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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 license plates, 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

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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 Retired 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 Retired 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

Missouri Reserve Component Military Income Tax Deduction: For all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, for purposes of calculating the Missouri taxable income, a percentage of the income received by any person as salary or compensation:stacking sand bags

  • In performance of inactive duty for training (IDT) of the National Guard or annual training status (AT) of the National Guard; or

  • In reserve components of the Armed Forces of the United States;

­­and if that income is included in the federal adjusted gross income, it may be deducted from the taxpayer's Missouri adjusted gross income to determine their Missouri taxable income.

Military income will be deducted as follows:

  • For the tax year beginning on or after January 1, 2020, twenty percent of military income

  • For the tax year beginning on or after January 1, 2021, forty percent of military income

  • For the tax year beginning on or after January 1, 2022, sixty percent of military income

  • For the tax year beginning on or after January 1, 2023, eighty percent of military income

  • For all tax years beginning on January 1, 2024, one hundred percent of military income may be deducted.

Learn more about the Missouri Reserve Component Military Income Tax Deduction

Nonresident Spouses of Military Service Members are Exempt from Missouri Income Tax: If you are the Spouse of a military Service member, are in Missouri because the military Service member is stationed in Missouri on military orders, and your state of residence is another state, any income earned by you is not taxable to Missouri. However, if you earn more than $600 you must file a Missouri return (Form MO-1040) and provide verification of your state of residence.

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 military Service members so that upon the death of the retired Servicyoung child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemeterye 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: Constitutional Amendment 2 exempts from property taxes all real property used as a homestead by any Missouri citizen who is a former prisoner of war with a total service-connected disability. This exemption is not administered by the Missouri Department of Revenue.

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.

The income limits for this benefit are:

  • Renters and Part Year Owners - $27,000 or less for single filers, $29,500 or less for married filing combined

  • Owned and Occupied Home for the Entire Year - $30,000 or less for single filers, $34,000 or less for married filing combined

*Note: If you are 100% service connected disabled do not include any VA payments
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 asGraduation caps being toss up in the air a result of injuries or accidents sustained in combat action since September 11, 2001.

The Children and Spouses of Missouri resident combat Veterans deployed for active duty service on or after September 11, 2001 may also be eligible if the Veteran received a DD214 indicating a combat pay tax exclusion exemption, or pay for hazardous duty, imminent danger, or hostile fire. 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.

Your maximum grant amount each semester will be the sum of the following:

  • The lesser of the actual tuition charged for the number of hours in which you are enrolled OR the amount of tuition charged a Missouri resident enrolled in the same number of hours at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

  • An allowance of up to $2,000 per semester for room and board; and

  • The lesser of the actual cost for your books OR $500.

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? The Veteran must be a member of the military of the United States, whether active duty, reserve, or National Guard, who served in the military after September 11, 2001, during a time of war and for whom the following criteria apply:

  • Was a Missouri resident when first entering the military service or at the time of death or injury

  • Died or was injured as a result of combat action or a Veteran's death or injury was certified by the Department of Veterans' Affairs medical authority to be attributable to an illness or accident that occurred while serving in combat, or the Veteran became eighty (80) percent disabled as a result of injuries or accidents sustained in combat action after September 11, 2001; and

  • Was a “combat Veteran” meaning a Missouri resident deployed for active duty service on or after September 11, 2001, and received a DD214 demonstrating the Veteran received a combat pay tax exclusion exemption, hazardous duty pay, imminent danger pay, or hostile fire pay.

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 (STA): The Missouri State Tuition Assistance Program was established in 1998 by Missouri House Bills 1519 & 1165, section 173.239 . STA is available to Soldiers and Airmen of the Missouri National Guard (MONG) meeting the current Missouri State eligibility requirements outlined in 11 CSR 10-3.015 .

STA is available to Soldiers and Airmen pursuing an undergraduate degree or below the day they enter the MONG. Soldiers and Airmen must be in good standing (Soldiers must not be flagged) to apply for STA for up to 39 semester hours per State Fiscal Year (1 July – 30 June) at a maximum rate matching the current rate at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Soldiers must obtain the STA Application from moguard.com and submit it to the Missouri Army National Guard Education office before the start date of class(es). Airmen must obtain the STA Application from moguard.com and submit it to the Missouri Air National Guard Education office before the start date of class(es). Soldiers must apply for Federal TA (FTA) or Chapter 1606 GI Bill before STA.

  • Missouri STA will pay in state tuition up to the University of Missouri - Columbia rate. 15 credit hour Fall, 15 credit hour Spring and 9 credit hour Summer semesters (1 July - 30 June)Lifetime limit of 150 undergraduate credit hours

Missouri STA is subject to the following criteria:

  • The school is on the Missouri National Guard Approved State Tuition Assistance School List.

  • You maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5

  • You must submit your Missouri STA Application prior to the course start date

  • You must apply for Federal TA or Chapter 1606 GI Bill before Missouri STA.

Who is eligible for the Missouri National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program? Currently serving in the Missouri National Guard and is certified by the appropriate commander as participating satisfactorily in required training, and:

  • Is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States

  • Has not previously received a bachelor's degree from an accredited postsecondary institution

  • Is enrolled, or has been accepted for enrollment, as a full-time or part-time undergraduate student in an approved private or public institution

  • Maintains academic eligibility

    • Applicants must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least two point five (2.5) on a four point (4.0) scale, or the equivalent on another scale approved by the program administrator

  • Has never been convicted in any court of an offense which involved the use of force, disruption or seizure of property under the control of any institution of higher education to prevent officials or students in such institutions from engaging in their duties or pursuing their studies

  • Has not enrolled in or does not intend to use the grant to enroll in a course of study leading to a degree in theology or divinity

  • Has not received educational assistance under the MONGEAP which exceeds or will exceed financial assistance for more than a total of ten (10) semesters or their equivalent (150 credit hours).

Requesting STA Procedures:

To apply obtain the Missouri STA Application from moguard.com every semester as it is updated periodically. When applying for Missouri STA you may apply for Missouri STA up to 60 days prior to the class start date, but no later than the day prior to the class start date. You must submit a Missouri STA request for each semester that you want Missouri STA to fund.

The following documents must be included with your Missouri STA Application:

  • Missouri STA Application: must be complete and signed by you and your commander. Must also be the current Missouri STA Application from moguard.com (older versions will not be accepted)

  • Statement of Understanding: must be complete and signed by you

  • Course Schedule: must show the amount of credit hours you are taking and start and end dates of class

  • Itemized Bill: must clearly show the cost of tuition as that is all Missouri STA can pay. Missouri STA cannot pay fees or anything other than tuition

  • Transcript: must show all grades and cumulative GPA (may be official or unofficial)

  • ROTC or ECP Scholarship Documentation (DA 597 or memo from ROTC, disregard if you are not in ROTC or an ECP Program): must show the status of your ROTC or ECP Scholarship and if you are receiving it for Tuition and Fees or Room and Board

  • DD214 for Missouri Returning Heroes' Education Act (disregard if you have not deployed overseas): block 7A must show Missouri, block 12b must be less than 10 years ago, block 18 must show you deployed to a geographic area entitled to combat pay tax exclusion, hazardous duty pay, imminent danger pay, or hostile fire pay, block 24 must show Honorable

  • All of these documents MUST have your name and the name of the school on them and cannot be in an editable format.

Submit the complete Missouri Army STA Application to:

For more information contact your Missouri Army National Guard Education Services Office: 573-638-9500 extension 37689.

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

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

Missouri National Guard State Tuition Assistance Application and Statement of Understanding
Missouri National Guard State Tuition Assistance Fact Sheet

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Missouri Returning Heroes Act: 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:

  • U.S. Veteran status

  • Active service in an armed combat zone, as designated by the U.S. Department of Defense, for more than 30 days since Sept. 11, 2001

  • Missouri resident at time of entrance into the military

  • Honorable discharge from military service

  • Enrollment in an undergraduate degree-seeking program

To be eligible for renewal Veterans must maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average each semester. Interested Veterans should contact the public postsecondary institutions financial aid office.
Combat Zones Designated by the U.S. Department of Defense
Missouri Department of Higher Education List of 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

  • Children sitting on the steps of a school 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 DD214 to the Missouri Veterans Commission. Application forms are available from the commission, Veterans' organizations, local school officials or to download. 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

Missouri Residency for Education Purposes for Service Members, Veterans and Family Members: The state of Missouri offers a number of in state Residency accommodations for Service members, Veterans and Family members.

Exemption from Proof of Residency for Students: If the Family of a student living in Missouri moves to live with other Family members or live in a military Family support community because one or both of the Child’s parents are stationed or deployed out of state or deployed within Missouri under Title 32 or Title 10 active duty orders, the student will be considered to have proof of residency and may attend the school district in which the Family member’s residence or Family support community is located. If the active duty orders expire during the school year, the student may finish the school year in that district.

In-State Tuition Eligibility for Discharged Service Members: Anyone separating from the U.S. military service with an honorable or general discharge who declares presence and residency in Missouri will be considered a resident of Missouri for admission purposes and tuition at approved public four-year and two-year institutions of higher education. If attending a community college, presence within the taxing district of the community college must also be declared.

In-State Tuition Eligibility for National Guard Service Members: Current members of the Missouri National Guard and members of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States will receive in-state residency status for the purposes of tuition at any public four-year institution of higher education, or in-district residency status for any two-year public institution.

Learn more about Missouri Residency for Education Purposes for Service Members, Veterans and Family Members

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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 National Guardappraisal, 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.

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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.

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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 their occupation or profession in this state provided certain qualifications are met.

Information on state regulated occupations or professions can be obtained by contacting:

Missouri Division of Professional Registration

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

All professional licensing boards and commissions shall give first priority to Spouses of members of the active duty component of the Armed Forces of the United States in the processing of all professional licensure or certification applications
Missouri Division of Professional Registration Website

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

Health-Related Professional License Renewal While on Active Duty: When a person with a health-related professional license or certificate in good standing by the State of Missouri is called to active duty, their license or certificate will remain in good standing for the duration of active duty.

Renewal of the license or certificate while the person is on active duty shall occur without the payment of dues. Continuing education will not be required if certain requirements are met. The existing license or certificate issued shall be continued as long as the person is a member of the United States Armed Forces on active duty and for a period of at least six months after being released from active duty.

Learn more about Health-Related Professional License Renewal While on Active Duty

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 Soldier getting assistanceassistance 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 Job Center at 1-888-728-5627.
Missouri Job Center Directory

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Missouri Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences: In any competitive examination for the purpose of establishing a register of eligibles, Veterans, disabled Veterans, Surviving Spouses and Spouses of disabled Veterans shall be given preference. A Veteran, or the Surviving Spouse of a Veteran, a disabled Veteran, or the Spouse of a disabled Veteran shall be given preference in appointment to a position over other eligibles if all other relevant job-related factors are equal.

Any person who has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States shall receive appropriate credit for any training or experience gained therein in any examination if the training or experience is related to the duties of the class of positions for which the examination is given. ( MRS 63.220 )
Who is eligible for Missouri Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences? Veterans Preference points are not cumulative and only 5 or 10 points total are allowed. To be eligible applicants must:

  • Be a current resident of Missouri

  • Have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and separated under honorable conditions, OR the Spouse of a disabled Veteran, OR the unmarried surviving Spouse of a person killed while on active duty.

5 Point eligibility:

  • Have served active duty for at least six (6) consecutive months (unless released early as a result of a service-related disability or a reduction in force at the convenience of the government) OR was called to active duty by the President and participated in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge or service medal has been authorized. (Attach a copy of DD214 showing character of service or award of a badge or medal.) (5 points)

  • Have satisfactorily completed at least six (6) years of service as a member of the reserves or National Guard. (Attach Point Summary for reserve duty or NGB 22 for National Guard duty.)

  • The Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is unqualified for state employment because of a service-related disability. (Attach a statement from Veterans’ Affairs that states the percentage and general nature of disability that prohibits your Spouse from employment.)

  • The unmarried surviving Spouse of a disabled Veteran OR the unmarried surviving Spouse of a person who was killed while on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States or the National Guard as a result of active service to the state at the call of the governor. (Attach copies of Spouse’s DD214 or casualty report and Death Certificate.)

10 Point eligibility: The Veteran receives compensation for a service-related disability. (Attach a statement from Veterans’ Affairs.) OR a National Guard Veteran who was permanently disabled as a result of active service to the state at the call of the governor.
State of Missouri Application for Employment

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Missouri Private Employers May Grant Veterans Hiring Preference: Any private employer may grant preference in hiring and promotion to any Veteran, Spouse of a disabled Veteran who has a service-connected permanent and total disability, or to a surviving Spouse of a deceased Veteran. ( MRS 285.250 )

Learn more about how Missouri Private Employers May Grant Veterans Hiring Preference

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.

Information for the various Missouri State Employees' retirement plans:

MSEP: For employees hired before July 1, 2000, MSEP 2000: For employees hired July 1, 2000 - December 31, 2010 General Employees' Retirement Handbook (MSEP & MSEP 2000)

MSEP 2011: For employees hired on or after January 1, 2011, General Employees' Retirement Handbook (MSEP 2011)

Summary of Missouri State Employees' Retirement Plans

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

Missouri Show Me Heroes Program: Show-Me Heroes offers On-the-Job Training (OJT) to help businesses save costs while preparing new hires for vital jobs and support the hiring of Veterans.

The Show-Me Heroes OJT program provides employers the following:

  • Reimburses employers 50% of the wages of workers hired through this program for up to 1,040 hours of OJTShow Me Heroes logo

  • Connect employers with workers who possess a proven work ethic and a variety of valuable skills gained from military service, prior employment, and education

  • Based on the job requirements, Show-Me Heroes matches businesses with a skilled new hire and provides ongoing guidance and support.

Business/Employer Eligibility: OJT position is permanent and full-time (32+ hours per week). Employer business participates in E-Verify.

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? Most Service members who are honorably discharged and are within five years of their discharge date or Spouses of currently deployed or recently discharged eligible Service members within five years of their discharge date can participate.
Show Me Heroes Flyer


Show Me Heroes Program Contact information:
Missouri Office of Workforce Development, Veterans Services and Resources Website
Email: ShowMeHeroes@ded.mo.gov
Phone: 1-800-592-6020

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 militaryTroops to Teachers logo 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
Troops to Teachers Online Application *

* Due to the uncertain FY21 budget, Troops to Teachers Program registrations are not being accepted at this time.

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

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 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 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 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 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

Learn more about Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences

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

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years (the previous law provided four years of active duty, plus an additional year if it was for the convenience Missouri National Guardof 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, 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 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

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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 1.5 times the Missouri Taxable Wage Base 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
Outside local calling area 800-320-2519

Missouri Department of Labor, Division off Employment Security, Filing for Unemployment Fact Sheet

Learn more about Missouri Unemployment Insurance

Missouri Unemployment Benefits for Trailing Military Spouses: Missourians who leave their job and relocate to be with a Spouse active in the military can file for unemployment benefits. Missourians who leave their job and relocate to be with a Spouse active in the military can file for unemployment benefits. If you are a military Spouse and filing online, click on the box "Quit-Resigned" as the reason for separation from your employer.
Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Online Claim Portal

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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. ( MRS 288.042 )

Learn more about Missouri Unemployment Compensation for War on Terror Veterans

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.

Learn more about Free Criminal Background Checks by the Missouri State Highway Patrol for Homeless Veterans Employment

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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: Any Veteran of the United States military may choose to obtain the "VETERAN" designation on the back of a Missouri driver or nondriver license.
Missouri drivers license veterans designation Who is eligible for Veterans Identification on Missouri Driver's License or State Identification Card? Applicants requesting the "VETERAN" designation must submit one of the following documents to verify Veteran status at the time of initial request for the driver or nondriver license with the new designation:

  • A United States Department of Defense discharge document, otherwise known as a DD214, that shows a discharge status of "honorable" or "general under honorable conditions" that establishes the person's service in the Armed Forces of the United States

  • A United States Uniformed Services Identification Card, otherwise known as a DD Form 2, that includes a discharge status of "retired" or "reserve retired" establishing the person's service in the Armed Forces of the United States

  • A United States Department of Veterans Affairs photo identification card; or

  • A discharge document WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78 PD, NAVCG 553, or DD215 form that shows a discharge status of "honorable" or "general under honorable conditions".

After the designation is added to the driver or nondriver license, you will not be required to resubmit the verification document to retain the designation on subsequent driver license or nondriver license transactions. There is no additional cost to add the indicator; however, the standard new, renewal or duplicate transaction and processing fees will apply.

Learn more about Veterans Identification on Missouri Driver's License or State Identification Card

Missouri Department of Revenue, Military Driver and Motor Vehicle Benefits: The Missouri Department of Revenue offers a number of driver and motor vehicle benefits to Service members, Family members and Veterans. A short description of these benefits are listed below.

Renewal of Driver Documents: Missouri allows for an early renewal of driver licenses, permits, or non-driver license documents for persons leaving the state or country. An applicant can apply for early renewal at a local license office prior to leaving to ensure the document does not expire while deployed.

Missouri allows renewal by mail for members of the Armed Forces and their dependents. Applicants should submit renewal application Missouri Department of Revenue, Mail in Driver License Application DOR-4317 .

Any Missouri resident upon active duty discharge from the military will have 90 days after re-establishment of residence within the state or 6 months from the date of discharge, whichever is sooner, to renew an expired driver’s license without taking the full examination. The expired license is not valid for driving.

Driver License Suspensions & Revocations to be Stayed: Missouri has a process for driver license suspensions and revocations to be stayed in certain cases for members of the Armed Forces on active duty. The suspensions and revocations will remain in a stayed status until sixty days after the military service ends. For information on how to get your license reinstated or to find out what is on your driver record call -573-526-2407. You may also access the Missouri Driver Guide on-line.

Military applicants may renew an expired motor vehicle registration up to 60 days after completion of military service without a renewal penalty. The vehicle may not be operated during the period the registration is expired. The applicant must submit official orders from the appropriate military authority as evidence of military service and date of discharge.

Titling and Inspections: Military applicants may authorize another individual to sign the General Affidavit ( DOR-768) indicating the vehicle is out-of-state and will be inspected within ten days of returning to Missouri, if applicable. Power of attorney or a statement from the military applicant allowing the signature is not required.

Military applicants are allowed 180 days from completion of military service before a title penalty is assessed on the purchase of a motor vehicle, trailer, boat, outboard motor, all-terrain vehicle, or manufactured home. Military applicants may have a commissioned officer or other out-of-state law enforcement officer sign an inspection form to verify the vehicle identification number (VIN) and odometer reading of a vehicle previously titled out of state (ID/OD inspection).

Extensions: Any person engaged in the performance of active duty in a U. S. military conflict for 30 days or more will receive an extension for complying with certain motor vehicle laws. Qualified military service includes members of the National Guard, National Guard Reserve, United States Armed Forces or Reserve, or an officer of the United States Public Health Service detailed by proper authority for duty with any branch of the United States Armed Forces.

Active duty military personnel who sell a vehicle and are deployed before a new vehicle can be purchased are allowed an extension of 180 days after return to purchase a vehicle and obtain the tax allowance. A copy of their military orders of completion of deployment must be submitted. This extension also applies to “total loss” vehicle tax credits.

Learn more about Missouri Department of Revenue, Military Driver and Motor Vehicle Benefits

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

Learn more about Missouri Military and Veterans Specialty License Plates

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 them 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 plate s for any vMissouri MOH plateehicle 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 Department of Veterans Affairs verifying the applicant was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Learn more about the Missouri Medal of Honor License Plate

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 they own, either solely or jointly, other than Missouri Purple Heart platecommercial 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 (DD214)

  • Correction to DD214 (DD215)

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

  • Report of Separation and Record of Service (NGB22)

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 Missouri US Vet Platecommercial 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 they were 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 (DD214)

  • Correction to DD214 (DD215)

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

  • Report of Separation and Record of Service (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 their 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.

Learn more about the Missouri Some Gave All (Gold Star) License Plate

Missouri Commercial Driver Exam (CDL) Exemptions:

CDL Military Skills Test Waiver:

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 one year 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 the two years immediately preceding separation from the military. Applicants must still complete the required knowledge examinations for the commercial driver license class applied for.
Missouri Department of Revenue, Application for Military Commercial Driver License (CDL) Skills Test Waiver

CDL Even Exchange:

Missouri allows current or former military Service members to complete an application for waiver of knowledge and skills testing to obtain a CDL. A military applicant who is or was employed or designated as one of the following MOS ratings may be eligible to apply for such waiver:

  • U.S. Army; 88M, 14T, or 92F

  • U.S. Air Force; 2T1, 2F0, or 3E2

  • U.S. Marine Corps; 3531; or

  • U.S. Navy; E.O.

Applicant must have been regularly employed within one year 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 the two years immediately preceding separation from the military. If applying by the CDL Even Exchange test waiver by mail you must submit Form 5800 and Form 4317. All required documents for CDL waiver compliance and document verification must be submitted.
Missouri Department of Revenue, Application for Military Commercial Driver License (CDL) Even Exchange

Learn more about the Missouri Commercial Driver Exam (CDL) Exemptions

Waiver of Missouri Motorcycle Skills Testing for Military Service Members: Active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces are permitted to present a proof of completion card from a military Motorcycle Rider Training Course (MRTC) to waive the written examination and driving skills test to obtain a motorcycle endorsement on a Missouri driver license.

  • The military course must meet or exceed the criteria of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF).

  • Only approved MSF rider course completion cards issued by a military MRTC will be acceptable.

  • Course completion cards are acceptable for one year from date of issuance for purposes of test waiver.

NOTE: Applicants required to obtain a Missouri motorcycle permit prior to completing the MRTC course are required to complete the written examination administered by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The Missouri motorcycle written examination is not administered on-line or by mail. It must be completed at a Missouri driver examination station.

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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:Doctor with patient

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

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

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

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

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

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

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

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

  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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

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.

Learn more about Missouri National Guard Compensation for Illness, Injury or Death While on State Active Duty

Missouri National Guard State Sponsored Life Insurance: State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) is a program that provides group term life insurance exclusively for National GuaNational Guard Association logord 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 Deer in the woodsmilitary 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

Complete and send the application for to:

Missouri Department of Conservation
Attn: Permit Services – Military Honors Permit
P.O. Box 180
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180

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Free or Reduced Cost Missouri Fishing and Hunting Licenses for Veterans: Honorably discharged Veterans or active personnel who:

  • have service-related disability of 60% or greater

  • were a prisoner of war during military service

  • are assigned as a patient to a Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit, or military medical center

May fish and hunt (except deer and turkey) but not trap without permit. Hunting permits are required for deer, turkey and migratory bird as well as any Conservation Order permits. You must carry a certified statement of eligibility from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or orders showing assignment to a Warrior Transition Brigade or Warrior Transition Unit or carry admission verification to a military medical center.

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Missouri Hunting and Fishing Permits at Resident Prices for Active Duty Service Members and Veterans: All members of the U.S. Armed Forces stationed and residing in Missouri on permanent change of station status and immediate Family members residing with them.

Any member of the U.S. military currently assigned as a patient to a Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit or a military medical center; must carry orders showing assignment to a Warrior Transition Brigade or Warrior Transition Unit, or admissions verification to a military medical center while hunting and purchasing permits.

Missouri residents employed by the United States in the District of Columbia or serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. (Immediate Family members who reside with them also may purchase resident permits.)

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Missouri Camping Discounts for Veterans, Retirees, Active Duty Service Members and their Family Members: A $2 per night camping discount is available year-round for Veterans, retired and active duty military personnel, as well as Family members of active duty military personnel -all of whom must show the proper valid military identification at time of check-in. Forms of identification include, CAC card, DD1173, DD214 This discount should be asked for at the time of fee payment.

Learn more about Missouri Camping Discounts for Disabled Veterans and Senior Citizens

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What are my Missouri Military and Veterans State Miscellaneous Benefits?

Missouri Homeless Veterans Benefits: Every VA Medical Center in Missouri has a Homeless Veterans Coordinator. The Homeless Coordinator provides information about the services for homeless Veterans through the Veterans Health Administration. Services include outreach, case management, referrals to benefits counselors, linkage to health care and housing assistance. Each facility is unique and services vary among each medical center. Homeless Veterans in need of assistance after hours when the Homeless Coordinator is unavailable, should contact the VA medical center's emergency room. All VA medical centers can provide referrals to emergency shelter services.

Learn more about Missouri Homeless Veterans Benefits

Free Parking for Certain Missouri Veterans and Service Members: ( MRS 304.725 ) Upon the approval of a local authority's governing body, a Veteran displaying a Medal of Honor, Prisoner of War, Silver Star, Purple Heart, Bronze Star with and without “V” device or Distinguished Flying Cross specialty license plate may park their motor vehicle without charge in a metered parking space within the authority's jurisdiction if it is less than 6,000 pounds gross weight.

A Veteran that is eligible for any of the aforementioned license plates or has been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross or a Veteran who qualifies for the Medal of Honor, Prisoner of War, Silver Star, Purple Heart, Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, or Bronze Star specialty plate may apply to the Director of the Department of Revenue for a windshield placard, free of charge, which will allow them to also park without charge in a metered parking space if the placard is hung from the front, middle rearview mirror or displayed on the dashboard on the driver's side if there is no rearview mirror.

Learn more about Free Parking for Certain Missouri Veterans and Service Members

Missouri Veterans Homes: Seven skilled nursing homes are located throughout Missouri, providing three levels of skilled nursing care at minimal cost to the Veteran. The Missouri Veterans Homes manage a total of 1238 beds that provide long term skilled nursing care in compliance with 157 Federal Department of Veterans Affairs regulations.

Under the management of Missouri  Veterans Commission, these homes are the Cameron Veterans Home , Warrensburg Veterans Home , Mexico Veterans Home , St. Louis Veterans Home , St. James Veterans Home , Cape Girardeau Veterans Home , and Mt. St Louis Veterans HomeVernon Veterans Home .

Each Missouri Veterans Home employs a licensed nursing home administrator, has registered nurses on duty 24 hours per day, and provides physician care; physical, speech, occupational and recreational therapy; medications; cosmetology; maintenance, environmental and social services, and dietary specialists. Each home has a secured dementia unit that includes a dining room, activity area and enclosed courtyard.

  • Seven modern well-equipped Veterans Homes located throughout the State

  • Each Missouri Veterans Home has a secured special care unit with specialized programming for dementia care

  • In addition to excellent food, Missouri Veterans Homes provide medical and skilled nursing care; recreational and rehabilitative therapy; social services and pastoral services

Who is eligible for Care at the Missouri Veterans Homes? To be eligible for admission to a Missouri Veterans Home, a Veteran during their lifetime must have lived in Missouri for 180 days, meet the criteria for Veteran status established by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and require institutional health care services.

Eligibility and admission decisions are made by a team comprised of the Administrator, Physician, Director of Nursing, Social Worker, Veterans Service Officer, and other professionals as needed.

  • Veteran must have been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable

  • The Veteran must have been a resident of the State of Missouri for at least 180 days at some point in their life

  • The Veteran must have documentation from a physician that they need skilled nursing home care

  • The Veteran's health condition must be such that the Home has the resources to care for them. The final decision for admission is determined by a healthcare team comprised of the Administrator, Physician, Director of Nursing, Social Worker and other professionals as needed.

For questions about the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Coordinator for that home. For admission to a home, you will need to provide the following:

  • Copy of DD214

  • Durable Power of Attorney Paperwork

  • Proof of Residency

Learn more about the Missouri Veterans Homes

Missouri State Veterans Cemeteries: Missouri Veterans Commission currently operates five State Veterans Cemeteries, They are the:

The Missouri Veterans Commission provides the following benefits at no cost to Veterans, their Spouses, and eligible dependent Children.

  • Missouri state cemetery bloomfield Opening and closing of the grave

  • A concrete grave liner if a vault is not purchased by the Family

  • Upright granite headstone or columbarium niche cover

  • Military honors for the Veteran

  • Perpetual care

Who is eligible for Interment at a Missouri State Veterans Cemetery? The eligibility criteria are the same as that for a national cemetery:

  • The Veteran must have been discharged from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable and have completed the required period of service as required by law

  • Death of the Veteran occurred while on active duty

  • After 7 September 1980 for enlisted and after 16 October 1981 for officers, the individual must have served 24 consecutive months on active duty or the full period for which called to active duty

  • Reservists or members of the National Guard who are eligible for retired pay as a result of 20 years creditable service are entitled to interment in a Missouri State Veterans Cemetery. Reservists and members of the National Guard who are called to active duty by Presidential Executive Order and who satisfactorily complete the period for which they are called to duty are also eligible.

  • There is no residency requirement for interment in a Missouri Veterans Cemetery

  • U.S. Citizens who served in the Armed Forces of a government allied with the United States during wartime may also be eligible.

If you are unsure of your eligibility status, please contact the cemetery director at the nearest Missouri Veterans Cemetery.
State of Missouri, Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Eligibility Pre-Certification Application

NOTE: Former Spouses whose marriage to an eligible Veteran was terminated by divorce are not eligible for burial in a Missouri Veterans cemetery. Any Veteran convicted of a federal or state capital crime is barred from burial in a Missouri State Veterans Cemetery. This prohibition also includes those Veterans who commit capital crimes but avoid conviction due to death or flight.

Learn more about the Missouri State Veterans Cemeteries

Missouri Military Family Relief Fund: The Missouri Military Family Relief Fund (MMFRF) provides emergency financial assistance to qualified military members and their Families. The fund is established to make Quality of Life and Medical Based Grants (QLMBG) during periods of financial hardship. This fund is available for members and Families of the Missouri National Guard and to Missouri resident members and Families of a Reserve Component who have been called to active duty as a result of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks for 30 consecutive days or more.

Applicants can receive a grant up to $3000.00 based on the recommendation of a Review Panel consisting of a Command Sergeant Major from the Missouri National Guard, a Command Sergeant Major of a Reserve Component, and a representative of the Missouri Veterans Commission.
Who is eligible for the Missouri Military Family Relief Fund?

  • Be a National Guard or a Reserve member that either lives in or drills for Missouri.

  • Hold a rank from E-1 up to O-3 or W-2.

  • Have not received a previous grant from this fund within the last 12 months

  • Not have a situation that requires a monetary resolution in less than a week

The following are not covered by the MMFRF:

  • Nonessentials

  • To finance leave or vacations

  • Pay fines or legal expenses

  • Help liquidate or consolidate debt

  • Cover bad checks or pay credit card bills

Missouri Military Family Relief Fund Application

Learn more about the Missouri Military Family Relief Fund

Missouri Veterans Award Program: The Missouri Veterans Recognition Program traces its roots to an April 23, 1919 Act of the Missouri General Assembly. This act authorized the Missouri National Guard Adjutant General to procure and present, as a token of the appreciation of the state, a medal to each member of the National Guard of Missouri who served with a Missouri unit and Veterans who served in the Armed Forces during the Spanish American War, Mexican Border Service or World War I. Currently the State of Missouri offers the following medals:

  • Missouri Jubilee of Liberty medal World War I

  • World War II

    • Replica of the Jubilee of Liberty medal (for participation in the invasion of Normandy France)

  • Korean War

  • Vietnam War

  • Operation Desert Storm / Desert Shield

  • Operation Iraqi Freedom / New Dawn

Who is eligible for the Missouri Veterans Award Program? Veterans, Spouses of Veterans, or the eldest living survivor of Veterans who meet the eligibility requirements below:

  • Veteran served on active duty in the United States military at any time during the following time periods:

    • World War I, April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918

    • World War II, December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946

      • D-Day Invasion, June 6, 1944 to September 30, 1944

    • Korean War, June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955

    • Vietnam War, February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975

    • Operation Desert Storm / Desert Shield, August 7, 1990 to June 7, 1991

    • Operation Iraqi Freedom / New Dawn, March 19, 2003 to December 15, 2011

In addition, the Veteran must also meet the following requirements:

  • Veteran was honorably separated or discharged from military service, is still in active service in honorable status, or was in active service in honorable status at the time of death

  • Veteran is a legal resident of Missouri at the time of application or was a legal resident at the time they entered or were discharged from military service or at the time of their death.

A medal, a medallion, and a certificate shall be awarded regardless if the Veteran served within the United States or in a foreign country.

To apply download, print and complete the application, provide appropriate documentation of service then mail or fax to the following:

Office of the Adjutant General
ATTN: Veterans Awards
P.O. Box 1808
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102
Fax: 573-638-9566
Phone: 573-638-9561
Toll Free: 866-834-3431
State of Missouri War Medallion Program Application Form

Learn more about the Missouri Veterans' Awards Program

Missouri Women Veterans Initiative: The Missouri Veterans Commission is dedicated to finding all women Veterans, past, present and future. It has appointed a women Veterans coordinator and her mission is to ensure that Missouri women Veterans have equitable access to federal and state Veteran's MO Women Veteransservices and to ensure women Veterans are aware of their VA benefits; who to contact; and how to apply for these benefits.

Women Veterans have unique issues that need to be addressed and they need a contact person who can give them guidance in the right direction for assistance. Some of those issues are:

  • Sexual Trauma Counseling & Care

  • Homeless women Veterans with Children

  • Women's health care, including breast cancer, osteoporosis and PTSD

  • Injured W/V returning from war were primary care givers, now who takes care of the Family / Children

  • Gender specific disability claim (military & VA disabilities)

A full continuum of comprehensive medical services including health promotion and disease prevention, primary care, women's gender-specific health care; e.g., hormone replacement therapy, breast and gynecological care, maternity and limited infertility (excluding in-vitro fertilization), acute medical/surgical, telephone triage, emergency and substance abuse treatment, mental health, domiciliary, rehabilitation and long-term care. VA researchers at many VA facilities also conduct medical research on women's health.

Learn more about the Missouri Women Veterans Initiative

Missouri Conceal and Carry Permit Renewal while on Military Duty: If a concealed carry permit or endorsement expires while the permit holder is on active duty in the Armed Forces, on active state duty, full-time National Guard duty under Title 32, or active duty under Title 10 with the National Guard, or is physically incapacitated due to an injury incurred while in the services of the National Guard or Armed Forces, the permit holder may renew the permit up to 60 days after completion of military service without penalties or fees.

Learn more about Missouri Conceal and Carry Permit Renewal while on Military Duty

Military Funeral Honors: Military Funeral Honors are the ceremonial paying of respect and the final demonstration of the country’s gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended our Nation. The military funeral honors ceremony consists of, at a minimum, the folding and Army burialpresentation of the American flag and the sounding of Taps by a detail of two uniformed members of the Military Services. Missouri Veterans normally receive a Three-Volley Rifle Salute, sounding of Taps, Flag Folding and Presentation. Active duty members and military retirees are entitled to additional honors.

The Family determines who presents the flag and can choose between Uniformed Service members or a Veterans Service Organization. The Military Funeral Honors Program or Active Component determines who will provide the rest of the team based on availability of teams. Honors may be provided by any combination of Missouri Army and Air National Guard members, Active Duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard, Retired Military Members, or Veterans Service Organizations.
Who is eligible for Military Funeral Honors? Deceased Active Duty, Guard and Reserve Members, Military Retirees, and Veterans who served at least one term of enlistment and separated under honorable conditions are eligible for Military Funeral Honors.

Military Funeral Honors are requested through the funeral home and are provided at no cost to the Veteran’s Family or the Funeral Home.

Learn more about Military Funeral Honors

Missouri Military Legal Assistance Team: The Missouri Attorney General’s Military Legal Assistance Team (MLAT) provides pro bono legal assistance to Service members in Missouri for qualifying legal matters. Additionally, the MLAT helps military Service members and their Families find and retain affordable and qualified legal counsel in the state.

The MLAT is Missouri’s first statewide attorney general-led program offering our military communities access to pro bono civil legal services. MLAT provides:

  • Referrals to pro bono attorneys for representation for legal issues caused by or exacerbated by their military service. Pro bono representation is subject to eligibility requirements and the availability of attorneys in your area.

  • Referrals to qualified and affordable attorneys for military members and their Families for matters that are not eligible for pro bono representation.

  • Combats predatory business practices targeting Missouri’s military communities.

  • Educational presentations on military consumer protection issues, civil legal protections for Service members and MLAT services that are available to eligible Service members upon request.

  • Provides legal representation for National Guard personnel with certain employment claims arising as a result of State Emergency Duty. Contact ESGR at 800-336-4590 as the first step in resolving these concerns. Should ESGR be unsuccessful in resolving your issue, they will refer your case to the MLAT.

Who is eligible Missouri Military Legal Assistance Team Assistance? To be eligible for MLAT referral to qualified and affordable legal counsel, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a Service member or dependent of a Service member of the Armed Forces (including Active Duty, National Guard or Reserves); and

  • The court of competent jurisdiction and venue for the legal issue must be within the State of Missouri.

To be eligible for MLAT pro bono representation, you must meet the above qualifications and your legal issue must arise as a direct result of your service.

Learn more about the Missouri Military Legal Assistance Team

Missouri Substitute Addresses for Homeless Veterans: Unless otherwise prohibited by law, a homeless Veteran may use a charitable, religious, fraternal, or Veterans organization as a substitute mailing address to receive state or federal assistance, if the organization meets the following:

  • The purpose of the organization is to provide charitable, religious, fraternal, or Veterans services

  • The organization has been providing these services for more than 10 years

  • The organization is willing to be the substitute address for the homeless Veteran.

Learn more about Missouri Substitute Addresses for Homeless Veterans

Missouri Heroes Way Designation Program: This program allows for interstate and state-numbered highway interchanges to be designated for Missouri residents who were in the Armed Forces and had been killed in action on or after September 11, 2001 in either Afghanistan or Iraq while serving the military. The memorial signs will be installed within the interchange on the right side of the highway, one sign per each travel direction. The current fee for two standard (6’ x 3’) signs is $2,400 due with submission of the application.

Missouri Department of Transportation, Heroes Way Naming Application Form

Learn more about the Missouri Heroes Way Designation Program

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

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

MO Jefferson Barracks Cemetery Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Missouri

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

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

 

Missouri Veterans Commission
205 Jefferson Street
12th Floor Jefferson Building
P.O. Drawer 147
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: 573-751-3779
Email: movets@mvc.dps.mo.gov
Missouri Veterans Commission Facebook Page

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Military Installations in Missouri

Please see the Missouri Military Resource Locator for additional information

Active Duty
Army
Fort Leonard Wood

Air Force
Whiteman Air Force Base (AFB)

National Guard
Missouri Army National Guard

Missouri Air National Guard
139th Airlift Wing
131st Bomb Wing

United States Army Reserve
88th Readiness Division

Resources

Missouri Veterans Commission

Missouri Benefits and Resource Guide for Veterans and Military

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

Missouri Department of Revenue, Specialty License Plate Chart

Missouri Unemployment Benefits for Military Spouses

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

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Missouri

Missouri Department of Revenue, Military Reference Guide

Missouri Revised Statutes

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Document Review Date: 19 November 2020