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Summary of Missouri Military and Veterans Benefits: The State of Missouri offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Retired Military Pay and Property Tax Exemptions, State Employment 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.

Missouri State Military and Veterans Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

What are my Missouri Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Missouri Combat-pay Tax Exclusion: Missouri allows a subtraction of all military income received while serving in a combat zone, which is included in federal adjusted gross income and is not otherwise excluded.

Learn more about the Missouri Combat-pay Tax Exclusion

Missouri Military Pension Income Tax Exemption: As of January 1, 2016, all military pension income is tax free. Pension Exemption may be taken on the Form MO-1040, MO-A, Part 3, Section D.

Learn more about the Missouri Military Pension Income Tax Exemption

Missouri Active Duty Military Income Tax Exemption: For all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2016, for purposes of calculating the Missouri taxable income, one hundred percent of the income received by any person as salary or compensation in any form as a member of the active duty component of the Armed Forces of the United States, and to the extent that such income is included in the federal adjusted gross income, may be deducted from the taxpayer’s Missouri adjusted gross income to determine such taxpayer’s Missouri taxable income.

Learn more about Missouri Active Duty Military Income Tax Exemption

Nonresident Spouses of Military Service Members are Exempt from Missouri Income Tax: Spouses who are residents of any other state and reside in Missouri solely because their Spouse is in Missouri on military orders; any income earned is not taxable to Missouri.

Learn more about how Nonresident Spouses of Military Service Members are Exempt from Missouri Income Tax

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

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

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

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

    • Resulted directly from armed conflict,

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

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

    • Was caused by an instrumentality of war.

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

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

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

Learn more about Missouri 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) Missouri State Tax Benefits: The Survivor Benefit Plan is a program offered by the United States government to retired members of the military Service member so that upon the death of the retired Service member, an annuity is provided to a designated person (usually the surviving Spouse) as a replacement for the military retirement pension. Although the annuity does not qualify for the military retirement pension exemption, it does qualify for the public pension exemption and is not taxed.

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

Missouri Property Tax Exemption for Total Service-Connected Disabled Prisoners of War: As of January 1, 2011, any citizen of Missouri who is a former Prisoner of War as defined by law, and who has a total service-connected disability, shall be exempt from owing taxes on all real property used as a homestead as defined by law.

Learn more about the Missouri Property Tax Exemption for Total Service-Connected Disabled Prisoners of War

Missouri Personal Property Tax Credit for Senior Citizens and 100% Disabled: The Missouri Property Tax Credit Claim gives credit to certain senior citizens and 100 percent disabled individuals for a portion of the real estate taxes or rent paid for the year. The credit is for a maximum of $750 for renters and $1,100 for owners who owned and occupied their home. The actual credit is based on the amount of real estate taxes or rent paid and total household income (taxable and nontaxable). If you rent from a facility that does not pay property taxes, you are not eligible for a Property Tax Credit. Missouri Department of Revenue, Property Tax Credit Qualification Chart

Learn more about the Missouri Personal Property Tax Credit for Senior Citizens and 100% Disabled

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What are my Missouri Military and Veterans State Education Benefits?

 

Missouri Wartime Veteran's Survivors Grant Program: This grant is provided annually to Children and Spouses of Veterans whose death or injuries were: a result of combat action or were attributed to an illness that was contracted while serving in combat action, or who became 80% disabled as a result of injuries or accidents sustained in combat action since September 11, 2001. The total number of Veterans that may receive a grant in any year is limited by statute to 25. The Veteran must have been a Missouri resident when first entering the military service or at the time of death or injury. The Missouri Veteran's Commission determines whether the Veteran meets the program's requirements.
State of Missouri Department of Higher Education, Wartime Veteran's Survivors Grant Program Application
Missouri Department of Higher Education, Veteran's Commission
Who is eligible for the Missouri Wartime Veteran's Survivors Grant Program? To be eligible, you must meet the following eligibility requirements at the time of application and throughout the period in which you receive the award:

Initial Students

  • Be a United States citizen, permanent resident, or otherwise lawfully present in the United States.

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at least half-time in a participating college or university.

  • Be the Veteran's Spouse at the time of death or injury or the Veteran's Child

  • Be less than 25 years of age if you are the Veteran's Child.

    • You may continue to be eligible through the end of the semester in which you turn 25 OR the receipt of your first bachelor's degree, whichever occurs first.

    • You must have been a dependent of the Veteran at the time of death or injury or within five years subsequent to the injury.

    • Complete and submit all requested eligibility information.

Renewal Students

  • Continue to meet the eligibility requirements for initial students, AND

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the school.

Missouri Department of Higher Education Participating Institutions List

Learn more about the Missouri Wartime Veteran's Survivors Grant Program

Missouri National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program : The Missouri State Tuition Assistance Program was established in 1998 by Missouri House Bills 1519 & 1165, section 173.239. State Tuition Assistance pays for any Missouri in-state school.

Soldiers who have not completed Advanced Individual Training (AIT), Basic Officer Leaders Course (BOLC), or Officer candidate School (OCS) ARE ELIGIBLE to use State Tuition Assistance prior to applying for and using Federal Tuition Assistance. Soldiers who meet the one year requirement after completion of AIT, BOLC, or OCS must apply and use Federal Tuition first.
Who is eligible for the Missouri National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program? State Tuition Assistance (STA) is available to all Army National Guard members and pays for tuition only for schools approved for Missouri State Tuition Assistance. The following are additional requirements to obtain STA:

  • Must be a member of the Missouri Army/Air National Guard prior to the start date of classes and remain a member until completion of the course.

  • May only be utilized for one undergraduate degree. Cannot have a prior bachelor's degree.

  • Army members must apply for Federal Tuition Assistance prior to being awarded State Tuition Assistance. Soldiers who are not one-year post AIT or BOLC may bypass FTA and apply for STA.

  • Maximum amount awarded for STA is $276.20 a credit hour/current credit hour rate of University of Missouri not to exceed 15 hours for Fall, 15 hours for Spring, and 9 hours for Summer.

  • STA will not pay more than 150 credit hours towards an undergraduate degree.

  • In order to remain eligible National Guard Members must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Requesting STA Procedures

Application Checklist

  • Complete the STA Application and Statement of Understanding.

  • Class Schedule (showing school name and member’s name)

  • Itemized Bill (showing school name and member’s name)

  • An official transcript or unofficial transcript – not required for first semester college students.

Note: Applications for STA with the statement of understanding are hard copy forms and must be filled out by the applicant and submitted to their Commander for signature. The Commander is certifying that the applicant is an active member in good standing.

The preferred method of submitting applications is email. The email address is ng.mo.moarng.mbx.ang.-ta-mail@mail.mil . If you cannot email your application, you may mail it to the address below.

The Adjutant General of Missouri
ATTN: NGMO-ANG-MP (State TA)
2302 Militia Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65101-1203

Missouri National Guard State Tuition Assistance Application and Statement of Understanding

For questions concerning the Army Guard State TA Program, contact the State TA Manager at 573- 638-9671.

Learn more about the about the Missouri National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program

Missouri Returning Heroes Act: The Missouri Returning Heroes Act, established August 28, 2008, provides reduced tuition for certain combat Veterans attending public institutions of higher education. The Missouri Returning Heroes Education Act requires Missouri public postsecondary institutions to limit eligible combat Veterans' tuition to $50 per credit hour.
Who is eligible for the Missouri Returning Heroes Act?
To be eligible for assistance you must meet the following requirements:

  • Was a Veteran who served in armed combat in the military after September 11, 2001. To meet this requirement, you must have served in a combat zone as designated by the U.S. Department of Defense and as documented on field 13 of your DD214.

  • If you were a member of the Reserves or National Guard you are considered to be a Veteran who served in the military as long as you served in armed combat in a full-time capacity under a call to active service authorized by the President of the United States or the Secretary of Defense for a period of more than 30 consecutive days.

  • Institutions will look at the following indicators to determine if you meet this requirement:

    • Receipt of a combat service medal:

      • Bronze Star

      • Combat Action Badge

      • Combat Action Medal

      • Combat Infantry Badge (Army)

      • Combat Ribbon (Marine)

      • Congressional Medal of Honor

      • Global War on Terror (“GWOT”) Service Medal

      • Global War on Terror (“GWOT”) Badge

      • Purple Heart

      • Any other Action Badge, Combat Medal, or Expeditionary Medal or Ribbon offered within a geographic area that enables the Veteran to receive a combat pay tax exclusion exemption, hazardous duty pay, imminent danger pay, or hostile fire pay

    • Any military service in a combat zone between September 11, 2001 and the present.

  • Was a Missouri resident when first entering the military, as documented by the home of record listed in field 7b of your DD214. You do not have to be a Missouri resident at the time you receive the tuition benefit.

  • Discharged from military service under honorable conditions as documented in fields 24 and 28 on your DD214. Any type of discharge other than “bad conduct,” “less than honorable,” “undesirable,” or “dishonorable” is considered to be a discharge under honorable conditions.

  • Attend a public institution of higher education.

  • Achieve and maintain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.5, or its equivalent. Your institution will check your cumulative GPA on the same timetable it uses to calculate state grant and scholarship recipients’ cumulative GPAs. Institutions typically check cumulative GPAs either at the end of each semester (2 checks per year), or at the end of each academic year (1 check per year).

  • You do not have to have a 2.5 CGPA the first time you receive the tuition reduction, even if you have previously attended an institution of higher education. However, you must achieve a 2.5 CGPA at the end of the first and all subsequent periods when the institution checks cumulative GPA in order to continue to receive the reduction.

  • Enroll in a program leading to a certificate, or an associate or bachelor’s degree. If you are pursuing a bachelor’s degree and an advanced degree at the same time, the tuition reduction will apply to the portion of your coursework that is specifically designated as leading to a bachelor’s degree. Your institution may consult with MDHE to determine your eligibility if your situation does not fit within this framework.

The Returning Heroes Act limits the tuition rate charged to qualifying Veterans to $50 per credit hour. If you are attending an institution that measures coursework in clock hours rather than credit hours, your institution will apply a credit hour to clock hour conversion formula to determine the amount of the tuition limitation. The tuition reduction is applied before federal and state student aid has been applied to the tuition amount. Participants must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA per semester. The tuition limitation expires 10 years from the date of your last discharge from service. You may receive the reduced tuition through the end of the tenth year.
Combat Zones Designated by the U.S. Department of Defense
Missouri Department of Higher Education Public Institution for Higher Education

Learn more about the Missouri Returning Heroes Act

Missouri 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. Brian Henry, Commissioner, Superintendent, Waynesville R-VI School District
Address: 200 Fleetwood Dr, Waynesville, MO 65583
Email: bhenry@waynesville.k12.mo.us
Phone: 573-842-2097

Secondary Point of Contact
Robin Coffman, Assistant to the Commissioner of Education
Address: 205 Jefferson St, Jefferson City, MO 65583
Email: robin.coffman@dese.mo.gov
Phone: 573-751-7601

Learn more about the Missouri Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Missouri “Operation Recognition” Honorary Diplomas for Wartime Veterans and Civilian Prisoners of War: The Missouri legislature created Operation Recognition in September 2001 to provide honorary high school diplomas for Veterans and civilian prisoners of war (POWs) who left high school before graduation to serve in the military. Veterans and civilian POWs can qualify for the honorary high school diploma regardless of whether they attended public or private schools, and regardless of whether the school still exists or not.
Who is eligible for Missouri “Operation Recognition” Honorary Diplomas for Wartime Veterans and Civilian Prisoners of War?
All civilian POWs who are residents or former residents of the state of Missouri and all honorably discharged Veterans who are residents or former residents of the state of Missouri who served in the United States military and who did not return to school and complete their education after their term of service shall be eligible to receive an honorary diploma. Family members may apply for the honorary diploma on behalf of a deceased Veteran. Candidates must submit an application and a copy of the Veteran's honorable discharge or DD-214 to the Missouri Veterans Commission. Application forms are available from the commission, Veterans' organizations and local school officials. The Missouri Veterans Commission can be contacted by phone at 573-751-3779.
Missouri Veteran's Commission Application for Honorary High School Diplomas for Missouri Veterans and Civilian Prisoners of War

Learn more about Missouri “Operation Recognition” Honorary Diplomas for Wartime Veterans and Civilian Prisoners of War

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What are my Missouri Military and Veterans State Employment Benefits?

Missouri State Employees Leave for Military Duty: State employees who are members of the National Guard or any of the reserve components of the Armed Forces of the United States are entitled to leaves of absence from their respective duties without loss of pay or leave, impairment of performance appraisal, or loss of any rights or benefits to which otherwise entitled, for all periods of military service during which they are engaged in the performance of duty under competent orders for a period not to exceed 120 work hours in any federal fiscal year (October 1 through September 30).

Employees who are employed in positions of a continuing or permanent nature and who enter the Armed Forces of the United States for any of the following reasons can be granted a leave of absence without pay for the period of military training and service required by the employee:

  • Because of an order issued under the Military Selective Service Act

  • Because of an order issued by a military authority calling an employee to active duty from organized units of the national guard, any component of the Armed Forces of the United States, or the public health service reserve

  • Because an employee enlists in any component of the Armed Forces of the United States for a period of not more than five years.

  • Because an employee who is a member of a component of the Armed Forces of the United States voluntarily or involuntarily enters active duty, or whose active duty is extended during a period when the President is authorized to order units of the Armed Forces of the United States to active duty.

  • Because an employee is required to report for active duty for training or inactive duty training in the Armed Forces of the United States, or an organized unit of the national guard.

  • Because an employee who is a member of a component of the Armed Forces of the United States, or an organized unit of the national guard, is ordered to an initial period of active duty for training of not less than 12 consecutive weeks.

Who is eligible for Missouri State Employees Leave for Military Duty? Missouri National Guard and Reserve Service members are eligible for military leave.

Learn more about Missouri State Employees Leave for Military Duty

Military Experience Allowed for Missouri Professional License Qualifications: All professional licensing boards or commissions of the State of Missouri shall accept education, training, or service completed by an individual who is a member of the United States Armed Forces, Reserves, or National Guard toward the qualifications to receive the license or certification upon presentation of satisfactory evidence by an applicant for certification or licensure.

Learn more about Military Experience Allowed for Missouri Professional License Qualifications

Missouri Professional License Extensions due to Military Service: A person whose job requires licensing or certification by the State of Missouri who is called to active duty in the National Guard or any Reserve Component of the Armed Services will not be required to attend the continuing education or training required to maintain the licensing or certification during the time of active duty. Upon returning from active duty the person will not have to make up or retake any training or education missed during that time.

Learn more about Missouri Professional License Extensions due to Military Service

Missouri Professional Licenses for Non-Resident Military Spouses : Any state agency or board that regulates an occupation or profession must establish criteria for the issuance of a temporary courtesy license to a nonresident Spouse of an active duty member of the military who has been transferred to Missouri allowing the Spouse to lawfully practice his or her occupation or profession in this state provided certain qualifications are met. Information on state regulated occupations or professions can be obtained by contacting the Missouri Division of Professional Registration at:

3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 1335
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1335
Phone: 573-751-0293
Email: profreg@pr.mo.gov
Missouri Division of Professional Registration Website

Learn more about Missouri Professional Licenses for Non-Resident Military Spouses

 

Missouri Local Veterans Employment Representatives and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program: The Division of Workforce Development has staff throughout the state to specifically assist Veterans. Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) facilitate or provide assistance in job placement, accessing needed services, and advocate for Veterans by developing employment opportunities with businesses. Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists provide case management and develop career and job training opportunities for Veterans, with special emphasis on Veterans with service-connected disabilities. Services provided are:

  • Counseling through case management

  • Job Development

  • Testing

  • Transitional assistance to separating Service members

  • Identification of employment and training opportunities and direct referrals to jobs

  • Monitoring job listings from federal contractors to ensure eligible Veterans get priority referrals to these jobs

  • Monitoring Missouri Career Centers to ensure priority of service to Veterans

  • Monitoring federal department and agency vacancy listings

  • Referral screening of complaints from Veterans regarding observance of Veteran's preference in federal hiring to the Director of Employment and Training Service.

If you do not have a job or if you are not working in the occupation you want, contact your local Missouri Career Center at 1-888-728-5627.

Learn more about Missouri Local Veterans Employment Representatives and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program

Missouri State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference : Missouri Veterans receive five-point preference when testing for any position with the state, with a ten-point preference for a service-connected disabled Veteran. Spouses of eligible Veterans can also qualify for Veterans Preference for State testing.

Learn more about Missouri State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference

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

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

  • During a war; or

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences

Missouri Priority of Service for Qualified Veterans Employment and Training Programs: State agencies, which administer federally funded employment and training programs for Veterans, shall give priority to qualified Veterans and other eligible persons.

Learn more about Missouri Priority of Service for Qualified Veterans Employment and Training Programs

Missouri State Employees Retirement System (MOSERS) Benefits for Veterans: Several benefits are provided to state employees who are Veterans or are deployed. Veterans may be eligible to purchase up to four years of active duty military service credit performed prior to your last becoming a member of MOSERS. This includes active duty military training. If you elect to purchase your active duty military service, you must purchase all that you served (total months and days) up to a maximum of four years.

State employees who are called to active duty may receive credit for active duty military service. They can also continue to have life insurance coverage for one year and long-term disability coverage for one year provided they continue to pay for the coverage.

Brochures for Missouri State Employees' Plans:

MSEP: For employees hired before July 1, 2000

MSEP 2000: For employees hired July 1, 2000 - December 31, 2010

MSEP 2011: For employees hired on or after January 1, 2011

Learn more about Missouri State Employees Retirement System (MOSERS) Benefits for Veterans

Missouri Show Me Heroes Program: Missouri launched the 'Show-Me Heroes' initiative to showcase Missouri businesses that are willing to hire Veterans returning from the world's battlefields. Veterans and members of our National Guard and Reserve possess the degree of training, education, motivation, and character that will prove vital to Missouri's economic future.

Show Me Heroes list the names of every employer who has signed the pledge to hire a Missouri Veteran, and allows Veterans to see the employers in their region who have taken the pledge. In addition, using Missouri Career Source, Veterans will be able to post their resume and employers will be able to connect with Veterans looking for a job.
Who is eligible for the Missouri Show Me Heroes Program? The Show Me Heroes Program assists the Spouse of an active duty National Guard or Reserve component Service member reservist and active duty United States military personnel to address immediate needs and employment in an attempt to keep the Family from falling into poverty while the primary income earner is on active duty and during the one-year period following discharge from deployment. The program also assists returning National Guard troops or Reserve component Service member reservists and recently separated United States military personnel with finding work in situations where an individual needs to rebuild business clientele or where an individual's job has been eliminated while such individual was deployed, or where the individual otherwise cannot return to his or her previous employment.

Additionally, the Show Me Heroes program showcases Missouri businesses that are willing to hire Veterans returning from the world's battlefields. Veterans and members of our National Guard and Reserve possess the degree of training, education, motivation, and character that will prove vital to Missouri's economic future. Show Me Heroes list the names of every employer who has signed the pledge to hire a Missouri Veteran, and allows Veterans to see the employers in their region who have taken the pledge.

Learn more about the Missouri Show Me Heroes Program

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Troops to Teachers program: The Troops to Teachers (TTT) program seeks to place retiring military personnel and other eligible persons in second careers as public-school teachers in elementary, secondary, career and technical, or special education schools. Aims of this program are to relieve teacher shortages, especially in math, science, special education and other high needs subject areas, while also assisting military personnel in making successful transitions to second careers in teaching.

Troops to Teachers registration is open to all Veterans regardless of time in service who have an interest in education in Pre-K public, Charter, Bureau funded and DoDEA as school teachers, resource teachers and non-instructional positions such as paraprofessionals, teachers aids, counselors, psychologists, school nurses, librarians, media specialists, speech therapists, audiologists, physiotherapists, resource officers, school principals, and vice principals.

The program has the potential to link Troops to Teachers with the GI Bill to create a truly unique incentive to attract high quality role models to help alleviate the shortage of qualified teachers. 

Troops to Teachers stipend and bonus money also is available for qualifying Veterans teaching vocational subjects, such as (but not limited to) automotive repair, carpentry, computer repair, and welding. Eligible candidates must have at least one year equivalent of college and a minimum of six years’ experience in a related field or meet state requirements.
Troops to Teachers, Getting Started Booklet
Troops to Teachers Information and Registration Packet

Learn more about the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Troops to Teachers Program

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 Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act Benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard members who leave a position for training or active military service.

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

Learn more about Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

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What are my Missouri Military and Veterans State Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Missouri Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a program designed to provide income to those unemployed due to no fault of their own.

To be eligible for UI benefit payments, you must:

  • Lose your job through no fault of your own OR quit for good cause related to the work or the employer.

  • Make at least $2,250-at least $1,500 during one of the calendar quarters, and at least $750 during the remainder of the base period-from an insured employer during your base period.

  • AND your total base period wages must be at least 1.5 times your highest quarter wages.

  • OR you must make at least $19,500 during two of the four base period quarters.

  • If your hours were reduced, you may also be eligible for Missouri Department of Labor Partial Unemployment Benefits.

To remain eligible:

  • You must report all wages earned each week, even if you won't be paid until later. This includes tips, commissions, bonuses, show-up time, military reserve pay, board, and lodging.

  • You must report other forms of pay such as vacation, holiday, Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) pay, pension, etc.

  • You must be able and available for work each week. This means you have no illness, injury, or personal circumstances that would keep you from working.

  • Refusing an offer of work may result in denial of UI benefits.

All users must first register in the new system at the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Online Claim Portal . If you have already registered in UInteract, please use the User ID and Password boxes to access your account. Please refer to the Missouri Division of Employment Security, Claimant Registration Guide for additional information.

Phone information for all Regional Claims Centers (RCC):

Jefferson City RCC
573-751-9040
Kansas City RCC
816-889-3101
Springfield RCC
417-895-6851
St. Louis RCC
314-340-4950
All others please call 800-320-2519

Learn more about Missouri Unemployment Insurance

Missouri Unemployment Compensation for War on Terror Veterans: A war on terror Veteran may be entitled to a weekly benefit for 26 weeks with the dollar amount based on eight percent of the highest wages paid to the Veteran in the five calendar quarters prior to deployment. The maximum benefit amount a Veteran can receive is $1,153.64.

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Free Criminal Background Checks by the Missouri State Highway Patrol for Homeless Veterans Employment: The Missouri State Highway Patrol, as the designated Missouri State Identification Bureau, will provide at no cost a criminal background check in connection with gaining employment, housing, or any other service on any homeless former member of the Armed Forces who has been honorably discharged.

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What are my Missouri Military and Veterans State Motor Vehicle Titling & Registration Benefits?

Veterans Identification on Missouri Driver's License or State Identification Card: A Veteran may apply to the Department of Revenue to obtain a state driver's license or identification card showing Veteran designation.
Who is eligible for Veterans Identification on Missouri Driver's License or State Identification Card?
A Veteran must provide their DD-214, DD-215, WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78 PD, or NAVCG 553.

The documentation must show a discharge status of "honorable," "general," or "under honorable conditions". You may also use a United States Uniformed Services Identification Card (DD Form 2), that denotes a discharge status of "retired" or "reserve retired", or a Department of Veterans Affairs photo identification card and pay the authorized fees for the license or card.

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Missouri Military and Veterans Specialty License Plates: The Missouri Department of Revenue offers over 48 specialty military license plates available to honor the service and sacrifice of Veterans, retirees, Service members and Family members. Each plate may have specific eligibility and documentation requirements. A short description of some of these license plates can be found below
Missouri Department of Revenue, Specialty License Plate Fact Sheet

To obtain a set of specialty license plates for your vehicle, you must submit a completed Application for Missouri Military Personalized License Plates (Form 4601), and the application fee if required.
Application for Missouri Military Personalized License Plates (Form 4601)

If you are requesting a personalized or specialty military plate you will need to submit proof of your honorable discharge (or active duty status if applicable) and that you have received the necessary military award or decoration that makes you eligible for the particular military plate.

This application process is separate from any regular fees or documents that may be required when you register your vehicle.

Mail to:
Motor Vehicle Bureau
301 West High Street - Room 370
PO Box 569
Jefferson City MO 65105-0569

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Missouri Disabled Veteran License Plate: ( 301.071 ) Disabled Veteran specialty license plates are available to eligible applicants at no fee (limit one set per applicant). To qualify for Disabled Veteran specialty license plates, you must be a Missouri resident who has served in and was honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces and who has a service connected disability of such a nature that it would have entitled him to be awarded an automobile by the United States Federal Government, or who is receiving compensation from the Veterans Administration for total service connected disability.

Learn more about the Missouri Disabled Veteran License Plate

 Missouri Medal of Honor License Plate: ( 301.145 ) Any person who has been awarded the Medal of Honor may apply for special motor vehicle license plates for any vehicle he owns, either solely or jointly, other than commercial vehicles weighing over twenty four thousand pounds, as provided in this section. There is no fee. The applicant must be a resident of Missouri and must submit a letter from the United States Veterans Administration verifying the applicant was awarded the Medal of Honor.

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Missouri Purple Heart License Plate: ( 301.451 ) Any person who has been awarded the Purple Heart medal may apply for special motor vehicle license plates for any vehicle he or she owns, either solely or jointly, other than commercial vehicles weighing over twenty-four thousand pounds. There is no specialty plate fee for first set. The applicant must submit a copy of ONE of the six documents listed below, which must be properly completed, signed, and list the Purple Heart medal as one of the citations or decorations the applicant received:

  • Enlisted Record and Report of Separation (Form WD AGO 53-55);

  • General Orders;

  • Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Form DD214);

  • Correction to Form DD214 (Form DD215);

  • Official Discharge Orders from the United States Armed Forces; or

  • Report of Separation and Record of Service (Form NGB 22)

  • Military Order of the Purple Heart membership card

Learn more about the Missouri Purple Heart License Plate

 Missouri U.S. Veteran License Plate: ( 301.3054 ) Any person who served in the active military service in a branch of the armed services of the United States and was honorably discharged from such service may apply for special personalized license plates for any vehicle other than an apportioned motor vehicle or a commercial motor vehicle licensed in excess of twenty-four thousand pounds gross weight. The fee for this license plate is $15. The applicant must submit a copy of one of the following documents that states that he or she was honorably discharged from the United States Armed Services:

  • Enlisted Record and Report of Separation (Form WD AGO 53-55);

  • Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty (Form DD214);

  • Correction To Form DD214 (Form DD215);

  • Official Discharge Orders from the United States Armed Forces; or

  • Report of Separation and Record of Service (Form NGB 22)

Learn more about the Missouri U.S. Veteran License Plate

Missouri Some Gave All (Gold Star) License Plate: ( 301.3141 ) Any parent or sibling who has had a member of his or her immediate Family die in the line of duty while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, after making an annual payment described in subsection 2 of this section to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Missouri and paying all applicable registration fees, may receive special license plates for any motor vehicle the person owns, either solely or jointly, other than an apportioned motor vehicle or a commercial motor vehicle licensed in excess of twenty-four thousand pounds gross weight. The applicant must submit a $25.00 (minimum) original Emblem Use Authorization Statement from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, or the Missouri Department of Revenue.

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Missouri Commercial Driver Exam (CDL) Exemptions: Missouri allows active duty military or retired military personnel to complete an application for waiver of skills testing to obtain a commercial driver license. Applicant must have been regularly employed within 90 days prior to waiver application date in a job requiring operation of a commercial motor vehicle and have operated the commercial vehicle for the military for at least 60 days during the 2 years immediately preceding application date. Applicants must still complete the required knowledge examinations for the commercial driver license class being applied for.
Missouri Department of Revenue, Application for Military Commercial Driver License (CDL) Skills Test Waiver

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What are my Missouri Military and Veterans State Health and Insurance Benefits?

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

  •  Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

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

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

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

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance ( SGLI )

  • Veterans Group Life Insurance ( VGLI )

  • Family Members Group Life Insurance ( FSGLI )

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

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

  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance ( VMLI )

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

Missouri National Guard Compensation for Illness, Injury or Death While on State Active Duty: The Organized militia when on active duty by the governor's order is covered by Missouri workers' compensation laws.
Who is eligible for Missouri National Guard Compensation for Illness, Injury or Death While on State Active Duty?
Missouri National Guard members that suffer illness, injury, disability or death in the line of duty while on state active duty are covered by Missouri workers’ compensation laws.

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Missouri National Guard State Sponsored Life Insurance : State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) is a program that provides group term life insurance exclusively for National Guard members and their dependents. The program is derived from United States Public Law 93-289, May 24, 1974, to encourage persons to join and remain in the National Guard.

Guard members who elect to take part in the SSLI Program (participation is voluntary) are afforded various levels of life insurance coverage. An individual does not have to be a member of the Missouri National Guard Association (MoNGA) to take part in the program. As a result of funds generated from the Missouri SSLI Program, a $1,000 “no cost” death benefit is provided by the Missouri National Guard Association to all persons in the Missouri National Guard—even in situations where the Guard member has declined SSLI coverage, is not a member of MoNGA, or the death is non-Guard related.

SSLI participants have choices about the extent of coverage they desire. Payment for the insurance is deducted from the monthly salaries or monthly retirement allotment of program participants. Federal law gives authority for the salary or allotment deduction for SSLI program participants.

More narrowly, the Basic SSLI Program provides up to $25,000 life insurance coverage on Guard members, $25,000 on Spouses, and $10,000 on Children. There is an Enhanced SSLI Program for persons who desire that provides up to $250,000 on Guard members, $150,000 on Spouses, and $25,000 on Children. Coverage continues when a member separates from the National Guard—or regardless of their health condition. Coverage is provided until age 70. Coverage is guaranteed and can commence at any time even after notification of a mobilization or assignment to a combat zone—again, as long as a person has not separated from the National Guard.
Who is eligible for Missouri National Guard State Sponsored Life Insurance?
Missouri National Guard members and their dependents are eligible for Missouri National Guard State Sponsored Life Insurance.

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What are my Missouri Military and Veterans State Parks & Recreation Benefits?

Missouri Resident National Guard and Reserve Service Small Game Hunting and Fishing Permits : Reduced cost Small Game Hunting and Fishing Permits are available for Missouri residents who are currently, or have in the previous 12 months, been mobilized and serving on full-time active military duty in the National Guard (federal status) or Reserve forces of the United States. This permit allows applicants to take fish, frogs, mussels, clams, turtles, crayfish, live bait, birds (except turkey), mammals (except deer), and to sell furbearers taken by hunting. The application fee $5.00.
Missouri Department of Conservation, Application for Military Reduced Cost Permit

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