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Summary of Mississippi Military and Veterans Benefits: The State of Mississippi offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Tax Exemptions on Military Pay and Retired Military Pay, Property Tax Exemptions, State Employment Assistance and Preferences, Education and Tuition Assistance, 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.

State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

What my Mississippi Military and Veteran State Tax Benefits?

Combat Pay is Tax Exempt: Income paid to a member of the Armed Forces as additional compensation for hazardous duty pay in a combat zone (designated by the President) is exempt from Mississippi Income Tax.

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Tax Exemption for National Guard and Reserve Service Members: The first $15,000 of salary received by those serving in the National Guard or reserve forces is excluded from income. Compensation which qualifies for exclusion includes payment received for inactive duty training (monthly or special drills or meetings,) active duty training (summer camps, special schools, cruises,) and for state active duty (emergency duty.)
Eligibility:
Mississippi National Guard and Reserve Service members.

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Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (MSRRA): This Act allows Spouses of military personnel who move to Mississippi due to the Service member's duty assignment to keep their former residency for tax purposes. This does not apply if the Spouse is already a resident of Mississippi. Eligible Spouses should claim an exemption from Mississippi income tax withholding on a revised Mississippi Employee's Withholding Exemption Certificate Form 89-350 to be filed with their employers. NOTE: This exemption only applies to the Spouse of the Service member. The Service member is still subject to Mississippi income tax on non-military income.
Who is eligible for the Mississippi Military Spouse residency Relief Act?
The following requirements must be met by the Spouse:

  • Currently resides in Mississippi;

  • Resides in Mississippi solely to live with the Service member Spouse;

  • The Service member Spouse is in the state of Mississippi in compliance with military orders; and

  • The state of domicile claimed by the Service member and Spouse must be the same.

Learn more about the Mississippi Military Spouses Residency Relief Act

Retired Pay: Retirement income, pensions and annuities are exempt from Mississippi Income Tax if the recipient has met the retirement plan requirements.
Mississippi Individual Income Tax Checklist

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Retired Military Pay: Military Retired pay is exempt from Mississippi Income Tax.
Mississippi Individual Income Tax Checklist

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Military Disability Retired Pay: Military Disability Retired pay is exempt from Mississippi Income Tax.
Mississippi Individual Income Tax Checklist

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Homestead Ad Valorem Tax Exemption for Veteran With 100% Disability: Any Veteran having a service-connected total disability and who has been honorably discharged from military service shall be exempt from all ad valorem taxes on the assessed value of homestead property and to extend such exemption to un-remarried living Spouses of such Veterans. (Miss. Code Ann., §27-33-67)
Who is eligible for the Mississippi Homestead Ad Valorem Tax Exemption?
To qualify for the exemption because of disability, the homeowner must present proper proof of any of the following:

  • Service-connected, total disability as an American Veteran who has been honorably discharged from military service.

  • Classification as totally disabled under the Federal Social Security Act, the Railroad Retirement Act, or any other Federal act approved by the State Tax Commission.

Learn more about the Mississippi Ad Valorem Homestead Tax Exemption for Veterans With 100% Disability

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Mississippi does not tax benefits received from U.S. Social Security, Railroad Retirement Public Welfare assistance, Veterans' Administration payments or workers' compensation. Any portion of such income, which may be taxed under federal law, is not subject to Mississippi's income tax.

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Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Annuity Taxes: Retirement income, pensions and annuities are not subject to Mississippi Income tax if recipient has met the retirement plan requirements. Early distributions are not considered retirement income and may be subject to tax.

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What are my Mississippi Military and Veteran Education Benefits?

The Mississippi State Educational Assistance Program (SEAP): The Mississippi State Educational Assistance Program (SEAP) pays toward tuition to state and regionally accredited institutions for Service members who are not authorized Federal Tuition Assistance. The amount per semester is determined by the SEAP Board before each state fiscal year based upon funds allotted by the state legislature. SEAP is currently limited to Service members in the Mississippi State National Guard who are not eligible for Federal Tuition Assistance. SEAP currently funds up to $4,500.00 per year (1Jul - 30Jun) at $250.00 per hour based on the availability of funding.
Who is eligible for Mississippi SEAP?

  • Member of the Mississippi National Guard in good standing and enlisted through the end of each semester.

  • Completed Basic Training.

  • Registered voter in the State of Mississippi.

  • Enrolled in a state or regionally accredited college or university within the state of Mississippi.

  • Maintain a 2.0 semester GPA.

  • Be used solely for an undergraduate degree.

  • Not currently receiving Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA).

  • 10 Year window from the first time payment is made until expiration of SEAP eligibility.

MS Code § 33-7-405 , MS Code § 33-7-407

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In-State Tuition for Service Members Stationed in Mississippi: Members of the United States Armed Forces on extended active duty and stationed within the State of Mississippi and members of the Mississippi National Guard may be classified as residents, for the purpose of attendance at state-supported institutions of higher learning and community and/or junior colleges of the State of Mississippi. Resident status of such military personnel who are not legal residents of Mississippi, as defined in Section 37-103-13, shall terminate upon their reassignment for duty in the continental United States outside the State of Mississippi.

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In-State Tuition for Non-Resident Veterans: Non-resident student Veterans are eligible for in-state tuition while attending Mississippi institutes of higher education.
Who is eligible for Mississippi Veteran In-state Tuition? Any person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable is considered a Veteran for in-state tuition. Veteran students must present proof of service (i.e., DD214) showing military service and a discharge under other than dishonorable conditions.

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In-State Tuition for Spouse and Children of Service Members: Resident status of a Spouse or Child of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States on extended active duty shall be that of the military Spouse or parent for the purpose of attending state-supported institutions of higher learning and community/junior colleges of the State of Mississippi during the time that the military Spouse or parent is stationed within the State of Mississippi and shall be continued through the time that the military Spouse or parent is stationed in an overseas area with last duty assignment within the State of Mississippi, excepting temporary training assignments en route from Mississippi.

Resident status of a minor Child terminates upon reassignment under Permanent Change of Station Orders of the military parent for duty in the continental United States outside the State of Mississippi, excepting temporary training assignments en route from Mississippi, and except that Children of members of the Armed Forces who attain Mississippi residency in accordance with the above provisions, who begin and complete their senior year of high school in Mississippi, and who enroll full time in a Mississippi institution of higher learning or community/junior college to begin studies in the fall after their graduation from high school, maintain their residency status so long as they remain enrolled as a student in good standing at a Mississippi institution of higher learning or community/junior college. Enrollment during summer school is not required to maintain such resident status.

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Scholarships for Children of Service Members Missing in Action or Prisoners of War: Dependent Children of MIA and POWs can receive an eight-semester scholarship, without cost, exclusive of books, food, school supplies, materials and dues or fees for extracurricular activities at any state supported college or university within the State.
Who is eligible for Mississippi Scholarships for Children of Service Members declared Missing in Action or Prisoners of War?
A Child or Children of any member of the armed services who is officially reported as being either a prisoner of war or missing in action in Southeast Asia whose Spouse was a resident of this state for a period not less than ten (10) years during her minority and is a resident or physically resides within this state and does continually reside within this state at the time of enrollment and during the enrollment, and is a resident or physically resides within this state as of April 9, 1973.

This benefit shall also apply to the Child or Children of any person who was a resident of this state at the time he was inducted into the Armed Forces of the United States of America and who is either a former prisoner of war or officially reported as being a prisoner of war or missing in action in Southeast Asia and who, or his Spouse if she was a resident of this state for a period of not less than 10 years during her minority, is a resident of this state and at the time of enrollment and during the enrollment of his Child or Children at any state-supported college or university in this state resided or resides in this state.

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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:
Dr. Michael Reed, Mississippi Commissioner
Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, William Carey University
1614 Lake Eddins #1638, Pachuta, MS 39347
256-612-0290, wmikereed@yahoo.com

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What are my Mississippi Military and Veteran Employment Benefits?

Authorized Leave for Military Duty for Mississippi State Employees: State employees receive 15 working days paid military leave per year without loss of pay, time, annual leave, or efficiency rating, on all days during which they shall be ordered to duty to participate in training at encampments, field exercises, maneuvers, outdoor target practice, or for other exercises, for periods not to exceed fifteen (15) days, and all such officers and employees shall for such periods in excess of fifteen (15) days, be entitled to leave of absence.
Which Mississippi State Employees are Authorized Leave for Military Duty? Any Service member of the reserve components of the Armed Forces of the United States discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable are eligible.

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Mississippi State Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences: The Mississippi State Personnel Board grants each Veteran who is fully qualified 5 preference points over other applicants for initial or promotional appointments, disabled Veterans are given an additional 10 preference points.

In state layoffs, Veterans are granted 4 retention points; disabled Veterans are granted 8 retention points over non-Veteran employees.
Who is eligible for Mississippi State Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences? "Veteran" means a person who served in the active Armed Forces of the United States for a period of ninety (90) days during a period of war or armed conflict and was granted an honorable discharge there from; or was discharged there from for a service-connected injury in less than ninety (90) days.

"Disabled Veteran" means a Veteran who the Veterans Administration has certified to have a service-connected disability within the last ninety (90) days.

Mississippi State Personnel Board Policy and Procedures Manual
Mississippi State Employment Application

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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 Spouses) 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.

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Credit for Military Service in Mississippi Public Employee Retirement Service (PERS): Qualifying active duty military service credit is available at no cost and for purchase. Military service performed after terminating from covered public service or while drawing a retirement allowance is not eligible for credit.

Military Service Credit at No Cost :
Military service credit at no cost requires that you must:

  • Have served on active duty in:

    • The U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard;

    • Maritime service during periods of hostility in World War II; or

    • The Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service prior to 1972. This credit is available only to members who retire on or after July 1, 2002.

  • Have entered or reentered state service after discharge from qualifying service and be vested in PERS;

  • Not have received a dishonorable discharge;

  • Not have credit for this service in any other retirement system administered by PERS and not have overlapping service for the same period of time; and

  • Provide necessary documentation prior to retirement

If eligible, you may receive, at no cost, up to four years of service credit, or more if you were retained in the Armed Forces or maritime service during World War II by causes beyond your control and without opportunity for discharge. You must submit a copy of your DD-214 discharge form or comparable documentation to qualify for this additional credit.

You also may be eligible for service credit as a National Guard or Reserve member if your unit was federally activated into the U.S. Armed Forces and you provide PERS with a copy of your DD-214. Neither the Guard NGB Form nor the U.S. Army Reserve Personnel Center Chronological Statement of Retirement Points will be accepted to establish eligibility for active duty military service.

Military Service Credit for Purchase : Under certain circumstances, you may be awarded credit for military service that interrupts public service, provided the appropriate member and employer contributions are paid.

NOTE: To purchase service under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), you must have worked for a covered employer, left employment for a military leave of absence, and returned to work with the same employer within 90 days of discharge or release, except as otherwise provided under USERRA.

Note: Information is found on pg. 18 of the Public Employees Retirement System of Mississippi Member Handbook .

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Mississippi Re-employment Rights for Military Service Members: Any person who is a member of any reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States, or former member of the service of the United States discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable, who, in order to perform duties or receive training with the Armed Forces of the United States or of the State of Mississippi (including active state duty, state training duty or any other military duty authorized under Title 10 or Title 32 of the United States Code), leaves a position, other than a temporary position, in the employ of any employer, and who shall give evidence of the satisfactory completion of such duty or training, and who is still qualified to perform the duties of such position, shall be entitled to be restored to his previous or a similar position, in the same status, pay and seniority, and such period of absence for military duty or training shall be construed as an absence with leave but may be without pay.

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Extension for Military Personnel Professional Licenses: A professional license issued pursuant to any provision of Title 73 of the Mississippi Code to any member of the Mississippi National Guard or the United States Armed Forces Reserves shall not expire while the member is serving on federal active duty and shall be extended for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days after his return from federal active duty. The Service member shall only be responsible for normal fees and activities relating to renewal of the license and shall not be charged any additional costs such as, but not limited to, late fees or delinquency fees. The Service member shall present to the authority issuing the professional license a copy of his official military orders or a written verification from the member's commanding officer before the end of the ninety-day period in order to qualify for the extension.
Who is eligible for an Extension for Military Personnel Professional Licenses?
Any member of the Mississippi National Guard or the United States Armed Forces Reserves that was serving and then released from federal active duty is eligible for an extension of their professional license.

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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 and State Offices Locator

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What are my Mississippi Military and Veteran Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a program designed to provide income to those unemployed due to no fault of their own. The amount of your unemployment insurance is determined by the amount of wages in your base period. The base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the effective date of your claim.

You should be prepared to provide the following information :

  • A state issued driver’s license or identification card;

  • Your social security number;

  • The name and address of each employer you worked with during the past 18 months, the begin and end dates worked with each and the reason for separation from each employer;

  • Check stubs showing year-to-date earnings from each employer you worked with in the past 18 months;

  • If you were separated from military employment in the past 18 months, a DD-214 Member 4 form;

  • If you were separated from federal employment in the past 18 months, an SF50 Notice of Personnel Action form or SF8 form; and

  • An alien registration number or Visa number if you are not a U.S. Citizen.

You will need to register for employment services at the nearest Mississippi WIN Job Center if you have not done so already or you can start a claim online at the Mississippi Department of Employment Security Online Services page . You may also file your unemployment claim by telephone or if you have questions about your existing claim call 601-855-3133 or 1-888-844-3577.
Who is eligible for Mississippi Unemployment Insurance? To be eligible for UI benefits, one must:

  • Must be unemployed through no fault of your own.

  • File a weekly claim as required - Claims filed late may be denied.

  • Be able to work - You must be mentally and physically able to work your normal work week.

  • Be available for work - You must be ready to go to work. You must be willing to accept full-time work. You must have transportation and have made necessary Child-care arrangements. You cannot have barriers or conditions, which prevent you from accepting work immediately.

  • Be actively seeking work - To meet availability requirements you must make a "good faith" effort to find work. An active work search effort is required.

The Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service members (UCX) program provides benefits for eligible ex-military personnel. If you had military employment within the last 18 months, the wages you earned during that period may be used to establish a claim for unemployment benefits. You will be asked to provide the Member 4 copy of your DD214.

For assistance when filing a claim or UI questions go to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security Contact page for phone numbers and email addresses.

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What are my Mississippi Military and Veteran Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Benefits?

Veterans Designation on Mississippi Driver’s Licenses and Identification Cards: The Mississippi Department of Public Safety (MS DPS) is authorized to provide the new, renewal or duplicate license, temporary driving permit, intermediate license or commercial driver's license to any honorably discharged Veteran, and such license or permit shall exhibit the letters "VET" or any other mark identifying the person as a Veteran.
Who is eligible for Veterans Designation on Mississippi Driver’s Licenses and Identification Cards? Veterans must present a certified (stamped and sealed) copy of discharge document from the Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board to obtain "VET" designation.

At least two (2) weeks before applying to the MS DPS for Veteran ("VET") designation on his/her Mississippi driver's license or identification card, the Veteran shall provide to the Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board:

  • A copy of their discharge document (DD-214 or equivalent documentation); AND

  • A written request for verification of Veteran status.

The written request for verification/certification of Veteran status should include the following information:

  • Veteran's full name;

  • Veteran's current mailing address;

  • Veteran's phone number; and

  • Veteran's signature.

Veterans may submit their discharge document and request for verification/certification by:

Mail: MS Veterans Affairs Board
(Vet Driver’s License)
3466 Highway 80 East
P.O. Box 5947
Pearl, MS 39288-5947

or

Fax: MS Veterans Affairs Board
(Vet Driver’s License)
Fax #: 601-576-4868

Applicants must meet the definition of "Veteran" as outlined in Title 38 of the United States Code and be verified/ certified by authorized Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board staff.

Once Veteran status is verified/ certified, the Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board staff will place an approved stamp (as coordinated with MS DPS) and seal on the copy of the Veteran's discharge document and return the copy to the Veteran.

For assistance, Veterans may contact the Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board at 601-576-4850 or toll free at 877-203-5632, or contact their local County Veterans Service Officer.

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Special Vehicle License Plates: The Mississippi Department of Revenue offers 30 military/ Veteran distinctive specialty license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of Veterans, retirees, active Service members and Family members. A short description of some of these plates can be found below.

In order to obtain a special license plate in Mississippi you must go in person to your Mississippi Department of Revenue County Tax Collector office . When you apply for any of the special license plates you must have official documentation to prove your eligibility for your desired license plate. You must pick up all forms at the tax collector's office. Contact your local tax collector for specific requirements.
Mississippi Department of Revenue Special Vehicle License Plate Fees

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Veteran Motor Vehicles: In recognition of the patriotic service rendered by Mississippians who are honorably discharged Veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces, any such person is privileged to obtain distinctive motor vehicle license plates or tags for each motor vehicle registered in his or her name identifying his or her status as a Veteran. In addition, decals indicating branch and period of military service are to be affixed to the license tags. An additional annual tag fee of thirty dollars ($30.00) shall be collected for such license plates for the benefit of indigent Veterans who are residents of the State Veterans Nursing Homes. Miss. Code Ann. § 27-19-56.12

Veteran Motorcycles: In recognition of the patriotic service rendered by Mississippians who are Veterans of the United States Armed Forces, any such person is privileged to obtain distinctive motorcycle license plates or tags for each motorcycle registered in his or her name identifying his or her status as a Veteran. In addition, decals indicating branch and period of military service are to be affixed to the license tags. An additional annual tag fee of thirty dollars ($30.00) shall be collected for such license plates for the benefit of indigent Veterans who are residents of the State Veterans Nursing Homes. Miss. Code Ann. § 27-19-56.125

Gold Star Family: Any legal resident of the State of Mississippi and a Family member of a Service member who has been killed in action or died in a combat zone while serving in the Armed Forces, and was a resident of Mississippi at the time of death, may purchase a Gold Star license tag, no additional charge for Spouses and Mothers to obtain plate, an additional thirty-one dollars ($ 31.00), $24.00 of which shall benefit indigent Veterans residing in the State Veterans Nursing Homes. Miss. Code Ann.§ 27-19-56.162

Disabled American Veteran: Any legal Veteran resident of the State of Mississippi with a service-connected disability (100%) from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and evaluated as permanent and total by the VA; or a rating of total (100%) based on individual un-employability and evaluated as permanent and total by the VA; and the unmarried surviving Spouse of such person, is privileged to purchase annually one motor vehicle license plate or tag for a private passenger motor vehicle or pickup truck in his or her county of residence for the sum of one dollar ($1.00) in total cost. Miss. Code Ann, §27-19-53

Purple Heart: Any resident of the State of Mississippi who can provide written proof that while serving in the Armed Forces of the United State he or she was awarded the Purple Heart Medal is privileged to obtain one distinctive license plate or tag for use on a private passenger vehicle (to include station wagons, recreational motor vehicles and pickup trucks) registered in the county of his or her legal residence for a one-time fee of fifteen dollars ($15.00). The unmarried surviving Spouse of a deceased person who was issued a Purple Heart Medal license plate or tag may apply for or retain one (1) such license plate or tag which shall be exempt from taxes and fees. Miss. Code Ann. § 27-19-56.5

Medal of Honor: Any legal resident of the State of Mississippi who is a recipient of the Medal of Honor and the unmarried surviving Spouse of such person is privileged to obtain annually, one (1) motor vehicle license plate or tag for a private passenger motor vehicle or pickup truck in the county of his residence. The Medal of Honor license plate or tag is exempt from all motor vehicle registration fees and privilege taxes. Miss. Code Ann. § 27-19-54

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Resident Service Member Driver’s License Renewal when Stationed out of State: Any person in the Armed Forces of the United States, holding a Mississippi driver’s license and being out of state due to military service at the time said license expires may renew said license by mail with the following documents:

  • A photocopy of Mississippi driver’s license or social security card.

  • First page of military orders placing you at your current duty station.

  • Letter from your commanding officer stating name, driver’s license number and deployment status.

  • Certified check made out to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety for $24.00 for regular renewal, $25.00 if expired or $11.00 for replacement of lost license.

  • Self-addressed stamped envelope.

Send to:
Military Renewals
Rose McKinnon
P.O. Box 958
Jackson, MS 39205

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What are my Mississippi Military and Veteran Health and Insurance Benefits?

National Guard Association of Mississippi State Sponsored Life Insurance and $1000 Death Benefit: All Mississippi active National Guard Service members are covered by the National Guard Association of Mississippi with a no cost $1,000 Death Benefit for Active Guard Members 24/7 whether drilling or not. There’s no enrollment necessary – you are automatically eligible for this benefit should something happen to you. This benefit is paid to the Service member’s named beneficiary, Spouse, or next of kin.

The National Guard Association of Mississippi also offers State Sponsored Life Insurance in two levels of coverage, Basic Coverage and Enhanced Coverage.

Basic Coverage: The Basic program provides financial protection in the event of death in purchased amounts from $10,000 to $45,000. Spouse coverage ranges from $10,000 to $50,000 and dependent coverage is available from $2,500 to $15,000.

If you have been insured for 12 consecutive months, you can retain your basic coverage until age 60. At retirement, if you have 20 years of service and have been insured for 12 consecutive months, coverage continues in force until age 60 at the same premium. Between the ages of 60 – 70 the death benefit is reduced to $10,000, Spouse benefit to $10,000, and dependent Children to $2,500. At age 70, the death benefit reduces to $5,000, Spouse benefit to $5,000, and dependent Children coverage remains at $2,500.

A Surviving Spouse, age 59 or less, of an insured Service member who dies before age 60 can retain the coverage he/she carried as a dependent of the deceased Guard member and may include related coverage on the already insured dependent Children at a slightly higher cost.

Enhanced Coverage: When you have the maximum coverage in the Basic program, you can purchase additional coverage. The Enhanced program provides affordable term life insurance in amounts from $50,000 to $400,000. Service member contributions increase at age 50, and age 60. All enhanced coverage terminates after age 70 on the coverage anniversary date.
Who is eligible for Mississippi National Guard Association Life Insurance? Any Mississippi National Guard Service member and their dependents are eligible for coverage.

These plans offer an emergency death benefit payment of up to $15,000 within one business day of notification to help your loved ones with immediate costs.

Both the Basic and Enhanced coverage offer a Family survivor college scholarship. Surviving Spouses and Children are eligible for $10,000 per year, per Family, up to a total maximum benefit of $40,000 toward a college degree when the Service member dies in a combat zone as a result of combat action or acts of foreign or domestic terrorism. There are no combat or terrorism exclusions and no geographical area exclusions.

There are no occupation restrictions, so regardless of what you do after the military, you’re covered. Regardless of any health issues that may develop in the future, you’re still covered. Upon retirement or separation, policy contributions will be paid directly to AFBA rather than through allotment.

Apply here online or print National Guard Association of Mississippi State Sponsored Life Insurance application and mail or scan to the following:

Mailing Address: National Guard Association of Mississippi
Attn: Mrs. Tammy Graves
PO Box 627
Jackson, MS 39205-0627
Email Address: tgraves@ngams.org

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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 Veterans Affairs Life Insurance

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.

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Workers’ Compensation and Medical Benefits for Mississippi National Guard Service Members on State Active Duty : All state employees, contract workers and National Guard Service members on State Active duty and National Guard Association of Mississippi are covered by the Mississippi State Agencies Self-Insured Workers’ Compensation Trust. Compensation under the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Act relates to disability or death of an employee from injury or occupational disease arising out of and in the course of employment.
Eligibility:
Mississippi National Guard Service members on state active duty.

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What are my Mississippi Parks and Recreation Benefits ?

100% Disabled Veterans not required to Possess Hunting or Fishing Licenses: Veterans who have a total service-connected disability from the Veterans Administration are not required to purchase hunting or fishing licenses. (MS. Code 49-7-5 and 49-7-9).
Eligibility: Veterans must have on their person proof of age, residency and 100% service-connected disability rating while engaged in hunting or fishing activities. Application for Resident Exempt Hunting and Fishing Licenses

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Non-Resident Military may purchase Resident Hunting and Fishing Licenses: If a Service member is domiciled in another state, you may purchase a resident hunting license if you provide a current military ID card showing that you are an active member of the Armed Forces (excluding Reserves and the National Guard) and proof that you are stationed on a military base in Mississippi.

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Non-Resident Armed Forces 14-Day Hunting/Fishing Licenses: Applicants must provide a current military identification card showing that the applicant is an active member of the United States Armed Forces (excluding Reserves and the National Guard). Each applicant may only purchase two (2), Non-Resident Armed Forces 14-Day Hunting/Fishing License during a license year for $34.29 each. Please refer to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Non-Resident Armed Forces 14 Day Hunting/ Fishing License Application for specific information.

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Mississippi Resident Service Members Exempt from Purchasing a Hunting or Fishing License when on Leave: Any resident who is a member of the Armed Forces, including the Reserves and National Guard, and on active duty outside the State of Mississippi is not required to purchase or have in his possession hunting or fishing licenses while engaged in such activities on leave from active duty. Such resident shall have in his possession and on his person an official military leave form as proof.

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What are my Mississippi Miscellaneous Military and Veterans Benefits?

Document Archival and Retrieval: The Mississippi Department of Health, State Bureau of Vital Statistics, Chancery, and Circuit Clerks are to furnish, at no expense, and immediately upon application, copies of the following (Miss. Code Ann. §35-3-9, 41-57-25, 35-3-11):

  • Birth and death certificates; when they are needed to establish claims for dependency, disability, or survivors benefits for any Veterans or claimants who are legal state residents. Birth certificates are to be issued for any person volunteering for service in one of the Armed Forces of the United States.

  • Marriage licenses, divorce decrees, adoption decrees and any and all other records when the same are needed to establish dependency, disability, or survivors benefits for any Veterans or claimants who are legal state residents.

Learn more about Document Archival and Retrieval for Mississippi Veterans

Exemption from Jury Duty: Any member of the Mississippi National Guard on active duty shall be exempt from jury duty upon presenting a current written statement from his superior officer that such jury service will be likely to interfere with his military duties.
Eligibility:
Mississippi National Guard Service member on active duty.

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Exemption from Arrest for National Guard Service Members: No person belonging to the military forces of this state shall be arrested by any civil authority under any civil or criminal process while going to, remaining at or returning from any place at which he may be required to attend military duty except for treason or felony. Service of any such prohibited process shall be void.

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Professional License Reciprocity for Military and Military Spouses: Military Service members and Spouses who are moving or have moved to Mississippi due to an active duty transfer may more quickly obtain licenses for many professions such as teaching, accounting, cosmetology, engineering and real estate brokerage. Licenses for physicians, nurses, dentists, dieticians, and other medical jobs are also included. The bill also provides that individuals with military training (subject to licensing authority guidelines) count their experience toward licensing requirements. State licensing boards can grant either permanent or temporary licenses, and people with temporary licenses can start working while in the application process for a permanent one.
Who is eligible for Professional License Reciprocity
for Military and Military Spouses? Individuals must contact their respective licensing boards for information and eligibility.

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The Mississippi Veterans Home Purchase Board: Provides low interest mortgage loans in amounts up to $300,000 for eligible Veterans, active duty military personnel, or current members of the Mississippi National Guard or reserves with over six years of service and unmarried surviving Spouses to purchase an existing single Family home or to construct a new home.

Property must be a single Family residence to qualify. Townhomes with fee simple title to the lot may qualify. Permanent financing of a construction loan to construct a single Family residence is also available, subject to Veterans Affairs guidelines. Farms, raw land, mobile homes and condominiums do not qualify. Property must be located in the state of Mississippi. Miss. Code Ann. § 35-7
Who is eligible for the Mississippi Veterans Home Purchase Board Loan?

  • A Veteran must have been a Mississippi resident immediately prior to entering Military Service or have resided in Mississippi for two (2) consecutive years immediately preceding the loan application.

  • The Veteran must obtain a Certificate of Eligibility from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • The Veteran must have been discharged from active duty service under conditions other than dishonorable.

  • Reserve and National Guard personnel who have 6 years of service or more are eligible to apply for a loan.

  • Active duty military personnel are eligible to apply for a loan, two-year residence required.

  • Reserve & National Guard Personnel who have been activated for extended active duty service under Title 10 US Code are eligible to apply.

  • An unmarried surviving Spouse of the above described eligible Veterans who died as a result of service or service-connected injuries may qualify for this program.

Learn more about the Mississippi Veterans Home Purchase Board

Mississippi State Veterans Homes: Mississippi has four State Veterans Homes containing150 beds per home. Each Veterans Home employs skilled and dedicated professionals to provide care for eligible Veterans and Spouses. Mississippi State Veterans Homes are the Brigadier General Martha Jo Leslie Mississippi State Veterans’ Home in Kosciusko, the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford , the General Hilton R “Jack” Vance Mississippi State Veterans’ Home in Jackson and the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Collins . Please contact the specific Veterans Home you are interested in for an application packet. Mississippi State Veterans Home Contact page . Miss. Code Ann. § 35-1-19 – 35-1-33
Who is eligible for admission to a Mississippi State Veterans Home? Veterans or Spouses of Veterans requesting admission must meet the following requirements:

  • Active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions (applicant must supply Form DD 214 or equivalent report of Separation from Service); or a Spouse of a Veteran who is currently a resident of a Mississippi State Veterans Home or deceased.

  • Be or have been a Mississippi resident; however, if no Mississippi resident is waiting for admission, a non-resident may be admitted to the home.

  • Have had a medical examination by a personal, or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs physician within 30 days of admission and, as a result, demonstrate that he/she:

    • Does not have a communicable disease;

    • Does not require medical or hospital care for which the Home is not equipped or staffed to provide;

    • Does not have traits which may prove dangerous to the physical well-being of other residents, employees or the Veteran.

Indigent Veterans can request assistance with the expense of care in these facilities.

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Mississippi State Veterans Home Daily Charge Exemption: There shall be no State Veterans Nursing Home resident daily charge for those residents in need of nursing home care for a Veterans Affairs adjudicated service-connected disability; or who have a singular or combined service-connected rating of seventy percent (70%) or more based on one or more service connected disabilities or rating a total one hundred percent (100%) based on individual un-employability and are in need of nursing home care.

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Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemeteries: The Mississippi State Veterans Affairs Board operates the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Newton and the North Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Kilmichael . Miss. Code Ann. § 35-1-41 – 35-1-43
Who is eligible for Burial in a Mississippi State Veterans cemetery? Burial in the Mississippi Veterans Cemeteries is open to all members of the Armed Forces and Veterans who have met the minimum service duty requirements and have been discharged under honorable conditions.

Their Spouse, Surviving Spouses, minor Children and under certain conditions, unmarried adult Children are also eligible for burial. Burial for Veterans is at no cost unless the burial involves re-internment from another cemetery and the Veterans Affairs burial allowance has previously been paid. The eligible Spouse and dependent Children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran. Members of reserve components of the Armed Forces who die while on active duty, while performing training duty, or who have 20 years of service in reserve components of the Armed Forces credible to retire pay, may also be eligible for burial.

The following services are provided for eligible Veterans, Spouse and dependents (if eligible):

  • Opening and closing of the gravesite

  • Furnished grave or columbarium space

  • Grave Liner

  • User of Committal Shelter for services

  • Supply and installation of suitable headstones or markers

  • Perpetual care for the entire facility

Learn more about the Mississippi State Veterans Cemeteries

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Mississippi

Veterans Health Administration
VA Medical Centers
Biloxi: Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System , 400 Veterans Ave, 228-523-5000 / 800-296-8872
Jackson: G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center , 1500 E Woodrow Wilson Dr, 601-362-4471

Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Columbus: Columbus CBOC , 824 Alabama St, 662-244-0391 / Fax: 662-244-0395
Greenville: Greenville CBOC , 1502 S Colorado St, 662-332-9872 / Fax: 662-379-8083
Hattiesburg: Hattiesburg CBOC , 5003 Hardy Street, Tower B, Suite 402, 601-296-3530 / Fax: 601-296-3535
Holly Springs: Holly Springs CBOC , 1700 Crescent Meadow Dr, 662-252-2552
Kosciusko: Kosciusko CBOC , 405 West Adams St, 662-289-2880 / Fax: 662-289-2824
McComb: McComb CBOC , 1308 Harrison Ave, 601-250-0965 / Fax: 601-250-5761
Meridian: Meridian CBOC , 2103 13th St, 601-482-3275 / Fax: 601-482-2852
Natchez: Natchez CBOC , 105 Northgate Dr, Suite 2, 601-442-7141 / Fax: 601-442-7343
Tupelo: Tupelo VA Clinic , 1114 Commonwealth Blvd, 662-840-6366

Vet Centers - 877-927-8387
Biloxi: Biloxi Vet Center , 288 Veterans Ave, 228-388-9938 / Fax: 228-388-9253
Jackson: Jackson Vet Center , 1755 Lelia Dr, Suite 104, 601-985-2560 / Fax: 601-366-2479

VISN
Ridgeland: VISN 16: South Central VA Health Care Network , 715 S Pear Orchard Rd, Plaza 1, 601-206-6900

Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Office
Jackson: Jackson Regional Benefit Office , 1600 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave, 1-800-827-1000

Intake Site (Pre-Discharge Claims Assistance)
Biloxi: Keesler Air Force Base , VA Medical Center, 400 Veterans Ave, Bldg 2, Rm 1040

National Cemetery Administration
National Cemetery
Biloxi: Biloxi National Cemetery , 400 Veterans Ave, Bldg 1001, 228-388-6668 / Fax: 228-594-1021
Corinth: Corinth National Cemetery , 1551 Horton St, 901-386-8311 / Fax: 901-382-0750
Natchez: Natchez National Cemetery , 41 Cemetery Rd, 601-445-4981 / Fax: 601-445-8815

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Military Installations in Mississippi

Please see the Mississippi Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty

Army
Camp Shelby

Navy
Gulfport Naval Construction Battalion Center
Meridian NAS

Air Force
Columbus AFB
Keesler AFB

National Guard

Mississippi Army National Guard
Mississippi Air National Guard

172nd Airlift Wing
186th Air Refueling Wing

United States Army Reserve (USAR)

81st Readiness Division

Resources

https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp?isFlash=1

http://www.dor.ms.gov/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.vab.ms.gov/

http://www.nasdva.us/

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

https://www.nationalguard.com/

http://www.vab.ms.gov/benefits.pdf

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

https://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/vets/realifelines/menu.htm

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

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Document Review Date: 26 July 2018