Nevada Military and Veterans Benefits

State Taxes
Education Benefits
Employment Benefits
Unemployment Compensation

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
Health and Insurance Benefits
Parks and Recreation Benefits
Miscellaneous Benefits
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Summary of Nevada Military and Veterans Benefits:
Nevada offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, vehicle tags, disabled Veteran tax exemption, State Veterans cemetery cemeteries, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status. Any Veteran, Family member of a Veteran or Nevada resident on active duty can receive free assistance in filing a claim with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for a service-connected disability or other benefit program. Assistance includes help in filing claims, representation at local hearings, appeals and discharge upgrades.

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Nevada State Military and Veterans Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

 
What are my Nevada Military and Veteran State Tax Benefits?  

Nevada Retirement Income Taxes: Nevada does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Nevada.

Nevada Retired Military Pay Taxes: Nevada does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Nevada.

young child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemetery Nevada State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay: Nevada does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Nevada.

Nevada State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Nevada does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Nevada.

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Nevada State Tax Benefits: Nevada does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Nevada.

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Nevada Veterans Property Tax Exemption: An annual tax exemption is available to any Veteran with wartime service. The exemption can be applied to a Veteran’s vehicle privilege tax or real property tax. The exemption cannot be split between the two. The first $2,000 assessed valuation of property in which an applicant has any interest shall be deemed the property of the applicant. To determine the actual value of this benefit or to obtain further information, contact your local County Assessor's office.
Who is eligible for Nevada Veterans Property Tax Exemption? A Veteran must have served a minimum of 90 continuous days of active duty of which at least one day was between:

  • April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918

  • December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946

  • June 25, 1950 to May 7, 1975

  • September 26, 1982 to December 1, 1987

  • December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990

  • August 2, 1990 to April 11, 1991

  • December 5, 1992 to March 31, 1994

  • November 20, 1995 to December 20, 1996

Also eligible are Veterans who served on active duty in connection with carrying out the authorization granted to the President of the United States in Public Law 102-1 or served on active duty in connection with a campaign or expedition for service in which a medal has been authorized by the government of the United States. ( NRS 361.090)
Nevada County Assessors and Treasurers Directory

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Nevada Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption: Nevada offers a property tax exemption to any Veteran with a service-connected disability of 60% or more. The amount of exemption available to disabled Veterans varies from $10,000 to $20,000 of assessed valuation, depending on the percentage of disability and the year filed. This exemption can be applied to a Veteran's vehicle tax or personal property tax. To determine the actual value of this benefit or to obtain further information, contact your local County Assessor's office.
Who is eligible for the Nevada Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption?
Any honorably discharged resident Veteran with a service-connected disability of 60% or more, or the Surviving Spouse of a disabled Veteran, who was eligible for this exemption at the time of their death, is eligible for this exemption. ( NRS 361.091)
Nevada County Assessors and Treasurers Directory

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What are my Nevada Military and Veteran Education Benefits?

Waiver of Education Fees for Nevada National Guard Service Members: Active members of the Nevada National Guard are eligible for a fee waiver that will permit such Guard members to register for courses without a registration fee (e.g. resident tuition). This waiver will also pay for laboratory fees associated with certain courses. (The programs associated with the William S. Boyd School of Law, the University of Nevada School of Medicine, and the UNLV School of Dental Medicine are not eligible for the waiver.)
Who is eligible for a Waiver of Education Fees for Nevada National Guard Service Members? To be eligible for the waiver, applicants must be an active member in good standing of the Nevada National Guard at the beginning of and throughout the entire semester for which the waiver is granted; and maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average. ( NRS 396.544)

Learn more about Waiver of Fees for Members of Nevada National Guard Service Members

Waiver of Fees for Child or Surviving Spouse of Service Member Killed while performing Duties as member of Nevada National Guard: The soldier taking notesNevada System of Higher Education Authority may grant a waiver of registration fees and laboratory fees for any Child and Surviving Spouse of a person killed while performing their duties as amember of the Nevada National Guard. A Child may use a waiver granted for 10 years after the Child attains the age of 18 years or, if the Child enrolls in the System before the age of 18 years, for 10 years after the date of such enrollment. A Surviving Spouse may use a waiver for 10 years after the date of the death of the Service member.
Who is eligible for Waiver of Fees for Child or Surviving Spouse of Service Member Killed while performing Duties as member of Nevada National Guard?
A Child or Surviving Spouse of a National Guard Service member killed on duty is eligible for a waiver of fees. The eligible individual receiving these benefits must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average. (NRS 396.5442)

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Waiver of Fees for Spouse or Child of Member of Armed Forces Who is identified as a Prisoner of War or Missing in Action: The Child (or Children) and Spouse of a person who was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces permanently stationed in Nevada who has been identified as a prisoner of war or declared missing in action are eligible to register for courses without a registration fee (e.g. resident tuition), including certain laboratory fees A Child may use a waiver granted for 10 years after the Child attains the age of 18 years or, if the Child enrolls in the System before the age of 18 years, for 10 years after the date of such enrollment. A Surviving Spouse may use a waiver granted pursuant to this section for 10 years after the date on which the member of the Armed Forces was identified as a prisoner of war or missing in action.
Who is eligible for Waiver of Fees for Spouse or Child of Member of Armed Forces Who is identified as a Prisoner of War or Missing in Action?
A Spouse or Child of a person who is identified as a prisoner of war or missing in action is eligible for a waiver. The eligible individual receiving these benefits must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average. ( NRS 396.5445 )

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Nevada System of Higher Education Purple Heart Fee Waiver: Veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart for their service in the U.S. Armed Forces may be provided a waiver of certain fees related to registration in a Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Institution. A Purple Heart Veteran must be enrolled in a program leading to a certificate, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or professional degree and have unpaid charges for registration, laboratory or other mandatory fees after any federal education benefits have been applied. A student to whom the fee waiver is awarded shall be deemed a bona fide resident of Nevada for tuition purposes. In order to request the waiver, a student Veteran must complete and submit the Nevada System of Higher Education Purple Heart Fee Waiver form to the appropriate office on their NSHE campus.
Who is eligible for the Nevada System of Higher Education Purple Heart Fee Waiver? Students must meet all four of the following requirements:

  • Veteran of Armed Forces of United States

  • Awarded the Purple Heart

  • Enrolled in a program leading to a certificate, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or professional degree; and

  • Has unpaid charges for registration, laboratory or other mandatory fees after any federal education benefits have been applied.

Nevada System of Higher Education Fee Waiver for Veteran Recipients of the Purple Heart

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Nevada In-State Tuition for Non-Resident Veterans that were Active Duty Stationed in Nevada when Discharged: Veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States who were honorably discharged and who on the date of discharge were on active duty stationed in Nevada (including the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center at Pickle Meadows, California) are considered residents of the state for tuition purposes and are eligible for in-state tuition. ( NRS 396.540 )

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Nevada In-State Tuition for Non-Resident Veterans within Five Years of Discharge: Veterans who were honorably discharged within five years preceding the date of matriculation (first day of instruction in the semester or term in which enrollment of the student first occurs) at a Nevada System of Higher Education institution are charged resident tuition rates. ( NRS 396.540 )

Learn more about Nevada In-State Tuition for Non-Resident Veterans within Five Years of Discharge

Nevada In-State Tuition for Non-Resident Active Duty Service Members, Spouse and Dependents: Active duty members of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in Nevada, as well as their Spouses and dependent Children, are eligible for in-state tuition. This provision also applies to active duty members stationed at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center at Pickle Meadows, California. For active duty Service members who have a permanent change of duty station to a state other than Nevada, Spouses and dependent Children remain classified as Nevada residents for tuition purposes so long as they remain continuously enrolled at an NSHE institution. ( NRS 396.540 )

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Nevada Operation Recognition, Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: In 2003, Assembly Bill 52, was passed. This bill provides for Nevada School Districts to issue a standard high school diploma to certain Veterans. To receive this high school diploma, a Veteran must have served in the Armed Forces of the United States during WWII through the Vietnam Era, between the dates of September 16, 1940 and May 7, 1975. A Veteran, a guardian of a disabled Veteran, or a member of a deceased Veteran's Family, on behalf of the deceased Veteran, may submit an application.
Who is eligible for Nevada Operation Recognition, Diplomas for Wartime Veterans? To Qualify:

  • The Veteran must have a copy of the certificate of honorable discharge or a copy of the DD214 issued to the Veteran

  • The Veteran must have attended a secondary school in the state before he left to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States and list the name and the location of the Nevada secondary school where they attended; and

  • If the Veteran is a current resident of Nevada but did not attend a secondary school in the state, they must provide an affidavit affirming that they attended a secondary school before leaving to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States and list the name of that secondary school.

Nevada Operation Recognition, Diplomas for Wartime Veterans Application Packet

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Nevada Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

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

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

  • Children sitting on the steps of a school 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.

Point of Contact:
Felicia Gonzales
Deputy Superintendent of Educator Effectiveness
& Family Engagement for the Nevada Department of Education
Address: 2080 East Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Email: fgonzales@doe.nv.gov
Phone: 702-668-4320

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What are my Nevada Military and Veteran Employment Benefits?

Nevada State Employment Veteran Hiring Preference: In establishing the lists of eligible persons for State employment, certain preferences must be allowed for the following individuals:

  • Veterans not dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States. For Veterans with disabilities, 10 points must be added to the passing grade achieved on the examination. For former Service members who have not suffered disabilities, and for the Surviving Spouses of Veterans, 5 points must be added to the passing grade achieved on the examination

  • For a member of the Nevada National Guard who submits a letter of recommendation from the commanding officer of the member’s unit, 5 points must be added to the passing grade achieved on the examination

  • Any person qualifying for preference points are entitled to have the points applied to any open competitive examination in the classified service, but only to one promotional examination.

soldier hugging his family An applicant must declare their intention to request Veterans’ preference points before the examination. Proof of eligibility for preference as a Veteran must be submitted at the time of the application. If the examination is a promotional examination, the placement of the employee’s name on the promotional list exhausts the Veterans’ preference points for that employee for all future promotional examinations. ( NRS 284.260 )

Note: For the purposes of this section, “Veteran” has the meaning ascribed to “eligible Veteran” in 38 U.S.C. § 4211 .

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Veterans Hiring Preferences for Federal Employment: 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.

medivac helicopter 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, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.

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

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

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Leave of Absence from Nevada State Employment for Military Duty: Any employee of the State who is an active member of the U.S. Armed Forces Reserve or the Nevada National Guard are authorized to serve under orders for training or deployment, without loss of the officer’s or employee’s regular compensation for a period of not more than the number of hours equivalent to 15 working days in any 12-month period. ( NRS 281.145 )
Who is eligible for Leave of Absence from Nevada State Employment for Military Duty?
Reserve and National Guard Service members are eligible for a leave of absence.

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Nevada State Employee Compensation for Loss of Wages due to Military Service: If the Nevada state employee’s military pay does not exceed their regular compensation for those hours, the employee is entitled to receive, in addition to their military pay, the difference between the regular compensation that the state employee would have otherwise received and their military pay for those hours. ( NRS 281.145 )

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NV JobConnect Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, Veterans Employment Service: Veteran Employment Service provides services designed to assist the Veteran or Eligible Spouse's employment services. These services are designed to increase the chances of finding gainful employment. Some of the services provided are:

  • Priority pf Service

  • Job search workshops

  • Assessment and guidance services

  • Labor market information; and

  • Training

Highly trained Veterans Representatives are located in most Nevada JobConnect offices. These Veterans' Representatives are Veterans themselves. They have received specialized training by the Department of Labor in Employment Assistance specifically for Veterans. This training enables them to provide unique assistance to Veterans.
Nevada JobConnect Career Centers Locations

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What are my Nevada Military and Veteran Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Nevada Unemployment Compensation: Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation administers the Unemployment Insurance program, providing temporary assistance to unemployed Nevada workers.DETR Logo

Individuals who are considered out of work through no fault of their own may be eligible to receive unemployment insurance benefits.

Minimum qualifications for eligibility include, but are not limited to:

  • File weekly claims as required

  • Able to work

  • Available to work (unless physically unable to work)

  • Actively seeking work

To file a claim you will need the following information:

  • Social Security Number

  • Names, addresses, phone numbers and dates of employment for your last two employers

  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, an Alien Registration Number

Nevada Unemployment Insurance Facts for Claimants Handbook

Claims can be filed online at the Nevada Unemployment Insurance Claim Filing System, Online Filing Portal , for more information you may contact the Nevada Department of Employment at the following numbers:

Northern Nevada:
775-684-0350

Southern Nevada:
702-486-0350

Rural Areas and Out of State Callers:
1-888-890-8211

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

Veteran Designation on Nevada Driver’s License: Honorably-discharged Veterans may have a Veteran designation placed on their driver license. Present your evidence of honorable discharge at any DMV office.NV drviers license with Veteran designation

If you are obtaining the designation only, the fee is $9.25 for a non-commercial license or ID card or $13.25 for a commercial license. There is no additional fee if you are renewing your license or completing another license transaction. If you are mailing a license renewal, you may mail a copy of the discharge document.

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Nevada Special Military and Veteran Vehicle License Plates: The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles offers 22 distinctive license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of Service members, Veterans, Retirees and eligible Family members. A short description of some of these license plates is listed below. Specific eligibility and documentation will apply.

NV Veteran license plate Nevada Veteran License Plates: Veterans may purchase a license plate set displaying the word VETERAN from a local Nevada Division of Motor Vehicles office.
Who is eligible for the Nevada Veteran License Plates? Any Veteran or their Spouse, parent or Child may purchase a Veteran license plate. The applicant certifies that he qualifies by signing the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, Veteran License Plate Application SP33 .

NV Medal of Honor lincense plate Nevada Medal of Honor License Plate: The Nevada Medal of Honor Plate license plate is available for eligible individuals for an initial fee of $6.50 with no annual renewal. Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, Veteran Special License Plate Application SP96
Who is Eligible for the Nevada Medal of Honor License Plate?
Nevada residents who were awarded the Medal of Honor are eligible for the Medal of Honor plate.

Nevada Disabled Veteran License Plate: The Nevada Disabled Veteran license plate is available for eligible individuals for an initial fee of $6.50 with no annual NV Disabled Vet License platerenewal and exempts vehicle from Nevada State and local parking fees.
Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, Disabled Veteran License Plate Application SP 10
Who is eligible for the Nevada Disabled Veteran License Plate?
A 100% disabled Veteran whose disability results from causes connected with service in the Armed Forces of the United States. A certificate or letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or Department of Defense must be presented with the application indicating a 100% disability rating, a combined service-connected evaluation of 100%, or a service-connected disability of any rating and certificate/letter states that the applicant is considered totally and permanently disabled due to their service-connected disability.

Nevada Purple Heart Recipient License Plate: A Nevada Purple Heart license plate is available for eligible individuals for an initial fee of $6.50 with no annual renewal. NV Purple Heart License plate
Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, Veteran Special License Plate Application SP 96
Who is eligible for the Nevada Purple Heart Recipient License Plate?
Must be Purple Heart recipients. Proof of Purple Heart award must be attached with application. Acceptable proof includes: DD214 or DD215 Discharge Certificate with Purple Heart recipient status noted on the form; General Order awarding the Purple Heart from a service headquarters signed or stamped Official Copy; Form WG05455 for World War II recipients; or, other acceptable official documentation as determined by the Department.

Nevada Gold Star License Plate: A Gold Star license plate for an initial fee of $6.50 with no annual renewal .
NV Goldstar license plate Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, Gold Star License Plate Application SP 76
Who is Eligible for the Nevada Gold Star License Plate?
Available to the Surviving Spouse, parent, stepparent, grandparent, Child, step-Child, dependent, sibling, half sibling or stepsibling of those killed in the line of duty while on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States.

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Nevada Veterans Vehicle Tax Exemptions: Veterans with certain dates of service are eligible for a partial governmental services tax exemption. See NRS 371.103 for the specific dates.

You must present your DD214 or discharge papers at your local Nevada County Assessor office. The Assessor will determine the amount of the exemption and issue a receipt which you submit at the same time you register your vehicle or renew. The exemption cannot be applied after the registration or renewal is completed.

Disabled Veterans are eligible for exemptions based on the percentage of disability. These are also granted through your local Nevada County Assessor.

Veterans can designate part or all of their exemption to be used for support of Nevada Veterans Homes. Complete the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, Designation of Use for Veterans Exemption Form VP 187 and present it with the exemption certificate when you register your vehicle or renew.

A Veteran’s exemption may be transferred to the Veteran's Spouse. Proof of marriage is required. Complete the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, Affidavit for Transfer of Exemption to Spouse Form VP 259 and present it with the exemption certificate when you register your vehicle or renew.

These exemptions apply to the governmental services taxes on your vehicle registration and are separate from sales taxes and other fees. Sales taxes must be paid on vehicle purchases.

Active duty military members in combat or combat support roles may request an exemption from registration late fees using the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, Active Duty Military - Combat Affidavit Form VP 258 .
Nevada Local County Assessors Directory

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What are my Nevada Military and Veteran Health and Insurance Benefits?

Nevada National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death Benefits covered under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty: In all cases in which any member of the militia of the State is wounded, injured, disabled or killed while in the line of duty in the service of the State, the member or the dependents of the member are entitled to receive compensation from the State of Nevada
Who is eligible for Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death Benefits covered under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty:
National Guard Service member on state active duty is eligible for compensation under workers’ compensation laws. ( NRS 412.142 )

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

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

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

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

  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

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

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

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What are my Nevada Military and Veteran Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Nevada Serviceman's Hunting License: The State of Nevada Wildlife Division will issue a hunting license for $9.00 to Nevada resident Service members stationed outside of Nevada.
large buck standing in a field Who is eligible for the Nevada Serviceman's Hunting License? Service member must show duty or leave papers at the time of purchase.

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Nevada Disabled Veteran Combination License: The State of Nevada Department of Wildlife will issue a combination hunting/fishing license to disabled Veterans for $15.
Who is eligible for Nevada Disabled Veteran Combination License?
Any honorably separated Veteran residing in Nevada for six months who has a service-connected disability of 50% or more, documented by the Department of Veterans Affairs may apply for a free combination, hunting and fishing license. First-time applicants must submit an application available from Nevada Department of Wildlife, (or by download below) along with supporting documentation of the disability before the license can be issued. This license is only issued at Nevada Department of Wildlife offices.
Nevada Department of Wildlife Offices Directory
Nevada Department of Wildlife, Resident Disabled Veteran Specialty Combination Hunting and Fishing License Application

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Nevada Disabled Veterans Park Permit: A disabled park permit provides the holder unlimited entrance to all parks and use of camping and boat launch facilities in the parks for 12 months after Nevada State parksthe date the permit is issued. An annual administrative fee of $30.00 is charged. ( NRS 407.065 )
Nevada State Parks, Annual Disabled Veteran Permit Fact Sheet
Nevada State Parks, Annual Disabled Veteran Permit Application
Who is eligible for the Nevada Disabled Veterans Park Permit?
The permit is issued to a disabled Veteran who resides in Nevada and can show proof of a permanent service-connective disability of 10 percent of more from the Department of Veterans Affairs and was honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States.

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What are my Nevada Military and Veteran Miscellaneous Benefits?

Nevada Uniform Veterans’ Guardianship Act: Nevada state law permits the Nevada Office of Veterans' Services to act as the financial guardian for anyone in receipt of benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Who is eligible for the Nevada Uniform Veterans’ Guardianship Act?
Any recipient of benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that has been rated incompetent on examination by the Department of Veterans Affairs, in accordance with the laws and regulations governing the Department of Veterans Affairs may have a fiduciary guardian appointed for them.

Learn more about the Nevada Uniform Veterans’ Guardianship Act

Nevada State Veterans Homes: There are two Nevada State Veterans Homes, the Northern Nevada Veterans Home in Sparks, Nevada and the Southern Nevada Veterans Home in Boulder City, Nevada

The Southern Nevada State Veterans Home , located in Boulder City, opened in 2002 with the first Veterans admitted in August of that year. Within the 82,000 square foot facility, the Home is able to accommodate 180 residents in three living units called neighborhoods, including one unit with 24 beds providing NV State Veterans Hometwo levels of secured care living for individuals suffering from advanced cognitive impairment. Each neighborhood has dedicated staff providing 24-hour skilled nursing care with a clinical team committed to "Caring for America's Heroes".
Southern Nevada Veterans Home Fact Sheet
Southern Nevada Veterans Home Application for Admission

The Northern Nevada State Veterans Home , in Sparks, Nevada, is the state’s newest Veterans Home. The designNorthern NV State Vet Home and concept of the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home (NNSVH) is like no other. While it offers the highest level of skilled care, it will never feel like a hospital or institution. The 102,000 square foot facility has 96 beds and features a host of amenities. Veterans have their own private room and share a den, living room and kitchen with 15 other residents. If you have any further questions regarding eligibility, admission, please feel free to contact the facility main line at 775-827-2955, ask for the admissions department.
Northern Nevada Veterans Home Fact Sheet

In addition to long term nursing and residential care, the Nevada State Veterans Homes provides respite care, hospice care, short term restorative and rehabilitative therapies, on-site social workers, activities for the unique interests of Veterans; a full-service kitchen and dining facilities and transportation to appointments.

Who is eligible for care at the Nevada State Veterans Home? Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Veteran having 90 days active military service with discharge other than dishonorable

  • Spouse of a qualifying Veteran

  • Gold Star parents

  • Currently deemed medically appropriate for a 24-hour skilled nursing facility or inpatient rehabilitation; and

  • Have a qualified, verifiable pay source

Learn more about the Nevada State Veterans Home

Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemeteries: The State of Nevada has two Veterans cemeteries, the Northeern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, bugleand the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City. There is no charge for the plot, vault and opening & closing of a gravesite for a Veteran. Headstones are provided at no cost by the federal government. Military honors are provided by military units; however, a cemetery staff member can assist in making these arrangements. A $450 fee (subject to change) is charged for the burial of the Spouse or dependent of a Veteran. Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Who is eligible for Burial in the Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemeteries? Eligibility for burial is similar to the criteria used by the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration. Generally, Veterans, Service members, Spouses, and dependents may qualify for burial if they meet one of the requirements listed below:

  • A Veteran who did not receive a dishonorable discharge, or

  • A Service member who died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty for training, or

  • The Spouse or minor Child of a Veteran, even if the Veteran died first, or

  • In some cases, the unmarried adult dependent Child of a Veteran

The cemetery is responsible for verifying eligibility and should be contacted directly for specifics.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Burial Eligibility
Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemeteries Online Registration Form
Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery Pre-Registration Application

Learn more about the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Learn more about the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery

Nevada Public Records of Veterans Provided Free of Charge: Whenever a copy of any public record is required by the Department of Veterans Affairs to be used in determining the eligibility of any person to participate in benefits made available by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the official charged with the custody of public records will, without charge, provide the applicant with a certified copy or copies of the requested records.( NRS 239.020 )
Who is eligible to have Nevada Public Records Provided Free of Charge?
Veterans who have been discharged from serving in any component of the Armed Forces and require official records for determination of benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Learn more about Nevada Public Records of Veterans Provided Free of Charge

Nevada Attorney General’s Office of Military Legal Assistance (OMLA): The Nevada Attorney General’s Office of Military Legal Assistance (OMLA) provides pro bono legal assistance and representation to active duty, reserve and National Guard Service members in a wide area of civil law matters. The OMLA also currently provides assistance to Veterans with wills and powers of attorney. The OMLA is the first ever, attorney general-led program offering our military communities’ access to pro bono civil legal services. Additionally, the program seeks to educate Nevada’s communities and create policy aimed at addressing issues affecting our state’s military Families. The OMLA is a comprehensive, statewide program combining the joint efforts of legal aid organizations, private sponsors and the State Bar of Nevada to address the need for affordable legal representation in Nevada military communities.

Learn more about Nevada Attorney General’s Office of Military Legal Assistance (OMLA)

Nevada’s Home Is Possible for Heroes program: This program gives Veterans and military personnel more buying power and even more opportunities to experience the joys of homeownership—for less. Below are listed some of the benefits and requirements.

Key Benefits :

  • Below-market fixed interest rate 30-year loan

  • Reduces monthly mortgage payment

  • No first-time homebuyer requirement

  • Can be combined with the Mortgage Credit

  • Certificate (MCC) with program fees waived

  • Statewide program

Program Requirements :

  • Qualifying income must be below $95,500

  • Home price below $400,000

  • Government insured loans only (no conventional loans)

  • Minimum credit score of 640

  • Homebuyer must live in home as primary residence

  • Homebuyer education course required

  • Must meet standard underwriting requirements

  • One-time fee of $675

If you are a Veteran who has been honorably discharged, are in the National Guard, are a surviving Spouse or you are on active military duty, Home Is Possible for Heroes was made specifically for you. The Home Is Possible application process starts the moment you choose a Home is possible-qualified lender. There are more than 80 mortgage companies throughout Nevada that are ready to expedite the process.
Home is Possible Qualified Lender Directory

Learn more about Nevada’s Home Is Possible for Heroes program

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

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Nevada: 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 Nevada

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in Nevada: The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration currently does not maintain a national cemetery. The State of Nevada has two state cemeteries. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

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

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Military Installations in Nevada

Please see the Nevada Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty

Air Force
Nellis AFB

Navy
Fallon NAS

National Guard
Nevada National Guard

Nevada Army National Guard

Nevada Air National Guard
152nd Airlift Wing

United States Army Reserve (USAR)
63rd Readiness Division

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Resources

Retirement Living, Tax Information Nevada

Nevada Department of Veterans Services

Air National Guard Benefits

Army National Guard Benefits

Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, Veterans License Plates

U.S. Department of Labor, Veteran's Employment and Career Transition Advisor

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

U.S. Department of Labor, Veteran's Employment and Training Service

Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation

Nevada Revised Statutes

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Document Review Date: 26 June 2020