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Summary of Nebraska Military and Veteran Benefits: Nebraska offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including the Nebraska Veterans Aid Fund, homestead property tax exemptions, tuition assistance for Service members, Veterans and dependents, special vehicle license plates, as well as hunting and fishing licenses. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

Nebraska Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

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What are my Nebraska Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Nebraska Income Taxes on Military Pay: All Nebraska residents that are required to file a federal income tax return must file a Nebraska Individual Income Tax Return, this includesNebraska Capital all Nebraska Service members, Spouses, and other military dependents who are domiciled in Nebraska (or who are legal residents of Nebraska, including those living outside Nebraska).

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Nebraska State Income Taxes on Retired Military Pay: ( NRS §77-2716 ) Nebraska law allows an individual who retires from the uniformed services of the U.S. on or after July 18, 2012 to make a one-time election to exclude from Nebraska taxable income a portion of a Service members income received as a military retirement benefit that is included in federal adjusted gross income (AGI) for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2015.

An individual must make the election on or after July 18, 2014 and within two years after their retirement from the uniformed services, even if they do not begin receiving military retirement benefits immediately upon retirement. The individual may elect:

Option 1: To exclude 40% of their military retirement benefit income for seven consecutive taxable years, beginning with the year in which the election is made; or
Option 2: To exclude 15% of their military retirement benefit income for all taxable years, beginning with the year in which they turn 67 years of age.

Once an election is made, it cannot be changed.

A "military retirement benefit" is defined as “retirement benefits that are periodic payments attributable to service in the uniformed services of the U.S. for personal services performed by an individual prior to their retirement.”
Military retirement benefits (for purposes of the election) do not include annuity payments to a Spouse, former Spouse, or Child that are based on an individual’s military service; nor do they include payments received by a former Spouse of a retired military member under a final decree of divorce, dissolution, annulment, or legal separation or a court ordered, ratified, or approved property settlement pursuant to a decree dividing military retirement pay.

National Guard and Reserve Service Members : Individuals who retire from the uniformed services of the U.S., but do not begin receiving military retirement benefits immediately upon retirement, still must make the election to exclude a portion of their military retirement benefits within two years after their retirement date.

New for 2022: For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022 an individual may exclude 50% of their military retirement income
NRS §77-2716 as amended

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

Nebraska 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.

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Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Nebraska State Tax Benefits: Military retirement benefits (for the purposes of a Nebraska income tax exclusion) do not include annuity payments to a Spouse, former Spouse, or Child that are based on an individual’s military service; nor do they include payments received by a former Spouse of a retired military member under a final decree of divorce, dissolution, annulment, or legal separation or a court ordered, ratified, or approved property settlement pursuant to a decree dividing military retirement pay.

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Combat Zones Exclusion and Filing Extensions for Nebraska Income Taxes for Deployed Service Members: Nebraska recognizes the Internal Revenue Service designation of “combat zones.” This includes Combat Pay exclusions related to operations such as those authorized by the President. The wages shown on a Service member’s Federal Form W-2 should not include combat pay.

In most cases, Nebraska law is the same as federal law on income exclusions, filing extensions, suspension of audits and collections activities, and suppression of notices for Service members outside the U.S. This includes those individuals serving in a designated combat zone, contingency operation, or in a qualified hazardous duty area.

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Nebraska Wartime Veteran and Surviving Spouse Homestead Property Tax Exemptions: ( NRS §77-3506 thru 77-3509.04 ) The Nebraska Homestead Exemption Program offers a full or partial property tax exemption for eligible Veterans and Surviving Spouses. To qualify the Veteran or Surviving Spouse must own and occupy the homestead January 1 through August 15.

The property tax exemption categories are:

Veterans totally disabled by a nonservice-connected accident or illness Partial exemption based on income limits: This exemption is available only to the Veteran and must meet income levels in the Nebraska Department of Revenue, 2020 Household income Table.

Qualified totally disabled Veterans and their Surviving Spouses – 100% exempt: This exemption is available to a Veteran receiving compensation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) because of a 100% disability that was service-connected. This homestead is 100% exempt regardless of homestead value and income level. This exemption is also available to the Surviving Spouse of:

  • Any Veteran who died because of a service-connected disability

  • A Service member whose death while on active duty was service-connected

  • A Service member who died while on active duty during wartime; or

  • A Veteran who received compensation from the DVA because of a 100% disability that was service-connected

  • To remain eligible the Surviving Spouse must not remarry until age 57.

Veterans whose home was substantially contributed to by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and their Surviving Spouses – 100% exempt . This exemption is available to a paraplegic Veteran or multiple amputee whose home is substantially contributed to by the DVA This homestead is 100% exempt regardless of homestead value and income level. This exemption is also available to the Surviving Spouse as long as they do not remarry until age 57.

Who is eligible for the Nebraska Wartime Veteran Homestead Property Tax Exemptions Program? In addition to the requirements above the Veteran must be a person who has been on active duty in the Armed Forces of the U.S., or a citizen of the U.S. at the time of service with military forces of a government allied with the U.S., during the following date ranges:

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

  • Korean War, June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955

  • Vietnam War, February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (in the Republic of Vietnam)

  • Vietnam War, August 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975

  • Lebanon, August 25, 1982 to February 26, 1984

  • Grenada, October 23, 1983 to November 23, 1983

  • Panama, December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990

  • Persian Gulf War beginning August 2, 1990; and

  • Global War on Terror beginning September 14, 2001.

A Veteran must have received an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions.

To apply applicants must file a Form 458 (for the Veterans totally disabled by a nonservice-connected accident or illness exemption applicants must file a Schedule 1 Income Statement, Form 458 SCH 1). For the first year, include a completed Certification of Disability for Homestead Exemption, *Form 458B, or a certification of disability from the DVA. All forms must be filed with the county assessor after February 1 and by June 30 each year.

*Note: Form 458B, Certification of Disability for Homestead Exemption, is not available online. Please contact your county assessor for Form 458B.
Nebraska Department of Revenue, Schedule 1 Income Statement (Form 458 SCH 1)
Nebraska Department of Revenue, Nebraska Homestead Exemption Application (Form 458)
Nebraska Department of Revenue, Nebraska Homestead Exemption Webpage
Nebraska County Assessor Directory

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What are my Nebraska Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Nebraska Residency for Tuition Purposes for Service Members, Veterans and their Dependents: ( NRS §85-502.01 ) Active duty Service members, active duty National Guard, Veterans, eligible Spouses, and dependents may qualify as a resident student for tuition purposes.
Who is eligible for Nebraska Residency for Tuition Purposes for Service Members, Veterans and their Dependent?
The following criteria must be met:

  • A person on active duty with the armed services of the United States of America who has been assigned a permanent duty station in Nebraska, or the Spouse or dependent of an individual who has been assigned permanent duty station in Nebraska. A person who is a dependent of a Nebraska resident on active stack of booksmilitary duty will be granted resident tuition status if they verify that they are a Spouse or a dependent for federal income tax purposes of an individual meeting the qualifications.

  • A person who has served with the military who has been honorably discharged, is a graduate of a Nebraska high school, and has established a home in Nebraska with the intent to make Nebraska a permanent residence. There is no minimum period of residence for the individual under this category.

  • A person who has served the military and who has been off active duty for two (2) years or less, or a dependent or Spouse of such Veteran, if the person is registered to vote in Nebraska and demonstrates objective evidence of intent to be a resident of Nebraska. There is no minimum period of residence for the individual under this category.

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Nebraska Waiver of Tuition Program: ( NRS §80-411 ) The University of Nebraska, the Nebraska State College System, and the Nebraska Community College System participate in a waiver of tuition program that will provide a credit of 100% of tuition charges and tuition-related fees for Spouses and Children of eligible Veterans. Waiver of Tuition does not cover non-tuition-related fees, housing or food costs, parking fees, etc. The student is also responsible for purchasing any necessary books and materials needed for their courses. Waiver of Tuition is not available for masters, doctoral, or professional degrees.
Who is eligible for Nebraska Waiver of Tuition Program?
The waiver of Tuition is available to eligible dependents of Veterans who:

  • Are rated permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service; or

  • Have died of a service-connected disability; or

  • Have died subsequent to discharge as a result of injury or illness sustained while a member of the Armed Forces; or

  • Have been classified as missing in action or a prisoner of war during armed hostilities while a member of the Armed Forces.

A dependent is a Spouse or Surviving Spouse, Child, stepchild, or adopted Child of an eligible Veteran. The dependent must be a Nebraska resident and enrolled in one of the approved institutions, meeting Nebraska residency requirements as described in Nebraska Revised Statutes 85-502 for in-state tuition.

The waiver is valid for ONE degree, diploma, or certificate from a community college; and ONE baccalaureate degree from the university or a state college. Receipt of the degree, diploma, or certificate shall precede receipt of such baccalaureate degree. Waiver of Tuition is not available for masters’, doctoral, or professional degrees.

A Child dependent's eligibility will cease at the age of 26. The only exception is if the Child dependent served on active duty with the Armed Forces after their 18th birthday, but before their 26th birthday. If this is the case, the student's eligibility for waiver will end 5 years after their 1st discharge from active duty but shall not exceed beyond their 31st birthday.

Application Instructions: As required by state law, a Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Application for Waiver of Tuition must be submitted through a County Veterans' Service Office. Applications must be submitted in time for proper processing and certification prior to the beginning of any school term. The Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs cannot be held responsible for any delay not attributable to their processing of the application. Applications may be submitted by:

Postal Mail:
Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs
Attn: Waiver of Tuition
PO Box 95083
Lincoln, NE 68509

Fax: 402-742-1142
Attn: Waiver of Tuition
Email: ndva@nebraska.gov
Subject: Waiver of Tuition Application

A new Waiver of Tuition application will need to be submitted if the applicant:

  • Has never applied for a waiver of tuition before

  • Changes schools

  • Does not attend a term other than the summer term, or

  • Takes additional classes at another school.

The following documents will need to be submitted with a new application:

  • Veteran's discharge certificate (DD214)

  • Copy of a certified birth certificate on file with Vital Statistics or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (for a Child applicant). Memorabilia birth certificates will not be accepted.

  • Copy of a Marriage Certificate on file with Vital Statistics (NOTE: If the applicant is a step-Child, or if the Veteran's Child-dependent is married, this document is also required along with the birth certificate for proof of name change).

Nebraska County Veterans' Service Office Directory
Nebraska Waiver of Tuition Schools Directory

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Nebraska Reservist Tuition Credit Program: ( NRS §§80-901 / 80-902 / 80-903 ) Nebraska residents who are enlisted members of a Nebraska-based unit of the Active Selected Reserve may be eligible for a 50% tuition credit to the University of Nebraska campuses, Nebraska state colleges and Nebraska community colleges. This program is allowed 200 new applicants each calendar year.

The University of Nebraska, the Nebraska State College System, and the Nebraska Community College System participate in a tuition credit program that will provide a credit for 50% of the tuition charges for enlisted members of Nebraska-based units of the Active Reserve of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Who is eligible for the Nebraska Reservist Tuition Credit Program? To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A current Nebraska resident

  • An Enlisted member of a Nebraska-based Active Selected Reserve Unit

  • Have a minimum of 2 years remaining on your enlistment (ETS) at the beginning of each school term

  • Have agreed to serve a minimum of 3 years in the reserves

  • Should not have completed your 10th year of total service in the Armed Forces

  • Pursuing a course of study leading to a degree or certificate (the credit will end upon completion of the degree or program of study)

Application Instructions: For first-time applicants, recipients who are changing schools or recipients who have missed a term other than the summer term, a new application packet will be required. The Reserve Unit will assist in filling out the application with the Reservist. The Commanding Officer certifies that the reservist's performance is satisfactory and signs Dept of Veterans affairs insigniathe application. The Unit will forward the application and a Nebraska U.S. Citizenship Attestation Form directly to the following address:

Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs
ATTN: Reservist Tuition Credit
PO Box 95083
Lincoln NE 68509-5083

If a recipient has been approved for Reservist Tuition Credit and is starting a new term at school, a Re-certification Form will have to be completed.
Nebraska Application for Tuition Credit
Nebraska Re-certification for Tuition Credit Form
Instructions for Completing an Application for Reserve Tuition Credit

*Note: This program is limited to 200 NEW applications per calendar year.

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Nebraska “Operation Recognition” High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: Operation Recognition awards Honorary High School Diplomas to eligible WWII and Korean War Veterans who were attending a Nebraska High School but left to serve their country and did not graduate after their release from Operation Recognitionservice.
Who is eligible for the Nebraska “Operation Recognition” High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans?

  • Honorably Discharged

  • World War II Qualifying Dates of Active Service: 9/16/1940 - 12/31/1946

  • Korean War Qualifying Dates of Active Service: 6/25/1950 - 1/31/1955

  • Veterans currently living out of state are eligible if they are a former Nebraska resident.

Application Instructions: Applicants must submit a completed Operation Recognition, Honorary High School Diploma Application for Nebraska Veterans, along with a copy of the Veteran's discharge papers, to:

Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs
ATTN: Operation Recognition
PO Box 95083
Lincoln, NE 68509

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Nebraska Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: ( NRS §79-2201 ) It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

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

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

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

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

  • Children sitting on the steps of a school 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:
Brian Halstead, Nebraska Commissioner
Deputy Commissioner / Chief of Staff
Nebraska Department of Education
Address: P.O. Box 94987, Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
Email: brian.halstead@nebraska.gov
Phone: 402-471-0732

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What are my Nebraska Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Nebraska State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference: ( NRS §48-227 ) Nebraska Law requires that a preference be given to eligible Veterans, Service members, and eligible Spouses seeking initial or return (unless terminated for disciplinary reasons) employment with the State of Nebraska or any state or local government.

Veterans with passing scores on all parts of an examination or numerical scoring will have five percent added to their passing score if preference is requested on the applicaLady getting assitancetion. An additional five percent will be added to the passing score or numerical scoring of any disabled Veteran. This preference must also be given to the Spouse of a Service member during the time in which the Service member serves on active duty and up to one hundred eighty days after the Service member’s discharge or separation from service.

All notices of positions of employment available for Veteran’s Preference and all applications for such positions shall state that the position is subject to a Veteran’s Preference. Veterans that applied and are not hired shall be notified by phone, mail or email that they have not been hired and shall be advised of any administrative appeal available.

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Nebraska Private Sector Voluntary Veterans Hiring Preference: ( NRS §48-238 ) The Nebraska Voluntary Veterans Preference Act provides private sector employers having a Veteran’s preference policy the opportunity to be listed on the Nebraska Dept. of Labor’s Voluntary Veterans Preference Registry. Employers listed on the registry may implement Veteran’s preference policies without having to be concerned that hiring decisions may violate a state or local equal employment opportunity law.

Nebraska Statues states that, “A voluntary Veterans preference employment policy shall not be considered a violation of any state or local equal employment opportunity law including the Nebraska Fair Employment Practice Act.”

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

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

  • During a war; or

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Surviving 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.

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

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain National Guardreemployment 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 is entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102 percent of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

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

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Nebraska State Employee Military Leave for Reservists and National Guard Service Members: ( NRS §55-160 ) All employees, including elected officials oSoldiers hooking up cargo to a chinook f the State of Nebraska, or any political subdivision, who are members of the National Guard, Army Reserve, Naval Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Air Force Reserve, and Coast Guard Reserve, are entitled to a military leave of absence from their respective duties, without loss of pay, All State employees receive 15-work days of military leave per year.
Who is eligible for Nebraska State Employee Military Leave?
State employees on orders for National Guard or Reserve unit training or active duty are eligible for military leave.

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Compensation for Loss of Pay Due to Nebraska National Guard Emergency Activation: ( NRS §55-160 ) When the Governor of this state declares that a state of emergency exists and a State employee is ordered to active service of the state, a "state of emergency leave of absence" will be granted until the Service member is released from active service by competent authority. A military leave of absence shall not be used during a state of emergency declared by the Governor.

Any official or employee subject to this section will receive their normal salary or compensation minus the state active duty base pay they receive in active service of the state. Governmental officers serving a term of office will receive their compensation as provided by law.

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 Compensation for Nebraska National Guard State Active Duty Pay and Allowances: ( NRS §55-157 ) When an active or retired Service member of the National Guard is ordered water rescueto active service of the state by the Governor or Adjutant General, they shall receive compensation for service during a disaster or emergency, at the same rate as a Service member of corresponding grades in the Armed Forces of the United States and will be reimbursed for travel expenses in accordance with the Joint Federal Travel Regulations.

In addition, the Service member is entitled to reimbursement of one hundred percent of the cost of their privately purchased health insurance or up to one hundred two percent of the cost of their employer-provided health insurance.
Who is eligible for Compensation for Nebraska National Guard State Active Duty Pay and Allowances? National Guard Service members on state active duty are eligible for compensation.

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What are my Nebraska Military and Veterans Unemployment Benefits?

Nebraska Unemployment Compensation: The Unemployment Insurance Benefits Division of the Nebraska Department of Labor is responsible for the administration of benefits and compensation for workers who have lost employment due to no fault of their own.
Who is eligible for Nebraska Unemployment Compensation?
Workers who have lost employment due to no fault of their own are encouraged to apply for benefits. You must be able to work and available for work four or more days of the week in order to be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. You are not considered able and available if circumstances such as lack of transportation, Child-care problems, Family care issues, sickness or injury would prevent you from working. You are not considered available for work if you are in jail four or more days during the week.

Claims must be filed online using the NEworks Unemployment Claims online portal. If you do not have internet access or have a disability requiring assistive technology, please visit your local Job Center for assistance.

You will need the following information to apply for unemployment benefits:

  • Social Security Number

  • Complete home mailing address, including ZIP code

  • Telephone number

  • Email address

  • County you live in

  • Driver's license number or State ID card number

  • If you select direct deposit, your bank routing number and account number

  • The company names for all your employers from the past 18 months as they appear on your paycheck stubs or W-2 forms

  • Complete mailing addresses of employers, including ZIP code and the city in which the business is physically located

  • Your start and end dates with each employer, including month, day, and year

  • Your reason for leaving each employer (lack of work, voluntary quit, discharge, leave of absence)

  • Employment authorization number and expiration date (if a non-citizen)

  • If you served in the military the past 18 months, DD214 Member #4 Form

  • If you worked for the federal government as a civilian employee in the last 18 months, Standard Form 8 or Standard Form 50. Also, compile your total wages earned with the federal employer in the last 18 months and indicate how you were paid (hourly, weekly, and monthly).

NEworks Job Center Directory
NEworks Unemployment Claims Online Portal
NEworks Handbook for Unemployed Workers
NEworks Claim Instructions

If you need assistance or your claim involves military, federal, or out-of-state wages, call the Nebraska Claims Center at 402-458-2500 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., CST Monday-Friday or email: NDOL.UnemploymentHelp@nebraska.gov .

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Nebraska Veterans' Job Search Assistance: As an eligible individual, Department of Labor trained staff of specially trained Veterans will evaluate your situation, ensure your basic needs are being met, and create a plan to help you along the path to reemployment. Services may include assistance with the following:

  • Job placement and referrals

  • Resumes, cover letters, and interviewing skills

  • Training, education and financial aid options

  • Job search workshops

  • Support services referrals (e.g. housing, financial, transportation, etc.)

  • Navigating computer programs

  • The online application process

  • Access to computer, fax, phone, and copy services

  • Intensive services to overcome employment barriers

Who is eligible for Nebraska Veterans' Job Search Assistance? The following are eligible for assistance:

  • Veterans who served in the active military, naval, or air service and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable; and

  • Eligible Spouses of those Veterans who have total service-connected disabilities or who died as a result of service-connected disabilities.

To get started you must first go to the NEworks Account Login and Registration Page to create a user account in Nebraska's Public Labor Exchange. Staff members are available to assist if needed. Nebraska Department of Labor Veterans Staff Directory
Nebraska Department of Labor Veterans' Employment Services Brochure

Learn more about Nebraska Veterans' Job Search Assistance

Priority of Service for Veterans at Nebraska Workforce Programs: Priority of Service is offered to Veterans and their eligible Spouses. Federal law and regulations require all workforce programs funded by the Department of Labor to provide priority of service to:

  • Veterans who served in the active military, naval, or air service and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable; and

  • Eligible Spouses of Veterans who

    • Have total service-connected disabilities or

    • Who died as a result of service-connected disabilities or when a total service-connected disability was in place.

This means you will:

  • Be granted front of the line privileges and be served first by the next available staff member

  • Receive access to that program or service, for which you are eligible and qualified, either earlier in time or instead of persons who are not eligible for priority of service.

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

"Veteran" Designation on Nebraska Driver License and Identification Cards: ( NRS §80-414 ) Qualifying Veterans may have a Veteran designation displayedNebraska Drivers license Veteran Designation on their Nebraska driver license, commercial driver license or ID card.
Who is eligible for "Veteran" Designation on Nebraska Driver License and Identification Cards? Veterans must first apply to the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs, Military and Veterans’ Registry or contact the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs at 402-471-2458.

Once your registration has been confirmed with the Nebraska Department of Veteran's Affairs, you can either request the designation be added at the time of your renewal, for no additional fee OR apply for a replacement document online or at any driver licensing office. If you apply for a replacement, the replacement document fee will be charged.
Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles, Online License Renewal Webpage
Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles Locations Directory

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Nebraska Disabled Veteran Motor Vehicle Tax Exemption: The Nebraska Disabled Motor Vehicle Tax Exemption is available for one motor vehicle owned and used for their personal transportation by a disabled or blind Veteran of the United States Armed Forces.
Who is eligible for Nebraska Disabled Veteran Motor Vehicle Tax Exemption?
The Veteran must have lost the use of or has undergone amputation of two or more extremities or has undergone amputation of one or more extremities and has lost the use of one or more extremities. Blind Veterans are defined as someone whose sight is so impaired as to seriously limit their ability to engage in ordinary activities. The Veteran must have been discharged or otherwise separated with a characterization of honorable or general (under honorable conditions).

Veterans who qualify must apply for the motor vehicle tax exemption to the County Treasurer in their county of residence. Those who qualify are encouraged to contact their County Treasurer for more detailed information about the application process.
Nebraska County Treasurer Directory

Learn more about the Nebraska Disabled Veteran Motor Vehicle Tax Exemption

Early Renewal of Nebraska Driver's License: Nebraska licensed drivers, 21 years and older, who know they will be out of the state during their renewal period, may apply for renewal of their license (operator's or commercial) prior to leaving the state. They may be asked to provide proof that they will not be in the state during their renewal period (i.e. military orders), and all standard testing requirements would be followed for their renewal. Contact the Driver Licensing Service main office at 402-471-3861 for more details.

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Military Exemption of Nebraska Driver's License for Active Duty Military: ( NRS §60-4,121 ) There are special driver's licensing rules if you are on active duty in the military and stationed outside of Nebraska. These rules also apply to Family members of active duty military personnel. If your driver's license was valid on or after August 27, 1971, your driver's license is valid while you are on active duty and for 60 days following discharge or your return to Nebraska, whichever is later.

If you qualify for the military exemption, you may request a Form 07-08 from the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles. Form 07-08 is a small card that you will attach to your driver's license. (Note: Holders of a "Limited Term" driver's license do not qualify for the military exemption.)

To request a 07-08 card, send to following documents to the Department at the address indicated below:

  • a signed and dated request*

  • a readable photocopy of your Nebraska driver's license; and

  • a copy of your current military orders

Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles
Driver and Vehicle Records Division
Attn: Military Exemption
P.O. Box 94789
Lincoln, NE 68509-4789
Fax: 402-471-8694
Email: dmv.dvrweb@nebraska.gov

*Be sure to include your current address so that the Form 07-08 can be sent to you following processing of your request.

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Military Out-of-State Renewal of Nebraska Driver License: There are special driver’s licensing rules if you are on active duty in the military and stationed outside of Nebraska as well as renewing in person upon your return to Nebraska. These rules also apply to Family members of active duty military personnel. There is a Military Exemption process, or you can choose to keep your license current by renewing by mail or online if possible. If you are in the state of Nebraska, you will follow the regular In-State Renewal process. If you are stationed out of the state of Nebraska and wish to keep your license current you can renew online, by mail. You will be required to provide one of the following:

  • Copy of your current orders

  • Copy of your leave papers

  • Copy of your discharge papers, valid for 60 days after discharge; or

  • Military ID card

You will be required to prove Nebraska residency, even if stationed outside of Nebraska. If you no longer have a physical Nebraska resident address, you will need to provide a current LES statement showing taxes paid to Nebraska and then two proofs of resident address for the state you are now residing in, or APO/FPO address.

How to Renew: To make an application, you will be required to:

Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles
PO Box 94726
Lincoln, NE 68509

The packet may also be faxed to 402-471-4020

Once the application packet is received and processed, an issuance certificate will then be sent to you. You will be required to sign it, attach the appropriate fee and return it to the Lincoln office. Once payment is received, your 30-day Temporary Driving Receipt will be mailed to the address you have provided. Within 10-14 business days, your Nebraska driver's license will be mailed to the address you have provided.

NOTE: If your driver's license has previously been renewed while out of state and does not have an updated photo, no further out of state renewals will be allowed until you have appeared at a driver licensing office in Nebraska and updated your photo.

You will be required to prove Nebraska residency, even if stationed outside of Nebraska. If you no longer have a physical Nebraska resident address, you will need to provide a current LES statement showing taxes paid to Nebraska and then two proofs of resident address for the state you are now residing in, or APO/FPO address.

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Nebraska Handicapped Parking Permits: ( NRS §60-3,113.03 ) Nebraska Handicapped Parking Permits are available at no charge to all individuals who qualify. To qualify, the applicant must have a certified medical condition that limits personal mobility resulting in the applicant's inability to travel more than two hundred feet without assistance such as a wheelchair, crutch, walker, prosthetic, or other device.

The definition of a certifiable medical condition is:

  • Severe visual or physical impairment

  • Severe respiratory problems

  • Class III or Class IV cardiac condition

  • Loss of all or substantially all the use of one or more limbs.

A permanent permit is blue in color and indicates the permit holder has a permanent medical condition. A permanent permit must be renewed every six (6) years. All permanent permits expire on the last day of the month of the applicant's birthday in the sixth (6th) year of issuance.

A temporary permit is red in color and is valid for three (3) or six (6) months as determined the medical professional certifying the applicant's medical condition. If after the initial period has expired the temporary condition still exists, a temporary permit may be renewed one time for an additional three (3) or six (6) month period. If the condition remains after the temporary permit has been renewed, the individual must apply for a permanent permit.

Each handicapped individual is allowed two (2) permits. Handicapped individuals may also obtain Handicapped License plates for their vehicle in addition to their permit(s).

Learn more about Nebraska Handicapped Parking Permits

Nebraska Military and Veteran License Plates: The State of Nebraska offers six distinctive license plates 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 of these plates are listed below.

Learn more about Nebraska Military and Veteran License Plates

Nebraska Military Honor Plates Nebraska Military Honor License Plates: ( NRS §60-3,122.04 ) Military Honor license plates are available, in lieu of regular county plates, to persons who have served, or are currently serving, on active duty or in the Reserves of the:

  • United States Army

  • United States Air Force

  • United States Coast Guard

  • United States Marine Corps

  • United States National Guard

  • United States Navy

  • United States Army Reserve

  • United States Navy Reserve

  • United States Marine Corps Reserve

  • United States Coast Guard Reserve

  • United States Air Force Reserve

Who is eligible for Nebraska Military Honor License Plates? To request Military Honor license plates, the applicant must be eligible for, and enrolled in, the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs, Military and Veteran's Registry through the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs and have served (with an honorable or general under honorable conditions discharge/separation), or be currently serving, on active duty in the specific branch for which a license plate is requested.

There is no limit to the number of vehicles or trailers owned or leased by the applicant that may be licensed with a Military Honor license plate. Separate application processes are required for each plate requested.

For numbered plates, there will be an additional $5.00 fee; for personalized plates, there will be an additional $40.00 fee. The fee is due at the time of application and must be renewed annually in the same month as the vehicle registration. These license plates may be ordered online or by mail.
Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicle Online License Plate Ordering System
Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles, Application for Military Honor/ Reserve License Plates

To apply via mail please send applications and appropriate fees to:

Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles
Driver and Vehicle Records Division
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 94789
Lincoln, NE 68509-4789

Learn more about Nebraska Military Honor License Plates

Nebraska Purple Heart License Plate: ( NRS §60-3,125 ) Purple Heart Plates are issued in lieu of regular plates and may be placed on motor vehicles, motorcycles, trailers, Nebraska Purple Heart License Platesemitrailers and cabin trailers.

Applicants must have a Nebraska Certificate of Title issued in their name, or in the event the vehicle is leased or non-resident military, the name of the applicant must appear on the registration of the vehicle.
Who is eligible for Nebraska Purple Heart License Plate? Purple Heart Plates are available to any person who is a recipient of the Purple Heart Award.

There is no limit to the number of motor vehicles or trailers owned or leased by the applicant that may be licensed with a Purple Heart plate. A separate application must be submitted for each Purple Heart License Plate requested.

All appropriate registration fees and taxes apply and must be paid to the County Treasurer in the county where the vehicle is registered.

A completed Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles, Application for Purple Heart License Plate including supporting documents should be mailed to:

Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles
Driver and Vehicle Records Division
PO Box 94789
Lincoln, NE 68509-4789

Once the application has been processed, the applicant will receive notification from the Department of Motor Vehicles advising them of the date their plate(s) will be available at their County Treasurer's office to be registered to their vehicle.

Learn more about the Nebraska Purple Heart License Plate

Nebraska Disabled Veteran License Plate (DAV): ( NRS §60-3,124 ) Disabled American Veteran License Plates are issued in lieu of regular plates and may be placed on motor vehicles, motorcycles, trailers, semitrailers and cabin trailers.Nebraska Disabled Veteran Plate

Applicants must have a Nebraska Certificate of Title issued in their name, or in the event the vehicle is leased or non-resident military, the name of the applicant must appear on the registration of the vehicle.
Who is eligible for the Nebraska Disabled Veteran License Plate (DAV)? Disabled American Veteran License Plates are available to any person who is a Veteran of the United States Armed Forces, who was discharged or otherwise separated with a characterization of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) and who is classified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs with a disability that is 100% service-connected. The requirement that you be 100% service-connected disabled does not mean that you must be 100% disabled. It means that 100% of whatever your disability must be as a result of your service

*Note: Disabled American Veteran license plates do not allow the registered owner to park in spaces designated for handicapped parking. To use a space designated for handicapped parking, a Handicapped License Plate or Permit is required.
Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles Handicapped License Plate and Permit Application Webpage

A completed Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles, Application for Disabled American Veteran License Plate including supporting documents should be mailed to:

Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles
Driver and Vehicle Records Division
PO Box 94789
Lincoln, NE 68509-4789

Once the application has been processed, the applicant will receive notification from the Department of Motor Vehicles advising them of the date their plate(s) will be available at their County Treasurer's office to be registered to their vehicle.

Learn more about the Nebraska Disabled Veteran License Plate

Nebraska Gold Star Family License Plate: Nebraska Gold Star Family License plates are available, in lieu of regular license plates, to Families of persons who have died while Nebraska gold star platein good standing on active duty in the military service of the United States. Gold Star Family may be placed on motor vehicles, motorcycles, trailers, semitrailers and cabin trailers.

Applicants must have a Nebraska Certificate of Title issued in their name, or in the event the vehicle is leased or non-resident military, the name of the applicant must appear on the registration of the vehicle.
Who is eligible for Nebraska Gold Star Family License Plate? Nebraska Gold Star Family Plates are available to any person who is a:

  • A Surviving Spouse - whether remarried or not

  • An ancestor - including a stepparent

  • A descendent - including a stepchild

  • A foster parent or a person in loco parentis

  • A sibling

There is no limit to the number of motor vehicles or trailers owned or leased by the applicant that may be licensed with a Purple Heart plate. A separate application must be submitted for each Gold Star Family License Plate requested.

Once the application has been processed, the applicant will receive notification from the Department of Motor Vehicles advising them of the date their plate will be available at their County Treasurer's office to be registered to their vehicle.

For numbered plates, there will be an additional $5.00 fee; for personalized plates, there will be an additional $40.00 fee. The fee is due at the time of application and must be renewed annually in the same month as the vehicle registration. These license plates may only be ordered by mail.

A completed Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles, Application for Gold Star Family License Plate including supporting documents should be mailed to:

Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles
Driver and Vehicle Records Division
PO Box 94789
Lincoln, NE 68509-4789

Once the application has been processed, the applicant will receive notification from the Department of Motor Vehicles advising them of the date their plate(s) will be available at their County Treasurer's office to be registered to their vehicle.

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

Nebraska National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death incurred while on State Active Duty Covered by Workers’ Compensation: ( NRS §55-159 ) A member of the military forces of the State of Nebraska who incurs a personal injury which is caused by accident or occupational disease while in the active service of this state ordered by competent authority, which injury arises out of and in the course of their employment in active service, shall be entitled to workers' compensation benefits in accordance with the definitions and terms of the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act. If such member incurs death under the same conditions, the dependents of the deceased, if any, shall be entitled to workers' compensation benefits as provided in the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act.
Who is eligible for Nebraska National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death incurred while on State Active Duty Covered by Workers’ Compensation? National Guard Service members on State active duty are eligible for coverage under Nebraska Workers’ Compensation laws.

Learn more about Nebraska National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death incurred while on State Active Duty Covered by Workers’ Compensation

National Guard Association of Nebraska State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI): The State Sponsored Life Insurance program is derived from United States Public Nebraska National Guard Association logoLaw 93-289, May 1974, Title 37, Section 707 and is offered through the National Guard Association of Nebraska (NGANE). This program is comprised of a combination of six voluntary group life policies available to the military members of the Nebraska National Guard and is designed to help meet the needs of NGANE members.

The NGANE is a member of the Militia Insurance Trust (MIT) underwritten by New York Life. The Militia Insurance Trust is comprised of 14 National Guard Associations.

Every member of the Nebraska National Guard is covered with $1,000 SSLI at no cost to the member. This $1,000 benefit is provided through the Militia Insurance Trust Group Life Insurance Plan.

Key Benefits of the SSLI:

  • Coverage available for the Spouse and Children

  • Rates do not go up just because you separate from the National Guard -you can keep the coverage when you separate

  • Coverage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

  • No War Exclusion - you are covered in combat

  • No Aviation Exclusion - aviators are covered

  • Pays most valid claims or emergency benefit within 24 to 48 hours of receipt of proof of loss.

New Recruits are eligible for $10,000 SSLI coverage under the MIT Group Life Insurance Plan at no cost for the first year of service in the Nebraska National Guard. Enrollment must occur within 90 days of joining the Nebraska National Guard. Those interested may call 1-800-633-8333 for more information.
Who is eligible for National Guard Association of Nebraska State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI)?
National Guard Service members and their dependents are eligible.

Learn more about the National Guard Association of Nebraska State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI)

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

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

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

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you are 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

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

Non-resident Active-Duty Military Stationed in Nebraska May Purchase Nebraska Resident Hunting and Fishing Permits: ( NRS §37-419 ) Service members on active duty stationed in Nebraska for 30 days or more may purchase hunting and fishing permits at the resident rate, regardless of state residency claimed.

Learn more about Non-resident Active-Duty Military Stationed in Nebraska May Purchase Nebraska Resident Hunting and Fishing Permits

 Disabled Nebraska Veterans Fee Exempt Hunting and Fishing License: ( NRS §37-420 ) Nebraska residents who are Veterans that were discharged or separated Nebraska Trout Slam logowith a characterization of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) may receive a fee exempt permit. These permits are fee exempt and good for the life of the Veteran.
Who is eligible for the Disabled Nebraska Veterans Fee Exempt Hunting and Fishing License?
Disabled Veterans who are legal residents of Nebraska and who have been deemed 50% or more service related or 100% disabled non-service connected and receive a pension from the Veterans Administration, are eligible for a Disabled Veteran’s Lifetime Annual Small Game Hunt/Fish/Fur Harvest Permit at no fee. This permit includes all state stamps.

An application form and signature from a Veteran's Service officer is required. The application can be presented in person when applying for this permit.

To apply for a Veteran’s Permit via the mail, fill out the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Application for Veteran's Hunting / Fishing / Fur Harvest Permit Form and enclose a copy of your DD214. If a DD214 is not attached, a signature from a Veteran Service Center manager is needed.

Mail to:
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
PO Box 30370
Lincoln, NE 68503-0370

Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs, County Veteran Service Office Directory

Learn more about 100% Disabled Nebraska Veterans Fee Exempt Hunting and Fishing License

Nebraska Veterans Discounted Hunting and Fishing License: ( NRS §37-421 ) Veterans over age 64 are eligible for hunting and fishing license permits for a fee of $5.00. This permit includes all state stamps.
Who is eligible for Nebraska Veterans Discounted Hunting and Fishing License? Any Nebraska resident who is a Veteran, who is sixty-four years of age or older, and who was discharged or separated with a characterization of service as honorable or general (under honorable conditions).

The Veteran Hunt/Fish/Fur Harvest Permit must be renewed annually for $5. It may be renewed at any Game and Parks office, online or at a vendor location. Renewal does not require a copy of a DD214 or an application form.

To apply for a Veteran’s Permit via the mail, fill out the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Application for Veteran's Hunting / Fishing / Fur Harvest Permit Form and enclose a copy of your DD214 and a check for $5. If a DD214 is not attached, a signature from a Veteran Service Center manager is needed

Mail to:
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
PO Box 30370
Lincoln, NE 68503-0370

Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs, County Veteran Service Office Directory

Learn more about the Nebraska Veterans Discounted Hunting and Fishing License

Nebraska Deployed Military Discounted Hunting and Fishing Permit: A Nebraska resident who is or has been deployed out of the state with a branch of the United States military within the last 12 months shall, upon returning to the state, be eligible to receive an Annual Small Game Hunt/Fish/Fur Harvest Permit on a one-time basis for $5. This permit includes all state stamps. A copy of deployment paperwork must be presented at the time of application.

To apply for a Deployed Military Permit via the mail, fill out the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Application for Deployed Military Hunting / Fishing/ Fur Harvest Combo Permit and enclose a copy of your deployment papers and a check for $5.

Mail to:
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
PO Box 30370
Lincoln, NE 68503-0370

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What are my Nebraska Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

VA Regional Office Nebraska Veterans' Service Office: The function of the State Service Office is to interview military Veterans, their Spouses, and dependents to establish tentative eligibility for Veterans' benefits provided by federal and state laws; to advise applicants with claims before the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA); and to assist them in the accurate completion of application forms and transmit them to the proper federal or state agency for processing. The State Service Office assists and manages both initial appeals and appeals to the Board of Veterans Affairs.

State Service Officers are recognized representatives for the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs, and is accredited by the American Legion, American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs, Ex-POWs, The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA), Vietnam Veterans of America, and National Association of County Veterans Service Officers. State Service Officers are located at the VA Regional Office, Lincoln.

Learn more about the Nebraska Veterans' Service Office

Storage/Retrieval of Nebraska Veteran Discharges (DD214): The Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs (NDVA) has approximately 700,000 discharges of Nebraska Veterans on microfilm. If a Veteran entered from and returned to Nebraska upon separation from military service, a copy of the discharge may be on file in the Department. Documents previously filed with the Selective Service System and National Guard were referred to the Department of Veterans' Affairs. Since October 1, 1979, if requested by the service-member, Military Separation Centers have sent a copy of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from active duty (DD214) to the Department.

To see if your discharge is on file with NDVA, please submit a Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs Online Search Request. You can also contact your County Veterans Service Office if you have previously filed a copy of your discharge with the county. Copies of discharges may also be requested from the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO by completing a Department of Defense Standard Form-180 or submitting an online request by visiting the National Archives, National Personnel Records Center Online Request page
Nebraska County Veterans Service Office Directory

Learn more about Storage/Retrieval of Nebraska Veteran Discharges (DD214)

Nebraska State Veterans’ Homes: ( NRS §80-316 ) Nebraska has four Veterans homes located in Bellevue, Norfolk, Kearney, and Scottsbluff. The objective of these homes is to provide domiciliary care and both intermediate and skilled nursing care. Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States may be eligible for admission to one of the Nebraska Veterans homes; eligibility may extend to the Spouse, Surviving Spouse, and Gold Star parents.

Central Nebraska Veterans' Home: 308-865-6000. This home, located in Kearney, NE, has a total of 225 beds, with 32 of those beds reserved for Alzheimer's patients. The other bedsNebraska Central Veterans Home are reserved for general nursing and assisted living care.

 

 

 

Norfolk Veterans' Home: 402-370-3300. The Norfolk Veterans' Home, located in northeastern Nebraska, has a total of 159 beds, with 27 of those beds reserved for Alzheimer's patients. The other beds are reserved for general nursing and assisted living care

Eastern Nebraska Veterans' Home: 402-595-2180. Located in Bellevue, NE (10 mi south of Omaha), has a total of 120 beds, with 30 of those beds reserved for Alzheimer's patients. The other beds are reserved for general Nebraska Eastern Veterans Homenursing and assisted living care.

 

 

Western Nebraska Veterans' Home: 308-632-0300. Located in the panhandle of Nebraska, the Western Nebraska Veterans' Home lies 20 miles east of the Wyoming border in Scottsbluff, NE. This home has a Western Nebraska Veterans Hometotal of 109 beds.

 

 

  

 

Who is eligible for care at a Nebraska State Veteran Home? All persons who served on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States other than active duty for training and who were discharged or otherwise separated with a characterization of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) if, at the time of making an application for admission to one of the Nebraska Veterans homes:

  • The applicant has been a bona fide resident of the State of Nebraska for at least two years

  • The applicant has become disabled due to service, old age, or otherwise to an extent that it would prevent such applicant from earning a livelihood; and

  • The applicant's income from all sources is such that the applicant would be dependent wholly or partially upon public charities for support or the type of care needed is available only at a state institution

The Spouse of any such person admitted to one of the homes who has attained the age of fifty years and has been married to such member for at least two years before their entrance into the home; the Surviving Spouses and parents of eligible Service members who died while in the service of the United States or who have since died of a service-connected disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Surviving Spouses and parents shall be eligible for such care and subsistence if, at the time of applying, they:

  • Have been bona fide residents of the State of Nebraska for at least two years

  • Have attained the age of fifty years

  • Are unable to earn a livelihood; and

  • Are dependent wholly or partially upon public charities or the type of care needed is available only at a state institution.

The maintenance Charge is determined by a sliding scale depending on a person’s income and or assets. Your contribution to the cost of care at the Home could be from $0 to $4,097.00 per month.

Application & Admission Process: The admission to a Home within the Nebraska Veterans Home System is initiated with the completion of the application, which is obtained from a County Veterans' Service Officer (CVSO).

To apply for admittance into a state Veterans' home, you may:

  • Apply to the home directly

  • Apply through the Nebraska County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) in the county where you currently reside

  • Apply through a recognized Veteran’s organization:

    • American Legion

    • AMVETS

    • DAV

    • Marine Corps League

    • Military Order of the Purple Heart

    • Paralyzed Veterans of America

    • Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

    • Vietnam Veterans of America

Nebraska County Veterans Service Office Directory
Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs, Veterans' Homes Board Contact Information

Learn more about the Nebraska State Veterans’ Homes

Nebraska Veterans Aid (NVA) Fund: The Nebraska Veterans Aid Fund (NVA) is a temporary emergency aid fund to assist Veterans, their Spouses, and dependents when an unforeseen emergency occurs disrupting their normal method of living and when other resources are not immediately available. Aid can only be used for food, fuel, shelter, wearing apparel, funeral, medical and surgical items.
Who is eligible for the Nebraska Veterans Aid (NVA) Fund? For NVA purposes, Veteran means any person who:

  • Served on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States, other than active duty for training, and who:

    • Was discharged or otherwise separated with a characterization of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) from such service; or

    • Died while in service or as a direct result of such service; or

  • Being a citizen of the United States at the time of their entry into such service, served with the military forces of any government allied with the United States during any period identified in section NRS 80-401.01 and was discharged or otherwise separated with a characterization of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) from such service.

Application must be made through the County Veterans Service Officer or post Service Officer of any recognized Veterans' organization in the county nearest the applicant's place of residence and submitted to the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs.
Nebraska County Veterans Service Office Directory

Learn more about the Nebraska Veterans Aid (NVA) Fund

State of Nebraska Grave Registry: The Department of Veterans' Affairs shall preserve a permanent registry of the graves of all persons who shall have served in the Armed Forces of the U.S. in time of war and whose mortal remains rest in Nebraska. Information concerning the registry can be obtained from the Department of Veterans' Affairs or a County Veterans Service Officer.
Nebraska County Veterans Service Office Directory

Learn more about the State of Nebraska Grave Registry

Nebraska State Veterans Cemetery: The Nebraska Veterans' Cemetery at Alliance (NVCA) is located in Alliance, NE, three miles southeast of the town on CR57, ¼ mile from the Alliance Municipal Airport. Nebraska State Veterans CemeteryThe grounds, originally part of a former WWII airfield, were dedicated in 2010, and the first internment took place on Jan 21, 2011.

The cemetery is open for visitation of graves from dawn to dusk, 7 days a week. The Administration building is open Mon-Fri from 8am to 5pm, MST. Employees are available during this time to schedule and conduct internments. Internments are not scheduled on weekends or major national or state holidays.
Who is eligible for Interment at the Nebraska State Veterans Cemetery? Service members who died on active duty, Veterans, and their eligible Spouses and dependent Children are eligible to be buried at NVCA. Eligibility guidelines are based on laws passed by Congress and incorporated into United States Code at Title 38, Veterans Benefits - Sections 112, 2306, 2402, and 2411.

To check eligibility for internment at NVCA, please complete and submit a Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs, Eligibility Determination Request Form. Please also include copies of the Veteran's discharge papers (DD214), marriage license for the Spouse, birth certificate(s) for dependent Child(ren), and (if applicable) the death certificate for the Veteran. Once completed, send the form and the appropriate documentation by mail to:

Nebraska Veterans Cemetery at Alliance
PO Box 718
2610 CR 57
Alliance, NE 69301

You may also submit in person to the Veterans' Cemetery Administration Building, 2610 County Road 57, Alliance, NE 69301, or by email to james.goodwin@nebraska.gov .

To schedule an interment, a Nebraska Veterans Cemetery at Alliance, Request for Interment Form will need to be completed and submitted to NVCA for consideration.

Learn more about the Nebraska State Veterans Cemetery

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

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

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Nebraska

 Ft McPherson National CemeteryU.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in Nebraska: The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration maintains three national cemeteries in Nebraska. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

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Military Installations in Nebraska

Please see the Nebraska Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty

Air Force
Offutt AFB

National Guard
Nebraska National Guard

Nebraska Army National Guard

Nebraska Air National Guard
155th Air Refueling Wing

United States Army Reserve (USAR)
88th Readiness Division

Resources

Nebraska Department of Revenue

Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

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

Retirement Living, Tax Information Nebraska

Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles, License Plates

Nebraska Department of Labor, Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Veterans and Military Permits

Office of Personnel Management, Veterans Services

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Nebraska

Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs, Guide to Veteran's Benefits

Nebraska Revised Statutes

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Document Review Date: 23 September 2020