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Summary of New Jersey Military and Veterans Benefits: The State of New Jersey offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Income Tax Exemptions on retired military pay and property tax, State Employment Preferences, Education and Tuition Assistance, Vehicle Tags, New Jersey Distinguished Military Medals, Burial benefits, Free State Park Admission, Free Private Beach Facilities, as well as Hunting and Fishing License privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

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New Jersey Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

 
What are my New Jersey Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

New Jersey Income Tax Exemption on Military Pay: Your military pay is not subject to New Jersey Income Tax if your domicile was New Jersey when you entered the military.

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New Jersey Retired Military Pay Tax Exemption: U.S. military pensions are exempt from New Jersey Income Tax

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New Jersey Taxes on Military Disability Retired Pay: New Jersey does not tax total and permanent disability income if you are considered disabled under the federal Social Security Act. To qualify, you must be receiving a U.S. military disability pension or survivor’s benefit payments, or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Compensation. Do not report these payments on your New Jersey Income Tax return.

Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income if any of the following conditions apply:

  • You were entitled to receive a disability payment before September 25, 1975Disabled Veteran with prostetic leg

  • You were a member of the military (active or reserves) or were under a binding written commitment to become a member on September 24, 1975

  •  You receive disability payments for a combat-related injury. This is a personal injury or sickness that:

    • Resulted directly from armed conflict

    • Took place while you were engaged in extra-hazardous service

    • Took place under conditions simulating, including training exercises such as maneuvers, or

    • Was caused by an instrumentality of war

  • You would be entitled to receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if you filed an application for it (the exclusion under this condition equals the amount you would be entitled to from the VA).

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 New Jersey Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Dependency and Indemnity Honor Guard in VA cemeteryCompensation (DIC) is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

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New Jersey Taxes on Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP): Survivor’s benefit payments are exempt from New Jersey Income Tax.

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New Jersey Veteran Income Tax Exemption: Veterans are eligible for a $6,000 exemption ($3,000 for Tax Years 2017 and 2018) on your New Jersey Income Tax return if you are a military Veteran who was honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States on or any time before the last day of the tax year. Your Spouse (or civil union partner) is also eligible for an exemption if they are a Veteran who was honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances and you are filing a joint return. This exemption is in addition to any other exemptions you are entitled to claim and is available on both the resident and nonresident returns. You cannot claim this exemption for a domestic partner or for your dependents.

A taxpayer whose Spouse died during the tax year can claim the deceased Spouse’s Veteran exemption if:

  • They file a joint New Jersey tax return; and

  • The Spouse did not remarry by December 31 of the tax year or were divorced/legally separated from the Spouse on the date of death

The taxpayer (Surviving Spouse) may need to provide proof of eligibility.

Note: The Surviving Spouse taxpayer will not be able to claim the Veterans exemption for the deceased Spouse in any subsequent year.

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New Jersey Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption : Certain totally and permanently disabled war Veterans or disabled Veterans who served in peacekeeping missions and operations may be eligible for exemption from real property taxes on their principal residence and the lot or curtilage (the land immediately surrounding the residence) on which that residence is situated. Surviving Spouses/domestic partners of servicepersons who died on wartime active duty are also eligible. solider with a dog
Who is eligible for the New Jersey Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption?  To qualify for a real property tax exemption as a Veteran, you must be honorably discharged with active wartime service or service in peacekeeping missions or operations in the U.S. Armed Forces and be certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as having wartime service connected total or 100% permanent disability. You must be the full owner of and a permanent resident in the residence for which exemption is claimed and a legal or domiciliary resident of New Jersey. If you are a Surviving Spouse/domestic partner of a disabled Veteran who met all of the eligibility requirements, you must not have remarried or entered into a new civil union or a new registered domestic partnership, you must be a New Jersey resident, and you must be the owner-occupant of the claimed residence.

To apply for the disabled Veteran’s exemption, contact your local tax assessor.
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New Jersey Veteran Property Tax Deduction: New Jersey resident Veterans honorably discharged with active wartime service or service in peacekeeping missions or operations in the U.S. Armed Forces may be eligible for an annual deduction of $250 from property taxes due on any property they own. The deduction also is available to Surviving Spouses/domestic partners. The Surviving Spouse/domestic partner of a Service member who died on wartime active duty also may be eligible. There are no income limits with respect to the Veteran’s deduction.

If both Spouses/domestic partners are Veterans, each can claim a deduction. A Veteran who is the Surviving Spouse/domestic partner of a Veteran can claim a deduction for each status. A taxpayer can claim both a Veteran’s deduction and a senior/disabled/survivor real property tax deduction in the same year in addition to any of the State’s other property tax relief program benefits provided by law.

To apply for the Veteran’s deduction, contact your local tax assessor or collector.
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New Jersey Income Tax Exemption for Combat Related Death: The State of New Jersey will not assess Income Tax for the tax year the death occurred, nor for previous years during which the Service member served in a combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area. The decedent’s estate does not have to file Income Tax returns for those years.
Who is eligible for the New Jersey Income Tax Exemption for Combat Related Death? To be eligible the Service members must have died in a combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area as a result of wounds, disease, or injuries received there.

The estate can also receive a tax benefit if the deceased paid any tax (such as withholdings, estimated payments, or had a credit from a prior year) while serving in the combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area. The estate can file

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What are my New Jersey Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

New Jersey “Operation Recognition” High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: This program awards a state-endorsed New Jersey high school diploma to any New Jersey Veteran who left a New Jersey high school to enter military service during World War II, the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Operation Recognition
Who is eligible for New Jersey “Operation Recognition” High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans? New Jersey Veterans who:

  • Current New Jersey Veterans who left a New Jersey High School to join the military between the dates of September 16, 1940 and December 31, 1946, June 23, 1950 and January 31, 1955, or December 31, 1960 through May 7, 1975

  • Honorably discharged

  • All branches of service including Merchant Marine and Coast Guard are eligible

  • Diplomas may also be issued posthumously. Surviving Family members of eligible Veterans are urged to apply

To apply you must provide:

  • A copy of your DD214 or discharge papers

  • The name and address of the high school you attended

  • The year you would have graduated

  • Your name, address, and daytime phone number

Send your request to:

Operation Recognition–DVS-VBB
New Jersey Department of Military & Veterans Affairs
101 Eggert Crossing Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

New Jersey Revised Statutes 18A:7C-4.1

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New Jersey National Guard Tuition (Waiver) Program (NJNGTP): New Jersey State Law provides tuition free enrollment in public institutions of higher education for qualifying members of the New Jersey National Guard and qualifying Surviving Spouses and Children of New Jersey National Guard Service members. The New Jersey National Guard Tuition Program (NJNGTP) provides Service members the opportunity for professional development by defraying a major portion of tuition costs while serving in the New Jersey Army or Air National Guard.

When qualifying criteria are met, the Service member, or eligible surviving Children or Spouse, will be permitted to attend regularly scheduled courses at any New Jersey public institution of higher education and receive up to 16 credits per semester tuition free.
Who is eligible for the New Jersey National Guard Tuition (Waiver) Program (NJNGTP)?
Any member of the New Jersey National Guard shall be permitted to attend regularly scheduled courses at any public institution of higher education in the State of New Jersey and receive up to 15 credits per semester tuition free provided:

  • The member has completed Initial Active Duty Training (IADT).

  • The member is an active drilling member in good standing with their New Jersey National Guard unit of assignment

  • The member has been accepted to pursue a course of undergraduate or graduate study and is enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in good standing at that institution

  • Each year the member must apply for Financial Aid, either through the institution’s Financial Aid Office or online using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to receive all entitled state and federal student grants and scholarships

Any Child or Surviving Spouse of a deceased member of the New Jersey National Guard, who has completed Initial Active Duty Training and was killed in the performance of their duties while on Active Duty or killed in the performance of their duties while a member of the New Jersey National Guard, shall be permitted to attend regularly scheduled courses when (3) and (4) apply; and, available classroom space permits and tuition paying students constitute a minimum number required for the course.

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New Jersey Veterans Tuition Credit Program / Vietnam Veterans Tuition Aid Program: Veterans attending any approved educational institution may apply for the Veterans Tuition Credit Program. Under the program, partial reimbursement is provided to the institution to offset the cost of the Veteran's tuition. Maximum reimbursement is $400.00 per year for full-time students, $200.00 per semester for part-time students.
Who is eligible for the New Jersey Veterans Tuition Credit Program? To qualify, the Veteran must have been on active duty between Dec. 31, 1960, and May 7, 1975, and have been a legal resident of NJ at the time of entrance into or discharge from the service, or for a period not less than one year immediately prior to application. Contact the Veterans Benefits Bureau at 609-530-6949 or via email to vbb@dmava.nj.gov for more information.
New Jersey Veterans Tuition Credit Program / Vietnam Veterans Tuition Aid Program Application

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New Jersey Prisoner of War - Missing in Action Tuition Benefit Program: Free undergraduate college tuition is available to any Child born or adopted before, during, or after the period of time their parent was officially declared a prisoner of war (POW) or person missing in action (MIA) after January 1, 1960.
Who is eligible for New Jersey Prisoner of War - Missing in Action Tuition Benefit Program? The POW-MIA must have been a New Jersey resident at the time they entered the service or whose official residence is in NJ. The Child must attend either a public or private institution in NJ. A copy of DD1300 must be furnished with the application. For more information, contact the Veterans Benefits Bureau at 609-530-6949 or via email at vbb@dmava.nj.gov.

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 New Jersey War Orphans Tuition Assistance: Children of those service personnel who died while in the military or due to service-connectedGraduation caps being toss up in the air disabilities, or who are officially listed as missing in action by the U.S. Dept. of Defense may claim $500.00 per year for four years of college or equivalent training.
Who is eligible for the New Jersey War Orphans Tuition Assistance? To qualify, the Child must be a resident of New Jersey for at least one year immediately preceding the filing of the application and be between the ages of 16 and 21 at the time of application. The Veteran must have been a state resident. For more information, contact the Veterans Benefits Bureau at 609-530-6949 or via email at vbb@dmava.nj.gov.

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New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation Scholarship Program: Each year the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation awards two (2) scholarships to New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorialhigh school seniors from New Jersey who plan to further their education either at a college, university or trade/technical school. The scholarships, each in the amount of $2,500, will be awarded to high school seniors from New Jersey.
Who is eligible for the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation Scholarship Program?

  • Be a New Jersey resident

  • Be a graduating high school senior

  • Have visited the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial (on their own / class trip / scholarship tour)

  • Have been accepted by a college, university or trade school – letter of acceptance must be included in application materials.

Application Process:

  • A reflective essay focused on the student’s experience visiting the Memorial

  • A completed online application form;

  • A letter of acceptance to a college, university or trade school

Winners will be notified in early May and will be awarded the scholarship during the Memorial Day Ceremony held at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial.

To assist students in writing their essays, the Foundation offers free, Veteran-led guided tours of the Memorial available on Saturdays at 11 am and 1 pm during scholarship season from early February to mid-April.

Applications are only accepted online, questions will only through the foundation email at scholarship@njvvmf.org .
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation Scholarship Program Online Application Note: Online Applications are only available from the end of January to April 10th)

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New Jersey 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:
Tony Trongone, MIC3 Commissioner
Superintendent of Schools
Pemberton Township Schools
Address: One Egbert St,
Pemberton, NJ, 08068
Email: ttrongone@pemb.org
Phone: 609-893-8141

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What are my New Jersey Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

soldier walking down a dirt roadNew Jersey State Employee Leave for Military Service: New Jersey Public employees are authorized up to 30 paid workdays of military leave per calendar year.
Who is eligible for New Jersey State Employee Leave for Military Service? Members of National Guard and Armed Forces Reserves that are also state employees are eligible for paid military leave. Employees that are permanent, at-will, or Full-Time Temporary are eligible for 30 days paid military leave. Drill weekends are not considered active duty for purposes of paid military leave. Any leave of absence for such duty in excess of 30 workdays shall be without pay but without loss of time.

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New Jersey Career Connections, Veterans Services: Veterans receive first priority referral to all job and training opportunities in which they qualify. Staff specialists at local One-Stop Career Centers help Veterans find suitable jobs and opportunities. At One-Stop Career Centers Veterans can also:

  • Enroll in free job search workshops

  • Find help developing a resume

  • Learn about career training programs

  • Get help understanding the array of benefits available through the Veterans Administration and state and local government agencies

New Jersey One-Stop Career Centers Office Directory

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New Jersey State Employment Veterans Civil Service Preference: New Jersey Veterans are provided an absolute Veterans Preference when applying for a New Jersey civil service position. This means that qualified New Jersey Veterans who receive a passing score are placed at the top of open competitive employment lists, ahead of Non-Veterans, regardless of their scores.

Disabled Veterans are given the highest preference, being placed above both Veterans and Non-Veterans on open competitive employment lists.

Veterans Preference can be established as late as 8 days prior to an open competitive employment list being issued.
Who is eligible for New Jersey State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference?

Qualifying for Veterans Preference: To qualify for Veterans Preference, the Veteran must have served on active duty during a New Jersey Statute Defined Qualifying War Era . The amount of active duty service required to qualify for Veterans Preference varies by war era.

The following documents will be needed to prove this service occurred:

  • WD 53-55 or DD214

  • Honorable Discharge Certificate

  • New Jersey Civil Service Veterans Preference Claim Form

  • Additional documents as needed

The Surviving Spouse of a Veteran who died outside of service is entitled to the same preference as the Veteran, up until they remarry.

Qualifying for Disabled Veterans Preference: To qualify for Disabled Veterans Preference, all requirements for Veterans Preference must be met, and the Veteran must be receiving at least 10% disability compensation from the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

The following document will be needed to prove this service occurred:

  • WD 53-55 or DD214

  • Honorable Discharge Certificate

  • VA Disability Award Letter

  • Civil Service Veterans Preference Claim Form

  • Additional documents as needed

The Spouse of a Disabled Veteran is entitled to the same preference as the Disabled Veteran, provided they are not employed in a civil service position. The Disabled Veteran must also waive all preference for the duration of their Spouse’s civil service employment.

The Surviving Spouse of a Disabled Veteran is entitled to the same preference as the Disabled Veteran, up until they remarry.

The Surviving Spouse of any Veteran who died in service is entitled to the Disabled Veteran Preference, up until they remarry.

The parent of any Veteran who died in service is entitled to the Disabled Veteran Preference. If there is a Surviving Spouse as well, only one can claim preference.
New Jersey Civil Service Veterans Preference Claim Form

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Other New Jersey Civil Service Employment Benefits for Veterans Preference: The following various preferences are provided for in New Jersey Statutes for qualifying Veterans.

 Compensation of Public Officers while in Military Service: Any officer, department, institution, committee, commission or other body of the state Artillary being firedor any subdivision or municipality, may pay the whole or a part of the salaries or compensation of their employees during the time they are engaged in a branch of the military or naval service of the national government or of this state.

In no case can this compensation, when added to their military pay exceed their usual state salary New Jersey statutes 38:23-3

Appointment of Veterans: Whenever a disabled Veteran or Veteran is certified to an appointing authority from an open competitive employment list, the appointing authority will appoint the disabled Veteran or Veterans in the order of ranking. New Jersey statutes 11A:5-6

Application of Statues to Promotions: Whenever a Veteran ranks highest on a promotional certification, a non-Veteran shall not be appointed unless the appointing authority can show cause before the board why a Veteran should not receive the promotion. New Jersey statute 11A:5-7

Preference in Appointment in Noncompetitive Employment: From among those eligible for appointment in noncompetitive employment, preference shall be given to a qualified Veteran. Before an appointing authority may select a non-Veteran or not appoint a qualified Veteran, the appointing authority must show cause before the board as to why a Veteran should not be appointed. In all cases, a disabled Veteran shall have preference over all others. New Jersey statute 11A:5-8

Preference to Veterans in Layoffs: When a layoff occurs, preference in retention will be given first to a disabled Veteran and then to a Veteran. This preference only applies when the disabled Veteran or Veteran has seniority equal to that of a non-Veteran also affected by the layoff.
New Jersey statute 11A:5-9

Hearing on Dismissal of Veterans: Before any department head can dismiss any Veteran, the department head must show cause before the Civil Service Commission why the Veteran should not be retained, the Veteran or Veterans are authorized to attend any appearance before the Civil Service Commission regarding the Veterans retention. The Civil Service Commission shall be the sole judge of the facts constituting such qualification. New Jersey statute 11A:5-10

Veterans not to be Discriminated Against because of Physical Defects: Veterans suffering from any disability caused by wounds or injuries received in the line of duty in the military or naval forces of the United States during war service shall not be discriminated against in an examination, classification or appointment because of the disability, unless this disability would prevent the Veteran from properly performing the duties of the office, position or employment for which applied.
New Jersey statute 11A:5-11

Employment or Promotion of Persons Awarded the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Air Force Cross or Navy Cross: Any resident Veteran who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces who has been awarded the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, Air Force Cross or Navy Cross can be appointed or promoted without complying with the rules of the Civil Service Commission. Upon promotion or appointment, that person shall become subject to the rules of the Civil Service Commission. A person who qualifies under this section will not be limited to only one appointment or promotion. New Jersey statue 11A:5-12

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 Artillary guns in a warehouseand 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 the Veterans 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 the Veterans 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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Purchasing Military Service Credit for New Jersey Civil Service Pensions - PERS:

Military Service before Enrollment: New Jersey Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF), Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS) and State Police Retirement System (SPRS) members are eligible to purchase credit for up to 10 years of active military service rendered prior to enrollment, provided the member is not receiving or eligible to receive a military pension or a pension from any other state or local source for such military service. A member receiving or eligible to receive a military pension based in whole or in part on service in the reserves, may purchase credit for active Military Service.

Active Military Service eligible for purchase means full-time duty in the active military service of the United States and includes full-time training duty, annual training duty, and attendance, while in the active military service, at a school designated as a service school by law or by the Secretary of the military department concerned. It cannot include periods of service of less than 30 days. It does not include basic training, weekend drills, or annual summer training of a National Guard or reserve unit.

If you qualify as a Veteran, you may be eligible to purchase up to an additional five years of active duty Military Service provided that a DD214 - Certificate of Active Duty Service identifies such service as active duty.

Note : All members must provide a DD214, which includes a member’s character of service, active/entry dates of service and discharge/ending dates of service.

Military Service after Enrollment: Under the requirements of the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA), members may receive credit for Military Service rendered after October 13, 1994.The member must be enrolled in a New Jersey State-administered retirement system when entering the peacetime military service and, when discharged from or otherwise ending military service, must return to employment within the time periods prescribed by federal law in a position covered by a New Jersey State-administered retirement system. USERRA-eligible service will only be used to determine eligibility for benefits. The calculation of retirement benefits will not use the USERRA-eligible service unless the employee pays the required pension contributions for the period of Military Service.

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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 sillouette of a soldier on a tankfrom 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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New Jersey Helmets to Hardhats Program: The New Jersey State Building and Construction Trades Council's Helmets to Hardhats Program (NJ H2H) is designed to help transitioning military personnel, National Guardsmen and Reservists find the careers in the building and construction industry.Helmets to Hardhats logo

The program seeks to help military members find a career in one of 15 affiliated trades, such as electrical workers, carpenters and painters. They work in cooperation with the national Helmets to Hardhats program, adding a personal component to the program's on-line services. NJ H2H offers Veterans assistance in preparation for a successful application to any of New Jersey's registered apprenticeship programs in the building and construction trades. Services include:

  • Personal Career Counseling

  • Interview Coaching

  • Entrance Test Preparation

  • Review of apprentice entrance requirements

  • Guidance through the application process

  • Referral to supportive services


Who is eligible for the New Jersey Helmets to Hardhats Program?
NJ H2H is open to Active Duty Service members who will be transitioning to civilian employment in the near future, Military Veterans, National Guardsmen, and Reservists who have honorably served our country. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to participate.

Learn more about the New Jersey Helmets to Hardhats Program

Free New Jersey License to Vend for Veterans: Honorably discharged Veterans may obtain a no-fee license to vend any goods, wares or merchandise, or solicit trade within the state ( NJSA 45:24-9 ). Licenses are provided by the county clerk's office ( NJSA 45:24-10 ) and regulated by municipalities. Call your County Clerk to obtain additional information. Food vendors must also comply with state and local health licensing requirements.

All vendors must register with the N.J. Division of Taxation and collect and pay sales tax on required items.

Contact the New Jersey Division of Taxation for more information. The general information line is 609-826-4400 or 1-800-323-4400.
New Jersey Municipalities and Local Government Contact Directory

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What are my New Jersey Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation?

New Jersey Unemployment Insurance: New Jersey's Department of Labor and Workforce Development administers the Unemployment Insurance. Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a program that gives financial support to people who lose their jobs through no fault of their own.

To qualify for Unemployment Insurance benefits, you must meet all of the New Jersey UI eligibility requirements of the New Jersey Unemployment Compensation Law. Those who meet the requirements may receive benefits for up to 26 weeks during a one-year period.

All Unemployment claims must be filed online or by phone. There is limited unemployment insurance in person assistance available at the following New Jersey One Stop offices.
New Jersey One Stop Office Directory

You may claim benefits online at the New Jersey's Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Unemployment Insurance Online Claim Portal or by phone at the following numbers:

  • North New Jersey - 201-601-4100

  • Central New Jersey - 732-761-2020

  • South New Jersey - 856-507-2340

  • Out-of-State - 888-795-6672

You will claim benefits either every week or every two (2) weeks, depending on the method which you use. You can only claim benefits for the week(s) prior to the week in which you are claiming benefits. Unemployment Insurance weeks begin on a Sunday and end at midnight on Saturday.

You will need the following information to file a claim:

  • Social Security Number

  • Alien Registration Number (if you are not a US citizen)

  • Pension information (if you are receiving any pension or 401k)

  • Amount and duration of any separation pay you may be receiving

  • Recall date (if you expect to be recalled to your job)

  • Union hiring hall information, including local number and address (if you get work through a union)

  • DD214 (if you were in the military in the last 18 months)

  • Form SF-8 or SF-50 (if you were a federal employee).

You will need the following information about your employer(s):

  • For each employer that you worked for in the last 18 months, provide the following:

    • Complete name and address of employer

    • Employer's telephone number

    • Your occupation with that employer

    • Beginning and ending dates of employment

    • Reason for separation

To claim benefits, you must certify that you meet the weekly eligibility requirements listed below. You must:

  • Be able to work

  • Be available for work

  • Be actively seeking work

  • Not refuse an offer of suitable work

Your claim is dated the Sunday of the week in which you filed your initial claim. The first time you claim benefits will be on a Wednesday, 17 days after your date of claim. To receive your unemployment insurance benefits, you must certify for benefits each week which you wish to receive benefits. You can only certify for benefits after the week has passed. Unemployment Insurance weeks begin on a Sunday and end at midnight on Saturday.
New Jersey Unemployment Insurance, Your Rights and Responsibilities

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What are my New Jersey Military and Veterans Department of Motor Vehicles Benefits?

New Jersey Drivers Licsense with Veteran Designation New Jersey Veteran's Designation on Drivers’ Licenses and Identification Cards: To honor the service of New Jersey Veterans the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) offers an imprinted Veteran designation on driver’s licenses and non-driver ID cards. You will need the following documents to apply:

  • Your 6 points of identification; and

  • Your proof of address; and

  • Your completed driver license or non-driver ID renewal application; and

  • Your original or a photocopy of your honorable military discharge or General Discharge under Honorable Conditions documents to show satisfactory proof of your Veteran status, which can be any of the following documents:

    • Original or photocopy of your DD214 or DD215; or

    • Original or photocopy of your official county-issued Veteran ID card; or

    • Original or photocopy of your federal activation orders showing service under Title 10, section 672 or section 12301 of the United States Code; or

    • Original or photocopy of your report of Separation of Active Duty (honorably discharged or General Discharge under Honorable Conditions prior to 1950).

You must visit an MVC office for initial issue or renewals. Replacement licenses may be requested at an MVC office or by mail.
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Office Directory
New Jersey, Real ID, 6 Points of Identification Criteria

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New Jersey License, Registration and Inspection Document Extensions for Deployed Service Members and their Families: If you are on active military duty and have been deployed, including New Jersey National Guard and Reserve, you and your immediate Family are entitled to automatic extensions for your driver's license, registration and inspection requirements.

  • Your license, registration and inspection documents will remain valid for as long as you are actively serving in the US Military.

  • When you are demobilized, you will need to renew your expired documents within 90 days of your demobilization date or return from duty.

  • Law enforcement officials are aware of this extension. Please carry an extension letter along with your active duty military credentials at all times when operating a vehicle. Instructions for obtaining the extension letter are contained in the Instruction for Extension During Military Deployment Fact Sheet

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, Instruction for Extension During Military Deployment Fact Sheet

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New Jersey Registration Refunds for Active Duty Service Members: If you enter the U.S. Armed Forces and have a valid New Jersey registration, you can get a refund for the remainder of the registration period. To obtain a refund:

  • Write a letter stating the reason you are requesting a refund along with proof of service.

  • Complete and return a completed New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Refund Application Form (RU-9) . Refund forms are also available online, at all New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agencies or by calling 609-292-6500

  • Return the original registration and the New Jersey license plates along with a copy of military orders and a copy of the out-of-state registration.

Learn more about New Jersey Registration Refunds for Active Duty Service Members

Free New Jersey Registration for Service-Disabled or Blind Veterans: You may qualify for free registration if you meet the following classifications:

  • Are without sight as a result of war service and eligible for compensation from the state under N.J.S.A. 38:18-1

  • Currently have another service-connected disability and have qualified for a free automobile from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and:

    • You have a valid New Jersey driver license or a generated driver license number

    • The vehicle in question is equipped with special attachments or devices that may be necessary for its safe operation

    • The vehicle is properly insured by a New Jersey licensed company

To apply for free registration, call 609-292-6500 extension 5076 for an application. Mail the certified application with affixed seal or stamp of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to:

Motor Vehicle Commission
Government Unit
P.O. Box 016
Trenton, New Jersey 08666-0016

Once the free registration status has been established, all subsequent renewals can be completed by mail or at any New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Agency.
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Office Directory

Learn more about Free New Jersey Registration for Service-Disabled or Blind Veterans

New Jersey Military and Veteran Special Vehicle License Plates: The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission offers 34 distinctive license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of Service members, Veterans, Retirees, eligible Family members and for participation in Veterans Organizations. If you are actively or inactively registered in the military, you may purchase military plates for passenger or commercial vehicles (not for motorcycles).

To purchase organizational plates

  • Plate fees vary by plate type

  • Organizational plates cannot be ordered online or at a motor vehicle agency. All initial application requests must first go through the qualified non-profit, alumni or service organization

  • Personalized organizational plates may be available for certain qualified organizations, subject to approval by the organizations

  • Contact your organization and ask for the license plate coordinator to get the process started

  • You may also call the MVC’s Special Plate Unit at 609 292-6500, ext. 5061 to request the name of your organization’s license plate coordinator

Once approved by the coordinator, plates are available from:

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
Special Plate Unit
PO Box 015
225 East State Street
Trenton, NJ 08666-0015

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, Information Sheet for License Plates Requiring Approval Authorization
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, Non-profit Service Organization Sample License Plate Page
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, Military License Plates Sample Page

New Jersey Medal of Honor License Plate: No Charge
NJ Medal of Honor License Plate

New Jersey Disabled Veteran License Plate: $15 fee
NJ Disabled Vet Plate

New Jersey Purple Heart Recipient License Plate: $15 fee


New Jersey Gold Star License Plate: No Fee.

NJ Gold Star Family Plate

Applicants for the New Jersey Gold Star Family license plates must apply through the New Jersey Gold Star Mothers.
American Gold Star Mothers, Chapters and Departments Directory

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New Jersey Military Commercial Driver License (CDL) Skills Waiver Program: The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) is helping military personnel transition their military driving experience into civilian employment. By waiving the CDL Skills Test (behind-the-wheel exam), qualified military applicants will no longer have to provide a commercial vehicle in order to obtain a New Jersey CDL license.
Veterans seeking the CDL waiver must meet certain requirements and present specific documentation, including:

  • Satisfactory proof they were a member of a branch of the active or reserve component of the military within the last 12 months in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV).

  • A current or expired military commercial driver license and a valid New Jersey driver license.

  • A completed Military CDL Skills Test Waiver Form certified by a commanding officer.

  • Successful completion of a CDL knowledge and vision test.

  • Presenting “6 Points of ID” and proof of primary address.

  • A CDL Holder Self-Certificate and Medical Examiner’s Certificate.

New Jersey, Real ID, 6 Points of Identification Criteria
Application for Military Skills Test Waiver
New jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, CDL Skills Waiver Program Poster

Learn more about the New Jersey Military Commercial Driver License (CDL) Skills Waiver Program

Free Parking at New Jersey Parking Meters for Disabled Veterans and Purple Heart Recipients: New Jersey law ( N.J.S.A. 39:4-207.10 ) permits exemption from payment of municipal parking meter fees, for up to 24 hours, for disabled Veterans and Purple Heart
recipients under certain, specific circumstances:

  • The parked vehicle is owned by the disabled Veteran or the Purple Heart recipient.

  • The disabled Veteran or Purple Heart recipient is the driver or a passenger in that vehicle.

  • The vehicle displays a unique placard issued by the Motor Vehicle Commission.

A disabled Veteran or Purple Heart recipient placard affords the vehicle owner the same privileges as the license plates.

An applicant for a placard must be the owner of the vehicle in which the placard is to be used, and the placard can only be used by the owner if that owner is
the driver of the vehicle or a passenger in it.

Placards are available at any Motor Vehicle Commission agency or by mail. In person, submit proof of status and a completed, signed application (SP-47), or by mail, send photocopy of proof of status and a completed, signed application (SP-47) to:

NJMVC
Special Plates Unit
P. O. Box 015
Trenton, NJ 08666-015

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, Application for Disabled Veterans and Purple Heart Recipient, (SP-47)
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Office Directory

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

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

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

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

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

  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance

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:Doctor with patient

  • 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.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

New Jersey Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Readjustment Counseling: The New Jersey Division of Veterans Services provides Veterans with a Readjustment Counseling Program. New Jersey Veterans and their Families are currently provided services ranging from individual counseling, group counseling, Biofeedback to medication monitoring. The clinicians provide exceptional services to Veterans and their Families and address the problems encountered when reintegrating into civilian life. It is important to recognize the stressors and traumas of these combat Veterans, raise awareness of civilians back home, and meet the clinical needs of our Veterans.
New Jersey Veteran Service Officer Directory

Learn more about New Jersey Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Readjustment Counseling

New Jersey Catastrophic Entitlement: The state of New Jersey, through the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, authorizes eligible disabled Veterans and Surviving Spouses to receive a monthly entitlement of $62.50.
Who is eligible for the New Jersey Catastrophic Entitlement? A Veteran must be a New Jersey resident in receipt of a permanent service-connected disability rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that resulted from wartime service resulting in one of the following catastrophic disabilities:

  • Loss of sight

  • Amputation of both hands, both feet or one hand and one foot

  • Hemiplegia and permanent paralysis of one leg and one arm on either side of the body

  • Paraplegia and permanent paralysis of both legs and lower parts of the body

  • Osteochondritis and permanent loss of use of both legs

  • Multiple sclerosis and the loss of use of both feet or both legs; or

  • Quadriplegia

Surviving Spouses of eligible Veterans remain eligible until they remarry. Application may be made through any State Veterans Service Office.
New Jersey Veteran Service Officer Directory

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New Jersey National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death Benefits covered under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty: National Guard Service members on State Active Duty who incur an injury, disease or disability in the line of duty are entitled to the benefits under New Jersey Worker's Compensation laws.
New Jersey Revised Statutes Title 34 - Labor and Workmen's Compensation
Who is eligible for New Jersey National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death Benefits covered under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty? New Jersey National Guard Service members that suffer injury, illness or death in the line of duty are eligible.

Learn more about New Jersey National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death Benefits covered under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty

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

NJ Fish and Wildlife logo Free Fishing and Hunting Licenses for National Guard Members: New Jersey National Guard members are eligible for free fishing, firearm hunting, bow hunting, and trapping licenses.
Who is eligible for Free Fishing and Hunting Licenses for National Guard Members? New Jersey National Guard Service members are eligible.

Learn more about Free Fishing and Hunting Licenses for National Guard Members

New Jersey Resident Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Nonresident Active Duty Service Personnel: Any person on active duty in the Armed Services of the United States, whether a state resident or non-resident, is entitled to hunt and fish with a resident license. Service personnel may obtain a resident hunting license upon presenting proof of active duty to a license agent. A previous resident license (from this or any other state) of the appropriate type or proof of successfully completing the appropriate hunter education course is still required to obtain a hunting license.
Who is eligible for New Jersey Resident Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Nonresident Active Duty Service Personnel? All Active Duty Service members are eligible.

Learn more about New Jersey Resident Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Nonresident Active Duty Service Personnel

Free New Jersey Fishing and Hunting Licenses for Resident Disabled Veterans: Honorably discharged Veterans with a service-connected disability who are New Jersey residents are entitled to free New Jersey hunting and fishing licenses, permits and stamps. Resident Veterans of any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States declared by the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to have a service-connected disability of any degree qualify for the free licenses, permits and stamps. The Division of Fish and Wildlife is reimbursed for the cost of licenses, permits and stamps issued to certified disabled Veterans from the state's General Fund.
Who is eligible for Free New Jersey Fishing and Hunting Licenses for Disabled Veterans? Veterans who are residents of New Jersey and who have been honorably discharged, or released under honorable circumstances, from active service in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States; Veterans who have been declared by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to have a service-connected disability of any degree. Applicants must provide verification of discharge and service-connected disability.
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, Disabled Veteran License Application

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Free admission to New Jersey State Parks for Military Service Members, Veterans and Retirees: The New Jersey Division of State Parks and Forestry does not charge an admission fee for entrance into a State park or forest to any of the following:NJ State Park

  • A resident of the State of 62 or more years of age or who is totally disabled;

  • An active member of the New Jersey National Guard who has completed Initial Active Duty Training

  • A member of a unit of the organized reserve of the Armed Forces of the United States which is located in New Jersey;

  • An active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States;

  • A disabled Veteran; or

  • A retired member of the New Jersey National Guard.

Learn more about Free Admission to New Jersey State Parks for Military Service Members, Veterans and Retirees

 Free Private Beach Facility Available for use by New Jersey National Guard: New Jersey National Guard members can use the privately-owned beach located at Sea Girt,NJ Sea Girt New Jersey. Guard members can avoid the crowds at public beaches and enjoy summer activities with friends and Family.

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What are my New Jersey Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

New Jersey Veterans Transportation Program: This program assists the Veteran in need of transportation. The program originated due to the distance many N.J. Veterans had to travel to get to a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facility for medical care. Free transportation is offered to VA medical centers and clinics, other hospitals, private physicians, VA Regional Office and local Veterans Service Offices in most counties. The State Veterans Service Officer in the county should be contacted to explain the details of the program, level of service in that county, qualifications and requirements, and assist in scheduling the transportation.
New Jersey Veteran Service Officer Directory

Learn more about New Jersey Veterans Transportation Program

New Jersey Homeless Intervention Program: The New Jersey Homeless Intervention Program offers referral assistance to those who are homeless, involuntarily displaced or in imminent danger of losing their home. Call 609-530-6826.

Learn more about the New Jersey Homeless Intervention Program

New Jersey Veterans Transitional Housing Program (Veterans Haven South): The Veterans Transitional Housing Program (Veterans Haven South) is a New Jersey State-operated facility for homeless Veterans. After being medically evaluated at a VA Medical Center, eligible Veterans must agree to a long-term program focusing on psychological, social and vocational rehabilitation.

Veterans Haven South Veterans Haven-South is a program where residents must be willing to maintain their sobriety while enrolled. Random drug and alcohol testing is constantly performed and violators are immediately placed in an Intensive Outpatient Program to assist with maintaining sobriety.

Veterans admitted to Veterans Haven South come to a 100-bed facility with 3 different programs and staff who are sensitive to the multiple needs they present such as:

Bridge Housing: Individual Service Plan (ISP) designed for the short-term with the focus on the rapid move to permanent housing. Rather than the completion of treatment goals, Veterans are expected to receive case management and support, which should be coordinated with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program , Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (SSVF) , or other available community based programs. Veterans will receive support in accessing services as needed/requested by the Veteran.

Clinical Treatment: Treatment programs will incorporate strategies to increase income and housing attainment goals. Individualized assessment, services and treatment plans are tailored to achieve optimal results in a time efficient manner and are consistent with sound clinical practice. Program stays are to be individualized based upon the IPS for the Veteran (not program driven). Staff are licensed and/or credentialed for the substance-use disorder/mental health services provided.

Service Intensive Transitional Housing: The services incorporate tactics to increase the Veteran’s income through employment and/or benefits and obtaining permanent housing. Services provided and strategies used by the Veteran will vary based on the individualized needs of the Veteran and resources available in the community. Applicant specifies the staffing levels and range of services to be provided.

Who is eligible for the New Jersey Veterans Transitional Housing Program (Veterans Haven South): Admission criteria:

  • Veteran must be homeless.

  • Individual must be a Veteran under US Department of Veterans Affairs guidelines.

  • Veteran must be eligible for VA healthcare benefits.

  • Applicant must be drug and alcohol free at time of admission.

** For Veterans that do not meet these criteria, a limited number of Veterans may still be eligible for admittance under the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program . **

Learn more about the New Jersey Veterans Transitional Housing Program (Veterans Haven South)

Paramus Veterans Home New Jersey State Veteran Memorial Homes: The Division of Veterans Healthcare Services operates three modern long-term care nursing homes located in Paramus , Menlo Park , and Vineland .

 Comprehensive services and a deep concern for the residents go hand-in-hand at New Jersey's three state-operated Veterans' nursing homes. Around-the-clock medical and nursing care is provided by a full-time staff of physicians, nurse practitioners,Menlo Park Veterans Home registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and trained nursing assistants.

Rehabilitative services, such as occupational and physical therapies, speech therapy, and recreational activities are provided under the direct supervision of licensed therapists. Wide ranges of other medical services are also offered.
Who is eligible for care at the New Jersey Veteran Memorial Homes? 
The facilities are open to Veterans of all wars who served on active duty and were honorably discharged, qualified National Vineland Veterans HomeGuard/Reserve Retirees, the Veteran's Spouse, and Spouses and parents of members of the military who were killed in action during a period of war (Gold Star Parent).

 A Spouse/Surviving Spouse must be at least 50 years of age and must have been married to the Veteran for a period of not less than 10 years prior to the date of application and has not remarried since the Veteran's death. Preference is given to applicants who were state residents for at least two years immediately prior to application for admission. Applicants must meet certain asset limitation criteria. Residents pay according to ability based on income.
New Jersey Department of Veterans Affairs, Application for Admission to a New Jersey Veterans Home

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Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery: Under the direction of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs, the BG William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Brigadier General William C. Doyle Vet Memorial CemeteryCemetery is committed to providing Veterans and their eligible Family members with a final resting place in a state shrine that commemorates their service to our Nation .

The cemetery is located in Arneytown, North Hanover Township, Burlington County on Province line Road, which intersects Route 664 to the north of the cemetery and Routes 537 and 528 to the south. Its central location, 15 miles southeast of Trenton, makes it easily accessible from the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway and Interstates 195 and 295.

Facilities include a chapel/administration building, a maintenance complex, outside committal shelter and designated memorial sections for the interment of cremated remains and Veterans whose remains have never been recovered.

Free internment and perpetual care, in this cemetery is available to Veteran residents of New Jersey, their Spouses and dependent Children. Burial entitlements include a plot, grave liner, interment service, use of the chapel and maintenance in perpetuity, all at no charge to the Veteran or Veteran's Family. The U.S. bronze grave marker is provided by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The state provides the granite base.
Who is eligible for Interment at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery? Eligible Veterans are those whose last active service ended under other than dishonorable or undesirable conditions. Also eligible are:

  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard) who die while on active duty

  • Any member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces (Army National Guard, Air National Guard or the Reserve Officers Training Corps of the Army, Navy and Air Force) who dies under honorable conditions while on active duty for training or performing full-time service

  • Any member of a reserve component who has attained 20 years of service creditable for retired pay

  • Certain World War II Merchant Marines and others who have attained Veteran’s status

The Veteran or Service member must have established legal residence in New Jersey prior to death or have been a legal resident of the state for at least 50 percent of their lifetime.

Eligible dependents include the Veteran's Spouse, unmarried Children under the age of 21 (23, if they are in college) and unmarried adult Children who become incapable of self-support before reaching the age of 21 because of mental or physical impairment.

The Surviving Spouse of a member of the Armed Forces lost or buried at sea or officially determined missing in action or a member of the Armed Forces buried in a U.S. military cemetery overseas maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission is also eligible.

For more Information visit the cemetery at 350 Province Line Road, Wrightstown, NJ 08562 or call 603-758-2400.
Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery Brochure

Learn more about the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery

New Jersey Service Medals: The New Jersey Department of Veterans Affairs offers 6 medals to honor the Service of New Jersey residents. (Decorations, Medals and Commendations/Citations must be listed on DD214)

New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal : Awarded to any resident or former resident of the State of New Jersey who was a resident of this State at the time of entry into active military service or whoNJ Distinguished Service Medal has been a resident of this State for at least 20 years in the aggregate, honorably discharged, and served in the organized militia or in federal military service on active duty in a combat theater of operations during a time of war.

New Jersey Meritorious Service Medal : Awarded to those Veterans who were a resident upon entry into service or if the Veteran has been a resident of this State for at least five years in the aggregate, honorably discharged and served in the organized militia, or the Armed Forces of the US or a Reserve component.NJ Korean Service Medal

 New Jersey Korean Service Medal : Awarded to all residents of the State who were honorably discharged and served on active duty in any branch of the Armed Forces of the US in Korea, Japan, or the contiguous waters or airspace on or after June 23, 1950 and on or before January 31, 1955.

New Jersey Vietnam Service Medal : Awarded to all residents of the State who were honorably discharged and served on active duty in any branch of the Armed Forces of the US in Vietnam,NJ Vietnam Service Medal Thailand, Laos or Cambodia or the contiguous waters or airspace thereof on or after December 31, 1960 and on or before May 7, 1975.

New Jersey POW-MIA Service Medal : Presented for individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the U.S. Armed Forces in a combat theater of operations during time of war or emergency, was taken prisoner and held captive and/or listed as missing in action.NJ POW-MIA Service Medal

New Jersey Desert Storm Service Medal : Awarded to a resident of the State of New Jersey at time of entry on active duty or assigned to other service components of the Armed Forces of the US who was honorably discharged and served in theater from 1 August 1990 to 1 October 1991.

Individuals applying for the award must mail a completed Application for State Medals or a similar request in writing along with a copy of the Service members WD Form 53 or DD214 (Separation from Active Duty) attesting to the fact that an Honorable Discharge was granted and that the Veteran meets the eligibility criteria for the State Medal.

Note: No person shall be entitled to more than one award of the medal.

All requests should be mailed to:

NJ Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs
Attn: DVS-VBB (Medals)
PO Box 340
Trenton, NJ 08625-0340

New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Application for State Medals

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

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in New Jersey: 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 New Jersey

Finn's Point National Cemetery PlaqueU.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in New Jersey: The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration maintains two national cemeteries in New Jersey. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

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

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Military Installations in New Jersey

Please see the New Jersey Military Resource Locator for additional information

Active
Army
Picatinny Arsenal
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

Fort Dix

Air Force
JBMDL - McGuire

Navy
Naval Weapons Station Earle
JBMDL - Lakehurst

National Guard
New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Army National Guard

New Jersey Air National Guard
177th Fighter Wing
108th Wing

United States Army Reserve (USAR)
99th Readiness Division

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Resources

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council 

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife

Retirement Living, Tax Information New Jersey

Social Security Veterans Information

New jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, Active Duty Military Personnel and Veterans Information

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration

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

New Jersey Veterans Benefits Guide

New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Revised Statutes

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Document Review Date: 08 June 2020