Mississippi

State taxes
Education Benefits
Employment Benefits
Unemployment Insurance
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Related Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Parks and Recreation Benefits
Miscellaneous Benefits
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities in Mississippi
Mississippi Military Resource Locator
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Summary of Mississippi Military and Veterans Benefits: Mississippi offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families including tax exemptions on military pay and military retired 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.

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Mississippi State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility


What are my Mississippi Military and Veteran State Tax Benefits?

Combat Pay is Exempt from Mississippi Income Tax: Income paid to a member of the U.S. Armed Forces for hazardous duty in a combat zone (designated by the President) is exempt.missle launching

Learn more about how Combat Pay is Exempt from Mississippi Income Tax

Mississippi Tax Exemption for National Guard and Reserve Service Members: The first $15,000 received by National Guard or Reserve Service members is excluded from income. This includes pay 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).
Who is eligible for the Mississippi Tax Exemption for National Guard and Reserve Service Members?
Mississippi National Guard and Reserve Service members are eligible for the tax exemption.

Learn more about Mississippi Tax Exemption for National Guard and Reserve Service Members

Mississippi Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (MSRRA): MSRRA 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. To claim an exemption from Mississippi income tax withholding:

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 lives in Mississippi

  • Lives in Mississippi solely to live with the Service member Spouse

  • The Service member Spouse is in the Mississippi in compliance with military orders, and

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

Learn more about the Mississippi Military Spouses Residency Relief Act

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

Learn more about Mississippi Military Retired Pay Income Taxes

Mississippi State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retirement Pay: Mississippi does not tax Veteran’s disability pensions. 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 payments considered disability benefits include:

  • Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid either to Veteran or their Family

  • Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living

  • Grants for motor vehicles for Veterans who lost their sight or the use of their limbs, or

  • Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program.

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

Learn more about Mississippi Income Tax Exemption for Military Disability Retirement Pay

Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Veteran With 100% Disability: Honorably discharged Veterans with a service-connected total disability are exempt from all property taxes on the assessed value of their homestead property. Surviving Spouses of eligible Veterans can also receive the tax exemption. Veteran in a wheelchair on his porch
Who is eligible for the Mississippi Homestead Property Tax Exemption? To qualify for the exemption the Veteran must be honorably discharged and must provide proof they are rated by the VA with a service-connected, total disability.

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

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

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

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Mississippi State Tax Benefits? SBP, RCSBP and RSFPP are not taxed in Mississippi.

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What are my Mississippi Military and Veteran Education Benefits?

The Mississippi State Educational Assistance Program (SEAP): SEAP pays tuition to state and regionally accredited institutions for Service members who are not receiving Federal Tuition Assistance (except for Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Free Tuition Program (FTP) schools). The amount per semester is determined by the SEAP Board before each state fiscal year based on funds available. SEAP currently funds up to $4,500.00 per year (1 Jul – 30 Jun) at $250.00 per credit hour.
Who is eligible for SEAP?

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

  • Completed Basic Training, a cadet, or an officer candidate

  • Registered voter in Mississippi

  • Enrolled in a state or regionally accredited college or university located in Mississippi

  • Maintain a 2.0 semester GPA

  • Can only be used for an undergraduate degree or vocational education courses

  • Can be used in conjunction with federal tuition assistance or GI Bill for classes at MOU for the FTP schools only. FTP school list:

    • University of Southern Mississippi

    • Mississippi University for Women

    • University of Mississippi

    • Mississippi State University

    • Jackson State University

    • Alcorn State University.

Students have a 10-year window from when the first-time payment is made until expiration of SEAP eligibility.

To apply:

  • COMPLETELY fill out an Mississippi National Guard, SEAP Application AGO Form 5

  • First time users must provide a copy of their Voter's Registration Card

  • Previous users must provide a copy of their last semester grades. This must be a copy of an original transcript, grade report, or grades from the college or university's website.

Mail to:

MS Military Department
Attn: JFH-MS-J1-ED
P.O. Box 5027
Jackson, MS 39296-5027

MS Code 33-7-405 and MS Code 33-7-407

Learn more about Mississippi State Educational Assistance Program (SEAP)

In-State Tuition for Service Members Stationed in Mississippi: Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on extended active duty, stationed in Mississippi and members of the Mississippi National Guard are considered residents, for tuition purposes at Mississippi state-supported institutions of higher learning. If Service members are reassigned outside of Mississippi, they lose their eligibility.

Learn more about In-State Tuition for Service Members Stationed in Mississippi

Mississippi In-State Tuition for Non-Resident Veterans: Nonresident Veterans are eligible for in-state tuition when attending Mississippi state supported institutions of higher learning.
Who is eligible for Mississippi Veteran In-state Tuition? Veterans that received a discharge under other than dishonorable conditions are eligible for in-state tuition rates. Veterans must provide proof of service (i.e., DD214).

Learn more about Mississippi In-State Tuition for Non-Resident Veterans

Mississippi In-State Tuition for Spouse and Children of Service Members: In-state residency is authorized, for the purpose of attending state-supported institutions3 people in cap and gowns at a graduation ceremony of higher learning, for the Spouse or Child of a Service member in the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in Mississippi. The Spouse and Children will lose their residency status when the Service member is reassigned to another duty station inside the continental U.S.

Dependents that begin and complete their senior year of high school in Mississippi, and who enroll full time in a Mississippi institution of higher learning in the fall after high school graduation, will keep their residency status as long as they remain enrolled as a student in good standing. Enrollment during summer school is not required to keep resident status.

Learn more about Mississippi In-State Tuition for Spouse and Children of Service Members

Mississippi Honorary High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: Local school districts may award an honorary Mississippi high school diploma to Veterans that were unable to finish high school due to military service.
Who is eligible for a Mississippi Honorary High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans?
The honorary diploma may be awarded to any honorably discharged resident Veteran that was scheduled to graduate but entered the U.S. Armed Forces before completing the necessary graduation requirements. Veterans must have served during World War II, the Korean Conflict or the Vietnam Conflict

Family members of deceased eligible Veterans may apply for the diploma posthumously. For more information contact the School District where the Veteran attended high school.
Mississippi School District Directory
MS Code 37-16-13

Learn more about Mississippi Honorary High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans

Children sitting on the steps of a school Mississippi 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 due to frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MIC3 Assistance Request

Primary Point of Contact:
Phone: 601-941-7353
National Office: 859-244-8000

Learn more about Mississippi Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

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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 when they are ordered to duty for training, field exercises, maneuvers, outdoor target practice, or for other exercises. Service members that attend required duty for more than 15 days are authorized a leave of absence and are entitled to reemployment.
Which Mississippi State Employees are Authorized Leave for Military Duty? Service members in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible.

Learn more about Authorized Leave for Military Duty for Mississippi State Employees

Mississippi State Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences: The Mississippi State Personnel Board grant fully qualified Veterans five 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 four retention points; disabled Veterans are granted eight 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 U.S. Armed Forces for 90 days during a period of war or armed conflict and received an honorable discharge; or was discharged for a service-connected injury if less than 90 days.

"Disabled Veteran" means a Veteran that the VA has certified to have a service-connected disability rating of at least 30%, or a Veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.
Mississippi State Personnel Board Policy and Procedures Manual
Mississippi State Employment Application

Learn more about Mississippi State Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences

Credit for Military Service in Mississippi Public Employee Retirement Service (PERS): Qualifying active duty military service credit in PERS is available at no cost and for purchase. Military service performed after leaving public employment or while drawing retirement pay is not eligible for credit.3 soldiers walking

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

  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed forces

  • Entered or reentered state service after discharge from Active duty 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 that may allow you to receive retirement pay earlier than usual. You must submit a copy of your DD214 or similar documentation to qualify for this additional credit.

National Guard or Reserve Service members may be eligible for service credit if their unit was federally activated into the U.S. Armed Forces. Service members must provide PERS a copy of their DD214 documenting that active duty period. Neither the Guard NGB Form or the Air Reserve Personnel Center Chronological Statement of Retirement Points will be accepted determine eligibility for service credit.

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.

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.

Learn more about Credit for Military Service in Mississippi Public Employee Retirement Service

Mississippi Re-employment Rights for Military Service Members: Service members in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces that leave their job for active state duty, state training duty or any other military duty (authorized under Title 10 or Title 32) and receives a discharge under conditions other than dishonorable are entitled to be returned to their previous or similar position. Service members are eligible for the same status, pay and seniority.

Learn more about Mississippi Re-employment Rights for Military Service members

Mississippi Extension for Service Member’s Professional Licenses: A professional license issued under Mississippi Title 73, Professions and Vocations to a member of the Mississippi National Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces Reserves will not expire while the Service member is serving on federal active duty and will be extended until 90 days after their return.

The Service member will only be responsible for normal renewal fees and will not be charged any additional costs such as, late fees or delinquency fees. The Service member must provide a copy of official military orders or written verification from their commanding officer before the end of the 90 day period to qualify for the extension.
Who is eligible for an Extension for Service Member’s Professional Licenses?
Any Mississippi National Guard or U.S. Reserve Service members that served and then was released from federal active duty is eligible for an extension of their professional license.

Learn more about the Mississippi Extension for Service Member’s Professional Licenses

Mississippi Professional License for Military and Military Spouses: Military Service members and Spouses who are moving or have moved to Mississippi due to an active duty permanent change of station may obtain professional licenses quicker. State licensing boards can grant either permanent or temporary licenses. Temporary licenses allow individuals to start working while waiting for their permanent license is processed.

Service members with military training (subject to licensing authority guidelines) can sometimes count their experience toward licensing requirements.

For more information contact the licensing board or agency that regulates the profession you are interested in.
Mississippi Professional Licensure Directory
Mississippi Legislature, Senate Bill 2419

Learn more about Mississippi Professional License for Military and Military Spouses

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 reemploymentARNG deployment rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service 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 to 102% of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA Benefits?
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 that have 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?

Mississippi Unemployment Insurance (UI): UI provides income to those unemployed due to no fault of their own. The amount of UI 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 the claim.

Applicants must provide the following information:

  • A state issued driver’s license or identification card

  • Social security number

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

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

  • If separated from the military in the past 18 months, a DD214 Member 4 form

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

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

Mississippi Regular Unemployment Claims Fact Sheet
Who is eligible for Mississippi Unemployment Insurance? To be eligible for UI benefits, applicants must:

  • Be unemployed through no fault of your own

  • Be able to work

  • Be available for work and seeking full time work

  • File a claim for benefits

  • Serve a one-week waiting period (benefits cannot be paid for this week)

  • Have earned sufficient wage credits

  • Be registered for work at the WIN Job Center in your area.

To file for UI applicants must register at a WIN Job Center or 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 601-326-1119.

The Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service members (UCX) program provides benefits for eligible former Service members. If you were in the military within the last 18 months, the wages earned during that period may be used to establish a claim for unemployment benefits. Former Service members will be asked to provide the Member 4 copy of their DD214.
Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service Members (UCX) Program Fact Sheet
Mississippi Department of Employment Security Contact page

Learn more about the Mississippi Unemployment Insurance

Mississippi Department of Employment Security Veterans Services (MDES): MDES has a web page for Veterans with information about specialized benefits, housing and how to get and keep a job. Veterans will receive priority services from MDES. The information provided is broken down into 5 categories:

  • Job Search - Links to sources for job information, availabilities listings and advice when applying for a job

  • Education – Links to education resources

  • Employment Rights – Links to websites regarding Veterans rights as it relates to employment

  • Resources – Links to resources for Veterans that include information on specialized benefits, service records requests, assistance for women Veterans and more

  • Housing and Homeless Services – links to resources to help Veterans find homes for their Families.

Learn more about Mississippi Department of Employment Security Veterans Services

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

Drivers license with veteran designation “VETERAN” Designation on Mississippi Driver’s Licenses and Identification (ID) Cards: The Mississippi Department of Public Safety (MS DPS) offers a “VETERAN” designation on for the driver’s licenses or ID cards of honorably discharged Veterans.

Veterans must provide one of the following documents when applying:

  • DD214

  • Military Retiree ID card

  • VA Medical ID card

  • VA ID

  • NGB22

Veterans can apply at any Mississippi Driver Service Bureau Station. All applicable fees apply when purchasing an original, duplicate, or renewal driver’s license or ID card.
Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Driver license Location

Learn more about “VETERAN” Designation on Mississippi Driver’s Licenses and ID Cards

Special Military and Veteran Vehicle License Plates: The Mississippi Department of Revenue offers 32 military/ Veteran distinctive specialty license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of Veterans, Retired Service members, active Service members and Family members.

Note: To request a special license plate you must go to a Mississippi Department of Revenue County Tax Collector office. When applying for special license plates you must have official documentation to prove your eligibility. All forms are available at the tax collector's office. Contact your local tax collector for more information.
Mississippi Department of Revenue Special Vehicle License Plate Fees
Mississippi Department of Revenue, Vehicle Title and Registration Contact Page

Mississippi Disabled Veteran License Plate Mississippi Veteran License Plate: Veteran vehicle and motorcycle license plates are available for honorably discharged resident Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans can request these license plates for all vehicles that are registered in their name.

In addition, decals indicating branch and period of military service can be requested.
MS Code 27-19-56.12

Mississippi Gold Star Family License Plate: Gold Star Family license plates are available for resident Family members of a resident Service member who was killed in action or died in a combat zone while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Eligible Family members are the unremarried Surviving Spouse, Child, stepchild, mother or father, sibling related by blood or legal adoption, step-sibling, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle or stepparent who is currently married to the mother or father of the fallen Service member.

Surviving Spouses and mothers of Service members are authorized one plate that is exempt from property taxes, privilege taxes and all other taxes and fees.
MS Code 27-19-56.162

Mississippi Disabled Veteran License Plate Mississippi Disabled American Veteran License Plate: Disabled American Veteran license plates are available for resident Veterans that have a service-connected 100% permanent disability rating from the VA. These license plates cost $1 and are exempt from all other property taxes, privilege taxes or any other taxes and fees. Veterans can only request one Disabled American Veteran license plate. Veterans must provide proof from the VA of their disability rating.

Unremarried Surviving Spouses can keep the license plate after the death of the Veteran or if the Veteran did not have the Disabled American Veteran license plate but was eligible for one, the Surviving Spouse can request one.
MS Code 27-19-53

Mississippi Purple Heart License Plate Mississippi Purple Heart License Plate: Purple Heart vehicle and motorcycle license plates are available for resident Service members and Veterans of U.S. Armed Forces that received the Purple Heart Medal. Veterans must provide proof that they received the medal. Veterans can request these license plates for all vehicles that are registered in their name, but only the first Purple Heart license plate is exempt from property taxes, privilege taxes or any other taxes and fees.

Unremarried Surviving Spouses can keep the license plate after the death of the Veteran or if the Veteran did not have the Purple Heart license plate but was eligible for one, the Surviving Spouse can request one.
MS Code 27-19-56.5

Mississippi Medal of Honor Plate Mississippi Medal of Honor License Plate: Medal of Honor vehicle license plates are available for resident Service members and Veterans of U.S. Armed Forces that received the Medal of Honor. Applicants are authorized one license plate and will not be charged vehicle registration fees or privilege taxes. Applicants must request from the Mississippi Veterans Affairs a certificate that they were awarded the Medal of Honor before they order the license plate.

Unremarried Surviving Spouses can keep the license plate after the death of the Medal of Honor recipient or if they did not have the license plate but were eligible for one, the Surviving Spouse can request one.
MS Code 27-19-54

Learn more about Mississippi Military and Veteran Specialty License Plates

Mississippi Resident Service Member Driver’s License Renewal when Stationed out of State: MS Code 63-1-49 Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces, stationed out of state can renew their Mississippi driver’s license by mail. Service members must provide the following documents:

  • Copy Mississippi driver’s license

  • First page of military orders designating a Mississippi duty station

  • Please send Certified check or money order made out to the Department of Public Safety for:

    • $24.00 for regular 4-year renewal, $25.00 if expired

    • $47.00 for an 8-year renewal, $48.00 if expired ($1.00 late fee applies)

  • For a class D license please send Certified check or money order made out to the Department of Public Safety for:

    • $29.00 for a 4-year renewal, $30.00 if expired

    • $57.00 for an 8-year renewal, $58.00 if expired ($1.00 late fee applies)

  • Replacement of a lost or duplicate license, please send $11.00

  • License may be renewed within six months of expiration

  • Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Mail to:
Department of Public Safety
Office of Central Print
P.O. Box 958
Jackson, MS 39205

Learn more about Mississippi Resident Service Member Driver’s License Renewal when out of State

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

National Guard Association of Mississippi State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI): SSLI provides term life insurance exclusively for actively serving members of the Army and Air National NG Association of MississippiGuard and their dependents. Current active members of the Mississippi National Guard are automatically protected with $1,000 of SSLI at no charge.

The Basic program provides ­financial protection in the event of death. It also provides coverage for Spouses and/or Children, at an affordable monthly cost.

The Enhanced program can provide additional group term life insurance for members and Spouses.
Who is eligible for SSLI?
Mississippi National Guard Service members and their dependents are eligible for coverage.

You may apply using the National Guard Association of Mississippi State Sponsored Life Insurance application online fillable form or print National Guard Association of Mississippi State Sponsored Life Insurance application and mail or scan to:

Mailing Address:

National Guard Association of Mississippi
Attn: State Sponsored Life Insurance
PO Box 627
Jackson, MS 39205-0627

Learn more about National Guard Association of Mississippi State Sponsored Life Insurance

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

  • Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI)

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

  • Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI).

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

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

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

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

This plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when not on active duty and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

Workers’ Compensation and Medical Benefits for Mississippi National Guard Service Members on State Active Duty: National Guard Service members on state active duty are covered by the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Trust for injury, disability or death that happens in the line of duty.
Who is eligible for Workers’ Compensation and Medical Benefits for Mississippi National Guard Service Members on State Active Duty?
Mississippi National Guard Service members on state active duty are eligible for coverage under worker’s compensation laws.

Learn more about Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Coverage of 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 Mississippi Hunting or Fishing Licenses: Resident Veterans that have a 100% service-connected VA disability are notMan fishing from a dock at the lake required to purchase hunting or fishing licenses.
Who is eligible for 100% Disabled Veterans not required to Possess Mississippi Hunting or Fishing Licenses? Veterans must carry proof of age, residency and 100% service-connected disability rating while hunting or fishing. Veterans have the option to buy a Disabled Exempt License for $5 as a single source of proof.

Mississippi Application for Resident Exempt Hunting / Fishing License

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Non-Resident Military may purchase Mississippi Resident Hunting and Fishing Licenses: Active Duty Service members stationed in Mississippi are authorized to purchase hunting and fishing license at resident prices. Applicants must show a valid military ID.

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Mississippi Non-Resident Armed Forces 14-Day Hunting/Fishing Licenses: Nonresident Service members on active duty can purchase the Mississippi 14 day Hunting/Fishing License for Wildlife, Fishieries, and Parks $34.29. Applicants must show a current military ID when applying. Service members can only purchase two, Non-Resident Armed Forces 14-Day Hunting/Fishing License during a license year. 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: Mississippi Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the Reserves and National Guard, on active duty outside of Mississippi, are not required to purchase hunting or fishing licenses when home on leave. Service members must carry their leave form and a military ID when hunting or fishing.

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What are my Mississippi Miscellaneous Military and Veterans Benefits?

Mississippi Veterans Document Archival and Retrieval: Mississippi has special benefits for Veterans and their Family members regarding official documents.

Recording of Discharges: Chancery Clerks will record honorable discharges and all certificates of service for resident U.S. Armed Forces Service members and provide certified copies free of charge.

Documents for VA Claims: The Mississippi Department of Health, State Bureau of Vital Statistics, Chancery, and Circuit Clerks will provide copies of documents, free when filing claims with the VA. Documents provided are:

  • Birth and death certificates

  • Marriage licenses

  • Divorce decrees

  • Adoption decrees

  • Any other records when needed to establish dependency, disability, or survivors’ benefits eligibility.

MS Code 35-3-13

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Exemption from Jury Duty for Mississippi National Guard Service Members: Service members on active duty in the Mississippi National Guard are exempt from jury duty.

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Exemption from Arrest for Mississippi National Guard Service Members: Mississippi National Guard Service members cannot be arrested when traveling to, from, or at their official place of duty, except for a felony or treason.

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Mississippi Veterans Home Purchase Board (VHPB): VHPB provides low interest mortgage loans for up to $400,000 for Veterans, active and reserve component Service members (reserve component Service members must 6 or more years of service) and unremarried Surviving Spouses.

Property must be a single-Family residence in Mississippi to qualify. Permanent financing of a construction loan to construct a single-Family residence is also available. Farms, raw Land, mobile homes, townhomes and condominiums are not eligible.
MS Code 35-7
Who is eligible for a VHPB Loan?

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

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

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

  • Reserve and National Guard Service members who have six years of service or more are eligible to apply for a loan

  • Active duty Service members are eligible to apply for a loan, two-year residence required

  • Reserve and National Guard Service members 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.

To apply applicants should write, email, or call the VHPB to request an application.
Mississippi VHPB Contact Information
Mississippi VHPB Loan Terms Information

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MS State Veterans Home Mississippi State Veterans Homes: Mississippi has four State Veterans Homes with 150 beds per home. Each Veterans Home has skilled and dedicated professionals to provide care for eligible Veterans and their Spouses. The Mississippi State Veterans Homes are the:

Brigadier General Martha Jo Leslie,
Mississippi State Veterans Home in Kosciusko

310 Autumn Ridge Drive
Kosciusko, MS 39090
Phone: 662-289-7044
Fax: 662-289-7824

Brigadier General Martha Jo Leslie, Mississippi State Veterans Home in Kosciusko

Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford
120 Veterans Drive
Oxford, MS 38655
Phone: 662-236-7641
Fax: 662-236-7863

 General Hilton R “Jack” Vance,
Mississippi State Veterans’ Home in Jackson

4607 Lindbergh Drive
Jackson, MS 39209
Phone: 601-353-6142
Fax: 601-354-6060

Mississippi State Veterans Home in Collins
MS Veterans Home Collins 3261 Highway 49
Collins, MS 39428
Phone: 601-765-0403
Fax: 601-765-5045

Who is eligible for care at a Mississippi State Veterans Home? For admission Veterans or their Spouses must meet the following requirements:

  • Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces and discharged under other than dishonorable conditions (applicant must provide a DD214 or equivalent); or the Spouse of a Veteran who is currently a resident of a Mississippi State Veterans Home or is deceased

  • Mississippi resident; however, if no Mississippi resident is waiting for admission, a nonresident may be admitted

  • Had a medical examination by a personal, or VA physician within 30 days of admission and must not:

    • Have a communicable disease

    • Require care that the Home cannot provide

    • Have behavior that may be dangerous to other residents, employees or the Veteran.

Needy Veterans can request assistance with the expenses while at the Home.
MS Code 35-1-19 through 35-1-32

Mississippi State Veterans Homes Application Documents
Mississippi State Veterans Home, Online Application

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Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemeteries: Mississippi has two Veterans Memorial Cemeteries for the perpetual care Veterans and their Families. The cemeteries offer:

  • Opening and closing of the gravesite

  • Furnished grave or columbarium space

  • Grave Liner

  • User of Committal Shelter for services

  • Supply and install headstones or markers

  • Perpetual care

Newton Veterans Memorial Cemetery Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery locations:

Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Newton
248 Honor Circle
Newton, MS 39345
Phone: 601-683-2959
Fax: 601-683-2958

North Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery North Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Kilmichael
2 Legion Road
Kilmichael, MS 39747
Phone: 662-262-4232
Fax: 662-262-4241

MS Code 35-1-41 and 35-1-43
Who is eligible for Burial in a Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemeteries? Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemeteries follow Federal guidelines and requirements for eligibility, generally speaking those eligible are:

  • Any member of the U.S. Armed Forces who dies on active duty

  • Any Veteran discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and served a minimum of 24 months of active duty

  • Spouse or Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran

  • Children of an eligible Veteran who are unmarried and under 21 years old, over 21 years old but require lifelong support or under 23 years old and attending full-time at an approved educational institution.

National Cemetery Administration Veterans Cemetery Burial Guidelines

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Mississippi

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

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Natchez National Cemetery U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Mississippi: The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains three national cemeteries in Mississippi. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

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Military Installations in Mississippi

Please see the Mississippi Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty

Army
Camp Shelby

Air Force
Columbus AFB
Keesler AFB

Navy
Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport
Naval Air Station Meridian

National Guard
Mississippi National Guard

Mississippi Army National Guard

Mississippi Air National Guard
172nd Airlift Wing
186th Air Refueling Wing

U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)
81st Readiness Division


Resources

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Facility Directory, Mississippi

Mississippi Department of Revenue

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

Mississippi Department of Veterans Affairs

State Benefits Guide for Mississippi Veterans, Dependents and Survivors

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

U.S. Department of Labor, Veteran's Employment and Career Transition Advisor

2019 Mississippi Code

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Mississippi

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Document Review Date: 28 April 2021