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Summary: New Mexico offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including property tax exemptions, New Mexico National Guard Tuition Scholarship Program, education and tuition Assistance, vehicle tags, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

New Mexico State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

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

New Mexico Military Retired Pay Income Taxes: In most cases New Mexico taxes retired military pay. The only exemptions authorized are for medical expenses, age, low income and mid-income exemptions that are offered to all residents.
New Mexico Taxation and Revenue, Quick Reference Instructions

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New Mexico Income Taxes Military Pay: Active duty income earned by active duty Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces is exempt from New Mexico’s personal income tax.

Learn more about New Mexico Income Taxes on Military Pay

New Mexico State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retirement Pay: Military 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 either 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 their 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 Mexico State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retirement Pay

New Mexico State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): DIC is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible young child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemeterysurvivors 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 Mexico State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) New Mexico State Tax Benefits: New Mexico taxes SBP, RCSBP and RSFPP. The only exemptions allowed are for medical expenses, age, low and mid-income exemptions that are offered to all residents.
New Mexico Taxation and Revenue, Quick Reference Instructions

Learn more about Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) New Mexico State Tax Benefits

New Mexico Veterans Property Tax Exemption: NM Stat 7-37-5 Veterans may qualify for a $4,000 reduction in the taxable value of their real property for county taxation purposes.
Who is eligible for the New Mexico Property Tax Exemption? Resident Veterans that received an honorable discharge after at least 90 days continuous active duty (other than for training) are eligible. If they did not serve for 90 continuous days, they must have been discharged due to a service incurred disability.

Resident National Guard and Reserve Service members must have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces, with a minimum of six years of continuous service to be eligible for the exemption.

This exemption is also available to the un-remarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran who would have otherwise qualify.
New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services, Application for Certificate of Eligibility for Veterans Tax Exemption or Disabled Veteran Property Tax Waiver

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New Mexico Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption: NM Stat 7-37-5.1 Resident disabled Veterans that have a 100% service-connected disability from the VA, qualify for a complete property tax waiver on their primary residence.
Who is eligible for the New Mexico Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption? Resident disabled Veterans that have a 100% permanent and total service-connected disability and received an honorable discharge are eligible.

This exemption is also available to the un-remarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran who would have otherwise qualify.
New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services, Application for Certificate of Eligibility for Veterans Tax Exemption or Disabled Veteran Property Tax Waiver

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New Mexico Veterans Exemption from Excise Taxes on Vehicle Purchases: NM Stat 66-6-16 Qualified Veterans are exempted from excise taxes when purchasing a new vehicle.
Who is eligible for the New Mexico Veterans Exemption from Excise Taxes on Vehicle Purchases? Any honorably discharged, resident Veteran who has suffered the loss, or complete loss of use of 1 or more limbs, (1 or both legs at or above the ankle or, 1 or both arms at or above the wrist) from a service-connected cause is eligible.
New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services, Application for Certificate of Eligibility for Veterans Tax Exemption or Disabled Veteran Property Tax Waiver

Learn more about the New Mexico Veterans Exemption from Excise Taxes on Vehicle Purchases

New Mexico Veterans' Service Organization Property Tax Exemption: Veterans' Service Organizations are exempt from paying property tax on the property of its facility.
Who is eligible for the New Mexico Veterans' Service Organization Property Tax Exemption? The Property of a Veterans' Service Organization chartered by the U.S. Congress and is used primarily for the benefit of Veterans and their Families, is exempt from property taxation.
New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services, Application for Veteran Service Organization Tax Exemptions

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What are my New Mexico Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

graduation cap on top of a diploma New Mexico Vietnam Veterans' Scholarship: The Vietnam Veteran Scholarship is a state scholarship for resident undergraduate and graduate students that provides tuition, fees, and book allowances to Vietnam Veterans. Each scholarship is for a period of one academic year and is renewable if the student maintains satisfactory progress. To apply students should contact their institution’s financial aid office.
Who is eligible for the New Mexico Vietnam Veterans' Scholarship? Eligibility requirements:

  • Be certified by the New Mexico Veterans Service Commission that they are an eligible Vietnam Veteran

  • Received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Was a resident of New Mexico at original time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces or who has lived in New Mexico for 10 years or more

  • Was awarded the Vietnam Campaign Medal for service in Vietnam during the period of August 5, 1964 to the official termination of the Vietnam conflict.

New Mexico Higher Education Department, Wartime and Vietnam Veterans Scholarship Fact Sheet

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New Mexico Wartime Veteran Scholarship: The Wartime Veteran Scholarship is a state scholarship for resident undergraduate and graduate students that provides tuition, fees, and book allowances to wartime Veterans. Each scholarship is for a period of one academic year and is renewable if the student maintains satisfactory progress. To apply students should contact their institution’s financial aid office.
New Mexico Application for Wartime Veterans Scholarship
Who is eligible for the New Mexico Wartime Veteran Scholarship?
Eligibility requirements:

  • Be certified by the New Mexico Veterans Service Commission that they are an eligible wartime Veteran

  • Received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Was a resident of New Mexico at original time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces or who has lived in New Mexico for 10 years or more

  • Was awarded the:

    • Southwest Asia Service Medal

    • Global War on Terror Service Medal

    • Iraq Campaign Medal

    • Afghanistan Campaign Medal, or

    • any other medal issued for service in the U.S. Armed Forces in support of any military campaign or armed conflict, as defined by congress or by executive order.

New Mexico Higher Education Department, Wartime and Vietnam Veterans Scholarship Fact Sheet

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New Mexico In-State Tuition for Veterans, Spouses and Dependents: Veterans, their Spouses and their Children, that use VA Education benefits are authorized “in-state” tuitionNM White Sands rates at any state funded college, university, vocational school or vocational training program.

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New Mexico In-State Tuition for All Active Duty and Dependents Stationed in New Mexico: All active duty Service members and their dependents are billed at in-state tuition rates while stationed in New Mexico.

Further, the dependents maintain in state status if they remain continuously enrolled and in good standing even if the active duty sponsor is transferred.

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New Mexico In-State Tuition Rates for All Active Duty Dependents Whose Sponsor Resides/ Stationed Outside of New Mexico: All dependents of active duty or National Guard Service members (on Title 10 orders) are authorized in-state tuition rates even though their sponsor is not stationed in New Mexico.

Dependents do not have to be using a federal educational benefit; however, they must demonstrate intent to establish New Mexico residency. To demonstrate intent the following actions need to be completed and documentation submitted to admissions:

  • Transfer driver’s license to New Mexico

  • Register any vehicle titled in the dependents name in New Mexico

  • Obtain a voter's registration to vote in New Mexico

  • Provide a Defense Eligibility Enrollment System (DEERs) DD1172.

Learn more about New Mexico In-State Tuition Rates for All Active Duty Dependents Whose Sponsor Resides/ Stationed Outside of New Mexico

New Mexico In-State Tuition Rates for All Active National Guard Service Members and Dependents: An active member of the National Guard and the Service member's Spouse and Children are authorized “in-state” tuition rates at any state funded college, university, vocational school or vocational training program.

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New Mexico Children of Deceased Veterans Scholarship: New Mexico offers a full tuition waiver for the Children of Service members that are killed during a period of armed conflict.

The waiver covers all matriculation fees, room, board, books and supplies. Students will also receive a stipend of $300 per year.
New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services Application for Scholarship for Children of Deceased Military Personnel
Who is eligible for the New Mexico Children of Deceased Veterans Scholarship? The Child must be between the ages of 16 and 26 and enrolled in a state supported school. The Veteran must have been a resident of New Mexico at the original time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces. The Veteran must have been killed in action or as a result of that action, during a period of armed conflict.

Children of National Guard Service members killed while on state active duty are also eligible.

Learn more about the New Mexico Children of Deceased Veterans Scholarship

New Mexico Lottery Scholarship: Military Service members that go directly out of high school into the service and have not used their New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship are eligible to use it after separation.

The Lottery Scholarship pays TUITION ONLY, not fees, and can be used for up to eight semesters. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a New Mexico resident that graduated from a New Mexico public (or accredited private) high school or received a state GED. Further requirements include:

  • Entered active duty directly out of high school

  • Did not have a chance to start at a public higher education institution between graduation and active duty

  • Upon separation/retirement from the military you must have entered a public higher education institution and enrolled in a Baccalaureate degree program during the first regular semester

  • Earn at least 12 credit hours with a minimum 2.5 grade point average during the first semester in college.

Learn more about the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship

New Mexico High School Diplomas for World War II, Korea and Vietnam Veterans: Any Veteran that left a New Mexico high school before graduating to serve in World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam conflict may be awarded a valid high school diploma issued from the high school they were attending.
High School Diploma Application for New Mexico Veterans of World War II and Korea
Who is eligible for the New Mexico High School Diplomas for World War II, Korea and Vietnam Veterans?
To be eligible Veterans must have served during World War II, Korean or Vietnam Wars and been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces. These diplomas may be awarded posthumously.

Learn more about the New Mexico High School Diplomas for World War II, Korea and Vietnam Veterans

Children sitting on the steps of a schoolNew Mexico 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: 575-812-6517

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What are my New Mexico Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Paid Leave for New Mexico State Employees for Military Training: All state, county, municipal, school district and other public employees that are in the National NM ARNG humveesGuard or the Reserves are authorized 15 days of military leave, with pay, per federal fiscal year. Service members can use military leave when they are ordered to duty for training. Military leave is in addition to any other leave or vacation time with pay.

The governor is authorized to grant up to an additional 15 days of military leave when that training will benefit the state, by enabling that employee to better perform the duties required in their state occupation.

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New Mexico State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference: NM Stat 10-9-13.2 and 20-4-9 New Mexico offers a hiring preference to National Guard Service members, Veterans and Disabled Veterans when they apply for public employment.

All honorably discharged Veterans or anyone currently serving in the National Guard will have 5 points added to their final passing numerical scores on screening examinations. Honorably discharged Veterans with a service-connected disability will have 10 points added to their final passing numerical score.

Applicants must provide for following documentation:

  • Veterans and Disabled Veteran Documentation: DD214 Form (Long Form) and/ or a Disability Determination letter

  • National Guard Documentation: An official statement showing you are a current member of the National Guard, or a NGB 22 Form.

If you have any questions or require additional information regarding eligibility, please contact New Mexico State Personnel Office at 505-476-7759 or via email at Applicant.Support@state.nm.us.

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New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Veterans' Employment Representatives: New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions ensures that job and training services are offered to Veterans on a priority basis. Veterans have priority over non-Veterans regarding job placement, counseling, testing, referral to supportive services, job development, and job training. Local Veteran Employment Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Representatives (DVOPs) provide these services to Veterans in New Mexico.

LVERs primary duties are conducting outreach to employers, facilitating job search workshops, and providing employment and training services to Veterans.

DVOPs focus on providing intensive services with priority to special disabled, disabled Veterans, and other Veterans with significant barriers to employment.
New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Office Directory

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Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the 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 NM ARNGreduction 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 NM ARNG24 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.

Learn more about Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences

New Mexico Operation Sound Stage: Operation Soundstage is a pilot program to put military Veterans to work on movie and TV productions in New Mexico. The Veterans’ movie production pilot program is a multi-state agency partnership which aims to increase the hiring and training of military Veterans for production by movie studios and television production companies in New Mexico. The partnership includes the New Mexico Film Office, the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services and the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.

Learn more about New Mexico Operation Sound Stage

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 rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training NM ARNGduty, 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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What are my New Mexico Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

WorkForce Unemployment New Mexico Unemployment Insurance (UI): UI provides temporary financial assistance to qualified individuals who meet state eligibility requirements. UI benefits are financed through employer payroll taxes; they are not deducted from employee paychecks. Everyone who collects UI benefits is legally responsible for following the rules according to New Mexico state law. There are two ways to file an unemployment claim:

  • You can file your new (initial) UI claim online at the New Mexico UI Online Portal.

  • You can also file over the phone by calling 877-NM-4-MYUI (877-664-6984). The UI Operations Center is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

You will need the following information to file a new claim:

  • Social Security Number

  • Mailing address and phone number(s) of employer(s) you worked for in last 18 months

  • The starting and ending dates of your last job (or jobs if more than one employer in last 18 months)

  • If you are a non-citizen, have your alien registration number and expiration date

  • If you worked during the week you are filing your claim, be sure you know the gross amount (total dollars and cents before any deductions) of your pay before filing.

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Unemployment Insurance Frequently Asked Questions

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What are my New Mexico Military and Veterans Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) Benefits?

New Mexico Military and Veteran Special Vehicle License Plates: New Mexico offers 12 vehicle license plates for qualified Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and eligible Family members. All Military and Veteran license plates use the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division, Application for Military Service Special Plate, except the Gold Star Family license plate.

Army Veteran License Plate New Mexico Armed Forces Veteran Vehicle and Motorcycle License Plate: New Mexico has special registration plates for U.S. Armed Forces Veterans for use on passenger vehicles, light trucks under 26,000 lbs. and motorcycles. Veterans can apply for Armed Forces Veteran plates for as many vehicles as they have registered under their name.
Who is eligible for the New Mexico Armed Forces Veteran Vehicle and Motorcycle License Plate? Armed Forces Veterans plates are available for any individual who is a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or is retired from the National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserves. Applicants must provide documentation proving they received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces or of retirement from the National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserves. Each Veteran may choose to get a Veteran-designation decal to be placed across the top of the plate, centered above the registration number.

  • Fee: $17.00 initially ($9.00 for motorcycles); no added fee upon regular registration renewal.

New Mexico Purple Heart License Plates: The Purple Heart plate is issued for up to two vehicles to any Veteran that is a Purple Heart medal recipient and submits proof with their application that they were awarded the medal.

New Mexico 50% Disabled Veteran License Plates: The 50% disabled Veteran plate is available for up to two vehicles, including motorcycles, to a qualifying Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. Applicants must submit proof with their application that they were 50% disabled while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. There is no fee for this license plate

A disabled Veteran that qualifies for the disabled person (HP) plate may elect to have the disability wheelchair symbol included on their disabled Veteran plate.

New Mexico Medal of Honor License Plates: A distinctive Medal of Honor registration plate is available for any Service member who has received the Medal of Honor. Applicants must submit proof with their application that they received the Medal of Honor. There is no fee for this plate or for registration.

New Mexico Gold Star Family License Plate: The Gold Star Family registration plate is available to the surviving mother, father, stepparent or Spouse of a Service member NM Gold Star Family platethat is killed in an armed conflict. There is a limit of four Gold Star Family registration plates for each eligible Family.

Only the regular registration fee is charged for this registration plate. The regular registration fee is waived for first plate issued to the Service member’s mother or Spouse.
New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, Motor Vehicle Division, Application for Gold Star Family Plate

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

New Mexico National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death incurred while on State Active Duty: New Mexico National Guard Service members, while on state active duty, are eligible for coverage under New Mexico Workers’ Compensation laws. This includes when traveling directly to or from their place of duty.

Learn more about New Mexico National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death incurred while on State Active Duty

State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) for Members of the New Mexico National Guard: The SSLI program provides term life insurance exclusively for actively serving members of the National Guard and their dependents. Current active members of the New Mexico National Guard are automatically protected with $1,000 of SSLI at no charge. The Basic program provides ­financial protection in the event of death. It also provides coverage for Spouses and/or Children, all at an affordable monthly cost. The Enhanced program provides additional affordable group term life insurance for members and Spouses.

Rates may be found at the National Guard SSLI Website, or by contacting customer service at 800-462-7441.
Who is eligible for SSLI for Members of the New Mexico National Guard? New Mexico National Guard Service members and their Family members are eligible for coverage.

Learn more about State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) for Members of the New Mexico National Guard

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

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

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

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

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

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

New Mexico State Park Day-Pass and Three Free Camping Nights for Disabled Veterans: Any Veteran rated 50% or higher service-connected disabled may obtain an annual free day-use pass and three free nights of camping at New Mexico State Parks.NM State Park City of Rocks

Qualified Veterans can obtain these passes by showing proper identification and proof of disability at any New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services (NMDVS) Field Office. Veterans can also download and complete the NMDVS, Application for Disabled Veteran Free State Parks, Museums and Monuments Pass. Veterans should forward the form, a copy of their New Mexico driver’s license and a copy of their VA disability award letter to the NMDVS Field Office that serves their area.

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Free New Mexico State Monuments and Museums Pass for Disabled Veterans: Any Veteran who is rated 50% or higher service-connected disabled may obtain a free State Monument and Museum pass.

Qualified Veterans can obtain these passes by showing proper identification and proof of disability at any New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services (NMDVS) Field Office. Interested Veterans can also download and complete the NMDVS, Application for Disabled Veteran Free State Parks, Museums and Monuments Pass. Veterans should forward the form, a copy of their New Mexico driver’s license and a copy of their VA disability award letter to the NMDVS Field Office that serves their area.

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New Mexico Veterans’ Day Recreation and Museum Privileges for Veterans and their Families: Every Veterans’ Day holiday, any New Mexico resident who was honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces or is currently on active-duty—along with their Spouse and Children–is entitled to free use of any New Mexico State Park. Admission fees will be also be waived for campsites, the Museum of New Mexico, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and the New Mexico Museum of Space History.

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Free New Mexico Lifetime Game-hunting and Fishing License for 100% Disabled Veterans: New Mexico residents who are 100% disabled because of having served in the U.S. Armed NM Game and Fish logoForces are eligible for a free lifetime Game-hunting and Fishing License.

The disabled Veteran must apply for a Disabled Veteran card. This card is issued by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and allows the cardholder to fish, hunt small game and obtain a Deer Hunting License free of charge.

The deer hunting license will be issued only if the cardholder has applied and been successful in a public-land deer draw or if the cardholder can obtain written permission from a landowner for a private-land deer hunt. The free Deer Hunting License must be applied for each license year, and no preference is given for public-land deer draws. Stamps are required for any privilege not covered by the Disabled Veteran card.
Who is eligible for Free New Mexico Lifetime Game-hunting and Fishing License for 100% Disabled Veterans? Any Veteran with 100% service-connected disability as determined by the VA is eligible. Licenses are available from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Online Licensing System, by phone at 888-248-6866 or from New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Authorized License Vendors.
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Application to Receive a Lifetime Resident Disabled Veteran Card

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New Mexico Disabled Resident Veteran Small Game Hunting and Fishing License: New Mexico residents who are disabled Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, but do not meet the 100% disabled qualification, are eligible for a $10 combination Game-hunting & Fishing License. A Habitat Management & Access Validation and Habitat Stamp (click on the “Habitat Stamps & Validations” tab) are required if applicable with the Disabled Veterans Game-hunting & Fishing License.

Licenses are available from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Online Licensing System, by phone at 888-248-6866 or from New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Authorized License Vendors.

Learn more about the New Mexico Disabled Resident Veteran Small Game Hunting and Fishing License

New Mexico Reduced Fee Licenses for Active Duty Military and Veterans: 50% discounts on all licenses, permits and stamps are available to New Mexico residents who are active duty Service members or honorably discharged Veterans. Residents applying for this discount must be able to provide proof of active duty military status or Veteran status upon request. This discount does not apply to:

  • Application fees

  • License vendor fees

  • Administrative fees (i.e. Landowner authorization certificate fee); or

  • Duplicate license fees

  • Federal duck stamp

  • Resident Disabled Veteran Game-hunting & Fishing license.

Licenses are available from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Online Licensing System, by phone at 888-248-6866 or from New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Authorized License Vendors.

Learn more about New Mexico Reduced Fee Licenses for Active Duty Military and Veterans

New Mexico Free Resident Deactivated Service Member Hunting and Fishing License (One Time Benefit): New Mexico residents who are members of the National Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces and were called to active duty on or after April 3, 2003 are eligible for a free Game-Hunting and Fishing License for the year BigHorn Sheepfollowing their deactivation and return to the state. Proof of service must be presented at the time of application. A Habitat Management & Access Validation and Habitat Stamp are not required in conjunction with the free Game-Hunting and Fishing License. This is a once-in-a-lifetime benefit.

Licenses are available from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Online Licensing System, by phone at 888-248-6866 or from New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Authorized License Vendors.

Learn more about the New Mexico Free Resident Deactivated Service Member Hunting and Fishing License (One Time Benefit)

New Mexico Returning Iraq/Afghanistan Resident Veterans-Only Oryx Hunts: The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has established a once-in-a-lifetime oryx hunt available only to New Mexico residents who have been deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan. This is in addition to the once-in-a-lifetime oryx hunt available to all Oryxhunters.

New Mexico resident fees apply. Each year, the applicant must submit proof of service prior to application. Copies may be submitted by:

NMDGF Special Hunts
P.O. Box 25112
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Email: specialhunts@state.nm.us
Fax: 505-476-8180

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New Mexico Resident License Pricing Available for Certain Fort Bliss Hunting Opportunities: Active-duty military personnel stationed at Fort Bliss are eligible for resident pricing on draw hunt licenses for hunts that occur on portions of the Fort Bliss military reservation in New Mexico. Each year applicants must submit proof of assignment to Fort Bliss prior to application. Proof may be submitted by:

NMDGF Special Hunts
P.O. Box 25112
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Email: specialhunts@state.nm.us
Fax: 505-476-8180

Learn more about New Mexico Resident License Pricing Available for Certain Fort Bliss Hunting Opportunities

New Mexico Military Rehabilitation Fishing License: Service members or Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces in rehabilitation programs that incorporates the learning and practice of fishing skills are eligible for free fishing licenses.

The rehabilitation program must be sponsored by the federal government or a nonprofit organization authorized by the federal government, and it must be under the direction of a military or VA rehabilitation center. The Habitat Management & Access Validation and the Habitat Stamp are not required.

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New Mexico Non-Resident Disabled Active Duty and Veteran Hunting Licenses for Rehabilitation Enrollees: Non-resident active duty Service members or Veterans of the JavelinaU.S. Armed Forces who are undergoing a rehabilitation program that involves hunting activities are eligible for resident pricing on deer, elk, antelope, javelina, and turkey licenses.

The rehabilitation program must be sponsored by the Federal government, or a non-profit organization authorized by the Federal government and it must be under the direction of a military or VA rehabilitation center. This benefit is not available through the public draw. Proof of eligibility must be provided. This benefit is available only through the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Santa Fe office.

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What are my New Mexico Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

New Mexico Veteran Service Officers: There are 16 field offices of the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services located throughout the state. Each is staffed by an accredited Veterans’ Service Officer (VSO) to assist Veterans and their dependents with filing for their federal and state benefits. Most VSO’s also have regularly-scheduled outreach visits to Dept of Veterans Servicessmaller surrounding communities. Please contact your nearest VSO to schedule an appointment. New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services – Field Services Office Locations

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New Mexico WorkForce Connection Veteran Services: The New Mexico Workforce Connection maintains a website that provides useful links to military Veterans and their Families. Topics include employment, disabled resources, Veterans organizations, VA services, and more. Some of the categories covered are:

  • Services through the VA

  • General Veterans issues

  • General organizations for Veterans

  • Specialized organizations for Veterans

  • Employment issues

  • Service for disabled Veterans

  • Services for Veterans in crisis

  • Locating military Veterans

  • State Veterans departments

  • Official military websites.

Learn more about New Mexico WorkForce Connection Veteran Services

New Mexico Veterans Military Honors: The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (NMDVS) coordinates with military and local Veteran organizations to provide an Buglarhonor guard and bugler for military honors funerals for deceased honorably-discharged Veterans at no charge to the Family.

The NMDVS ensures that all units undergo training and are provided with a small stipend for each service performed.

For further questions, or if you are interested in forming an Honor Guard team, please contact the NMDVS at 505-827-2400 or by email to NMDVS.Info@state.nm.us.

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New Mexico Homeless and At-Risk Veteran Services: Through contracts with the New Mexico Veterans Integration Center (NMVIC) in Albuquerque and the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope in Las Cruces, the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (NMDVS) provides transition services for homeless and at risk New Mexico Veterans. Contact the NMDVS for more information.
New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services, Contact Information

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New Mexico State Veterans Home Located in southwestern New Mexico, halfway between Albuquerque and El Paso, nestled in the Rio Grande Valley, the Veteran’s home is situated on 12 beautifully landscaped acres, overlooking one of the Southwest’s outstanding retirement communities.NM State Veterans home

The New Mexico State Veterans’ Home provides integrated services in an atmosphere that promotes the physical, social and emotional well-being of every resident. Every effort is made to continuously improve care, while safely assisting residents to live as they choose and as independently as possible.
Who is eligible for care at the New Mexico State Veterans Home? Eligibility requirements:

  • Honorably discharged Veterans with 90 days or more of service and their Spouses are eligible for admission

  • Admission is not restricted to New Mexico Veterans only. Preference is given to New Mexico residents when there is a waiting list – but every Veteran is welcome to apply

  • Gold Star Parents, who have lost Children in the service of their country, are also eligible

  • Certain members of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces who meet the legal residence requirements.

For more information contact the:

Admissions Coordinator
992 South Broadway
Truth or Consequences, NM 87901
Phone: 575-894-4297

New Mexico State Veterans Home Admission Application

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 New Mexico State Veterans Cemeteries: The New Mexico Cemetery and Memorials Program oversees the operation of New Mexico State Veteran Cemeteries and the Angel Fire Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

The state currently operates cemeteries in Gallup, Ft. Stanton, and Angel Fire, with a fourth planned cemetery in Carlsbad. These locations represent areas of the state with large, underserved Veteran populations.

Ft Stanton State Veteran Cemetery

Ft. Stanton State Veteran Cemetery
1398 Hwy. 220
Ft. Stanton, NM 88323
505-383-4832

Gallup State Veteran Cemetery

Gallup State Veteran Cemetery
333 National Cemetery Dr.
Gallup, NM 87305
505-383-4381

Angel Fire State Veteran Cemetery

Angel Fire State Veteran Cemetery
31 Onate Rd. (County Rd. B4)
Angel Fire, NM 87710
505-225-4341

Who is eligible for Burial at a New Mexico State Veterans Cemetery? Eligibility requirements for a New Mexico State Cemetery are the same as for VA National Cemeteries. Exact eligibility requirements can be seen at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration Eligibility webpage. The following are the general eligibility requirements to be buried in a New Mexico State Veterans Cemetery

  • Honorably Discharged Veterans and members of U.S. Armed Forces

  • Certain Members of reserve Components and Reserve Officer Training Corps

  • World War II Merchant Marines

  • Spouses and Dependents (burial of dependent Children is limited to unmarried Children under 21 years old or 23 years old if a full-time student at an approved educational institution or a Child that develops a lifelong disability prior to age 21).

New Mexico State Veterans Cemetery Program, Pre-Application for Burial in a State Veteran Cemetery

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New Mexico Veteran Transportation Service: Disabled Veterans in northern and central New Mexico can arrange for free transportation to and from their home and the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center or the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Albuquerque by calling the Disabled American Veterans at 505-256-2821.

Veterans in southeastern New Mexico can arrange for free transportation to the VA Medical Center or to a CBOC through a transportation program provided by the Southeastern New Mexico Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America. Please call 575-622-0729.

Learn more about New Mexico Veteran Transportation Service

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in New Mexico

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

Santa Fe National CemeteryLearn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in New Mexico

 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in New Mexico: The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains two national cemeteries in New Mexico. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in New Mexico

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Military Installations in New Mexico

Please see the New Mexico Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty

Army
White Sands Missile Range

Air Force
Holloman AFB
Kirtland AFB
Cannon AFB

National Guard
New Mexico Army National Guard

New Mexico Air National Guard
150th Special Operations Wing

U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)
63rd Readiness Division

Resources

New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

New Mexico Higher Education Department

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

Air National Guard Benefits

Army National Guard Benefits

New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division, Military and Veteran License Plates

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

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, New Mexico

New Mexico State Parks

New Mexico Veterans Employment Resource Guide

New Mexico Statutes

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Document Review Date: 31 March 2021