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.

 

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, may 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 Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before September 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.

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Louisiana State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Federal retirement benefits received by federal retirees, both military and nonmilitary, may be excluded from Louisiana taxable income. ( R.S. 47:44.2 )

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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.

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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 this constitution, which applies to the first seven thousand five hundred dollars of the assessed valuation of property, the next seven thousand five hundred dollars of the assessed valuation of property receiving the homestead exemption that is owned and occupied by a Veteran with a service-connected disability rating of one hundred percent unemployability or totally disabled by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs shall be exempt from ad valorem taxation.

The surviving Spouse of a deceased Veteran with a service-connected disability rating of one hundred percent unemployability or totally disabled by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs shall be eligible for this exemption if the surviving Spouse occupies and remains the owner of the property, whether or not the exemption was in effect on the property prior to the death of the Veteran. (Article VII §21 (K) (1))

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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.

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.
(RS § 288 -29 )

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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)?

  • 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

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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 district or variations in entrance or age requirements.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Primary Point of Contact:
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: 225-342-3358

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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
Click here to read the official digest for this statute.

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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 Army Reserve , the National Guard, the Naval Reserve Corps, the Marine Corps Reserve, or the Air Force Reserve, . ( 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 provides 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.

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Louisiana LAVETBIZ Assisting Veteran Business Owners: LAVETBIZ is a business initiative established to provide additional opportunities for Louisiana based Veteran and service-connected disabled Veteran-owned small business owners when they seek to work with the State of Louisiana. LAVETBIZ is supported by compliance mandates which are enforced through the Louisiana Division of Administration.

To begin, please view the LAVETBIZ Roadmap to Success Booklet , a comprehensive guide to certifying with LAVETBIZ as well as LAVETBIZ Eligibility Requirements.

If you are interested in hiring a Veteran-owned or disabled-Veteran-owned business, please visit the LAVETBIZ certified businesses list .

If you are a Veteran-owned or disabled Veteran-owned business interested in obtaining state contracts, please visit the list of open bids on the Louisiana Division of Administration’s website .

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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. 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)

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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 his or her 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 DD 214 )

  • 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 his or her appointment to a Civil Service job in his or her 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 unremarried widowed 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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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 his or her usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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.

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

  • The member-4 copy of your DD214 (if you served in the military during the last 18 months)

  • Your SF-8 and SF-50 (if you worked for a federal employer during the last 18 months). However, do not delay filing if you cannot locate your federal documents.

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.

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

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. ( 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

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.
Eligibility : 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. ( RS 47 §463.137 )

Louisiana Purple Heart License Plate: Free license plate 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 a 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. ( RS 47 §490.18 )

Louisiana Medal of Honor License Plate: Free License Plate 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 center, 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:

  • 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 and Illness covered under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty : Workers Compensation equivalent to State employees when called to state active duty.

Who is eligible for Louisiana National Guard Service Member Injury and Illness covered under Workers Compensation ? Army National Guard Service members while on state or federal active duty are eligible.

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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 ? Army 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 of 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, muzzleloader, LA duck, turkey stamp and WMA 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 DD 1300 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.
Who is eligible for Free Entrance to Louisiana State Parks for Disabled Veterans? Any Veteran, who is a Louisiana resident and has suffered the amputation of a limb or has been classified as 50% or more permanently disabled as a result of service connected disabilities or permanent and total as a result of non-service connected disabilities.

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Reduced Admission to Louisiana State Parks for Active Duty Military: 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.

Reduced Admission to Louisiana State Parks for Active Duty Military

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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): The minimum qualifications include that the Service member must have been placed on active-duty status for more than 30 consecutive days since September 11, 2001 or received an honorable discharge. 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

Learn more about the Louisiana Military Family Assistance Fund (MFA)

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 or suspend the service plan contract until thirty days after discharge from active military service without imposition of any activation fee. ( RS 29 §418.1 )

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Recording of Discharges for Louisiana Veterans: No charge for Discharge Certification and other evidence of honorable separation from the U.S. Armed Forces
Who is eligible for Recording of Discharges for Louisiana Veterans? All Veterans or if the Veteran is deceased, to the executor of his 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 himself, his conveyance, and the military property of the state in his 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 himself, his conveyance, and his 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? Army National Guard member on official business, disabled American Veteran are eligible.

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The 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

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. 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 Veterans Home Application

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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, covered 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

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;

  • 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.)

Confirm your eligibility for interment by completing the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Cemetery Eligibility Request Form .

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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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 all honorably discharged Louisiana Veterans and to the Family of those killed in action.
Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal Application

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

Veterans Health Administration
VA Medical Center
New Orleans: Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System , 2400 Canal St, 800-935-8387
Pineville: Alexandria VA Health Care System , 2495 Shreveport Hwy, 318-466-4000 / 800-375-8387: Call Center, 2495 Shreveport Hwy, 318-483-5083
Shreveport: Overton Brooks VA Medical Center , 510 E. Stoner Ave, 318-221-8411

Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC)
Baton Rouge: Baton Rouge VA Outpatient Clinic , 7968 Essen Park Ave, 225-761-3400
Bogalusa: Bogalusa VA Outpatient Clinic , 521 Ontario Ave, 985-735-9029
Franklin: Franklin VA Outpatient Clinic , 603 Haifleigh St, 337-828-9092
Hammond: Hammond VA Outpatient Clinic , 1131 South Morrison Ave, 985-902-5100 / Fax: 985-902-5030
Houma: Houma CBOC , 6433 West Park Ave, 985-851-0188 / 800-935-8387 x0
Jennings: Jennings CBOC , 1907 Johnson St, 337-824-1000 / Fax: 337-785-4700
Lafayette: Lafayette Clinic, Specialty and Primary Care , 3149 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy, 337-706-3415 / Fax: 337-261-5471

Lafayette: Lafayette CBOC Campus B, Mental Health , 309 St Julien Ave, 337-706-3415 / Fax: 337-233-3250
Lake Charles: Lake Charles CBOC , 3601 Gerstner Memorial Drive, Hwy14, 318-475-9500 / Fax: 337-475-9599
Leesville: Fort Polk CBOC , 3353 University Pkwy, 337-392-3800 / Fax: 337-392-3890
Monroe: Monroe CBOC , 1691 Bienville Dr, 318-343-6100 / 800-832-3525 / Fax: 318-343-8600
Natchitoches: Natchitoches CBOC , 740 Keyser Ave, 318-357-3300 / Fax: 318-357-3333
New Orleans: New Orleans VA Outpatient Clinic , 2400 Canal St, 800-935-8387 / 504-412-3700 / Fax: 504-565-4835
Reserve: St. John VA Outpatient Clinic , 4004 West Airline Hwy, 504-565-4705
Shreveport: Knight Street Clinic , 3000 Knight St, Bldg 5, 318-221-8411 x7411
Slidell: Slidell VA Outpatient Clinic , 60491 Doss Dr, Ste B, 985-690-2626

Vet Center - 877-WAR-VETS (877-927-8387)
Alexandria: Alexandria Vet Center , 5803 Coliseum Blvd, Ste D, 318-466-4327 / Fax: 318-427-8044
Baton Rouge: Baton Rouge Vet Center , 7850 Anselmo Ln, Ste B, 225-761-3140 / Fax: 225-761-3141
New Orleans: New Orleans Vet Center , 1250 Poydras St, 4th Fl, Ste 400, 504-507-4977 / Fax: 504-561-8739
Shreveport: Shreveport Vet Center , 2800 Youree Dr, Bldg 1, Ste 105, 318-861-1776 / Fax: 318-868-1788

Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Office
New Orleans: New Orleans Regional Benefit Office , 1250 Poydras St, Ste 200, 800-827-1000

Intake Site (Pre-Discharge Claims Assistance)
Fort Polk: Fort Polk , Bayne Jones Army Community Hospital, 1585 3rd St, Rm 1221
New Orleans: Barksdale Air Force Base , Department of Veterans Affairs
New Orleans: NSA (No MOU) , Department of Veterans Affairs

National Cemetery Administration
National Cemetery
Baton Rouge: Baton Rouge National Cemetery , 220 North 19th St, 225-654-1988 / Fax: 225-654-1989
Pineville: Alexandria National Cemetery , 209 East Shamrock St, 318-449-1793 / Fax: 318-449-9327
Zachary: Louisiana National Cemetery , 303 W. Mount Pleasant Rd, 225-654-1988 / Fax: 225-654-1989
Zachary: Port Hudson National Cemetery , 20978 Port Hickey Rd, 225-654-1988 / Fax: 225-654-1989

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Military Installations in Louisiana

Please see the Louisiana Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty
Army

Fort Polk

Navy
Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans

Air Force
Barksdale AFB

National Guard
Louisiana Army National Guard
Louisiana Air National Guard

159th Fighter Wing

United States Army Reserve (USAR)

81st Readiness Division

Resources

https://www.retirementliving.com/taxes-kansas-new-mexico#LOUISIANA

https://www.nationalguard.com/

https://www.goang.com/

https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp?isflash=0

https://www.vetaffairs.la.gov/

https://www.expresslane.org/Pages/default.aspx

http://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/vets/realifelines/menu.htm

https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job-seekers/veterans-preference/#content

http://www.mic3.net/louisiana.html

http://www.laworks.net/

https://geauxguard.la.gov/

https://legis.la.gov/Legis/Laws_Toc.aspx?folder=75&level=Parent

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Document Review Date: 12 September 2018