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Summary of Indiana Military and Veterans Benefits: The State of Indiana offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including State Income Tax Exemptions, Retired Military 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 State Military and Veterans Benefit Highlights and Eligibility


What are my Indiana Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Indiana Military Service Deduction: This deduction is equal to the actual amount of military income received (i.e. military pay, retirement pay, and/or survivor's benefits) or $5,000, whichever is less. If both you and your Spouse received military income, you may each claim the deduction for a maximum of $10,000.
Who is eligible for the Indiana Military Service Deduction? You are eligible to take a deduction if the income you report on your income tax return includes active or reserve military pay. Also, if you are retired from the military or are the Surviving Spouse of a person who was in the military, you may be able to take this deduction if:

  • You were at least 60 years of age by the end of the year;

  • You were receiving military retirement or survivor's benefits during the year; AND

  • The total benefits received as retirement income were reported on your federal return.

 

Note: Military income earned while in a combat zone may be exempt (not taxed) on your federal income tax return. If that income is exempt on your federal income tax return, then it will also be exempt (not taxed) for Indiana income tax purposes. Since Indiana isn't taxing this income, your combat zone income is not eligible for a deduction.
Important: If you received both military pay and retirement pay or survivor's benefits during the tax year, the total deduction cannot be greater than $5,000 per qualifying person. For example, if you earned $6,000 in military pay the first half of the year and $1,500 in retirement pay the second half of the year, you can deduct only $5,000 of your income. For more information about this deduction please refer to page 16 of the Indiana Department of Revenue IT-40 Full Year resident Individual Income Tax Booklet .

Learn more about the Indiana Military Service Deduction

Indiana National Guard and Reserve Component Members Deduction There is a deduction for certain members of the reserve components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps or the Merchant Marine, or a member of the Indiana Army National Guard or the Indiana Air National Guard.
A deduction is available for the income received as a result of service on involuntary orders during the period the above members were deployed and mobilized for full-time service, or during the period the above member's Indiana National Guard unit was federalized.
For more information about this deduction please refer to page 20 of the Indiana Department of Revenue IT-40 Full Year resident Individual Income Tax Booklet .

Learn more about the Indiana National Guard and Reserve Component Members Deduction

Indiana Nonresident Military Spouse Earned Income Deduction: The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (P.L. No. 111-97) was signed into law on Nov 11, 2009. This law allows a military Service member's Spouse to keep a tax domicile throughout the marriage under certain conditions and applies to income earned after Dec 31, 2008.
Who is eligible for the Indiana Nonresident Military Spouse Earned Income Deduction?
An Indiana nonresident military Spouse may be eligible for a deduction if:

  • Indiana is not the military Service member's state of domicile as reported on the Service member's Form DD-2058;

  • The military Service member and Spouse are domiciliaries of the same state;

  • The military Service member is in Indiana on military orders;

  • The military Service member's Spouse is in Indiana in order to live with the Service member and resides at the same address; and

  • The Indiana-source earned income is included on Indiana Schedule A on line 1B, 2B and/or 7B.

Earned income for the purposes of this deduction includes:

  • Wages, salaries, tips, and other compensation from Indiana sources, and/or;

  • Income from a sole proprietorship (reported on federal Schedule C or C-EZ) from Indiana sources.

To determine eligibility for the claim, complete the Indiana Department of Revenue, Nonresident Military Spouse Earned Income Deduction, Schedule IN-2058SP .

Learn more about the Indiana Nonresident Military Spouse Earned Income Deduction

Indiana Income Tax Deduction on Retired Military Pay: Military retirees who are age 60 are entitled to deduct up to $5,000 of military or survivor benefits.
Who is eligible for the Indiana Income Tax Deduction on Retired Military Pay? Retired military Service members are eligible for this deduction if:

  • The retiree was at least 60 years of age by the end of the year;

  • The retiree received military retirement during the year; and

  • The total benefits received as retirement income were reported on the federal return.

If the retiree is married and the Spouse is also a military retiree, the amount deducted may be increased to a maximum of $10,000.

*Note: If the retiree earned both military pay and retirement pay in the same year, the total deduction may not be more than $5,000 for each qualifying person.

For more information about this deduction, view Indiana Department of Revenue, Information Bulletin #6 and Indiana Department of revenue, Information Bulletin #27 .

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Indiana Military Disability Retired Pay Income Tax Deduction: Disabled retirees receiving disability retirement pay may be eligible to subtract up to $5,200 of their payments from gross income.
Who is eligible for the Indiana Military Disability Retired Pay Income Tax Deduction?
To qualify for this deduction, you must have:

  • Been permanently and totally disabled at the time of retirement;

  • Retired on disability before the end of the tax year; and

  • Received disability retirement income.

A physician's statement must accompany the deduction sheet for each person claiming the deduction. The amount subtracted is limited to the amount of disability pay received or $100/week, whichever is less. Also, this may have to be reduced by part of the retiree's federal adjusted gross income.

Spouses may also be eligible to subtract up to $5,200 of disability payments (for a maximum of $10,400) if the couple files a joint return and the Spouse meets all of the above requirements.

Please view Indiana Department of revenue, Disability Retirement Deduction, Schedule IT-2440 and Indiana Department of Revenue, Information Bulletin #70 for more information.

Learn more about the Indiana Military Disability Retired Pay Income Tax Deduction

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

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 : A Surviving Spouse of a person who was in the military and receiving survivor benefit income is eligible to receive an exemption of $5,000 on their state income tax return. For more information about this deduction, view Indiana Department of Revenue, Information Bulletin #6 .
Who is eligible for Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Indiana State Tax Benefits?
The recipient must be at least 60 years of age, receiving survivor's benefits during the year; and the total benefits received were reported on their federal return.

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/Excise Tax Deductions: Property tax deductions are available to disabled Hoosier Veterans under the following conditions:

Deduction for Totally Disabled Veteran or Veteran age 62 and Partially Disabled: ( IC 6-1.1-12-14 ) A $12,480 dollar deduction is available to a Veteran who:

  • Served at least 90 days of honorable service (can be peacetime service); AND

  • Are totally disabled (not necessarily service-connected but the disability must be evidenced by a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pension certificate); OR

  • Are at least 62 years old and 10% service-connected disabled.

Note: This deduction is not available if the assessed value of the real property owned by the Veteran is in excess of $143,160 for tax year 2016, for tax years 2017 and later the assessed value must not exceed $175,000.

Deduction for Veteran with Partial Disability/ Limitations: ( IC 6-1.1-12-13 ) A $24,960 tax deduction is available for Veterans who:

  • Served honorably in the Armed Forces during any period of wartime. And:

  • Are at least 10% service-connected disabled.

  • Served honorably during any period of wartime. AND

  • Is 100% service-connected disabled OR

  • Is at least 62 years of age with at least a 10% service-connected disability.

The Surviving Spouse of the Veteran is eligible for the Veteran's tax deduction. The Spouse must apply in his or her own name. Ref: IC 6-1.1-12-14, IC 6-1.1-12-15.

If the assessed valuation of the property is less than the deduction, the overage can be applied toward the excise tax on the Veteran's license plates at the rate of $2 per each $100 of deduction.

Deduction for Property Received from a Tax Exempt Organization: ( IC 6-1.1-12-14.5 ) For a deduction of property tax for property conveyed to the Veteran at no cost to the Veteran by an organization that is exempt from income taxation under the federal Internal Revenue Code:

  • Served honorably during any period of wartime for at least 90 days AND

  • Receive a service connected disability rating of at least 50%

  • Deductions under this section are determined as follows;

    • If the Veteran is Totally disabled (100%) then the deduction is equal to 100% of the assessed value

    • If the Veteran is 90% Service Connected disabled then the deduction is equal to 90% of the assessed value

    • If the Veteran is 80% Service Connected disabled then the deduction is equal to 80% of the assessed value

    • If the Veteran is 70% Service Connected disabled then the deduction is equal to 70% of the assessed value

    • If the Veteran is 60% Service Connected disabled then the deduction is equal to 60% of the assessed value

    • If the Veteran is 50% Service Connected disabled then the deduction is equal to 50% of the assessed value

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Certificate of Eligibility for Disabled Veteran Property Tax Deduction

Learn more about the Indiana Disabled Veterans Property Tax/Excise Tax Deductions

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What are my Indiana Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Indiana Wartime Veterans High School Diploma Program: Veterans who served between the following dates may apply to the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs for issuance of a high school diploma:

  • April 6, 1917 and November 11, 1918 (World War I)

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

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

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

Who is eligible for the Indiana Wartime Veterans High School Diploma Program? Veterans must have:

  • attended public or nonpublic high school in Indiana prior to military service,

  • been a student in good standing,

  • not graduated or received a diploma because of leaving high school for military service, AND

  • been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States.

Veterans, or their Surviving Spouses or eligible Family members, may submit an application to the Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs.
Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Application for Delayed High School Diploma

Learn more about the Indiana Wartime Veterans High School Diploma Program

Indiana Waiver of Tuition and Fees for Children of Purple Heart Recipients, Deceased or Disabled Veterans : ( IC 21-14-4 ) The biological or legally adopted Child(ren) of an eligible disabled  Veteran may be eligible for free or reduced tuition at any state-supported post-secondary school or university in the state of Indiana. The free or reduced tuition is limited to a maximum of 124 semester hours of education at an eligible Indiana institution.
Who is eligible for the Indiana Waiver of Tuition and Fees for Children of Purple Heart Recipients, Deceased or Disabled Veterans? The Veteran Parent must meet the following criteria:

  • Served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and received a discharge or separation under other than dishonorable conditions, AND

  • Served during a period of war or other hazardous duty which was recognized by a service or campaign medal, OR

  • Received the Purple Heart for wounds as a result of enemy action, OR

  • Suffered a service-connected death or disability as determined by the Dept. of Veterans' Affairs, AND

  • Resided in Indiana for at least 36 consecutive months in his or her lifetime.

Eligible war time dates are:

  • WWII: December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946

  • Korea: June 27, 1950 and Jan 31, 1955

  • Vietnam: Aug 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975

  • Gulf War: August 2, 1990 - present

Veteran Parent Enlistment on/before June 30, 2011: If the Veteran Parent initially enlisted before June 30, 2011, the following criteria for the Child applies:

  • The Child must be eligible for the resident tuition rate in the school which he/she will attend

  • If the Child is legally adopted, he/she must have been adopted before the age of 24.

There is no time limit in which to use the tuition waiver. The benefit will pay 100% of tuition and fees at an eligible Indiana institution as a supplement to other state grants. The benefit may be used at the undergraduate, graduate and professional degree level. However, tuition and fees will be paid at the undergraduate rate.

Please reference the State of Indiana, State Student Assistance Commission, Stanley Memo for more information.

Veteran Parent Enlistment on/after July 1, 2011: If the Veteran parent initially enlisted after June 30, 2011, the following criteria for the Child applies:

The Child must be eligible for the resident tuition rate in the school which he/she will attend

  • Possesses the requisite academic qualifications

  • Is not more than 32 years old when he/she first applies for and is eligible to receive the benefit.

  • If the Child is legally adopted, he/she must have been adopted before the age of 18.

  • The allotted credit hours (124) must be used within 8 years after the date the Child first applied.

The benefit will pay 100% of tuition and fees at an eligible Indiana institution as a supplement to state grants if the Veteran parent suffered a disability with a rating of 80% or more. If the Veteran parent suffered a disability with a rating of less than 80%, the rate of remission for tuition and fees is 20% plus the disability rating (for example, a 50% disability = 70% remission). The benefit may be used at the undergraduate and professional degree level. However, tuition and fees will be paid at the undergraduate rate.

As of 1 Nov 2017, all applications must be made online at the ScholarTrack website . First time users will have to create an account.

Learn more about the Indiana Waiver of Tuition and Fees for Children of Purple Heart Recipients, Deceased or Disabled Veterans

Indiana Children of POW/MIA Service Members, Tuition Waiver : ( IC 10-17-7 ) This benefit will pay 100% of tuition and fees for the Child(ren) regardless of enlistment date. However, if the Parent enlisted on/after July 1, 2011, the allotted 124 credit hours must be used within 8 years after the date the Child first applied. The Child must have been born or legally adopted and in the legal custody of the Service member during the period the POW/MIA status was declared.

The following additional criteria apply for POW/MIA Service members:

  • The POW/MIA must have been a resident of Indiana at the time of enlistment; and

  • The POW/MIA status must have been declared while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces after January 1, 1960.

Who is eligible for the Indiana Children of POW/MIA Service Members, Tuition Waiver? To be eligible the Child of the POW/ MIA must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be an individual who was born during the period during which his or her parent was a POW/MIA

  • Must have been legally adopted or in the legal custody of his or her parent before and during the period which the parent was a POW/MIA

  • Must file the FAFSA annually

  • Must not be more than thirty-two years of age when the person first applies and becomes eligible for benefits under this chapter

  • If parent enlisted after June 30, 2011 and student enrolled in college after June 30, 2012, student must maintain SAP as determined by the institution

As of 1 Nov 2017, all applications must be made online at the ScholarTrack website . First time users will have to create an account.

Please reference the State of Indiana, State Student Assistance Commission, Stanley Memo for more information.

Learn more about the Indiana Children of POW/MIA Service Members, Tuition Waiver

 Indiana National Guard Supplemental Grant (NGSG): Through a partnership with the Indiana National Guard, the Higher Education Commission guarantees 100% of tuition and regularly assessed fees for eligible members of the Indiana Air and Army National Guard. Students can attend either full-time or part-time and receive the NGSG but can only be used in the fall and spring semesters.
Who is eligible for the Indiana National Guard Supplemental Grant (NGSG)?

  • Must be a member of the Indiana National Guard in active drilling status**

  • Must not have been AWOL at any time during the 12 months prior to their enrollment in college for any academic term**

  • Must have all required ING paperwork submitted and approved to their ING education office prior to the start of classes (each semester). Forms and submission processes differ by ING branch. Students should contact their unit commander for details.

**PLEASE NOTE: Students must contact their unit commander for certification and must be recertified each semester to receive the NGSG.

National Guard Scholarship Extension Program : There is a limited scholarship, called the National Guard Scholarship Extension Program, that is available to former Guard members who left the Guard under honorable discharge conditions, used the NGSG in the past, and who served on active duty overseas since Sept. 10, 2001. Former Guardsman who believes they might qualify for this program may review the 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 Army National Guard
2002 South Holt Road
Indianapolis, IN 46241
ATTN: Education Services Office

Learn more about the Indiana National Guard Supplemental Grant (NGSG)

Indiana Tuition Fee Exemption for Children and Spouses of Deceased National Guard Service Members: ( 21-14-7 ) An eligible applicant is exempt from the payment of educational costs for instruction at a state educational institution. The maximum amount that is exempt from fees is 124 credit hours.
Who is eligible for the Indiana Tuition Fee Exemption for Children and Spouses of Deceased National Guard Service Members?
Any Child or Spouse whose mother, father or Spouse:

  • was a member of the Indiana National Guard and suffered a service connected death while serving on state active duty;

  • who is eligible to pay the resident tuition rate at the state educational institution in which the individual is enrolled or will enroll;

  • and who possesses the requisite academic qualifications

Learn more about the Indiana Tuition Fee Exemption for Children and Spouses of Deceased National Guard Service Members

Indiana Educational Assistance (National Guard / Reserve): Eligible members of the National Guard / Reserve and currently drilling National Guard / Reserve members that served on active duty for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, may be eligible for an educational assistance allowance for participation in approved apprenticeship and/or On-the-Job Training programs. Contact your National Guard / Reserve Unit to determine eligibility for Chapter 1606 and/or 1607 benefits.

Learn more about the Indiana Educational Assistance (National Guard / Reserve)

Indiana Resident Tuition Rates for Active Duty Military and Dependents: ( IC 21-14-9 ) Active Duty Service members and their dependents are eligible to pay resident tuition rates at any state educational institution.
Who is eligible for Indiana Resident Tuition Rates for Active Duty Military and Dependents? A person who:

  • Is a nonresident of Indiana;

  • Serves on active duty;

  • Is stationed in Indiana; and

  • Attends a state educational institution

Learn more about Indiana Resident Tuition Rates for Active Duty Military and Dependents

Indiana Resident Tuition for Veterans: ( IC 21-14-12.2 ) A qualified nonresident Veteran who enrolls in a state educational institution, not later than 12 months after the qualified Veteran's discharge or separation from the Armed Forces of the United States or the Indiana National Guard, will be charged resident rates. In addition the Veteran has the opportunity to be eligible for resident rates after one year from discharge if they register to vote in Indiana; obtain an Indiana driver's license or state ID card; register a motor vehicle; or any other proof of residency as approved by the commission of higher education.
Who is eligible for Indiana Resident Tuition for Veterans?
A qualified Veteran is any individual that served in the Armed Forces of the United States or Indiana National Guard and received an honorable discharge or is currently serving in the Indiana National Guard.

Learn more about Indiana Resident Tuition for Veterans

Remission of Fees for Indiana Resident Purple Heart Recipients: ( IC 21-14-10 ) A Veteran who entered active duty from a permanent home address in Indiana, received the Purple Heart, and received an honorable discharge is eligible to pay the resident tuition rate at a state supported college or university and who otherwise possesses the requisite academic qualifications, is entitled to remission of fees for 124 semester credit hours. If the student receives financial aid through any other source, the remission of fees is adjusted accordingly. As of 1 Nov 2017, all applications must be made online at the ScholarTrack website . First time users will have to create an account. Please ensure you upload your DD214 and proof of award on the Purple Heart Medal if not listed on the DD214. Applicant must have entered the service from a permanent home address in Indiana and have an honorable discharge from active military service.

Learn more about Remission of Fees for Indiana Resident Purple Heart Recipients

Indiana Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Primary Point of Contact:
Anne Tedore, State Youth Coordinator, Indiana National Guard Family Programs
Address: 2002 South Holt Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46421
Email: anne.e.tedore.ctr@mail.mil
Phone: 317-247-3300 x 85441

Amanda Culhan, Program Coordinator for School Counseling, Indiana Department of Education
Address: South Tower, Suite 600, 115 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Email: aculhan@doe.in.gov
Phone: 317-232-0510

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

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What are my Indiana Military and Veterans Employment Benefits ?

 Paid Leave for Indiana State Employees for Military Trainin g: State employees receive 15 days military leave per calendar year.
Who is eligible for Paid Leave for Indiana State Employees for Military Trainin g? Indiana National Guard and Reserve Service members that are state employees are eligible for paid military leave.

Learn more about Paid Leave for Indiana State Employees for Military Training

Indiana Military Family Leave: Up to ten (10) days unpaid leave of absence that can be taken in the 30-day period before the Service member's orders are in effect, while they are on leave during the deployment, or in the 30-day period at the end of their deployment.
Who is eligible for Indiana Military Family Leave? The Spouse, parent, grandparent, Child or sibling of Veterans ordered to active duty deployments in the Armed Forces or the National Guard and who are employed by an employer who employs over 50 people and has been employed by the employer for at least twelve months.

Learn more about Indiana Military Family Leave

Indiana Voluntary Veterans' Hiring Preference Policy for Private Employers: A private employer may implement a policy granting preference to Veterans regarding hiring, promotion, or retention during a reduction in force. The policy must be in writing and readily available for viewing in the workplace or on their website when performing a job search.

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

Indiana State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference: Indiana offers Veterans' preference in State Government employment for Veterans. Preference points awarded to such Veterans on each such examination shall be ten percent (10%) of the total number of points which may be obtained thereon. Indiana Veterans can find assistance through their local county Veterans' Service Offices.
Who is eligible for Indiana State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference?
To be eligible, a person must have:

  • 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

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

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

  • During a war; or

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.

10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

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

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

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouses) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

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

  • Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences

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

 Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years (the previous law provided four years of active duty, plus an additional year if it was for the convenience of the Government). There are important exceptions to the five-year limit, including initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA clearly establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service as long as the basic eligibility criteria are met.

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

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

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

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

Learn more about the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

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What are my Indiana Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits ?

Indiana Unemployment Insurance : Unemployment Insurance (UI) provides benefits to eligible individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own. All claims for unemployment insurance benefits must be filed through Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Unemployment Insurance Uplink, Online filing System .
Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Unemployment Insurance Filing System, Uplink Claimant Self Service Online Tutorial

You will need to provide the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) with the following information to file your claim. If you are visiting a WorkOne Center, please bring this information with you on your first visit:

  • A valid email address and a password you can use for Uplink, the unemployment insurance online filing system (your claim will not be processed without a valid email address);

  • Your complete name, date of birth, and address, including zip code;

  • Your Social Security number (your claim will not be processed without it);

  • Driver’s license or state identification card;

  • Name, address, and telephone number of all your employers for the last 2 years;

  • Dates worked (start and end dates) for all your employers for the last 2 years;

  • The reason you are no longer employed by all of your employers for the last two years;

  • Check stubs for your current or most recent employer(s);

  • Information about your pension, retirement, 401(K), or other payments;

  • If you have received or will receive any type of pay other than regular wages (such as vacation pay, severance pay, PTO pay-outs) from your current or most recent employer(s), information about the amount(s) of money you have received or will receive;

  • If you have had out of state employment in the last 2 years, the state where you physically worked and your employer’s payroll address;

  • If you are a member of a union hiring hall, information about your hiring hall and your “dues paid through date”; and,

  • If you received Worker’s Compensation, information about the date of your injury

To apply for unemployment benefits, go to Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Unemployment Insurance Uplink, Online filing System , for unemployment insurance claims or if you don't have internet access, go to your nearest full service WorkOne Center as soon as you become unemployed. You will be required to report your last employer's name, mailing address, phone number & dates of employment as well as your address, social security number & phone number.

Unemployment Insurance Help Line at 1-800-891-6499.
Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Unemployment Insurance Claimant Handbook
Indiana Department of Workforce Development, WorkOne Center Directory

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Indiana Employment Assistance for Veterans: The Indiana Department of Workforce Development provides services to Hoosier Veterans. Through the Disabled Veterans' Outreach program (DVOP), and the Local Veterans' Employment Representative (LVER) Program, Workforce Development Offices throughout the State are equipped to assist Hoosier Veterans with their transition from the service to civilian life. The DVOPs specialize in tailored training and job placement opportunities for Veterans with service-connected disabilities. LVERs coordinate services provided Veterans including counseling, testing, and identifying training and employment opportunities.

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

Indiana Motor Vehicle Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans: ( IC 6-6-5-5.2 ) Eligible disabled Veterans may claim a credit against tax imposed upon a motor vehicle owned by the Veteran. Any unused portion after the application to residence property (see the section above entitled Property Tax Exemption) applies next to personal property and lastly as Excise Tax Credit on either motor vehicle excise tax or aircraft license tax. The excise tax shall be reduced in the amount of $2 on each $100 of taxable value or major portion thereof. For the 2016 tax year the Veterans assessed property value must not exceed $143,160 for the 2017 tax year, and later, the Veterans assessed property value must not exceed $175,000.
Who is eligible for the Indiana Motor Vehicle Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans?
The Veteran must meet the following requirements:

  • The Veteran served in the U.S. Armed Forces during any of its wars and received an honorable discharge,

  • The Veteran has a service-connected disability of 10% or more and is evidenced by a pension certificate, award letter of compensation, disability compensation check issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs, or a certificate of eligibility issued by the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs, OR

  • The individual served at least 90 days in the U.S. Armed Forces, received an honorable discharge, and is either totally disabled or is at least 62 years of age and has a disability rating of at least ten percent

  • The Veteran does not own property to which a property tax deduction may be applied under IC 6-1.1-12-13

Surviving Spouses may qualify for this exemption if the deceased Veteran would have been alive and eligible for this credit in 2013, or previously received a credit under this section.

*Note: The Veteran or Spouse may claim up to TWO vehicles for the tax credit under this section. The maximum amount of the excise tax liability is $70. An individual may not claim a vehicle credit and a property tax credit at the same time.

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Active Duty/Veteran/ Surviving Spouse Indicator for Indiana Driver License/ID Card: Active-duty Service members, Veterans and Surviving Spouses may choose to have an indicator placed on their driver's license or ID Card. This designator is a "V" which is located on the back of the card for Veterans, an "AM" for active Service members and “VS” for Surviving Spouses.