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Summary of Maryland Military and Veterans Benefits: The State of Maryland offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including retired military pay exemptions, education and tuition assistance, employment services, special military vehicle tags, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status .

Maryland Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

What are my Maryland State Tax Benefits?

Maryland Income Tax on Retired Military Pay: Military retirees or the Spouse of military retiree can subtract up to $5,000 with an increase to the first $15,000 for individuals who are at least 55 years old on the last day of the taxable year, of your military retirement income from your federal adjusted gross income before determining your Maryland tax.
Who is eligible for a reduction in Maryland Income Tax on Retired Military Pay? The retirement income must have been received as a result of any of the following military service:

  • Induction into the U.S. armed forces for training and service under the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 or a subsequent Act of similar nature.

  • Membership in a reserve component of the U.S. armed forces.

  • Membership in an active component of the U.S. armed forces.

  • Membership in the Maryland National Guard.

The benefit also applies to persons separated from active duty employment with the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or the Coast and Geodetic Survey.

To claim the benefit, complete Maryland Resident Income Tax Form 502 and follow the instructions included in the 2017 Maryland Resident Tax Booklet for line 13. Be sure to indicate code letter u on line 13.

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Maryland State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the armed forces should not be included in taxable income if any of the following conditions apply:

  • You were entitled to receive a disability payment before September 25, 1975;

  • You were a member of the military (active or reserves) or were under a binding written commitment to become a member on September 24, 1975;

  • You receive disability payments for a combat-related injury. This is a personal injury or sickness that:

    • Resulted directly from armed conflict,

    • Took place while you were engaged in extra-hazardous service,

    • Took place under conditions simulating, including training exercises such as maneuvers, or

    • Was caused by an instrumentality of war.

  • You would be entitled to receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if you filed an application for it (the exclusion under this condition equals the amount you would be entitled to from the VA).

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

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

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

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Maryland State Tax Benefits: Surviving Spouses receiving military retirement income are able to subtract up to $5,000 of the income from federal adjusted gross income before determining Maryland tax. Beginning with tax year 2015, if you are age 65 or older, you will be able to subtract up to $10,000 of the military retirement income.

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

Maryland Pension Exclusion: If you are 65 or older or totally disabled (or your Spouse is totally disabled), you may qualify for Maryland's maximum pension exclusion of $29,900 under the conditions described in Instruction 13 of the 2017 Maryland Resident Tax Booklet . If you're eligible, you may be able to subtract some of your taxable pension and retirement annuity income from your federal adjusted gross income.

This subtraction applies only if:

  • You were 65 or older or totally disabled, or your Spouse was totally disabled, on the last day of the tax year; and

  • You included on your federal return income received as a pension, annuity or endowment from an "employee retirement system." A traditional IRA, a Roth IRA, a simplified employee plan (SEP), a Keogh Plan or an ineligible deferred compensation plan does not qualify.

Complete the Maryland Pension Exclusion Computation Worksheet shown in Instruction 13 in the Maryland resident tax booklet. Be sure to report all benefits received under the Social Security Act and/or Railroad Retirement Act on line 3 of the pension exclusion worksheet - not just those benefits you included in your federal adjusted gross income.

To receive the benefit of the pension exclusion, be sure to transfer the amount from line 5 of the worksheet to line 10 of Form 502, and complete the remainder of your return, following the line-by-line instructions.

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Maryland Overseas Pay Subtraction: Legal residents of Maryland and a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who earned military pay while in active service outside U.S. boundaries or possessions, you may subtract up to $15,000 of that military pay from your taxable income.

If your total military pay exceeds $30,000, you do not qualify for this subtraction. You can use the Military Overseas Income Worksheet included in Instruction 13 of the 2017 Maryland Resident Tax Booklet to compute the subtraction. For more information, see code p of Instruction 13.

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Maryland Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption: A property tax exemption is available to Veterans with a service connected disability rated 100% "permanent and total" by the Veterans Administration may receive a complete exemption from real property taxes on the dwelling house and surrounding yard. These Veterans may apply at any time and do not have to meet the September 1 filing deadline. Un-remarried Surviving Spouses also may apply for this exemption. Surviving Spouses of military personnel killed in the line of duty may apply for an exemption.
Maryland Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans Application

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Maryland Renters' Tax Credit: The Renters' Tax Credit Program provides property tax credits for renters who meet certain requirements. The concept rests on the reasoning that renters indirectly pay property taxes as part of their rent and thus should have some protection, as do homeowners.

The plan is based upon the relationship between rent and income. If the portion of rent attributable to the assumed property taxes exceeds a fixed amount in relation to income, the renter can, under specified conditions, receive a credit of as much as $1,000. The credit is paid as a direct check from the State of Maryland.

Credits are calculated according to total income, meaning all combined gross household income before deductions. This includes income from all sources, whether or not taxable for federal and state income tax purposes. It also includes Social Security as well as all other retirement benefits.
Maryland Renters' Tax Credit Application

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Maryland Military Spouse Residency Relief Act: The wages earned by a Spouse of a nonresident U.S. Service member may be exempt from Maryland income tax under the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act, when the Spouse of the Service member is not a legal resident of Maryland. The income tax withholding exemption may be claimed by filing a revised Exemption from Maryland Withholding Tax for a Qualified Civilian Spouse of a Armed Forces Service Member Form MW507 with their employer. You must also complete and attach Maryland Employee's withholding Exemption Certificate Form MW507M . For more information, see Employer Withholding Tax Alert: Important Information for Spouses of U.S. Military Service members Fact Sheet and the Maryland Income Tax Administrative Release Military Personnel and Civilian Spouses .

As the military Spouse, you remain a nonresident for purposes of Maryland taxation, and are not required to file a Maryland return, unless you received non-military income from Maryland sources. You may choose to file a joint resident return using Maryland Resident Income Tax Return Form 502 , or your civilian Spouse may file a separate resident return.

Learn more about the Maryland Military Spouse Residency Relief Act

Maryland Vessel Excise Tax Credit for Military Personnel: Active duty military personnel are exempt from the 5% vessel excise tax for one year. The exemption applies only to vessels currently registered elsewhere and brought into Maryland because of the duty transfer. New purchases are not exempt.

For more information on the vessel excise tax credit visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website.

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What are my Maryland Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Maryland National Guard State Tuition Waiver (STW): ALL state-supported colleges / universities (Except UMUC) offer tuition waiver for members of the Guard when taking credited, undergraduate or graduate courses. Each institution has their own rules that govern the number of seats available and the number of credit hours eligible for tuition waiver. Classes held at Maryland National Guard locations are available to all Guard members with a 25% or 50% tuition waiver, regardless of space available. Professional courses are not eligible for STW. *Can now be used for Trade Schools in partnership with the Maryland Army National Guard.
Who is eligible for the Maryland National Guard State Tuition Waiver (STW )? Must be a Maryland National Guard Service member in good standing and must have a two-year obligation remaining from the course start date.
* Note: Can be used with State Tuition Assistance Reimbursement, Montgomery G.I. Bill, Federal Tuition Assistance.
Maryland National Guard State Tuition Waiver Letter

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Maryland National Guard State Tuition Assistance Reimbursement (STAR): STAR reimburses Maryland Guard Members up to 50% tuition and related fees at all Partners in Education colleges and universities. The Guard member receives tuition reimbursement directly from the State of Maryland. STAR reimburses students 50% of the cost of tuition and related fees at all Maryland State supported Colleges/Universities, some private institutions and Trade Schools. It is available for undergraduate courses and may be used in conjunction with State Tuition Waiver, Montgomery GI Bill, and Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA). Tuition is reimbursed for grades C and above.
Who is eligible for Maryland National Guard State Tuition Assistance Reimbursement (STAR)? To be eligible you must be a member of the Maryland National Guard in good standing, must be in pay grade E-1 through O-4 and you must have a two-year obligation remaining from the course start date.

Learn more about the Maryland National Guard State Tuition Assistance Reimbursement (STAR)

Edward T. and Mary A. Conroy Memorial Scholarship & Jean B. Cryor Memorial Scholarship Program: Aid for tuition and other educational expenses are available for Veterans and their Family members who are attending an institution of higher learning within the borders of the State of Maryland. This award is based on financial need. The amount of your award may not exceed the equivalent annual tuition and mandatory fees, of a resident undergraduate at a four-year public institution of higher education within the University System of Maryland, other than the University of Maryland University College and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, with the highest annual expenses for a full-time resident undergraduate. New and renewal applicants to the program must contact their college's financial aid office for application instructions.
Who is eligible for the Edward T. and Mary A. Conroy Memorial Scholarship & Jean B. Cryor Memorial Scholarship Program? You must be:

  • A Maryland resident, and if dependent, your parents must also be Maryland residents (except for Spouses and Children of public safety officers killed in the line of duty); or

  • The Son, Daughter, step-Child or Surviving Spouse (who has not remarried) of a member of the United States Armed Forces who died or was 100 percent disabled as a direct result of military service; or

  • A Veteran who suffers, as a direct result of military service, a disability of 25 percent or greater and has exhausted or is no longer eligible for federal Veterans' educational benefits; or

  • The Son, Daughter, step-Child or Surviving Spouse of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack who died as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the attack on the Pentagon in Virginia, or the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania; or

  • A POW/MIA of the Vietnam Conflict or his/her son, daughter or step-Child or Surviving Spouse (who has not remarried).

Your award will be renewed if you continue to meet eligibility requirements as outlined above and maintain the satisfactory academic progress standards of your institution each year.
Edward T. and Mary A. Conroy Memorial Scholarship & Jean B. Cryor Memorial Scholarship Program Fact Sheet

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Maryland Higher Education Commission Veterans of the Afghanistan & Iraq Conflicts (VAIC) Scholarship Program: This program is designed to provide financial assistance to United States armed forces personnel who served in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts, and their sons, daughters, or Spouses who are current high school seniors, and full-time and part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in an eligible accredited Maryland postsecondary institution.
Who is eligible for the Maryland Higher Education Commission Veterans of the Afghanistan & Iraq Conflicts (VAIC) Scholarship Program?
Uniformed Services Members of the United States who served in Afghanistan, or contiguous air space as defined in federal regulations, on or after October 24, 2001, and before a terminal date to be prescribed by the United States Secretary of Defense; or in Iraq, or contiguous waters or air space as defined in federal regulations, on or after March 19, 2003, and before a terminal date to be prescribed by the United States Secretary of Defense, may apply for a scholarship if they are:

  • A Veteran who served at least 60 days in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts, as defined above;

  • An active duty member of the Armed Forces who served at least 60 days in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts, as defined above;

  • A member of a Reserve Component of the Armed Forces of the United States or the Maryland

  • National Guard who was activated as a result of the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts and served at least 60 days, as defined above; or

  • A Son, Daughter, or Spouse of:

    • A Veteran or active duty member of the Armed Forces who is serving or has served in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts at least 60 days, as defined above; or

    • A member of a Reserve Component of the Armed Forces or Maryland National Guard who was activated as a result of the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts and served at least 60 days, as defined above.

Applicants must be residents of Maryland, must be accepted for admission or enrolled in a regular undergraduate program at an eligible Maryland institution, or be accepted for admission or enrolled in a 2-year terminal certificate program in which the course work is acceptable for transfer credit for an accredited baccalaureate program at an eligible Maryland institution. Students must be enrolled as either a full-time (12+ credits per semester) or part-time (6-11 credits per semester) undergraduate student.

Note: Residents of Maryland include active members of the United States Armed Forces, their Spouses and their dependent Children who are stationed in the State of Maryland or whose home of residency is Maryland.

How to Apply: The application period begins in January; applications must be received by March 1 of each year. The application process begins online at the Maryland Higher Education Application webpage (application instructions below), with all required supporting documentation, including:

  • A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filed by March 1 each year

  • Birth Certificate showing the names of both Parents (for Child of a Veteran)

  • Marriage Certificate (for Spouse of a Veteran)

  • Documentation of GI Bill benefits (Ch 33 or Post-9/11)

  • Documentation of military orders:

    • United States Armed Forces - Active Duty: copy of current official military orders: documentation of service in Afghanistan/Iraq

    • United States Armed Forces - Veteran: copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD214)

    • United States Armed Forces - Reserve Component: copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD214)

    • Maryland National Guard: copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD214)

Note: DD214 form must include dates served and where served (Afghanistan/Iraq or contiguous waters or air space). If information is not on DD214, other official documentation must be provided with dates and places as listed above.

Award Amounts: The award amount may not exceed 50% of the annual tuition, mandatory fees, and room & board of a resident undergraduate at the four-year public institution of higher education within the University System of Maryland, other than the University of Maryland University College and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, with the highest annual expenses for a full-time resident undergraduate.

The 2018-2019 maximum award amounts are shown below:

On Campus: up to $7,152
With Parents: up to $4,498
Off Campus: up to $5,068

Award amounts are tentative and may be adjusted based on verification of Veterans Educational Benefits received under Chapter 33 or Post-9/11 GI Bill.

*Note: Awards are subject to availability of funds.

The total amount of all State awards may not exceed cost of attendance as determined by the school's financial aid office or $28,000, whichever is less.

Learn more about the Maryland Higher Education Commission Veterans of the Afghanistan & Iraq Conflicts (VAIC) Scholarship Program

Maryland High School Diplomas for WWII and Korean War Veterans: County Boards of Education award high school diplomas to Korea and World War II Veterans who left high school early to enter the Armed Forces. Diplomas are also issued to any Veteran upon successful completion of the General Education Development (GED) test. For more information contact your local board of education.
Maryland Local Board of Education Directory

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Maryland Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Primary Point of Contact
Mary L. Gable, Maryland Commissioner
Assistant State Superintendent, Maryland Department of Education
Address: 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-0472
Email: mary.gable@maryland.gov

Lynne E. Muller, Student Services and School Counseling,
Maryland Department of Education
Address: 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-3364
Email: lynne.muller@maryland.gov

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What are my Maryland Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Maryland State Employee Paid Leave for Military Training: Maryland law provides for up to 15 days of paid military leave "for military training or active military duty in a Reserve unit of the Armed Forces or in the organized militia" (Maryland State Personnel and Pensions Code, section 9-1104(3)) for State employees.
Who is eligible for Maryland State Employee Paid Leave for Military Training? Service members in the National Guard or reserves that are also state employees are eligible.

Learn more about Maryland State Employee Paid Leave for Military Training

Maryland State Employment Veterans' Hiring Preference: ( Article 7-207 ) The appointing authority for skilled and professional appointments will award a credit of ten points on any selection test to:

  • An eligible Veteran,

  • The Spouse of an eligible Veteran who has a service-connected disability, or

  • The Surviving Spouse of a deceased eligible Veteran.

A credit of two additional points will be given to any Veteran with a service-connected disability or former POW who is applying for a skilled or professional appointment. Current state employees and Veterans who are convicted of a crime after being discharged from or completing military service are not eligible for this benefit.
Who is eligible for Maryland State Employment Veterans' Hiring Preference?
Veterans with a discharge under honorable conditions are eligible for this benefit. Applicants must provide documentation of service (i.e., DD214); disabled Veterans must also provide documentation of service-connected disability from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

For more information about Veteran job opportunities visit the Maryland Department of Budget and Management website .

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

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

  • During a war; or

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences

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

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years (the previous law provided four years of active duty, plus an additional year if it was for the convenience of the Government). There are important exceptions to the five-year limit, including initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA clearly establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service as long as the basic eligibility criteria are met.

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

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

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

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

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Maryland State Retirement System Service Credit for Military Service: A Veteran is entitled to receive service credit for military service only on the attainment of 10 years of service credit earned through employment as a member of a state retirement system. An individual may not receive credit for that military service if the individual receives credit for military service from another retirement system for which retirement benefits have been or will be received by the individual. This credit may not exceed 5 years.

A member of the Maryland National Guard or of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States who has not been activated under Title 10 of the United States Code, shall receive service credit at the rate of 4 months for each full year of service with the Maryland National Guard or with a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, not to exceed a total of 36 months.
Who is eligible for Maryland State Retirement System Service Credit for Military Service?
Veterans that are not eligible for military retirement pension and members of the National Guard or Reserves.
Maryland Claim of Retirement Credit for Military Service Form 043

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Maryland Military Personnel Veteran-Owned Small Business No-Interest Loan Program: The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), in consultation with the MDVA, offers no-interest loans via the Military Personnel and Veteran-Owned Small Business No-Interest Loan Program for the following categories:

  • A small business owned by a military reservist or a National Guard member called to active duty

  • A small business that employs a military reservist or National Guard member called to active duty

  • A Veteran small business owner or a Veteran seeking to start a small business

  • A small business that employs a service disabled Veteran

The purpose of the program is to provide financial assistance to small businesses in the categories listed above. The State of Maryland supports Veterans who have served our country, as well as the small businesses that employ them.

No interest loans range from $1,000 to $50,000. Loan maturity will be from one to eight years. The loan repayment period usually will not exceed the useful life expectancy of the equipment to be purchased.
Who is Eligible for the Maryland Military Personnel Veteran-Owned Small Business No-Interest Loan Program? Eligible applicants include Veteran-owned small businesses, businesses owned by military reservists and National Guard members called to active duty, and small businesses, with fewer than 50 employees that employ them.

For reservists or National Guard members called to active duty, Program funds must be used for payment of identifiable costs of the business, including general business expenses, which result from the call to active duty. The loan may be made at any time from the date of the call to active duty through the period ending six months after the end of the individual's active duty.

For service-disabled Veterans, businesses owned by service-disabled Veterans, and businesses employing service-disabled Veterans, the purpose of the Program is to assist with the cost of making the home, motor vehicle, or place of employment of a service-disabled Veteran accessible to individuals with disabilities, and to defray other necessary expenses.

NOTICE: This program is in great demand and has limited funding per year; they have temporarily (as of this posting) discontinued accepting new loan requests. The Maryland Department of Commerce, Military Personnel and Veteran-owned Small Business Loan Program (MPVSBLP) webpage posts information regarding availability of the program, there is often little no notification except at the previously listed link so check back periodically if interested. For eligibility details and to obtain an application, contact:

Celester A Hall, Program Manager
Phone: 410-767-6356
Email: les.hall@maryland.gov

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Maryland Expedited Licensing for Veterans, Service Members and Spouses: ( Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 ) The Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing and Commissioner of Financial Regulation are dedicated to assisting recently discharged Veterans and Spouses of currently serving members of the United States Armed Forces, including active duty, reservists and members of the National Guard obtain occupational and professional licenses in Maryland. Licenses are offered in the following Career Fields:

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What are my Maryland Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Maryland Unemployment Insurance: The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation provides unemployment insurance to workers who have lost employment through no fault of their own and are ready, willing and able to work, and actively seeking work.

To file for unemployment insurance, applicants must have the following information to proceed:

  • Your Social Security Number and mailing address.

  • A telephone number where you can be reached.

  • The name, birth date and Social Security Number of all dependents under age 16.

  • If you are not a citizen, proof of your alien status.

  • The business names, addresses, and dates of employment for all employers within the last 18 months. A copy of your W-2 form may be helpful.

  • If you seek work through a union, the hiring hall number is required.

  • If you were in the military within the last 18 months, your DD214, Member 4.

*Note: You cannot file over the Internet if:

  • You have worked and earned wages from a state other than Maryland in the last 18 months (regardless of where you live).

  • You worked for the Federal Government in the last 18 months.

  • You have worked for more than 3 employers in the last 18 months.

  • You have filed for unemployment insurance in another state in the last 18 months.

If you cannot file through this application contact a Claim Center by telephone.
State of Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Filing a Claim Help
State of Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Claim Center Telephone Directory
State of Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Unemployment Insurance Internet Claim Portal
State of Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Frequently Asked Questions Page

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Maryland’s American Job Centers- Workforce Development and Adult Learning Center Employment Assistance: The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation offers valuable information on career advancement and education to Veterans. Maryland's One Stop Career Centers are part of a nationwide system that provides information to job seekers and employers. The Career Centers are located in 23 counties and Baltimore City.

Learn more Maryland’s American Job Centers- Workforce Development and Adult Learning Center Employment Assistance

Maryland Jobs for Veterans Program: The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation facilitates the Maryland Jobs for Veterans Program. Veterans services representatives, specifically Disabled Veterans' Outreach Placement Specialists and Local Veterans' Employment Representatives, commonly referred to as DVOPs and LVERs, provide specialized employment services to Veterans

The DVOP specialists provide targeted services to special disabled Veterans, disabled Veterans, disadvantaged Veterans and Veterans with other barriers to employment. Working with a DVOP, Veterans with disabilities can get a full range of employment and training services.

LVERs assist Veterans in enrolling in the State of Maryland Workforce Exchange , which assists in the search for current job openings in your community, in the development of resumes to apply on-line for jobs, and in the filing for unemployment insurance. Spouses of military personnel required to relocate due to a transfer in military duty station are eligible to collect unemployment benefits in Maryland.

In addition to helping Veterans find employment and occupational training opportunities, DVOPs and LVERs provide vocational guidance and referrals to Veterans who are experiencing significant barriers to employment.

Learn more about the Maryland Jobs for Veterans Program

Department of Labor, Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP): The purpose of HVRP is to provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless Veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing homeless Veterans.

Learn more about the Department of Labor, Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP)

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What are my Maryland Military and Veterans Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) Benefits?

Veteran Designation on Maryland Driver's Licenses and Identification Cards: Maryland residents can now have 'Veteran' designated on driver's licenses. The designation indicates that you are eligible for State or Federal Veteran benefits. A "W" code will be placed on the front of the license or ID, and the word "Veteran" on the back, indicating that you are a United States Veteran.

To have this designation placed on a license:

  • Request it the next time your license is up for renewal (no cost to you), or

  • Request it before your license is up for renewal date, applicable license renewal fees will apply.

Bring one of the following documents to your local Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) Branch Office:

  • DD214 showing discharge under other than dishonorable conditions

  • Honorable Discharge Certificate

  • Letter from the Military Records Personnel Center in St. Louis confirming Veteran status

  • Letter from the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Service Program; or

  • Letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  • United States Uniformed Services Retiree Identification Card (DD Form 2)

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran Health Identification Card

  • For service prior to 1950 the following forms are accepted:

    • WD AGO 53

    • WD AGO 55

    • WD AGO 53-55

    • NAVPERS 553

    • NAVMC 78PD

    • NAVCG 553

Maryland Veterans Designation on Driver's License and Identification Card Brochure

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Maryland Vehicle Registration Exemption and Tax Credit for Certain Service Members: Active duty military members not establishing residency because they are only temporarily stationed in Maryland do not need to register their passenger vehicle in this State if the vehicle is currently registered in your state of residence.

Active duty military members establishing residency in Maryland are eligible for a tax credit for any titling tax paid in another state when titling and registering a vehicle within one year of moving to Maryland.

Learn more about Maryland Vehicle Registration Exemption and Tax Credit for Certain Service Members

Maryland Military and Veterans Special Vehicle License Plates: The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) offers 118 distinctive license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of Service members, Veterans, Retirees and eligible Family members. A complete list of military and Veteran License Plates can be found on the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration Military Related License Plate webpage .
Who is eligible for Maryland Military and Veterans Special Vehicle License Plates?
Applicants must submit the Application for Military-Related License Plates ( Maryland Motor Vehicle Application for Military Related License Plates Form VR-120 ) and pay a $25.00 fee. Also, applicants must submit a copy of military discharge papers (DD214), a copy of documentation providing proof of an award (e.g., Purple Heart Certificate), or written proof from the National Personnel Records Center that the applicant received the award.

You can apply for the plates in person at any of the MVA's full service branch offices. You also can mail your application to the MVA's Specialty Tag Unit in the Glen Burnie office, or go to an MVA licensed tag and title service where they will assist you in applying.
Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration Full Service Branch Offices Directory
Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, Specialty Tag Unit Contact Information

*Note: Vehicles for which the plates are intended must be passenger cars, multi-purpose vehicles, motorcycles, or trucks weighing 10,000 pounds or less.

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Maryland Disabled Veteran License Plates: Disabled Veteran license plates are issued in recognition of a customer's military service-related injuries. They can only be issued free of charge to a Veteran who is 100% disabled. The license plates are printed in two formats: with or without the universal symbol for disability. Paid DAV plates are considered organization plates. You can apply for the plates in person at any of the MVA's full service branch offices. You also can mail your application to the MVA's Specialty Tag Unit in the Glen Burnie office, or go to an MVA licensed tag and title service where they will assist you in applying.
Who is eligible for Maryland Disabled Veteran License Plates? Applicants must submit the following:

  • Proof of 100% disability from the Veterans Administration;

Be sure to include the vehicle's information. Only passenger cars, multi-purpose vehicles, or trucks with a one-ton manufacturer's rate capacity or less may display these license plates.
Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration Full Service Branch Offices Directory
Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, Specialty Tag Unit Contact Information

Learn more about the Maryland Disabled Veteran License Plates

Maryland Gold Star License Plate: The Gold Star Plate is available to individuals who are the Surviving Spouse, parent, Child or sibling of a person who served in the Armed Forces of the United States and lost his or her life. The applicant must submit the application for Military Related License Plates ( Maryland Motor Vehicle Application for Military Related License Plates Form VR-120 ), $25.00 fee, and one of the following:

  • Copy of DD-3 approved by the Department of Defense;

  • Copy of DD-1300, casualty report; or

  • An overseas death certificate issued by the military indicating the name and date of death.

Learn more about the Maryland Gold Star License Plate

Maryland Commercial Driver’s License Skills Test Waiver for Veterans: To assist Veterans and active-duty personnel who are transitioning to a civilian career, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) adopted regulations which expedite the licensing process for a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) will waive the CDL skills test requirements for Veterans discharged within 12 months of application date, and active-duty personnel who meet the specific criteria and wish to obtain a CDL for classes A or B.
Who is eligible for the Maryland Commercial Driver’s License Skills Test Waiver for Veterans?
The applicants must:

  • Have a good driving record,

  • Have a valid Maryland Class C (non-provisional) noncommercial driver's license, or higher,

  • Have 2 years of operating a military vehicle as part of their job function. The vehicle must represent the commercial motor vehicle that the individual expects to operate after discharge from the military,

  • The commanding officer certifies the Service member's years of operating the military vehicle as well as the type of vehicle operated,

  • Pass the required CDL vision and knowledge tests. The skills test waiver only applies to CDL driver licenses for class A and B.

  • Provide the MVA with a valid U.S. Department of Transportation Physical Card and an exemption or wavier if required.

*Note: Active-duty military personnel stationed outside of Maryland who hold a CDL, and any dependents residing with them who may also hold a CDL, are required to provide the MVA with a copy of their current valid medical documentation as needed or their license/privilege will be cancelled. They are also required to 'self-certify' regarding the type of commercial driving they will be doing.

For additional information, please visit Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's website .

Learn more about the Maryland Commercial Driver’s License, Skills Test Waiver for Veterans

Maryland Military Service Members and Dependent Driver's Licenses Remain in Effec t when Stationed Outside Maryland? Maryland driver's licenses remain in effect for active members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents (who reside with the active Service member outside of Maryland) while they are absent from Maryland.

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

Workers’ Compensation for Maryland National Guard Service Members on State Duty: Medical benefits are provided for State Active Duty members under Worker's compensation when the injury or illness occurs in the line of duty while on duty or in active service.
Who is eligible for Workers’ Compensation for Maryland National Guard Service Members on State Duty?
Maryland Air and Army National Guard members on state active duty or while conducting authorized training are covered under Maryland Worker’s Compensation Laws.

Learn more about Workers’ Compensation for Maryland National Guard Service Members on State Duty

TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

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

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance ( SGLI )

  • Veterans Group Life Insurance ( VGLI )

  • Family Members Group Life Insurance ( FSGLI )

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

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

  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance ( VMLI )

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

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What are my Maryland Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Complimentary Prisoner of War and Disabled Veteran Maryland Hunting Licenses: A complimentary lifetime hunting license is available to Maryland residents certified as a former Prisoner of War (POW) or a 100% service connected disabled American Veteran (Veterans Administration documentation required).

  • This free lifetime hunting license is available only at Maryland Department of Natural Resources Licensing and Registration Service Centers.

  • This license also includes free, lifetime Archery Stamps, Muzzleloader Stamps, and Furbearer Permits.

  • The Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp, and Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp are required to be purchased annually and are not included with this license.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Licensing and Registration Service Center Locations

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Discounted Maryland Hunting Licenses for Purple Heart Recipients: Maryland residents who were recipients of the Purple Heart Award are eligible for a discounted hunting license and any associated stamps and permits. This year’s discounted rate is 50% of the regular price of the license or stamp. These discounted hunting licenses and stamps can only be purchased in person at a DNR Licensing & Registration Service Center. Documentation proving the Purple Heart Award was received by the hunter must be provided at the time of purchase. The Purple Heart medal does not suffice as proof of receiving the award. All other requirements apply for obtaining a hunting license and stamps.

Learn more about Discounted Maryland Hunting Licenses for Purple Heart Recipients

Maryland Universal Disability Pass: Hunters with mobility impairments may obtain a free lifetime pass so they may hunt from a vehicle in designated areas. Applications are available here or from Maryland Department of Natural Resource Regional Wildlife and Heritage Service Offices. A physician must certify your permit application. Please see the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Public Hunting Lands Directory for a list of public land that has provisions for the mobility impaired. Please contact each area for their specific conditions.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Application for Universal Disability Pass
Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Regional Wildlife and Heritage Service Office Locations

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Maryland Resident Hunting Privileges for Non-resident Active Service Members: Active duty members of the United States Armed Forces stationed in Maryland:

  • Are considered residents of Maryland.

  • Must comply with the Maryland Hunter Education and Safety Requirements .

  • Must purchase a Resident Hunting License and all required stamps and permits before hunting, unless they are on official leave and possess a copy of their official leave orders.

  • while hunting during official leave in Maryland with a copy of their official leave orders:

    • Do not need to purchase a hunting license, deer stamps, or DNR Managed Hunt Permit.

    • Must purchase a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp, a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, and a Furbearer Permit to pursue migratory game birds and furbearers.

Any nonresident serving in the United States Armed Forces who is on leave in Maryland, but not stationed in Maryland, must purchase a Nonresident Hunting License before hunting.

Learn more about Maryland Resident Hunting Privileges for Non-resident Active Service Members

Hunting in Maryland without a License for Resident Service Members: You are not required to possess a Maryland hunting license if you are:

  • A Maryland resident serving in the United States Armed Forces that is on official leave in Maryland (whether stationed in Maryland or outside Maryland) and possesses a copy of official leave orders while hunting.

  • A person serving in the United States Armed Forces who has a service-connected disability and possesses a valid military identification while hunting.

  • A person who is a retired former member of the United States Armed Services and hunting on farmland that is in active farming status and owned by the person or the person’s Spouse, Child, Child’s Spouse, parent, grandparent, sibling, niece or nephew. A retired former member who hunts on farmland without a hunting license must possess the retired military identification card and written permission from the owner of the farm property specifying the relationship of the person to the owner of the property.

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Complimentary Prisoner of War and Disabled Veteran Maryland Fishing Licenses: A complimentary lifetime license is available to Maryland residents who are 100% service connected disabled American Veterans or former Prisoners of War (POW). The license incorporates both the non-tidal angler's license and the Chesapeake Bay sport fishing license. It does not, however, include the trout stamp. Applicant must furnish a letter of disability or a letter of certification from the Veterans Administration with their initial application.

Learn more about Complimentary Prisoner of War and Disabled Veteran Maryland Fishing Licenses

Complimentary Maryland Fishing License for the Blind: Complimentary annual tidal and non-tidal licenses are available to residents and nonresidents who are blind.

Learn more about Complimentary Maryland Fishing License for the Blind

Discounted Maryland Fishing Licenses for Purple Heart Recipients: Maryland residents who were recipients of the Purple Heart Award are eligible for a discounted fishing license. This year’s discounted rate is 50% of the regular price of the license. Documentation proving the Purple Heart Award was received must be provided at the time of purchase. The Purple Heart medal does not suffice as proof of receiving the award.

Learn more about Discounted Maryland Fishing Licenses for Purple Heart Recipients

Maryland Resident Service Members may Fish without a License when on Leave: A Service member who is a resident of MD, on active duty with the Armed Forces, and is on leave with official leave orders may fish without a license in the tidal waters of the State.

Learn more about how Maryland Resident Service Members May Fish without a License when on Leave

Maryland State Parks Military and Veterans Benefits: The Department of Natural Resources has several programs and special rates for military Veterans, active duty Service members. Below is a summary of these benefits.

Day-Use Waiver for Active Duty Military and Maryland National Guard Service Members - Any member of the Maryland National Guard and all active duty military personnel who display their active duty military identification card to the gate attendant at any Maryland State Park day-use area will have their day-use entrance service charge waived. The waiver is valid for the military identification card holder only. No other facility service charges will be waived.

Day-Use Fee Waiver for Veterans - All applicable day-use entrance charges are waived year-round for all Veterans. The waiver applies to both resident and out-of-state Veterans. This waiver is applicable to the Veteran only and not others in the same vehicle, unless a per-vehicle charge is in effect at the time. In that case, the per-vehicle fee is waived.

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What are my Maryland Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits ?

Maryland Veterans Trust Fund: The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) offers grants and loans to Veterans and their Family members who are in dire financial situations, or to private organizations that help Veterans (homeless programs, substance abuse programs, etc.). This program is funded through contributions from generous supporters of Maryland's Veterans.

Applications for grants/loans from the Trust Fund are reviewed by the Maryland Trust Fund Review Committee, which consists of the Deputy Secretary, MDVA Directors, and representatives from the Maryland Veterans Commission and the Maryland Veterans Home Commission. Recommendations are made to the Secretary or designee, who makes the final decision on whether an application is approved.

For more information and to request an application for the Veterans Trust Fund, contact the MDVA Grant Administrator, Mark Hendricks at 410-230-4444, extension 4460 or 800-446-4926, extension 6460 or by email at: mark.hendricks@maryland.gov . Please note, incomplete applications will not be accepted. Upon completion of the application, mail to:

Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs
Attn: Grant Administrator
Federal Building, Room 3020
31 Hopkins Plaza
Baltimore, MD 21201

Learn more about the Maryland Veterans Trust Fund

Death Benefit to Survivors or Estate of Maryland Resident Service Member Killed in Action: ( MD Pub Safety Code § 1-202 )The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services will award a death benefit of up to $125,000 to survivors of any Maryland Service member who is killed in action or as a direct result of a wound suffered in action in Iraq or Afghanistan
Who is eligible for the Death Benefit to Survivors or Estate of Maryland Resident Service Member Killed in Action?
The Surviving Spouse, Children, dependent parents or estate of resident Service member that is killed in action in in Afghanistan or its contiguous airspace, or Iraq or its contiguous waters or airspace are eligible.

Applications must be received within three years. The beneficiary, or an individual or agency applying on behalf of the beneficiary, must submit a letter of application to:

Executive Director, Human Resources
Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
300 East Joppa Rd
Towson, MD 21286

The applicant must submit the following documents along with the letter of application for the Death Benefit:

  • Copy of marriage certificate (Surviving Spouse) or birth certificate(s) (Surviving Child/ren)

  • Documentation verifying dependency (surviving Parent/s)

  • Proof of Maryland Residency (e.g., voter registration card, Maryland tax return)

  • A copy of the death certificate and report of casualty that provides evidence that the Service member was killed in action while serving in Iraq or its contiguous waters or air space, or Afghanistan or its contiguous air space. If the Service member was not killed in action but died from injuries, a statement is required from the Department of Defense that the Service member's death was a direct result of injuries sustained while in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Additional information may be required due to any unusual or exceptional circumstances or to establish a causal connection between the decedent's job functions and death.

To speak with someone regarding this benefit contact the Human Resources Services Division, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, at 410-585-3408.
State of Maryland Death Benefit Program Fact Sheet

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Free Copies of Vital Records for Maryland Veterans: For purposes of a claim before the Federal Government, one copy of marriage licenses, and birth or death certificates, may be acquired free of charge from the appropriate source. Call the local office of the clerk of the Circuit Court (marriage and divorce) or the Division of Vital Records, 800-832-3277 (toll-free) or 410-764-3038 (Baltimore local).

There is no fee for:

  • A copy of a certificate of a current or former Armed Forces member that is requested by the member

  • A copy of a certificate of a current or former Armed Forces member requested by a Surviving Spouse or Child of the member, if the copy will be used in connection with a claim for a dependent or beneficiary of the member.

Who is eligible for Free Copies of Vital Records for Maryland Veterans ? Free copies of records are available to a current or former Service member or a Surviving Spouse or Child. Those requesting records must provide proof of Veteran’s service in the Armed Forces.

Learn more about Free Copies of Vital Records for Maryland Veterans

Maryland National Guard Transportation Benefits: Free passage through toll gates on roads, bridges, and ferries while traveling to or returning from a parade, encampment, drill, or other duty that the member may be required by law to attend and presents an order for duty or identification card.
Who is eligible for Maryland National Guard Transportation Benefits?
Maryland National Guard Service members are eligible.

Learn more about Maryland National Guard Transportation Benefits

Jury Duty Exemption for Maryland National Guard Service Members: A member of the Maryland organized militia is exempt from State jury service that would unreasonably interfere with the performance of the member’s military duties or affect adversely the readiness of the activity, command, or unit to which the member is assigned.

Learn more about Jury Duty Exemption for Maryland National Guard Service Members

Maryland Charlotte Hall Veterans Home: The Charlotte Hall Veterans Home is a program within the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs and is the only Veterans home in the State of Maryland. The Home is a 454-bed facility providing a continuum of care from the 168-bed Assisted Living unit to a higher level of care in the 286-bed Skilled Nursing Home. The Charlotte Hall Veterans Home also provides services for eligible Spouses who are unable to take care of themselves due to age or disability. The Home provides the support and services required for shelter, sustenance, medical care, and social services necessary to maintain the resident's medical condition and quality of life.

To offset the cost of care, the US Department of Veterans' Affairs provide three levels of per diem to Veterans who reside in a state Veterans' Home:

  • Assisted Living Care - The current per diem (effective 10/01/2017) is $46.25 per day towards the cost of care.

  • Nursing Home Care - The current per diem (effective 10/01/2017) is $107.16 per day towards the cost of care.

  • VP1 (70% or greater service connected Veteran) - The full cost of care is covered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs for nursing home care.

Who is eligible for care at the Maryland Charlotte Hall Veterans Home? The following are eligible to be admitted to Charlotte Hall:

  • Maryland Veterans who served on full-time active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces (other than active duty for training) and were discharged or released under honorable conditions.

  • Certain members of reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces who meet the legal residence requirements.

  • Certain Non-Veteran Spouses of eligible Veterans.

  • Maryland residents, at least 62 years of age or deemed disabled by either the Social Security Administration or the US Department of Veterans' Affairs.

  • For the health, safety or welfare reasons, Charlotte Hall Veterans Home may decline to accept an applicant.

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home Admission Webpage
Charlotte Hall Veterans Nursing Home Care Program
Charlotte Hall Assisted Living Care Program

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Maryland's State Cemetery and Memorial Program: The State of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) are honored to offer Veterans and their eligible dependents a final resting place at one of five State Veterans' cemeteries throughout Maryland. The MDVA Cemetery Program is the largest of its kind in the nation. In addition, the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs manages three Veteran Memorials. The Maryland World War II Memorial is in Annapolis, and the Vietnam War and Korean War Memorials are in Baltimore. Additionally, the Department shares joint responsibility with the City of Baltimore for the War Memorial Building in Baltimore.

The Maryland's State Veterans Cemeteries are:

  • Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, Prince George's County, Maryland, Phone: 301-372-6398

  • Crownsville Veterans Cemetery, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Phone: 410-987-6320

  • Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery, Dorchester County, Maryland, Phone: 410-943-3420

  • Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, Owings Mills, Baltimore County, Maryland, Phone: 410-363-6090

  • Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery, Allegany County, Maryland, Phone: 301-777-2185

Who is eligible for interment at a Maryland's State Cemetery? The MDVA follows criteria established by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration (NCA) to determine eligibility for burial at a Maryland Veterans Cemetery. Eligibility criteria for both Veterans and Dependents can be found by visiting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration, Eligibility webpage . In addition to the NCA requirements for Veterans eligibility, the MDVA also has a residency in requirement.

Documentation needed to determine eligibility:

  • Military service: A copy of an official military discharge document is usually sufficient to determine eligibility for burial. Discharge documentation is usually not needed for scheduling when a Veteran or eligible Dependent is already interred in a Maryland Veterans Cemetery.

  • Residency requirement (for the Veteran): A discharge document indicating Maryland as the home of record, draft board records showing legal residence at time of entrance into military service, two years of tax assessments on property owned by Veteran, nursing home, hospital or institutional records showing that upon admission the Veteran's legal residence was in Maryland, two years of continuous Maryland tax records, Maryland school transcripts - 12 years or more continuous enrollment, up to date Maryland voting record, valid Maryland driver's license, Maryland utility bills, letter on an elected official's letter head verifying two years Maryland residency, recognized fraternal, civic or Veterans organization official letterhead providing a record of 2 years residency, any other substantial evidence that may establish the required residency.

Learn more about Maryland's State Cemetery and Memorial Program

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Reduced Fare Program for Veterans with Disabilities (Reduced Fare SmarTrip Photo ID Card): Metrobus and Metrorail customers with disabilities may be eligible to ride at a discounted rate. Those customers who qualify will be issued a Reduced Fare SmarTrip Photo ID Card. Reduced Fare SmarTrip Photo ID Cards can be used to:

  • Pay Fare when using Metrobus and Metrorail

  • Buy a 7-Day regional pass

  • Pay half the peak fare on Metrorail

  • Pay 85¢ with cash or if paying with the Metro Disability ID/SmarTrip® on regular Metrobus routes and other regional bus services

Who is eligible for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Reduced Fare Program for Veterans with Disabilities (Reduced Fare SmarTrip Photo ID Card)? Disabled Veterans who have been granted a 60% or greater disability rating by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs do not need to complete Part B or C of the application. The applicant must appear in person at the Metro Transit Accessibility Center, 600 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC with a valid photo ID and an original letter of disability notification issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Disabled Veterans rated at 100% can show their valid DD Form 2465 Department of Defense Uniformed Serves ID card in lieu of an award letter.
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Disability ID Card Application

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Military Installations and Veterans Affairs Facilities in Maryland

Please see the Maryland Military Resource Locator for additional information

Active Duty:

Army

Aberdeen Proving Ground , Harford County
Fort Detrick
, Frederick
Fort Meade
, Anne Arundel County

Navy
Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River , St Mary's County
U.S. Naval Academy , Annapolis
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
, Bethesda

Air Force
Joint Base Andrews , Prince George’s County
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB)
,
Washington, DC

National Guard

Military Department, Maryland National Guard Maryland Army National Guard

Maryland Air National Guard

113th Wing, Joint Base Andrews , Prince George’s County
175th Wing, Baltimore , Middle River

United States Army Reserve (USAR)

99th Readiness Division

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

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

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Maryland

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in Maryland: The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration maintains four national cemeteries in Maryland. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in Maryland

Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs
The Wineland Building, 16 Francis Street, 4th Floor
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-260-3838
Toll free: 866-793-1577
Email: Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Contact Page

Learn more about the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

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Resources

http://veterans.maryland.gov/

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

http://dnr.maryland.gov/Pages/default.aspx

https://www.goang.com/

https://www.nationalguard.com/benefits

https://www.goang.com/careers/benefits

http://dllr.maryland.gov/employment/veteranservices.shtml

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

https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?State=MD&dnum=ALL

http://www.mva.maryland.gov/locations/

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

http://veterans.maryland.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/07/7-13-18-Resource-Guide-1.pdf

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Document Review Date: 09 October 2018