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Summary of New Jersey Military and Veterans Benefits: 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 Military Service 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.

New Jersey Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Service Officers: The New Jersey Department of Veterans Affairs (DMAVA), has trained Veteran Service Officers (VSOs) that can assist Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and their Families find and apply for military/ Veterans benefits under federal, state and local laws. New Jersey employs VSOs to assist Veterans in the following areas:

  • Collecting and preparing data relating to benefits and services for Veterans, their Spouses and eligible dependents 

  • Surveying nursing homes to determine if Veterans and/or Spouses are owed benefits.

  • Assisting in preparing claims for benefits or privileges

  • Cooperating with service organizations in disseminating information

  • Counseling Veterans concerning educational training, health, medical, rehabilitation, housing facilities and services, and employment services

  • Representing veterans before the VA regarding claims and benefits.

Learn more about the New Jersey Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Service Officers

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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 on Military Pay: Service members must pay taxes on military pay.

New for tax year 2021: Residents do not have to pay taxes on military pay received in a combat zone or when hospitalized as a result of an injury they received in a combat zone.
IRS, Combat Zones Approved for Tax Benefits
New Jersey, Department of Taxation, Military Personnel and Veterans Information

Learn more about New Jersey Income Tax on Military Pay

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

Learn more about New Jersey Retired Military Pay Tax Exemption

New Jersey Taxes on Military Disability Retirement Pay: New Jersey does not tax total and permanent VA disability income.
New Jersey Division of Taxation, Information for Military Personnel and Families

Disabled Veteran with prostetic legMilitary Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the U.S. Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income. Some of the payments which are considered disability benefits include:

  • Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid to Veterans or their Families

  • Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living

  • Grants for motor vehicles for Veterans who lost their sight or the use of limbs, or

  • Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program.

If you are a retired Service member and receive disability benefits from the VA, see IRS Publication 525 for more information.

Learn more about New Jersey State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retirement Pay

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

Learn more about New Jersey Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

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

Learn more about New Jersey Taxes on Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP)

New Jersey Veteran Income Tax Exemption: Veterans are eligible for a $6,000 exemption on their New Jersey Income Tax return if they are a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces who was honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from active duty any time before the last day of the tax year. The Spouse (or civil union partner) of an eligible Veteran is may also claim this exemption if they are filing a joint return. This exemption is in addition to any other exemptions they are entitled to claim and is available on both the resident and nonresident returns. This exemption cannot be claimed for a domestic partner or for 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 Service member on the date of death.

Note: The Surviving Spouse taxpayer may not claim the Veterans exemption for the deceased Spouse in any following year.

Learn more about the New Jersey Veteran Income Tax Exemption

solider with a dog New Jersey 100% Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption: Honorably discharged Veterans who are 100% permanently and totally disabled from active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces, may qualify for an annual property tax exemption on their primary residence. An eligible Veteran’s Surviving Spouse or domestic partner is also eligible.

Who is eligible for the New Jersey 100% Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption?

To qualify, Veterans must:

  • Have active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Be honorably discharged

  • Be a legal resident of New Jersey

  • Own and occupy the house as their main home and residence

  • Provide certification from the VA that they have a 100% permanent and total disability that is service-connected and they received while serving on active duty.

To qualify, Surviving Spouses/civil union/domestic partners must:

  • Be a legal resident of New Jersey

  • Provide proof the deceased Veteran had active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Provide proof the deceased Veteran or Service member died on active duty

  • Provide proof deceased Veteran or Service member was a New Jersey resident at time of death

  • Not be remarried or formed a new registered civil union/ domestic partnership

  • Own and occupy the house as their main home and residence

  • Provide certification from the VA that the Veteran had a 100% permanent and total disability that was service-connected, that they received while serving on active duty.

Applicants must provide the following documents to prove eligibility:

  • Death Certificate (Surviving Spouse/ domestic partner only)

  • Deed

  • Probated will (Surviving Spouse/ domestic partner only)

  • Marriage/Civil Union/Domestic Partner Certificate (Surviving Spouse/ domestic partner only)

  • Military Records (DD214)

  • New Jersey Driver License

  • Voter’s Registration

  • VA Certificate of Disability.

Effective December 4, 2020, state law eliminated the wartime service requirement for the 100% Totally and Permanently Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption.

To apply for the 100% Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption, applicants must file a completed application and provide all required documentation to their local assessor or tax collector.
New Jersey County Boards of Taxation Directory
New Jersey Property Tax Claim by Veteran or Surviving Spouse/ Civil Union or Domestic Partner of Veteran or Serviceperson form V.S.S.

Learn more about the New Jersey 100% Disabled Veterans Real Property Tax Exemption

New Jersey Veteran $250 Property Tax Deduction: Honorably discharged Veterans from active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces, may qualify for an annual $250 property tax exemption on their primary residence. An eligible Veteran’s Surviving Spouse or domestic partner is also eligible.

If both Spouses/domestic partners are Veterans, each can claim a deduction.
Who is eligible for the New Jersey Veteran $250 Property Tax Deduction?

To qualify, Veterans must:

  • Have active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Be honorably discharged

  • Be a legal resident of New Jersey

  • Own and occupy the house as their main home and residence.

To qualify, Surviving Spouses/civil union/domestic partners must:

  • Be a legal resident of New Jersey

  • Provide proof the deceased Veteran had active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge

  • Provide proof the deceased Veteran or Service member died on active duty

  • Provide proof deceased Veteran or Service member was a New Jersey resident at time of death

  • Not be remarried or formed a new registered civil union/ domestic partnership

  • Own and occupy the house as their main home and residence.

Applicants must provide the following documents to prove eligibility:

  • Death Certificate (Surviving Spouse/ domestic partner only)

  • Deed

  • Probated will (Surviving Spouse/ domestic partner only)

  • Marriage/Civil Union/Domestic Partner Certificate (Surviving Spouse/ domestic partner only)

  • Military Records (DD214)

  • New Jersey Driver License

  • Voter’s Registration.

Effective December 4, 2020, state law eliminated the wartime service requirement for the $250 Veterans Property Tax deduction.

To apply for the Veteran’s deduction, applicants must file a completed application and provide all required documentation to their local assessor or tax collector.
New Jersey County Boards of Taxation Directory New Jersey Property Tax Claim by Veteran or Surviving Spouse/ Civil Union or Domestic Partner of Veteran or Serviceperson form V.S.S.

Learn more about New Jersey $250 Veteran Property Tax Deduction

New Jersey Income Tax Exemption for Combat Related Death: If a Service member dies in a combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area as a result of wounds, disease, or injuries received there, New Jersey will not tax their income for the tax year that the death occurred. New Jersey will also cancel any assessments of unpaid tax.

In addition, New Jersey will not assess tax for previous years that the Service member was in the combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area, and they will receive a refund of any taxes already paid.

Learn more about the New Jersey Income Tax Exemption for Combat Related Death

New Jersey Wounded Warrior Caregivers Relief Act: The New Jersey Wounded Warrior Caregivers Relief Act provides a tax credit to qualified Family caregivers who take care of a U.S. Armed Forces Service member who has a disability from service in any war or conflict on or after September 11, 2001. The credit is equal to 100% of the Veterans disability compensation, or $675, whichever is less.
Who is eligible for the New Jersey Wounded Warrior Caregivers Relief Act? You are eligible for this credit if you provided care for a relative who is a qualifying Service member and your gross income was $100,000 or less (married, filing joint; head of household; qualifying Surviving Spouse) or $50,000 or less (single; married, filing separate). Family members that are eligible are:

  • Spouse

  • Niece

  • Uncle

  • Grandparent

  • Child

  • Great-grandchild

  • Nephew

  • Aunt

  • Sister

  • Parent

  • Great-grandparent

  • First Cousin

  • Grandchild

  • Brother

The above relationships by marriage (e.g., stepchild, mother-in-law, etc.)

Complete the Wounded Warrior Caregivers Credit, Schedule NJ-WWC to calculate the credit. If two or more people care for the same person, the credit is apportioned based on the share of total care expenses for the year.

Learn more about the New Jersey Wounded Warrior Caregivers Relief Act

New Jersey Active Military Service Property Tax Deferment: If you are Service member, deployed or mobilized for active duty in a time of war, you may qualify for a deferment of your property tax bill. You may authorize someone to apply for the deferment on your behalf.

  • Once your deployment/mobilization is over, you have 90 days to pay your deferred property taxes

  • This deferment does not include any tax payments that were delinquent prior to deployment or mobilization

  • Interest on late deferral payments will be assessed back to their original due date

  • Sewer, water, electric and other municipal charges may not be deferred

  • If there is a mortgage on the property with an escrow account for property tax payments, contact your lender regarding the deferment.

The deferment is limited to:

  • Property owned solely by the deployed or mobilized Service member

  • Property owned together with a Spouse/civil union partner.

Applicants will need to provide the following documents:

  • A copy of military orders for deployment or mobilization

  • A copy of the orders extending deployment or mobilization, if applicable

  • Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD214).

To apply file the Active Military Service Property Tax Deferment Application, Form AMSPTD and all required documents with the municipal tax collector. If someone is filing on your behalf, please have that person acknowledge and sign the form.

Learn more about the New Jersey Active Military Service Property Tax Deferment

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What are my New Jersey Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

New Jersey “Operation Recognition” High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: New Jersey will award a state high school diploma to any New Jersey Veteran who left 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? Operation Recognition requirements:

  • Current New Jersey Veterans who left a New Jersey High School to join the military between the dates of:

    • September 16, 1940 through December 31, 1946

    •  June 23, 1950 through January 31, 1955, or

    • December 31, 1960 through May 7, 1975

  • Honorably discharged from any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Diplomas may also be issued posthumously.

To apply applicants must provide:

  • A copy DD214 or discharge papers

  • The name and address of the high school attended

  • The year they would have graduated

  • Name, address, and daytime phone number.

Send requests to:

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

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New Jersey National Guard Tuition (Waiver) Program (NJNGTP): NJNGTP will waive tuition in public institutions of higher education for New Jersey National Guard Service members and their qualifying Surviving Spouses and Children.

Those eligible will receive up to 16 credits per semester tuition free.
Who is eligible for the NJNGTP?
To qualify Service members must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed Initial Active Duty Training

  • An active drilling member in good standing with their New Jersey National Guard unit

  • Has been accepted and in good standing in a course of undergraduate or graduate study

  • Apply each year for Financial Aid, either through the institution’s Financial Aid Office or online using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • NJNGTP pays after all other financial aid is applied towards tuition.

The Surviving Spouse or Children of a New Jersey National Guard Service member that is killed in the line of duty is eligible for this benefit. They must also apply, using the FAFSA, for any available financial aid first

Learn more about the New Jersey National Guard Tuition (Waiver) Program

New Jersey Veterans Tuition Credit Program / Vietnam Veterans Tuition Aid Program: The Veterans Tuition Credit Program provides a partial reimbursement of tuition at a New Jersey public institution of higher education institution for Veterans that served during the Vietnam conflict. The 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/ Vietnam Veterans Tuition Aid Program? To qualify, the Veteran must have served on active duty between December 31, 1960, and May 7, 1975, and a legal resident of New Jersey at the time of entrance into, or discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces, or for at least 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 (POW) - Missing in Action (MIA) 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 POW or 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 New Jersey. The Child must attend either a public or private institution in New Jersey. 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.

Learn more about the New Jersey Prisoner of War - Missing in Action Tuition Benefit Program

New Jersey War Orphans Tuition Assistance: Children of Service members who died while in the U.S. Armed Forces or due to service-connected disabilities, or who areGraduation caps being toss up in the air officially listed as missing in action by the U.S. Department of Defense are eligible for $500 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 before filing an application and be between the ages of 16 and 21 when they apply. 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 New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation Scholarship Program: Due to the ongoing pandemic, the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation is postponing the two annual scholarships for 2021 and will resume in 2022.

Each year the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation awards two $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors for use at a college, university or trade/technical school.
Who is eligible for the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation Scholarship Program?
To be eligible applicants must:

  • 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: Applicants must provide:

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

  • A completed online application form

  • A letter of acceptance from 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 on Saturdays at 11 am and 1 pm from early February to mid-April.

Applications are only accepted online and questions will only be answered through the foundation email at scholarship@njvvmf.org .

Note: Online Applications are only available from the end of January through April 10th

Learn more about New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation Scholarship Program

Children sitting on the steps of a school New Jersey Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3): The purpose of this compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the prompt 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 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.

MIC3 Assistance Request

Primary Point of Contact
Phone: 609-893-8141

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

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What are my New Jersey Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

New 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? Service members in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces that are permanent, at-will, or full-time temporary state employees are eligible for 30 days paid military leave for federal active duty. Drill weekends are not considered active duty for purposes of paid military leave. Any leave of absence for active duty for more than 30 workdays will be without pay but without loss of time.

Learn more about New Jersey State Employee Leave for Military Service

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, 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, Veterans can also:

  • Enroll in free job search workshops

  • Find help developing a resume

  • Learn about career training programs

  • Get help understanding benefits available through the VA and state and local government agencies.

For more information about services for Veterans, please complete the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Online Service Request Form.

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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 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 can apply for preference as late as eight 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, honorably discharged Veterans must have served on active duty U.S. Armed Forces 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 are required:

  • WD 53-55 or DD214

  • Honorable Discharge Certificate

  • New Jersey Civil Service Veterans Preference Claim Form

  • Additional documents as needed

The unremarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran may also claim this preference.

Qualifying for Disabled Veterans Preference: Only one of the following are eligible for disabled Veteran hiring preference:

  • Honorably discharged war time Veterans that are receiving 10% or more disability compensation from the VA

  • Spouse of an eligible disabled Veteran, as long as the disabled Veteran is 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

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of a Disabled Veteran

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of any Service member who died on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Parent of any Service member who died on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The following documents are required:

  • WD 53-55 or DD214

  • Honorable Discharge Certificate

  • VA Disability Award Letter

  • Civil Service Veterans Preference Claim Form

  • Additional documents as needed.

New Jersey Civil Service Veterans Preference Claim Form

Learn more about New Jersey State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference

Other New Jersey State Employment Benefits with Veterans Preference: The following various preferences are provided by New Jersey law for qualifying Veterans.

Compensation of Public Officers while in Military Service: State employees that are called to state or federal active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces will receive pay that Artillary being firedwhen added to their military pay will equal their state employment salary. New Jersey Statute 38:23-3

Application of Statutes to Promotions: Veterans that are state employees are given preference for promotion over non-Veterans. New Jersey Statute 11A:5-7

Preference in Appointment in Noncompetitive Employment: Veterans are given preference in hiring for state noncompetitive jobs over non-Veterans. New Jersey Statute 11A:5-8

Preference to Veterans in Layoffs: During a state employment layoff, disabled Veterans will be given first preference in retention, followed by Veterans over non-Veterans. New Jersey Statute 11A:5-9

Hearing on Dismissal of Veterans: Before any department head can dismiss a Veteran, they must provide the reason for their release to the New Jersey Civil Service Commission. The Veteran is authorized to appear before the Civil Service Commission regarding their retention. New Jersey Statute 11A:5-10

Veterans not to be Discriminated Against because of Physical Disability: Veterans that have a service-connected disability cannot be discriminated against in an examination, classification or appointment, unless this disability would prevent them from performing the duties required of their state employment. New Jersey Artillary guns in a warehouseStatute 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 of 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 hired or promoted in state employment, without complying with the rules of the Civil Service Commission. This benefit applies to all promotions or appointments the eligible Veteran applies for. New Jersey Statute 11A:5-12

Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans 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 U.S. 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% but less than 30%.

10-Point 30% 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% 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 VA 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 Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on 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 VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position because 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 Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

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Purchasing Military Service Credit for New Jersey Civil Service Pensions:

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 in the U.S. Armed Forces that was performed prior to enrollment in the retirement system.

Veterans that are receiving or eligible to receive military retired pay or a pension from any other state or local source are not eligible. Retired Service members of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces that are receiving or eligible to receive military retired pay are allowed to purchase military service credit.

Active military service eligible for purchase means full-time duty on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. It cannot include periods of service less than 30 days and does not include basic training, weekend drills, or annual summer training of a reserve component Service member.

Wartime Veterans are authorized to purchase an additional five years of military service credit.

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

Military Service after Enrollment: State employees that are enrolled in a New Jersey State-administered retirement system can receive credit for military service performed after October 13, 1994. The employee must have entered the peacetime U.S. Armed Forces, and when discharged from or otherwise ended their military service they must return to state employment within the time periods under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). This credit will only be used to determine eligibility for benefits unless the employee pays the required pension contributions for their period of military service.
USERRA — Military Service After Enrollment Fact Sheet

Learn more about Purchasing Military Service Credit for New Jersey Civil Service Pensions - PERS

Veterans Status for New Jersey Pensions: Those with Veterans Status who are enrolled in the following state operated pension funds qualify for Veterans Retirement:

  • New Jersey Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS)

  • Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS)

  • New Jersey Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF)

Veterans Retirement is different than the standard Service Retirement available to most enrolled in the above pension funds and has special benefits.

These benefits include the ability to retire at age 55 (with 25 years of service) and a more generous calculation of your Maximum Annual Allowance during retirement.

A Veteran can qualify for Veteran Retirement with either:

  • 25 years of service at age 55+

  • 20 years of service at age 60+

For Veterans retiring with 25 years of service at age 55+, OR 20 years of service at age 60+, the Maximum Annual Allowance calculation is:

54.5% × Highest 12 Consecutive Months of Salary

For Veterans retiring with 35 years of service at age 55+, the Maximum Annual Allowance calculation is:

(Years of Service ÷ 55) × Highest 12 Consecutive Months of Salary

A Veteran can still choose a Service Retirement over a Veterans Retirement, if they prefer.

Unlike Civil Service Preference for Veterans which MAY transfer to the spouse, Veteran Status for Pension does not.
Who is eligible for Veterans Status for New Jersey Pensions? To qualify for Veterans Status, the Veteran must have been honorably discharged and served on active duty during a qualifying war era.

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

For detailed information on qualifying for Veterans Status, please read the New Jersey Division of Pensions and Benefits, Fact Sheet #17 Veterans Status .

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

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment sillouette of a soldier on a tank rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include 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 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 recovering 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, 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. 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% 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 Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act?
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 having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

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New Jersey Helmets to Hardhats Program (NJ H2H): NJ H2H is designed to help transitioning Service members and Veterans from active or reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces find careers in the building and construction industry.

NJ H2H helps Service members find jobs in the following career fields:

  • Boilermakers

  • Electrical workers

  • Iron workers

  • Painters

  • Roofers

  • Bricklayers/ tile

  • Elevator constructors

  • Laborers

  • Pipe trades

  • Sheet metal workers

  • Carpenters

  • Insulation and asbestos workers

  • Operating engineers

  • Plasterers and cement masons

  • Teamsters.

NJ H2H offers Veterans assistance in preparing for and applying to any of New Jersey's registered apprenticeship programs in the building and construction trades. These 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 soon as well as honorably discharged Veterans of the active and reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Learn more about the New Jersey Helmets to Hardhats Program

Free New Jersey License to Vend for Veterans: Honorably discharged Veterans are eligible for a free license to sell any goods, wares, merchandise, or to solicit trade within New Jersey. New Jersey Statute 45:24-9

Licenses are provided by the county clerk's office and regulated by municipalities. Call your County Clerk to obtain additional information. New Jersey Statute 45:24-10
New Jersey Municipalities and Local Government Contact Directory

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

For more information on registering contact the New Jersey Division of Taxation using the New Jersey Division of Taxation, online contact page, or by phone at 609-826-4400 or 800-323-4400.

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What are my New Jersey Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation?

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

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

You may claim benefits online at the New Jersey's Department of Labor and Workforce Development, UI 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

There is limited UI in person assistance available at the selected New Jersey One Stop offices.
New Jersey One Stop Offices Providing UI Assistance Directory

You will need the following information to file a claim:

  • Social Security Number

  • Alien Registration Number (if not a US citizen)

  • New Jersey driver license or non-driver identification number

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

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

  • Recall date (if expected to be recalled to job)

  • Union hiring hall information, including local number and address (union workers)

  • DD214 (in the military in the last 18 months)

  • Form SF-8 or SF-50 (former federal employees)

  • Bank account number and routing number (for benefits received through direct deposit).

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

  • For each employer in the last 18 months, provide the following:

    • Complete name and address of employer

    • Employer's telephone number

    • 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:

  • Be able to work

  • Be available for work

  • Be actively seeking work

  • Not refuse an offer of suitable work.

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 Driver Licenses and Identification (ID) Cards: To honor the service of New Jersey Veterans the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) offers an imprinted Veteran designation on driver licenses and non-driver ID cards. Applicants will need the following to apply:

  • 6 points of ID; and

  • Proof of address; and

  • Completed driver license or non-driver ID renewal application; and

  • Original or photocopy of documents proving an Honorable or General Under Honorable Conditions Discharge, which can be any of the following documents:

    • DD214 or DD215, or

    • Official county-issued Veteran ID card; or

    • Federal activation orders showing service under Title 10, section 672 or section 12301 of the U.S. Code; or

    • Report of Separation of Active Duty (Honorable or General Under Honorable Conditions Discharge, 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: Deployed Service members on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, (this includes activated New Jersey National Guard and the Reserves), and their immediate Family are eligible for automatic extensions for their driver license, registration and inspection requirements.

  • License, registration and inspection documents will remain valid for as long as Service members are actively serving in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • When demobilized, expired documents must be renewed within 90 days of demobilization date or return from duty.

Law enforcement officials are aware of this extension. Please carry an extension letter along with active duty military credentials at all times when operating a vehicle. Instructions for obtaining the extension letter are contained in the 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: Disabled Veterans may qualify for free vehicle registration if they meet the following criteria:

  • Blind as a result of war time service

  • Have a service-connected disability and have qualified for a specially adapted vehicle from the VA and:

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

    • The vehicle is equipped with special attachments or devices that are necessary for safe operation

    • The vehicle is properly insured.

To request an application please call 609-292-6500 extension 5076. Mail the certified application with a seal or stamp from the VA to:

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

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

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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, Retired Service members, eligible Family members and for participation in Veterans Organizations. These license plates are not for use on leased vehicles.

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 the organization and ask for the license plate coordinator to begin the application process

  • Applicants may also call the MVC’s Special Plate Unit at 609-292-6500, ext. 5061 to request the name of the 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

NJ Medal of Honor License Plate

New Jersey Medal of Honor License Plate: No Charge
Disabled Vet Plate

New Jersey Disabled Veteran License Plate: $15 fee

New Jersey Purple Heart Recipient License Plate: $15 fee

NJ Gold Star Family Plate

New Jersey Gold Star License Plate: No Fee. 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) will waive the CDL Skills Test (behind-the-wheel exam) for qualified Veterans that have experience driving the military equivalent to a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).
Veterans seeking the CDL waiver must meet certain requirements and present specific documentation, including:

  • Satisfactory proof they were a Service member in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces within the last 12 months, in a position that required the operation of a military vehicle equivalent to a 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

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Free Parking at New Jersey Parking Meters for Disabled Veterans and Purple Heart Recipients: Disabled Veterans and Purple Heart recipients that have a New Jersey Disabled Veteran or Purple Heart Recipient Placard may park at municipal parking meters for up to 24 hours, free of charge under the following circumstances:

  • The 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.

Placards are available at any Motor Vehicle Commission agency or by mail. When applying in person, applicants must submit proof of eligibility and a completed, signed application (SP-47), or when applying by mail, applicants must send photocopy of proof of eligibility and a completed, signed application (SP-47) to:

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

New Jersey Statute 39:4-207.10
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 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:

  • Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI)

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

  • Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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

Doctor with patient 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.

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 and their Families with a Readjustment Counseling Program that provides services ranging from individual counseling, group counseling, biofeedback and medication monitoring. The clinicians provide exceptional services to Veterans and their Families and address the problems encountered when reintegrating into civilian life.

For more information contact the New Jersey DMAVA at by phone at 888-8NJ-VETS (888-865-8387).
New Jersey Veteran Service Officer Directory

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New Jersey Catastrophic Entitlement: New Jersey, through the DMAVA, will pay $62.50 per month to severely disabled Veterans and Surviving Spouses.
Who is eligible for the New Jersey Catastrophic Entitlement? To be eligible the Veteran must be a New Jersey resident that has a permanent service-connected disability rating from the VA for injuries received during wartime service that caused 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 can continue to receive this benefit until they remarry. For more information contact the Veterans Benefits Bureau at 609-530-6954 or vbb@dmava.nj.gov.
New Jersey Catastrophic Entitlement Application

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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 suffer an injury, disease, disability or death in the line of duty are entitled to the benefits provided by 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.

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

Free Fishing and Hunting Licenses for National Guard Service Members: New Jersey National Guard Service members are eligible for free fishing, firearm hunting, bow hunting,NJ Fish and Wildlife logo 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 nonresident Service member on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces may purchase hunting and fishing licenses for resident prices. Service members must provide proof of active duty service when purchasing their license. A previous resident license (from New Jersey 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 resident Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces that have a service-connected disability are eligible for free New Jersey hunting and fishing licenses, permits and stamps.
Who is eligible for Free New Jersey Fishing and Hunting Licenses for Disabled Veterans? Resident Veterans who have been honorably discharged, or released under honorable circumstances, from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and have a service-connected disability of any degree from the VA are eligible for free licenses. Documents required for initial certification:

  • Proof of service-connected disability (one of the following):

    • Letter of certification of service-connected disability from VA, or

    • Wallet sized card from the VA indicating service-connected disability

  • Proof of honorable discharge (DD214 or similar document)

  • New Jersey driver license or other proof of residency.

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, Disabled Veteran License Application

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New Jersey State Park Benefits: New Jersey offers the following State Park and Forest benefits to National Guard Service members, disabled Veterans and Gold Star Families.

Free Entry to State Parks or Forests for National Guard Service Members: National Guard Service members that have completed Initial Active Duty Training are authorized free entry to New Jersey State Parks or Forests. New Jersey Statute 13:1L-12

Free permit to Operate a Motor Vehicle on a State Park Beach for Disabled Veterans: Disabled Veterans are not charged a fee to purchase, replace or renew a permit to operate a motorized vehicle on a State Park Beach. New Jersey Statute 13:1L-12

Free entry to State Parks and Forests for Veterans attending a Veterans’ Organization Event: Veterans are authorized free entry to a State Park or Forest during an event held by a Veterans' organization. In addition, no facilities fee of any kind will be charged to the Veterans' organization using a State park or forest for an event. New Jersey Statute 13:1L-12.1

Gold Star Families Authorized Free Entry to State Park: Gold Star Family members that have a New Jersey driver license or ID card with the Gold Star Family designation are authorized free entry to State Parks and Forests. New Jersey Statute 13:1L-12.1

For more information of these benefits please contact the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry in Trenton at 800-843-6420 or 609-984-0370.

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National Guard Training Center Beach Sea Girt National Guard Training Center (NGTC) at Sea Girt Morale, Welfare and Recreation Facility: The NGTC at Sea Girt has a private beach with a covered pavilion, campsites, cottages and a picnic area that is available for the use by Service members, Veterans, Retired Service members and their Families.
Who is eligible to use the NGTC at Sea Girt Morale, Welfare and Recreation Facility? All active and reserve component Service members, retired Service members, Veterans and their dependents are eligible to use the NGTC at Sea Girt facilities. In addition, Gold Star Parents are also authorized access.
NGTC Beach Parking Pass Policy

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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. 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. Interested Veterans should contact their local New Jersey DMAVA VSO for the details of the program, level of service in that county, qualifications and requirements, and assist in scheduling transportation.
New Jersey Veteran Service Officer Directory

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New Jersey Homeless Intervention Program: The New Jersey DMAVA, Homeless Intervention Program offers referral assistance to those who are homeless, involuntarily displaced or in imminent danger of losing their home. For more information, please 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 is a program where residents must be willing to maintain their sobriety while enrolled. Random drug and alcohol testing is constantly performed, and violators Transitional Housing Programare immediately placed in an Intensive Outpatient Program to assist with maintaining sobriety.

Veterans Haven South is a 100-bed facility that offers three different programs to meet the needs of homeless Veterans:

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, through 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 or requested by the Veteran.

Clinical Treatment: Treatment programs will work to increase income and find permanent housing. Program stays are individualized based on the ISP for the Veteran. Staff are licensed and/or credentialed for the substance-use disorder/mental health services provided.

Service Intensive Transitional Housing: This ISP 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 specific 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 VA 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 VA Grant and Per Diem Program. **

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

Paramus New Jersey State Veterans Memorial Homes: The Division of Veterans Healthcare Services operates three Veterans Memorial Homes that provide long-term care to Veterans and their eligible Family members. The Veterans Memorial Homes are located in Paramus, Menlo Park, and Vineland.

Vineland Veterans Home The Veterans Memorial Homes offer around-the-clock medical and nursing care, provided by a full-time staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, 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.

Menlo Park Veterans Home Who is eligible for care at the New Jersey Veteran Memorial Homes? To be eligible for admission the applicant must be an honorably discharged Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Veteran’s Spouse, Surviving Spouse or the Gold Star Parents of a Service member that was killed in action during a wartime period.

A Spouse or Surviving Spouse must be at least 50 years old and must have been married to the Veteran for a least 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 Military and Veterans Affairs, Application for Admission to a New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home

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Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery: The Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery is located in Arneytown, New Jersey. Its centrally located, 15 miles southeast of Trenton.Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery

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

Free burial and perpetual care is available which includes a plot, grave liner, burial service and use of the chapel at no cost to the Veteran or the Veteran's Family. The U.S. bronze grave marker is provided by the VA and the state provides a granite base.
Who is eligible for Interment at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery? Those eligible for burial in the BG William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery are:

  • Veterans that received an honorable discharge for their last period of service

  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces who die while on active duty

  • Any member of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces who dies under honorable conditions while on active duty for training or performing full-time service

  • Any member of a reserve component who has 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 been a legal resident of New Jersey prior to death or was a legal resident for at least 50% 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 U.S. Armed Forces lost or buried at sea or officially determined missing in action or a Service member 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

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New Jersey Service Medals: The New Jersey DMAVA offers seven medals to honor the Service of New Jersey residents.

NJ Distinguished Service Medal New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal: Awarded to Honorably Discharged Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who served in a combat theater during a time of war or national emergency. Recipients must have been a resident of New Jersey at the time of entry into active military service or who has been a resident for at least 20 years in total. Recipients that received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal or equivalent medal will receive the Distinguished Service Medal with a Silver Oak Leaf Cluster. Posthumous awards are authorized.Meritorious Service Medal

New Jersey Meritorious Service Medal: Awarded to Veterans that received an honorable discharge from service in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces and was a resident of New Jersey the time of entry into active military service or who has been a resident for at least five years in total. Posthumous awards are authorized.

Korean Serice Medal New Jersey Korean Service Medal: Awarded to New Jersey residents who served on active duty in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces in Korea, Japan, or the contiguous waters or airspace on or after June 23, 1950 through January 31, 1955 and received an honorable discharge. Posthumous awards are authorized.

Vietnam Service Medal New Jersey Vietnam Service Medal: Awarded to New Jersey residents who served on active duty in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnam, Thailand, Laos or Cambodia or the contiguous waters or airspace on or after December 31, 1960 through May 7, 1975 and received an honorable discharge. Posthumous awards are authorized.

POW-MIA Service Medal New Jersey POW-MIA Service Medal: Awarded to Veterans that while serving in 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. Recipients must have received an Honorable Discharge and was a resident of New Jersey at the time of entry into active military service or is a current resident. Posthumous awards are authorized.

Desert Storm Service Medal New Jersey Desert Storm Service Medal: Awarded to New Jersey residents who served on active duty in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces in the Persian Gulf Theater from 1 August 1990 through 1 October 1991 and received an honorable discharge. Posthumous awards are authorized.

 New Jersey Global War on Terrorism Service Medal: Awarded to honorably discharged Veterans that served on active duty in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces in at least one of the following Operations:

  • Enduring Freedom

  • Noble EagleWar on Terrorism Service Medal

  • Iraqi Freedom

  • Nomad Shadow

  • New Dawn

  • Inherent Resolve

  • Freedom’s Sentinel

  • Odyssey Lightning

Recipients must have been a resident of New Jersey at the time of entry into active military service or who has been a resident for at least 20 years in total. Posthumous awards are authorized.

Individuals applying for Service Medals 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) that lists the type of discharge received and that the Veteran meets the eligibility criteria for the State Medal.

Note: No Veteran can receive more than one award of the same 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 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 Plaque U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in New Jersey: The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains two national cemeteries in New Jersey. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

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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

U.S. 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

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

Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission, New Jersey

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Document Review Date: 04 June 2021