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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.
New Jersey Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
New Jersey Retired Military Pay Tax Exemption: U.S. military pension are exempt from New Jersey Income Tax
New Jersey Taxes on Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before September 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.
New Jersey Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.
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.
New Jersey Veteran Income Tax Exception: New for 2017 Veterans are eligible for a $3,000 exemption on your 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 he/she is 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.
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 on which that residence is situated and that is necessary for its fair enjoyment. The exemption also is available to Surviving Spouses/domestic partners. The Surviving Spouses/domestic partners of servicepersons who died on wartime active duty also may be eligible.
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.
New Jersey County Boards of Taxation Directory
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.
New Jersey County Boards of Taxation Directory
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.
Who is eligible for New Jersey “Operation Recognition” High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans? New Jersey Veterans who:
Are current New Jersey residents.
Left a New Jersey high school directly to join the military between:
September 16, 1940 - December 31, 1946
June 23, 1950 - January 31, 1955
December 31, 1960 - May 7, 1975
Were honorably discharged
Veterans who were a member of any branch of service including Merchant Marine and Coast Guard.
Veterans who have since earned a GED are eligible. Diplomas may be issued posthumously. Surviving Family members of eligible Veterans are encouraged to apply. New Jersey Revised Statutes 18A:7C-4.1
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 is 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 16 credits per semester tuition free provided:
1. The member has completed Initial Active Duty Training (IADT).
2. The member is an active drilling member in good standing with their New Jersey National Guard unit of assignment.
3. 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.
4. Each year the member must apply for Financial Aid, either through the institution’s Financial Aid Office or online at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa 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 his or her duties while on Active Duty or killed in the performance of his or her 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.
New Jersey National Guard Tuition Program (NJNGTP) Statement of Understanding
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 full-time students and $100 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.
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 his or her 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 he or she 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.
New Jersey War Orphans Tuition Assistance: Children of those service personnel who died while in the military or due to service-connected 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.
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation Scholarship Program: Each year the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation awards two (2) scholarships to high 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)
A reflective essay focused on the student’s experience visiting the Memorial
A completed application form, signed and dated (If under 18, parent signature is required)
A letter of acceptance to a college, university or trade school
Completed application packages must be mailed or dropped off
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 11am and 1 pm during scholarship season from early February to mid-April. Applications are only accepted through the mail (PO Box 648, Holmdel, NJ 07733) or dropped off to Foundation staff (1 Memorial Lane, Holmdel, NJ 07733). Please check the Foundation website for the current application.
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation Scholarship Program Application
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:
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
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? 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 work days shall be without pay but without loss of time.
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 Form 53-55 or DD Form 214
Honorable Discharge Certificate
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 disability:
US Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Award Letter
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.
Other New Jersey Civil Service Employment Benefits for Veterans Preference: The following various preferences are provided for in New Jersey Statutes for qualifying Veterans.
Appointment of Veterans: Whenever a disabled Veteran or Veteran shall be certified to an appointing authority from an open competitive employment list, the appointing authority shall appoint the disabled Veteran or Veterans in the order of ranking. New Jersey statues 11A:5-4
Application of statues to promotions: Nothing contained in New Jersey statue 11A:5-4 through 11A:5-6 shall apply to promotions, but whenever a Veteran ranks highest on a promotional certification, a non-Veteran shall not be appointed unless the appointing authority shall show cause before the board why a Veteran should not receive such promotion. New Jersey statue 11A:5-7
Preference in appointment in noncompetitive division: From among those eligible for appointment in the noncompetitive division, preference shall be given to a qualified Veteran. Before an appointing authority shall select a non-Veteran and not appoint a qualified Veteran, the appointing authority shall show cause before the board why a Veteran should not be appointed. In all cases, a disabled Veteran shall have preference over all others. New Jersey statue 11A:5-8 .
Preference to Veterans in layoffs: When a layoff occurs, preference shall be given first to a disabled Veteran and then to a Veteran, but the preference shall apply only where the disabled Veteran or Veteran has seniority in title equal to that of a non-Veteran also affected by the layoff. New Jersey statue 11A:5-9
Hearing on dismissal of Veterans: Before any department head shall dismiss any Veteran, such department head shall show cause before the Civil Service Commission why such Veteran should not be retained, at which time such Veteran or Veterans may be privileged to attend. The Civil Service Commission shall be the sole judge of the facts constituting such qualification. New Jersey statue 11A:5-10
Veterans not to be discriminated against because of physical defects: Veterans suffering from any physical defect 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 defect, unless this defect, in the opinion of the Civil Service Commission, would incapacitate the Veteran from properly performing the duties of the office, position or employment for which applied. New Jersey statue 11A:5-11
Employment or promotion of persons awarded the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Air Force Cross or Navy Cross: Any individual who has served in the Army, Air Force, Navy, or Marine Corps of the United States and who has been awarded the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, Air Force Cross or Navy Cross, while a resident of this State, and any individual who has served in the United States Coast Guard and who has been awarded the Medal of Honor or the Navy Cross while a resident of this State, shall be appointed or promoted without complying with the rules of the Civil Service Commission. The appointing authority to whom the individual applies for appointment or promotion shall, at its discretion, appoint or promote that person. Upon promotion or appointment, that person shall become subject to the rules of the Civil Service Commission. A person who qualifies under this section shall 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 and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.
5-point Hiring Preference : Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:
During a war; or
During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or
For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or
During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or
For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or
In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.
10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:
A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.
10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a
Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.
10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:
A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or
A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.
10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.
Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of his or her usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and
Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or
Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or
Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of his or her usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.
Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.
A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.
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 Form - Certificate of Active Duty Service identifies such service as active duty.
Note : All members must provide a DD214 Form, 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.
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.
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 preparation for successful application to any of New Jersey's registered apprenticeship programs in the building and construction trades. Services include career counseling, entrance test preparation and 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.
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 procured from 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 remit collected sales tax on required items.
Contact the New Jersey Division of Taxation for more information. Food vendors must also comply with state and local health licensing requirements. The general information line is 609-826-4400 or 1-800-323-4400.
New Jersey Municipalities and Local Government Contact Directory
New Jersey Unemployment Insurance : New Jersey's Department of Labor and Workforce Development administers the Unemployment Insurance, providing temporary assistance to unemployed New Jersey workers. Unemployment benefits are part of an employer-paid program that provides temporary, partial income replacement to qualified individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own.
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:
- Union City - 201-601-4100
- Freehold - 732-761-2020
- Cumberland - 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.
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.
You will need the following information to file a claim:
*Your New Jersey driver's license number or Non-Driver Photo Identification Card number if available.
Pencil/pen and paper.
Your Social Security Number.
If you are not a citizen, you will need your Alien Registration Documentation issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This includes your alien registration type and number, country of origin, and your Employment Authorization Card or Permanent Resident Card if authorized to work in the United States.
If you wish to have your benefits directly deposited to your bank, your bank information.
Employer information on all employer(s) in the last 18 months including: Name, address, telephone number, beginning and end dates of employment, and reason for separation.
If you had military employment a copy of your DD214.
If you had federal employment your copy of your SF8 or SF50 if available.
* While this information is not required to file a claim, entry of this information will expedite claim processing.
Your claim will be dated the Sunday of the week in which you call so make sure you call during the week you want your claim to begin. The unemployment week runs Sunday to Saturday. Call volume is heaviest on Mondays, so for faster service, call later in the week.
New Jersey Unemployment User Guide
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 to bring an 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 DD-214 or DD-215; 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 a MVC office for initial issue or renewals. Replacement licenses may be requested at a MVC office or by mail.
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Office Directory
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 two weeks of your demobilization date.
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 SheetNew Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, Instruction for Extension During Military Deployment Fact Sheet
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.
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, visit any New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Agency or call 609-292-6500 ext. 5076. Mail the certified application with affixed seal or stamp of VA to:
Motor Vehicle Commission
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 an MVC Agency.
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 Veterans Organization. If you are actively or inactively registered in the military, you may purchase military plates for passenger or commercial vehicles (not for motorcycles). Call the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission at 609- 292-6500 ext. 5061 to request an application.
Mail the completed application and verifying documentation to:
NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
Special Plate Unit
PO Box 015
Trenton, NJ 08666-0015
New Jersey Medal of Honor License Plate: No Charge
New Jersey Disabled Veteran License Plate : $15 fee
New Jersey Purple Heart Recipient License Plate: $15 fee
New Jersey Gold Star License Plate: No Fee
Call MVC at -609-292-6500 ext. 5061 to request an application.
Mail the completed application to:
NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
Special Plate Unit
PO Box 015
Trenton, NJ 08666-0015
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 )
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.
New Jersey Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Readjustment Counseling: This program addresses the readjustment problems of Veterans and offers treatment to combat Veterans of all war periods. Treatment extends to Family members affected by the Veteran's affliction. State Veterans Service Officers assist the Veteran with scheduling counseling and the filing of any applicable VA claims. Contracted clinicians, experienced in PTSD counseling, determine the best course of treatment for the Veteran and the Veteran's Family. Assistance is not limited by VA regulations or restrictions.
New Jersey County Veteran Service Officer Directory
New Jersey State Veteran Service Officer Directory
New Jersey CATASTROPHIC ENTITLEMENT : The state of New Jersey, through the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, pays $750 a year to those veterans who are receiving VA compensation entitlements for 100 percent disability ratings and who have the following disabilities:
In the absence of one of the above, a Veteran may qualify if in receipt of a single 100 percent war-time service-connected disability or a combination of permanent war-time service-connected disabilities totaling 100 percent that are equivalent to the symptoms of one or a combination of the seven above disabilities.
To qualify, service must have been during a time of war and the Veteran must have been a resident of New Jersey at the time of entry into the military and when applying for the entitlement. The law now includes payment to the Surviving Spouse of the Veteran.
Any Veteran or Surviving Spouse receiving the entitlement that is required to move from the state for reasons of health or employment may be entitled to continue to receive the compensation under certain conditions.
Application may be made through any State Veterans Service Office.
New Jersey County Veteran Service Officer Directory
New Jersey State Veteran Service Officer Directory
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 receive worker's compensation. Injury and Death benefits are available through worker'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 member that suffer injury, illness or death in the line of duty, while on state active duty are eligible.
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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, New Jersey. Guard members can avoid the crowds at public beaches and enjoy summer activities with friends and Family.
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 County Veteran Service Officer Directory
New Jersey State Veteran Service Officer Directory
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 609-530-6868.
New Jersey Veterans Haven: The Veterans Transitional Housing Program (VETERANS HAVEN) aims to meet this challenge on the streets, in the shelters and at the front lines of human existence where our brothers and sisters find themselves in their time of greatest need.
The program is divided into three phases: treatment; self-reclamation; and community reintegration. Each phase lasts three to six months and is tailored to individual treatment needs and vocational interests.
Veterans Haven is located in Camden County, rural South New Jersey in Winslow, New Jersey and serves Veterans from all over the State of New Jersey. The facility is also on the main bus link between Atlantic City and Camden as well as the high speed train line.
The facility boasts a newly completed addition which increased facility capacity by 44 beds and added a new high tech computer lab, laundry rooms with state of the art machinery, an advanced fitness room, and renovated dining area.
Veterans Haven is funded by the State of New Jersey, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (NJDMAVA) and supported by the United States Department Veterans of Affairs (VA) and by The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as well as a wide variety of service organizations, community agencies, Veterans groups and private citizens.
Who is eligible for admission to the New Jersey Veterans Haven? Eligible Veterans are referred from a VA Medical Center after receiving a medical evaluation. Admission criteria for incoming Applicants are:
must be a Veteran
must be drug and alcohol free at time of admission
must be unemployed or underemployed
must be employable
income at admission cannot exceed $1800 per month
must satisfactorily complete the interview process
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, 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 Guard/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
Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery: 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. The cemetery is located at 350 Province Line Rd, Wrightstown, NJ 08562 / 603-758-2400. 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 his or her 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.
Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery Pre-Registration Form
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 New Jersey residents or one who was a resident at the time of entry into military service or who has been a New Jersey resident for at least 20 years in the aggregate. Criteria: Veteran must have received an Honorable Discharge, and served in a combat theater while on active duty during wartime or National Emergency. Recipients whose service was recognized by the award of a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal or equivalent receive the NJ DSM with a Silver Oak Leaf Cluster. A “Posthumous” award is authorized.
New Jersey Meritorious Service Medal : Presented to those combat Veterans who were not New Jersey residents when they entered the military service, but who are current residents of New Jersey and have resided in the state for the previous five years. Criteria is the same as the DSM but there is no Oak Leaf Cluster for the MSM. Veteran must have received an Honorable Discharge and a “Posthumous” award is authorized.
New Jersey Korean Service Medal : Presented for military service in Korea, Japan, or the contiguous waters or airspace on or after June 23, 1950 and on or before January 31, 1955. Criteria: Must be a current resident of New Jersey, received an Honorable Discharge and have been attached to or served for one or more days with an organization participating in or directly supporting military operations; or attached to or served for one or more days aboard a US Naval vessel directly supporting military operations; or – participated as a crew member in one or more aerial flights into airspace above Korea or contiguous areas directly supporting military operations; or – served on temporary duty for 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days in Korea or contiguous areas, except that this time limit may be waived for persons participating in actual combat operations. A “Posthumous” award is authorized.
New Jersey Vietnam Service Medal : Presented for military service in the South East Asia Theater of Operations from 1960 to 1975. Must be a current resident of New Jersey and received an Honorable Discharge and served on active duty in any branch of the armed forces of the United States in Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, or the contiguous waters or airspace thereof on or after December 31, 1960 and on or before May 7, 1975. The same “Criteria” applies as with the New Jersey Korean Service Medal and a “Posthumous” award is authorized.
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. Criteria: Must be a current resident of New Jersey, received an Honorable Discharge, and must have served in a combat theater and was officially listed as a prisoner of war or missing in action by the Department of Defense. A “Posthumous” award is authorized.
New Jersey Desert Storm Service Medal : Awarded to a member of the New Jersey Organized Militia or to a resident of the State of New Jersey on active duty or assigned to other reserve components of the Armed Forces of the United States who was called to active military service in time of national emergency during the period 1 August 1990 to 1 October 1991 in support of Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield. A “Posthumous” award is authorized.
Veterans Health Administration
VA Health Care System
East Orange: VA New Jersey Health Care System
VA Medical Centers
East Orange: East Orange Campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System , 385 Tremont Ave, 973-676-1000
Lyons: Lyons Campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System , 151 Knollcroft Rd, 908-647-0180
Camden: Camden VA Outpatient Clinic , 300 Broadway, Suite 103, 877-232-5240 / Fax: 215-823-4514
Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC)
Brick: James J. Howard Community Based Outpatient Clinic , 970 Rt. 70, 732-206-8900 / Fax: 732-836-6002
Cape May: Cape May County CBOC , 1 Monro Ave, 800-461-8262 x2850 / Fax: 302-633-5384
Elizabeth: Elizabeth CBOC , 654 East Jersey St, Suite 2A, 908-994-0120 / Fax: 908-994-0131
Hackensack: Hackensack CBOC , 385 Prospect Ave, 201-342-4536 / Fax: 201-342-8741
Hamilton: Hamilton CBOC , 3635 Quakerbridge Rd, 609-570-6600 / Fax: 609-570-6684
Jersey: Jersey City CBOC , 115 Christopher Columbus Dr, Suite 201, 201-435-3055 / Fax: 201-435-3198
Marlton: Burlington County CBOC , 3000 Lincoln Drive East, 844-441-5499
Morristown: Morristown CBOC , 540 West Hanover Ave, 973-539-9791 / Fax: 973-539-9242
Newton: Sussex Outpatient Clinic , 222 High Street, 973-756-1504
Northfield: Atlantic County CBOC , 1909 New Rd, 800-461-8262 x2800 / Fax: 609-872-1567
Paterson: Paterson CBOC , 11 Getty Ave, Bldg #275, St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center, 973-247-1666 / Fax: 973-247-7995
Piscataway: Piscataway CBOC , 14 Wills Way, Bldg 5, 732-981-8193 / Fax: 732-981-8194
Sewell: Veterans Health Clinic at Gloucester County , 211 County House Rd, 877-823-5230 / Fax: 215-823-5265
Tinton Falls: Tinton Falls Community Based Outpatient Clinic , 55 North Gilbert St, Building, 732-842-4751 / Fax: 732-842-1573
Vineland: Cumberland County CBOC , 79 W Landis Ave, 800-461-8262 x6500 / Fax: 856-794-2760
Vet Center - 877-WAR-VETS (877-927-8387)
Bloomfield: Bloomfield Vet Center , 2 Broad St, Suite 703, 973-748-0980 / Fax: 973-743-0380
Ewing: Trenton Vet Center , 934 Parkway Ave, Suite 201, 609-882-5744 / Fax: 609-882-5743
Lakewood: Lakewood Vet Center , Parkway Seventy Plaza, 1255 Route 70; Unit 22N, 908-607-6364 / Fax: 732-905-0329
Secaucus: Secaucus Vet Center , 110A Meadowlands Parkway, Suite 102, 201-223-7787 / Fax: 201-223-7707
Ventnor: Ventnor Vet Center , 6601 Ventnor Ave, Suite 105, Ventnor Professional Plaza, 609-487-8387 / Fax: 609-487-8910
Veterans Benefits Administration
Newark: Newark Regional Benefit Office , 20 Washington Place, 1-800-827-1000
Intake Site (Pre-Discharge Claims Assistance)
Colt's Neck: Earle Naval Weapons , NWS Earle Fleet and Family Support Center, 201 Hwy 34, Bldg C59
Fort Monmouth: Fort Monmouth , Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP)
Fort Dix: Fort Dix , HQ, US Army Garrison, HRM, Bldg 5418
Lakehurst: Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station , Fleet & Family Support Center
McGuire AFB: McGuire Air Force Base , Family Support Center
National Cemetery Administration
Beverly: Beverly National Cemetery , 916 Bridgeboro Rd, 215-504-5610 / Fax: 215-504-5611
Pennsville: Finn's Point National Cemetery , 454 Fort Mott Rd, 215-504-5610 / Fax: 215-504-5611
Military Installations in New Jersey
Please see the New Jersey Military Resource Locator for additional information
JBMDL - McGuire
United States Army Reserve (USAR)
99th Readiness Division