New Hampshire Military and Veterans Benefits

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Education Benefits
Employment Benefits
Unemployment Compensation
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Summary of New Hampshire Military and Veterans Benefits: The State of New Hampshire offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including property tax exemptions, war bonuses, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, special vehicle license plates, parking privileges, state park admission benefits, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

New Hampshire State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

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What are my New Hampshire State Tax Benefits?

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

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

New Hampshire State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay: New Hampshire does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for New Hampshire.

young child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemetery New Hampshire State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: New Hampshire does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for New Hampshire.

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

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New Hampshire Property Tax Credits and Exemptions for Veterans, Spouses, and Surviving Spouses: The State of New Hampshire has a number of property tax credits for Veterans, Spouses, and Surviving Spouses, there is a short description of theses exemptions below. All property taxes are administered by municipal tax collectors, please contact your local tax collector for more information.
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Veterans Organization Tax Exemption: Property owned and operated by certain Veterans' organizations or departments, local chapters or posts are exempt from taxation (See RSA 72:23-a , RSA 72:23-c )

Standard and Optional War time Veteran Tax Credit: A standard property tax credit of $50 is available for wartime Veterans, their Spouses or Surviving Spouses. Cities/towns may vote to adopt a higher tax credit ranging from $51 to $750. (See RSA 72:28 )

Surviving Spouse of War Time Casualty Tax Credit: The Surviving Spouse of a Veteran who was killed while on active duty in the military may be eligible for a tax credit of between $700 and $2000 on real estate or personal property. (See RSA 72:29-a )

Tax Credit for Permanent and Total Disabled Veterans : There is a $700 tax credit on real estate occupied as principal place of abode by a permanently and totally disabled service-connected Veteran, double amputee or paraplegic or un-remarried Surviving Spouse. Cities and towns may vote to adopt a higher tax credit of up to $2000. (See RSA 72:35 )

Tax Exemption for Certain Permanent and Total Disabled Veterans that are in receipt of Specially Adapted Housing from the VA: A permanently and totally disabled Veteran who is blind, paraplegic or a double amputee as a result of service connection and who owns a specially adapted homestead acquired with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, or with proceeds from the sale of any previous homestead acquired with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is exempt from all taxation on the homestead. The Veteran's Surviving Spouse is also exempt from all taxation on the homestead. (See RSA 72:36-a )

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What are my New Hampshire Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

New Hampshire National Guard Tuition Assistance: Members of the New Hampshire National Guard may take courses tuition-free on a space available basis in state-supported postsecondary institutions. In order to be eligible to receive educational assistance under this subdivision, a member of the soldier taking notesNew Hampshire National Guard shall:

  • Be an active member of the New Hampshire national guard residing either in-state or out-of-state who has completed advanced individual training or commissioning.

  • Be enrolled in a degree-enhancing curriculum in any vocational or Technical school that is under the authority of the commissioner of Regional community-technical colleges or enrolled in any degree-enhancing curriculum in any public college or university within the state.

  • Have first utilized any federal educational entitlements, not including Montgomery GI benefits, and National Guard scholarship grants.

If you have any questions about this change, please contact the NHARNG Education Office at 603-227-1550 or 603-225-1305

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Free Tuition for Children of New Hampshire Resident Service Members Declared Missing-in-Action or Prisoners of War: The Child of a resident Service member that was declared Missing in Action while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces after February 28, 1961, is entitled to free tuition at an educational institution of the community college system of New Hampshire. The Child of the Service member is eligible for as long as the parent is reported / listed as missing, captured, etc. (See RSA 188-F:15 )

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Free Tuition for Children of New Hampshire Resident Service Members Killed-in-Action or that Died from a Service-Connected Disability: The Children of Service members who die in service during wartime, and Children of wartime Veterans who die from a service-connected disability, may qualify for free tuition at New Hampshire public institutions of higher learning. A scholarship for board, room, rent, books and supplies up to $2500 per year for a period of no more than 4 years at such educational institutions may be furnished to these Children if they require financial assistance. Interested students should contact the institution they plan to attend for more information.(See RSA 193:19 , RSA 193:20 , RSA 193:21 )

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New Hampshire 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:

  • Children sitting on the steps of a school 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:
Kathleen Murphy, New Hampshire MIC3 Commissioner
Superintendent, Hampton School District
Address: 6 Marston Way, Hampton, NH 03842
Email: kmurphy@sau90.org
Phone: 603-926-4560

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What are my New Hampshire Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

New Hampshire State Employee Leave for Military Service: Any regular employee of the state of New Hampshire who is a member of any reserve component Soldier leaning over the top of a vehicleof the Armed Forces of the United States or the New Hampshire National Guard is entitled to not more than 15 days leave of absence with pay in any one training year for the purpose of engaging in military drill, training, or other temporary duty under military or naval authority. This provision does not apply to any employee who has been inducted or has enlisted in active service in the Armed Forces of the United States.

Any regular employee of the state of New Hampshire who uses 15 days leave of absence shall, is also entitled to up to 30 days of partial pay, for any additional military drill or training under military or naval authority.
Who is eligible for New Hampshire State Employee Leave for Military Service?
A Service member of any reserve component of the Armed Forces is eligible for state employee leave for military service.

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New Hampshire State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference: Preference shall be given to Veterans, their un-remarried Surviving Spouses and Spouses of disabled Veterans, in appointing employees of the State Liquor Commission (see RSA 176:10 ), in appointing the Commandant and employees of the New Hampshire Veterans Home (see RSA 119:6 ), and in public departments and/ or public works of state and local government (see RSA 283:4 , RSA 283:9 , RSA 283.5 )

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Federal Employment Veteran's 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 reempltraining exerciseoyment 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.
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New Hampshire Veteran Reemployment to Previously Held Position in State Employment: Reemployment of Veterans by towns and other political subdivisions upon application shall be made within 90 days after the Veteran is discharged from active military service. (See RSA 97:1 , RSA 97:2 , RSA 97:3 )

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Veterans Priority for New Hampshire and Federal Training Opportunities: Qualified Veterans will be granted priority in obtaining training that is funded in whole or part by the federal government or the State of New Hampshire (See RSA 115-B )

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New Hampshire Veterans Peddler's License Fee Exemption: Service-connected disabled Veterans and their un-remarried Spouse may be exempt from fees for a Peddler's License (See RSA 320:11 )

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What are my New Hampshire Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

New Hampshire Unemployment Compensation: New Hampshire's Department of Employment Security administers the Unemployment Insurance System, providing temporary financial assistance to unemployed New Hampshire workers.

Your claim for benefits becomes effective the calendar week in which you complete the application. The only exception is if you work less than full-time and file your application within 3 days of your last day of work.

You should have the following information ready to file your claim:

  • Social Security Number

  • Alien Registration Number and Expiration Date (If not a U.S. Citizen)

  • Name, address and phone number of all employers you have worked for in the last 18 months

  • DD214 available if you were in the military during the last 18 months

  • Direct deposit information if that is your payment preference

NH Workforce Connect Claims may be filed online through the New Hampshire Unemployment Insurance, Workforce Connect .

For questions or more information the unemployment hotline is 603-271-7700. The hours of operation for the hotline are:

  • Monday-Friday 8:00am-8:00pm

  • Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm

  • Saturday CLOSED

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Priority of Service for Veterans and Eligible Spouses for New Hampshire Employment Services Programs: Veterans and eligible Spouses are givenARNG Training exercise priority of service at New Hampshire Employment Services locations for the receipt of employment, training and placement services in all state workforce programs funded by the Department of Labor.

This means that those Veterans or eligible Spouses, who meet all the eligibility requirements for a program or service, receive access to that program or service either earlier than others who are not eligible for priority of service, or if resources are limited, the Veteran or eligible Spouse receives access to the service or resource instead of or before others.

Veterans and eligible Spouses are encouraged to identify themselves as such when inquiring about any New Hampshire Employment Security programs or services, or upon visiting any of the NHWorks Office locations .
Who is eligible for Priority of Service for Veterans and Eligible Spouses for New Hampshire Employment Services Programs?

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

Active service includes full-time duty in the National Guard or a Reserve component, other than full-time duty for training purposes (i.e., that which is referred to as “weekend” or “annual” training), nor does it include full-time active duty performed by National Guard personnel who are mobilized by State rather than Federal authorities.

Spouses: Eligible Spouses include:

  • The Spouse of any person who died of a service-connected disability; OR

  • The Spouse of any member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty who, at the time of application for USDOL employment and training services, has, for a period longer than 90 days either been declared missing in action, or has been captured by a hostile force while in the line of duty, or has been forcibly detained or interned while on active duty by a foreign government or power; OR

  • The Spouse of any person who has a permanent, total disability resulting from a service-connected disability; OR

  • The Spouse of a Veteran who died while a disability so evaluated was in existence.

New Hampshire Employment Security, Veterans' Resource Directory

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What are my New Hampshire Military and Veteran Division of Motor Vehicles Benefits?

 "Veteran" Indicator on New Hampshire Driver Licenses or ID Cards: RSA 263:40 allows a Veteran with an honorable discharge to request a Veteran indicator NH Drivers license with Veteran designationon their New Hampshire Driver License, Commercial Driver License or Non-Driver ID card for the purposes of identification for receiving benefits and services under New Hampshire law.
Who is eligible for "Veteran" Indicator on New Hampshire Driver Licenses or ID Card? Any Veteran with an honorable discharge is eligible for the Veteran designation on their driver’s license or identification card.

To obtain a Veteran indicator, please fill out the appropriate application ( New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card Application or New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles Commercial Driver License Application ), and bring it to any one of the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles locations around the State, along with proof of Honorable Discharge, as defined in RSA 21:50 .

If you wish to add this indicator during your renewal, there will be no additional cost; however, if you wish to add the indicator outside of your renewal period, please be advised that there is a $3.00 fee for the replacement license or ID card.
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New Hampshire Disabled Veteran Driver License Fee Exemption: No fee is charged for a motor vehicle operator's license for a Veteran who is an amputee or paraplegic and who received a motor vehicle from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs nor for a Veteran who has been classified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as being permanently and totally disabled due to service connected disability. (See RSA 263-42 )

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New Hampshire Registration Fee Exemption for Blind Veterans: No fee shall be charged for a permit to register a motor vehicle owned by a Veteran who has been classified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as being totally blind as a result of a service connected disability. (See RSA 261:159 )

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New Hampshire Registration Fee Exemption for Vehicle provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: No registration fee is required for a vehicle provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to an amputee, paraplegic or blind Veteran classified as being permanently and totally disabled from service connection. (See RSA 261:141, VIII )

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New Hampshire Registration Fee Exemption for Amputee or Paraplegic Veterans: No fees are charged for a permit to register a motor vehicle owned by a war Veteran who is an amputee, paraplegic or who suffered the loss of use of a limb from a service connected cause as certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs when the vehicle or a cash settlement is received from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (See RSA 261:157 )

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New Hampshire Parking Benefits for Disabled Veteran License Plates: Any motor vehicle bearing special disabled Veteran license plates with the international accessibility symbol is allowed free parking time in any city or town, if the vehicle is under the direct control of the owner. (See RSA 265:73 )

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New Hampshire Military and Veteran License Plates: The State of New Hampshire offers 17 distinctive Military and Veteran themed license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retirees and eligible Family members.

The process to obtain Vanity Plates must begin at the town or city level like most other registration transactions. To apply for a new Vanity Plate, you must fill out the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles, Application for Vanity Plates .

For new and renewal registration, please bring the application to your Town/City clerk's office to process your registration and vanity plate application. You can also apply for a new vanity plate at any Division of Motor Vehicles office that processes registrations with the after processing the town/city portion of your registration. You may also mail the application, town portion of the registration and a check for the appropriate fees to the Concord DMV at:

NH Dept. of Safety
DMV - Registration Bureau
23 Hazen Drive
Concord NH 03305

New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles Office Directory

Samples of the Various New Hampshire license plates can be found on the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles License Plates Example page .

Veterans License Plate: Veterans honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces may be issued special license plates. (See RSA 261:87-b )NH Veteran License Plate

Disabled Veteran License Plate: Honorably discharged Veterans deemed to be totally and permanently disabled due to their service-connected disability are allowed one (1) disabled Veteran plate at no charge. (See RSA 261:86 )

Purple Heart License Plate: Veteran must have their paperwork indicating that they were honorably discharged and were awarded the Purple Heart. May be issued one set of special license plates upon payment of registration fees. Veteran can only have one Purple Heart passenger plate and one Purple Heart motorcycle plate. (See RSA 261:86-d )

Veterans with Walking Disabilities License Plates : Special license plates may be issued for motor vehicles owned by individuals with walking disabilities. (See RSA 261:88 )

Gold Star License Plates : Special license plates may be issued for one motor vehicle that is owned by the mother or stepmother of a Service member killed while on duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. Regular registration fees will apply but there are no number plate fees for gold star number plates. (See RSA 261:87-c )

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What are my New Hampshire Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?

National Guard Association of New Hampshire National Guard Group Insurance: Term Life State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) is available for New Hampshire National Guard Service members through the National Guard Association of New Hampshire and is provided through the Militia Insurance Trust’s Guardian Group Term Life Insurance Plan.

Key Benefits of the SSLI:

  • Over $1,000,000 in coverage available for New Hampshire National Guard Service members through a combination of the SSLI plans.

  • Coverage is available for Spouses 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

  • No Aviation Exclusion

  • New Recruits are eligible for $10,000 SSLI coverage under the MIT Guardian Group Term Life Insurance Plan at no cost for the first year of service in the New Hampshire National Guard. Premiums are paid by the National Guard Association of New Hampshire. Enrollment must occur within 120 days of joining the New Hampshire National Guard.

Who is eligible for National Guard Association of New Hampshire National Guard Group Insurance? New Hampshire National Guard members and their dependents are eligible for SSLI.
National Guard Association of New Hampshire, National Guard Group Insurance Fact Sheet

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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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Compensation for New Hampshire National Guard Service Members who Sustain Injury or Illness while on State Active Duty: Any member of the National Guard serving on state active duty within or outside the state, that sustains an "injury'' or "personal injury,'' as defined in RSA 281-A , or who become ill are entitled to receive benefits under New Hampshire Workers‘ Compensation laws.
Who is eligible for Compensation for New Hampshire National Guard Service Members for Injury While on State Active Duty? New Hampshire National Guard Service members that suffer an injury or illness while on state active duty are eligible.

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Compensation for New Hampshire National Guard Service Members Killed while on State Active Duty: Any member of the National Guard serving on state active duty within or outside the state, that dies as a result of that service entitles their dependents to compensation under New Hampshire Workers’ Compensation laws.
Who is eligible for Compensation for New Hampshire National Guard Service Members Killed While on State Active Duty?
The dependents of New Hampshire National Guard members killed on state active duty or as a result of state active duty are eligible for compensation.

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What are my New Hampshire Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

New Hampshire Free or Reduced Fee Perpetual Hunting and Fishing Privileges for Disabled Veterans: The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Fishing at the lakeoffers free or reduced fee perpetual Fish and Game License depending on a Veterans Disability percentage.
Who is eligible for the New Hampshire Free or Reduced Fee Perpetual Hunting and Fishing Privileges for Disabled Veterans?
Honorably discharged resident Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled from a service-connected disability may be issued a free perpetual Fish and Game License.

For Veterans with at least 80% but not 100% disability the lifetime license is available for 50% of the usual fee.
New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game Lifetime License Fees

A $10 administrative fee will be charged once, upon application to the executive director for the permit. (See RSA 214:13 )

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New Hampshire Paraplegics may Hunt from Motor Vehicles or Boats: New Hampshire Disabled Veterans may hunt from motor vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, or boats without motors under certain conditions with a proper permit. A $10 administrative fee shall be charged once, upon application to the executive director for the permit. (See RSA 207:7 , RSA 207:7-a )

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New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game Benefits For Active Duty Service Members: Any resident of New Hampshire that is an Active Duty Service member in the U.S. Armed Forces that is permanently stationed outside of the state, may acquire at no charge, a special license to hunt and fish during any period while on leave or furlough.

Any nonresident who is on regular active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and who is permanently stationed within the state, may purchase regular hunting and fishing licenses or combination licenses, at the same fee as is charged to New Hampshire residents.

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 Free Admission to New Hampshire State Parks for New Hampshire National Guard Service Members and Disabled Veterans: New Hampshire Veterans with any U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) service-connected disability rating are not charged a fee for day-use admission to New Hampshire Cliff overlooking a valleystate parks. Disabled Veteran license plates issued by the state of New Hampshire, or a letter issued by the VA certifying the Veteran suffers from a service-connected disability are considered proof of entitlement. Any fees for the use of enterprise activities (including ski lifts, food service, campgrounds, etc.) are still charged. (See RSA 216-A:3-g, IV ).

Any active member of a federally-recognized unit of the New Hampshire National Guard who is a legal resident of this state and is serving (or who retired) in pay grades E-1 through E-6 are not charged a fee for admission to the state park system. (See RSA 216-A:3-g, V )

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What are my New Hampshire Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

New Hampshire Vietnam War Bonus: The State of New Hampshire offers a bonus of $100 for those with active service of 90 days or more between August 5, 1964, and August 15, 1973, or those who served in Vietnam between July 1, 1958, and August 5, 1964, and earned the Vietnam Service Medal or the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. To be eligible the Veteran must have been a bona fide resident of New Hampshire at the time of enlistment and have received an honorable discharge. Claims made after August 22, 1977, must be approved by the Adjutant General, the Governor and Executive Council. (See RSA 115-A: 3 )

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New Hampshire Persian Gulf War Service Bonus: Each person who actively served as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States between August 2, 1990, ahand holding stack of $50 billsnd November 30, 1995, and who earned the Southwest Asia Service Medal, and who was discharged, released or has a certificate of service, under honorable conditions, and who at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, and while serving in the Persian Gulf was a resident of New Hampshire is eligible for a $100 bonus. If you received a similar Persian Gulf bonus from another state you may not receive he New Hampshire bonus. This program expired on August 31, 2002, but there are provisions that allow for acceptance of applications after that date. (See RSA 115-A: 9 )
New Hampshire Persian Gulf War Service Bonus Application

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New Hampshire Global War on Terrorism Operations Service Bonus: A $100 bonus is offered to any New Hampshire resident Service member that served on or after September 11, 2001 and a date to be determined by the Secretary of Defense, and who earned the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. The Service member must be still be serving or have received a discharge with an honorable characterization of service.

Additionally, any Service member that is declared missing in action or was killed in action is also eligible.

This program expired on June 11, 2009, but there are provisions that allow for acceptance of applications after that date. (See RSA 115-A: 16 ).
New Hampshire Global War on Terrorism Operations Service Bonus Application

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New Hampshire Veteran's and Dependent Families Relief: War Veterans and their dependent Families who are unable to support themselves shall be supported at public expense in the town or city in which they live. (See RSA 165:5 )

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New Hampshire State Veterans' Home: Located at Tilton, the Veterans' Home is a 250-bed facility, with 100 beds assigned to residents with dementia. The Veterans' Home is an intermediate, long-term care facility populated by nearly 400 staff. NHVH has formalized agreements with both the U.S. Department of Veterans homeVeterans Affairs and local hospitals for inpatient hospitalization and specialized outpatient care. (See RSA 119:9 )
Who is eligible for care at the New Hampshire State Veterans' Home?

  • The applicant must have been honorably discharged from any of the Armed Forces, reserves or the NH Army/Air National Guard. There is no requirement for service in combat or to have a service-connected disability.

  • The applicant must have been a resident of the State of New Hampshire for at least one year prior to the date of application OR had New Hampshire listed as their "home of record" on military discharge papers.

  • There is no minimum age to be eligible to apply.

  • The applicant's condition(s) must be within the Home's resources and ability to treat.

  • The applicant may not present potential harm to self or other residents.

  • An applicant's assets will determine their financial contribution to room and board. There is a one-year financial look-back period. A house is not counted as an asset if occupied by applicant's Spouse.

To apply for admission, you may contact the Admission Coordinators' office at 603-527-4400. Or if you prefer, you may download and print it out the application forms. The New Hampshire State Veteran’s Home address is:

NH Veterans Home
139 Winter Street
Tilton, NH 03276

New Hampshire State Veteran's Home Application Packet

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New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery: Veterans, discharged under honorable conditions, and their dependents who meet the criteria of eligibility are eligible for burial inState Veterans Cemetery the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH. The cemetery opened in September 1997. Contact the NH Adjutant General's Department at -603-796-2026 for information. (See RSA 110-B-74 )
Who is eligible for Burial at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery? As a general rule, an honorably discharged Veteran, having served on active duty prior to September 7, 1980 is eligible. After September 7, 1980, a Veteran must have served at least 24 months on active duty to be eligible. However, there are some exceptions. Members of Reserve Components and Reserve Officers' Training Corps also may be eligible under many different circumstances. All Veterans should apply to determine eligibility. Spouses and dependents may also be eligible. You need not be New Hampshire residents to be eligible for burial.

You are encouraged to pre-apply for internment at the Veterans Cemetery. The application process is simple and saves surviving Family members the hardship of finding required documents needed prior to interment. Without an application, the cemetery may have to delay the interment until substantial proof is submitted. The Veteran submitting an application will receive an eligibility certificate, which also may include eligibility for dependents.
New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery Pre-Certification Application

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Free Burial for Indigent New Hampshire Veterans: Honorably discharged, indigent wartime Veterans may be buried at the expense of the municipality in which the Veteran died. (See RSA 165:16 , RSA 165:17 )

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

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

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in New Hampshire: The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration does not maintain a national cemetery in New Hampshire. There is, however, a New Hampshire State Cemetery in Boscawen. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

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New Hampshire State Office of Veterans Services
Address: 275 Chestnut St, Rm 517, Manchester, NH 03101-2411
Phone: 603-624-9230 / 1-800-622-9230
Fax: 603-624-9236
TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964

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Military Installations in New Hampshire

Please see the New Hampshire Military Resource Locator for additional information

Active Duty

Navy
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

National Guard
New Hampshire Department of Military Affairs and Veterans Services
New Hampshire National Guard

New Hampshire Army National Guard

New Hampshire Air National Guard
157th Air Refueling Wing

United States Army Reserve (USAR)
99th Readiness Division

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Resources

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Facility Directory New Hampshire

New Hampshire Revised Statutes

New Hampshire State Government

Retirement Living, Tax Information New Hampshire

The General Court of New Hampshire

Air National Guard Benefits

Army National Guard Benefits

New Hampshire National Guard

New Hampshire Office of Veterans Services, State and Federal Benefits Webpage

New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles, License Plate Types

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

New Hampshire Employment Security, Veterans' Resource Guide

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Document Review Date: 25 June 2020