Maine Military and Veteran Benefits
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Summary of Maine Military and Veterans Benefits: Maine offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families including property tax exemptions, 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
Maine Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
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
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.
Maine Nonresident Military Spouse Income Tax Exemption: Eligible nonresident military Spouses do not have to pay Maine income tax for wages earned in Maine.
Who is eligible for the Indiana Nonresident Military Spouse Earned Income Deduction?To be eligible nonresident military Spouses must meet the following requirements:
- Service member and their Spouse are residents of the same state other than Maine
- Service member is in Maine to comply with military orders
- Military Spouse is in Maine only to be with the Service member, and they live in the same residence
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
- Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program
See IRS Publication 525 for more information.
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.
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 annuities are not taxed in Maine.
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 are 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.
Maine Veterans Property Tax Exemptions: Maine offers a $6,000 property tax exemption to eligible Veterans, disabled Veterans, Surviving Spouses, surviving minor Children and surviving parents. Paraplegic Veterans and their Family members may be eligible for a $50,000 property tax exemption if they meet eligibility requirements.
Applicants must notify in writing and provide official documentation as proof of eligibility to their tax assessors; this notification is only required with the first application.
Maine Municipal Assessors Directory
Veteran Property Tax Exemption: Maine resident Veterans who received a discharge other than dishonorable and meet one of the following requirements are eligible for a $6000 property tax exemption:
- 62 years old or older and served during a recognized war time period, or received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, or
- Has a 100% disability rating from the VA or is paid at the 100% rate due to individually unemployability
Paraplegic Veterans who received a discharge other than dishonorable and received a grant from the VA for specially adapted housing to accommodate their disabilities are eligible for a $50,000 tax exemption. 38 U.S. Code, Section 2101
Surviving Spouse Property Tax Exemption:An unremarried 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
- 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, under the age of 18 and receiving a pension or compensation from the U.S. Government to be eligible.
Widowed Parent Property Tax Exemption:The widowed parent of a deceased Veteran who meet the following requirements are eligible for a property tax exemption:
- Maine resident who is at least 62 years old
- 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 Veterans Upward Bound Program (VUB):VUB is a federally funded program that provides free assistance to eligible Veterans interested in pursuing a post-secondary education. VUB is designed to develop the academic and personal skills necessary for admission and success in a post-secondary education program.
VUB services include:
- Admissions and financial aid application assistance
- Career interest counseling
- Academic refresher courses in English and math
- 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 in the U.S. Armed Forces, or reserve component Service members who were activated for federal service for 30 or more 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 five 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
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 Veteran or Service member at a 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 program and must enroll and be receiving benefits prior to their 22 nd birthday. Spouses are eligible for 10 consecutive years from their date of enrollment. Children are eligible for six consecutive years from their date of enrollment
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, OR
- Was killed in action
- Died from a service-connected disability
- Died while a service-connected, permanent and total disability was in existence
- 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. Maine Revised Statutes 37-B, 7, Section 505(2)
Maine Veterans’ Dependent Educational Benefits Brochure
Maine Veterans' Dependents Educational Benefits Program Application
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, certificate or license. 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
- 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
- Fail to complete their entire period of annual training without authorization
Service members must maintain good academic standing and a grade point average above 2.0.
Interested National Guard Service members should contact the Maine National Guard Education Office at 207-430-5922.
Maine Revised Statutes, 37-B, 3, 7-A
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
Primary Point of Contact
Phone: 207-626-8866 / 207-816-0280
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 who 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
Maine CareerCenter Veterans Employment Assistance: Maine CareerCenters offer specialized employment and training services for Service members leaving the U.S. Armed Forces, 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 civilian jobs
- Referrals to other state and federal resources
Maine CareerCenters offers 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.
Veteran Priority of Service 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 Priority of Service 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 who 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
Veterans or Service members who meet any of the following requirements can receive direct assistance from a Maine CareerCenter Veterans’ Representative:
- 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
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
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.
Pay for Maine National Guard Service Members on State Active Duty: Service members serving in the Maine National Guard who are ordered to state active duty are entitled to receive pay equal to the pay and allowances received by active duty Service members serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. This pay cannot be less than pay based on 12 hours a day at the state minimum wage.
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? Veterans who have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, or a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces and 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 Button 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
Maine State Employee Reemployment after Military Service: 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 who enter the U.S. Armed Forces on a long-term basis would be returned to the position they left or a position (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.
Maine Veterans Preference in Hiring:Maine provides a hiring preference for qualified Veterans and Gold Star Spouses who apply for state employment by ensuring they are offered an interview.
In addition, if a Veteran applies for a state job and is not hired, it is the policy of the Bureau of Human Resources to help the Veteran find other state job openings they may be qualified 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 who 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 Button is also eligible for Veterans preference. The Surviving Spouse must provide a copy of the Service member’s DD1300, Report of Casualty as proof of eligibility.
For more information, please call the Maine the Bureau of Human Resources at 207-624-7761.
DoD Instructions 1348.36, Gold Star Lapel Button, Service Flag and Service Lapel Button
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.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of reserve components. USERRA also protects Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.
Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces 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 to102% 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, U.S. Armed Forces Reserve 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 who have claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations
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.
Maine Unemployment Insurance (UI): UI provides temporary financial assistance for workers who 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 for which the applicant provided the majority of support
- DD214 if a former Service member in the past 18 months
- SF8 or SF50 If a former federal employee in the past 18 months
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"
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 12:15 p.m.). Online is the best option for filing.
Maine Department of Labor Directory
Maine’s UI Guide
Maine UI Frequently Asked Questions
Maine Military Service Driver's License Designation:Maine offers a Military Service Designation on Maine driver's licenses for eligible Service members and Veterans.
Who is eligible for Maine Military Service Driver's License Designation? To be eligibleapplicants 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., for more information see the Maine Real ID Fact Sheet.
For more information about the eligibility requirements for the Military Service Designation, please contact the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles at 207-624-9000.
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. Applicants are required to provide official documentation as proof of eligibility. Those eligible can apply for Maine military and Veteran license plate at Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicle Offices and designated AAA Northern New England Locations.
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.
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 lost, 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 less than 26,000 lbs.
Maine Medal of Honor License Plate: Veterans who are Medal of Honor recipients are eligible for the Maine Medal of Honor license plate. There is no registration fee for vehicles with a registered weight of less than 10,000 lbs.
Maine Special Veteran License Plate: Veterans who received an honorable discharge 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.
Maine offers Commemorative Veteran decals (see section below) for display on this license plate. Registration fees vary based on registered vehicle weight.
Maine Gold Star Family License Plate: The immediate Family members of a Service member who was killed in action or died in a combat theater of operations 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 the Gold Star Lapel Button This includes the following Family members:
- Surviving Spouse
- Parents (includes stepparents, parents through adoption, and foster parents who stood in loco parentis)
- Children (includes stepchildren and Children through adoption)
- Siblings including half-siblings
There is a regular registration fee of $35 for this plate. Families who meet eligibility requirements must send a completed Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services, Request for a Gold Star Family License Plate, DD Form 1300 (Report of Casualty) and proof of relationship (listed on the application) to:
Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management
Bureau of Veterans’ Services
117 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0117
Once eligibility has been verified by the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services, they will forward certification to the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles for the issue of the license plates. The license plates are mailed to the address on the application.
DoD Instructions 1348.36, Gold Star Lapel Button, Service Flag and Service Lapel Button
Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services, Gold Star Family License Plate Fact Sheet
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 or valor, military campaigns, and military badges.
A Veteran who already has Veterans' plates can get decals by bringing a copy of their DD214 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 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maine Veterans Commemorative Decal Sample Page
Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles Branch Offices Directory
Maine Commercial Driver License (CDL) Test Waivers: Maine offers CDL testing exemptions to Service members and former Service members based on their military training and experience. Transfer of school bus or passenger endorsements are prohibited under this program.
The even exchange option allows Service members who have certain Military Occupational Specialties/ Ratings in the U.S. Armed Forces to have their CDL knowledge and skills testing waived. To be eligible Service members must have worked in one of the following Military Occupational Specialties/ Ratings in the past year:
- Army – 88M, 92F, 14T
- Air Force – 2T1, 2F0, 3E2
- Marine Corps – 3531
- Navy – EO
The skills test waiver option is available to Service members who have military commercial driving training and experience but do not have the Military Occupational Specialties/ Ratings for the even exchange option. Applicants must have been licensed for at least two years on a military vehicle similar to the commercial vehicle class they are applying for. This option only allows a waiver of the skills testing and does not include the knowledge testing requirement.
Applicants must also meet the following requirements:
- Not had more than one license (except for a military license)
- Not had any license suspended, revoked, or cancelled
- Not had any convictions for any type of motor vehicle for the disqualifying major offenses (listed in Code of Federal Regulation, 385.51(b))
- Not had more than one conviction for any type of motor vehicle for disqualifying serious traffic violations (listed in Code of Federal Regulation, 385.51(c)
- Have not had any conviction for a violation of military, state or local laws relating to motor vehicle traffic control (other than a parking violation) as a result of a traffic accident and has no record of an accident in which they were at fault
Applicants must submit their completed Maine Application for Military CDL Test Waiver (including certification by their commanding officer) by mail to:
Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles
29 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0029
For more information, please contact the CDL Examination Section at 207-624-9000 ext. 52122.
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.
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)
Maine National Guard Service Members Covered under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty: Maine National Guard Service members serving on state active duty who 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 while serving on state active duty are eligible for compensation and benefits.
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' Services, State Park/Museum 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. For more information, please call 207-430-6035 or email email@example.com.
Maine Resident Day Use Park Pass for Active Duty Service Members: Service members 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 must 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. For more information, please call 888-365-9287 or email the Maine National Guard Soldier and Family Readiness Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Service members can apply in person or by mailing applications and required documentation (listed on the application) to:
Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management
32 State House Station (Attn: TAA)
Augusta, ME 04333-0032
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 rating 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 a guide's license (must meet guide qualifications). 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 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 email@example.com.
Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services Central Office
194 Winthrop Street
Augusta, ME 04333
Maine Resident Service Members and Dependents Discounted Licenses when Stationed Outside of Maine: Maine resident Service members who are serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and permanently stationed outside Maine, then return to Maine are eligible to purchase a combination hunting and fishing license for $3. The Spouse and dependent Children who live with the Service member are authorized a combination license for $20 or hunting license for $10.
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 in Maine (including Spouse and dependent Children who live with the Service member) may purchase a license to hunt, trap, or fish at resident prices.
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.
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 hunting opportunity. If a Veteran ever tags 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 Maine Disabled Veterans’ Controlled Moose Hunt are available annually at the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services, Maine Disabled Veterans Controlled Moose Hunt webpage. Submission instructions are on the application.
Maine National Guard Foundation Fund: The Maine National Guard can award loans and grants for emergencies and other special needs to resident Service members serving in the Maine National Guard, or 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maine National Guard Family Program Office
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.
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 are provided free to Veterans (or those acting on a Veterans behalf).
Military Service Discharge Records Requests:Veterans who need copies of military service documents can use the following resources to find a copy:
- The Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services maintains copies of the DD214 (or equivalent) of Veterans who were Maine residents at time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces. To request copies submit a completed Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services, Records Request Application to the Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services
- Veterans who entered U.S. Armed Forces from another state should visit the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs Website for a listing of state directors to request a copy
- The National Archives and Records Administration may also have copies of a Veteran’s military discharge documents
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 who 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:
- Gold Star Honorable Service Medal- Awarded to the Families of resident Service members who died in support of combat operations
Maine Gold Star Honorable Service Medal Request Form and Instructions
- Silver Star Honorable Service Medal- Awarded to resident Honorably Discharged Veterans who were former prisoners of war or declared missing in action or who received the Purple Heart
Maine Silver Star Honorable Service Medal Request Form and Instructions
- Bronze Star Honorable Service Medal- Awarded to the Families of Service members who lost their lives in the line of duty, while not in support of combat operations
Maine Bronze Star Honorable Service Medal Request Form and Instructions
- Honorable Service Certificate- Awarded to Veterans who served during World War II, Korea and Viet Nam (a General Certificate is available for non-wartime service) and may only be issued to living Veterans
Maine Honorable Service Certificate Request Form
- Women Veterans Silver Coin- Women Veterans are eligible for special commemorative coins to honor women of Maine who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, Veterans must have received an Honorable Discharge
Maine Women Veterans Silver Coin Request Form and Instructions
Applications and any required documents (listed on the applications) can be mailed to:
Maine Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management
Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services
117 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0117
Maine Veterans' Homes (MVH): Maine has six Veterans' Homes located throughout the state to that offer rehabilitative and therapy services, as well as long and short term skilled nursing care for honorably discharged Veterans and their eligible Family members.
MVH Augusta – 138 bed facility
35 Heroes Way
Augusta, ME 04330
MVH Bangor – 150 bed facility
44 Hogan Road
Bangor, ME 04401
MVH Caribou – 70 bed facility
163 Van Buren Road, Suite 2
Caribou, ME 04736
MVH Machias– 150 bed facility
32 Veterans Way
Machias, ME 04654
MVH Scarborough – 150 bed facility
290 US Route 1
Scarborough, ME 04074
MVH South Paris – 90 bed facility
477 High Street
South Paris, ME 04281
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
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.
37 Lombard Road
Caribou, ME 04736
143 Blue Star Avenue
Augusta, ME 04330
163 Mt. Vernon Road
Augusta, ME 04330
83 Stanley Road
Springvale, ME 04083
The cemeteries will provide the plot, open and close the grave, and provide perpetual care, at no cost to the Family. Maine Veterans Cemeteries provide three types of burials:
- Placement of cremated remains in a columbarium niche
- In-ground burial of cremated remains
- Full casket burials
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 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 service in the U.S. Armed Forces under conditions other than dishonorable, or
- Died while serving 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 who develops a lifelong disability prior to age 21)
- Maine residency is not required
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
Maine Veterans' Cemetery System, Frequently Asked Questions
Maine Military Funeral Honors:All honorably discharged Veterans are eligible for Military Funeral Honors. Family members of deceased Veterans who would like to have 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.
Army: 207-430-6210 / Cell: 207-620-6870
Marine Corps: 866-826-3628
Coast Guard: 617-990-6249
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.
Types emergencies eligible to receive financial assistance may include:
- Home damage not covered by insurance
- Illness of the Veteran or Family member
- To prevent becoming homeless
- Dental emergencies
- 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 Department of Maine
Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services
Fedcap - Veterans Forward
Maine Veterans Home Loan Programs:MaineHousing offers SaluteME first time mortgages to qualified active duty Service members, Veterans, and retired Service members at a 0.5% discount of their 30-year fixed interest rate.
MaineHousing will also waive the first-time homebuyer requirement for Veterans who have previously owned a home. This program is called Salute Home Again. A SaluteME or Salute Home Again mortgage cannot be used to refinance a home.
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
- Permanently attached mobile homes built within the last 20 years and located on owned or leased land
SaluteME can be combined with all MaineHousing insurers:
- Federal Housing Authority (FHA)
- Rural Development (RD)
- Mobile Home Self Insured (MHSI)
- Uninsured (Conventional 20% DP)
- United Guaranty Corp (UG Pilot) limited to first-time homebuyers only
Salute Home Againcan be combined with all insurers except for the United Guaranty Pilot.
Mortgage Options Available:
- Advantage - down payment and closing cost assistance - can provide $5,000 toward closing costs
- Purchase Plus Improvement - home improvements included in loan amount - between $500 and $35,000 for home improvements included in the mortgage payment
- MaineHOPE – Home Ownership Protection for Unemployment - all Maine Housing mortgages come with unemployment protection
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:
- Currently 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.
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.
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.
Military Installations in Maine
Please see the Maine Military Resource Locator for additional information.
Maine National Guard
U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)
99th Readiness Division