Indiana Military and Veterans Benefits

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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

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What are my Indiana Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Military Service Member Pay Indiana Income Tax 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.

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.

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 is not taxing this income, your combat zone income is not eligible for a deduction.

See instructions in the Indiana Department of Revenue, IT-40 Instruction booklet for more information.
Who is eligible for the Military Service Member Pay Indiana Income Tax Deduction?
Anyone who has income that may include active or reserve military pay.

Learn more about the Military Service Member Pay Indiana Income Tax Deduction

Indiana National Guard and Reserve Component Service Member Pay Income Tax Deduction: There is a deduction for eligible 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.

This deduction is for all 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.

See instructions in the Indiana Department of Revenue, IT-40 Instruction booklet for more information.
Who is eligible for the Indiana National Guard and Reserve Component Service Member Pay Income Tax Deduction eligible?
A member of the reserve components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps or Merchant Marine OR a member of the Indiana Army National Guard or Indiana Air National Guard that are mobilized or deployed may be eligible.

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

Indiana Income Tax for Retirement Income and Survivor's Benefits: New – Effective 1 January 2019 an adjusted gross income tax deduction for income from retirement or Survivor's benefits received during the taxable year by the individual, or the individual's Surviving Soldiers in the field with helicopters flying overheadSpouse, for the individual's service in an active or reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Merchant Marine, Indiana Army National Guard, or Indiana Air National Guard. The amount of the deduction is:

  • six thousand two hundred fifty dollars ($6,250) plus the following:

    • For taxable years beginning in 2019, twenty-five percent (25%) of the amount of the benefits in excess of six thousand two hundred fifty dollars ($6,250).

    • For taxable years beginning in 2020, fifty percent (50%) of the amount of the benefits in excess of six thousand two hundred fifty dollars ($6,250).

    • For taxable years beginning in 2021, seventy-five percent (75%) of the amount of the benefits in excess of six thousand two hundred fifty dollars ($6,250).

    • For taxable years beginning in 2022 and in the future, one hundred percent (100%) of the amount of the benefits.

Indiana Department of Revenue, Indiana Income Tax Deductions Fact Sheet
Indiana Department of Revenue, IT-40 Instruction booklet

Note: You may be eligible for this deduction plus the deduction listed under the Military Service Member Pay Indiana Income Tax Deduction

Learn more about the Indiana Income Tax Deduction for Military Retirement Income and Survivor's Benefits

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:

  • two people hugging 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 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 in the tax year.

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 resultedyoung child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemetery 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: Effective 1 January 2019 an adjusted gross income tax deduction for income from Survivor's benefits received during the taxable year by a Service member’s Surviving Spouse. The amount of the deduction is:

  • six thousand two hundred fifty dollars ($6,250) plus the following:

    • For taxable years beginning in 2019, twenty-five percent (25%) of the amount of the benefits in excess of six thousand two hundred fifty dollars ($6,250)

    • For taxable years beginning in 2020, fifty percent (50%) of the amount of the benefits in excess of six thousand two hundred fifty dollars ($6,250)

    • For taxable years beginning in 2021, seventy-five percent (75%) of the amount of the benefits in excess of six thousand two hundred fifty dollars ($6,250)

    • For taxable years beginning in 2022 and in the future, one hundred percent (100%) of the amount of the benefits

Indiana Department of Revenue, Indiana Income Tax 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/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 $14,000 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 $200,000.

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 period of wartime

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

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

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

    • Gulf War: August 2, 1990- to a future date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation, 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 their own name.

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
Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs Contact Information

Learn more about the Indiana Wartime Veterans High School Diploma Program

Indiana Financial Aid for Military Servicemembers and Families: The State of Indiana offers a number of 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 regularly assessed fees for Children of deceased or disabled Veterans. This program funding is limited to a maximum of 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 regularly assessed fees for Children of Purple Heart recipients or wounded Veterans. This program funding is limited to a maximum of 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 students who are the Child or Spouse of a member of the Indiana National Guard who suffered a service-connected death while serving on state active duty. This program funding is limited to a maximum of 124 credit hours.

  • Tuition and Fee Exemption for Indiana Purple Heart Recipients - Provides 100% of tuition and regularly assessed fees for students who are Indiana Veterans and Purple Heart Recipients. This program funding is limited to a maximum of 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. This program funding is limited to a maximum of 124 credit hours and may be used at the undergraduate, graduate or professional degree level.

Learn more about Indiana Financial Aid for Military Servicemembers and Families

Indiana National Guard Supplemental Grant (NGSG): Through a partnership with the Indiana National Guard (ING), 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 atGraduation caps being tossed up in the airtend 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.

In addition students must:

  • Must be a high school graduate or hold a GED (ING might have other restrictions)

  • Must file the current year FAFSA with an eligible Indiana institution listed

  • Must be seeking first Associate or Bachelor’s degree at a public institution in the State of Indiana (please view the Eligible Indiana Institutions below for details)

  • Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements as established by the institution

  • Must have filed an application for and, if applicable, used any federal and state financial assistance available to attend a State institution

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. Students can attend either full time or part time.

Former Indiana National Guard Service members 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
ATTN: Education Services Office

2002 South Holt Road
Indianapolis, IN 46241

Eligible Indiana Educational Institutions

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

Indiana Veteran and Service Member Apprenticeships and On the Job Training: The Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs (IDVA) recognizes the importance of providing quality educational and training opportunities to Veterans. Within IDVA, the State Approving Agency (SAA), through a Federal Contract from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, administers and approves both educational and vocational programs for Veterans. The SAA's mission is in keeping with IDVA's philosophy: supporting the education and development of Veterans.

Apprenticeship Training is on-the-job training coupled with theoretical related instruction. One can receive GI Bill benefits while working full time and earning wages. Apprenticeship programs are normally two to 5 years in length. Although program registration with the Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, is not mandatory for Veterans, it is recommended in order to receive journeyman papers upon successful completion. The sponsoring organization may be union or non-union. Some typical examples of apprenticeship programs are: Carpenter; Electrician; Plumber; Tool & Die Maker; Machinist; Mechanic; and Iron Worker; etc. There are over 860 apprentice-able occupations that may be approved.

On-the-Job (OJT) Training allows you to learn on the job, earn wages and receive GI Bill benefits. OJT programs can be from a minimum of six months to a maximum of two years. There are certain pay schedules that must be followed. Some examples of OJT programs are: Police Officer; Firefighter; Deputy Sheriff; and Jailer, etc.

The IDVA SAA approves training programs at all public and private universities/colleges, barber schools, beauty schools, medical programs, on-the-job training programs, apprenticeship programs, real estate schools, other non-college degree programs, and flight schools.

As a general rule, Veterans have ten (10) years after separation from active duty to use their GI Bill benefits. National Guard and Reservists may also be eligible. To determine your eligibility, phone the Department of Veteran Affairs Regional Processing Office at 888-442-4551. They will want to know your social security number, when you entered active duty and your discharge date.

Eligible members of the National Guard / Reserve and currently drilling National Guard / Reserve Service 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.
Approved Indiana Apprenticeship / On the Job Training Programs

The SAA approves new programs on a weekly basis. If you find a program not listed, please notify the SAA and we will explore the possibility of approval. Direct any question concerning approved institutions to:

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

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Indiana Resident Tuition Rates for Indiana National Guard Service Members, Active Duty Service Members 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 Indiana National Guard Service Members, Active Duty Service Members and Dependents? A person who:

  • Is a nonresident of Indiana

  • Currently serving in the Indiana National Guard: or

  • Serves on active duty

  • Is stationed in Indiana; and

  • Attends a state educational institution

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

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 requirementsChildren sitting on the steps of a school

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Primary Point of Contact:
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

Secondary Point of Contact:
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?

Leave for Indiana National Guard and Reserve Service Members for Military Training: Indiana National Guard and Reserve Service members is entitlsoldiers in the deserted to 15 days military leave per calendar year. This leave may be granted, with or without pay, within 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 entitled to 15 days leave. Upon the person's return, the person shall be restored to the person's previous or similar position, with the same status that the person held before leaving for the person's training period.

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Indiana Military Family Leave: Up to ten (10) days unpaid leave of absence 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 are eligible.

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 applied uniformly to employment decisions regarding hiring, promotion, or retention during a reduction in force.

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.
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 their usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

You will need the following information when filing:

  • A valid email account – your email address will become your 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 you are unemployed

  • Bank routing number and account number if choosing direct deposit as your payment option (NOTE: Key2Benefits prepaid MasterCard® is also available).

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 do not have internet access, go to your nearest full service WorkOne Center as soon as you become unemployed.

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. The Veterans assessed property value must not exceed $200,000.
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, 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.

Learn more about the Indiana Motor Vehicle Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans

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.

Indiana Active Military Indicator Indiana Veteran Indicator Indiana Veteran Spouse Indicator

Who is eligible for the Active Duty/Veteran/ Surviving Spouse Indicator for Indiana Driver License/ID Card? The Veteran must provide a DD214 or other document from the Department of Defense verifying other than a dishonorable discharge to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. An active-duty Service member must present a current military Common Access Card (CAC) during your new issuance or renewal application. If you are a Surviving Spouse of a deceased Veteran, you may choose to have a “Veteran Spouse” indicator placed on your driver’s license. To obtain the indicator, you must present proof of the Veteran’s discharge or separation, a marriage certificate, and a death certificate of the deceased 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, there will be a fee to amend your credentials.

Learn more about Active Duty/Veteran/ Surviving Spouse Indicator for Indiana Driver License/ID Card

Military Personnel Indiana Driver's License Extension/Renewal/Replacement: Indiana law ( Indiana Code 9-24-12-6(b) ) provides that the driver’s license of any Indiana resident serving in the United States Armed Forces and residing outside Indiana, or Spouse and/or dependent (living outside Indiana) of someone in active duty military, remains valid for ninety (90) days after discharge or post-deployment regardless of the expiration date of the license. You may renew your driver's license online if your name and residential address have remained the same since the last time you received a license and your last renewal was in an Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) license branch and you do not have a J restriction or any 2-9 restrictions.

If you, your Spouse, or Children need to replace your driver’s license because you cannot replace it online, or if the expiration date printed on the driver’s license is in the past and you are still deployed on active duty, you can contact the BMV about obtaining a replacement by calling or emailing us.

Alternatively, you can also print the Military Extension Letter, which you must carry in your possession at all times while operating a motor vehicle. This letter will serve as your authority to operate a motor vehicle until you are able to visit a BMV license branch and obtain a renewed driver’s license or until you receive a replacement.
Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Military Extension Letter
Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Online License Renewal, Eligibility Fact Sheet

To renew or replace a non-CDL online, you will need to provide your driver’s license number, legal ZIP code, and last four digits of your Social Security number.

If you are temporarily living outside Indiana and your Indiana license has been lost or stolen while you are out of the state, you may attempt to either renew or replace your license online or request a 30-day interim credential that will allow you to return to Indiana and renew or obtain a replacement license. You may request a 30-day interim credential by submitting a completed Request for Interim/Extension License - State Form 54580.
Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Request for Interim/Extension License - State Form 54580

If you, your Spouse, and/or dependent of a military applicant, holds an expired Indiana license while on active duty, you are exempt from the knowledge and driving skills examination requirements regardless of the expiration date as long as you apply within 90 days of discharge from the military and present proof of discharge within 90 days when you conduct the transaction at a BMV branch. The examination exception does not apply to drivers who have six or more active points on their license or if your license is suspended. If you are out of state and cannot conduct an online transaction because your driver’s license has been expired more than 180 days, you will need to contact the BMV at 800-497-9979.

Active duty military personnel who have returned from deployment within the prior 90 days who wish to renew their Indiana credential must do the following:

  • Present a valid active Military ID

    • To exempt the applicant from examination requirements

    • To exempt the applicant from paying an administrative penalty

  • Pass a vision screening

  • Provide identification verification based on Indiana’s requirements

To renew or to request a duplicate license please go to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles Online portal.
Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, myBMV.com Online Portal

Learn more about the Military Personnel Indiana Driver's License Extensions/Renewals/Replacement

Indiana Military Personnel License Plate Renewal: Indiana military personnel living out of the state may either obtain registration in their new state of residence or renew their vehicle registrations through the Indiana BMV.

If you live out of state, but would like to renew your registration in Indiana, you may have the BMV send your registration renewal notice and your renewed material to your home address or to the address of a friend or Family member who can send the materials to your current location. You will need to have a valid mail-forwarding order with your local post office so your material will reach your current address or ensure the BMV has your friend or Family member’s address on record.

If you are a member of the military from another state who is stationed in Indiana, you may renew your vehicle registrations in Indiana. Visit a BMV branch with the following documents:

Please note that active members of the military will not be charged an administrative penalty if they do not renew their registration by their renewal deadline.
Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, myBMV.com Online Portal

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Indiana Military Commercial Driver License (CDL) Military Skills Waiver Program: The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) may waive the required skills test for select Veterans or active duty personnel of the U.S. Armed Forces who were/are truck drivers during their military service, so long as the applicant applies within one year of discharge and meets all requirements.
Who is eligible for the Indiana Military Commercial Driver License (CDL) Military Skills Waiver Program?
All military applicants must pass the required written test(s); prove that they are regularly employed (or were regularly employed) in a military position requiring operation of a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) within one year; and certify that during the two years immediately preceding the application for an Indiana CDL they meet the following requirements:

  • Has not had more than one license (except for a military license)

  • Has not had any license suspended, revoked, or cancelled

  • Has not had any convictions for any type of motor vehicle for the disqualifying offenses contained in § 383.51(b)

  • Has not had more than one conviction for any type of motor vehicle for serious traffic violations contained in § 383.51(c); and

  • Has not had any conviction for a violation of military, State or local law relating to motor vehicle traffic control (other than a parking violation) arising in connection with any traffic accident and has no record of an accident in which they were at fault

  • Was operating a vehicle representative of the CMV the driver applicant operates or expects to operate.

Application Process: Please follow these steps to apply:

  • Visit a BMV branch, pass required written tests(s) and have Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) issued

  • Complete, save and print the Application for Military CDL Skills Test Waiver form; Secure the signature of the applicant's Commanding Officer, or responsible person in their military chain of command, attesting to the applicant's military driving experience; and

  • Provide copy of DD214 or proof currently active duty; and

  • Provide letter from commander stating applicant has operated a CMV for at least two years immediately preceding discharge from the military; and

  • Copy of military CDL.

Use one of the following options to submit the completed application packet and contact phone number.

  • Fax 317-974-1615

  • Drop documents off at any BMV branch; or

  • 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 (CDL) Military Skills Waiver Program

Indiana Military and Veteran Distinctive License Plates: The State of Indiana offers 19 distinctive license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retirees, and certain Family members. Specific eligibility and documentation requirements will apply. All plates may be placed on passenger cars, trucks up to 11,000 pounds, motorcycles, auto-cycles and recreational vehicles.
Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans License Plates, Specific Eligibility and Documentation requirements
Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, myBMV.com Online Portal
Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Branch Office Directory

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Indiana Army Veteran License Plates: The Army Veteran plate is available to any Indiana resident who is actively serving or served in the U.S. Armed Forces and received the appropriate discharge (as stated below). National Guard and reservists who served on active duty for training also are eligible. To purchase a Indiana Army Veteran plateHoosier Veteran license plate, you must be able to provide at least one of the following:

  • A United States Uniformed Services Retiree Identification Card

  • A DD214 or DD215 (reflecting character of service as either Honorable or under Honorable Conditions)

  • United States military discharge papers (reflecting character of service as either Honorable or under Honorable Conditions)

  • A current Armed Forces identification card; or

  • An Indiana credential, such as a driver’s license, learner’s permit, or identification card containing an indication of Veteran status. The indicator is located in the upper right corner on the back of the Indiana credential. An indicator of Veteran (“V”) or Active Military (“AM”) may be accepted.

This plate can be ordered through myBMV.com, at license branches, and other customer service locations. You will receive the plate in the mail within 14 days.

The cost of the Army Veteran license plate includes vehicle registration fees, taxes, and a group fee of $15.

Learn more about the Indiana Army Veteran License Plates

Indiana Disabled Hoosier Veteran License Plates: Disabled Veteran plates are the same as handicap plates in the State of Indiana. These are strictly limited to those individuals who have serious mobility impairment due to a service-connected disability. According to the law: "disabled Veteran" means a Veteran wIndiana Disabled Hoosier plateho has a service-connected disability resulting in:

  • loss of sight in both eyes or permanent impairment of vision in both eyes to the extent of being eligible for service-connected compensation for the loss; or

  • loss of one (1) or both feet or the permanent loss of use of one (1) or both feet; or

  • loss of one (1) or both hands or the permanent loss of use of one (1) or both hands; or

  • a physical condition that precludes the applicant from being able to walk without pain or difficulty. This must be clearly stated in the VA rating decision. If not, the applicant will be required to furnish a statement from their doctor stating the need for this handicapped license plate OR

  • been rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as being at least 50% disabled and is receiving service-related compensation from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. At least 60% of the disability rating must be for a mobility disability.

Applications must be accompanied by a copy of the Award Letter issued by the United State Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) with the breakdown of individual disability ratings. Also, include a copy of the military discharge (in most cases, DD214).

You must be certified as eligible by the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs to obtain this plate by submitting Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Certification of Eligibility for Veterans License Plates State Form 32584 at any license branch or other customer service location. You will receive the plate in the mail within 14 days. No more than two (2) Disabled Hoosier Veteran license plates may be issued to each eligible applicant.
Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Disabled Hoosier Veteran License Plate, Specific Eligibility Requirements

Learn more about the Indiana Disabled Hoosier Veteran License Plates

Indiana Purple Heart License Plates: Any Hoosier Veteran who has received the Purple Heart Medal is authorized to have these special license plates. To purchase the Purple Heart plate, the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDOVA) must complete Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Certification of Eligibility for Veterans License Plates State Form 32584 certifying your eligibility for the plate. You must submit the certification form to any license branch or BMV certified partner location.

Indiana Purple Heart plate Indiana Purple Heart Disability plate

You may request the Purple Heart Disability plate at the branch location if you:

Applications for the Purple Heart license plate must be accompanied with evidence showing that the Purple Heart was awarded. This may be done by submitting a copy of orders, certificate, statement of service, or DD214. An eligible applicant may receive one (1) or more Purple Heart license plates. Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Hoosier Veteran License Plate, Specific Eligibility Requirements

Learn more about the Indiana Purple Heart License Plates

Indiana Gold Star Family License Plate: The Gold Star Family license plate is available to the Spouses, Parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, siblings, or Children oIndiana Gold Star family platef anyone who died while serving on duty in the military - active, Reserve or National Guard. There is no additional cost for the Gold Star Family license plate. Regular vehicle registration fees and taxes still apply. To purchase the Purple Heart plate, the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDOVA) must complete Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Certification of Eligibility for Veterans License Plates State Form 32584 certifying your eligibility for the plate.
Who is eligible for the Indiana Gold Star Family License Plate? To be eligible for the plate, Family members must provide an official DD Form 1300 from the Department of Defense. In many cases the Department of Defense issues only one copy of the DD Form 1300, normally to the person who is listed as the next-of-kin. In those cases, the next-of-kin will need to be contacted by other Family members and a copy of the form obtained from them. This plate will be available at license branches and other customer service locations. You will receive the plate in the mail within 14 days. You will be able to display this plate on passenger cars, trucks up to 11,000 pounds, and recreational vehicles.
Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Hoosier Veteran License Plate, Specific Eligibility Requirements

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Importing Vehicle Duty-Free for Military Service Members: Military personnel returning at the end of an assignment are allowed to import a vehicle duty-free from outside the United States.

“Duty-free” means that items brought through customs are not subject to a tax that is usually assigned to items imported between countries. Even though a military or U.S. government employee may be eligible to import a vehicle “duty-free,” this does not imply that the vehicle is not subject to Indiana sales tax. If the person 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 United States, normal sales tax rules apply.

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

Indiana National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury or Illness, Disability Compensation and Death Benefits when incurred while on State Active Duty: ( IC 10-16-7-18 ) National Guard members when on duty or assembled for duty, in case of riot, tumult, breach of peace, insurrection, invasion, public disaster or whenever ordered by the governor, the commanding general of the national guard, or called to the aid of civil authorities, is injured, is disabled, or contracts a disease because of the member's duty or assembly; or without fault or neglect on that member's part, is wounded or disabled while performing any lawfully ordered duty that temporarily incapacitates the member from pursuing the member's usual business or occupation; shall, during the period of incapacity, receive the pay to which the member was entitled while on or assembled for duty, plus any actual necessary expenses for care and medical attention.

( IC 10-16-7-19 ) A National Guard Service member, upon proof of the disability, shall be placed on the roll of invalid pensioners of the state and shall receive out of money in the state treasury not otherwise appropriated, upon the audit of the adjutant general and approval of the governor, the same pension or reward that a person under similar circumstances would receive from the United States

In case of a wound, an injury, or a disease that results in death, the Surviving Spouse, dependent Children, or dependent parent of the member of the Indiana National Guard shall receive the pension and reward dating from the time of receiving the injuries on account of which the pension or reward is allowed. If a member of the Indiana National Guard dies in the active service of the state, the member's reasonable funeral expenses, not exceeding eight thousand eight hundred dollars ($8,800), shall be paid by the state in the manner as the governor directs.
Who is eligible for Indiana National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury or Illness, Disability Compensation and Death Benefits when incurred while on State Active Duty?
Indiana National Guard members on state active duty shall be entitled to medical coverage, compensation for disabilities, pension for survivors in the event of the Service member’s death and a funeral allowance if incurred in the line of duty.

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 State-Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI): The National Guard Association of Indiana offers life insurance plans for Indiana National Guard Service members and their eligible dependents. The Insurance Coverage elected will remain level until age 60. When the Insured attains age 60 (Guard Member, Spouse or Indiana National Guard Association insigniadependent), the benefits will be reduced by 50% and the premium will remain the same. All optional coverages expire on the last day of the month in which the member attains age 65.

  • Claims are paid to your beneficiary within 24 hours of notification

  • After the first year, you may cover your Spouse and dependents

  • Should you separate from the guard, you may keep the insurance, for the same price.

Additional coverage is available to Guard members after the first year of service up to $50,000.
Who is eligible for Indiana National Guard State-Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI)?
Indiana National Guard members and their eligible dependents.
Indiana National Guard State-Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) Fact Sheet

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

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

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

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

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

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

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Traumatic Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance  (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 & Recreation Benefits?

Indiana Golden Hoosier Passport: A 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, and other Department of Natural Resource (DNR) facilities. waterfallThe pass is good for one calendar year.
Who is eligible for the Indiana Golden Hoosier Passport? Persons eligible for a Disabled American Veteran license plate under IC 9-18.-5-5 may purchase the Hoosier Golden Passport at DNR facilities around the State. If you have Disabled American Veteran plates on the vehicle, simply drive to the gate and the attendant will sell you the Hoosier Golden Passport. If you do not have the plate but believe you are eligible, you will be given a form to request the plate, which you must send to the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs for verification.

Former Prisoners of War will receive their Hoosier Golden Passport in the mail after their plates are issued. If you do not receive yours in a reasonable time or have other plates on your vehicle but are entitled to POW plates, contact the Department of Natural Resources at 1-800-622-4931.

Learn more about the Indiana Golden Hoosier Passport

Indiana Hunting License Exemption for Service Members on Leave: Residents of Indiana engaged in full-time military service and who are carrying leave orders and a valid Indiana driver's license or voter registration card are exempt from purchasing a hunting license.

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

Indiana Hunting and Fishing Licenses at Resident Prices for Nonresident Service Members: Non-resident military personnel on active duty and stationed within Indiana may hunt and/or fish with a resident license.

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

Indiana Disabled Veterans' Reduced Fee, Hunting and Fishing Licenses: Disabled Hoosier Veterans may purchase a license to hunt and fish in the State of Indiana for the reduced fee of $2.75 or a 10-year DAV license for $27.50. father and kids fishing
Who is eligible for Indiana Disabled Veterans' Reduced Fee, Hunting and Fishing Licenses? Indiana residents who have served in the Armed Forces and have a documented service-connected disability through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are eligible. Steps to get your Disabled Veteran license:

  • Fill out your application form (applications are available from your County Veteran Service Officer or online)

  • Include your U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs File number

  • Send your application, payment and self-addressed stamped envelope to:

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

  • Once you receive your certified application, you may use it or your previous license to purchase future licenses and eliminate any delay. Just show your license or certified application to the vendor for proof of your eligibility.

  • Within two weeks, your signed and sealed certified application will be returned to you. You will need to retain this letter for your future use.

*Note: The Disabled Veteran license is good for small game hunting and fishing only. Waterfowl, Trout/Salmon, deer, and turkey stamps may be purchased at the regular rate.

For more information, please contact the Indiana Department of Natural Resources at 317-232-4200 or the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs at 317-232-3910.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Application for Indiana Reduced Fee Hunting and Fishing License for Disabled Veterans, State Form 50833

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What are my Indiana Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Indiana Peddlers, Vendors, or Hawkers License: State law provides that any wartime Veteran who has an honorable discharge shall be granted these licenses by all cities and counties free of charge. See your county auditor. ( IC 25-25-2-1 )

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

Exemption from Indiana Jury Duty for Service Members: An individual who serves on active duty in the Armed Forces, Reserve duty while on military orders of the United States or the Indiana National Guard is exempt from service on any jury in any court of Indiana.

Learn more about Exemption from Indiana Jury Duty for Service Members

Indiana Veterans' Home: The Indiana Veterans' Home (IVH) in West Lafayette offers long-term skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation, independent living, and memory care services for their residents. Residents of the Veterans' Home enjoy amenities such as thIndiana Veterans Homee library and media center, gardens, crafts and hobbies, chapel, beauty shop, transportation services and a busy schedule of recreation and activities.

Residents receive premier nursing care, with board-certified physicians and onsite specialty care, including:

  • Physical and occupational therapy

  • Speech and hearing therapy

  • Respiratory therapy

  • Podiatry

  • Dentistry

  • Optometry

Who is eligible for care at the Indiana Veterans' Home?

  • An honorably discharged Veteran of the United States Armed Forces, or the Spouse (or Surviving Spouse) of an honorably discharged Veteran of the United States Armed Forces

  • An Indiana resident for at least one (1) year immediately preceding application for admission (residency waivers may apply for Service members who enlisted from, or discharged to, the state of Indiana)

  • IVH now accepts Gold Star parents

Applicants must also pass a criminal background check conducted by the Indiana Veterans' Home.
Indiana Veterans' Home Brochure
Indiana Veteran’s Home Admission Page
Indiana Veterans' Home Application Packet
Indiana Veterans' Home Booklet

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 Hoosier Veterans who entered the service from Indiana. Copies of these will be provided upon request to the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. The processing time for such a request is usually one or two weeks. The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs or your County Veterans Service Officer can assist you with the paperwork to obtain other documents from the federal government. In most cases if the Veteran was discharged from 1989 to present the IDVA has copy 6 on file. For discharges prior to 1989 contact the State Archives at 317-591-5222.

Records may also be requested directly from the appropriate military records custodian or the National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records, 9700 Page Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63132-5100 by completing a Standard Form 180-Request Pertaining to Military Records.
National Archives Military Personnel Records Request Fact Sheet

Learn more about Military Service Documents for Indiana Veterans

Indiana County Veterans Service Offices: The County Veterans Service Offices (CVSOs) are a local point of contact for Veterans in their county to assist with all Veteran issues. They work closely with The Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs, The United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and various Veteran Service Organizations assisting Veterans and their Family members with benefits they may be eligible for due to their military service. You can click on the individual counties to get your local CVSOs contact information.
Indiana County Veteran Service Officer Directory current as of October 2020.

Learn more about Indiana County Veterans Service Offices

Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery: The Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery opened for internments on December 1, 1999. The Cemetery is located adjacent to the Madison State Hospital and Clift Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana. There is no charge for the grave site or use of the Chapel forIndiana Veterans Cemetery internment services. Any eligible Veteran will be buried at no cost to the Family. Burial of a Spouse or dependent Child will require the payment of an opening and closing fee. The fee will be determined by the type of grave site.
Who is eligible for interment at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery?
The Indiana Veterans Cemetery follows the National Cemetery Administration’s eligibility guidelines.

Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces:

  • Any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who dies on active duty

  • Any Veteran who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. With certain exceptions, service beginning after September 7, 1980, as an enlisted person, and service after October 16, 1981, as an officer, must be for a minimum of 24 continuous months or the full period for which the person was called to active duty (as in the case of a Reservist called to active duty for a limited duration). Undesirable, bad conduct and any other type of discharge other than honorable may or may not qualify the individual for Veterans benefits, depending upon a determination made by a VA Regional Office and/or the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs. Cases presenting multiple discharges of varying character are also referred for adjudication to a VA Regional Office and/or the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs.

  • Any citizen of the United States who, during any war in which the United States has or may be engaged, served in the Armed Forces of any Government allied with the United States during that war, whose last active service was terminated honorably by death or otherwise, and who was a citizen of the United States at the time of entry into such service and at the time of death.

Members of Reserve Components and Reserve Officers' Training Corps:

  • Reservists and National Guard members who, at time of death, were entitled to retired pay under Chapter 1223, title 10, United States Code, or would have been entitled, but for being under the age of 60. Specific categories of individuals eligible for retired pay are delineated in section 12731 of Chapter 1223, title 10, United States Code.

  • Members of reserve components, and members of the Army National Guard or the Air National Guard, who die while hospitalized or undergoing treatment at the expense of the United States for injury or disease contracted or incurred under honorable conditions while performing active duty for training or inactive duty training or undergoing such hospitalization or treatment.

  • Members of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps of the Army, Navy, or Air Force who die under honorable conditions while attending an authorized training camp or on an authorized cruise, while performing authorized travel to or from that camp or cruise, or while hospitalized or undergoing treatment at the expense of the United States for injury or disease contracted or incurred under honorable conditions while engaged in one of those activities.

  • Members of reserve components who, during a period of active duty for training, were disabled or died from a disease or injury incurred or aggravated in line of duty or, during a period of inactive duty training, were disabled or died from an injury or certain cardiovascular disorders incurred or aggravated in line of duty.

Spouses and Dependents:

  • The Spouse or Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran is eligible for interment in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery even if that Veteran is not buried or memorialized at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In addition, the Spouse or Surviving Spouse of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States whose remains are unavailable for burial is also eligible for burial.

  • The Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran who had a subsequent remarriage to a non-Veteran and whose death occurred on or after January 1, 2000, is eligible for burial in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery based on their marriage to the eligible Veteran.

  • The minor Children of an eligible Veteran. For purpose of burial in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, a minor Child is a Child who is unmarried and:

  • The minor Children of an eligible Veteran. For purpose of burial in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, a minor Child is a Child who is unmarried and:

    • Who is under 21 years of age; or,

    • Who is under 23 years of age and pursuing a full-time course of instruction at an approved educational institution.

For the purpose of burial in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, an unmarried adult Child is of any age but became permanently physically or mentally disabled and incapable of self-support before reaching 21 years of age, or before reaching 23 years of age if pursuing a full-time course of instruction at an approved educational institution. Proper supporting documentation must be provided.
Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Detailed Eligibility Guidelines
Indiana Veterans Cemetery Application for Burial
Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Brochure

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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 to the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces, including the NatioGovernors Memorial Certificatenal Guard and Reserve.

The certificates can be obtained by contacting a person’s local funeral director, any Veterans’ organization, such as the American Legion or the VFW, the County Veterans’ Service Officer or by completing the application form 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: 812-273-9221
Fax: 812-273-9221

Learn more about the Indiana Governor's Memorial Certificate

Indiana County Veterans Burial allowances: Each County Auditor is authorized to pay up to an amount not to exceed $1000 for the burial of a Veteran or the Veteran's Spouse, and to pay up to $100 for the setting of a federal headstone or marker. Veterans must have received an honorable discharge, and an application must be filed with the county auditor in the county of residence. Ref: IC 10-17-10 and IC 23-14-73.
Indiana County Auditors Directory

Learn more about the Indiana County Veterans Burial Allowances

Indiana Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF): Beginning on January 2, 2007, the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) began accepting grant applications from the Families of deployed or recently deployed National Guard members and members of the Selected Reserves. Effective July 1, 2016, the Military Family Relief Fund is available to all Veterans that served on active duty during a national conflict or war time period.

The emergency grants may be used by the Families for needs such as food, housing, utilities, medical services, transportation, and other essential Family support expenses which have become difficult to afford. Grants up to $2,500 will be awarded. Grants will be considered by the Indiana Veterans' Affairs Commission, and the applicant will be advised.

**New The MFRF COVID-19 emergency grant may be used on a case-by-case basis by Families for up to two months of household needs such as food, housing, utilities, medical services, Childcare and other essential Family support which has become difficult to afford due to the coronavirus pandemic. Award of this grant is contingent that the hardship must be a reasonable, and logical consequence of COVID-19. Applicants are not required to be wartime Veterans and those approved for a previous standard MFRF are also eligible for the COVID-19 MFRF.

Note: The Director of the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs may waive the requirements for emergency cases only upon written request indicating the circumstances justifying such a waiver.
Who is eligible for the Indiana Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF)?
Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Indiana Resident

  • Time in Service (12 months of qualifying service)

  • Discharge Type (Honorable or Under Honorable Conditions)

  • Serving or served during a recognized time of war or National conflict (except for the COVID-19 MFRF)

Recognized Time of War or National Conflict

Financial Criteria:

  • Federal gross income cannot exceed two (2) times the U.S Federal Poverty Guideline

  • OR Veteran must have written documentation proving that their position and/or job has been affected by COVID-19, e.g. a letter from an employer, a letter from a supplier

  • Proof of hardship as a result of COVID-19, e.g. a letter from an employer on official letterhead detailing a period in which the Veteran will lose income as a result of COVID-19

U.S Federal Poverty Guidelines

Hardship Criteria:

  • The hardship incurred by the applicant must be a reasonable and logical consequence of the applicant’s service in the Armed Forces or the National Guard

  • OR the hardship incurred by the applicant must be a reasonable and logical consequence of COVID-19 (for COVID special application)

  • Directly impacts the applicant's most central and basic living needs

To apply applicants must fill out the MFRF packet completely and ensure that all signature areas are signed prior to application submission. Applicants must also provide the following documents:

  • DD214

  • Statement letter signed by the Veteran (explaining situation and how the military contributed to their current hardship)

  • Current bills, invoices, estimates, etc.

  • Last month bank statements

  • Evidence of income (pay stubs, VA compensation, SSA, retirement, cash assistance, unemployment, etc.)

  • Prior Year W2's

  • Most recent tax return

  • Evidence of assets

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF) Application Packet
Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF), COVID -19 Application Packet

Please submit the completed MFRF packet to:

Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs
ATTN: Military Family Relief Fund
302 W. Washington St, Room E-120
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Applications and documentation may also be faxed to 317-232-7721 If you are unsure your fax was received please call before sending duplicate faxes.

For more information, please contact one of the MFRF Staff at 317-232-3910. Inquiries may also be made via email to mfrf@dva.in.gov.

Learn more about the Indiana Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF)

Hoosier Woman Veterans: Women Veterans often are unaware of the benefits and services available to them. This section is devoted to providing resources for women Veterans and their friends and Families. Some resources refer to federal benefits and services available through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Other benefitsHoosier Woman Veterans and facilities are specific to the State of Indiana and require Indiana residency to qualify. Also included are resources in Indiana communities which may be of interest to all women.

The purpose of the registry is to serve as an informational bridge to connect women Veterans to the numerous resources and benefits that are available and that you are entitled to. The registry is strictly confidential and used only as a link of information among the Hoosier women Veteran population.
Hoosier Women Veterans Registry

You may email, fax, or mail your completed form to:
Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs
302 West Washington Street, RM E120
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-232-3910
Fax: 317-232-7721
Email: IDVA@dva.in.gov

Learn more about Hoosier Woman Veterans

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 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.

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

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in Indiana: The Department of Veterans Affairs' (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 (VA) Cemeteries in Indiana

 

Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs
302 W. Washington St, Rm E120
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2738
Phone: 317-232-3910 / 8661
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

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

United States 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

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, State and Federal Benefit Information Book

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Document Review Date: 17 November 2020