Maryland Military and Veterans Benefits
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities in Maryland
Military Resource Locator
Summary of Maryland Military and Veterans Benefits: Maryland offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families including military retired pay tax 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 Department of Veterans Affairs Service Officers: The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) has Service Officers who help Veterans and their Families to find and apply for Veteran benefits under federal, state and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge.
Maryland Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
Maryland Income Tax Subtraction for Military Retired Pay: Retired Service members can subtract up to $5,000 of their military retired pay from their gross income before determining their Maryland tax. At age 55 this subtraction increases to $15,000.
Who is eligible for Maryland Income Tax Subtraction for Military Retired Pay? This subtraction is available to retired Service members who are receiving military retired pay from an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces.
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.
Maryland Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retirement Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the U.S. Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income. Some of the payments which are considered disability benefits include:
- Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid to Veterans or their Families
- Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living
- Grants for motor vehicles for Veterans who lost their sight or the use of limbs, or
- Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program
See IRS Publication 525 for more information.
Maryland 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 military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-connected injury or disease.
Maryland Income Tax Subtraction for Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP): Surviving Spouses who receive SBP, RCSBP or RSFPP annuities can subtract up to $5,000 of their survivor benefit payment from their gross income before determining their Maryland tax. At age 55 this subtraction increases to $15,000.
Maryland Income Tax Subtraction for SBP/ RCSBP/ RSFPP?This subtraction is available to the Surviving Spouse of a retired Service member from an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces who is receiving an SBP, RCSBP or RSFPP annuity.
Maryland Pension Exclusion: Maryland residents who are 65 or older, or totally disabled (or their Spouse is totally disabled), may qualify for a pension exclusion from their gross income of $34,300.
Who is eligible for the Maryland Pension Exclusion? To be eligible residents must be 65 or older, or totally disabled, (or Spouse was totally disabled), on the last day of the tax year and the pension must have been included in their federal gross income.
Maryland Pension Exclusion Computation Worksheet
Maryland Resident Tax Booklet
Maryland Overseas Pay Subtraction: Maryland resident Service members who are serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces outside U.S. boundaries or possessions may subtract up to $15,000 of their military pay from their taxable income. Service members must have earned less than $30,000 in military pay to be eligible.
Maryland Resident Tax Booklet
Maryland Personal Tax Tip #55
Maryland Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption:Maryland offers a property tax exemption to Veterans who have a service-connected 100% permanent and total, or unemployable disability rating from the VA. This is a complete exemption from real property taxes on their house and surrounding yard. This exemption is available to unremarried Surviving Spouses of eligible Veterans and to Surviving Spouses of Service members killed in the line of duty.
For more information applicants should contact their local Maryland Assessment Office.
Maryland Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans Application
Maryland Assessment Office Directory
Maryland Veterans Local Property Tax Credits: Several Maryland Counties have property tax credits for eligible Veterans and their Surviving Spouses. These credits apply to the primary home and the surrounding land.
To determine if your county offers a tax credit and to apply, applicants should contact their local tax assessor office.
Maryland Assessment Offices Directory
Maryland Military Spouse Residency Relief Act: Spouses of nonresident Service members remain a nonresident for state tax purposes when they are in Maryland due to military orders and do not have to pay Maryland taxes on wages earned in Maryland.
To be eligible Spouses must file a revised Maryland Employee's Withholding Exemption Certificate and an Exemption from Maryland Withholding Tax for a Qualified Civilian Spouse of a U. S. Armed Forces Service Member.
Maryland Income Tax Administrative Release Military Personnel and Civilian Spouses
Maryland Vessel Excise Tax Credit for Military Personnel:Active duty Service members stationed in Maryland are exempt from the 5% vessel excise tax for one year. This exemption applies only to boats registered elsewhere and brought to Maryland during a permanent change of station.
For more information on the vessel excise tax credit visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website.
Maryland Tax Extension for Service in a Combat Zone or Hazardous Duty Area: Maryland allows the same six-month extension for filing and paying state income taxes for Service members (and their Spouse) serving in a designated combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area as allowed by the IRS.
IRS Combat Zones Approved for Tax Filing Extension
Maryland Tax Forgiveness for Deceased Service Members:Maryland will abate the taxes owed by a Service member who was serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and dies in a combat zone or hazardous duty area (qualifying area) or from wounds, disease, or injury they received while there. The abatement will apply to the tax year in which death occurred, and any earlier tax year ending on or after the first day the Service member started serving in a qualifying area.
Maryland will also abate the tax liability of a Service member serving in the U.S. Armed Forces if their death occurs as a result of wounds or injury received outside the U.S. in a terrorist or military action.
Maryland National Guard State Tuition Waiver (STW):Maryland state supported colleges and universities (except University of Maryland Global Campus) offer a tuition waiver for undergraduate or graduate courses to Service members serving in the Maryland National Guard. Each institution has their own rules that govern the number of seats available, and the number of credit hours offered for tuition waivers.
Classes held at Maryland National Guard locations are available to Service members with a 25% or 50% tuition waiver, regardless of space available. Professional courses are not eligible for STW. STW can be used for trade schools in partnership with the Maryland National Guard.
Who is eligible for the Maryland 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.
This benefit can be used with State Tuition Assistance Reimbursement (STAR), Montgomery G.I. Bill and Federal Tuition Assistance.
Maryland National Guard State Tuition Waiver Letter
Maryland Higher Education, Colleges and Universities Information
Maryland National Guard State Tuition Assistance Reimbursement (STAR): STAR reimburses Maryland National Guard Service members up to 50% tuition and related fees at all Maryland State supported Colleges, Universities, some private institutions and trade schools.
STAR is available for undergraduate courses and may be used in conjunction with the State Tuition Waiver, Montgomery GI Bill, and Federal Tuition Assistance. Tuition is reimbursed for grades “C” and above.
Who is eligible for STAR? Must be a Maryland National Guard Service member in good standing, in pay grades E-1 through O-4 and have a two-year service obligation remaining from the course start date.
Maryland Higher Education, Colleges and Universities Information
Edward T. and Mary A. Conroy Memorial Scholarship and the Jean B. Cryor (Conroy- Cryor) Memorial Scholarship Program: The Conroy-Cryor Memorial Scholarship Program will award tuition and other educational expenses to eligible Veterans and their Family members who are attending a public institution of higher education within the University System of Maryland (cannot be used at University of Maryland Global Campus and the University of Maryland, Baltimore). The amount of the award may not be more than the annual tuition and mandatory fees, of a resident undergraduate at a two or four-year institution.
Students may enroll full-time or part-time at a two or four-year institution as an undergraduate or graduate student. Undergraduate awards may be used for five years of full-time study (12+ credits per semester) or eight years of part-time study (6-11 credits per semester) or a combination of both. Graduate awards may be used for full-time study (9+ credits per semester) or for part-time study (6-8 credits per semester). This award is not based on financial need.
Who is eligible for the Conroy-Cryor Memorial Scholarship Program? Veterans must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, (other than for training), and were discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. All students must be Maryland residents, for Children, both parents must be Maryland residents. The following individuals are eligible for financial assistance:
- Child, stepchild or unremarried Surviving Spouse of a Service member who died while serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces
- Child, stepchild or Spouse of a Veteran who has 100% service-connected disability
- Child, stepchild or unremarried Surviving Spouse of anyone who died as a result of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks
- Veteran who has a service-connected disability of 25% or greater and has used all VA educational benefits or is no longer eligible for them
- Veteran who was a prisoner of war or was declared missing in action during the Vietnam War or their Child or stepchild
Awards are automatically renewed for those who continue to meet eligibility requirements and maintain satisfactory academic progress. For more information applicants should contact their educational institution’s financial aid office.
Conroy-Cryor Memorial Scholarship Programs Conditions of Award
University System of Maryland Institutions
Maryland Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship Program (VAIC): VAIC provides educational financial assistance to U.S. Armed Forces Service members and Veterans who served in the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq and their eligible Family members. This assistance can be used for full and part-time study at schools in the University System of Maryland (cannot be used at University of Maryland Global Campus and the University of Maryland, Baltimore).
The award will provide 50% of the annual tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board.
Maximum award amounts:
- On campus: up to $8,274
- With parents: up to $5,390
- Off campus: up to $4,820
Applicants must be accepted for admission or enrolled in an undergraduate program or an approved 2-year certificate program. Students may be either full-time (12+ credits per semester) or part-time (6-11 credits per semester) students.
Award amounts including state aid and VA educational benefits, may not exceed the total cost of attendance or $29,600, whichever is less.
Who is eligible for the Maryland VAIC?To be eligible theService member or Veteran must have served in Afghanistan, or contiguous air space, on or after October 24, 2001, through a date yet to be determined; or in Iraq, or contiguous waters or air space, on or after March 19, 2003, through a date yet to be determined. Applicants must meet the following additional requirements:
- Maryland resident, and nonresident active duty service members and their dependents who were stationed in Maryland prior to deployment
- Veteran or Service member serving on active duty in U.S. Armed Forces who served at least 60 days in Afghanistan or Iraq (as described above)
- Spouse or Child of an eligible Service member or Veteran
Students can apply using the Maryland Higher Education Application webpage, all applications must be received by March 1 each year. Applicants must provide the following documentation when applying:
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid filed by March 1 each year
- Proof of Family relationship to eligible Service member or Veteran (marriage certificate, birth certificate)
- Documentation of available VA educational benefits
- Copy of military orders or DD214 showing duty in Iraq or Afghanistan
Maryland High School Diplomas for World War II and Korean War Veterans: Maryland County Boards of Education will award high school diplomas to Korea and World War II Veterans who left high school early to enter the U. S. Armed Forces. Diplomas are also issued to Veterans who received a GED. For more information applicants should contact their local board of education.
Maryland Board of Education Directory
Maryland Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3): The purpose of this compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:
- Facilitating the prompt enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements
- Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities
- Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families
- Providing for the enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact
- Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact
- Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children
- Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student
Point of Contact
Maryland Purple Star School Program for Military-Friendly Schools: Recent legislation authorized the Maryland Purple Star School program for military-friendly schools. The Purple Star School program recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and Families connected to the U.S. Armed Forces.
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
Maryland State Employee Paid Leave for Military Training: Maryland state employees who are members of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are authorized 15 days of paid military leave for military training or active military duty.
Who is eligible for Maryland State Employee Paid Leave for Military Training? Service members serving in the National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserves who are state employees are eligible.
Maryland State Employee Military Administrative Leave: Maryland full time state employees who are members of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces will receive the difference between their military base pay and their state salary when they are ordered to active duty.
Who is eligible for Maryland State Employee Military Administrative Leave? Service members serving in the National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserves who are state employees are eligible military administrative leave.
Maryland State Employment Veteran’s Credit: Maryland offers Veteran’s preference when hiring for state employment.
When a selection test is used preference is given by adding points to the passing scores. Applicants must be qualified for the position and able to perform the duties of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.
10 Points are added to scores of the following:
- Veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge or a certificate of satisfactory completion of military service
- Spouse of an eligible Veteran who has a service-connected disability
- Surviving Spouse of a deceased eligible Veteran
Two additional points are awarded to a former prisoner of war and five additional points will be given to applicants with a disability as defined by the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
Applicants must provide documentation of service (i.e., DD214); disabled Veterans must also provide proof of disability.
For more information about Veteran job opportunities visit the Maryland Department of Budget and Management, State Careers for Veterans website.
Maryland Statutes, State Personnel and Pensions, 7-207
Maryland State Employment Certified Disabled Veteran Hiring Preference: Certain disabled Veterans may be eligible to be hired for state employment without a competitive selection process. Veterans must be qualified for the position and able to perform the duties of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.
Who is eligible for Maryland State Employment Certified Disabled Veteran Hiring Preference: Veterans must have received an honorable discharge and have a 30% or greater service-connected disability rating from their branch of service or the VA to be eligible.
To register as a certified disabled Veteran applicants should complete the Freename Application at the Maryland State Online Employment Center.
Maryland Statutes, State Personnel and Pensions, 7-203
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.C. 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? Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard Service members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.
The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) helps all who have claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations
Maryland Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC) Employment Opportunities for Veterans: The Maryland VCC offers jobs for Veterans focused on conservation service work on public lands. VCC utilizes a Veterans’ unique background, diverse job skills and service ethic to address pressing conservation needs on public lands. The focus of the VCC is to develop Veterans professionally through training and on the job experience within the Maryland Park Service and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. These are full-time, paid, year-round positions.
VCC projects and work efforts include:
- Trail building and maintenance
- Facilities improvement projects and maintenance
- Educational programs
- Recreation management
- Park operations
- Volunteer coordinator and oversight
- Assistance with special events
- Mentorship of Conservation Jobs Corps members
- Forest enhancement and tree planting
- Stream, bay, and wetland restoration
- Stream surveys
- Habitat restoration and invasive species removal
- Large-scale regional conservation projects in partnership with Maryland Conservation Corps members
Who is eligible for Maryland VCC Employment? Veterans must meet the following requirements to be eligible:
- Prior service in the U.S. Armed Forces (DD214 is required prior to accepting employment)
- Education or experience in the field of park operations, recreation, education, business, administration, forestry, social sciences, or a natural resources related field is preferred
- Ability to lift 20 lbs. repeatedly and use hand tools
VCC Members will serve for one year, with the possibility of contract renewal. For more information or to apply please contact the Deputy Director of the Conservation Corps by calling 240-278-5218.
Maryland State Retirement and Pension System (SRPS) Service Credit for Military Service: Former and current Service members who are members of the SRPS may be eligible to claim additional retirement credit for service in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Employees may receive retirement credit for military service if they have not (and will not) received credit for their military service under any other pension system. All members must have 10 years of participation in SRPS before they can claim military service credit.
Military Service before membership in SRPS: Veteransmay claim up to a maximum of five years of credit for active military duty before their membership in SRPS.
Military Service after membership in SRPS: Service members in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces receive four months of military credit for each full year of National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserve service (at least 50 inactive duty points), up to a maximum of 36 months of military credit.
Service members in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces in an active duty for training status receive one month of military credit for every 28 days of active duty training. No credit is granted for less than 28 days.
Maryland Claim of Retirement Credit for Military Service Form 043
Maryland SRPS, Guide to Military Service
Maryland Military Personnel and Veteran-Owned Small Business No-Interest Loan Program (MPVOLP): The Maryland Department of Commerce offers no-interest loans to provide financial assistance to small businesses. The loans range from $1,000 to $50,000 and reach maturity in one to eight years.
Who is Eligible for MPVOLP? Loans are available for a small business that employ less than 50 people and meets one of the following requirements:
- Owned by a U.S. Armed Forces Reserve or National Guard Service member called to active duty
- Employs a U.S. Armed Forces Reserve or National Guard Service member called to active duty
- Veteran owned business or a Veteran seeking to start a small business
- Employs a service-connected disabled Veteran
For reserve component Service members called to active duty, loans must be used for payment of documented costs of the business that are the result of the call to active duty. Applications may be made at any time from the date of entry into active duty through six months after release from active duty.
For service-connected disabled Veterans, businesses owned by service-connected disabled Veterans, and businesses that employ service-connected disabled Veterans, the loans may be used to assist with the cost of making the home, motor vehicle, or place of employment of the disabled Veteran more accessible and to pay for any other necessary expenses.
NOTICE: Due to overwhelming interest in MVOLP, applications may be temporarily discontinued until existing applications are processed, and the availability of funds is reevaluated.
Maryland Professional Licensing Benefits for Veterans, Service Members, Spouses and Surviving Spouses: The Maryland Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing helps Veterans and Service members, their Spouses and Surviving Spouses receive special benefits when applying for professional licenses. Applicants who hold a professional license in another state can get expedited licenses within 60 days. Licensing boards and commissions can also issue temporary licenses to applicants who hold a valid license in another state and are working to meet Maryland licensing requirements.
Service members and Veterans are also eligible to apply military training and experience toward licensing requirements.
Who is eligible for Maryland Professional Licensing Benefits? Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Received an honorable discharge from an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces
- Active duty Service member serving in the U.S. Armed Forces who is assigned to a duty station in Maryland and their Spouse
- Spouse or Surviving Spouse of a Veteran or Service member serving in the U.S. Armed Forces
For more information and a listing of professional licensing boards and commissions please go to the bottom of the page at the “Learn more…” link below.
Maryland Statutes, Service Member, Veterans and Military Spouses Licensing
Maryland’s American Job Centers- Workforce Development and Adult Learning Center Employment Assistance: Maryland’s American Job Center’s help Service members who are leaving the U.S. Armed Forces, Veterans and their Spouses, to transition to a rewarding career by offering employment, training and placement services.
They have local Veteran’s employment representatives who work with businesses, contractors, and employer organizations in the local area to develop career opportunities for Veterans. They also have Disabled Veterans Outreach Program staff who provide specialized intensive employment assistance to Veterans with employment and training needs.
Maryland’s American Job Centers offer priority of service to those eligible for all programs funded completely or in part by the U.S. Department of Labor. 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 first access. Code of Federal Regulations 20, 1010.200
For more information regarding eligibility and services provided please contact the nearest Maryland American Job Center.
Maryland Department of Labor, American Job Center Directory
Maryland Department of Labor - Workforce Development and Adult Learning Flyer
Maryland Hilton Honors Military Program: The Maryland 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.
Maryland Unemployment Insurance (UI): The Maryland Department of Labor, Division of 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.
To file an initial claim, applicants will need the following information:
- Personal Information: Name, date of birth, Social Security number, residential and mailing address, telephone number, and email address
- Employer Information:Company name, address, telephone number, employment start and end dates, return-to-work date (if applicable), and reason for separation from each employer in the last 18 months
- Citizenship Status: Alien Registration Number ifnot a citizen
- Former Military Status: DD214 – Member copy 4 for Service members who separated within the last 18 months
- Former Federal Government Employee Status:SF-50 or SF-8 for former federal government employees who separated within the last 18 months
- Name, Date of Birth, and Social Security number for each dependent: Child,stepchild or legally adopted Child under age 16 who the applicant supports; only one parent may claim a dependent(s), up to a maximum of five, during the one-year benefit period
To file a claim applicants can use the Maryland BEACON UI Online Application webpage or call 667-207-6520, claims agents are available from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Maryland UI Contact Information
Maryland UI Frequently Asked Questions Page
‘Veteran’ Designation on Maryland Driver's Licenses and ID Cards: The Maryland Department of Transportation(MDOT), Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) offers a ‘Veteran’ designation on a driver’s license or ID cards for qualifying Veterans. The designation indicates that they are eligible for state Veteran benefits.
There is no cost when:
- Adding the designation at any time without making any other changes
- Veteran already has the designation on the back of their driver’s license or ID but is requesting new secure driver’s license or ID with the word Veteran on the front
If any changes are made, such as name, address, etc., standard fees will apply.
Who is eligible for ‘Veteran’ Designation on Maryland Driver's Licenses and ID Cards? To be eligible for the ‘Veteran’ designation Veterans must have received a discharge other than dishonorable from the U.S. Armed Forces. For a complete list of documents that may be used as proof of honorable service please visit the “Learn more…” link below.
Veterans can add or remove the ‘Veteran’ designation at any MDOT MVA branch office.
MDOT, MVA Branch Directory
Maryland Vehicle Registration Exemption and Tax Credit for Certain Service Members: Nonresident active duty Service members who are stationed in Maryland and are not establishing residency do not need to register their passenger vehicle in Maryland if the vehicle is currently registered in their state of residence.
Nonresident Active duty Service members who establish residency within one year of moving to Maryland are eligible for a tax credit for any titling tax paid to another state when titling and registering a vehicle in Maryland.
Maryland Titling and Registering Vehicle Information
Resident Service Member Stationed Outside of Maryland Inspection Waiver: Resident Service members who are stationed outside of Maryland receive a waiver of state inspection requirements when registering a used vehicle.
This waiver allows Service members to title and temporarily register a used vehicle in Maryland without having a Maryland vehicle safety inspection. Service members are required to have their vehicle inspected immediately after returning to Maryland. The inspection waiver is valid for two years and may be renewed if necessary (if still stationed out-of-state).
Maryland Temporary State Inspection Waiver
Maryland Military and Veterans Special Vehicle License Plates: The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) offers 114 distinctive license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and eligible Family members for use on passenger cars, multi-purpose vehicles, trucks and motorcycles (not including combat-related plates). A complete list of military and Veteran License Plates can be found on the Maryland MVA, Military Related License Plate webpage.
Who is eligible for Maryland Military and Veterans Special Vehicle License Plates? To be eligible for the Military and Veterans Special Vehicle License Plates applicants must submit the Maryland MVA, Application for Military Related License Plates and pay a $25 fee. Applicants must also submit proof of eligibility for the specific license plate, which may include a copy of military discharge papers (DD214), medal certificate, or written proof from the National Personnel Records Center. For assistance regarding required proof, please contact the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs at 800-230-4444 ext. 6450.
Applicants can apply for the plates by mail to the Glen Burnie, MVA Office.
MDOT MVA,Organizational Plates Unit
6601 Ritchie Highway N.E.
Glen Burnie, MD 21062
Maryland Medal of Honor License Plate:Medal of Honor recipients are eligible for the Maryland Medal Honor license plate. Applicants must submit official documentation as proof they were awarded the Medal of Honor, a completed application and $25 fee.
Maryland Purple Heart License Plate:Purple Heart recipients are eligible for the Maryland Purple Heart license plate. Applicants must submit official documentation as proof they were awarded the Purple Heart, a completed application and $25 fee.
Maryland Honorable Discharged Veteran License Plate: Honorably discharged Veterans are eligible for the Maryland Honorably Discharged Veteran license plate. Veterans must submit official documentation as proof they received an honorable discharge, a completed application and $25 fee.
Maryland Gold Star Family License Plate: Immediate Family members of a Service member who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for the Gold Star Family license plate. Immediate Family members include:
- Surviving Spouse
Applicants must submit a completed application, $25 fee and one of the following:
- Copy of DD3, Application for Gold Star Lapel Button approved by the Department of Defense
- Copy of DD1300, casualty report
- Overseas death certificate issued by the U.S. Armed Forces indicating the name and date of death
Maryland Disabled Veteran License Plates: Disabled Veterans who have 100% total disability rating from the VA are eligible for the Maryland Disabled Veterans license plate. Veterans who meet these eligibility requirements can choose any plate design, including the Disabled Veteran license plate and it will display the universal wheelchair symbol. Eligible disabled Veterans receive free registration for all license plate types. When applying Veterans must submit the following:
- Proof of 100% total disability from the VA
- Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), Application for Maryland Parking Placards/License Plates
Veterans can apply for the plates in person at a MVA full-service branch office or by mail to the Glen Burnie, MVA Office.
MVA, Disability Unit
Room 202, 6601 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, MD 21062
Maryland Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Skills Test Waiver for Veterans and Service Members: The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) offers a waiver of the CDL skills test requirements for eligible Veterans and Service members based on their military training and experience.
Who is eligible for the Maryland CDL Skills Test Waiver for Veterans and Service Members? Veterans must have been discharged within the last 12 months or a currently serving Service member and meet the following requirements:
- Good driving record
- Valid Maryland Class C (non-provisional) noncommercial driver's license, or higher
- Two-years of experience operating a military vehicle as part of their job requirements, that is similar to the commercial motor vehicle they intend to drive
- Service members must have their commanding officer certify number of years they operated the military vehicle and the type
- Pass required CDL vision and knowledge tests
- Provide the MVA with a valid U.S. Department of Transportation Physical Card and an exemption or wavier if required
- Complete self-certification requirements relating to their type of commerce
Honorably discharged Veterans can also have a Veteran designation added to their CDL. Active-duty Service members stationed outside of Maryland who hold a CDL, and any dependents who live with them who have a CDL, are required to provide the MVA with a copy of their current valid medical documentation as needed or their license will be downgraded.
For additional information, please visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Military Skills Test Waiver Program webpage .
Maryland MVA, Information for Service Members and Veterans Webpage
Maryland Military Service Members and Dependent Driver's Licenses Remain in Effect when Stationed Outside Maryland? Maryland driver's licenses remain valid for Service members and their dependents (who live with the Service member) while they are stationed outside Maryland.
Service members and their dependents must renew their license within 30 days after separation from the U.S. Armed Forces or they return to Maryland.
Maryland National Guard Service Members Covered Under Workers’ Compensation Laws for Injury, Illness, Disability or Death: Maryland National Guard Service members are eligible for compensation through Workers' Compensation Laws for injury, illness, disability or death that occurs while conducting authorized training or serving on state active duty.
Who is eligible for Workers’ Compensation for Maryland National Guard Service Members on State Duty? Maryland National Guard Service members on state active duty or while conducting authorized training are eligible for benefits and compensation under Maryland Workers’ Compensation Laws.
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
The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when a Service member is not activated 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)
Free Maryland Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Former Prisoners of War (POWs) and Disabled Veterans: Maryland resident Veterans who are former POWs or have a 100% service-connected disability are eligible for a free lifetime hunting or fishing license. The hunting license includes lifetime archery stamps, muzzleloader stamps, sika deer stamp and furbearer permit. It does not include the annual Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp, and Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp.
These licenses are only available at Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Licensing and Registration Service Centers. Veterans are required to provide official documentation proving their eligibility when they apply. For more information please call 866-344-8889.
Maryland DNR Licensing and Registration Service Center Locations
Maryland DNR Hunting License Application
Maryland DNR Fishing License Application
Discounted Maryland Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Resident Purple Heart Recipients: Maryland residents who are Purple Heart recipients are eligible to purchase Maryland hunting and fishing licenses for half price.
These licenses are only available at Maryland DNR Licensing and Registration Service Centers. Veterans are required to provide official documentation as proof they received the Purple Heart when they apply.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Licensing and Registration Service Center Locations
Maryland Hunting Licenses for Nonresident Active Duty Service Members for Resident Price: Nonresident active duty Service members serving in the U.S. Armed Forces who are stationed in Maryland are charged resident prices when purchasing hunting licenses.
Maryland Hunting and Fishing without a License for Service Members on Leave: Maryland residentService members and nonresident Service members who are stationed in Maryland and on leave are not required to purchase a Maryland fishing or hunting license (includes hunting license, deer stamps and Managed Hunt Permit) to hunt or fish in Maryland. Hunters must comply with Maryland hunter education requirements.
Maryland State Parks Service Member and Veteran Benefits: Service members serving in the Maryland National Guard and all active duty Service members receive a waiver of day-use charges at Maryland State Parks. Service members must show their military ID when entering the park to be eligible. This waiver is only offered to the Service member.
Day-Use Fee Waiver for Veterans – Resident and nonresident Veterans receive a waiver of day-use charges at Maryland State Parks. This waiver only applies to the Veteran and not to others in the same vehicle unless there is a per-vehicle charge, in which case, the per-vehicle fee is waived.
Maryland Veterans Service Specialist (VSS) Program: The Maryland VSS Program was established to improve coordination of services for the military connected community in Maryland who are state government employees. Maryland State Government Departments and Agencies have a VSS or liaison who can provide general information to those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces or who have Family members who served. Please visit the “Learn more…” link below for a list of Maryland government agency VSS representatives.
Maryland Veterans Trust Fund: The Maryland Veterans Trust Fund offers grants to Veterans and Surviving Spouses of Veterans when they are experiencing a non-emergency financial issue.
The Maryland Veterans Trust fund provides temporary financial assistance to those who will be self-reliant after receiving the grant. Financial assistance cannot be used to address chronic issues. Trust fund grants are mostly used for assistance with rent, mortgage and utilities.
For more information, please contact the Maryland Veterans Trust Fund Administrator by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-260-3836.
Death Benefit for Survivors or Estate of Maryland Resident Service Members Killed in Action: Maryland offers a death benefit of up to $125,000 to the beneficiaries of any resident Service member who is killed in action or as a direct result of a wound suffered in action in Iraq or Afghanistan. Maryland Statutes, Public Safety 1-202
Who is eligible for the Death Benefit for Survivors or Estate of Maryland Resident Service Members Killed in Action? The Surviving Spouse, Children, dependent parents, or estate of a resident Service member who is killed in action in Afghanistan (and its contiguous airspace), or Iraq (and its contiguous waters or airspace) are eligible.
The following information will be required for a claim to be paid:
- Copy of Death Certificate
- Report of Casualty (DD1300) stating the Service member was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan or Iraq
- If the Service member is not killed in action, but dies from injuries sustained while in combat, a statement from the Department of Defense that death was related to injuries sustained in qualified combat
- Name, address and social security number of all eligible beneficiaries
- Copy of marriage certificate (for Surviving Spouse)
- Copy of birth certificate(s) or court custody order (for surviving Child)
- Documentation to verify dependency (for surviving dependent parent)
- Verification of the Service member’s estate representative
- Valid U.S. picture ID
Applicants should contact the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Office of the Secretary at 410-339-3783, or by email at email@example.com for more information and how to start their claim.
Free Copies of Vital Records for Maryland Service Members, Veterans and their Survivors: No fee will be charged for copies of documents needed by Service members, Veterans or their Survivors when applying for federal benefits. Contact the local office of the clerk of the Circuit Court for marriage and divorce certificates, or the Maryland Division of Vital Records at 800-832-3277 or 410-764-3038 for birth and death certificates.
Maryland Division of Vital Records Information
Maryland Circuit Court Directory
Maryland National Guard Service Members Exempt from Tolls: MarylandNational Guard Service members are allowed free passage through toll gates on roads, bridges, and ferries while traveling to or returning from their place of duty.
Jury Duty Exemption for Maryland National Guard Service Members: Service members serving in the Maryland National Guard are exempt from state jury service that would unreasonably interfere with the performance of their military duties.
Maryland Charlotte Hall Veterans Home: The Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in St. Mary’s County offers an assisted living program, a skilled nursing program and memory care in secure units to provide a continuum of care for Veterans and their eligible Spouses.
The Charlotte Hall Veterans Home strives to deliver a safe, dignified and compassionate health care system that provides a nurturing and engaging home environment for Maryland Veterans.
Some of the Services offered at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home includes:
- Complete range of clinical medical services
- Physical, occupational and speech therapies
- Onsite pharmacy
- Hospice care
- Barber and beauty services
- Transportation to VA medical center
- Onsite Veteran Service Officer
- Mental health counselor
- Social worker/case manager
- Recreational activities
- Religious services
- Housekeeping services
- Meal services
Who is eligible for care at the Maryland Charlotte Hall Veterans Home? Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:
- Maryland resident, at least 62 years old or determined to be disabled by either the Social Security Administration or the VA
- Veterans who served on full-time active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces (other than for training) and were discharged or released under honorable conditions
- Service members who served in reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces and meet the legal residence requirements
- Spouses of eligible Veterans
Note:As of September 2023, the Veterans home is not accepting Applications. For more information, please call 301-884-8171 ext. 5111 or 5112.
Maryland State Veterans Cemeteries: The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) has five state cemeteries located throughout Maryland that offer Veterans and their eligible dependents a dignified final resting place.
The Maryland State Veterans Cemeteries locations:
Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery
Address: 11301 Crain Highway
Cheltenham, MD 20623
Crownsville Veterans Cemetery
Address: 1122 Sunrise Beach Road
Crownsville, MD 21032
Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery
Address: 6827 East New Market Ellwood Road
Hurlock, MD 21643
Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery
Address: 11501 Garrison Forest Road
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery
Address: 14205 Pleasant Valley Road Northeast
Flintstone, MD 21530
All Veterans receive a burial plot, a grave liner, headstone and burial services at no expense. All other expenses related to the preparation or transportation of the remains and funeral costs must be paid by the next of kin. A Veteran’s dependents will be buried in the same plot assigned to the Veteran and requires an $893 payment to cover the cost of the burial liner and interment.
Who is eligible for Burial in Maryland State Veterans Cemeteries? Eligibility requirements for the burial in Maryland State Cemeteries are the same as for VA National Cemeteries with exception of a Maryland residency requirement. 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 is eligible for military retired pay (or would have been eligible except their 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)
- Entered the U.S. Armed Forces from Maryland or was a Maryland resident for at least two years prior to their death.
All Veterans are encouraged to complete the MDVA, Veterans Cemetery Pre-Application for Interment to establish eligibility prior to need.
MDVA, Cemetery Program
1122 Sunrise Beach Road
Crownsville, MD 21032
Maryland Military Funeral Honors: The Maryland National Guard Honor Guard provides Military Funeral Honors to Veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and received a discharge other than dishonorable.
For more information regarding Military Funeral Honors contact the Maryland National Guard Honor Guard at 667-296-3440.
Maryland National Guard Honor Guard Webpage
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Reduced Fare Program for Veterans with Disabilities (Metro Disability ID/SmarTrip Card): Metrobus, Metrorail and participating transit agencies offer discounted fares for disabled Veterans. Eligible Veterans receive the following discounts:
- 50% off peak fare on Metrorail
- $1 fare on regular Metrobus routes using cash or SmarTrip
- $2.10 on Express Metrobus routes
- $3.75 on Airport Express Metrobus routes
- Receive a discounted fare on the following participating bus service providers:
- Alexandria Transit Company - DASH
- Arlington Transit - ART
- CUE Bus System (Fairfax)
- Fairfax Connector
- OmniRide/ PRTC
- Ride On - Montgomery County
- TheBus - Prince George's County
- MTA Bus - Montgomery County
Who is eligible for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Reduced Fare Program for Veterans with Disabilities (Metro Disability ID/SmarTrip Card)? Disabled Veterans who have a 60% or greater disability rating by the VA are eligible for reduced fares. Applicants must complete part A of the application but do not need to complete Part B or C. The applicant must apply in person at one of the following locations:
Metro Transit Accessibility Center
655 Virginia Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20024
TRIPS Commuter Store
8404 Colesville Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Veterans must have valid photo ID and an original letter of disability notification issued by the VA. Disabled Veterans rated at 100% can show their valid DD2765 Department of Defense Uniformed Services ID card in lieu of an award letter.
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Reduced Fare Program for People with Disabilities ID Card Application
Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans, Regional Resource Coordinators: Maryland Regional Resource Coordinators are devoted to helping Maryland resident Service members, Veterans and their Families, by providing access to mental health and substance use services.
Their trained team helps connect Service members, Veterans and their Families with treatment providers and support services through VA Health Services, Maryland Department of Health and other community health providers.
Regional Resource Coordinators also provide:
- Referral services
- Peer support
- Crisis funding
- Suicide prevention
- Training and education
- Weekly or bi-weekly check-ins (buddy check)
For more information, please call 877-770-4801, 24 hour a day, 7 days a week.
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.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Maryland: The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains four national cemeteries in Maryland. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.
Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs
16 Francis Street, 4th Floor
Annapolis, MD 21401
Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, Online Contact Page
Military Installations and Veterans Affairs Facilities in Maryland
Please see the Maryland Military Resource Locator for additional information
U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)
99th Readiness Division