Kansas Military and Veterans Benefits

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Summary of Kansas Military and Veterans Benefits: Kansas offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Kansas National Guard and Reserve Service member emergency assistance, Kansas Public Employees Retirement System military benefits, Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance Program, special vehicle license plates and Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism benefits. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

The state, through the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs (KCVA), provides 17 different service office locations which provide individual assistance to Veterans in completing the paperwork necessary to receive benefits. For assistance in applying for benefits please call 785-296-3976 or send an email to Kansas Commission of Veterans Affairs Central Office .

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Kansas Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

What are my Kansas Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Kansas Retired Military Pay Income Taxes: Amounts received as retirement benefits in whatever form which were earned for being employed by the federal government or for service in the Armed Forces of the United States are a subtraction modification from federal adjusted gross income. Use Part “A’ on the front of Schedule S, Form K-40 to subtract (exempt) military retirement benefits from Kansas Income Tax.
Kansas Department of Revenue, Division of Taxation, Kansas Individual Income Frequently Asked Questions Webpage

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Kansas Military Pay Income Taxes: If your military home of record is Kansas, you are required to file a Kansas income tax return, even if you were not stationed in Kansas last year.

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Kansas State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income if any of the following conditions apply:

  • You were entitled to receive a disability payment before September 25, 1975

  • You were a member of the military (active or reserves) or were under a binding written commitment to become a member on September 24, 1975

  • You receive disability payments for a combat-related injury. This is a personal injury or sickness that:

    • Resulted directly from armed conflict

    • Took place while you were engaged in extra-hazardous service,

    • Took place under conditions simulating, including training exercises such as maneuvers, or

    • Was caused by an instrumentality of war

  • You would be entitled to receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if you filed an application for it (the exclusion under this condition equals the amount you would be entitled to from the VA).

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Kansas 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.

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Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Kansas State Tax Benefits: Military survivor benefit plans are not taxed in Kansas.

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Kansas Homestead Refund: The Homestead Refund is a rebate of a portion of the property taxes paid on a Kansas resident's homestead. Your refund percentage is based on your total household income. The refund is a percentage of your general property tax excluding specials. Tax on property valued at more than $350,000 does not qualify. The maximum refund is $700. Filers eligible for the Kansas Property Tax Relief claim receive 75% of their property tax with no maximum limit. Individuals are only eligible for one claim. WebFile determines the claim that is most beneficial to the household.
Who is eligible for the Kansas Homestead Refund? The Homestead Refund Program is for homeowners who were residents of Kansas ALL of 2019. As a Kansas resident the entire year, you are eligible if your total household income is $34,450 or less and you:

  • Were born before January 1, 1964, or

  • Were blind or totally and permanently disabled all of 2019, or

  • Have a dependent Child who lived with you the entire year who was born before January 1, 2019 and was under the age of 18 all of 2019.

The Kansas Property Tax Relief claim is for homeowners with countable household income of $20,300 or less and born before January 1, 1954.

Veterans must be Kansas residents, honorably discharged, and certified to have 50 percent or more permanent disability sustained through military actions. Surviving Spouses of deceased disabled Veterans are also eligible to claim a Homestead refund and remain eligible until they remarry. An original Veterans Disability Determination Letter or Letter from a Regional V.A. that includes the disability date verifying the disability occurred prior to January 1, 2019 and percentage of permanent disability must be filed with the Homestead Refund Claim (K-40H).

The Surviving Spouse of an active duty Service member who died in the line of duty is also eligible to claim a Homestead refund and remain eligible until such time as they remarry.
Kansas Department of Revenue, Division of Taxation, Homestead Refund Online Claim Application Webpage
Kansas Department of Revenue, Homestead Refund Frequently Asked Questions

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What are my Kansas Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Kansas Tuition Assistance for Dependents of Deceased Resident Service Members and former Prisoners of War : ( K.S.A. 75-4364 ) Every Kansas educational institution shall provide for enrollment without charge of tuition or fees for any dependent or Spouse of any resident of Kansas who died on or after September 11, 2001, while, and as a result of, serving in military service; and any prisoner of war. Any such dependent or Spouse and any prisoner of war shall be eligible for enrollment at a Kansas educational institution without charge of tuition or fees for not to exceed 10 semesters of undergraduate instruction, or the equivalent thereof, at all such institutions.

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Kansas Resident Tuition Rates for Eligible Veterans, Service Members and Dependents: All Veterans eligible for federal education benefits, along with all current members of the Armed Forces are charged in-state tuition rates at all 32 public postsecondary colleges and universities in Kansas, effective July 1, 2015, regardless of time spent in the state. Eligible Spouses and dependent Children also qualify for in-state tuition rates. The Veteran, Veteran’s Spouse or dependent Children, must live in Kansas at the time of enrollment.

Kansas has also declared all current members of the Armed Forces residents of the state for tuition and fee purposes (including Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, Kansas Army or Air National Guard, or any branch of the military reserves of the United States), along with the Spouses and dependent Children of current members of the Armed Forces, who are enrolled or have been accepted for admission at a Kansas public postsecondary educational institution.

To confirm your eligibility, contact the Office of the Registrar at the institution at which you intend to apply or are currently enrolled.
Kansas Public Institutions of Higher Learning
Kansas Board of Regents, Residency FAQ Webpage

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Refund or Credit for Tuition for Activated Service Member Attending Kansas Regent Institution: The Board of Regents has enacted a system-wide policy stating that when a member of the United States Armed Forces who is a student in a Kansas regent institution is activated and must leave school, that person will be given a refund or credit for the tuition paid.

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The Kansas Board of Regents insignia Kansas Military Service Scholarship: The Kansas Military Service Scholarship is available for the payment of tuition and fees at a public Kansas institution for students who are a resident of Kansas and has:

  • Served in military service in international waters or on foreign soil in support of military operations for which the person received hostile fire pay at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, or served less than such 90 days because of injuries during such military service;

  • Has received an honorable discharge or under honorable conditions (general) discharge from military service or is still in military service; and

  • Has provided copies of military discharge papers (DD214) or active duty orders whichever such paper or order indicate the location of such person's deployment and indicate the person has served after September 11, 2001, in any military operation for which the person received hostile fire pay.

Because financial need is a priority in awarding this scholarship, students will need to file a FAFSA form. Once your school considers you as a graduate status student, you are not eligible for this scholarship.

Requirements for Recipients of this scholarship:

  • be a Kansas resident;

  • remain in good academic standing at the Kansas educational institution where they are enrolled;

  • make satisfactory progress toward completion of the requirements of the educational program in which they are enrolled; and

  • enroll in a minimum of 6 hours each semester, can be part-time or full-time

Any federal military tuition assistance that the student receives will be applied first toward the student’s tuition/fees and only the remaining balance will be eligible for scholarship assistance. Eligible students may be awarded a scholarship for not more than four academic years of undergraduate study (five years if enrolled in a designated five-year program). Funding for this scholarship is subject to state appropriations.

Priority Deadline: May 1.
Kansas Board of Regents, State of Kansas Student Aid Online Application
Kansas Board of Regents, Kansas Military Service Scholarship 2020-2021 Fact Sheet

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Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance Program: The Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance provides a percentage of tuition and fees paid; up to a maximum rate not to exceed the maximum rate that would be charged by the state educational institutions for enrollment and that percentage is determined by the number of eligible students and available appropriations. Students may be pursuing a certificate, diploma or degree program and must be an enlisted member of a Kansas Air/Army Kansas ARNG Education logoNational Guard unit. Full-time enrollment not required. Student must have a GED or high school diploma to qualify for this assistance. The member must have less than 20 years of service with the National Guard and not already have obtained a bachelor's degree.
Who is eligible for Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance? The following National Guard Service members are eligible:

  • Current member of the Kansas National Guard and in good standing

  • After last semester of assistance, will serve at least 24 months in Kansas National Guard

  • Student must have GED or high school diploma

  • Enrolled in a Kansas educational institution and maintain a 2.0 GPA

  • Not already have obtained a bachelor’s degree

  • Must have FAFSA on file at institution

  • Must apply for Federal Tuition Assistance, if applicable

  • Will pay up to 15 credit hours per semester of assistance

  • Must submit transcript to National Guard unit at the end of each semester

Fall 2020 semester deadline - August 31, 2020
Spring 2021 semester deadline - January 31, 2021
Kansas Board of Regents, State of Kansas Student Aid Online Application
Kansas Board of Regents, Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance Scholarship 2020-2021 Fact Sheet
Kansas National Guard Education Assistance, Unit Commanders Signature Form 6006A

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Kansas Educational Benefits for Dependents of Veterans of the Vietnam War: ( K.S.A. 73-1218 ) The state board of regents, the board of trustees of every community college, the board of regents of Washburn University of Topeka, the governing board of every technical college and the governing body of every other institution of post-high school education which is supported by any state moneys shall provide for enrollment without charge of tuition or fees for any dependent so long as such dependent is eligible, but not to exceed 12 semesters of instruction or the equivalent thereof at all such institutions. Once a person qualifies as a dependent under the terms and provisions of this act, no occurrence shall disqualify the dependent from receipt of the benefits.
Who is eligible for Kansas Educational Benefits for Dependents of Veterans of the Vietnam War? Any Child born to, legally adopted by, or in the legal custody of a person who was a resident of the state of Kansas at the time such person entered service of the United States Armed Forces and who, while serving in the Vietnam conflict, died as the result of a service-connected disability suffered during the Vietnam conflict.

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“Operation Recognition”, Highschool Diplomas for Kansas Wartime Veterans: The State of Kansas sponsors "Operation Recognition" to honor World War II and Korean era Veterans who left school to join the military and never received a high school diploma.Group of Veterans being recognized

In recognition of their outstanding contribution, The Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Office, through a program called "Operation Recognition" for WW II and Korean War Veterans, is working with schools, cities, and service organizations to award Honorary High School Diplomas to qualifying WW II and Korean War Veterans. This is a small, overdue gesture of our society's gratitude for the sacrifice these individuals made in the name of freedom.
Who is eligible for “Operation Recognition”, Highschool Diplomas for Kansas Wartime Veterans? The following Veterans are eligible:

  • All "Honorably" Discharged Veterans who served in WWII between September 16, 1940 and December 31, 1946, and Korean War Veterans who served between June 27, 1950 and January 31, 1955, who did not graduate from High School are eligible

  • Those who have obtained their diploma but entered service before they could participate in their graduation ceremonies, are also encouraged to apply

  • Diplomas can be awarded posthumously.

Kansas “Operation Recognition” Application

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Kansas 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:
Craig Neuenswander, School Finance Director
Kansas Department of Education
Address: 900 SW Jackson St, Suite 356
Topeka, KS 66612
Email: craign@ksde.org
Phone: 785-296-3872

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What are my Kansas Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Kansas State Employee Leave for Military Duty: Eligible employees are provided up to 30 days of paid leave for active duty within each 12-month period beginning October 1 and ending September 30 of the following year.
Who is eligible for Kansas State Employee Leave for Military Duty? State employees that are ordered to active duty are eligible for military leave.

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Kansas State Employee Veterans Hiring Preference: In recognition of the sacrifices made by those serving in the Armed Forces, the State of Kansas enacted tanks driving over a bridgelaws to prevent Veterans seeking State employment from being penalized because of time spent in military service. Veterans' preference recognizes the economic loss suffered by citizens who have served their country in uniform, restores Veterans to a favorable competitive position for Government employment and acknowledges the obligation owed to disabled Veterans.

Eligible Veterans, or the Spouses of Veterans, who meet requirements receive preference for employment, promotional opportunities, and a higher retention standing in the event of reductions in workforce. Qualified Veterans or Spouses who qualify for Veterans' preference are guaranteed an interview and to receive consideration for the position for which they apply. The Veterans' preference laws do not guarantee the Veteran a job. Preference does not have as its goal the placement of a Veteran in every vacancy; this would be incompatible with the merit principles that are the foundation of the state's civil service system.
Who is eligible for Kansas State Employee Veterans Hiring Preference? State Law – K.S.A. 73-201 provides Veterans’ preference for Veterans who separated honorably from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions. Veterans’ preference shall be approved:

  • If you entered the Armed Forces before October 15, 1976

    • During any war between April 6, 1917 through July 2, 1921, and December 7, 1941 through April 28, 1952

    • Between April 28, 1952 and July 1, 1955

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

    • For more than 180 days since January 31, 1955, but before October 15, 1976 (excluding the six-month Reserve or Nation Guard training program.)

  • If you entered the Armed Forces on or after October 15, 1976

    • In any campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge or service medal was authorized. Examples of some the most common campaign medals are: Haiti, El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Southwest Asia (Persian Gulf), Rwanda and Somalia

  • If you separated from the armed services under honorable conditions and have a disability certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as being service-connected, were issued the Purple Heart by the United States government or were released from active service with a service-connected disability

  • If you voluntarily retired from the active service with the pay grade of 03 or lower unless you retired due to wounds received in combat or are disabled Veterans

  • If you are a Spouse of a Veteran who has a 100% service-connected disability, or 100% unemployable as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs

  • If you are the un-remarried Spouse of a Service member, who died while, and as a result of, serving in the Armed Forces

  • If you are the Spouse of a prisoner of war, as defined by K.S.A. 75-4364, and amendments thereto.

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Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal 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 Spouse) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and Kansas National Guard deployedretain 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 USERRA Benefits?
Veterans, Reserve Service members, 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 Location

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Kansas State Employee Compensation for Active Duty Pay Differential and Allowances: For state employees, the state will make up any difference between the pay and allowances Kansas National Guard and Reserve Service members receive from the military and their state salary at the time they were Serviceman talking with an employercalled to active duty. The maximum amount paid is $1,000 per month
Who is eligible for Kansas State Employee Compensation for Active Duty Pay Differential and Allowances?
National Guard and Reserve Service members that are state employees that are ordered to active military duty are eligible for compensation.

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Kansas National Guard and Reserve Service Members Activation Payment: There is a onetime payment of $1,000 made to state employees upon activation for 180 days or more. These payments will be made retroactively to all National Guard members and reservists who have been activated since September 11, 2001.
Who is eligible for the Kansas National Guard and Reserve Service Members Activation Payment? All National Guard and Reserve Service members who have been activated since September 11, 2001 are eligible for the Activation Payment.

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Kansas Public Employees Retirement System Military Benefits: The Kansas Public Employee Retirement System offers the following benefits to Service members and former Service Members:

  • Service Credit: Additional service credit increases the amount of a member's monthly retirement benefit and possibly allows them to retire earlier.

  • Granted Military Service Credit: Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) can grant active military service at no cost to members if their military service interrupts their public service. They must be employed in a covered position immediately before and immediately after the active military service.

  • Purchased Military Service Credit: Members can purchase year for year of active military service and one quarter of service credit for each year of military reserve service.

  • Basic Life Insurance: Active KPERS members receive basic life insurance equal to 150 percent of their annual gross income. Employers pay for the cost of this benefit. If a member goes on military leave, their basic life insurance coverage continues for the duration of the military leave at no cost to the employee.

  • Optional Life Insurance: Optional life insurance coverage is provided in addition to the basic life insurance. Employees pay their own premiums for this coverage at group rates, depending on the amount of coverage.

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Kansas Professional License Military Benefits: Kansas professional licenses shall continue to be valid while an individual is in military service and for six months following their release. No licensee shall be required to pay a renewal fee, submit a renewal application, obtain continuing education or meet other conditions while on active duty. Also, no license shall expire, lapse or be canceled, revoked or suspended while an individual is on military service. Within six months after their release from active duty or within two weeks of engaging in activities that require a license, the licensee must file the completed application and renewal fee to maintain licensure. They have one year to complete required continuing education requirements.

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What are my Kansas Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Kansas Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment Insurance (UI) is designed to provide partial wage replacement on a temporary basis to workers involuntarily unemployed through no fault of their own.

In order to file an initial application for unemployment benefits or to file a weekly claim for unemployment benefits on the Kansas Department of Labor, Unemployment Insurance Online Portal , you must first create and login with a unique user account that is associated to you, the claimant. Without an account, you will be unable to file for benefits online.

When filing a new application, you will need the following information:

  • Your Social Security number

  • Full mailing address, including apartment or lot number, Zip Code and PO Box if you use one

  • A phone number where you can be reached during the day

  • The name and mailing address of your last employer, no matter how long you worked there

    • Note: Your paycheck stub or W-2 form usually contains this information

  • The date you began and stopped working for each employer and the reason you left each job for the last 18 months

  • The county in which you live

  • Your driver's license number

  • If you are not a citizen or national of the United States, your employment authorization number and expiration date

  • If you were active duty military within the past 18 months, your DD214, Member #4 form

  • If you were a federal employee, your Standard Form SF-50 or pay stub

  • Any separation, vacation, or holiday pay you have received or will receive in the future.

If you need information or have questions not covered on Kansas Department of Labor website, please use one of the phone numbers below to contact the Unemployment Contact Center.

Kansas City:
913-596-3500

Topeka:
785-575-1460

Wichita:
316-383-9947

Toll-Free
800-292-6333

Speech and/or hearing disabled Kansans can access the Kansas Relay Center by calling toll-free 800-766-3777.

The customer service representatives are available from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday except on state holidays.
Kansas Department of Labor, Unemployment Guide
Kansas Unemployment Insurance Frequently Asked Questions

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Kansas Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Military Spouses: Kansas statute considers military Spouses who are forced to leave their position due to their Spouse's military orders as an involuntary separation from work and therefore eligible for unemployment insurance.

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What are my Kansas Military and Veterans Division of Vehicles Benefits?

Veteran’s Indicator on Kansas Driver Licenses and Identification Cards: Veteran's may have a Veteran indicator placed on their license or identification card. The Kansas Veteran Drivers Licenseapplicant must submit a United States Department of Defense discharge document (otherwise known as a DD214) which indicates a discharge of "honorable." If the Veteran does not have the DD214, the Kansas Commission on Veteran's Affairs will offer assistance in obtaining a copy. A Veterans Affairs card (VA ID) and a retired Military ID will also be accepted as proof of "honorable" discharge at the time of issuance.
Kansas Commission on Veteran's Affairs Office Directory

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Kansas Motor Vehicle Registration Grace Period for Service Members: Returning deployed military personnel with an expired registration have a seven-day grace period to properly register their vehicles in their home county.

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Kansas Military and Veteran License Plates: The state of Kansas has 14 license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retirees and Family members. A short description of some of these plates can be found below.

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Kansas Military Commercial Driver License Skill Test Waiver Program: The state of Kansas will waive the skills test portion of the Commercial Driver License (CDL) application for eligible Service members that have Commercial Military Vehicle (CMA) driving experience.
Who is eligible for the Kansas Military Commercial Driver License Skill Test Waiver Program? To qualify:

  • An applicant must certify that, during the two-year period immediately prior to applying for a CDL, they:

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

    • Have 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)

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

    • Have not had 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; and

  • An applicant must provide evidence and certify that they:

    • are regularly employed or was regularly employed within the last 12 months in a military position requiring operation of a CMV;(2) Was exempted from the CDL requirements in §383.3; and

    • were operating a vehicle representative of the CMV the driver applicant operates or expects to operate, for at least the 2 years immediately preceding discharge from the military.

For eligible applicants, download the CDL Military Skills Waiver Certification form. Complete the application in including certification by your Commanding Officer. Out of state applicants must submit with the application, a current Motor Vehicle Record from their home state of record. Submit the completed form(s) to any Full-Service State Driver's License office.
Kansas Commercial Driver License, Military Skills Waiver Certification form

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Kansas U.S. Veteran License Plate with Military Branch Decal: Any owner or lessee of one or more passenger vehicles, trucks of a gross weight of 20,000 pounds or less oArmy Veteran plater motorcycles, who is a resident of the state of Kansas, and who submits satisfactory proof to the director of vehicles, in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the secretary of revenue, that such person has proof of having served and is designated as a Veteran, and has had an honorable discharge from the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Merchant Marines, upon compliance with the provisions of this section, may be issued one nontransferable distinctive license plate for each such passenger vehicle, truck, motorcycle or travel trailer designating such person as a United States military Veteran. Such license plates shall be issued for the same period of time as other license plates upon proper registration and payment of the regular license fee of the regular license fee as provided in K.S.A. 8-143, and amendments thereto . On and after January 1, 2005, any person issued a license plate may request a decal for each license plate indicating the appropriate military branch in which the person served. A fee of $2 shall be paid for each decal issued. The director of vehicles shall design such decals. Such decals shall be affixed to the license plate in the location required by the director.
Who is eligible for the Kansas U.S. Veteran License Plate with Military Branch Decal? Any person who is a Veteran of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Merchant Marines may make application for such distinctive license plates, not less than 60 days prior to such person's renewal of registration date, on a form prescribed and furnished by the director of vehicles., and any applicant for the distinctive license plates shall furnish the director with proof as the director shall require that the applicant is a Veteran of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Merchant Marines. Application for the registration of a passenger vehicle, truck, motorcycle or travel trailer and issuance of the license plates under this section shall be made by the owner or lessee in a manner prescribed by the director of vehicles upon forms furnished by the director.
Kansas Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles, Military Veteran License Plate Application

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Kansas Combat Wounded Purple Heart License Plate: A Combat Wounded/Purple Heart plate may be issued for an auto, motorcycle or truck registered for 20,000 lbs. or less which is titled or leased in Kansas in the name of the Purple Heart medal recipient.Purple Heart Plate

At the Purple Heart recipient's option, and if qualified, NO MORE THAN TWO of the following decals may displayed on the Combat Wounded/Purple Heart plate: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Combat Medical Badge, Army Combat Infantry Badge, Navy/ Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon, Army Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross or Distinguished Flying Cross. These medals and or ribbons must have been awarded by the United States government.

Standard registration fees and property taxes are due for the vehicle to which the Combat Wounded plate is issued. All decals have a fee of $2.00 each.
Who is eligible for the Kansas Combat Wounded Purple Heart License Plate? To qualify you must:

  • Be a Kansas resident or a member of the military who is not a Kansas resident and is stationed at a Kansas military base or office

  • Vehicle must be titled in Kansas in the name of the applicant or the leasing company from which the applicant is leasing the vehicle

  • If the applicant is discharged, a copy of the DD214 showing the issuance of a Purple Heart Medal. If the applicant currently has a Kansas Combat Wounded plate, a copy of the registration receipt for the plate may be presented in lieu of the DD214.

  • If the applicant is currently serving as an active duty member of the U. S. military, a document or certificate issued by a branch of the U. S. military attesting to the awarding of a Purple Heart medal will be needed. The documentation must list the applicant's name.

  • The branch of service and medal and or ribbon decals must be noted on the DD214.

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Kansas Disabled Veteran License Plate (DAV): A Disabled Veteran plate may be issued for an auto, motorcycle or truck registered for 20,000 lbs. or less which is titled inKansas Disabled Veteran plate Kansas in the name of the Disabled Veteran or leased by the same.

There is no registration fee for the initial Disabled Veteran plate at the time of application or renewal. Property tax must still be paid for the vehicle to which the free Disabled Veteran plate is issued.

Additional Disabled Veteran plates may be issued; however, standard registration fees and property taxes are due for the vehicles to which the additional Disabled Veteran plates are issued.
Who is eligible for the Kansas Disabled Veteran License Plate (DAV)? To qualify you must:

  • Be a Kansas resident or a member of the military who is not a Kansas resident and is stationed at a Kansas military base or office

  • Have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and are entitled to compensation for a service-connected disability of at least 50% according to the laws administered by the Veterans Administration, or

  • Be entitled to compensation for the loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both feet or one or both hands, or for permanent visual impairment of both eyes to a prescribed degree, or

  • Be responsible for the transportation of a Disabled Veteran who meets the qualifications above.

  • Vehicle must be titled in Kansas in the name of the applicant or the leasing company from which the applicant is leasing the vehicle

  • The Application for Disabled Veterans License Plate, form TR-103, must be completed and signed by both the Disabled Veteran and the Regional Director for the Veterans Administration prior to making application.

Kansas Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles, Disabled Veteran License Plate Application

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Kansas Medal of Honor License Plate: Members of the military who have been presented the Medal of Honor may apply for a Kansas Medal of Honor Plate. A Medal of Honor plate may be issued for an auto, motorcycle or truck registered for 20,000 lbs. or less which is titled or leased in Kansas in the name of the Medal of Honor recipient. Kansas Medal of Honor plateStandard registration fees and property taxes are due for the vehicle to which the Medal of Honor plate is issued.
Who is eligible for the Kansas Medal of Honor License Plate?
To qualify you must:

  • Be a Kansas resident or a member of the military who is not a Kansas resident and is stationed at a Kansas military base or office

  • Vehicle must be titled in Kansas in the name of the applicant or the leasing company from which the applicant is leasing the vehicle

  • If the applicant is discharged, a copy of the DD214 showing the presentation of the Medal of Honor. If the applicant currently has a Kansas Medal of Honor plate, a copy of the registration receipt for the plate may be presented in lieu of the DD214.

  • If the applicant is currently serving as an active duty member of the U. S. military, a document or certificate issued by a branch of the U. S. military attesting to the awarding of the Medal of Honor will be needed. The document must list the applicant's name.

Learn more about the Kansas Medal of Honor License Plate

Kansas Gold Star Mother License Plate: A Gold Star Mother plate may be issued for an auto, motorcycle, or truck registered for 20,000 lbs. or less which is titled in Kansas in the name of the applicant or leased by the same. Gold Star Mother Plate
Who is eligible for the Kansas Gold Star Mother License Plate? To be eligible for the Kansas Gold Star Mother license plate an applicant must:

  • Be the mother of a Service member killed on active duty

  • Be a Kansas resident or a member of the military who is not a Kansas resident and is stationed at a Kansas military base or office

  • Vehicle must be titled in Kansas in the name of the applicant or the leasing company from which the applicant is leasing the vehicle.

Regular registration fees are due at the time of application or renewal. Property tax must be paid for the vehicle registered with a Gold Star Mother plate.
Kansas Department of Revenue, Division of Vehicles, Gold Star Mother License Plate Application

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

Reimbursement of Health Insurance Premiums for Kansas National Guard Service Members ordered to State Active Duty: During any period or consecutive periods of state active duty in excess of 30 days, a Service member of the Kansas National Guard shall be entitled to reimbursement of the Service member's cost of privately-purchased or employer-provided health insurance and such Service member's Family when the policy of insurance was in force prior to such being ordered to perform active state service. Such reimbursement shall not exceed the amount paid for premiums for individual or Family health insurance coverage under the state employees group health insurance plan.
Who is eligible for Reimbursement of Health Insurance Premiums for Kansas National Guard Service Members ordered to State Active Duty? National Guard Service members ordered to state active duty are eligible for reimbursement.

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Kansas National Guard State-Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI): The National Guard Association of Kansas offers reasonably priced term life insurance to its members via the National Guard Association of Kansas Life Insurance Program underwritten by the Armed Forces Benefits National Guard Association logoAssociation.

Benefit Highlights:

  • $1,000, $5,000, $10,000, $15,000, $20,000, $25,000, $30,000, $35,000, $40,000, $45,000 or $50,000

  • Life insurance payable in event of death from any cause. Coverage is twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year

  • No War Clause

  • No Aviation Exclusion

  • No Suicide Clause

  • No Hazardous Duty or Civilian Occupation Restriction

  • Full Conversion privilege upon termination regardless of health.

Plans are also offered for Spouses and Dependents life insurance.
Who is eligible for Kansas National Guard State-Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI)? Any member, within the ninety (90) days after joining the National Guard, may enroll prior to the 91st day after joining, without furnishing evidence of insurability. If a member does not apply within the ninety (90) day period after joining the National Guard, he may still apply, but the Company reserves the right to accept or reject their application.

Members have the option of applying for additional insurance, up to $50,000, by submitting evidence of insurability satisfactory to the Company.

Learn more about Kansas National Guard State-Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI)

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

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

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

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you 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)

  • Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection ( TSGLI)

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

  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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

Kansas National Guard Service Member Compensation for Injury, Illness, Disability and Death incurred while on State Active Duty: ( KSA 48-261 through 48-271 ) A Kansas National Guard Service member shall receive compensation from the state when they sustain a wound, an injury, a disease, illness or death in the line of duty when on an emergency or nonemergency assignment as specified in K.S.A. 48-225, and

  • when in the service of this state, and

  • when the member is at their place of duty or is traveling to or from such place of duty, or

  • the member dies as a result of any such wound, injury, disease or illness.

Any member entitled to benefits under this act for any wound, injury, disease or illness shall receive or be reimbursed for expenses arising therefrom for medical, surgical and related services. In addition, in the case of the death of the Service member, related to a wound, injury, disease or illness, their survivors shall be entitled to compensation.
Who is eligible for Kansas National Guard Service Member Compensation for Injury, Illness, Disability and Death incurred while on State Active Duty? A National Guard Service member that suffers illness, disease, injury or death while serving on state active duty is eligible for compensation.

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

two people fishing from a boat on the lake Kansas National Guard and Disabled Veterans, Free Hunting, Fishing and Park Vehicle Permits: Free park vehicle permits, and hunting and fishing licenses are available to active members of the Kansas National Guard.

Free hunting and fishing licenses are also available to honorably discharged resident Veterans with certified service-related disabilities of 30 percent or more.
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Active Kansas National Guard Hunting and Fishing License, Park Vehicle Permit Application
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Disabled Veteran Hunting and Fishing License, Park Vehicle Permit Application

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Kansas Resident Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Nonresident Active Duty Service Members: Nonresident Active duty military personnel stationed in Kansas can purchase all annual state resident licenses, permits and stamps.

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Kansas Resident Service Members and Dependents may continue to Purchase Resident Hunting and Fishing Licenses when Stationed out of State: Active duty military who were Kansas residents at the time of entering the military and immediate Family members domiciled with them may purchase resident licenses, permits and stamps, except lifetime licenses.

Learn more about how Kansas Resident Service Members and Dependents may continue to Purchase Resident Hunting and Fishing Licenses when Stationed out of State

Kansas Big Game Permit Refund for Active Duty Service Members: Big game permit fees may be refunded to any United States Armed Forces personnel experiencing a change of duty prior to the first day of season, preventing the use of the permit.

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Kansas Big Game and Turkey Permit Service Member Deployment Reissue: The Department of Wildlife and Parks can reissue big game or turkey limited draw permits to military personnel forced to forfeit their limited draw permit due to deployment.

Learn more about Kansas Big Game and Turkey Permit Service Member Deployment Reissue

Elk standing in a field Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Elk Draw for Military Personnel: Military permits are only available for active duty military personnel stationed at Fort Riley. All other eligible persons must apply for general permits.
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Antelope and Elk Permit Information Webpage

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What are my Kansas Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Kansas Veterans' Homes: The Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs operates two State Veterans Homes. They are the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield, Kansas and the Kansas Soldiers Home in Fort Dodge Kansas.Kansas Veterans Home sign

The Kansas Veterans' Home in Winfield, located 35 miles southeast of Wichita, Kansas, provides three levels of nursing care to Veterans and their eligible dependents. The Home offers a domiciliary or assisted living program providing shelter, food, and other necessary services required by each resident while allowing the resident to maintain a certain level of independence. A wide range of services are provided including:

  • Skilled Restorative care

  • Physical therapy

  • Occupational therapy

  • Psychological services

  • Dietary services (Nutritious meals individualized to meet each resident needs)

  • Social services

  • Activities

    • Activity rooms with cable TV and internet connected computers

    • Social opportunities with other Veterans

    • Weekly and monthly outings for residents

  • Laundry services

  • Resident/staff fitness room

  • Transportation to and from local health care providers including the Robert J. Dole

  • Department of Veterans Affairs Medical and Regional Office Center at Wichita

  • 24-hour security systems and grounds patrol

  • Nursing (A trained and professional staff that receives ongoing education to meet the needs of the residents)

  • Private and semi-private rooms

  • Affordable costs

  • 48 bed domiciliary unit

  • 118 bed long-term care unit

  • 24 bed special care unit for Alzheimer and related dementia

The Kansas Soldiers' Home at Fort Dodge is located approximately 5 miles east of Dodge City, Kansas, on Highway 400 (formerly 154). Fort Dodge dates back to 1865 when it was ordered to be built as a supply post for people and wagon trains traveling the Santa Fe Trail. Fort Dodge was strategically located to the wet and dry routes of the Santa Fe Trail. One of several VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Kansas is on grounds at the Kansas Soldiers' Home.

A wide range of services are provided including:

  • Kansas Soldier's Home sign restorative care

  • physical therapy

  • occupational therapy

  • laundry

  • activities

  • dietary services

  • social services

  • nursing

  • psychological services

The Kansas Soldiers' Home also includes:

  • a library/museum

  • a modern nursing home

  • a recreation center

  • resident/staff fitness room

  • three domiciliary residence halls

  • 30 domiciliary unit

  • 30 long term care unit

  • 26 bed special care unit for dementia

  • 60 cottages

Who is eligible for care at the Kansas Veterans' Homes? Veterans seeking admission must have active federal military service as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard. The discharge from the period of active federal service on which the application is based must have been under conditions other than dishonorable. On a space available basis, Spouses and Surviving Spouses may qualify for admission. The Veteran seeking admission must also be in one of the following categories:

  • Veterans with service-connected disabilities

  • Veterans who are former prisoners of war

  • Veterans who were discharged or released from active military service for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty

  • Veterans who receive disability compensation under 38 U.S.C. 1151

  • Veterans whose entitlement to disability compensation is suspended because of the receipt of retired pay

  • Veterans whose entitlement to disability compensation is suspended pursuant to 38 U.S.C 1151, but only to the extent that such Veterans continuing eligibility for nursing home care is provided for in the judgment or settlement described in 38 U.S.C. 1151

  • Veterans who the VA determines are unable to defray the expenses of necessary care as specified under 38 U.S.C. 1722(a)

  • Veterans of the Mexican Border Period or Word War I

  • Veterans solely seeking care for a disorder associated with exposure to a toxic substance or radiation or for a disorder associated with service in the Southwest Asia Theater or operations during the Persian Gulf War as provided in 38 U.S.C. 1710(e)

  • Veterans who agree to pay to the United States the applicable co-payment determined under 38 U.S.C.1710 (f) and 1710 (g), if they seek VA hospital nursing home or outpatient care.

Admission Priority: The first priority for admission shall be given to Veterans who have no adequate means of support. Within this group, priority shall be based on the severity of medical care required and the ability to acquire and afford care or residency in the community. Applicants for the Home need not have been actual residents of the State of Kansas; however, Kansas residents will receive priority for acceptance in the Home.
Kansas Veterans Homes Application for Admission
Kansas Veterans Homes Application Checklist

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Kansas Veterans' Cemetery Program: The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs operates four state Veterans' cemeteries, they are the Kansas Veterans' Cemetery at Fort Dodge, the Kansas Veterans' Cemetery at WaKeeney, the Kansas Veterans' Cemetery at Winfield and thKansas State Cemeterye Kansas Veterans' Cemetery at Fort Riley.
Who is eligible for interment at a Kansas Veterans' Cemetery? Military service requirement for burial in a Kansas State Veterans' Cemetery must be in accordance with the eligibility standards as set by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - National Cemetery Administration and, as a minimum, must meet one of the following:

  • Veteran was discharged from "active duty" under other than dishonorable conditions, or

  • Veteran died while on "active duty", or

  • National Guard or Reserve Service members with 20 years of qualifying service, who are entitled to retired pay or would be entitled, if at least 60 years of age.

There is no residency requirement to be buried in a Kansas Veteran's Cemetery

Eligibility for Veteran Dependents: Spouse, Surviving Spouse and dependent Children are eligible for interment even if the Veteran is not buried in a Kansas State Veterans' Cemetery. The Veteran must have met military service requirements. This includes lost or buried at sea, missing or missing in action, or a Veteran whose remains have been donated to science or cremated and the ashes scattered. Eligibility includes:

  • The Spouse or Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran is eligible for interment in a State Veterans' Cemetery even if the Veteran is not buried in a State Veterans' Cemetery

  • 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 a State Veterans' Cemetery

  • Any natural or adoptive Child of an eligible Veteran who is under the age of 21 and unmarried: and

  • Under 23 years of age and pursuing a full-time course of instruction at an approved education institution

  • An unmarried adult Child of an eligible Veteran if the Child became permanently physically or mentally disabled and incapable of self-support before reaching 21 years of age, or before reaching 23 years age if pursuing a full-time course of instruction at an approved educational institution.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Cemetery Eligibility Requirements

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Kansas Open Records Exemption for Military Records: Kansas Open Records Act exempts military discharge papers to openness requirements.
Who is eligible for the Kansas Open Records Exemption for Military Records? A Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States is eligible for an exemption for their records.

Learn more about the Kansas Open Records Exemption for Military Records

Request Kansas Resident Military Records: The State of Kansas maintains documentation of military service files on Veterans released from service and showing Kansas as their home of record.

The State of Kansas' Adjutant General's Department has an Archives Office, 785-646-0136, which can provide the following records of service:

  • From 1946 to 1991, DD214's for all branches of the service are available

  • a Statement of Service during World War II, 1941 - 1946 (pre-DD214)

  • Kansas National Guard records from 1946 to the present.

For discharges after 1991, contact Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs (KCVA) at 785-296-3976.

To request a copy of your military records, please complete a Standard Form 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records and fax to 785-646-1558 or mail to:

The Adjutant General's Department
Attn: Archives, 2722 SW. Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS 66611

Normally it will take 2 to 3 weeks to receive your records once the request has been received. Contact Bev Lemman at 785-646-0136 if you wish to speak to the Military Archives directly.

Learn more about Requesting Kansas Resident Military Records

Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs, Assistance for Veterans: The Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs (KCVAO) continues to help Kansas Veterans and their Families to improve the quality of their lives. From helping Veterans to file claims for education, medical or other benefits, to assisting them in obtaining earned medals and military awards, KCVAO is here to serve you. The wide array of available programs and services are provided by a grateful nation and state.

To help obtain these benefits, the KCVAO provides Veteran Service Representatives (VSRs) free-of-charge to assist Veterans and their Families with applying for benefits.

State VSRs are available in strategic locations across Kansas or through grants provided to National Service Organizations, such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The KCVAO Veteran Services Program can help you file U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) claims for:

  • Education Benefits

  • Non-Service-Connected Pension Benefits

  • Service-Connected Disability Compensation Benefits

  • Spouse and Dependent Benefits

  • State VA Benefits

  • VA Health Care Benefits

If you have a claim or would like to learn more about Veteran benefits, contact a local Veteran Service Representative or call our toll-free central office number at 800-513-7731. As Veteran advocates, KCVAO is committed to assisting Veterans and their Families with obtaining the benefits they have earned as a result of a Veteran's honorable military service.

Learn more about the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs, Assistance for Veterans

Free Vital Statistics Records for Kansas National Guard Service Members and Veterans: Requests for vital statistic records by all members of the Kansas National Guard who two servicemen holding the Kansas flaghave received an alert notice of pending active duty or have already have been placed on Federal active duty for mobilization and their dependents shall be fulfilled without charge. Veterans may receive a free copy of their vital statistics records if they apply through the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs.

Learn more about Free Vital Statistics Records for Kansas National Guard Service Members and Veterans

Kansas National Guard and Reserve Service Members Emergency Relief: Available to members of the Kansas National Guard and Reserves and their Families that are Kansas residents to make ends meet during emergency situations in which other avenues of support have been exhausted. Service members should consult their chain of command to apply.

Learn more about the Kansas National Guard and Reserve Service Members Emergency Relief

KanVet: KanVet provides direct access to State of Kansas Veteran-specific resources and benefits without having to navigate multiple state agency websites, to serve all Veterans, transitioning Service members and their Families. They offer links to employment resources, education resources and service and support resources.

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Kansas Vietnam War Era Veterans Medallion Program: The Vietnam War Era Medallion Program approved by the Kansas Legislature and signed by the Governor provides a Vietnam Era Medallion, Medal and a Certificate of Appreciation from the State of Kansas to Veterans. Vietnam War Medallion
Who is eligible for the Kansas Vietnam War Era Veterans Medallion Program? Any Veteran who meets the eligibility requirements listed below is entitled to a medallion, medal, and certificate.

  • The Veteran must have served on active duty in the United States military service at any time during the period of February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975

  • The Veteran was a legal resident of Kansas at the time they entered or when they were discharged from military service or at the time of their death

  • The Veteran must have received an honorable discharge, or still be in active service in an honorable status or have active service in an honorable status at the time of their death

  • The Vietnam War medallion, medal, and certificate shall be awarded regardless of whether or not such Veteran served within the United States or in a foreign country.

Any Spouse or eldest living survivor of a Veteran who meets the eligibility requirements listed below but died prior to having made application is entitled to a medallion, medal, and certificate. This award is recognition of the Veteran’s service. Only one award will be issued in the name of each Veteran.
Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs, State of Kansas Vietnam War Medallion Program Application Form

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities in Kansas:

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

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

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

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Military Installations in Kansas

Please see the Kansas Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty:

Army
Fort Riley

Fort Leavenworth

Air Force
McConnell AFB

National Guard:
Kansas Adjutant General's Department

Kansas Army National Guard

Kansas Air National Guard
190th Air Refueling Wing
184th Wing

United States Army Reserve:
88th Readiness Division

Resources

Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Office

Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Office, Programs and Services

KanVet

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

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

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Find Locations Search Engine

Kansas Department of Revenue, Vehicle Tags, Titles and Registration

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

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

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Kansas

Kansas Statutes

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Document Review Date: 20 October 2020