Kansas Military and Veterans Benefits

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Summary of Kansas Military and Veterans Benefits: 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. 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, Department of Wildlife and Parks passes as well as Hunting and Fishing licenses. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status. For assistance in applying for benefits please call 785-296-3976 or send an email to Kansas Commission of Veterans Affairs Central Office

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.

If your federal adjusted gross income is $75,000 or less, regardless of your filing status, your social security benefits are exempt from Kansas income tax. The exemption for social security benefits applies only to the extent the benefits are included in your federal adjusted gross income.
Kansas Department of Revenue, Division of Taxation, Kansas Individual Income Frequently Asked Questions Webpage

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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: 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 2017. 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, 1962, or

  • Were blind or totally and permanently disabled all of 2017, or

  • Have a dependent Child who lived with you the entire year who was born before January 1, 2017 and was under the age of 18 all of 2017.

The Kansas Property Tax Relief claim is for homeowners with countable household income of $19,500 or less and born before January 1, 1952.

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 Jan. 1, 2017 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, Kansas Homestead Refund Frequently Asked Questions Webpage

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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 ) The tuition to attend state universities, community colleges, or vocational technical colleges will be covered for dependents of Kansas residents who are killed in the line of duty while in the United States Armed Forces or the Kansas National Guard. Tuition assistance is also provided for former Prisoners of War.

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Kansas In-state Tuition for Former Resident Service Members that Return to Kansas: Residents can return to Kansas within 60 months of departing the state and qualify for instate tuition.

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Kansas In-state Tuition for Military Family Members: Any dependent of a member of the United States Armed Forces stationed in Kansas will be allowed to qualify for in-state tuition; their tuition status will not change to out of state as long as they are consecutively enrolled at a regent institution even if their sponsor's status changes due to a new assignment.
Kansas Board of Regents Residency Frequently Asked Questions Page

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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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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 (DD-214 form) 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. Priority Deadline: May 1. Kansas Board of Regents, State of Kansas Student Aid Online Application
Kansas Board of Regents, Kansas Military Service Scholarship 2018-2019 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 National 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.

Priority Deadline: May 1; Fall 2018 semester deadline - August 31, 2018 Spring 19 semester deadline - January 31, 2019
Kansas Board of Regents, State of Kansas Student Aid Online Application
Kansas Board of Regents, Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance Scholarship 2018-2019 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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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 requirements.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Primary Point of Contact:
Craig Neuenswander, 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 laws 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 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 his or her usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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: 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) s designed to provide partial wage replacement on a temporary basis to workers involuntarily unemployed through no fault of their own.

When filing a new claim, 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 all your employers in the past 18 months, 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

  • 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.

An initial unemployment claim may be filed by phone or via the Internet.

To file an application via the internet:

Go to the Kansas Department of Labor, Unemployment Insurance Online Portal to file an online application for unemployment insurance if:

  • You are filing a new application for unemployment

  • You need to open your claim again and you have worked since the last time you filed.

 The online service is available:

Sunday from noon to Monday at 9 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

To file an application by phone:

Kansas City Area.......... 913-596-3500
Topeka Area................ 785-575-1460
Wichita Area................ 316-383-9947
Toll-free number outside the local calling areas: 800-292-6333
Speech and/or hearing disabled Kansans can access the Kansas Relay Center by calling toll-free 800-766-3777.
Note: If you were in the military service or were a federal employee in the past 18 months you must file your unemployment claim by phone.
Kansas Department of Labor, Unemployment Guide

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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 applicant 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 11 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 U.S. Veteran License Plate: Any owner or lessee of one or more passenger vehicles, trucks of a gross weight of 20,000 pounds or less or 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 or motorcycle designating such person as an 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 $33.50. 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.
Who is eligible for the Kansas U.S. Veteran License Plate? 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.

 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 &/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 DD 214 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 DD 214.

  • 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 &/or ribbon decals must be noted on the DD 214.

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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 in 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. Standard 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 DD 214 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 DD 214.

  • 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.

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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.
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.

To apply for the license plate applicants must:

  •  Provide one of the following:

    • A DD1300-Report of Casualty or a Death Certificate

    • A DD2064-Died in Theatre or

    • A DD93 form which states the Service member died on active duty and will name the Service members parents.

  • Proof of valid insurance must be present at the time of application.

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.

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

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

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

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

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

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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 American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company.