Maine Military and Veteran Benefits

State Taxes
Education Benefits
Employment Benefits
Unemployment Insurance
Bureau of Motor Vehicles Related 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 its military Service members and Veterans 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 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 Tax: Maine does not tax military retired pay.

Learn more about Maine Retired Military Pay Income Tax

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.

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

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

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 two people huggingeligible survivors of Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

Learn more about 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) Maine State Tax Benefits: 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

Maine State Tax Combat Zone Exclusion: Any 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 for tax purposes.
IRS Tax Exclusion for Combat Service

Learn more about Maine State Tax Combat Zone Exclusion

Maine Combat Death State Tax Exclusion: Maine follows federal rules relating to death by a terrorist act or as a result of Combat. Internal Revenue Code Section 692

Service members that die in a terrorist action, in combat or as a result of injuries received in combat, do not have to pay Maine taxes for the year that they died. Any taxes that were previously paid for the year of their death will be refunded.

Learn more about the Maine Combat Casualties State Tax Exclusion

Maine Combat Zone Income Tax Filing Extension: The deadline for filing Maine income tax returns and paying the taxes due is extended for 180 days after the later of:

  • The last day in a combat zone, (or began performing qualifying service outside the combat zone); or

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

In addition to the 180 days, the deadline is extended by the number of days that were left to file or pay taxes when Service member entered a combat zone (or began performing qualifying service outside the combat zone)

For example, the Service member had 3 months (January 1 through April 15) to file your tax return. Any days of this 3 month period remaining when you entered the combat zone are added to the 180 days when determining the last day allowed for filing a tax return.

Learn more about the Maine Combat Zone Income Tax Filing Extension

Maine Veterans Property Tax Exemption: Maine offers property tax exemptions to wartime Veterans, disabled Veterans, Surviving Spouses, minor children and surviving parents.

Veteran Property Tax Exemption: A Veteran who served during a recognized war period and is 62 years or older; or is receiving 100% disability from the VA; or became 100% disabled while serving, is eligible for a $6,000 property tax exemption. Additional requirements:

  • Be a resident of Maine, and

  • Notify in writing the assessors of the municipality where they live of their claim for exemption and provide proof of their eligibility on or before April 1 (this notification is only required with the first application).

Surviving Spouse Property Tax Exemption: The Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran can receive a $6,000 property tax exemption. Additional requirements:

  • Be a resident of Maine, and

  • Notify in writing the assessors of the municipality where they live of their claim for exemption and provide proof of their eligibility on or before April 1 (this notification is only required with the first application), and

  • Unremarried (the divorced spouse of a qualified Veteran or the remarried Surviving Spouse of a qualified Veteran is not eligible for exemption), and

  • Be receiving, regardless of their age, a pension or compensation as a Surviving Spouse of a Veteran from the U.S. Government; or be a Surviving Spouse of a Veteran who was entitled to this exemption if living.

The Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran can receive a $6,000 property tax exemption.

For a Minor Child to be eligible they must: The surviving Child of an eligible Veteran can receive a $6,000 property tax exemption. Additional requirements:

  • Be a resident of Maine, and

  • Notify in writing the assessors of the municipality where they live of their claim for exemption and provide proof of their eligibility on or before April 1, (this notification is only required with the first application) someone such as a parent or guardian can make the notification on the minor Child's behalf, and

  • Be under the age of 18.

Surviving Parent Property Tax Exemption: The Surviving parent of an eligible Veteran can receive a $6,000 property tax exemption. Additional requirements:

  • Be a resident of Maine, and

  • Notify in writing the assessors of the municipality where they live of their claim for exemption and provide proof of their eligibility on or before April 1, (this notification is only required with the first application), and

  • Unremarried (the divorced parent of a Veteran or the remarried Surviving Spouse parent of a Veteran is not eligible for exemption), and

  • Have reached the age of 62, and

  • Be receiving a pension or compensation based on the service-connected death of the 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 Veteran who received a federal grant for specially adapted housing may receive a $50,000 property tax exemption.
Who is eligible for the Maine Paraplegic Veteran Property Tax Exemption? Veterans or their Surviving Spouse must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • A resident of Maine; and

  • Notify in writing the assessors of the municipality where they live of their claim for exemption and provide proof of their eligibility on or before April 1 (notification is only required with the first exemption application); and

  • A qualified Veteran under 38 U.S. Code, Chapter 21, Section 2101; and

  • Received a grant from the U.S. Government for specially adapted housing;

  • An 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 assistance, at no-cost, to eligible Veterans who wish to pursue a college degree. VUB is designed to develop the academic and personal skills necessary for admission into a post-secondary education program.

VUB services include:

  • Admissions and financial aid application assistance

  • Career exploration

  • Financial literacy

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

  • Prior learning assessment/ Joint Services Transcript review

  • Study skills/ college transition assistance, and

  • Computer literacy

  • Individual support.

Who is eligible for the Maine Veterans Upward Bound Program? 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 except dishonorable and not have a bachelor’s degree.

They must also satisfy at least one of the following criteria:

  • Out of school for at least 5 years

  • Have a service-connected or nonservice-connected disability

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

  • Have a taxable income that falls within the federal guidelines.

All interested Veterans are encouraged to contact the Maine Veterans Upward Bound Program to discuss eligibility. If you are interested in learning more or would like to refer a Veteran to the program, please fill out the Veterans Upward Bound Interest/ Referral Form.
Veterans Upward Bound Online Application

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 eligible Spouses and dependents at any University of Maine System Institution, Maine Community Colleges, and the Maine Maritime Academy. Room and board may not be waived. 3 people in cap and gowns at a graduation ceremony

Spouses may be admitted to certificate programs, associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. Children may use the benefit for a certificate program, associate’s or bachelor’s programs. 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 disability rating resulting from service-connected disability, or

  • Was killed in action, or

  • Died from a service-connected disability, or

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

If the Veteran’s dependents receive other financial aid, it cannot be more than the total cost of education. MRS 37B, 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 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.

  • Have 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. MRS, 37-B, 3, 7A, Sections 351-360

Learn more about Maine National Guard Education Assistance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MIC3 Assistance Request

Primary Point of Contact
Phone: 207-624-6635

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

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 What are my Maine Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

The Maine Employment Resource Career Center Maine Veterans Services Employment Assistance: Maine CareerCenters offer specialized employment and training services for eligible 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.

Veterans and eligible Spouses will be given priority of service for any qualified Maine Department of Labor employment, training or placement programs.
Who is eligible for Maine Veterans Services Employment Assistance?

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

Spouse Eligibility: Spouse of a Veteran that:

  • Has a service-connected disability

  • Is listed for 90 days or more as missing in action or a prisoner of war

  • Has a total service-connected disability rating from the VA.

Learn more about Maine Veterans Services Employment Assistance

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

Veterans who have military experience and training and want an occupational license can receive credit for their military training and experience. The program allows for quicker, easier licensing for Veterans in various career fields.

For more information and points of contact, please visit the Maine Professional and Financial Regulation, Active and Retired Military and Military Spouses webpage.

Learn more about the Maine Veteran Professional and Occupational Licensing Initiative

Leave for Military Duty for Maine State Employees: State employee receives 17 workdays (per calendar year) paid military leave. This leave can be used for state or federalrocky coast with waves splashing active duty or to participate in training. When military service exceeds 17 workdays the employee must be placed on unpaid military leave. Employees may use, accrued vacation, compensatory, or personal leave when entering unpaid military service.
Who is eligible for Paid Leave for Military Duty for Maine State Employees? State employees that are on state or federal active duty or to attend 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.
Who is eligible for Maine Monetary Compensation for National Guard Service Members on State Active Duty? National Guard Service members on state active duty are eligible.

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

Maine Veterans Preference for Retention in State Employment: Veterans or Gold Star Spouses, that are state employees, must be retained in preference to all other competing 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 reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces that received a discharge other than dishonorable. Veterans must provide their DD214.

A Veteran’s Surviving Spouse who is eligible to receive a gold star lapel pin is also eligible. Surviving Spouses must provide a DD1300.
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

Maine State Employee Reemployment after Military Duty: State employees who enter U.S. Armed Forces have reemployment rights under both the Uniformed ServicesSoldiers going through a tazer gun exercise Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 and Maine law.

State employees who enter the U.S. Armed Forces on a short-term basis are generally returned to the position that they left. Those that enter the military 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 consult 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 provide guidance to that Veteran on other state job openings that the Veteran may be qualified to apply for.
Who is eligible for Maine Veterans Preference in Hiring? Veteran who has served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, or a reserve component U.S. Armed Forces that received a discharge other than dishonorable are eligible. Veterans must provide their DD214.

A Veteran’s Surviving Spouse who is eligible to receive a Gold Star Lapel Pin. Surviving Spouses must provide a DD1300.

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 U.S. Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10% but less than 30%.

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

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

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

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

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What are my Maine Military and Veterans Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

Maine Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment insurance provides a temporary source of income to individuals who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Unemployment insurance is funded by unemployment taxes paid by employers; employees do not pay into the unemployment system.

If you are temporarily laid off, your employer may provide you with a partial claim form if they expect to rehire you within a short period.

When you apply, you will need the following information:

  • Social Security Number (and Alien Registration Number if applicable)

  • Business name, address and telephone number of each place you worked during the past 18 months; and

  • Jobs you held and the dates you worked (for each employer)

  • Dependent Information: Social Security number(s) of Children that you provide most of the support for.

Who is eligible for Maine Unemployment Insurance? To be eligible for unemployment, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Lost your job through no fault of your own

  • Must be actively seeking work

  • Must be able and available to work

  • Must have enough work history and earnings in the past 5 quarters to be "Monetarily eligible". This means you earned at least $1700/ quarter in at least 2 of the last 5 quarters, and a total of at least $5600 in 4 out of the last 5 quarters.

You can apply for unemployment online at the Maine Unemployment Insurance Online Filing Portal or by telephone at 800-593-7660 (Customer service available Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m. to 12:15 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 Unemployment Insurance Phone and Mailing Directory
Maine’s Unemployment Insurance Guide

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

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

Veterans must provide their DD214, certification from the VA or the U.S. Armed Forces verifying their military service and 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 Brochure).

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

Maine Purple Heart License 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. In addition, 35 Distinctive decals are available to allow Veterans to display a special symbol of their service to their country.

Maine Purple Heart License Plate: Veterans that 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.

Maine Disabled Veteran License Plate Maine Disabled Veteran License Plate: Maine Disabled Veteran license plates are available to Veterans that 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.

Veterans that have loss, or loss the use of both legs are also eligible. For these Veterans the Maine Disabled Veterans license plates are 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 Special Veteran License Plate Maine Medal of Honor License Plate: Veterans that 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 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 Family Recognition License 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:

  • 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 $35.00 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 Decals: 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 who wants a decal representing this medal, a copy of the military orders or copy of the citation may be used.

An honorably discharged Veteran may obtain up to three sets of Special Veterans' plates and decals, the cost of the decals is $5 per set. There is no additional fee for a special Veteran or disability special Veteran plate. There is no fee for replacement decals.
Maine Veterans Commemorative Decal Sample Page
Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles Branch Offices Directory

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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, (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 are not activated 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

National Guard Association of Maine State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) for National Guard Service Members: The SSLI program is offered through the National Guard Association of Maine to National Guard Service members. This program is made up of a combination of six voluntary group life policies and is designed to help meet the needs of National Guard Service members and their Families. Every member of the Maine National Guard is covered with $1,000 SSLI at no cost to the Service member.

Key Benefits of the SSLI:

  • Over $500,000 in coverage available through a combination of the SSLI plans

  • Coverage available for Spouse and Children

  • Rates do not go up when Service members separate from the National Guard

  • Service members can keep the coverage when they separate

  • Coverage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

  • No War Exclusion

  • No Aviation Exclusion

  • New Recruits are eligible for $10,000 SSLI coverage under the MIT Group Life Insurance Plan at no cost for the first year of service in the Maine National Guard. Enrollment must occur within 90 days of joining the Maine National Guard.

Who is eligible for National Guard Association of Maine State Sponsored Life Insurance for National Guard Service Members? National Guard Service members and their dependents are eligible for SSLI.

Learn more about National Guard Association of Maine State Sponsored Life Insurance for National Guard Service Members

Maine National Guard Service Members covered under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty: Maine National Guard Service members are considered state employees when serving on state active duty and are covered under Maine Workers’ Compensation Laws for medical care, disability and death. The injury, illness, disability or death must have happened in the line of duty.
Who is eligible for Maine National Guard Medical covered under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty?
National Guard Service member injured or killed in the line of duty on state active duty.

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

 Maine State Parks and Museum Free Lifetime Pass for Veterans: Veterans are issued a free day-use lifetime pass to Maine state parks, museums and historic sites Maine State Park mountain overlooking the coastoperated by the Maine Department of Conservation.

This pass is not valid for the following locations: Acadia National Park, Baxter State Park, Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Penobscot Corridor, Penobscot Narrows Observatory, and 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 2 to 3 weeks.
Maine Bureau of Veterans' Service State Park Pass Application

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Maine Resident Day Use Park Pass for Active Military Personnel: Service members on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces can receive a free day use pass to 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 Military Personnel? To be eligible Service members must be:

  • A resident of Maine

  • Serving on active duty in an enlisted grade 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

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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 (including all necessary permits and other permissions, and if they meet qualifications, a guide's license) as well as one expanded archery either sex permit and one expanded archery antlerless deer permit.

Veterans must still apply for any-deer and moose permits 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

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 $3.00. The Spouse and dependent Children that live with the Service member can get a combination license for $20.00 or hunting license for $10.00.

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Non-Resident Service Members and Dependents may Purchase Maine Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Resident Price: Anyone 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, boats on the laketrap, or fish at resident prices.

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

Learn more about Maine Hunter Safety Course Exemption for Active Duty Military

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 drinking waterMoose 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.

To apply or for more information please contact the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services at 207-430-6035 or by email to mainebvs@maine.gov.

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@mail.mil.

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 Custodian Records to Provide Copies of Public Record for Maine Veterans Claims to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Military Service Discharge Records Requests: Veterans that 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 that honorably served.
Who is eligible for the Maine Honoring Veterans Recognition Program? Maine offers the following recognition:

Learn more about the Honoring Maine Veterans Recognition Program

Maine Veterans' Homes sign Maine Veterans' Homes (MVH): Maine has six Veterans' Homes located throughout the state to provide support and care for honorably discharged Veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. MVHs offer rehabilitative and therapy services, long, short term and skilled nursing care.

MVH locations:

Who is eligible for Care in a 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 Spouses, Surviving Spouses, and Gold Star Parents of eligible Veterans may also be eligible, provided that suitable facilities are available.
Request an MVH Brochure
MVH Admission Application
MVH Eligibility Guide
MVH Online Application

Learn more about Maine Veterans' Homes

Maine's Memorial Cemetery System Maine's Memorial Cemetery System: Maine's Memorial Cemetery System has four Veterans’ Cemeteries available for Service members, honorably discharged Veterans and their eligible Family members.

Maine will provide the plot, open and close the grave and provide perpetual care, at no cost to the Family. Eligible dependents will be buried next to or in the same plot as the Veteran.
Who is eligible for Burial in Maine's Memorial Cemetery System? Those eligible for burial in a Maine Veterans’ Cemetery are:

  • Veterans who have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge

  • Service members or Veterans who served and died as a result of injury, disease or illness they received while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Retired Service members who served in the National Guard or Reserves and are entitled to retired pay, or would have been entitled to retired pay except that they are under 60 years old

  • Spouses, and Surviving Spouses

    • Unmarried minor Children under age 21, or 23 if attending an approved postsecondary educational institution.

    • Unmarried adult Children who became incapable of self-support before age 21, or 23 if attending an approved postsecondary educational institution.

Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery System Brochure

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Honor Guard burial ceremony folding the american flag Maine Military Funeral Honors: Military Funeral Honors are an entitlement for all honorably discharged Veterans. Family members of a deceased Veteran should notify the Funeral Director that they wish to have Military Funeral Honors rendered at the interment of their loved one. The Funeral Director should contact the appropriate military branch Casualty Assistance Center (CAC) of the deceased.
Who is eligible for Maine Military Funeral Honors? Honorably discharged Veterans are eligible for military funeral honors.

U.S. Army including Army National Guard, U.S. Army Reserves and Merchant Marine:

Phone: 207-626-7822 / 7805
Fax: 207-626-7804
Cell: 703-901-8531

U.S. Air Force including Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force Reserves: Maine burials call 207-404-7263. Burials out-of-state are handled by Hanscom Air Force Base and may be requested by calling 781-225-6558 / 781-225-3941.

U.S. Navy: 860-694-3475 / 860-694-3699

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 provide assistance for Maine Veterans who suffer an emergency and do not financial means to handle the emergency.

Examples of assistance may include: Damage to the Veterans home due to fire, flood or hurricane that is not covered by insurance; Illness of the Veteran or Family member that results in hardship, assistance to prevent or resolve the Veteran being homeless; and 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 to a Veteran who is currently a resident of Maine. For more information, or to request financial assistance, please contact one of the following organizations:

EasterSeals Maine
207-828-0754 ext. 1004
EasterSeals Maine

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 to the 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; however, most Maine households and homes are eligible for the program. 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 & Purchase Price Limits

Homes that qualify for a MaineHousing mortgage, 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:

  • Advantage - down payment and closing cost assistance - can provide $3,500 toward the cash needed for closing

  • Purchase Plus Improvement - home improvements included in loan amount - finances the purchase and repair of a home with one loan/one closing. If eligible, between $500 and $35,000 for home improvements can be included in the mortgage

  • MaineHOPE – Home Ownership Protection for Unemployment - all Maine Housing mortgages also come with payment protection for unemployment.

Who is eligible for the Maine Veterans Home Loan Programs? You may be eligible if you:

  • Are on active duty or have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces, or

  • Served on active duty for 180 days or within a war zone. (National Guard Service members who meet this qualification are eligible.)

Apply for a MaineHousing, SaluteME or Salute Home Again loan at one of the MaineHousing Lenders. For more information please call 207-626-4663.
Maine State Housing Authority, Advantage Down Payment and Closing Cost Information
MaineHousing Lender Directory

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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.

(VA) Cemeteries in MaineLearn 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 Joint Forces Headquarters

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: 25 May 2021