Louisiana Military and Veterans Benefits

State Taxes
Education Benefits
Employment Benefits
Unemployment Insurance
Office of Motor Vehicles Benefits

Health and Insurance Benefits
Parks and Recreation Benefits
Miscellaneous Benefits
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Summary of Louisiana Military and Veteran Benefits: Louisiana offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including property tax exemptions, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, vehicle tags, state park passes, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

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Louisiana State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility


What are my Louisiana Military and Veteran State Tax Benefits?

Louisiana State Taxes on Retired Military Pay: Federal retirement benefits received by federal retirees, both military and non-military, is excluded from Louisiana state income tax. RS 47:44.2

Learn more about Louisiana State Taxes on Retired Military Pay

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

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

  • Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living

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

  • Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program.

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

Learn more about Louisiana State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retirement Pay

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

Learn more about Louisiana State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Louisiana State Taxes on Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) / Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP) / Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP): SBP, RCSBP and RSFPP are exempt from Louisiana state taxation.

Learn more about Louisiana State Taxes on Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP)

Louisiana Homestead Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans and Surviving Spouses: In addition to the standard homestead exemption authorized under Article VII, Section 20 of the Louisiana Constitution, which applies to the first $7,500 of the assessed value of property, Disabled Veterans may be eligible for an additional exemption of $7,500.

Property receiving the standard homestead exemption which is owned and occupied by a Veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 100%, unemployability or totally disabled from the VA is exempt from parish ad valorem taxation for $7,500 up to a maximum of $15,000 assessed value of property.

The unremarried Surviving Spouse of a deceased Veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 100%, unemployability or totally disabled from the VA is also eligible for this exemption if the Surviving Spouse remains the owner and lives on the property. If the Surviving Spouse moves to a new property, they can still receive the exemption but only up to amount of the exemption on the first property.

If the property is valued at more than $15,000 the owner will owe property taxes for any assessed amount over $15,000.

Those eligible for the Louisiana Homestead Exemption should contact their local Parish Tax Assessor for more information.
Louisiana Parish Tax Assessor Directory

Learn more Louisiana Homestead Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans and Surviving Spouses

Louisiana Special Assessment Level for Service Members, Disabled Veterans, Spouses and Surviving Spouses: The Louisiana Special Assessment Level allows someone who meets eligibility requirements to have the assessed value of their property frozen. This does not freeze the amount of their tax bill but only the assessed value will be frozen. The amount of taxes due could change because of an increase in a millage rate in your area or if the size of living area is increased. The occupying owner or owners must have a total combined adjusted gross income that is less than the amount determined by each Parish Tax Assessor, (check with your tax assessor to find out the gross income threshold for your Parish).

To qualify you must meet the following criteria:

  • A Service member or Veteran that has a service-connected disability rating of 50% or more from the VA, or their Surviving Spouse that is 45 years old or older or has minor Children

  • A Spouse of a Service member in the U.S. Armed Forces that is declared missing in action or a prisoner of war for more than 90 days

  • The Surviving Spouse of a Service member in the U.S. Armed Forces that is killed in action

Louisiana Parish Tax Assessor Directory

Learn more about the Louisiana Special Assessment Level for Service Members, Disabled Veterans, Spouses and Surviving Spouses

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What are my Louisiana Military and Veteran Education Benefits?

woman giving a speech on stage with others behind her Louisiana Educational Benefits for Children, Spouses and Surviving Spouses of Veterans: Louisiana will provide educational financial aid for Children and Surviving Spouses of resident Veterans who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or died of a service-connected disability incurred during a wartime period, or of Service members declared missing in action or a prisoner of war.

In addition, Children of living Veterans who are rated by the VA as 90% or more service-connected disabled or unemployable are also eligible.

Those eligible may attend any state supported college, university, trade or vocational technical school and are exempt from paying tuition and school-imposed fees, student-imposed fees are not exempt. Students are eligible for four years of schooling that must be completed within five years.
Who is eligible for The Louisiana State Aid Program - Dependents Educational Assistance? For their dependents to be eligible the deceased Veteran must have been a resident of Louisiana for at least 12 months immediately prior to entry into the U.S. Armed Forces. The living Veteran must have been a resident for not less than 24 months immediately prior to their Child's admission into the educational program.

The Surviving Spouse must use this benefit within 10 years of the date eligibility. A Child must be between the ages of 16 and 25.

To apply, individuals should contact their local Parish Veterans Service Officer. RS 288:29
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Parish Service Office Directory

Learn more about the Louisiana State Aid Program - Dependents Educational Assistance

Louisiana State Tuition Exemption Program (STEP): STEP provides an exemption from all tuition charges at a Louisiana state supported educational institution. This exemption may be used for five separate academic years or until the Service member receives an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree, or professional certificate or degree, whichever occurs first. RS 29:36.1
Who is eligible for STEP?
To be eligible for STEP, National Guard Service members must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a drilling member of the Louisiana National Guard, 17 years of age or older

  • Must be a resident of Louisiana

  • Must be in good standing with the Louisiana National Guard

  • Must be seeking an associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree, or professional degree or certificate

  • Must maintain good academic standing with school

  • Service members may receive an extension if mobilized

  • Must pay all fees not covered by the exemption.

For more information, please contact the Louisiana National Guard Education Services office at 504-278-8273.

Learn more about Louisiana State Tuition Exemption Program

Children sitting on the steps of a school Louisiana Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3): The purpose of this compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

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

  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities

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

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

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

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

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

MIC3 Assistance Request

Primary Point of Contact
Phone: 225-342-3427

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

Louisiana Military Training towards Education/Certification Credits: Individuals with military training and experience will be granted civilian professional licenses and/or certification when the Service member has a military occupational specialty and experience in that specialty that is at a level equal to or more than the requirements required for the license and/or certification. For more information or to apply contact the local Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA), Parish Service Office.
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Parish Service Office Directory

Learn more about the Louisiana Military Training towards Education/Certification Credits

Louisiana Residency for Tuition and Fees Purposes for Service Members, Dependents and Certain Veterans: Any individual who was permanently stationed in Louisiana as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, including their dependents, who enrolls in any state owned and operated college or university, is classified as a resident for tuition purposes.

The Child or Spouse of a Service member that has been reassigned, immediately following assignment in Louisiana will still be considered a resident as long as the Child or Spouse remains in Louisiana after the Louisiana duty assignment.

In addition, Service members or Veterans that continuously live in Louisiana during their enrollment and meet at least one of the following conditions also qualify for residency for tuition purposes:

  • Veteran served on active duty for a continuous period of no less than two years, and received an Honorable Discharge, and enroll within one year in a Louisiana public college or university (must be verified by DD214)

  • Service members currently serving in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces and verified by a memorandum from the student's commanding officer)

  • Has a service-connected disability from the VA.

Interested individuals should contact their educational institution for more information.

Learn more about Louisiana Residency for Tuition and Fees Purposes for Service Members, Dependents and Certain Veterans

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What are my Louisiana Military and Veteran Employment Benefits?

Paid Leave for Louisiana State Employees that are Reserve and National Guard Service Members for Military Duty: State employees receive 15 days paid leave per calendar year when ordered to duty or training in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces. When they return from duty, they must be restored to their state employment without loss of pay, time, annual leave, or efficiency rating.
Who is eligible for Paid Leave for Louisiana State Employees that are Reserve and National Guard Service Members for Military Duty? Reserve component Service members that are state employees are eligible.

Learn more about Paid Leave for Louisiana State Employees that are Reserve and National Guard Service Members for Military Duty

Louisiana Veterans' Employment and Training Services: The Louisiana Workforce Commission, Veterans' Employment and Training Services provide job assistance, job and training referral and job placement to Veterans and other eligible Spouses. Additionally, those eligible will receive priority of service for all Louisiana Workforce Commission job training programs.
Who is eligible for Louisiana Veterans' Employment and Training Services?
Any Service member that:

  • Served on active duty for more than 180 days and was discharged with other than a dishonorable discharge, or

  • Was discharged from active duty because of a service-connected disability, or

  • Served in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces, on active duty during a wartime period or when a campaign medal is authorized and was discharged with an other than a dishonorable discharge.

In addition, the Spouse of any Service member or Veteran who:

  • Dies from a service-connected disability

  • Is declared missing in action or a prisoner of war

  • Has a total and permanent service-connected disability.

Louisiana Workforce Commission Staff Directory

Learn more about Louisiana Veterans' Employment and Training Services

office personel around a conference table Louisiana Veterans Initiative, (LAVETBIZ): LAVETBIZ is a certification program that is designed to help eligible Louisiana Veteran-owned and Service-Connected Disabled-Veteran-owned small businesses gain greater access to purchasing and contracting opportunities at the state government level. LAVETBIZ provides:

  • Business and contact information will be provided to state purchasing officials and prime contractors who are looking for subcontractors

  • State agencies are encouraged to get quotes from and use qualified, certified companies whenever possible

  • For small purchases (less than $15,000), state agencies can waive the required additional quotes if a certified company submits a quote that is reasonable

  • 12% of the total evaluation points can be added to your bid on a Request for Proposal (RFP)

  • Prime contractors who use your business as a subcontractor on a bid for an RFP are also eligible to receive additional percentage points on their bid.

Who is eligible for Louisiana LAVETBIZ Assisting Veteran Business Owners? The program is open to all Louisiana businesses that meet the following eligibility requirements for a Small Entrepreneurship (SE) under the Veteran Initiative.

  • At least 51% of the business must be owned by a Veteran

  • The company must have its principal place of business in Louisiana

  • The company must have fewer than 50 full-time employees

  • Average annual gross receipts must not exceed $6 million for non-construction and $10 million for construction companies

  • The business must be independently owned and operated

  • The business must not be dominant in its professional field

  • Must be owned by residents of Louisiana

  • Must be owned by and have officers who are U.S. citizens or legal residents.

Service-Connected Disabled Veteran: This is an additional distinction available within the Veteran Initiative for Service-Connected Disabled-Veteran-owned businesses. To qualify, the business must meet all the requirements above, as well as at least 51% of the business must be owned by a service-connected disabled Veteran.

To start the process for certification please complete the Louisiana SMALLBIZ System, online application.

For more information please contact Director of Small Business Services:
225-342-5677
LAVETBIZ Booklet

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Louisiana Military Service Relief Act: Louisiana laws provide broad protection to Service members and their Families. Some of the benefits granted under the Louisiana Military Service Relief act are:

  • Pay compensation

  • Leave status

  • Retirement credit

  • Life, health and accident insurance coverage,

  • Re-employment rights after release from military service

  • Prohibits academic penalties,

  • Deferral of state income taxes

  • Validation of professional and occupational licenses

  • Suspension or termination of cellular phone and wireless service plan contracts for Service members called to active duty.

For a complete list of benefits provided by the Louisiana Military Service Act please refer to the Louisiana Revised Statues 29:401 through 425.
Who is eligible for Louisiana Employment Assistance? Residents of Louisiana called to military service in the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible.

Learn more about Louisiana Military Service Relief Act (29:401 through 425)

Louisiana Civil Service Hiring Preferences for Veterans: The Constitution of the Louisiana provides a Veterans Hiring Preference for state employment for Veterans, Spouses, Surviving Spouses and surviving parents. For those eligible five or ten points may be added to the final passing scores on civil service examinations. These additional points are added only in new hiring situations and do not apply for "probational" or "job" appointments. Veterans with permanent status cannot receive this preference for promotions. Article X, Section 10. (A) (2)
Who is eligible for Louisiana Civil Service Hiring Preferences for Veterans?

Five preference points is given to Veterans who were honorably discharged or discharged under honorable conditions who served during the following periods:

  • June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955 (Korean Conflict)

  • July 1, 1958 through August 4, 1964 (Vietnam Theater)

  • August 5, 1964 through May 7, 1975 (Vietnam Era)

  • August 2, 1990 through an indeterminate date (for those who actually received the Southwest Asia Service Medal)

  • Any campaign for which a campaign medal was awarded (must be plainly stated on DD214)

  • At least 90 days of active service for purposes other than training after September 11, 2001.

Ten preference points are given to only one of the individuals listed below:

  • An honorably discharged Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces that has a service-connected disability awarded by the VA

  • Spouse of a Veteran whose physical disability prevents them from working

  • The unremarried Surviving Spouse of a deceased Veteran who served during any of the time periods listed above

  • The unremarried surviving (widowed) parent of any Service member who died on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, or a Veteran that has a service-connected total and permanent disability they received on active duty

  • The divorced or separated parents of any Service member who died on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, or a Veteran that has a service-connected total and permanent disability they received on active duty.

Required documentation:

  • DD214

  • If claiming 10 points a letter from VA documenting a service-connected disability, dated within last six months

For applicants other than an eligible Veteran:

Learn more about Louisiana Civil Service Hiring Preferences for Veterans

Louisiana Testing Exemptions in Civil Employment for Veterans: A state employment hiring authority may hire a Veteran for a probational appointment or job appointment without requiring a civil service examination, provided the Veteran meets the minimum qualifications of the job.
Who is eligible for Louisiana Testing Exemptions in Civil Employment for Veterans? The Veteran must have been honorably discharged in the last 12 months and have served at least 90 days of active duty (other than for training). The state employer may make an offer to a Service member, but the effective date of the hiring cannot be prior to their discharge date.

Learn more about Louisiana Testing Exemptions in Civil Employment for Veterans

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

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 U.S. 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% but less than 30%.

10-Point 30% 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% 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 VA 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. Both a mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

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 VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable; or

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences

Reinstatement to Louisiana State Employment after Military Service: State employees that leave their position to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces are entitled to be reemployed to their same position, or of similar seniority, status and pay after discharge from military service. The Veteran must have received an honorable discharge.

Learn more about Reinstatement to Louisiana State Employment after Military Service

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

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service 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 recovering from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.

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

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

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

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What are my Louisiana Military and Veteran Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

Louisiana Unemployment Insurance (UI): UI is a program designed to provide temporary financial assistance to workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own and who meet the requirements of the Louisiana Employment Security Law. Unemployment insurance benefits are paid as a matter of past employment and legal entitlement, and not Louisiana Workforce Commission logobased on need. A claim for unemployment benefits should be made as soon as possible after you lose your job, or have your hours reduced.

To file for unemployment:

  • Must be no longer working through no fault of your own, or

  • Work hours must have been reduced

To file a claim, applicants MUST have the following information:

  • Social Security number

  • The name, address, and telephone number of any place you've worked in the last 24 months (This information must be entered exactly as it appears on your check stub.)

  • The name and local number of your union hall, if applicable

  • Alien Registration number, if you are not a U.S. citizen

  • Valid email address

Filing Initial UI Claim:

To apply for UI go to the Louisiana Workforce Commission Registration Page (go to the bottom of the page and click next to begin) or call the UI Call Center at 866-783-5567.
Louisiana Workforce Commission Applying for UI Webpage
Louisiana Workforce Commission, Unemployment Benefits Rights and Responsibilities Handbook

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What are my Louisiana Military and Veteran Office of Motor Vehicles Benefits?

Louisiana Driver’s License or ID Card, Veteran and 100% Disabled Veteran Indicator : The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles offers a drivers’ license or ID card with a Veteran indicator showing that the cardholder is a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. Louisiana Drivers license with veterans designation
Who is eligible for a Louisiana Driver’s License or ID Card, Veteran and 100% Disabled Veteran Indicator? Veterans that received an honorable discharge are eligible. No fee will be charged if the Veteran surrenders their valid drivers’ license or ID card when requesting the Veteran indicator. Fees will apply if the Veteran requests to add the Veteran indicator during the renewal period or when requesting a duplicate. Veterans must provide documented proof of the character of their discharge, please refer to Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles Policy 2.02 Veteran Indicator for a list of acceptable documentation.

In addition, disabled Veterans that are rated by the VA as 100% disabled can receive a 100% DAV (Disabled American Veteran) indicator. Veterans are required to provide proof of their disability rating when applying. RS 32:412

Learn more about the Louisiana Driver’s License or ID Card, Veteran and 100% Disabled Veteran Indicator

Louisiana Military and Veteran Special Vehicle License Plates: The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles offers 47 distinctive license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and eligible Family members. These plates will be issued for use on any privately-owned passenger car, pickup truck, motorcycle or van of the eligible applicant. All plates have specific documentation requirements in order to prove eligibility.

The cost of these plates is the same as the regular issue. Louisiana Special Plates can be requested through the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles License Plate Online ordering page, payment must be mailed in before the license plate will be ordered. Eligible applicants can also go to one of the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicle locations.
Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles, Special Plate Viewer
Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles, Field Offices that Stock Military and Veterans License Plates Directory

Disabled Veteran License Plate Disabled Veterans License Plate: Disabled resident Veterans that have a service-connected disability rating of 50% or more from the VA are eligible for a free Disabled Veteran license plate. RS 47:490.4

Gold Star Family License Plate: The Gold Star license plate is available to the immediate Family of a U.S. Armed Forces Service member killed in action. Normal Charges apply for this license plate.
Who is eligible for the Louisiana Gold Star Family License Plate: The plate is issued to the immediate Family of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces that was killed under any of the following conditions:

  • During World War I, World War II, or any following period of armed conflict before July 1, 1958.

  • Any armed conflict after June 30, 1958,

  • Any time after March 28, 1973, as a result of any of:

    • Armed conflict

    • An international terrorist attack

    • as part of a peacekeeping force.

Immediate Family members include:

  • Surviving Spouse, remarried or not

  • Mother, stepmother, mother through adoption

  • Father, stepfather, father through adoption,

  • Foster parents who stood in loco parentis

  • Grandparents

  • Child, stepchild, or adopted Child

  • Sibling or half sibling.

The applicant must present a copy of the Service member's death certificate when applying for this license plate. RS 47:463.137

Louisaiana Purple Heart License Plate Louisiana Purple Heart License Plate: Purple Heart recipients are eligible for the Louisiana Purple Heart license plate. Those eligible can order the Purple Heart license plate for each vehicle registered in their name. There are no fees for this license plate, and they are not be subject to renewal requirements. Unremarried Surviving Spouses can keep this license plate if they transfer it to their name. RS 47:490.18

Louisiana Medal of Honor License Plate Louisiana Medal of Honor License Plate: Medal of Honor recipients are eligible for the Louisiana Medal of Honor license plate. Those eligible can order the Purple Heart license plate for each vehicle registered in their name. There are no fees for this license plate, and they are not be subject to renewal requirements. Unremarried Surviving Spouses can keep this license plate if they transfer it to their name. RS 47:490.5

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What are my Louisiana Military and Veteran Health and Insurance Benefits?

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

  • Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI)

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

  • Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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

Louisiana National Guard Insignia Louisiana National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness, Disability or Death covered under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty: National Guard Service members on state active duty are covered under Louisiana Workers Compensation Laws for any injury, illness, disability or death. Service members will be compensated for expenses including but not limited to:

  • Medical expenses

  • Surgical expenses

  • Hospital services

  • Medications

  • Compensation for disability or death.

Who is eligible for Louisiana National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness, Disability or Death covered under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty? National Guard Service members on state active duty are eligible for coverage under Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Laws.

Learn more about Louisiana National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness, Disability or Death covered under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty

Louisiana National Guard Service Member Disability and Death Benefits: Louisiana National Guard Service members that suffer a permanent and total disability while on federal or state active duty, on or after September 11, 2001, are eligible for a $250,000 death paid to their beneficiary, or a $100,000 disability benefit paid by the state.
Who is eligible for Louisiana National Guard Service Member Injury and Death Benefits? National Guard Service members that are disabled or die while on state or federal active duty are eligible.

For more information please contact:

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Benefits
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs
225-219-5008

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What are my Louisiana Military and Veteran Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Man fishing from a dock at the lake Louisiana Resident Disabled Veterans Hunting and Fishing Licenses: Resident Veterans that have a permanent service-connected disability rating from the VA of 50% or more are eligible for free recreational fishing and hunting licenses. This license includes basic fishing and saltwater fishing, basic hunting, big game, bow, primitive firearm, Louisiana duck stamp, turkey stamp and Wildlife Management Area hunting permits.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Application for Disabled Veterans Hunting and Fishing License

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Louisiana Resident Hunting and Fishing License for Non-Resident Active Military and Dependents: Nonresident active duty Service members, their dependents and National Guard Service members may purchase hunting or recreational fishing licenses at resident prices. Applicants must show a valid military ID card when they purchase their license.

Service members or dependents must have their military or dependent ID card and appropriate license(s) in their possession at all times while hunting or fishing. Active duty military licenses are valid only while the Service member is on active duty.

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All Purple Heart Recipients Can Buy Louisiana Hunting and Fishing Licenses at Resident Prices: Anyone, whether a resident or nonresident, who has been awarded a Purple Heart is eligible for hunting and fishing licenses at the resident prices. The applicant must submit one of the following:

  • Louisiana vehicle registration indicating a Purple Heart Specialty plate

  • Copy of a DD214 or any other military document that indicates the applicant received a

    Purple Heart.

Applicants can submit required documentation, fee and completed application by mail or in person to:

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attn: Sport License
P.O. Box 98000
200 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70898-9000

Louisiana Resident/Nonresident Purple Heart Recipient License Application

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Louisiana Hunting and Fishing License for Resident Louisiana National Guard Service Members: Louisiana resident National Guard or Reserve Service members may purchase a combination hunting and fishing license for $50. This license covers basic fishing and saltwater fishing licenses; basic hunting, big game, bow, and primitive firearm hunting licenses; Louisiana duck and turkey stamps; and Wildlife Management Area Hunting permits.

Service members must submit a completed Resident Louisiana National Guard Hunting/Fishing License Application, applicable fee, a copy of their Louisiana drivers’ license, military ID card, and an original letter from their commanding officer verifying they are in good standing with their unit.

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Louisiana Resident Retired Service Member Reduced Cost Hunting and Fishing License: If you are a Louisiana resident or native-born retired Service member of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Louisiana National Guard, you may purchase a combination hunting and fishing license for $5. Applicants must provide:

  • Residents: copy of valid Louisiana drivers’ license or Louisiana ID card (issued a minimum of 6 months prior to applying) and a copy of their retired military ID card

  • Nonresidents: a certified copy of their Louisiana birth certificate, a copy of their drivers’ license and a copy of their retired military ID card.

Applicants can submit required documentation, fee and completed application by mail or in person to:

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attn: Sport License
P.O. Box 98000
200 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70898-9000

Louisiana Resident/Nonresident Native Retired Military Hunting/Fishing Application

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Louisiana Resident Surviving Spouse Reduced Cost Hunting and Fishing License: Louisiana resident Surviving Spouses of a Service member of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the Louisiana National Guard, who was killed in action while in a combat zone, may purchase recreational fishing and hunting licenses for $2.50 each. The recreational fishing license includes Basic and Saltwater fishing licenses. The hunting license includes Basic, Big Game, Bow, and Primitive Firearm hunting licenses; Louisiana Duck and Turkey stamps; and the Wildlife Management Area hunting permit.

Surviving Spouses must have lived in Louisiana continuously for at least the past 6 months. Applicants must provide copies of the DD1300, the death certificate, and their valid Louisiana drivers’ license or Louisiana ID card.

Applicants can submit required documentation, fees and completed application by mail or in person to:

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attn: Sport License
P.O. Box 98000
200 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70898-9000

Louisiana Resident Surviving Spouse Killed in Action Hunting/Fishing License Application

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Free Entrance to Louisiana State Parks for Disabled Veterans: Louisiana offers a free State Park Permit for all sites that authorizes Disabled Veterans, and those accompanying them in a single private vehicle, free entrance. Veterans may apply for the permit by contacting their local parish Veterans Service Office.
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Parish Service Office Directory

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Louisiana State Parks Reduced Admission and Discount for Military and Veterans: Active duty Service members and one immediate Family member receive a 50% discount for day use entry to a state Louisiana State Parkspark, historic site or world heritage site by presenting a current, valid military ID.

In addition, retired Service members, active duty and reserve component Service members can receive 15% off all rentable facilities.

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What are my Louisiana Military and Veteran Miscellaneous Benefits?

Louisiana Military Family Assistance Fund (MFA): MFA provides financial support to Veterans, Service members and their Families when they experience financial hardships. These funds can be used for things such as housing, utilities, medical services, and other essential expenses that may have created an undue financial hardship. MFA can pay up to $10,000.00 for one claim in a 12-month period.
Who is eligible for MFA? To be eligible you must be:

  • A resident of Louisiana

  • A Service member in the Louisiana National Guard, U.S. Armed Forces Reserves in good standing with their unit

  • A Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces who received an Honorable or Under Honorable Conditions discharge (DD214 and/or NGB22 is required)

    • Completed 24 months of continuous active-duty, other than active duty for training

    • Completed at least 90 days of active duty and has been discharged under the specific authority of Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173, or

    • Has a compensable service-connected disability from the VA

    • Received a discharge with less than 90 days of service for a service-connected disability.

MFA is a payer of last resort. All applicants should search for assistance from all other available sources before applying.

In order to receive funds through MFA, a completed application must be submitted to the LDVA with all required supporting documentation.

For more information, please call 877-432-8982. Applicants can apply using the MFA Application or online at the bottom of the page at the Learn more link below

Learn more about the Louisiana Military Family Assistance Fund

Recording of Discharges for Louisiana Veterans: Louisiana Clerks of Court will record a Service member’s U.S. Armed Forces honorable discharge documents free of charge.

Once recorded these documents are confidential and cannot be released or shown to any person except the Veteran or someone they designate.

Upon the death of the Veteran these records can be provided to the executor of their estate, Surviving Spouse or a Family member. Those requesting these records must provide official documentation of the Veteran’s death.
Louisiana Clerks of Court Directory

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Free Copies of Public Record for Louisiana Veterans Claims to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Certified copies of public records required when applying for VA benefits will be provided free to Veterans.

Learn more about Transfer of Documents Required by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Toll and Parking Fee Exemption for National Guard Service Members on Official Business and Disabled Veterans: Any National Guard Service member in uniform and under official orders is not required to pay for parking or tolls for ferries or bridges when going to, engaged in, or returning from official business.

Any private vehicle operated by a disabled Veteran is not required to pay for parking or tolls for ferries or bridges. These exemptions cannot be used on any Crescent City Connection facility.

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Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home sign Louisiana State Veterans Homes: The LDVA operates five Veterans Homes located in Jackson, Bossier City, Monroe, Reserve, and Jennings.

Each facility offers a variety of services including:

  • Long and short-term care

  • Rehabilitative therapies

  • Alzheimer’s and intermediate care

  • Skilled nursing

  • Mental health services

  • Centralized pharmacy services

Who is eligible for care at the Louisiana State Veterans Homes: Veterans, their Spouses and Gold Star parents are eligible for admission into the Veterans Homes.

Veterans must be a resident of Louisiana, unless the Veteran is referred from an in-state VA Medical Center or by a LDVA Counselor.

Northeast Louisiana War Veterans Home sign The Veteran must have served on active duty for 90 days or more. If the Veteran’s active duty was less than 90 days, the Veteran must have been discharged due to a disability they received line of duty and must have received a discharge under honorable conditions for their most recent period of active service.

For more information, please call 877-GEAUX-VA.

Before applying print the Louisiana Veterans Home Request for Medical Information Sheet to be filled in by a doctor or nurse. This form must be completed and submitted with the application.
Louisiana Veterans Home Eligibility Fact Sheet
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Home Application for Admission

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Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery sign Louisiana State Veterans Cemeteries: Louisiana has five State Veterans Cemeteries located in Keithville, Leesville, Slidell, Rayville and Jennings. These cemeteries offer a variety of burial options for Veterans, their Spouses and dependent Children.

Each Louisiana State Veterans Cemetery features an Administrative Building with a computerized grave locator, beautiful spacious grounds and a covered shelter for committal services. The cemeteries are open Monday through Friday for burials with visitation open daily.

 Burial benefits include:

  • Grave sites for casket or cremated remains,

  • Headstones or markers,

  • Opening and closing of the graves, and

  • Continued perpetual care.

The Veterans Cemeteries can provide upright granite headstones, flat granite memorial markers or granite niche covers. Availability varies at each cemetery.

Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery sign There is no charge for the burial of a Veteran. A fee of $745 is charged by the cemetery at the time of burial for Spouses and dependent Children.
Who is eligible for Burial at a Louisiana State Veterans Cemetery?
Eligibility requirements for a Louisiana State Cemetery are the same as for VA National Cemeteries. Exact eligibility requirements can viewed at the VA, National Cemetery Administration Eligibility webpage. The following are the general eligibility requirements to be buried in a Louisiana State Veterans Cemetery

  • Honorably discharged Veterans and members of U.S. Armed Forces

  • Certain members of reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces and the Reserve Officer Training Corps

  • World War II Merchant Marines

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

Veterans can confirm their eligibility for burial by completing the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Request to Determine Eligibility for Interment Online Request Form or they can print and follow the submission instruction on the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Application for Pre-need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a Louisiana State VA Cemetery. Please contact your local LDVA office for more information.
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Office Locator

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Military Funeral Honors: The Family members of deceased Veterans can request Military Funeral Honors which may include the presence of U.S. Armed Forces Service members, folding and presentation of the flag, firing details, and the playing of Taps.

Military Funeral Honors are available through the different branches of service on request and based on availability. Interested Family members should contact the branch of the U.S. Armed Forces the Veteran served in.

ARMY
Casualty Assistance Section, Fort Polk
Phone: 337-531-6316 / 1726

NAVY
Naval Region SE
Phone: 800-326-9631

AIR FORCE
NCOIC Barksdale AFB Honor Guard
Phone: 318-456-5246 / 318-564-8146

MARINE CORPS
Inspector Instructor Offices
Phone: 866-826-3628

COAST GUARD
New Orleans, La.
Phone: 504-253-6361 / 504-628-5270

Learn more about Military Funeral Honors

Honor Medals Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal: The Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal was created to honor, recognize and thank Louisiana Veterans for their honorable military service. The Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal is available with a blue ribbon for honorable discharge, a purple ribbon for Purple Heart recipients, a black ribbon for prisoners of war, and a yellow ribbon for those killed in action. Only one medal per Veteran will be awarded.
Who is eligible for the Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal? Veterans must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • A current Louisiana resident, was a Louisiana resident when they entered the U.S. Armed Forces, or was a Louisiana resident at the time of their death

  • Served in the U.S. Armed Forces during wartime and peacetime

  • Received an honorable discharge or died prior to separation (must attach DD214 or DD1300)

  • A member of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces

For more information, please call 877-432-8982.
Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal Application

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Louisiana

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

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

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Military Installations in Louisiana

Please see the Louisiana Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty
Army
U.S. Army Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk

Air Force
Barksdale AFB

Navy
Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans

National Guard
Louisiana Military Department

Louisiana Army National Guard

Louisiana Air National Guard
159th Fighter Wing

U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)
81st Readiness Division

Resources

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

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

Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs

Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles

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

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

Louisiana Workforce Commission

Louisiana National Guard

Louisiana State Legislature

Louisiana Revised Statutes

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Document Review Date: 26 May 2021