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Summary of Montana Military and Veterans Benefits: Montana offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Property Tax Exemptions, Montana National Guard Tuition Waiver Program, education and tuition assistance, Veteran point preference or alternative preference in initial hiring, vehicle tags, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

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What are my Montana Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Montana Military Pay Exemption for Active Duty Service Members: Service members may subtract military pay from your adjusted gross income if:

  • It comes from basic, special, and incentive pay from active duty in the regular Armed Forces, or

  • It is National Guard or reserve salary from acontingency operation (10 USC 101) or homeland defense activity (32 USC 901), or

  • It is a combat zone exclusion, included on your Form W-2, Box 1

    • If you are a commissioned officer, you can exclude additional combat zone pay if:

      • You could not exclude all of your combat zone wages because it exceeded the enlisted pay for each part of the month you served in a combat zone, or

      • If you were hospitalized as a result of your combat zone service.

If you claim this exemption, you must include verification of your military status such as your military orders with your income tax return.

You do not need to add life insurance reimbursements from the U.S. Department of Defense during active duty in a contingency operation.

You can subtract reimbursements from the Montana Department of Military Affairs for premiums paid under Service Member’s Group Life Insurance on your Montana gross income.

You cannot claim a military exemption if your military income is:

  • Pay for annual or inactive duty training unless it is part of acontingency operation (10 USC 101) or homeland defense activity (32 USC 901)

  • Pay for being a member of a Reserve component unless it is part of acontingency operation (10 USC 101) or homeland defense activity (32 USC 901)

  • Your salary as a member of the National Guard engaged in Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) duty

  • Retirement, retainer, equivalent pay or allowances.

In addition, if you are a member of the National Guard engaged in Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) duty, your pay is not tax exempt.

Learn more about Montana Military Pay Exemption for Active Duty Service Members

Montana Retired Military Pay Income Taxes: Montana taxes all pension, annuities, and retirement income if it is taxable on the federal return. However, you may be entitled to a partial exemption, deduction, or exclusion.

For retirement income other than Tier II Railroad benefits, you can complete the Montana Department of revenue, Partial Pension and Annuity Income Exemption Worksheet, Form 2, Page 6 to see if you qualify for an exemption.

Your retirement exemption is subject to two limitations:

  • First, you cannot exclude more than $4,370 per taxpayer for the 2020 tax year

  • Second, your exclusion is reduced by $2 for every dollar your 2020 federal Adjusted Gross Income exceeds $36,420, regardless of your filing status.

Note: If you are married and both of you receive pension, annuity, or IRA income you are more likely to be able to deduct $4,370 each if you file separately
Montana Form 2 Individual Income Tax Instructions

Learn more about Montana Retired Military Pay Income Taxes

Montana 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 Montana State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay

Montana 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 Montana 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) Montana State Tax Benefits: Montana taxes all pension, annuities, and retirement income if it is taxable on the federal return. burial flagHowever, you may be entitled to a partial exemption, deduction, or exclusion.

For retirement income other than Tier II Railroad benefits, you can complete the Montana Department of revenue, Partial Pension and Annuity Income Exemption Worksheet, Form 2, Page 6 to see if you qualify for an exemption.

Your retirement exemption is subject to two limitations:

  • First, you cannot exclude more than $4,370 per taxpayer for the 2020 tax year

  • Second, your exclusion is reduced by $2 for every dollar your 2020 federal Adjusted Gross Income exceeds $36,420, regardless of your filing status.

Montana Form 2 Individual Income Tax Instructions

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

Montana Disabled Veteran or Spouses of Montana Disabled Veterans (MDV) Assistance Program, Property Tax Reduction: ( 15-6-311, MCA ) The Montana Disabled Veterans (MDV) Assistance Program helps disabled Veterans or their unmarried Surviving Spouse by reducing the propertveteran with prostetic legy tax rate on their home. The Veteran must have 100% disability from an injury related to service. For homes on agricultural or forest land, the benefit applies to the home and one-acre homes site. The MDV reduction is based on income and marriage status as shown on the table below.
Who is eligible for the Montana Disabled Veteran or Spouses of Montana Disabled Veterans (MDV) Assistance Program, Property Tax Reduction?
To qualify for MDV, you must:

  • Own or currently be under a contract to purchase a home

  • Live in the home as your primary residence for at least seven months of the year

  • Have a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) showing your current disability status is 100% for a service-connected disability

  • Have a 2019 Federal Adjusted Gross Income (FAGI)—excluding capital income or loss—below the threshold

Income Thresholds:
Single: $45,373
Married or Head of Household: 52,353
Unmarried Surviving Spouse: $39,556

A Surviving Spouse must also have a letter from the VA showing their deceased Spouse

  • Died in active duty, or

  • Died from a disability related to service and was rated 100% disability at the time of their death

If you are a new Montana resident, include a copy of your 2018 federal income tax return with your completed application.

If you are married, include your Spouse’s income in your FAGI regardless of whether they are a co-owner of the home.

If your only income is from social security, Veterans’ benefits and/or other nontaxable sources, include a copy of your social security statement and other income documentation with your completed application.

The following charts show the income guidelines. Depending on the marital status and income of the homeowner, the tax rate is reduced by 100%, 80%, 70% or 50% of the normal tax rate. The income ranges are updated each year for inflation.

Income Guidlines

Single

Married or Head of Household

Surviving Spouse

Reduction

$0-$34,902

$0-$41,882

$0-29,085

100%

$34,903-$38,392

$41,883-$45,373

$29,086-$32,575

80%

$38,393-$41,882

$45,374-$48,863

$32,576-$36,065

70%

$41,883-$45,373

$48,864-$52,353

$38,066-$39,556

50%


To apply for MDV, you must complete the Montana Disabled Veteran Property Tax Relief Application for Tax Year 2021 (Form MDV) and return it to your nearest Department of Revenue field office. Your application must be post marked or hand-delivered by April 15. If you miss the deadline, we will consider your application for the following year.
Montana Department of Revenue Office Directory

Learn more about the Montana Disabled Veteran or Spouses of Montana Disabled Veterans (MDV) Assistance Program, Property Tax Reduction

Montana Veterans' Clubhouse Tax Exemption -- Incompetent Veterans' Trusts: A clubhouse or building erected by or belonging to any society or organization of honorably discharged United States military personnel that is used primarily for educational, fraternal, benevolent, or purely public charitable purposes rather than for gain or profit, together with the personal property necessarily used in the building, is exempt from taxation. The exemption provided for in this section applies even if a business, intended primarily for the use of the members, is required to be open to the public and is operated in a portion of the building.

All property, real or personal, in the possession of legal guardians of incompetent Veterans of U.S. military service or minor dependents of the Veterans, when the property is funded or derived from funds received from the United States as pension, compensation, insurance, adjusted compensation, or gratuity, is exempt from all taxation as property of the United States while held by the guardian, but not after title passes to the Veteran or minor in the minor's own right on account of removal of legal disability. ( Montana Code 15-6-203 )

Learn more about the Montana Veterans' Clubhouse Tax Exemption -- Incompetent Veterans' Trusts

Montana National Guard and Reserve Service Members Can Deduct Travel Expenses from State Income Tax: Montana National Guard and Reserve Service members can deduct travel expenses if they traveled more than 100 miles from home to perform services as a National Guard or Reserve Service member.

This deduction is taken on Schedule 1, Line 11 of your federal Form 1040 and on Schedule 1, Line 11 of the Montana Form 2. You must include a copy of your federal Form 2106 or 2106-EZ with your return to claim this deduction.

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What are my Montana Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education Tuition Waivers for Service Members, Veterans, War Orphans and Surviving Dependents of Deceased National Guard Service Members: The Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education offers tuition waiversgraduation caps tossed in the air for Veterans, National Guard Service members, war orphans and surviving dependents of deceased National Guard Service members at campuses of the Montana University System. A short description of these benefits is listed below.

Students are eligible for continuation of a waiver, from year to year, unless otherwise limited, provided reasonable academic progress is maintained in accordance with the campus’s satisfactory progress policy generally used in administering federal financial aid. No combination of waivers/discounts can exceed the total tuition charged by the campus.

Applications for the waivers must be made through the admission office at the Montana University System campus where you will be attending. Applications must be made at least two weeks before fee payment for the semester in which the recipient expects to qualify are due.

Montana National Guard Tuition Waiver: Beginning in the fall semester of 2020, a student who is a member of the Montana National Guard is eligible for a tuition waiver, provided the student:

  • Is a bona fide member of the Montana National Guard at the start of the semester for which the student is enrolling;

  • Has been certified as a Montana National Guard member in good standing by the Adjutant General;Graduate in cap and gown

  • Does not hold a baccalaureate degree or higher; and

  • Meets all admission requirements of the institution.

Waivers for students who meet the criteria above will be applied as last dollar awards, up to the total annual cost of in-state tuition only. Thus, individual tuition waiver amounts will vary, depending on the amount of federal grants and scholarships received by the student. Montana National Guard members who do not meet the residency requirements provided in Montana Board of Regents (BOR) Policy 940.1 but meet the criteria above, are eligible for in-state tuition status for purposes of applying the tuition waiver under this policy.
Montana National Guard Tuition Waiver Eligibility, Instructions, Award Guidelines and Application
Montana National Guard State Tuition Waiver Program Brochure

Surviving Dependents of Montana National Guard Member Waiver: The Surviving Spouse or Child of any Montana National Guard member killed as a result of injury, disease, or other disability incurred in the line of duty while serving on state active duty is eligible for a waiver. This waiver shall not apply to the extent that any such person is eligible for educational benefits from any governmental or private benefit program that provides comparable benefits.

Montana War Orphans Tuition Waiver: A tuition waiver is available, upon approval of the Commissioner of Higher Education, for Children aged 25 or younger, whose parent(s) served on active duty during World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts. Such members of the Armed Forces must have been Montana residents at the time of entry into service and must have been killed in action or died as a result of combat related injury, disease, or other disability while in the service.
Montana War Orphans Tuition Waiver Application

Montana Honorable Discharged Veteran Tuition Waiver: Veterans from the Vietnam Era and Before (i.e., served any time prior to May 8, 1975) - All honorably discharged persons who served with the United States Armed Forces in any of its wars and who are bona fide residents of the State of Montana for fee and tuition purposes are eligible for a waiver. This waiver shall not apply to persons who qualify for education stipends or other Veterans’ educational benefits under federal law or regulation and shall apply only to those who have at some time qualified for benefits but whose benefits have expired or been exhausted.

Post-Vietnam Era Veterans (i.e., service began after May 7, 1975) - Veterans serving in the Armed Forces subsequent to the conflict in Vietnam are eligible for a waiver if the following conditions are met:

  • The Veteran has been awarded an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, or

  • The Veteran served in a combat theater in the Persian Gulf between August 2, 1990 and April 11, 1991 and received the Southwest Asia Service Medal, or

  • The Veteran has been awarded the Kosovo Campaign Medal; or

  • The Veteran served in a combat theater in Afghanistan or Iraq after September 11, 2001 and received either the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal or the Iraq Campaign Medal instead

    • For purposes of this policy any of the above noted medals shall be deemed to have been “awarded” to an individual if the individual was eligible for the medal but chose to receive another medal in lieu thereof

  • The Veteran is pursuing their initial associate degree or initial baccalaureate degree

  • The Veteran elected to become eligible for educational benefits under Title 38, Chapter 30 or 32, of the United States Code (or a successor federal program granting educational benefits based on active duty in the regular Armed Forces of the United States) and has exhausted such benefits or is no longer eligible for such benefits because of the passage of time. Participants in the Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) or any similar contributory program who withdraw any portion of their contribution before the expiration date for their benefits are not eligible for the waiver.

  • The Veteran is a resident of Montana eligible for in-state tuition and fees under the policies of the board.

Montana Honorably Discharged Veteran Tuition Waiver Application
Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education Policy and Procedures Manual, Policy 940.13-Tution Waivers, and Discounts

Learn more about the Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education Tuition Waivers for Service Members, Veterans, War Orphans and Surviving Dependents of Deceased National Guard Service Members

Grateful Nation Montana, Financial and Educational Assistance: Grateful Nation Montana was formed for the specific purpose of facilitating college educations for the Children of Service members killed while on active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan, Grateful Nation links eligible students with the financial resources and non-monetary support they will need to have a successful college experience. They target both the financial and educational needs of these Children. Even with sufficient financial resources in place, the road to a successful college education may not be assured for these students, who face many hurdles growing up without a parent. Participating colleges and universities provide student tutoring and mentoring to eligible students during their high school years so that these students are academically and emotionally prepared to succeed in college.

Learn more about Grateful Nation Montana, Financial and Educational Assistance

Montana 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 kids sitting on a staircaseFamilies because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Primary Point of Contact:
Montana Commissioner
Address: 400 Benton Avenue, Missoula, MT 59801
Phone: 406-461-4419

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

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What are my Montana Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Montana State Employment Veteran Point Preference or Alternative Preference in Initial Hiring: (Montana Code 39-29-102) Whenever a public employer uses a scored procedure, an applicant for an initial hiring, as defined in Montana Code 39-29-103, must have added to the applicant's score the following percentage points of the total possible points that may be granted in the scored procedure:

  • 5 percentage points if the applicant is a Veteran; and

  • 10 percentage points if the applicant is a disabled Veteran or an eligible relative.

A Veteran, disabled Veteran, or eligible relative may not receive the percentage points provided unless the person:

  • is a United States citizen; and

  • meets the minimum qualifications required for the position. If no applicant meets the minimum qualifications and the public employer fills a training position, Veterans' preference must be applied.

A disabled Veteran who receives 10 percentage points may not receive an additional 5 percentage points.

Whenever a public employer uses a selection procedure other than a scored procedure, the public employer will give preference to a disabled Veteran, a person with a disability, a Veteran, an eligible relative as defined in Montana Code 39-29-101, in that order, over any nonpreferred applicant holding substantially equal qualifications, as defined in Montana Code 39-30-103.

This preference may include a guaranteed job interview for a Veteran who meets the required qualifications for the position and has requested a preference, as provided in Montana Code 39-29-103, if the public employer provides for a job interview preference by rule or ordinance. The guarantee of a job interview is not part of the preference claim that may be enforced as provided in Montana Code 39-29-104.

In addition, Montana Code 39-29-111 provides a preference in retention during a reduction in force for Veterans, disabled Veterans, or eligible relatives over other employees with similar job duties, qualifications and same length of service. To be eligible the employees’ service must not have been rated unacceptable under a performance appraisal system.

Veterans' Employment Preference Policy

Learn more about the Montana State Employment Veteran Point Preference or Alternative Preference in Initial Hiring

Montana Veteran Hiring Preference for Private Employers: A private sector employer may adopt an employment policy that gives preference in hiring to a Veteran. A private sector employer includes for-profit and not-for-profit employers.

Learn more about Montana Veteran Hiring Preference for Private Employers

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.

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

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

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

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

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

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

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of 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.

Military retirees at the rank of major, lieutenant commander, or higher are not eligible for preference in appointment unless they are disabled Veterans. (This does not apply to Reservists who will not begin drawing military retired pay until age 60.)

Learn more about Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences

Paid Military Leave for Montana Public Employees: An employee of the state or of any political subdivision, as defined in Montana Code 2-9-101, who is a member of the National Guard of Montana or any other state or who is a member of the organized or unorganized reserve corps or military forces of the United States and who has been an employee for a period of at least 6 months must be given leave of absence with pay accruing at a rate of 120 hours in a calendar year, or academic year if applicable, for performing military service.

Military leave may not be charged against the employee's annual vacation time. Unused military leave must be carried over to the next calendar year, or academic year if applicable, but may not exceed a total of 240 hours in any calendar or academic year.
Who is eligible for Paid Military Leave for Montana Public Employees? Public employees performing military service and who have been an employee for a period of at least 6 months are eligible for paid leave.

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

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and Soldiers returning homeretain reemployment rights to five years (the previous law provided four years of active duty, plus an additional year if it was for the convenience of the Government). There are important exceptions to the five-year limit, including initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA clearly establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service as long as the basic eligibility criteria are met.

Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members convalescing from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.

Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning service-members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service (the long-standing "escalator" principle), with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. The law clearly provides for alternative reemployment positions if the Service member cannot qualify for the "escalator" position. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, 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 USERRA benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

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

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What are my Montana Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Montana Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a program to pay short-term benefits to help workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own. UI helps to lessen the negative impact that unemployment has on the economy. UI is not public assistance. In order to be eligible for UI you must have lost your job through no fault of your own, have worked the 4-5 calendar quarters and be physically able to work.

In order to file you will need to create a MontanaWorks account at MontanaWorks Unemployment Insurance Online Claim Portal .

You will need the following information to file a claim:

  • Dates of employment; and the business name, address, and phone number of all employers you have worked for in the last 18 months

  • Your account number and bank routing number for the account you want your benefits deposited in, if you wish to receive your benefits via Direct Deposit

  • A copy of your DD214, Member Copy 4 will need to be provided to the UI office if you are a former Service member

    • You may file an unemployment claim after your discharge date on your DD214

  • Your SF-8 or SF-50 If you are a federal employee or were employed by the federal government within the last 18 months

  • The name and local number of your union hall if you obtain work through a union

  • Alien registration card number and expiration date if you are not a U.S. Citizen.

Montana Unemployment Insurance Claimant Handbook

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What are my Montana Military and Veterans Motor Vehicle Division Benefits?

Veteran Designation on Montana Driver Licenses and Identification Cards: Montana law allows a qualified Veteran to add the word VETERAN to the front ofMT Drivers License Vet ID their driver license or identification (ID) card. This designation not only recognizes your service; it may also help you qualify for Veteran discounts offered by some businesses.

To apply for this designation, complete and submit Montana Motor Vehicle Division, Application to Add Veteran Designation to Driver License or ID Card (form 21-3000). This application explains the two steps needed to have VETERAN printed on your license or ID card.

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Montana Military and Veteran License Plates: The State of Montana offers 25 distinctive license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, Retirees, and certain Family members. Specific eligibility and documentation requirements will apply. A short description of some these license plates is listed below.
Montana Motor Vehicle Division Military and Veterans License Plate Descriptions and Fees
Montana Code, Special Plates For Military Personnel, Veterans, Spouses, And Gold Star Families Eligibility 61-3-458

How to Purchase and Renew Military Plates: When purchasing license plates applicants must:

  • Present to the county treasurer's office an official certificate from your unit commander verifying your eligibility and authorizing the department to issue the plates:

    • DD214 or its successor

    • documents showing an other-than-dishonorable discharge

    • re-enlistment documents

  • Pay all applicable vehicle registration fees and any special license plate fees.

Note: When purchasing license plates, registering your vehicle, or renewing vehicle registration, the Veteran designation on a driver license or ID card will not be accepted as proof of eligibility to receive Veteran license plates or exemption from vehicle registration fees. Veterans must continue to provide official documentation confirming eligibility to display Veteran license plates or receive exemption from vehicle registration fees.

Fee Waivers for Surviving Spouses: Provided a Surviving Spouse of a military Service member has not remarried, the Spouse is entitled to the fee waiver(s) if the deceased Spouse meets any one of the following criteria:

  • was a prisoner of war

  • was a Veteran who had a 100% disability rating, or who was paid at the 100% rate

  • was a Veteran who had at least a 50% disability rating and was awarded the Purple Heart (this excludes the Veterans cemetery fee)

  • was killed while on active duty

  • died of a service-connected injury or disability

    • Necessary documentation - an official letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), unless the military Service member was killed on active duty, in which case the Surviving Spouse needs a letter from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

Montana Department of Justice, License Plate Fact Sheet

Montana Disabled Veteran License Plate: Disabled Veterans may be issued special license plates displaying the letters "DV", which entitle them to disabled parkingMT Disabled Veteran plate privilege. Disabled Veterans may be issued up to two sets of DV license plates for their vehicles. Unlike other military license plates, DV plates cannot be transferred to a Surviving Spouse.

The Disabled Veteran license plate has no cemetery/ renewal fee, and a $10 production fee. Motorcycle license plates do incur a $10 cemetery fee.
Who is eligible for the Montana Disabled Veteran License Plate?
Disabled Veterans are entitled to this plate if they:

  • Have been awarded the Purple Heart and have been rated as 50% or more disabled because of a service-connected injury.

    • Necessary documentation - an official letter from the VA stating the disability rating and DoD form DD214 verifying receipt of a Purple Heart.

OR

  • Are currently rated 100% disabled or are paid at the 100% disabled rate for a service-connected disability.

    •  Necessary documentation - an official letter from the VA stating the disability rating or payment status.

Montana Gold Star Family License Plate: The Gold Star Family license plate has no cemetery/renewal fee, and a $10 production fee. Motorcycle license plates do MT Gold Star License plateincur a $10 cemetery fee.

Who is eligible for the Montana Gold Star Family License Plate? U.S. military Family members who are eligible for a Gold Star Lapel Button may be issued special Gold Star Family license plates upon application and after paying all applicable motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, or pole trailer registration fees and special license plate fees. Necessary documentation - Complete the State of Montana Application for Gold Star Family License Plate (State of Montana Application for Gold Star Family License Plate, Form MV57) and provide supporting documentation, DD Form 1300 Report of Casualty or Death Notice.

MT Army Veteran Plate Montana Veteran License Plate: A Veteran may be issued special license plates displaying the word "VETERAN" and a symbol signifying the United States Army, United States Navy, United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps, or United States Coast Guard, according to the Veteran's service record, verified in the application. To receive Veteran license plates or exemption from vehicle registration fees under Montana law. Veterans must continue to provide official documentation confirming eligibility to display Veteran license plates or receive exemption from vehicle registration fees.

Montana Purple Heart License Plate: A Veteran who has been awarded the purple heart may be issued special license platesMT purple heart plate with the purple heart decal displaying the words "combat wounded". The Purple Heart license plate has a $10 cemetery/renewal fee (unless disability rating is 50% or more), and a $10 production fee. Motorcycle license plates also incur a $10 cemetery fee.

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Military Vehicle Registration for Montana Resident Service Members Stationed Outside Montana Reduced Fees: (Montana Code 61-3-456) A Montana resident who entered active military duty from Montana, including a National Guard or Reserve member, and who is stationed outside Montana, may register a motor vehicle, trailer, semi-trailer or pole trailer that they own and operate without paying certain light vehicle registration fees, fees in lieu of property tax, and county option taxes as otherwise required (other taxes and fees may be due).
Montana Motor Vehicles Division, Application for Military Registration MV53

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Montana License Expiration Exemption for Active Duty Service Members: Active duty Service members may apply for a military driver license exemption. This exemption renders your license valid up to 90 days after honorable discharge, regardless of the expiration date printed on the license. Exemptions are indicated by having a 90 - day exemption notice printed on the back of the license. Service members may also have "9999" printed on the front of their license in place of an expiration date. Family members who are stationed with Service members are not eligible for a license expiration exemption; however, they are eligible for up to 2 consecutive mail-in renewals or license replacement by mail.
Montana Depar tment of Justice, Mail in Mi litary Exempt Status Instructions and Application

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Montana Motorcycle Endorsement for Active Duty Service Members Stationed Outside Montana: Active duty Service members stationed outside of Montana may apply to have a motorcycle endorsement added to their driver license without completing a road skills test at a Montana exam station if they satisfy the requirements outlined below.

To apply for a motorcycle endorsement, you will need to:

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Montana Military Waiver for a Commercial Driver License: Service members with a valid standard Montana driver license and who are currently or were in the past year employed in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a commercial motor vehicle may be eligible to have their CDL road skills test waived. Written tests cannot be waived.

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What are my Montana Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?

Montana National Guard Death Benefit when Incurred on State Active Duty: The Montana Department of Administration will, upon certification, make a death benefit payment by state warrant in the amount of $50,000 to the beneficiary, of a member of the National Guard who dies in the line of duty 3 people walking in a veteran cemeteryperformed pursuant to state military duty orders.

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

  • Servicemember's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

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

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

  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

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

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

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What are my Montana Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Discounted Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks Licenses for Combat Disabled Veterans: A Veteran or a disabled member of the Armed elk in a fieldForces who meets the qualifications in 87-2-803(9) as a result of a combat-connected injury may apply at a Fish, Wildlife and Parks office for a regular Class A-3 deer A tag, a Class A-4 deer B tag, a Class B-7 deer A tag, a Class B-8 deer B tag, and a special antelope license for one-half of the license fee. For more information, please contact the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks Contact Information
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Montana Combat Disabled Application

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Free Montana Conservation License for Reserve Component Service Members: A Montana resident who is a member of the Montana National Guard or the Armed Forces Reserves or who was otherwise engaged in active duty and who participated in a contingency operation, that required the Service member to serve at least 2 months outside of the state is eligible for a free resident wildlife conservation license, a Class A resident fishing license or a Class AAA resident combination sports license, (which may not include a Class A-6 black bear tag).

Service members are eligible in the license year that they return from military service or in the year following the Service member's return, then based on the Service member's election, in any of the 4 years after the Service member's election. Applicants must still pay the resident base hunting license fee and purchase the resident aquatic invasive species prevention pass.

To be eligible for the free licenses, an applicant must provide a written application, proof of residency, and DD214 verifying their release or discharge from active duty. The applicant is responsible for providing this documentation to any regional department office or to the department headquarters in Helena, by mail or in person. For more information, please contact the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks Contact Information

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Montana Hunting and Fishing Benefits for Purple Heart Awardees: A Montana resident awarded a Purple Heart for service in the Armed Forces of the United States is entitled to fish and hunt game birds, not including wild turkeys, with the purchase of a wildlife conservation license and a resident aquatic invasive species prevention pass. Other licenses are not required.

A nonresident awarded a Purple Heart for service in the Armed Forces of the United States is entitled to fish and hunt game birds, not including wild turkeys, with the purchase of a wildlife conservation license and a resident aquatic invasive species prevention pass, during expeditions arranged for the nonresident by a nonprofit organization that uses fishing and hunting as part of the rehabilitation of disabled Veterans. For more information, please contact the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks Contact Information

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Montana Fishing Benefits for Veterans in VA Hospitals: A Veteran that is a patient at a hospital operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, located within or outside the state of Montana, may fish without a license. The Veteran must carry a permit on a form prescribed by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, signed by the superintendent of the institution in lieu of a license. For more information, please contact the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks Contact Information

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Donated Montana Hunting Licenses for Disabled Service Members and Veterans: The holder of any Montana hunting license may donate them for reissuance to a disabled Veteran or a disabled Service member of the Armed Forces for use on an expedition arranged by a nonprofit organization that uses hunting as part of the rehabilitation services.

To obtain a donated license a Veteran or a member of the Armed Forces:

  • Must be a purple heart recipient

  • Must, as the result of wounds or injuries received in a combat zone, be medically retired, have a 70% or greater disability rating by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or U.S. Department of Defense, or have active duty status (while receiving medical treatment at a medical facility)

  • Is not required to be a resident of Montana

  • Does not have to first obtain a wildlife conservation license, and

  • Is not required to pay any fee.

For more information, please contact the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks Contact Information

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Nonresident Service Members and Dependents Stationed in Montana May Purchase Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Licenses at Resident Rates: MC 87-2-102 Active duty, nonresident Service members and their dependents that are assigned in Montana are eligible to purchase trout in  a streamhunting, fishing and trapping licenses at resident prices. Applicants must be assigned in Montana 30 days before they are eligible.

Reassignment out of Montana terminates Montana residency, except when the Service member's Spouse and dependents continue to physically reside in Montana and the Service member continues to meet the residency criteria.

For more information, please contact the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Contact Information
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Resident Licenses for Military Members and Their Dependents Factsheet

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Lake with snow covered mountains in background Montana State Parks Camping Discount for Veterans: Montana resident Veterans receive a discount of 50% off camping fees (does not apply to electrical fees) at Montana State Parks. Proof of eligibility to receive the discount includes a DD214, U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs ID or a driver’s license indicating the person’s Veteran status.

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What are my Montana Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Montana Military Family Relief Fund: The Montana Military Family Relief Fund (MMFRF) provides monetary grants to Families of Montana National Guard and Reserve Component Service members who on or after April 28, 2007, are on active duty for federal service in a contingency operation.

MMFRF grants are intended to help Montana Families defray the costs of food, housing, utilities, medical services, and other expenses that become difficult to afford when a wage-earner has temporarily left civilian employment to be placed on active military duty.

Status Based Grant: Flat Rate of $250.00 per Eligible Dependent

The status-based grant offers a flat fee of $250.00 for each eligible dependent to help offset and defray costs associated in relation to the deployment process.

To be eligible for a status-based grant under the MMFRF the Grantee must:

  • be a Family member of a Service member:

    • of the Montana National Guard or a Reserve Component as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101.

    • who is a resident of Montana

    • who has served under federal orders in a contingency operation for at least 30 consecutive days.

    • whose pay grade is no higher than O-3 or W-3 at the time of application.

  • Be a person that has been approved as a dependent of a Service member and is enrolled as a dependent in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS)

  • Submit a completed and signed application, MMFRF Form 1.

Need-Based Grant: Up to $2,000.00 (Maximum)

The need-based grant offers assistance to those Families who experience a decrease in household income or a financial hardship during a deployment. If the member’s military income is at least 30% less than their civilian income or a Family incurs unexpected or emergency costs this grant can provide up to $2,000.00 to assist the Family.

To be eligible for a need-based grant under the MMFRF the Grantee must:

  • Meet all criteria for a status based grant

  • Submit a completed and signed application, MMFRF Form 2

  • Provide proof that the Service member’s monthly military pay and allowances, combined, are at least 30% less than the Service members monthly civilian wages or income; or Proof that the Service member or a Family member is experiencing a significant emergency that warrants financial assistance.

Casualty-Based Grant: Flat Rate of $2,000.00

The casualty-based grant offers $2,000.00 to help offset costs of a member who is injured during a contingency operation. The injury must have been sustained in the course of or in relation to combat.

To be eligible for a casualty-based grant under the MMFRF the Grantee must:

  • Be a Service member:

    • Who is a member of the Montana National Guard or a Reserve Component as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101

    • Who is a resident of Montana

    • Who has served under federal orders in a contingency operation for at least 30 consecutive days.

    • Who sustained a nonfatal injury in combat or related to combat as a direct result of hostile action

  • Submit a completed and signed application, MMFRF Form 3

  • Provide documentation of Purple Heart Award.

To Apply for a Grant

  • Attach copies of all required documentation – incomplete applications will be returned

  • All grants awarded on first-come, first-served basis (casualty based grants given top priority)

  • Timeliness of payment will be determined by amount of funds available at time of application

  • Complete appropriate application, sign and date, make a copy for your records, then send the original, signed application to:

Department of Military Affairs
Attn: Director's Office
1956 Mt Majo Street
PO Box 4789
Fort Harrison, MT 59636

For questions, please call the Montana Department of Military Affairs, Fiscal Officer at 406-324-3333.

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Montana State Veteran's Homes : The State of Montana operates two Veterans homes for the care of elderly and infirm Veterans. There is a third Veterans home under construction in Butte, Montana.

Columbia Montana Veterans home Columbia Falls Montana Veterans' Home (MVH): Is a Medicare/Medicaid and Veterans' Administration certified facility with 105 intermediate/skilled-care beds and 12 domiciliary beds. The nursing facility includes a 15-bed Alzheimer's unit. MVH has been providing services to Veterans since 1896.

Eastern Montana Veterans' Home (EMVH): Located in Glendive is an 80-bed intermediate/skilled-care facility including a 16-bed Special Care Unit. The facility has certification from the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services and the Veterans' Administration. The facility opened its doors for admission in July 1995. EMVH was built by the state of Montana with the assistance of the Federal Veterans' Administration and is managed by Glendive Medical Center.

Southwest Montana Veterans Home (SWMVH : The Southwest Montana Veterans Home (SWMVH) is currently under construction in Butte, Montana.Eastern Veterans Home

SWMVH is a Skilled Nursing Facility and will be home to 60 residents. There are five cottages with 12-bedrooms and a footprint for a sixth cottage if funding becomes available in the future. Each cottage is designed to very “homelike” with private bedrooms and bathrooms, a central kitchen, dining and living rooms, and a spa/ bathroom. The heart of the “neighborhood” is the Community Center with a large multi-purpose room, barber/beauty shop, physical therapy, reception area, medical exam room, and administrative offices.
Who is eligible for Care in a Montana State Veteran's Homes? MC 10-2-403 To be eligible for residence in a Montana Veterans' home under rules prescribed by the department of public health and human services, a person must be an Honorably Discharged Veteran or the Spouse or Surviving Spouse of a Veteran. Consideration must also be given to:

  • The persons age

  • The person's physical and mental status

  • The person's ability or inability to locate suitable alternative accommodations

  • The person's term of residence in Montana

  • The person's gender as it relates to availability of appropriate living space

  • The ability of the Montana Veterans' home to meet the person's needs; and

  • Other admission requirements established by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

Montana State Veterans' Home Application

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Montana State Veterans' Cemeteries: There are three Veteran's cemeteries located in Montana. Montana State Veterans Cemetery located at Fort Harrison; Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery located Western Veterans Cemeteryin Missoula; and the Eastern Montana State Veterans Cemetery located in Miles City.

The next of kin or the Family's funeral director of choice can make arrangements directly with the cemetery. Before burial can take place, cemetery staff must verify the Veteran's eligibility. To do this, the next of kin or funeral director must provide the cemetery staff with a copy of the Veteran's discharge papers; or the Veteran's service, social security or VA claim numbers.
Who is Eligible for Burial in a Montana State Veterans Cemetery? Any Veteran with an "Honorable or "Under Honorable Conditions" discharge is eligible for interment in one of Montana's state Veterans cemeterieState Veterans Cemeterys. To confirm your eligibility for burial benefits, contact a Veterans service officer (see back of pamphlet). A copy of the DD214 discharge form is necessary to determine this eligibility.

Spouses and minor Children under the age of 21 are also entitled to burial in the state Veterans cemetery, as long as the Veteran has been or will also be buried in the same cemetery. If the Spouse is a Veteran, they are entitled to their own plot and headstone. This is the only time plot reservations are made and enable the Veteran husband and wife to be side by side.

Veterans are entitled to a government provided headstone for the gravesite, whether it is in the state Veterans cemetery or in a private cemetery. Certain basic information will be inscribed on the headstone or marker at government expense, such as the name of the deceased, years of birth and death, and Eastern State Veterans Cemeterybranch of service. Optional items that may also be included at government expense are military service component, rank, period of war service, religious emblem, valor awards received, and the Purple Heart. The government also provides a headstone for the Spouse if they are laid to rest in a state Veterans cemetery where their Spouse, the Veteran, is already buried or will be buried upon demise. The government does not provide a headstone for the Spouse in a private cemetery.

There is no charge for the plot in a state Veterans cemetery; nor is there a charge for the opening and closing of the grave for the Veteran. Should the Spouse pass away before the Veteran or after the Veteran has been buried in the state cemetery, they may also be interned with the Veteran, however, the Family would be responsible for a $500 opening and closing charge. The headstone will be updated when both Veteran and Spouse are deceased, it will include both names.
Montana Veterans Cemeteries Brochure

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Compensation for Montana National Guard Service Members ordered to State Active Duty : An officer ordered into state active duty must receive pay and allowances as prescribed for an officer of corresponding grade and length of service when on active duty in federal service.

An enlisted member ordered into state active duty must receive pay at rates equivalent to twice those allowed for an enlisted member of corresponding grade and length of time when on active duty in federal service. This schedule of pay for enlisted members applies only to the first 15 days of service. After 15 days, an enlisted member must receive the pay and allowances as prescribed for an enlisted member of corresponding grade and length of service when on active duty in federal service.

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

VA Facilities in Montana: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.

Yellowstone Veterans CemeteryLearn more about VA Facilities in Montana

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

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Military Installations in Montana

Please see the Montana Military Resource Locator for additional information

Army:
No active duty Army installations are located in Montana.

Active Duty Air Force:
Malmstrom Air Force Base

National Guard:
Montana Department of Military Affairs

Montana Army National Guard

Montana Air National Guard
120th Airlift Wing

United States Army Reserve (USAR):
88th Readiness Division


Resources

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

Montana Department of Military Affairs

Montana Code Annotated

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

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Montana

Montana Board of Regents, Policy and Procedures Manual

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

Montana Department of Justice, License Plates

Montana Department of Justice, Military License Plates

MyAirForceBenefits Resource Locator Montana

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Document Review Date: 25 February 2021