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Summary of Nebraska Military and Veteran Benefits: Nebraska offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Veterans Emergency Assistance, Nebraska Homestead Exemption, Nebraska State Tuition Waiver, Dependents of POW/MIA, or Deceased Veterans' 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

 

What are my Nebraska Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

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 his or her 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 his or her retirement from the uniformed services, even if he or she does not begin receiving military retirement benefits immediately upon retirement. The individual may elect:

Option 1: To exclude 40% of his or her 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 his or her military retirement benefit income for all taxable years, beginning with the year in which he or she turns 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 his or her 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 his or her military retirement benefits within two years after his or her retirement date.

Learn more about Nebraska State Income Taxes on Retired Military Pay

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.

Learn more about Nebraska 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) Nebraska State Tax Benefits: Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax. Check with state department of revenue office.

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

Nebraska Wartime Veteran Homestead Property tax Exemption: ( NRS §77-3506 thru 77-3059 ) A homestead exemption provides relief from property taxes by exempting all or a portion of the valuation of the homestead from taxation. The maximum exemption is the taxable value of the homestead up to $40,000 or 100 percent of the county's average assessed value of single-Family residential property, whichever is greater. The homestead maximum value is $95,000 or 200 percent of the county's average assessed value of single-Family residential property, whichever is greater. The exempt value will be reduced by ten percent for each $2,500 the assessed value exceeds the maximum value. If the assessed valuation exceeds the maximum value by $20,000 or more the homestead is not eligible for exemption.
Who is eligible for the Nebraska Wartime Veteran Homestead Property Tax Exemption?
Wartime Veteran and Service member shall mean a person who had 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 dates:

  • 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, 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.

There are four categories of Veterans' exemptions:

  • A wartime Veteran drawing compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs because of a 100% disability that was service-connected;

  • A wartime Veteran totally disabled by a non-service connected illness of accident;

  • A paraplegic Veteran or multiple amputee whose home is substantially contributed to by the Department of Veterans Affairs (This homestead is 100% exempt regardless of homestead value and income level); and

  • An unremarried Surviving Spouse of a Service member who died on active duty.

The Form 458, Nebraska Homestead Exemption Application or Certification of Status must be filed between February 1 and June 30 of each year in order to be exempt for the assessment year. Note: The 2018 filing deadline has passed. The new 2019 forms will be available for download February 2, 2019 from the Nebraska Department of Revenue, Nebraska Homestead Exemption Webpage . A homestead exemption is also available to the un-remarried surviving Spouse.

Learn more about the Nebraska Wartime Veteran Homestead Property Tax Exemption

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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 military duty will be granted resident tuition status if he/she verifies that he/she is 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.

Learn more about Nebraska Residency for Tuition Purposes for Service Members, Veterans and their Dependents

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 (books are NOT covered) for Spouses & Children of eligible Veterans.
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, step-Child, or adopted Child of an eligible Veteran. The dependent must be a Nebraska resident & 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

Learn more about the Nebraska Waiver of Tuition Program

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 the 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.

Learn more about the Nebraska Reservist Tuition Credit Program

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 service.
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

Learn more about the Nebraska “Operation Recognition” High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans

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.

  • 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

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

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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 shall 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 shall have five percent added to their passing score if a claim for such preference is made on the application. An additional five percent shall be added to the passing score or numerical scoring of any disabled Veteran. Such 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 e-mail 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.”

Nebraska Private Sector Voluntary Veterans Hiring Preference

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

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

  • During a war; or

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102 percent of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for 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 of the State of Nebraska, or any political subdivision thereof, who are members of the National Guard, Army Reserve, Naval Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Air Force Reserve, and Coast Guard Reserve, shall be 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 such 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 shall receive his or her normal salary or compensation minus the state active duty base pay he or she receives in active service of the state. Governmental officers serving a term of office shall 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 officer or enlisted person of the National Guard is ordered to active service of the state by the Governor or Adjutant General, he or she shall receive compensation as provided in this subsection. For service during a disaster or emergency, an officer or enlisted person shall be entitled to the same pay, subsistence, and quarters allowance as officers and enlisted personnel of corresponding grades of the Army and Air Force of the United States and shall be reimbursed for travel expenses in accordance with the Joint Federal Travel Regulations.

In addition, an officer or enlisted person shall be entitled to reimbursement of one hundred percent of the cost of his or her privately purchased health insurance or up to one hundred two percent of the cost of his or her employer-provided health insurance.
Who is eligible for Compensation for Nebraska National Guard State Active Duty Pay and Allowances? National Guard Service member on state active duty.

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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.
NEworks Unemployment Claims Online Portal
NEworks Unemployment Insurance Information Webpage

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.nichelp@nebraska.gov .

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Nebraska Veterans' Job Search Assistance: As an eligible individual, our 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

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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?