Louisiana Military and Veterans Benefits

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Summary of Louisiana Military and Veteran Benefits: The State of 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 Retirement Income: Persons 65 years or older may exclude up to $6,000 of annual retirement income from their taxable income. Federal retirement benefits received by federal retirees, may be excluded from Louisiana taxable income. Social Security Retirement benefits are exempt. (RS 47 §44.1)

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Louisiana State Taxes on Retired Military Pay: Federal retirement benefits received by federal retirees, both military and non-military, shall be excluded from Louisiana state income tax. (R.S. 47:44.2)

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Louisiana State Taxes on World War II Veterans Retired Military Pay: Compensation or retired pay received from the United States by any Veteran of the military or naval forces of the United States of World War II, who is a citizen or resident of Louisiana and who has been honorably discharged from the military or naval forces as a result of a physical disability, shall not be included in gross income and shall be exempt from taxation under this Chapter. ( R.S. 47:52 )

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Louisiana 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).

Learn more about Iowa State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired 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: 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.

Federal retirement benefits received by federal retirees, both military and nonmilitary, may be excluded from Louisiana taxable income. ( R.S. 47:44.2 )

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): Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax. Check with state department of revenue office.

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 homestead exemption authorized under the provisions of Article VII, Section 20 of the Louisiana Constitution , which applies to the first $7,500 of the assessed valuation of property, Veterans may be eligible for an additional exemption of $7,500.

Beginning in the year 2012, property receiving the homestead exemption which is owned and occupied by a Veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 100% by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, may be exempt from parish ad valorem taxation for up to a maximum of $15,000 assessed value of property.

The Surviving Spouse of a deceased Veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 100% shall be eligible for this exemption if the exemption was in effect on the property prior to the death of the Veteran and as long as the Surviving Spouse remains the owner and resides on the property.

If the property eligible for the exemption has an assessed value in excess of 15,000 dollars, ad valorem property taxes shall apply to the assessment in excess of that amount. The extended exemption will only apply to the year which the application is made and thereafter.

Veterans who may qualify should bring to the assessor’s office a copy of the declaration page stating their disability from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. For further details, please contact one of our three offices. ( Article VII §21 (K) (1) )
Louisiana Parish Tax Assessor Directory

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Louisiana Special Assessment Level for Disabled Veterans: The Louisiana Special Assessment Level allows someone who meets certain requirements to have the assessed value of the property frozen. Those who qualify for the special assessment level should be aware that this does not automatically freeze the amount of their tax bill. Only the assessed value will be frozen. The amount of taxes due could change due to an increase in a millage rate in your area or if the size of living area is increased.

To qualify you must meet the following criteria:

  • Owner or owners must have a total combined adjusted gross income of less than the amount determined by each Parrish Tax Assessor, (check with your tax assessor to find out the gross income threshold for your Parrish).

  • Applicants must own, occupy, and receive a homestead exemption on the property.

There are also special circumstances that would allow a Surviving Spouse who is 55 years of age or older or who has minor Children to receive the special assessment level if the deceased Spouse had previously qualified for it. If you are a Surviving Spouse, please contact your Parish Assessor’s Office to see if you qualify.

Also, a person who is 100% disabled and considered permanently disabled, or who has a 50% military service-connected disability may qualify if they meet the same income requirement above.
Louisiana Parish Tax Assessor Directory

Learn more about the Louisiana Special Assessment Level for Disabled Veterans

Louisiana Ad Valorem Homestead Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouses: There is an exemption from ad valorem tax for the total assessed value of the homestead of the unmarried Surviving Spouse of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States or the Louisiana National Guard who died while on active duty.

The property is eligible for the homestead exemption if:

  • The Surviving Spouse has not remarried.

  • The Surviving Spouse annually provides evidence of their eligibility for the exemption.

Each Parrish tax assessor shall establish a procedure whereby a person may annually apply for the exemption. Eligibility for the exemption shall be established by the production of documents and certification of information by the Surviving Spouse to the assessor as follows:

  • In an initial application for the exemption, the Surviving Spouse shall produce documentation issued by their deceased Spouse's employer evidencing the death.

  • For purposes of the continuation of an existing exemption, the Surviving Spouse shall annually provide a sworn statement to the assessor attesting to the fact that the Surviving Spouse has not remarried.

Once an unmarried Surviving Spouse has qualified for and taken the exemption, if the Surviving Spouse then acquires a different property which qualifies for the homestead exemption, the Surviving Spouse shall be entitled to an exemption on that subsequent homestead, the exemption being limited in value to the amount of the exemption claimed on the prior homestead in the last year for which the exemption was claimed. For more information and to apply contact your Parrish Tax Assessor. (Article VII §21 (M) (1-3))
Louisiana Parish Tax Assessor Directory

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What are my Louisiana Military and Veteran Education Benefits?

The Louisiana State Aid Program - Dependents Educational Assistance: Section 288 of Title 29 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950 has been amended and re-enacted to provide financial aid for Children and Surviving Spouses of certain Veterans of this state who died in service in the Armed Forces of the United States or died of a service connected disability incurred during a wartime period.

woman giving a speech on stage with others behind her The law provides the same benefits for those Children of living Veterans who are rated 90% or above disabled, including 100% individual unemployability, by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs "Schedule for Rating Disabilities", as a result of a disability or disabilities incurred in service in the Armed Forces of the United States.

The eligible person may attend any state supported college, university, trade or vocational technical school and are exempt from paying tuition and school-imposed fees, such as laboratory, athletic, medical, non-resident or other special fees. Student imposed fees are not exempt. Students are eligible for four years of schooling to be completed in not more than five years.
Who is eligible for The Louisiana State Aid Program - Dependents Educational Assistance? The law requires that the deceased Veteran must have been a resident of the State of Louisiana for at least twelve months immediately preceding entry into service. The living Veteran must have resided in the state not less than twenty-four months immediately preceding the Child's admission into the Program. The Surviving Spouse must use this Program within ten years of the date eligibility is established. A Child must be between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five.

To apply, individuals should contact their local Parrish Veterans Service Officer. (RS § 288 -29)
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Parish Service Office Directory

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Louisiana State Tuition Exemption Program (STEP): STEP provides an exemption from all or a portion of tuition charges imposed by an institution of the State of Louisiana which may be claimed for five separate academic years or until the receipt of a degree at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, or professional level, whichever occurs first. In addition, any member of the National Guard that reenlists for a period of six years may be eligible for tuition exemption for four separate academic years or until the receipt of a degree at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, or professional level, whichever occurs first. Such student shall be exempt from all tuition charges, except that in the case of tuition at an institution which confers a professional degree. ( RS 29 §36.1 )
Who is eligible for Louisiana State Tuition Exemption Program (STEP)?
National Guard members are eligible for the State Tuition Exemption Program (STEP) provided certain requirements are met:

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

  • Must be domiciled in the state of Louisiana

  • Must be in good standing with the Louisiana National Guard

  • Must be seeking an Associate's, Bachelor's or Master's Degree

  • Must maintain good academic standing with school

  • Any National Guard member may receive an extension if mobilized

  • Must pay all fees applied to bill (exemption covers tuition only).

Learn more about Louisiana State Tuition Exemption Program (STEP)

Louisiana 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 Children sitting on the steps of a schooldistrict 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:
Ernise Singleton, Louisiana Commissioner,
Education Program Manager, Louisiana Department of Education,
Address: P.O Box 94604, Baton Rouge, LA
Email: ernise.singleton@la.gov
Phone: 225-342-3427

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

Louisiana Military Training towards Education/Certification Credits: Louisiana recognizes that the skills learned during military training can often apply to the civilian workforce. As such, Act 276 of the 2012 Regular Legislative Session states that individuals with military training and experience will be granted civilian professional licensure and/or certification when the Service member has been awarded a military occupational specialty and performance in that specialty that is at a level equal to or exceeding the requirements for said license and/or certification. Provisions apply. To apply visit your local Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Parish Service Office.
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Parish Service Office Directory

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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 any branch of the United States Armed Forces, including their dependents, who enrolls as a student at any state owned and operated college or university, shall be classified as a resident for tuition purposes and shall qualify for resident tuition fees at any such state owned and operated college or university, provided that the individual has been continuously residing in Louisiana after being honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.

A Child or Spouse of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in Louisiana on active duty shall be entitled to resident classification for tuition purposes at any state college or university without regard to length of time of residency in the state.

A Child or Spouse of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States who has been assigned to duty elsewhere immediately following assignment to duty in Louisiana shall be entitled to resident classification for tuition purposes at any state college or university for as long as the Child or Spouse continuously resides in Louisiana after the Louisiana duty assignment of the parent or Spouse.

A student who is enrolled in or is applying for enrollment in a Louisiana public college or university and who physically resides in Louisiana for the duration of their enrollment in a state public institution of postsecondary education, who has served in the Armed Forces of the United States as defined by 10 U.S.C. 101(a)(4), and who also meets the requirements below is entitled to resident classification for tuition purposes without regard to length of time of residency in the state.

the student shall meet at least one of the following conditions to qualify for resident classification for tuition amount purposes:

  • Has served on active duty for a continuous period of no less than two years, and received an Honorable Discharge, as verified by a United States DD 214, within one year of enrolling in a Louisiana public college or university

  • Is currently serving in a Reserve Component of the Armed Forces of the United States as defined by 10 U.S.C.101(c) and as verified by a memorandum from the student's commanding officer

  • Has been assigned a service-connected disability by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

Interested individuals should contact their educational institution for more information. ( RS 17:2137 )

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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: Louisiana law provides for employees of the state and its political subdivisions, without loss of pay, time, annual leave, or efficiency rating, on all days during which they are ordered to duty with troops or at field exercises, or for instruction, for periods not to exceed 15 days in any one calendar year; and when relieved from duty, they are to be restored to the positions held by them when ordered to duty.
Who is eligible for Paid Leave for Louisiana State Employees that are Reserve and National Guard Service Members for Military Duty? Members of the Officers' Reserve Corps of the Army of the United States, the National Guard of the United States, the Naval Reserve Corps, the Marine Corps Reserve, the Air Force Reserve, the Citizens Military Training Corps, or the Civil Air Patrol, either as officers or enlisted men, that are state employees are eligible. ( RS 42 §394 )

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Louisiana Veterans' Services Employment Assistance: The Louisiana Workforce Commission operates the Veterans' Employment and Training Services. Veteran services provide employment assistance and training opportunities to Veterans and other eligible persons, mainly job assistance, job and training referral and job placement.
Who is eligible for Louisiana Veterans' Services Employment Assistance?
Any Service member that served on active duty for other than training for a period of more than 180 days and was discharged or released there from with other than a dishonorable discharge; OR was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability; OR as a member of a reserve component served, under orders, on active duty during a period of war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge is authorized and was discharged or released from such duty with other than a dishonorable discharge.

office personel around a conference table In addition, the Spouse of any person who died of a service connected disability, the Spouse of a member of the Armed Forces who has for more than ninety days been listed as missing in action or as a prisoner of war, OR the Spouse of any person who has a total and permanent disability resulting from a service connected disability or the Spouse of a Veteran who died while such a disability was in existence, is also eligible for services.
Louisiana Workforce Commission Veterans' Program Staff Directory

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Louisiana LAVETBIZ Assisting Veteran Business Owners: Louisiana's Veteran Initiative (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 that are available at the state government level.

  • Your business and contact information will be accessible 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.

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

  • Principal Place of Business – The company must have its principal place of business in Louisiana

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

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

  • Independently Owned and Operated – The business must be independently owned and operated

  • Not Dominant – The business must not be dominant in its professional field

  • Louisiana Residency – Must be owned by persons domiciled in Louisiana

  • Citizenship – 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 of the requirements above, as well as the following:

  • Service-Connected Disabled-Veteran-Owned – At least 51% of the business must be owned by a Service-Connected Disabled Veteran

To take advantage of Louisiana's Veteran Initiative and to gain greater access to purchasing and contracting opportunities with the state government, complete the Louisiana SMALLBIZ System, online application .

For more information on the Veteran Initiative, contact:

Stephanie Hartman
Director, Small Business Services
Email: stephanie.hartman@la.gov
Phone: 225-342-5677

LAVETBIZ Roadmap to Success Booklet

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Louisiana Employment Assistance for State Employees in Military Service: Louisiana laws provide broad protection to those that protect our freedom and their Families. Louisiana Revised Statute 29 Section 401 through 425 provides for employer's compensation, leave status, retirement credit, life, health and accident insurance coverage, re-employment rights upon release from military service, prohibits against academic penalties, deferral of state income taxes, validation of professional and occupational licenses, and protection of any vacancy in office held by an elected or appointed official.
Who is eligible for Louisiana Employment Assistance? Residents of Louisiana called to military service in the Armed Forces of the United States are eligible. The district court in which the state or its political subdivision exercises authority or conducts its business shall have jurisdiction to hear action to enforce the Act. ( RS 29 §401-425 )

Learn more about Louisiana Employment Assistance for State Employees in Military Service (click through RS sections 29: 401-425)

Louisiana Civil Service Hiring Preferences for Veterans: Article X, Section 10. (A) (2) of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana provides for the addition of five or ten points to the final passing scores on Civil Service examinations for eligible military personnel. A DD214, the documentation of eligibility for this preference is required to verify eligibility. The eligible applicant must first pass any written examination before the points are added to their score. Veterans' preference points, when claimed, will appear on the applicant’s grade notice. These additional points are added only in new hiring situations -- "probational" or "job" appointments. Veterans with permanent status in the State classified system do not receive this preference in promotional situations.

Five points preference 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 (Enacted 11/02/04)

Ten points preference shall be awarded for the original appointment of one of the persons listed below:

  • An honorably discharged Veteran who served either in peace or in war and who has one or more disabilities recognized as service-connected by the Veterans' Administration;

  • The Spouse of each Veteran whose physical condition precludes their appointment to a Civil Service job in their usual line of work;

  • The unremarried Surviving Spouse of each deceased Veteran who served in a war period (see above) or in a peacetime campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge/medal was awarded;

  • The un-remarried surviving parent of any person who died in active wartime or peacetime service or who suffered total and permanent disability in active wartime or peacetime service;

  • The divorced or separated parents of any person who died in wartime or peacetime service or who became totally and permanently disabled in wartime or peacetime service.

If the Veteran is unable to use these points, only one of the other listed persons is eligible to use the points.

Required documentation:

  • DD214

  • Letter from Veterans’ Administration documenting service-connected disability, if claiming 10 points, dated within last six months

For claimants OTHER THAN the eligible Veteran:

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Louisiana Testing Exemptions in Civil Employment for Veterans: An appointing authority may fill a vacancy by probational appointment or job appointment of a Veteran of the Armed Forces who has been honorably discharged from active duty within the previous twelve months without the appointee’s attainment of any Civil Service test scores normally required, provided the appointee 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 and have served at least 90 days of active service for purposes other than training. An appointing authority may make an offer to an active member of the Armed Forces, but the effective date of the appointment cannot be prior to the discharge date.

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

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

  • During a war; or

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Reinstatement to Louisiana State Employment after Military Service: All officers and employees of the state shall be restored, upon proper application, to the former position or employment or office held with the state at the time of entering military service, or reinstated to a position of like seniority, status and pay when the officer or employee is relieved from the military service, upon honorable discharge or discharge upon honorable conditions. ( RS 42 §401 )

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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 Missle firing off the back of a truckduty 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, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.

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

Louisiana Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment Insurance (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 on the basis of need. A claim for unemployment benefits should be made as soon as possible after you lose your job, or have your hours reduced.

Louisiana has a minimum and maximum weekly benefit amount, which is based upon your previous earnings. You must remain eligible/ qualified for benefits during every week in which you file a claim to be paid unemployment benefits. You may work part time while receiving unemployment benefits, but a portion of those earnings may be deducted from your weekly benefit amount.

It must be determined that you are unemployed through no fault of your own, as outlined in the booklet "Louisiana Employment Security Law." You must also:

  • Be able to work – You are capable of working every day during the week in which you file for unemployment benefits. You cannot collect benefits if you are sick, injured or disabled.

  • Be available to work – You are ready to start a job immediately and do not have any obstacles to accepting work, such as transportation or Childcare issues.

  • Be actively seeking work – You are searching for work and following the guidelines provided by the state.

Louisiana Workforce Commission logo To file a claim, you MUST have the following information:

  • Your 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

  • Your Alien Registration number, if you are not a United States citizen

  • Valid Email address

Filing Initial Unemployment Insurance Claim:

To register for UI got to the Louisiana Workforce Commission Registration Page (If this is your first claim you must register for a HiRE account, if you have previously filed a claim you will need to enter your HiRE Username and Password) with the Louisiana Workforce Commission or call the UI Call Center at 1-866-783-5567, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Louisiana Workforce Commission Benefit Overview Page
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 Identification Card Veteran Designation: The Louisiana Department of Public Safety, Office of Motor Vehicles offers a drivers’ license or Identification Card with a designation showing that the cardholder is a Veteran of the United States Armed Forces. No fee will be accessed if the applicant surrenders their valid driver's license and/or identification card when requesting the "Veterans’ indicator". Applicable fees will apply if the applicant requests to add the "Veteran indicator" during the renewal period or when requesting a duplicate.
Who is eligible for a Louisiana Driver’s License or Identification Card with a Veteran Designation? For this purpose, a Veteran means a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. The applicant must have received an honorable discharge and must present documented proof of the character of their discharge.

The applicant cannot be a sex offender who is required to be registered under Chapter 3-B of Title 15.

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Free Louisiana Driver’s License for Disabled Veterans: Free drivers licenses are available to all honorably discharged disabled Veterans who have a 50% or greater service-connected disability.
Who is eligible for a Free Louisiana Driver’s License for Disabled Veterans? The Veteran must meet all of the following qualifications:

  • Was honorably discharged

  • Has a service-related disability of at least fifty percent

  • Receives compensation from the United States government because of such disability.

( RS 32 §412.2 )

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Louisiana Military and Veteran Special Prestige Vehicle License Plates: The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles offers 49 distinctive license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of Service members, Veterans, Retirees and eligible Family members. A short description of some of these license plates is listed below. These plates will be issued for use on any privately-owned passenger car, pickup truck, motorcycle or van of the Veteran applicant.

To view the various license plates that are available go to the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles Special Plate Viewer web page. All plates have specific documentation requirements in order to prove eligibility.

The cost of these plates is the same as the regular issue. When your request for a license plate is accepted, a fee is quoted. You will have to mail the payment in before the plate is actually ordered. Your plate can be requested Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles License Plate Online ordering page , but a payment will have to be mailed in. You can also go to one of the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicle locations.
Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles Location Directory
Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles, Field Offices that Stock Military and Veterans License Plates Directory

Disabled Veteran License Plate Louisiana Disabled Veteran License Plate Disabled Veterans License Plate: Free DAV license plate for any Louisiana resident who is at least 50% service connected. ( RS 47 §490.4 )

 

Gold Star Family License Plate: The Gold Star motor vehicle prestige plate is available to immediate Family members of Armed Forces members killed in action. The plate is issued in the same manner as other motor vehicle license plates. The applicant must present a copy of the Service member's death certificate to the DMV. The charge for the plate is the same as for regular license plates and includes a handling fee of $3.50.
Who is eligible for the Louisiana Gold Star Family License Plate: The plate is issued upon receipt of an application and written evidence that the applicant is the owner of a motor vehicle and is a member of the immediate Family of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States who lost their life under any of the following conditions:

  • During World War I, World War II, or any subsequent period of armed hostilities in which the United States was engaged before July 1, 1958.

  • Any time after June 30, 1958, under any of the following conditions:

    • While engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.

    • While engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force.

    • While serving with friendly forces engaged in an armed conflict in which the United States is not a belligerent party against an opposing armed force.

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

    • An international terrorist attack against the United States or foreign nation friendly to the United States, recognized as such an attack by the secretary of defense for the United States.

    • Military operations while serving outside the United States, including commonwealths, territories, and possessions of the United States, as part of a peacekeeping force.

For the purposes of this Section, a member of the immediate Family shall include: a Surviving Spouse, remarried or not; a mother, father, stepmother, stepfather, mother through adoption, father through adoption, and foster parents who stood in loco parentis; grandparents; each Child, step-Child, and adopted Child; and each brother, half-brother, sister, and half-sister. ( RS 47 §463.137 )Louisaiana Purple Heart License Plate

Louisiana Purple Heart License Plate: Free distinctive license plates shall be issued to recipients of the Purple Heart Medal to be used in lieu of the regular motor vehicle registration plates. The recipient may be issued a special plate for each vehicle registered in the recipient's name and such plate shall not be subject to renewal requirements applicable to regular numbered plates. A Surviving Spouse of a person to whom a license plate was issued may retain the license plate, provided the Surviving Spouse has not remarried and provided the Surviving Spouse applies to the secretary for a transfer of the plate to the Surviving Spouse. ( RS 47 §490.18 )

 Louisiana Medal of Honor License Plate: Free distinctive license plates shall be issued to recipients of the Medal of Honor in lieu of the regular motor vehicle registration license plates. The center portion shall have the state seal on the left, the owner's initials in the Louisiana Medal of Honor License Platecenter, with such license numbers as the secretary finds expedient underneath, and the seal of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society on the right. The words "Congressional Medal of Honor" shall be printed across the bottom of the license plate. The plates are not subject to renewal requirements applicable to standard plates. ( 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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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, Active and Reserve Component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Doctor with patient Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

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

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

  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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Louisiana National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness or Death covered under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty : Every member of the National Guard who is accidentally injured, or their dependents if he is accidentally killed, while on active duty during a state of emergency declared by the governor and for the duration of such emergency as declared by the governor, shall be compensated by the state in accordance with the workers' compensation law, including but not limited to such medical, surgical, and hospital services and medicines and such disability and death benefits as are authorized by the workers' compensation law.

Who is eligible for Louisiana National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness or Death covered under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty? Every member of the National Guard who is accidentally injured, or their dependents if he is accidentally killed, while on active duty during a state of emergency declared by the governor and for the duration of such emergency as declared by the governor, shall be compensated by the state in accordance with the workers' compensation law, including but not limited to such medical, surgical, and hospital services and medicines and such disability and death benefits as are authorized by the workers' compensation law.

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Louisiana National Guard Insignia Louisiana National Guard Service Member Disability and Death Benefits: Louisiana National Guardsmen suffering a permanent and total disability while on federal or state active duty on or after September 11, 2001, or the beneficiary of record of those killed in action may qualify for a $250,000 death or $100,000 disability benefit from the State of Louisiana.
Who is eligible for Louisiana National Guard Service Member Injury and Death Benefits? National Guard Service members while on state or federal active duty are eligible.

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

 Louisiana Resident Disabled Veterans Hunting and Fishing Licenses: Resident Veterans that have a permanent service-connected disability classification Man fishing from a dock at the lakeof 50% or shall upon identification and proof of disability satisfactory to the department be issued recreational fishing and hunting licenses at no cost. This license is in lieu of basic and saltwater fishing, basic hunting, big game, bow, primitive firearm, Louisiana duck stamp, turkey stamp and Wildlife Management Area hunting permit.
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: If you are on active duty with any of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard, or are the Spouse or dependent of an active-duty member, you may purchase a license for hunting or recreational fishing in Louisiana for the same fee paid by Louisiana residents. Active duty military licenses are available at many Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries offices (Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Lake Charles, Monroe, and Opelousas) and local retailers.

You must present a valid active duty military ID card when you purchase your license AND have your military ID or dependent card and appropriate license(s) in your possession at all times while hunting or fishing. Active-duty military licenses are valid only while you are on active duty. In addition, active-duty members and/or their Spouse and dependents may receive a credit toward individual income tax liability for obtaining a Louisiana hunting or recreational fishing license.

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Louisiana Hunting and Fishing License for Resident Louisiana National Guard Service Members: If you are a Louisiana resident who is a member of the Louisiana National Guard or any reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces, you may purchase a combination hunting and fishing license for $50. This license covers your Basic and Saltwater fishing licenses; Basic, Big Game, Bow, and Primitive Firearm hunting licenses; Louisiana Duck and Turkey stamps; and Wildlife Management Area Hunting Permit.

Simply complete a Resident Non-Active Louisiana National Guard Hunting/Fishing license application and submit it along with applicable fees, a copy of your Louisiana driver’s license and military ID card, and an original letter from your commanding officer verifying that you are in “good standing” with the Louisiana National Guard. You may only apply for these licenses at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.
Resident Louisiana National Guard Hunting/Fishing License Application

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Louisiana Resident Retired Military Reduced Cost Hunting and Fishing License: If you are a Louisiana resident or native-born retired member of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the Louisiana National Guard, you may purchase a combination hunting and fishing license for $5. To qualify for this license, you must submit the following:

  • Residents: a copy of valid Louisiana driver’s license or Louisiana identification card (issued a minimum of 6 months prior to applying) and a copy of your retired military identification card

  • Nonresidents: a certified copy of your Louisiana birth certificate, a copy of your driver’s license and a copy of your retired military identification card.

You may apply for this license at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge or by mail to:

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attn: Sport License
P.O. Box 98000
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: If you are a Louisiana resident who is a Surviving Spouse of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the Louisiana National Guard or Air National Guard, who was killed in action while in a combat zone, you 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.

To qualify for these licenses, you must submit copies of the DD1300 form, the death certificate, and your valid Louisiana driver’s license or Louisiana identification card; you must have also lived in Louisiana continuously for at least the past 6 months. You may apply for these licenses at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge or by mail to:

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attn: Sport License
P.O. Box 98000
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: Free admission to all sites is provided for Disabled Veterans, and those accompanying them in a single private vehicle, with State Park Permit. Eligible 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 military personnel and one immediate Family member receive a 50% discount for day use entry to a state park, historic site or world heritage site by presenting a current, valid military photo ID.

In addition, active duty, retired military, National Guard and reservists 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): The Military Family Assistance Fund (MFA) provides financial support to Service members and their Families as well as certain Veterans when they experience financial hardships and when certain criteria apply. In order to receive funds through MFA, a completed application must be submitted to the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs including all required supporting documentation. MFA can pay up to $10,000.00 for one claim in a 12-month period. MFA is funded by private donations from individuals and corporations.
Who is eligible for Louisiana Military Family Assistance Fund (MFA): To be eligible you must be:

  • Must be a current member of the Louisiana National Guard or Reserves in good standing with their unit; OR be a Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Louisiana National Guard or Reserves) who received a discharge of “Honorable” or “Under Honorable Conditions”. DD214 and/or NGB22 is required.

  • The Veteran must have been a member of the US Armed Forces who has met one of the following conditions: 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 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173 , or has been determined to have a compensable service connected disability; Received a discharge with less than 90 days of service for a service connected disability.

  • The Veteran or service member must be a current resident of the State of Louisiana.

The Military Family Assistance Program is a payer of last resort. All applicants shall seek or have sought assistance from other available sources prior to submitting an application.

Immediate Family members of eligible military personnel may apply on behalf of their loved one. Completed applications must be accompanied by supporting documentation and must be filed no later than 6 months after returning from active-duty.

For more information, you may call toll free 1-877-432-8982. You can apply at the “ Learn more about the Louisiana Military Family Assistance Fund (MFA) " link below.

Note: If you would rather not apply online, please download the printable application.
Louisiana Military Family Assistance Fund (MFA) Application

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Suspension or Termination of Cellular phone and Wireless Service Plan Contracts for Service Members Called to Active Service: Any person who is called to service in the uniformed services and has a cellular phone and wireless service plan contract and is assigned to temporary duty or deployment in a location that makes the cellular phone inoperable, may, upon giving written notice to the plan carrier and with the consent of the plan carrier, terminate the contract without imposition of any termination or cancellation fee. If the person elects to suspend the service plan contract during their military service, he shall notify the plan carrier within thirty days of the date of their discharge from active military service. ( RS 29 §418.1 )

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Recording of Discharges for Louisiana Veterans: Upon the presentation of the discharge certificate or other evidence, the clerks of court of the several parishes and the register of conveyances of the parish of Orleans shall record in their records without charge, each discharge certificate or other evidence of honorable separation from the Armed Forces of the United States of men and women who have served in the forces.

Any discharge certificate or other evidence of honorable separation from the Armed Forces of the United States filed on or after July 1, 2000, shall be confidential, shall not be considered as public record, and shall not be released or shown to any person except to the Veteran or their designee.

If the Veteran is deceased, it may be furnished to the executor of their estate or to the Surviving Spouse or any Family member of the Veteran, upon furnishing a death certificate, affidavit of death, or other satisfactory evidence of the death of the Veteran. ( RS 44 §20 )

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Transfer of Documents Required By U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Whenever a copy of any document is required by the Veterans Administration to determine the eligibility of a person to participate in Veterans' benefits administered by the Veterans Administration, the state official charged with the custody of any such document shall provide a certified copy thereof to the Department of Veterans Affairs upon its request, without any charge or cost whatsoever. ( RS 29 §263 )

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Free Louisiana Toll Bridge and Ferry Passes for National Guard Service Members on Official Business and Disabled Veterans: Any person belonging to the organized militia of the state who is in uniform or presents an order for duty shall be allowed free passage for themself, their conveyance, and the military property of the state in their charge, over toll bridges and ferries while going to, engaged in, or returning from any parade, drill, or meeting which he is required to attend, or upon being called to, engaging in, or returning from any active state duty ordered by the governor.

Any private vehicle operated by a disabled American Veteran who provides proper identification shall be allowed free passage or free parking for themself, their conveyance, and their passengers on toll bridges or toll ferries of the state or its political subdivisions except for the Crescent City Connection and any parking facility owned or operated by the state. ( RS 29 §27 )
Who is eligible for Free Louisiana Toll Bridge and Ferry Passes for National Guard Service Members and Disabled Veterans? National Guard member on official business, disabled American Veteran are eligible.

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Louisiana State Veterans Homes: The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) proudly operates five state-of-the-art Veterans Homes across the state. Homes are 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

  • And more

Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home sign 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 if they are deemed to meet basic qualifying criteria.

For admission to a Louisiana State Veterans Home, a Veteran must be a resident of the state of Louisiana. State residence is not mandatory if the applicant is referred from an in-state United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center or by a Louisiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs Veterans’ Assistance Counselor.

 The Veteran must have served on active military duty 90 days or more. If active military service was less than 90 days, the Veteran must have been discharged as Northeast Louisiana War Veterans Home signa result of a disability incurred in the line of duty and must have received a discharge under honorable conditions for their most recent period of active military service. Act 18 of the 2009 Legislative Session permits certain peacetime Veterans, Gold Star parents, and Spouses of qualifying Veterans to be admitted to the facility.

Please view this list of Louisiana Veterans Home Eligibility Fact Sheet or call toll free 1-877-GEAUX-VA.

Before applying download and 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 your application.
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Home Application for Admission

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Louisiana State Veterans Cemeteries: The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) operates four Veterans Cemeteries located across the state, offering a variety of burial options for Veterans, Spouses and dependent Children. Each location features beautiful and spacious grounds, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery signcovered shelter for committal services, and are open Monday through Friday for interments with visitation open daily.

Burial benefits may include the following:

  • Grave sites for casket or cremated remains,

  • Headstones or markers,

  • Opening and closing of the graves, and

  • Continued perpetual care.

LDVA Cemeteries can provide upright granite headstones, flat granite memorial markers and granite niche covers. Availability varies at each cemetery. Please contact your local LDVA office for further information.
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Office Locator

Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery sign Cemeteries are located in Keithville, Leesville, Slidell, and Rayville. Find more about each location on their Louisiana Veterans Cemetery Locator page . Each Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Cemetery also features an Administrative Building with a computerized grave locator. A grave locator is also available online at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration, Nationwide Gravesite Locator .

Burial of an eligible Veteran is at no cost to the Veteran. A fee of $745 is charged at the time of interment for Spouses and dependent Children of eligible Veterans.
Who is eligible for Internment at a Louisiana State Veterans Cemeteries?
The military service requirement for burial in LDVA Veterans Cemeteries must be in accordance with the eligibility standards as set by the National Cemetery Administration Eligibility Requirements . The following are the general eligibility requirements to be buried at a Louisiana State Veterans Cemetery

  • Veterans and members of Armed Forces;Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery sign

  • Certain Members of Reserve Components & Reserve Officer Training Corps;

  • Commissioned Officers of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and Public Health Services;

  •  World War II Merchant Marines;

  • Philippine Armed Forces;

  • Spouses and Dependents (however, 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.)

You can confirm your eligibility for interment by completing the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Request to Determine Eligibility for Interment Online Request Form or you can print and complete the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Application for Pre-need Determination of eligibility for Burial in a Louisiana State VA Cemetery .

You can use the Louisiana Veterans Cemeteries Interment Online Application or you can print and complete the Louisiana Veterans Cemeteries Interment Application Form to apply for a burial plot within one of LDVA’s Veterans Cemeteries

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Military Funeral Honors: Based on available resources, funeral honors may be available and may include the presence of military members, folding and presentation of the flag, firing details, and the sounding of Taps.

Military Funeral Honors are available through the different branches of service upon request and upon availability. Contact the respective branch using the information below.

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

NAVY
Naval Region SE
Toll Free Phone: 800-326-9631

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

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

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

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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.
Who is eligible for the Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal? Medals are available to the following:

  • Veteran is a current Louisiana resident, was a Louisiana resident upon entering military service, or was a Louisiana resident at the time of death.Honor Medals

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

  • Veteran received an honorable discharge or died prior to separation.

  • Louisiana National Guard/Reservist.

  • Military personnel killed while on active duty, please attach for DD1300 / Death Certificate.

  • Only one medal per Veteran/ per Family will be awarded.


Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal Application

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 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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Louisiana National CemeteryU.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in Louisiana: The Department of Veterans Affairs' (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 and Air National Guard

159th Fighter Wing

United States Army Reserve (USAR)
81st Readiness Division


Resources

Retirement Living, Tax Information, Louisiana

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

Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission, Louisiana

Louisiana Workforce Commission

Louisiana National Guard

Louisiana State Legislature

Louisiana Laws Revised Statutes

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Document Review Date: 28 May 2020