Maine Military and Veteran Benefits

State Taxes
Education Benefits
Employment Benefits
Unemployment Insurance
Bureau of Motor Vehicles Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Parks and Recreation Benefits
Miscellaneous Benefits
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Summary of Maine Military and Veterans Benefits: Maine offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families including a homestead exemption, tax exemptions, employment assistance, employment preference, tuition assistance, state parks and campground reduced fees, special vehicle license plates, as well as hunting and fishing privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and disability status.

Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services, Veterans’ Services Offices: The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services has Veterans’ Services Offices located throughout the state that can assist Veterans, and their Families find and apply for benefits under federal, state, and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge.
Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services, Veterans’ Services Offices Directory

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Maine Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

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What are my Maine Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Maine Military Retired Pay Income Taxes: Maine does not tax military retired pay.

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) does not withhold taxes for state or local income tax, but it is reported annually on IRS Form 1099-R. All TSP distributions are subject to state taxes and early distributions may incur higher taxes

Learn more about Maine Military Retired Pay Income Taxes

Maine Income Taxes on Military Pay: Military pay received by a Maine resident Service member serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces who is stationed outside of Maine is exempt from state income tax.

Learn more about Maine Income Taxes on Military Pay

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

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

  • Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living

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

  • Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program.

See IRS Publication 525 for more information.

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

two people hugging Maine State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): DIC is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-connected injury or disease.

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

Maine State Tax Exemption for Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP): SBP, RCSBP and RSFPP are not taxed in Maine.

Learn more about Maine State Tax Exemption for Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP)

Maine State Tax Benefits for Service Members Serving in a Combat Zone: Maine follows many of the federal tax rules for pay received by a Service member who is serving in a combat zone (receiving hostile fire and imminent danger pay).

  • Pay that is excluded from federal adjusted gross income because it was earned while serving in a combat zone is also excluded from Maine income tax

IRS Tax Exclusion for Combat Service

  • Service members who die in a terrorist act, in combat or as a result of injuries received in combat, are exempt from Maine taxes for the year that they died, any previously paid taxes will be refunded

Internal Revenue Code Section 692

  • The deadline for filing Maine income tax returns and paying taxes due is extended for 180 days after:

    • Last day served in a combat zone

    • Last day of any continuous hospitalization for injury from service in a combat zone (or were injured performing qualifying service outside the combat zone)

In addition to the 180 day extension, the deadline is extended by the number of days that were left to file or pay taxes when Service member entered a combat zone.

Learn more about Maine State Tax Benefits for Service Members Serving in a Combat Zone

Maine Veterans Property Tax Exemption: Maine offers property tax exemptions up to $6,000 to wartime Veterans, disabled Veterans, Surviving Spouses, surviving minor Children and surviving parents.

Applicants must notify in writing and provide office documentation as proof of eligibility to their tax assessors on or before April 1 (this notification is only required with the first application).
Maine Municipal Assessors Directory

Veteran Property Tax Exemption: Veterans who served during a recognized war period and meet the following requirements are eligible for a property tax exemption:

  • Maine resident

  • 62 years or older

  • Served during a recognized war period, or

  • Received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

  • Receiving 100% disability from the VA, or

  • Became 100% disabled while serving

Surviving Spouse Property Tax Exemption: A Surviving Spouse of a Veteran who was eligible for an exemption and meets the following requirements are eligible for a property tax exemption:

  • Maine resident

  • Was married to a deceased Veteran who was eligible for a property tax exemption at the time of their death

  • Unremarried

  • Receiving a pension or compensation from the U.S. Government as a Surviving Spouse

Minor Child Eligibility: The surviving Child of an eligible Veteran must be a Maine resident and under the age of 18 to be eligible.

Widowed Parent Property Tax Exemption: The widowed parent of a deceased Veteran and who meet the following requirements are eligible for a property tax exemption:

  • Maine resident

  • Has not remarried and was not divorced at the time of death of the Veteran’s other parent

  • Receiving a pension or compensation from the U.S. Government for the service-connected death of their Child

Maine Veteran Property Tax Exemption Application
Maine Veteran's Property Tax Exemption, Qualifications Flow Chart
Application for Maine Veteran Property Tax Exemption for Widowed Spouse (Surviving Spouse), Minor Child, or Widowed Parent

Learn more about the Maine Veterans Property Tax Exemption

Maine Paraplegic Veteran Property Tax Exemption: A disabled Veteran or the Surviving Spouse of an eligible deceased Veteran who received a federal grant for a specially adapted house may receive a $50,000 property tax exemption.

Applicants must notify in writing and provide official documentation as proof of eligibility to their tax assessors on or before April 1 (this notification is only required with the first application).
Maine Municipal Assessors Directory
Who is eligible for the Maine Paraplegic Veteran Property Tax Exemption? Veterans or their Surviving Spouse must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Resident of Maine

  • Veteran who received a grant from the VA for specially adapted housing 38 U.S. Code, Section 2101

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran.

Application for Maine Veteran Property Tax Exemption
Application for Maine Veteran Property Tax Exemption for Widowed Spouse (Surviving Spouse), Minor Child, or Widowed Parent

Learn more about the Maine Paraplegic Veteran Property Tax Exemption

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What are my Maine Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Maine Veterans Upward Bound Program (VUB): VUB is a federally funded pre-college program that provides free assistance to eligible Veterans interested in pursuing a college degree. VUB is designed to develop the academic and personal skills necessary for admission and success into a post-secondary education program.

VUB services include:

  • Admissions and financial aid application assistance

  • Career and education goals counseling

  • Financial literacy

  • Academic skills assessment and preparation in English, math and science

  • Prior learning assessment/ Joint Services Transcript review

  • Study skills / college transition assistance

  • Computer literacy

  • Individual support

Who is eligible for the Maine VUB? To be eligible, Veterans must have served at least 181 consecutive days on active-duty or were activated from a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces for more than 30 days. Veterans must have received any discharge other than dishonorable and not have a bachelor’s degree.

Veterans must also meet one of the following requirements:

  • Out of school for at least 5 years

  • Has a disability

  • Their biological or adoptive parents, (who lived with you more than 50% of the time) did not have a bachelor’s degree

  • Has a taxable income that falls within the federal guidelines

All Veterans are encouraged to contact the VUB to discuss eligibility. Those interested or who wish to refer a Veteran are encouraged to submit a Veterans Upward Bound Interest/ Referral Form .
VUB Online Application
VUB Eligibility Information

Phone: 207-780-4627
Email: vub@maine.edu

Learn more about the Maine Veterans Upward Bound Program

Maine Veterans’ Dependents Educational Benefits Program: Maine provides a 100% waiver of tuition and all related fees for the eligible Spouse and dependents of a Veteran3 people in cap and gowns at a graduation ceremony or Service member at any University of Maine System Institution, Maine Community Colleges, and the Maine Maritime Academy.

A Spouse may be admitted to certificate programs, associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree programs. Children may use the benefit for a certificate program, associate, or bachelor’s programs and must enroll and be receiving benefits prior to their 22nd birthday. Both Spouses and Children have 10 academic years from the date of entrance to complete 120 credit hours.

Students must maintain at least a 2.0 or "C" grade point average to continue receiving educational benefits.
Who is eligible for Maine Veterans’ Dependents Educational Benefits Program? The Veteran must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and entered service from Maine or was a resident for five years immediately before their dependent’s application for aid. If living, the Veteran must continue to live in Maine throughout the duration of benefits. Veterans must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • Has a 100% total and permanent service-connected disability rating from the VA

  • Was killed in action

  • Died from a service-connected disability

  • Was listed for more than 90 days as missing in action, or as a prisoner of war

If the Veteran’s dependents receive other financial aid, it cannot be more than the total cost of education. Maine Revised Statutes 37-B, 7, Section 505(2)
Maine Veterans’ Dependent Educational Benefits Brochure
Maine Veterans' Dependents Educational Benefits Program Application

Learn more about the Maine Veterans' Dependents Educational Benefits Program

Maine National Guard Education Assistance Program: The Maine National Guard Education Assistance Program offers full tuition at a state college or university for eligible Maine National Guard Service members. The benefit includes both part-time and full-time enrollment up to 130 credits and may be used to earn a bachelor’s degree, associate degree, or certificate and licensure. This does not include books, housing, lab fees, or other mandatory fees.
Who is eligible for the Maine National Guard Education Assistance Program? Service members must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Completed basic training or received a commission

  • Serve in the Maine National Guard for at least one year after receiving financial assistance

  • Apply for all other tuition benefits, such as:

    • Federally funded military tuition assistance

    • Employer tuition reimbursements or assistance, and

    • Federal grants, such as a Federal Pell Grant

The Maine National Guard Education Assistance Program will only cover the cost of tuition after all other educational financial assistance is used

Service members are not eligible if they:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree or its equal

  • Have nine or more unexcused absences from unit training, or

  • Fail to complete the entire period of annual training in a twelve-month period without authorization.

Service members must maintain good academic standing and a grade point average above 2.0.

Interested National Guard Service members should contact their unit or call the Maine National Guard Education Office at 207-430-5922.
Maine Revised Statutes, 37-B, 3, 7-A

Learn more about Maine National Guard Education Assistance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MIC3 Assistance Request

Primary Point of Contact
Phone: 207-624-6635 or 207-816-0280

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

Maine Purple Star School Program for Military-Friendly Schools : The Maine Purple Star School program recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and Families connected to the U.S. Armed Forces. Schools that earn the award will receive a special Purple Star recognition to display on site.

For a school to qualify for the Purple Star Award they must appoint a school liaison that is specially trained to handle the unique challenges experienced by military Families. This liaison will ensure that other teachers at their school are aware of special considerations that students from military Families can benefit from. Each school will also have a dedicated page on their school website featuring resources for military Families.
Military Child Education Coalition Purple Star School Program

Learn more about the Maine Purple Star School Program Military-Friendly Schools

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What are my Maine Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

The Maine Employment Resource Career Center Maine CareerCenter Veterans Employment Assistance: Maine CareerCenters offer specialized employment and training services for eligible Service members leaving the military, Veterans and their Spouses to help them find a job, obtain new skills, or access other available state or federal resources.

Job Seeker Services:

  • Assistance with job search, resume writing and interview skills

  • Help translating military skills to good jobs in the civilian workforce

  • Referrals to other state and federal resources.

Maine CareerCenters offer priority of service for certain Department of Labor employment and job-training programs for eligible Veterans and Spouses. Priority of service means that Veterans and eligible Spouses are entitled to preference over others for a service either earlier in time or, if the resource is limited, they receive access instead of those not eligible.

In addition, Veterans or Service members leaving the U.S. Armed Forces who meet certain requirements can receive direct assistance from a Maine CareerCenter Veterans’ Representative.
Who is eligible for Maine CareerCenter Veterans Employment Assistance?

Priority of Service Eligibility:

Veteran Eligibility: Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. Active duty includes full-time duty in the National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserves, other than for training.

Spouse Eligibility: The Spouse or unremarried Spouse of the following are eligible:

  • Veteran who died of a service-connected disability

  • Service member serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces that is listed for 90 or more days as one of the following:

    • Missing in action

    • Captured in the line of duty by a hostile force

    • Forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power

  • Veteran who has a total service-connected disability rating from the VA

  • Veteran who died while a disability (as above) was in existence

Maine CareerCenter Veterans’ Representative Assistance Eligibility: Veterans or Service members who meet any of the following requirements are eligible for Maine CareerCenter Veterans' Representative assistance:

  • Has a service-connected disability

  • Homeless or at risk of becoming homeless

  • Recently separated and unemployed

  • Did not receive a high school diploma

  • Offender released in last 12 months

  • Low income

  • Between the ages of 18 and 24

  • Vietnam Era Veteran

Those eligible for Veterans’ Representative assistance can find a directory of contact information for Maine CareerCenter Veterans' Representative at the “Learn more…” link below.
Maine CareerCenter Directory
Maine CareerCenter Priority of Service Eligibility

Learn more about Maine CareerCenter Veterans Employment Assistance

Maine Professional and Occupational Licensing Initiative: Maine's Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation (OPOR) offers an accelerated professional licensing process for eligible Service members, Veterans and Spouses.

Veterans can receive credit for their military training and experience when applying for an occupational license. This program allows for quicker, easier licensing for Veterans in various career fields.

In addition, active duty Service members, recently separated Service members, or their Spouse, who are licensed in good standing in another state can receive a temporary Maine License while they apply for their full Maine license. This Temporary License is available for any profession or occupation licensed by OPOR.
OPOR, Active and Retired Military and Military Spouses Webpage

Learn more about the Maine Professional and Occupational Licensing Initiative

rocky coast with waves splashing Leave for Military Duty for Maine State Employees: State employees who are Service members in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces receive 17 workdays (per calendar year) paid military leave. This leave can be used for state or federal active duty or to participate in training. If the military service exceeds 17 workdays the employee will be placed on unpaid military leave. Employees may use, but are not required to use, accrued vacation, compensatory, or personal leave when entering an unpaid status.
Who is eligible for Paid Leave for Military Duty for Maine State Employees? State employees who are Service members in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces who are on state or federal active duty or attending training are eligible for military leave.

Learn more about Leave for Military Duty for Maine State Employees

Pay for Maine National Guard Service Members on State Active Duty: Members of the Maine National Guard ordered to state active duty are entitled to receive pay equal to the pay and allowances received by active duty Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces. This pay cannot be less than pay based on 12 hours a day at the state minimum wage.

Learn more about Pay for Maine National Guard Service Members on State Active Duty

Maine Veterans Preference for Retention in State Employment: Veterans and Gold Star Spouses, who are state employees, must be allowed to keep their job during a reduction in force in preference to all other employees in the same classification with equal seniority, status, and performance reviews.
Who is eligible for Maine Veterans Preference for Retention in State Employment? Any Veteran who has served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, or a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces that received a discharge other than dishonorable are eligible. Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214.

A Surviving Spouse who is eligible to receive a Gold Star Lapel Pin is also eligible for retention during a reduction in force. They must provide a copy of the Service member’s DD1300, Report of Casualty as proof of eligibility.
DoD Instructions 1348.36, Gold Star Lapel Button, Service Flag and Service Lapel Button

Learn more about Maine Veterans Preference for Retention in State Employment

Soldiers going through a tazer gun exercise Maine State Employee Reemployment after Military Duty: State employees who enter the U.S. Armed Forces have reemployment rights under both the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and Maine law.

State employees who enter the U.S. Armed Forces on a short-term basis are generally returned to the position they left. Those that enter the U.S. Armed Forces on a long-term basis would be returned to the position that they left or a position (that they are qualified for) of similar status and pay. Employees should contact their agencies human resource representatives for more information or if reemployment is denied.

The time required to return to their state employment varies based on their time in military service. For more information, please see Maine Civil Service Bulletin 11.16C.

Learn more about Maine State Employee Reemployment after Military Duty

Maine Veterans Preference in Hiring: Maine provides a hiring preference for qualified Veterans or Gold Star Spouses who apply for state employment by ensuring that they are offered an interview.

In addition, if a Veteran applies for a state job and is not hired for that job, it is the policy of the Bureau of Human Resources to help the Veteran find other state job openings they may be qualified to apply for.
Who is eligible for Maine Veterans Preference in Hiring? Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, or a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces that received a discharge other than dishonorable are eligible. Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214.

A Surviving Spouse who is eligible to receive a Gold Star Lapel Pin is also eligible for retention during a reduction in force. They must provide a copy of the Service member’s DD1300, Report of Casualty as proof of eligibility.

Learn more about Maine Veterans Preference in Hiring

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

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% but less than 30%.

10-Point 30% Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30% or more.

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

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

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses, or mothers of Veterans. Both a mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

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

  • Is rated by appropriate military or VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences

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

Soldier walking next to a humvee Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service if the basic eligibility criteria are met.

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

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

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102% of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA Benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard Service 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) helps all that have claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

Learn more about the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

Maine Hilton Honors Military Program: The Maine Hilton Honors Military Program helps make the career transition from service in the U.S. Armed Forces to civilian employment easier for current and former Service members. The Hilton Honors Military Program will provide hotel accommodations for required travel while they are looking for a new job, training for a new job, or finding housing. Those eligible can receive up to a total of 100,000 hotel points for verifiable employment-related activities. Each state sets its own eligibility and residency requirements. Recipients must have a Hilton Honors account to receive the points. For more information, please email HiltonHonors@naswa.org or contact the nearest American Job Center.

Learn more about the Maine Hilton Honors Military Program

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What are my Maine Military and Veterans Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

Maine Unemployment Insurance (UI): UI provides temporary financial assistance for workers that are unemployed through no fault of their own. UI is a partial, short-term replacement of lost wages while workers are seeking other work and is not intended to be a permanent source of income . Benefits are not based on financial need. Employers pay all costs of the UI program.

When applying, applicants will need the following information:

  • Social Security Number (Alien Registration Number if applicable)

  • Business name, address, telephone number and dates of employment for each place worked during the past 18 months

  • Social Security Number of Children that the applicant provided the majority of support

Who is eligible for Maine UI? To be eligible for unemployment, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Lost their job through no fault of their own

  • Actively seeking work

  • Able and available to work

  • Have enough work history and earnings in the past five quarters to be "monetarily eligible"; earned at least $1,968 per quarter in at least two of the last five quarters, and a total of at least $5,904 in four of the last five quarters

Applicants can apply online at the ReEmployME online filing webpage or by calling 800-593-7660 (Customer service is available Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Online is the best option for filing.

Veterans who separated from the U.S. Armed Forces in the past 18 months will need to provide information from their DD214.
Maine Department of Labor Directory
Maine’s UI Guide
Maine UI Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about Maine Unemployment Insurance

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What are my Maine Military and Veterans Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) Benefits?

Maine Drivers License with Veteran Designation Maine Military Service Driver's License Designation: Maine offers a military service driver's license designator for eligible Service members and Veterans.
Who is eligible for Maine Military Service Driver's License Designation?
To be eligible applicants must be a Service member currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or a Veteran who received an honorable discharge.

Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214, certification from the VA or the U.S. Armed Forces verifying their military service and that they received an honorable discharge.

Applicants will also have to bring documentation verifying Maine residency and legal presence in the U.S. (a complete list of acceptable documents can be found in the Maine Real ID Fact Sheet).

For more information about the eligibility requirements for the Military Service Designation, please contact the Bureau of Motor Vehicles at 207-624-9000.

Learn more about the Maine Military Service Driver's License Designation

Maine Purple Heart plate Maine Military and Veterans Special Vehicle License Plates: The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles offers 14 distinctive license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and eligible Family members.

Maine Purple Heart License Plate: Veterans who are recipients of the Purple Heart are eligible for two sets of the Maine Purple Heart license plates. There is no registration fee for vehicles with a registered weight of less than 10,000 lbs.

Disabled Veteran plate Maine Disabled Veteran License Plate: Maine Disabled Veteran license plates are available to Veterans who have a 100% service-connected (permanent and total) disability rating and are receiving compensation from the VA. There is no registration fee for vehicles with a registered weight of less than 26,000 lbs.

Maine Disabled Veterans who have loss, or loss the use of both legs are also exempt from all motor vehicle related fees to include excise tax, sales tax, registration and title fees for vehicles with a registered weight of 26,000 lbs. or less.

Maine Medal of Honor License Plate: Veterans who are recipients of the Medal of Honor are eligible for the Maine Medal of Honor license plate This plate may be issued to a Veteran who is the recipient of the Medal of Honor. There is no registration fee for vehicles with a registered weight of less than 10,000 lbs.

Maine Veteran Plate Maine Special Veteran License Plate: Any Veteran who has been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces, or a Service member who has served for at least three years and continues to serve are eligible for the Maine Special Veteran license plate. Veterans must provide their DD214, certification from the VA or the U.S. Armed Forces verifying their military service and honorable discharge.

There are 35 Commemorative Veteran decals available for display on this plate. Registration fees vary based on registered vehicle weight.

Maine Gold Star plate Maine Gold Star Family License Plate: The immediate Family members of a Service member that dies while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces may be eligible for the Maine Gold Star Family license plate.
Who is eligible for the Maine Gold Star Family License Plate? To be eligible for the Gold Star Family license plate, the resident Family member must have received, or be eligible to receive, either a Gold Star Lapel Button (Purple background) or a Next of Kin of Deceased Personnel Lapel Button (Solid Gold). This includes the following Family members:

  • Surviving Spouse

  • Parents (includes stepparents, parents through adoption, and foster parents)

  • Children (includes stepchildren and Children through adoption)

  • Brothers / sisters (includes half-brothers / sisters)

  • Grandparents

There is a regular registration fee of $35 for this plate.
Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services, Gold Star Family License Plate Fact Sheet
Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services, Request for a Gold Star Family License Plate

Learn more about Maine Military and Veterans Special Vehicle License Plates

Maine Veterans Commemorative Decal Program: The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles offers Veterans commemorative decals for the Maine Special Veteran license plates or the Maine Disability Special Veteran license plate. These decals indicate branch of service, medals for bravery / valor, military campaigns, and military badges.

A Veteran who already has Veterans' plates can get decals by bringing a copy of their DD214 (report of separation or discharge from active duty) to verify eligibility to any of the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles Branch Offices. The DD214 and fee may also be mailed to:

Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Attention: Registration Unit
29 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0029

If a Veteran did not receive a medal until after discharge, and wants a decal representing this medal, a copy of the military orders or copy of the citation may be used.

An honorably discharged Veteran is eligible for up to three sets of Special Veterans' plates with decals, for $5 per set. There is no additional fee for a Special Veteran or Disability Special Veteran license plate. There is no fee for replacement decals. For more information, please call 207-624-9000, extension 52149 or by e-mail at: registrations@maine.gov.
Maine Veterans Commemorative Decal Sample Page
Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles Branch Offices Directory

Learn more about the Maine Veterans Commemorative Decal Program

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

TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (U.S. Armed Forces Reserve and National Guard Service members) 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.

This plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when a Service member is not on active duty and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

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

  • Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

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

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

  • Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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

Maine National Guard Service Members Covered under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty: Maine National Guard Service members serving on state active duty that are injured, become ill, become disabled or die in the line of duty are eligible for benefits and compensation under Maine Workers’ Compensation Laws.
Who is eligible for Maine National Guard Medical covered under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty?
Maine National Guard Service member injured or killed in the line of duty on state active duty are eligible for compensation and benefits.

Learn more about Maine National Guard Medical covered under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty

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What are my Maine Military and Veterans Parks and Recreational Benefits?

Maine State Park Maine State Parks and Museum Free Lifetime Pass for Veterans: Veterans are eligible for a free day-use lifetime pass to be used at Maine state parks, museums and historic sites operated by the Maine Department of Conservation.

This pass is not valid for:

  • Acadia National Park

  • Baxter State Park

  • Allagash Wilderness Waterway

  • Penobscot Corridor

  • Penobscot Narrows Observatory

  • Maine Wildlife Park

Who is eligible for Maine State Parks and Museum Free Lifetime Pass for Veterans? The Veteran must be a resident of Maine and received an Honorable Discharge or General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions to be eligible.

To apply Veterans must complete the Maine Bureau of Veterans' Service State Park Pass Application and mail the application and a copy of their DD214 to:

Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services
117 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0117

Application processing time is approximately two to three weeks.

Learn more about the Maine State Parks and Historic Sites Free Lifetime Pass for Veterans

Maine Resident Day Use Park Pass for Active Duty Service Members: Service members on serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces can receive a free day use pass to Maine state parks and historic sites.

The pass authorizes the Service member, their Spouse and Children, (Spouse and Children must be accompanied by the Service member), free admission to state parks and historic sites.
Who is eligible for the Maine Resident Day Use Park Pass for Active Duty Service Members? To be eligible Service members meet the following requirements:

  • Resident of Maine

  • Enlisted Service member serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces

Passes are issued for a calendar year and must be renewed annually.
Maine Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Application for Active Duty Military Personnel Day-Use Park Pass

Learn more about the Maine Resident Day Use Park Pass for Active Duty Service Members

Free Maine Hunting, Trapping and Fishing License for Disabled Veterans: Maine resident and nonresident Veterans (if reciprocal privileges exist in their home state) who have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces or the National Guard and have a service-connected disability of 50% or more will be issued a free license to fish, trap, or hunt. This license includes all necessary permits and other permissions, and if they meet qualifications, a guide's license. Eligible Veterans also qualify for an expanded archery either sex deer permit and one expanded archery antlerless deer permit.

Veterans must still apply for any required deer and moose permit each year. Disabled Veterans can request this license in person at the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services Central Office at Camp Keyes or by email to mainebvs@maine.gov.

Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services Central Office
Camp Keyes
194 Winthrop Street
Augusta, ME 04333

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Disabled Veteran License Application

Learn more about Free Maine Hunting, Trapping and Fishing License for Disabled Veterans

Maine Resident Service Members and Dependents Discounted Licenses when Stationed Outside of Maine: Maine resident Service members who are on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and permanently stationed outside Maine then return to Maine to hunt or fish can purchase a combination hunting and fishing license for $3. The Spouse and dependent Children that live with the Service member are authorized a combination license for $20 or hunting license for $10.

Maine Fishing Learn more about Maine Resident Service Members and Dependents Discounted Licenses when Stationed Outside of Maine

Nonresident Service Members and Dependents may Purchase Maine Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Resident Price: Nonresident Service members serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and permanently stationed at a military base in Maine (including Spouse and dependent Children that live with the Service member) may purchase a license to hunt, trap, or fish at resident prices.

Learn more about Nonresident Service Members and Dependents may Purchase Maine Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Resident Price

Maine Hunter Safety Course Exemption of Active Duty Service Members: Maine resident, active duty Service members serving in the U.S. Armed Forces who are permanently stationed outside of the U.S. and home on leave are exempt from hunter, archery, and crossbow safety course requirements.

Learn more about Maine Hunter Safety Course Exemption for Active Duty Service Members

Maine Moose Maine Disabled Veterans Controlled Moose Hunt: The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has allocated 25 moose hunting permits to disabled Veterans for a Controlled Moose Hunt in Aroostook County.

This is a one-time hunt. If a Veteran ever tagged a moose in this hunt, they are ineligible to participate again. The Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services and its partners will provide logistical support to the selected disabled Veterans during their moose hunt.

Applications for the 2022 Maine Disabled Veterans’ Controlled Moose Hunt will be available on the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services, Maine Disabled Veterans Controlled Moose Hunt webpage on March 1, 2022.

Learn more about the Maine Disabled Veterans Controlled Moose Hunt

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What are my Maine Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Maine National Guard Foundation Fund: The Maine National Guard can award loans and grants for emergencies and other special needs to resident Service members in the Maine National Guard, the U.S. Armed Forces Reserves and their Families. For more information, please contact the Maine National Guard Family Program Office at 888-365-9287 or by email to ng.me.mearng.list.me-mil-fac@army.mil.
Maine National Guard Family Program Office

Learn more about Maine National Guard Foundation Fund

Confidentiality of Maine Veterans Military Service Records: Official military documents or records, that pertain to a Service member’s active duty service, that are filed with any state, county or local government agency are confidential for 62 years following the date they are issued.

Learn more about Confidentiality of Maine Veterans Military Service Records

Free Copies of Public Record for Maine Veterans Claims to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Certified copies of public records required when applying for VA benefits will be provided free to Veterans (or those acting on a Veterans behalf).

Learn more about Free Copies of Public Record for Maine Veterans Claims to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Military Service Discharge Records Requests: Veterans who need copies of military service documents can use the following resources to find a copy:

Learn more about Military Service Discharge Records Requests

Maine Honoring Veterans Recognition Program: Maine has established the "Honoring a Veteran" recognition program to honor Maine Veterans for their honorable military service. The program specifically honors Service members that died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, prisoners of war, recipients of the Purple Heart and Veterans who honorably served.
Who is eligible for the Maine Honoring Veterans Recognition Program? All Veterans must have entered the U.S. Armed Forces from Maine, or they are a current resident for at least five years prior to applying and meet one of the following requirements to be eligible:

Learn more about the Honoring Maine Veterans Recognition Program

Maine Veterans homeMaine Veterans' Homes (MVH): Maine has six Veterans' Homes located throughout the state to that offer rehabilitative/ therapy services, as well as long and short term skilled nursing care for honorably discharged Veterans and their eligible Family members.

 MVH locations:

  • MVH Augusta – 150 bed facility

    MVH Augusta

    35 Heroes Way
    Augusta, ME 04330
    Phone: 207-622-2454

  • MVH Bangor – 150 bed facility

    MVH Bangor

    44 Hogan Road
    Bangor, ME 04401
    Phone: 207-942-2333

  • MVH Caribou – 70 bed facility

    MVH Caribou

    163 Van Buren Road, Suite 2
    Caribou, ME 04736
    Phone: 207-498-6074 

  • MVH Machias – 150 bed facility

    MVH Machias

    32 Veterans Way
    Machias, ME 04654
    Phone: 207-255-0162

  • MVH Scarborough – 150 bed facility
    290 US Route 1,
    Scarborough, ME 04074
    Phone: 207-883-7184

  • MVH South Paris – 90 bed facility

    MVH South Paris

    477 High Street
    South Paris, ME 04281
    Phone: 207-743-6300

Who is eligible for Care in an MVH? To be eligible for admission, applicants must be honorably discharged Veterans who were residents of Maine at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces or who are residents at the time of application. Veterans must have served one or more days on active duty other than for training purposes, in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces. There is no requirement for the Veteran to have served in combat or have a service-connected disability. The Spouse, Surviving Spouse, and Gold Star Parents of an eligible Veteran may be admitted if there is space available.
Request an MVH Brochure
MVH Admission Application
MVH Eligibility Guide
MVH Online Application

Learn more about Maine Veterans' Homes

Maine Veterans’ Cemetery System: Maine Veterans’ Cemetery System has four Veterans’ Cemeteries to provide a dignified final resting place for Service members, honorably discharged Veterans, and their eligible Family members.

The cemeteries will provide the plot, open and close the grave, and provide perpetual care, at no cost to the Family. The VA will provide a headstone, marker or niche cover for all Veterans and their eligible dependents. Family members will be buried next to or in the same plot as the Veteran.
Who is eligible for Burial in Maine Veterans’ Cemetery System? Eligibility requirements for the burial at a Maine Veterans’ Cemetery are the same as for VA National Cemeteries. Exact eligibility requirements can viewed at the VA, National Cemetery Administration Eligibility webpage. The following are the general eligibility requirements:

  • Discharged from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces under conditions other than dishonorable, or

  • Died while on active duty, or

  • Served at least 20 years in the National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserves and qualified for military retired pay (or would have qualified except death occurred before age 60), or

  • Reserve component Service members if they were activated for federal service, (active duty for training does not qualify)

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

All Veterans are encouraged to complete the Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery System, Eligibility Application to establish eligibility prior to need.
Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery System Brochure

Learn more about Maine Veterans’ Cemetery System

Army burial Maine Military Funeral Honors: All honorably discharged Veterans are eligible for Military Funeral Honors. Family members of deceased Veterans that want Military Funeral Honors performed during the Veteran’s funeral should notify their Funeral Director. The Funeral Director will contact the appropriate military branch Casualty Assistance Center to make arraignments.
Who is eligible for Maine Military Funeral Honors? Honorably discharged Veterans are eligible for military funeral honors.

U.S. Army: Office: 207-430-6210; Cell: 207-620-6870

U.S. Air Force: 781-225-5900

U.S. Navy: 860-694-3475

U.S. Marine Corps: 866-826-3628

U.S. Coast Guard: 617-990-6249

Learn more about Maine Military Funeral Honors

Maine Veterans' Emergency Financial Assistance (VEFA): VEFA was created to help Maine resident Veterans who have an emergency and do not financial means to handle the emergency.

Examples of assistance may include:

  • Home damage not covered by insurance

  • Illness of the Veteran or Family member

  • To prevent becoming homeless

  • Any other condition that puts the Veteran at risk of not having the basic needs of food, shelter, or safety

The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services may approve up to $2,000 in financial assistance. For more information, or to request assistance, please contact one of the following organizations:

American Legion
207-873-3229
The American Legion Department of Maine

Bureau of Veterans' Services
207-430-6035
Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services

Learn more about the Maine Veterans' Emergency Financial Assistance

Maine Veterans Home Loan Programs: MaineHousing offers SaluteME first time mortgages to qualified active duty Service members, Veterans, and retired Service members at a 0.25% discount of their 30-year fixed interest rate.

MaineHousing will also waive the first-time homebuyer requirement for Veterans who may have previously owned a home. This program is called Salute Home Again.

Mortgage loans are available with little or no down payment.

Household income and home purchase price limits apply. Limits can vary depending on how many people live in the household and where the home is located.
Maine First Home Loan, SaluteME and Salute Home Again Programs, Income and Purchase Price Limits

Homes that qualify for a MaineHousing mortgages, include:

  • New and existing single-Family homes

  • Owner-occupied, 2- to 4-unit apartment buildings

  • Condominiums

  • Permanently attached mobile homes built within the last 20 years and located on owned or leased land

A SaluteME or Salute Home Again mortgage cannot be used to refinance a home you already own.

SaluteME can be combined with all MaineHousing insurers:

  • Federal Housing Authority (FHA)

  • Rural Development (RD)

  • VA

  • Mobile Home Self Insured (MHSI)

  • Uninsured (Conventional 20% DP)

  • United Guaranty Corp (UG Pilot) limited to first-time homebuyers only

Salute Home Again can be combined with all insurers except for the United Guaranty Pilot.

The following mortgage options are available:

Who is eligible for the Maine Veterans Home Loan Programs? To be eligible for Maine Veterans Home Loan Programs Veterans must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Received an honorable discharge from active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • National Guard Service members who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for 180 days or served in a war zone

Veterans should apply through an approved MaineHousing Lender. For more information, please call 207-626-4663.

Learn more about Maine Veterans Home Loan Programs

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Maine

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

Mount Pleasant Cemetery Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Maine

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

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Maine

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Military Installations in Maine

Please see the Maine Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty

Navy
Naval Station Portsmouth

National Guard
Maine National Guard

Maine Army National Guard

Maine Air National Guard
101st Air Refueling Wing

U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)
99th Readiness Division


Resources

Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services

Maine Revised Statutes

Maine Revenue Services

Maine Government Website

Army National Guard Benefits

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

Air National Guard Benefits

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services, Veterans' Benefits

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Licenses and Permits

Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Registration and Plates

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

Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission, Maine

Financial Guide for Maine Veterans

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Document Review Date: 23 May 2022