1421
Phone: (317) 232-3910

IDVA will mail back the completed certification form which must then be taken to any Indiana BMV, Branch office to apply.
IDVA, Motor Vehicle License Plates Fact Sheet
IDVA, Eligibility for Veteran License Plates Fact Sheet

Applicants can request this license plate with the international symbol of accessibility by providing an Indiana BMV, Application for Disability License Plate or Parking Placard, State Form 42070 completed by a practitioner certifying a permanent disability.

Learn more about the Indiana Purple Heart License Plates

Indiana Gold Star family plate Indiana Gold Star Family License Plate: The Indiana Gold Star Family license plate is available to the Spouse, Parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, siblings, and Children of a Service member who died while serving in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces. There is no additional cost for the Gold Star Family license plate. Regular vehicle registration fees and taxes still apply.

Eligible Family members can apply at any Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), Branch office. Applicants must provide a copy of the Service member’s DD1300 Report of Casualty or an Indiana BMV, Affidavit for Gold Star Family License Plate, Form 54181 when applying.
Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA), Motor Vehicle License Plates Fact Sheet
IDVA, Eligibility for Veteran License Plates Fact Sheet

Learn more about the Indiana Gold Star Family License Plate

Indiana Army Medal of Honor License Plate Indiana Army Medal of Honor License Plate: Army Medal of Honor recipients are eligible for the Indiana Army Medal of Honor license plate. To apply for this license plate applicants must contact the Indiana Department of Veterans affairs at:

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs
302 West Washington Street, Room E120
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2738
Phone: 317-232-3910 or 800-400-4522

Learn more about the Indiana Army Medal of Honor License Plate - select Military tab to view

Importing Vehicle Duty-Free for Military Service Members: Military personnel returning from an assignment overseas are allowed to import a vehicle duty-free to the U.S.

If the Service member importing the vehicle duty-free did not pay 7% sales tax on the vehicle when they purchased it and did not title the vehicle in their name prior to entry to the U.S., normal sales tax rules apply.

Learn more about Importing Vehicle Duty-Free for Military Service Members

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

Indiana National Guard Compensation for Injury, Illness, Disability and Death Incurred in the Line of Duty : Indiana National Guard Service members that are injured, become ill, disabled or die in the line of duty are eligible for medical coverage and compensation. Disabled Service members will continue receive the pay and allowances they were entitled to while on duty, plus any expenses for care and medical attention. IC 10-16-7-18

If an Indiana National Guard Service member dies from their injuries or illness their beneficiaries are eligible for a pension from the state. The Service members beneficiaries are also eligible for $8,800 to assist with funeral expenses. IC 10-16-7-19
Who is eligible for Indiana National Guard Compensation for Injury, Illness, Disability and Death Incurred in the Line of Duty? Indiana National Guard Service members that are injured, become ill, disabled or die in the line of duty are eligible for compensation.

Learn more about Indiana National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury or Illness, Disability Compensation and Death Benefits when incurred while on State Active Duty

Indiana National Guard Association insignia Indiana National Guard State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI): SSLI offered through the National Guard Association of Indiana to National Guard Service members is made up of several voluntary group life policies that are designed to help meet the needs of National Guard Service members and their Families.

Key Benefits of the SSLI:

  • Premiums can be deducted from National Guard pay

  • Claims are typically paid within 48 hours, without a death certificate

  • Continue coverage after separation from the National Guard at the same cost

  • No combat or terrorism exclusions

  • No occupational restrictions or premiums

  • New Recruits are eligible for $10,000 SSLI coverage at no cost for the first year

  • Up to $50,000 in coverage after first year of service

  • Coverage for Family members available after first year of service.

Who is eligible Indiana National Guard SSLI? National Guard Service members and their dependents are eligible for SSLI.
Indiana National Guard SSLI Fact Sheet

Learn more about Indiana National Guard State Sponsored Life Insurance

Doctor with patient 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 Service members are 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

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

Indiana Golden Hoosier Passport Half Price for Disabled Veterans and Former Prisoners of War (POW): Disabled Veterans and Former POWs are eligible towaterfall purchase the Hoosier Golden Passport for half price. The Hoosier Golden Passport provides unlimited admission to all Indiana State owned parks, recreation areas, reservoirs, and forests. It is not valid for historic sites, museums, memorials. The pass is good for one calendar year.
Who is eligible for the Indiana Golden Hoosier Passport? Resident Veterans that have an Indiana Disabled Veteran or POW license plate can purchase the Hoosier Golden Passport at any DNR facility. Veterans that do not have the Disabled Veteran or POW license plates can submit an Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Certification of Eligibility for Veterans License Plates, State Form 32584 (must provide documentation to prove eligibility) in person or by mail to:

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA)
777 North Meridian Street, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1421
Phone: (317) 232-3910

IDVA will mail a completed certification with a raised seal that can serve as proof of eligibility to purchase the Hoosier Golden Passport. For more information please call the Indiana DNR at 800-622-4931.
Indiana DNR Locations Directory

Learn more about the Indiana Golden Hoosier Passport

Indiana Hunting License Exemption for Service Members on Leave: Indiana resident Service members serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces that are on leave can hunt without a license. Service members must carry their leave papers and a valid Indiana driver's license or voter registration card when hunting.

Learn more about Indiana Hunting License Exemption for Service Members on Leave

Indiana Hunting and Fishing Licenses at Resident Prices for Nonresident Service Members: Nonresident active duty Service members stationed in Indiana can purchase hunting and fishing licenses for resident prices.

Learn more about Indiana Hunting and Fishing Licenses at Resident Prices for Nonresident Service Members

Indiana Disabled Veterans Hunting and Fishing Licenses: Indiana resident disabled Veterans may purchase an annual license to hunt and fish for $2.75 or a 10-year license for $27.50. The Disabled Veteran license is good for small game hunting and fishing only. Waterfowl, Trout, Salmon, deer, and turkey stamps must be father and kids fishingpurchased at the regular price.
Who is eligible for Indiana Disabled Veterans Reduced Fee, Hunting and Fishing Licenses? Indiana resident Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces that have a service-connected disability rating from the VA Affairs are eligible.

To apply Veterans must send a completed Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Application for Indiana Reduced Fee Hunting and Fishing License for Disabled Veterans, State Form 50833 , payment and self-addressed stamped envelope to:

DNR Customer Service Center
402 W. Washington St, Room W160
Indianapolis, IN 46204

For more information, please contact the Indiana DNR at 317-232-4200 or the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs at 317-232-3910.

Learn more about Indiana Disabled Veterans Reduced Fee, Hunting and Fishing Licenses

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What are my Indiana Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Indiana Peddlers, Vendors, or Hawkers License: Wartime Veterans that received an honorable discharge can receive peddlers, hawkers or vendors licenses free of charge. To request a license Veterans should contact their County Auditor. IC 25-25-2-1
Indiana County Auditor Directory

Learn more about Indiana Veteran Peddlers, Vendors, or Hawkers License Offered Free of Charge

Exemption from Indiana Jury Duty for Service Members: Indiana resident Service members in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are exempt from jury duty.

Learn more about Exemption from Indiana Jury Duty for Service Members

Indiana Veterans Home Indiana Veterans' Home (IVH): IVH, located in in West Lafayette, Indiana offers long-term skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation, independent living, and memory care services for Veterans and their eligible Family members.

Residents of the Veterans' Home enjoy features such as a library and media center, gardens, crafts and hobbies, chapel, beauty shop, transportation services and recreation activities.

Specialty care provided:

  • Pulmonologist

  • Endocrinology

  • Nephrologist

  • Psychiatrist

  • Physical and occupational therapy

  • Speech and hearing therapy

  • Respiratory therapy

  • Podiatry

  • Dentistry.

Who is eligible for care at the Indiana Veterans' Home? The following Veterans and their Family members are eligible for admission to the IVH:

  • Honorably discharged Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Spouse or Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran, must have been married to the Veteran for five years prior to application

  • Indiana resident for at least one year immediately prior to application for admission, applicants can apply for an admission waiver if they enlisted from, or were discharged to Indiana

  • Gold Star parents of a Service member that died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Applicants must also pass a criminal background check conducted by the IVH.
IVH Admission Page
IVH Application Packet

Learn more about the Indiana Veterans' Home

Military Service Documents for Indiana Veterans: The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) and the Indiana State Archives have copies of DD214's on file for many Indiana Veterans who entered the U.S. Armed Forces from Indiana. Copies of these will be provided upon request to the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs when applying for benefits.

The IDVA or a County Veterans Service Officer can assist Veterans and their Family members with the paperwork to request other documents from the federal government. In most cases if the Veteran was discharged from 1989 to present the IDVA has the Veteran’s DD214, copy 6 on file. For discharges prior to 1989 contact the Indiana State Archives at 317-591-5222.

Records may also be requested directly from the National Personnel Records Center by submitting a Standard Form 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records either by fax or by mail.

National Personnel Records Center
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, MO 63138
Fax: 314-801-9195

National Archives, Military Personnel Records Request Fact Sheet
Indiana CVSO Directory

Learn more about Military Service Documents for Indiana Veterans

Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery: The Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery located adjacent to the Madison State Hospital and Clift Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana provides a dignified final resting place for Veterans and their eligible Family members.Indiana Veterans Cemetery

Any eligible Veteran will be buried at no cost to the Family. Burial of a Spouse or dependent Child requires payment of an opening and closing fee.
Who is eligible for interment at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery?
Eligibility requirements for burial at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery are the same as for VA National Cemeteries. Exact eligibility requirements can viewed at the VA, National Cemetery Administration Eligibility webpage. The following are the general eligibility requirements:

  • Discharged from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable, or

  • Died while on active duty, or

  • Served at least 20 years in the National Guard or Reserves and qualified for military retired pay (or would have qualified except death occurred before age 60), or

  • Reserve component Service members qualify if they were activated for federal service, active duty for training does not qualify as active service

  • Spouses and dependents (burial of dependent Children is limited to unmarried Children under 21 years old or 23 years old if a full-time student at an approved educational institution or a Child that develops a lifelong disability prior to age 21).

All Veterans are encouraged to complete the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Application for Pre-need Determination (VA Form 40-10007) to establish eligibility prior to need.

For questions, comments or concerns please call 812-273-9220.
Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Application for Burial

Learn more about the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery

Indiana Governor's Memorial Certificate: A special certificate, signed by the Governor, is available to surviving Family members upon the death of an honorably discharged Veteran to commemorate their service. This certificate is available for Service members who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves.Governors Memorial Certificate

The certificates can be requested through funeral directors, any Veterans’ Service Organizations, Indiana County Veterans Service Officer or by completing the application and forwarding it to the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery. A copy of the Veteran’s DD214 or Record of Military Service must accompany the initial application.
Request for Indiana Governor's Memorial Certificate Application

Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery
1414 North Gate Road
Madison, IN 47250
Phone: 812-273-9220
Fax: 812-273-9221

Learn more about the Indiana Governor's Memorial Certificate

Indiana County Veterans Burial allowances: Honorably discharged Veterans and their Spouse or Surviving Spouse are authorized a burial allowance of $1,000 to be paid to their next of kin to help offset burial expenses. For more information and to apply, applicants should contact their County Auditor.
Indiana County Auditors Directory

Learn more about the Indiana County Veterans Burial Allowances

Indiana Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF): MFRF provides a monetary grant to assist Indiana Veterans and their dependents that are experiencing financial hardship. This emergency grant may be used for needs such as housing, utilities, food, medical services, basic transportation (car payments, insurance, and basic emergency car repair) which have become difficult to afford. Grants have a $2,500 lifetime limit, however additional grants may be authorized in exceptional circumstances.
Who is eligible for the MFRF?
Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Indiana Resident

  • Received an Honorable or General, Under Honorable Conditions Discharge

  • Applicant must prove genuine financial hardship, must be reflected by income, spending habits, or emergency condition

  • Household income cannot exceed two times the U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines (2021).

To apply applicants can use the MFRF Online Application or they can print the MFRF Hardcopy Application. Hardcopy applications and supporting documents can be submitted by mail, fax or email.

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs
Attn: MFRF
777 North Meridian Street, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Fax: 317-232-7721
Email: MFRF@dva.IN.gov

Applicants must also provide the following documents:

  • W9 and Direct Deposit Form, with handwritten signature (provided in the application)

  • Authorization to Release Information form that includes Spouse information if married (provided in the application)

  • Statement letter signed by the Veteran, explaining in detail the hardship and what assistance is requested

  • DD214 that shows the type of discharge

  • Current bills, invoices, or estimates for all items requesting assistance with

  • All pages of the most current bank statements for all accounts, showing all deposits, and withdrawals

  • Statements from all financial sources, such as retirement, assets, and investment accounts

  • Evidence of income for applicant and Spouse, two weeks of the most current pay stubs, VA compensation, Social Security, retirement, unemployment, etc.

  • Completed Indiana Department of WorkForce Development Release of Information form for the Veteran and their Spouse, if married (provided in the application)

  • Prior Year W-2s, 1099 forms and a copy of the tax return 1040 form

  • Proof of Indiana Residency, such as Driver's license, VA ID card or Indiana ID card.

For more information, please contact one of the MFRF Staff at 317-232-3910 or by email to mfrf@dva.in.gov.

Learn more about the Indiana Military Family Relief Fund

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) Women Veterans Webpage: Women Veterans often are unaware of the benefits and services available to them. The IDVA Women Veterans webpage provides links to resources for women Veterans, their friends and Families.Hoosier Woman Veterans

Some of the links refer to federal benefits and services available through the VA. Other benefits and facilities are specific to Indiana and require Indiana residency to qualify. Also included are resources in Indiana communities which may be of interest to all women.

IDVA also has the Hoosier Women Veterans Registry that serves as an informational bridge to connect women Veterans to the numerous resources and benefits that are available and they are entitled to. The registry is strictly confidential and used only as a link of information among the Indiana women Veteran population.
Hoosier Women Veterans Registry

You may email, fax, or mail completed registration forms to:

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs
777 N. Meridian St., Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2738
Phone: 317-232-3910
Fax: 317-232-7721
Email: IDVA@dva.in.gov

Learn more about Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs Women Veterans Webpage

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Indiana

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

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Indiana

Marion National Cemetery U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Indiana: The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains five national cemeteries in Indiana. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Indiana

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs
302 W. Washington St, Rm E120
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2738
Phone: 317-232-3910
Fax: 317-232-7721
Toll Free (In State): 1-800-400-4520

Learn more about the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs

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Military Installations in Indiana

Please see the Indiana Military Resource Locator for additional information

Active Duty:
Army
No active duty Army installations are located in Indiana.

Navy
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division

National Guard:
Indiana National Guard

Indiana Army National Guard
Atterbury-Muscatatuck

Indiana Air National Guard
181st Intelligence Wing
122nd Fighter Wing
Grissom Air Reserve Base (ARB) / 434th Air Refueling Wing

U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)
88th Readiness Division

Resources

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

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

Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles 

Indiana General Assembly

Indiana Code

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

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Indiana

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Benefits and Services

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Document Review Date: 04 November 2021