North Dakota Military and Veteran Benefits

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Summary of North Dakota Military and Veterans Benefits: North Dakota offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including state educational benefits, property tax exemptions for the disabled and Veteran's preference in public employment. They also administer a Veterans aid loan program, a grant program, and a Veterans transportation program. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

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North Dakota State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

What are my North Dakota Military and Veteran State Tax Benefits?

North Dakota Military Pay Income Taxes: Full-year residents are required to file a North Dakota income tax return on all of your income regardless of its source. This applies regardless of where you may have been stationed during the year.

A North Dakota resident, who is a National Guard or Reserve member mobilized under Title 10 for federal active duty, is allowed to deduct their federal active duty compensation in calculating their North Dakota taxable income. This does not include compensation received for attending annual training, basic military training, professional military education, or active duty for which the member volunteered and did not receive mobilization orders.

Learn more about North Dakota Military Pay Income Taxes

North Dakota Income Taxes on Retired Military Pay: Military retirement benefit payments received by retired U.S. Armed Forces, Reserve, and National Guard members, or their Surviving Spouses, may be subtracted from North Dakota taxable income. Benefits received for federal civil service employment as a military technician (dual status) are not eligible for this deduction.

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Disabled Veteran with prostetic leg North Dakota State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay:

Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income. 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 military retiree and receive disability benefits from the VA, see IRS Publication 525 for more (page 18).

North Dakota uses the Federal tax return to as a basis for their taxes. VA disability is not included in the Federal return therefore North Dakota does not tax VA disability.

Learn more about North Dakota State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay

North Dakota State 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.

Learn more about North Dakota 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) North Dakota State Tax Benefits: North Dakota's individual income tax law exempts military retirement benefits from state income tax young child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemetery including Surviving Spouses of retired military personnel of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve.

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

North Dakota Homestead Tax Credit for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons: The North Dakota Homestead Property Tax Credit is a property tax credit that reduces the property taxes of eligible individuals.
Who is Eligible for the North Dakota Homestead Tax Credit?

  • Individuals who are 65 years of age or older, or individuals who are permanently and totally disabled

  • And if your income is $42,000 or less per year

To apply Homeowners must file a North Dakota Homestead Credit for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Application with your North Dakota Local Assessor or County Director of Tax Equalization by February 1st in the year in which your property is assessed and for which the credit is requested. If you are permanently and totally disabled, you will need to file a North Dakota Physicians Certificate with the North Dakota State Tax Commissioner office.
North Dakota Homestead Property Tax Credit and Renter’s Refund Brochure
Property Tax Credits for North Dakota Homeowners and Renters Guideline

Learn more about the North Dakota Homestead Tax Credit for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons

North Dakota Renter's Refund Program for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons: The North Dakota Renter's Refund program falls under the Homestead Property Tax Credit program. It provides renters a partial refund on rent paid for living quarters or for a mobile home lot. Refunds can be up to, but not exceeding, $400.
Who is eligible for the North Dakota Renters refund Program? The Renter's Refund is available to individuals who are 65 years of age or older, or individuals who are permanently and totally disabled.

To apply renters must file a Renter's Refund Tax Application before June 1st following the year for which the refund is claimed. If you are permanently and totally disabled, you will need to file a North Dakota Physicians Certificate with the North Dakota State Tax Commissioner’s office.

Applications must be sent to:

Office of State Tax Commissioner
600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 127
Bismarck, ND 58505-0599

North Dakota Homestead Property Tax Credit and Renter’s Refund Brochure
Property Tax Credits for North Dakota Homeowners and Renters Guideline

Learn more about the North Dakota Renter's Refund Program for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons

North Dakota Disabled Veterans Property Tax Credit: The disabled Veterans credit is a property tax credit available to Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces with a disability of 50% or greater. If eligible, the credit may reduce the taxable value of the homestead.
Who is eligible for North Dakota Disabled Veterans Property Tax Credit? A disabled honorably-discharged Veteran or retiree of the U.S. Armed Forces with a rating of 50% or greater, or with a rating to include individual unemployability that brings the total disability rating to 100%, is eligible for a credit applied against the first $6,750 of taxable valuation ($150,000 of true value) of the homestead owned and occupied by the Veteran.

The unremarried Surviving Spouse of a deceased qualifying Veteran is eligible for a credit applied against the first $6,750 of taxable valuation equal to the deceased Veteran’s percentage of disability compensation rating as certified by the VA. An unremarried Surviving Spouse who is receiving VA DIC receives a 100% credit.

The percentage of credit allowed is equal to the percentage of the disabled Veteran’s disability compensation rating for service-connected disabilities as certified by the VA for the purpose of applying for a property tax credit.

  • 100% disability = $6,750

  • 90% disability = $6,075

  • 80% disability = $5,400

  • 70% disability = $4,725

  • 60% disability = $4,050

  • 50% disability = $3,375

To apply, Veterans must meet all eligibility requirements and file a North Dakota Disabled Veterans Property Tax Credit Application with the North Dakota Local Assessor or County Director of Tax Equalization, by February 1 of the year in which the property is assessed and the credit is requested.
North Dakota Property Tax Credit for Disabled Veterans Brochure
Property Tax Credit for North Dakota Disabled Veterans Guideline

Learn more about North Dakota Disabled Veterans Property Tax Credit

Partial North Dakota Property Tax Exemption for Paraplegic Veterans: A paraplegic disabled Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or any Veteran who has been awarded specially adapted housing by the VA, or the unremarried Surviving Spouse if Veteran is deceased, is exempt from property tax for the first $120,000 ofAdaptive Housing true and full valuation of the homestead. (NDCC 57-02-08, para 20.a)

Learn more about Partial North Dakota Property Tax Exemption for Paraplegic Veterans

North Dakota Property Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouses Receiving U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: An unremarried Surviving Spouse who is receiving VA DIC receives a 100% exemption. (NDCC 57-02-08.8)

Learn more about North Dakota Property Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouses Receiving U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

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What are my North Dakota Military and Veteran Education Benefits?

North Dakota National Guard Tuition Assistance and 35% Tuition Waiver: The goal of the North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) State Tuition Assistance and Tuition Waiver benefits are to provide up to 100% tuition assistance; however, both benefits are limited to funding availability and subject to change.

Participating North Dakota schools will waive up to 35% of tuition charges for eligible courses (undergraduate courses only) not to exceed 35% of the University of North Dakota undergraduate tuition rate.

The NDNG will then reimburse up to 65% of tuition charges for eligible courses (undergraduate and graduate) at participating North Dakota schools, not to exceed 65% of the University of North Dakota undergraduate tuition rate. The NDNG will reimburse up to 100% of regular fees, not to exceed 100% of the regular fees charged by University of North Dakota. The sum of all tuition assistance payments, (Federal Tuition Assistance, GI Bill Tuition payment, State Tuition Assistance (STA), etc.) cannot exceed 100% of tuition.

Who is eligible for the NDNG Tuition Assistance and 35% Tuition Waiver? North Dakota Army and Air National Guard Service members must:

  • Have service remaining through the semester/term for which tuition assistance is requested

  • Must have no active adverse flagging actions per AR 600-8-2 paragraph 1-12 through 1-15

  • Have no more than 9 unexcused absences in the preceding 12 months

  • Undergraduate courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher, pass, or satisfactory; Graduate courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or higher.

North Dakota State Tuition Assistance Request Application Portal
NDNG Education Services Points of Contact
NDNG Regulation 621-1 State Tuition Assistance Programs

Note: Please refer to Appendix A of the NDNG Regulation 621-1 for participating Educational Institutions

Learn more about the North Dakota National Guard Tuition Assistance and 35% Tuition Waiver

North Dakota Dependent Tuition Waiver: Eligible dependents of Veterans, accepted into any North Dakota state-supported institution of higher education or technical or vocational school, must be allowed to obtain a bachelor's degree or certificate of completion, free of tuition and fee charges provided that it is earned within a 45- month or 10-semester period or its equivalent; and further that tuition and fee charges shall not include costs for aviation flight charges or expenses.
Who is eligible for the North Dakota Dependent Tuition Waiver?
Any dependent of a resident Veteran who was killed in action or died from wounds or other service-connected causes, was totally disabled as a result of service-connected causes, died from service-connected disabilities, was a prisoner of war, or was declared missing in action is eligible. (NDCC 15-10-18.3)
North Dakota State-Supported Institution of Higher Education Directory

Learn more about the North Dakota Dependent Tuition Waiver

student working on a laptop Residency for Tuition Purposes at North Dakota State Supported Schools: North Dakota has granted residency for tuition purposes in North Dakota State Supported schools to certain U.S. Armed Forces Service members and Veterans.
Who is eligible for Residency for Tuition Purposes at North Dakota State Supported Schools? A "resident student" for tuition purposes means:

  • A full-time active-duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • A member of the NDNG

  • A member of the U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Component stationed in this state; or

  • A Veteran, as defined in NDCC 37-01-40, is a North Dakota resident and U.S. citizen who has served on continuous federalized active military duty for;

    • 180 days; or

    • The full period for which the individual was called; or

    • Ordered to active military duty for reasons other than training; and

    • Was discharged or released under other than dishonorable conditions

    • A discharge reflecting:

      • "Expiration of term of service"; or

      • "Completion of required service"; or

      • Words to that effect qualifies the shorter term of service as making the individual a Veteran.

Service members or Veterans who meet the above requirements are treated as in-state residents for tuition purposes, regardless of length of residency in North Dakota. Spouses of Service members and their Dependents meeting these requirements are also eligible. (NDCC 15-10-19.1)

Learn more about Residency for Tuition Purposes at North Dakota State Supported Schools

Honorary High School Diplomas for North Dakota Veterans: Honorary High School Diplomas are available for World War II, Korean, and Vietnam War Veterans who left high school to serve in these wars.

To apply contact:

ND Department of Public Instruction
Attn: Assessment Office
600 E. Boulevard 11th Floor

Bismarck ND 58505-0440
Phone: 701-328-4572

A DD214 must accompany all applications.
Veteran Application for North Dakota High School Diploma

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North Dakota Veterans Educational Training Program : Veterans Educational Training (VET) is a free program of study funded by North Dakota to help Veterans and Service members prepare to continue your education.

VET works on an open-enrollment basis, meaning eligible participants can start VET at any time. Study programs are built for each individual, there's no class start date to wait for, Veterans and Service members can begin at any time.

There is no college credit awarded for participating in VET, and it is not an eligible GI Bill program.

The VET Program offers the following Tutoring and Advising Focus Areas:

  • Basic arithmetic, high school mathematics review, college algebra preparation, and even pre-calculus

  • English skills: composition (essay writing and grammar review), literature, reading for comprehension, and public speaking

  • Computer skills (researching using the internet, file sharing, using spreadsheets, word processing software, creating presentations)

  • Study skills (note taking, time management, skimming texts for important concepts)

  • Academic and career guidance

  • College application and enrollment assistance

  • VA Vocational Rehabilitation assistance

  • Financial aid application assistance

  • Agency referrals to help eliminate barriers to education

  • VA benefit advocacy

Who is eligible for the North Dakota VET Program? To participate in VET, you must be:

  • A Veteran or currently serving Service member (Active, Guard, or Reservist)

  • A U.S. citizen

  • Cannot have been dishonorably discharged

  • Considering or already enrolled in a North Dakota college, university, or technical training program

  • Have a desire to improve your academic skills; and

  • Be willing to take constructive feedback, and open to advice

Dependents of Veterans or currently serving members are not eligible for VET, but they will assist them by recommending other service that may be helpful.

Learn more about North Dakota Veterans Educational Training Program

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

  • Facilitating 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.

MIC3 Assistance Request

Primary Point of Contact: North Dakota Commissioner Phone: 701-333-2268

Learn more about the North Dakota Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3)

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What are my North Dakota Military and Veteran Employment Benefits?

North Dakota Public Employment Hiring Preference to Veterans: Veterans are entitled to preference, over all other applicants, in appointment or employmentNational Guard Duty by governmental agencies, provided that the Veteran is a U.S. citizen at the time of application for employment. Veterans qualified for preference may not be disqualified from holding any position with an agency because of physical or mental disability, unless the disability renders them unable to properly perform the duties of the position applied for.

Non-Competitive Hiring: When a Veteran applies for employment to a position that is not being filled through a competitive hiring process, the hiring authority must investigate the qualifications and abilities of the Veteran. If the Veteran is qualified and is physically and mentally able to perform the duties of the position applied for, the hiring authority shall employ the Veteran. Disabled Veterans are entitled to preference superior to that of non-disabled Veterans and must be given first consideration.

Competitive Hiring: When a Veteran applies for employment to a position that is being filled through a competitive hiring process, the hiring authority must investigate the qualifications and abilities of the Veteran. If the Veteran is qualified, physically, and mentally capable to perform the duties of the position applied for, then the hiring authority must apply five (5) points for a non-disabled Veteran or ten (10) points for a disabled Veteran on a hundred-point scale to the score used in the process. If the scale is not 100-point, 5% of the score must be added for a non-disabled Veteran and 10% for a disabled Veteran. The total is the Veteran's final rating score.

Who is eligible for North Dakota Public Employment Hiring Preference to Veterans? Eligible applicants must meet the criteria and perform the following steps:

  • Provide a copy of their DD214 or document of separation. An applicant claiming disabled Veteran's preference must also provide an award letter from the VA dated less than one year old indicating disability status.

  • Surviving unremarried Spouses are eligible for Veteran's preference. An applicant claiming preference as an eligible Spouse shall provide a copy of the marriage certificate, the Veteran's DD214 or document of separation, and the Veteran's death certificate. If the preference is for a disabled Veteran, a letter from the VA dated less than one year old indicating disability status must also be included.

The unremarried Spouse of a Veteran who died while in service, or later died from a service-connected cause or causes, is entitled, if the person is otherwise qualified, to the employment preference given to a Veteran.

The Spouse of a disabled Veteran, who has a 100% service-connected disability as determined by the VA, or who has an extra-schedular rating to include individual unemployability that brings the Veteran's total disability rating to 100% and is unable to exercise their right to a Veteran's employment preference due to the Veteran's disability, will be eligible for the employment preference.

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Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:

  • During a war; or

  • During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or

  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or

  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any U.S. Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10% but less than 30%.

10-Point 30% Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30% or more.

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the VA but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses, or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of their usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

  • Is rated by appropriate military or VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable; or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or

  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of their usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

Learn more about Federal Employment Veterans’ Hiring Preferences

North Dakota Private Employment Veterans’ Hiring Preference: A private, non-public employer may provide a preference to a Veteran for employment. Spouses of honorably discharged Veterans who have a service-connected permanent and total disability also may be preferred for employment. This preference is not considered a violation of any equal employment opportunity law.

Learn more about North Dakota Private Employment Veterans’ Hiring Preference

North Dakota State Employee Paid Leave for Military Service: State employees receive 20 working days of military leave per calendar year for Federal or State active duty. Should a mobilization occur (National or State authorized), the first 30 days shall be without a loss of pay, less any other paid leave of absence granted during the calendar year. (NDCC 37-01-25)

Who is eligible for North Dakota State Employee Paid Leave for Military Service? State employees who have been employed with the State for 90 continuous days preceding the leave of absence are eligible for paid leave. Employees returning from military leave following an extended period of active duty service have a protected right of return to their former position or one of like status and pay.

Learn more about North Dakota State Employee Paid Leave for Military Service

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

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. There are important exceptions to the five-year limit, including initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA clearly establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service as long as the basic eligibility criteria are met.

Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members 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 Servicemembers 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 USERRA benefits? Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) program, provides assistance to all persons having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

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What are my North Dakota Military and Veteran Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

North Dakota Unemployment Insurance: Job Service North Dakota administers the Unemployment Insurance (UI), providing temporary assistance to unemployed North Dakota workers. UI is temporary financial assistance you may be eligible to receive if you become unemployed through no fault of your own (as determined by federal and state law) and you meet other eligibility requirements. UI is funded entirely by employers’ unemployment insurance program tax contributions. It is intended to provide partial wage replacement while you search for a new job or return to work.

To be eligible for unemployment benefits you must:

  • Have been separated from employment through no fault of your own or have had your hours reduced

  • Be able to work

  • Be available for work

  • Be actively seeking employment

  • Be found monetarily eligible - a claimant establishes monetary eligibility based on work performed during a specific one-year period called the base period.

Information you will need to have available when you file:

  • Your Social Security Number

  • Name, address, and telephone number of all employers for whom you worked in the last 18 months or since last registering

  • Wage you are willing to accept

  • Union Local name and number

  • DD214 member copy 4 (proof of military service and wages)

  • SF8 and SF50 (proof of federal civilian service and wages)

  • Your alien identification number (non-U.S. citizen authorized to work in the U.S.)

There are two ways to file your claim:

  • Online using Job Service North Dakota's UI ICE website, or

  • By telephone using the automated telephone system by calling 701-328-4995

UI ICE is Job Service North Dakota's Unemployment Insurance Internet Claims Entry system. This tool allows you to:

  • File an unemployment insurance claim

  • Certify weekly eligibility

  • Select your payment option

  • Access unemployment insurance information

  • Complete orientation and eligibility reviews

  • Complete re-employment activities

Please note: The UI ICE internet application and automated phone system are unavailable daily from 10:00 pm to 12:00am CST. Claims Center staff are available Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm CST.
North Dakota Unemployment Insurance Claimant Guide
North Dakota File a Claim Information Webpage

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Priority of Service for Veterans and Eligible Spouses at North Dakota Job Service Locations: Job Service North Dakota assures that Veterans and eligible Job Service North Dakota logoSpouses of Veterans receive access, on a Priority of Service basis, to the agency’s full range of employment and training services.

Priority of Service means that Veterans and eligible Spouses who meet all the eligibility requirements for a program or service will receive access earlier in time or instead of persons who are not eligible for priority of service.

Who is eligible for Priority of Service at North Dakota Job Service Locations? Veterans and eligible Spouses of Veterans that are considered “covered persons” under Priority of Service are:

  • A person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. This includes full-time duty in the National Guard or a Reserve component, other than full-time duty for training purposes.

A Spouse of any of the following:

  • Any Veteran who died of a service-connected disability

  • Any member of the U.S. Armed Forces serving on active duty who, at the time of application for the priority, is listed in one or more of the following categories and has been so listed for a total of more than 90 days

  • Missing in action; captured in line of duty by a hostile force; or forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power

  • Any Veteran who has a total disability resulting from a service-connected disability as evaluated by the VA

  • Any Veteran who died while a total disability resulting from a service-connected disability as evaluated by the VA was in existence.

Learn more about Priority of Service for Veterans and Spouses at North Dakota Job Service Locations

Job Service North Dakota, Veterans’ Employment Team: Job Service North Dakota has a Veterans' Employment Team that exclusively serves Veterans. As Veterans themselves, they understand the many changes Veterans experience in their transition from military to civilian life. The Team is trained and ready socket setto provide one-on-one assistance to help work through employment barriers.

The Veterans’ Employment Team provides individualized services to help Veterans overcome employment barriers and develop a plan for employment. The Team works to:

  • Help put military skills and experience into understandable civilian terms

  • Guide Veterans in their job search and develop an employment plan for their specific needs

  • Provide up-to-date labor market information

  • Provide guidance for career and educational choices

  • Make referrals to training opportunities

  • Offer assistance and advice on developing an effective resume

  • Offer assistance and advice on taking the stress out of a job interview; and

  • Provide referrals to supportive resources.

Who is eligible for Assistance from the Job Service North Dakota, Veterans Employment Team? These services are available to:

  • A Veteran who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable

  • A Spouse of a Veteran who is totally and permanently disabled, missing in action, or died from a service-connected disability.

Job Service North Dakota, Veterans' Employment Team Contact Information

Learn more about the Job Service North Dakota, Veterans’ Employment Team

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What are my North Dakota Military and Veteran Department of Transportation (NDDOT) Benefits?

North Dakota Driver's License Veteran Indicator: Veterans can request to have a "V" indicator on their North Dakota driver license to show that they are a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans need to bring a copy of their discharge papers (DD214) to a North Dakota Veteran Service Officer. The ND Veteran designation licenseVeteran Service Officer will verify the individual qualifies as a Veteran in accordance with NDCC 37-01-40, complete and sign the SFN 59980 "Verification of Veteran Status for Veteran Indicator on Driver's License" form, and bring to the North Dakota Driver's License Site Location when they renew their driver's license. If renewal is not due, an $8.00 duplicate fee will be charged.
Who is eligible for the North Dakota Driver License Veteran Indicator?
A "Veteran" is an individual who has served on continuous active military duty for 180 days or the full period for which the individual was called or ordered to active military duty for reasons other than training, and who was discharged or released under other than dishonorable conditions.

Learn more about the North Dakota Driver's License Veteran Indicator

North Dakota Veteran and Military License Plates: North Dakota offers 11 distinctive military/Veteran license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of Veterans, retirees, active Service members and Family members. North Dakota Statutes Regarding Motor Vehicle Registration
North Dakota Department of Transportation Special Interest License Plate Fact Sheet

If a personalized plate is desired (and the plate is able to be personalized), please click North Dakota Personalized Plate Availability Search Portal to check availability.

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North Dakota Purple Heart License Plates: Available to recipients of the Purple Heart medal as listed on the DD214 or Certificate. There is no initial fee. Personalized plates are available with a maximum of 5 characters (to include spaces); an additional $25.00 fee is required. The SFN 51628 Application for North Dakota Veteran’s Number Plate form must be completed, signed by the State or County Veterans' Service Officer verifying eligibility, and returned with appropriate fees. (NDCC 39-04-10.10)
North Dakota Veteran Service Officer Directory

Learn more about the North Dakota Purple Heart License Plates

North Dakota Disabled American Veteran License Plates: Qualified Veterans are eligible for two (excise tax) exempt vehicles licensed with the Disabled American Veteran (DAV) license plate at a time. To be eligible, the VA must sign a letter stating the applicant is 100% service-related disabled or attesting North Dakota Disabled Veteran Plateeligibility under Public Law 663 of the 79th Congress. This plate is also available as a Mobility Impaired plate (includes handicapped symbol). To be eligible, the applicant must qualify under both DAV and Mobility Impaired qualifications. An unremarried Surviving Spouse can retain one DAV plate for their own use.

The SFN 2872 Application for Certificate of Title and Registration of a Vehicle form must be completed, signed, and returned with the certification letter. There is no annual license fee. (NDCC 39-04-18 (j))
North Dakota Veteran Service Officer Directory

Learn more about the North Dakota Disabled American Veteran License Plates

North Dakota Veterans License Plates: Individuals eligible for interment in the North Dakota Veterans' Cemetery qualify for these plates (North Dakota Eligibility for Burial Information). There is an initial fee of $15.00 ($5 goes to Veterans Cemetery maintenance fund) to receive the Veterans' Number plates, with an annual fee thereafter of $10.00 of which $5.00 goes to Veterans Cemetery trust fund and $5 to Veterans Cemetery maintenance fund. Personalized plates are available with a maximum of 5 characters (to include spaces) for an additional $25.00 fee in addition to the annual fee of $10.00 and the yearly license fees. The SFN 51628 Application for ND Veterans Number Plate form must be completed, signed by a County Veteran Service Officer verifying eligibility, and returned with appropriate fees. (NDCC 39-04-10.10)
North Dakota Veteran Service Officers Directory

Learn more about North Dakota Veterans License Plates

North Dakota Gold Star License Plates: The NDDOT may issue distinctive number plates to a Surviving Spouse, parent, stepparent, parent through adoption, and foster parent who stands or stood in loco parentis, grandparents, Child, stepchild and Child through adoption, and sibling, including half-sibling, North Dakota Purple Heart License Platesof a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who died while serving on active duty during a time of military conflict. Personalized plates are available with a maximum of 5 characters (to include spaces); an additional $25.00 fee is required in addition to the annual fee of $10.00 and the yearly license fees. The SFN 59183 Application for North Dakota Gold Star Plate form must be completed, signed by a County Veteran Service Officer verifying eligibility, and returned with appropriate fees. (NDCC 39-04-10.14)
North Dakota Veteran Service Officers Directory

Learn more about North Dakota Gold Star License Plates

North Dakota Commercial Driver’s License Military Skills Test Waiver: The NDDOT adopted federal guidelines for drivers with military commercial experience. Military members, and those recently discharged, who have a military driver’s license which is equivalent to a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) can take the written portion of the CDL test and request to have the CDL road test waived.

Military members and Veterans must be approved for the waiver and pass all required knowledge tests as well as meet the visual and medical qualifications.

Military applicants must complete SFN 60071 Application for CDL Skills Test Waiver-Military and mail it to the NDDOT Driver’s License Division as indicated on the application form.

Following review of the application and driving record check, the Driver’s License Division will notify military applicants in writing if they meet or do not meet the CDL Skills Test Waiver requirements.
North Dakota CDL Military Skills Test Waiver Instructions

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What are my North Dakota Military and Veteran Health and Insurance Benefits?

National Guard Association of North Dakota Group Insurance: The State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) program is derived from U.S. Public Law 93-289, May 1974, Title 37, Section 707 and is offered through the National Guard Association of North Dakota (NGAND).

The NGAND is a member of the Militia Insurance Trust (MIT) underwritten by New York Life. The MIT is comprised of 14 National Guard Associations. Every member of the NDNG is covered with $1,000 SSLI at no cost to the member. This $1,000 benefit is provided through the MIT Group Life Insurance Plan.

  • Over $1,000,000 in coverage available for the North Dakota National Guardsman through a combination of the SSLI plans

  • Coverage available for the Spouse and Children

  • Rates do not go up just because you separate from the National Guard and you can keep the coverage when you separate

  • Coverage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

  • No War Exclusion – you are covered in combat

  • No Aviation Exclusion – aviators are covered

  • New Recruits are eligible for $10,000 SSLI coverage under the MIT Group Life Insurance Plan at no cost for the first year of service in the NDNG. Enrollment must occur within 90 days of joining the NDNG.

Who is eligible for National Guard Association of North Dakota Group Insurance? Members of the North Dakota Army/Air National Guard and their dependents are eligible for insurance coverage.

Learn more about the National Guard Association of North Dakota Group Life Insurance

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The VA provides 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:

  • Servicemember's 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 the 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.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

North Dakota National Guard Workers Compensation for Injury, and Illness while on State Active Duty: The NDNG is authorized to pay medical expenses for national guard members who are called to state active duty when the member sustains an injury or illness that is found to have occurred within the line of duty and is not covered by workforce safety and insurance and when such treatment occurred while on state active duty. Payments shall be made only for costs not covered by other health insurance. Coverage of qualifying medical expenses is subject to rules set forth by the office of the adjutant general and subject to available funds. (NDCC 37-01-44)
Who is eligible for NDNG Workers Compensation for Injury, Illness or Death on Active State Service? National Guard Service members who sustain an injury or illness that occurred while serving on State Active Duty and is determined to be line of duty is eligible for Workers’ Compensation.

Learn more about North Dakota National Guard Workers Compensation for Injury or Illness on State Active Duty

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What are my North Dakota Military and Veteran Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Operation Black Hills Cabin: Operation Black Hills Cabin offers a week-long respite to qualifying wounded Veterans and their Families from the Iraq/Afghanistan campaign at little to no expense to them (except for transportation). The operation offers events throughout the year, such as cook-offs, Operation Black Hills Cabinhikes, and fishing tournaments.
Who is eligible to stay at the Operation Black Hills Cabin? Those eligible for this benefit:

  • Veterans with military Service in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), or Operation New Dawn (OND). COMBAT INJURED Veterans with a 30% or greater VA disability rating (copies of DD214 or current PCS orders and VA award letter are required with application).

  • Medal of Honor recipients from OEF, OIF, or OND

  • Warrior Transition Unit members (with required documentation).

To apply, please visit the Operation Black Hills Cabin Application page to complete an online application.
Operation Black Hills Cabin Frequently Asked Questions Webpage

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ND Game and Fish logo North Dakota Fish and Game Department, Veterans Benefits: The North Dakota Game and Fish Department offers discounted licenses to eligible Veterans.

North Dakota Discounted Disabled Veterans Fishing License: Resident Veterans rated by the VA as 50% or more disabled may obtain a fishing license for $5.00 plus a $1.00 fee to purchase the certificate.
Who is eligible for the North Dakota Disabled Veterans Fishing License? The applicant must be a resident disabled Veteran that has a 50% service-connected disability determined by the VA or has an extra-schedular rating to include individual unemployability that brings the Veteran's total disability ratio to 50%.

North Dakota Discounted, Totally or Permanently Disabled Hunting License: A resident disabled Veteran can get a combined general game, habitat stamp, small game, and fur-bearer license for $3.00, with an additional $1.00 fee to purchase the resident certificate. Veterans must have a 100% service-connected disability or have an extra-schedular rating to bring the total ratio to 100%.
Who is eligible for North Dakota Discounted, Totally or Permanently Disabled Hunting License?
The applicant must be a resident disabled Veteran that has a 100% service-connected disability as determined by the VA or has an extra-schedular rating to include individual unemployability that brings the Veteran's total disability ratio 100%.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department Webpage
North Dakota Game and Fish, Application for Resident Disabled Veteran Hunting and Fishing License

Learn more about North Dakota Game and Fish Department Discounted Disabled Veterans Hunting and Fishing Licenses

North Dakota Non-Resident Military Service Member Hunting and Fishing Benefits: Non-resident military personnel in the state on duty or leave are eligible to purchase non-lottery licenses such as fishing, small game, and furbearer at resident prices.

Learn more about North Dakota Non-Resident Military Service Members Hunting and Fishing Benefits

North Dakota Resident Service Member Deer Gun License not Subject to Lottery: A resident, in the U.S. Armed Forces stationed outside the state, upon showing proof of residency, may receive a deer gun license without being subject to the license lottery.
Who is eligible for Resident Service Member Deer Gun License Not Subject to Lottery? To apply you must meet these requirements:

  • Maintain North Dakota as your state of residence

  • Must be stationed outside of North Dakota

  • Fill out and send in a deer application with the following items: A check or money order for $30, a copy of your orders showing where you are stationed, a copy of your current driver's license or pay stub showing the state where you pay taxes. Contact our licensing section at 701-328-6335 for more information.

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North Dakota Resident Active Duty Service Members Deer Licensing Provisions: North Dakota residents on federal active duty with the U.S. Armed Forces Deer standing in a fieldunder Title 10, stationed outside of the state during the previous year's deer gun season, and received an expeditionary medal or campaign badge, and submit an application and appropriate license fee by the deer gun application deadline, are eligible for one white-tailed deer gun license in the unit of their choice, without having to participate in the lottery. Applications received after the deer gun deadline will be issued licenses based on availability.

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North Dakota Small Game Hunting, Fishing or Trapping without a License for Military Service Members on Leave: Upon presentation of valid leave papers and a North Dakota operator's license, a resident on leave who is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or the U.S. merchant marine may hunt small game, fish, or trap during the open season without a license.

Learn more about North Dakota Small Game Hunting, Fishing or Trapping without a License for Military Service Members on Leave

ND Parks and Recreation logo Free or Reduced Cost Annual Permit to North Dakota State Parks for Disabled Veterans/POWs: North Dakota Veterans with a 50% or greater, service-related disability and former POWs are eligible for one free annual permit. All other North Dakota Veterans with service-related disabilities may purchase an annual permit for $28.
Who is eligible for Free or Reduced Cost Annual Permit to North Dakota State Parks for Disabled Veterans/POWs? Requires VA proof of disability or North Dakota DAV/POW license plates. These benefits are only available to North Dakota residents.

To obtain the lifetime or annual permit contact:

Central Office
Address: Century Center
1600 E. Century Ave. Suite 3 PO Box 5594
Bismarck, ND 58506
Phone: 701-328-5357
Email: parkrec@nd.gov

North Dakota Parks and Recreation Daily and Annual Permits Webpage

**Forms must be obtained in person at the Central Office

Learn more about Free or Reduced Cost Annual Permit to North Dakota State Parks for Disabled Veterans/POWs

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What are my North Dakota Military and Veteran Miscellaneous Benefits?

North Dakota Veterans Court: The State of North Dakota has instituted a Veterans Court program to address the needs of Veterans involved in the state judiciary system. To best accommodate North Dakota’s large geographic size and vast rural areas a “Virtual, Rural Veterans Court” has been implemented to serve Veterans. The main components and process are:

  • Identify Veterans - Identify justice involved Veterans

  • Connect with Services - Connect those Veterans with a VA, Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator (VJO)

  • Develop plan - Veteran, VJO and legal counsel determine eligibility and best potential options

  • Agree to plan - VJO works with VA providers, Judge, Veteran, Defense and prosecuting attorneys to agree on a plan of action

  • Act on Plan - If plan is agreed on Veteran moves through the process.

The North Dakota Veterans Court is not a “Get out of Jail” free card. It is an opportunity for Veterans to get the much-needed treatments they deserve and a chance from them to get past their issues and return to their community as a productive member of society.

Learn more about the North Dakota Veterans Court

Mother and Daughter North Dakota National Guard Family Assistance Centers (FACs): FAC's are operated regionally throughout North Dakota. Their purpose is to provide support and assistance to Service members and Families by offering information about military, federal, state, and local resources. These include:

  • ID Card and DEERS enrollment

  • TRICARE

  • Financial

  • Legal

  • Crisis Intervention

  • Emergency Family Assistance Center

  • Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

  • Community Information and Outreach Services

  • Service member and Family Readiness

  • Emergency Financial Assistance

Learn more about North Dakota National Guard Family Assistance Centers

North Dakota Military Operations Adjusted Compensation for Service Members: Each National Guard or Reserve Component resident Veteran mobilized stateside is eligible for $50 for each month or major fraction thereof for state-side duty or mobilization train up.

Each National Guard, Reserve, or Active Component resident Veteran of Foreign Service who was activated under Title 10 orders is eligible for:

  • $100 for each month or major fraction thereof if receiving hazardous duty pay, or $50 per month or major portion thereof if not receiving hazardous duty pay

  • If the Veteran received a Purple Heart for Foreign Service, the Veteran is entitled to a payment of $2500 in lieu of the monthly payments

  • If the Veteran is deceased, the Veteran's beneficiary is entitled to any payments to which the Veteran would have been entitled

  • In the case of a Veteran who died as a result of active service during the period of service, the beneficiary is entitled to a payment of $5000 in lieu of the monthly payments.

Applications for Adjusted Compensation to National Guard/ Reserve and Active Duty Veterans may be filed with the Adjutant General not later than six months after the end of the mobilization period of service. (NDCC 37-28-01 through 37-28-09)

Learn more about North Dakota Military Operations Adjusted Compensation for Service Members

Free Passage through Toll Gates, Bridges, and Ferries for North Dakota National Guard Service Members: Any person belonging to the military forces of ND, going to or returning from any parade, encampment, drill, or meeting which the person may be required by law to attend, must be allowed to pass free through all toll gates and over all toll bridges and ferries, with the person's conveyance and with any military property of this state in the person's charge, if the person is in uniform or if the person presents an order for duty or a certificate of membership in the National Guard. (NDCC 37-01-14)

Learn more about Free Passage through Toll Gates, Bridges, and Ferries for North Dakota National Guard Service Members

North Dakota Post War Trust Fund Hardship Assistance Grant: The purpose of this assistance is to provide money to give aid and comfort to Veterans (as defined in NDCC 37-14) and their Spouses, or unremarried Surviving Spouses of eligible Veterans.
Who is eligible for the North Dakota Post War Trust Fund Hardship Assistance Grant? The individual must have an unmet need of dental and/or denture work (routine and maintenance procedures are not covered), optical, hearing, transportation (for medical treatment), special needs for medical reasons, housing deposit, other emergency needs approved by the Commissioner of Veterans Affairs.

The following requirements need to be met to apply (DOCUMENTATION IS REQUIRED):

  • Qualify as Veteran or eligible dependent as defined in NDCC 37-14-01.1

  • Income and asset level. Income will be based on established indexes such as pension rates and poverty guidelines which will be reviewed annually

  • A North Dakota resident for one year prior to application date

  • Medical bills showing all work completed, and all payments and credits must be received by the department within 60-90 days of the date of approval.

Contact your local North Dakota Veterans Service Officer to apply.

Learn more about North Dakota Post War Trust Fund Hardship Assistance Grant

Grants for North Dakota Residents for Service Dogs for Veterans Suffering from PTSD: North Dakota Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may apply for a grant which may provide them with a specially trained Service Dog. These service dogs are trained in North Dakota to assist Veterans who suffer from PTSD. The dogs provide the special needs of the Veteran they are to serve whether it is calming anxiety attacks, providing comfort and assurance in public settings or waking a Veteran from a nightmare.

To meet the minimum qualifications for a PTSD service dog the Veteran must:

  • Be a North Dakota resident

  • Have an official diagnosis of PTSD from a qualified and licensed mental health professional

  • Be actively engaged in counseling or therapy for a minimum of one year

  • Have a doctor's recommendation for a PTSD Service Dog.

All qualified Veterans are urged to apply. The grant is made possible by the 63rd ND Legislative Assembly and private donors.

To learn more:

Visit Service Dogs for America
Phone: 701-685-2242
Email: info@servicedogsforamerica.org

Service Dogs for America Preliminary Application
Service Dogs for America Brochure

Learn more about Grants for North Dakota Residents for Service Dogs for Veterans Suffering from PTSD

North Dakota Veterans Aid Loan Program: The Veterans Aid Fund is a permanent fund to be used solely for making loans to Veterans or their Surviving Spouse. The maximum loan amount is $5,000.00. The interest rate is 8% per year. Time limit can be from 6 6 to 48 months. One-half of the interest paid will be refunded provided the loan is repaid under the agreed upon terms. The Department has the right to take legal action to collect on delinquent loans.
Who is eligible for North Dakota Veterans Aid Loan Program?
To qualify, the applicant is required to be:

  • a peacetime Veteran

  • a wartime Veteran

  • National Guard with active duty (as defined in NDCC 37-14); or

  • unremarried Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran.

AND

  • be a resident of North Dakota for at least one year; and

  • have the financial ability to make payments.

Contact your North Dakota Veterans Service Officer to apply.

Learn more about the North Dakota Veterans Aid Loan Program

North Dakota Veterans Home North Dakota State Veterans Home: The North Dakota Veterans Home (NDVH), located in Lisbon, North Dakota , consists of 98 basic care and 52 skilled nursing beds. The NDVH is dedicated to the health and welfare of each individual resident.
Who is eligible for Care at the North Dakota State Veterans Home? To be eligible for admission, Veterans must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Bona fide resident of North Dakota with a verified 30-day residency

  • Served in a North Dakota regiment (activated NDNG)

  • Entered the U.S. Armed Forces as a North Dakota resident; or

  • Spouse or Surviving Spouse of above Veteran.

No Veteran may be considered eligible for residency whose last period of service in the U.S. Armed Services was terminated under dishonorable conditions.

No Veteran may be admitted to the Veterans Home that has been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude, without producing sufficient evidence of subsequent good conduct and reformation of character so as to satisfactory to the board of admissions.

The North Dakota State Veterans Home, Basic Care Unit consists of 2 pods with 4 households per pod. These are designed for residents that independently care for their own needs. Medical and nursing supervision is available. Meals are provided in a central dining room.

The North Dakota State Veterans Home, Skilled Care Unit (Nursing Home Care) is the unit in which the resident requires ongoing nursing supervision and/or assistance in one or all areas of physical needs and activities of daily living. Care in this area ranges from total assistance in all care needs to supervision of one or two care needs, depending upon the resident's capabilities. Medical care is available on a regular and frequent, but not continuous, basis. The NDVH Skilled Unit (Nursing Home Care) is a licensed Medicare/Medicaid provider.

Medical Services: The NDVH contracts with a primary care provider. Medical staff is at the home weekly to address medical concerns and for routine visits. They are also available by phone any time.

A psychiatrist and psychologist are contracted by the NDVH and make on-site visits. They provide care to residents of the skilled and basic care units that are not involved with the Veterans Hospital for mental health services.

Nursing Services: A dedicated nursing staff is available 24-hours a day 7 days a week to meet the needs of residents. The nursing staff is composed of registered nurses (RN), licensed practical nurses (LPN), certified nurses’ aides (CNA), certified medication technicians (CMT) and support staff. There is also a RN In-service Coordinator that provides ongoing education to all employees to maintain the highest standard of care.

For the complete application process, including downloading forms and priority of admission, please visit the North Dakota Veterans Home Admission Process webpage .

Learn more about the North Dakota State Veterans Home

North Dakota State Veterans Cemetery: The North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery is located in Mandan North Dakota. The cemetery opened in July 1992 and is operated Veterans Cemeteryby the Adjutant General of North Dakota.

There is no cost to the Veteran or eligible Spouse and dependent for burial. This includes the burial plot, opening and closing of the gravesite and the headstone. Caskets, urns and vaults must be purchased through a funeral home of your choice at the Families’ expense.

Lot determination is normally the next one available in the area currently being utilized. As in National Cemeteries, only one plot would be used for the Veteran, Spouse and/or eligible dependent. The first vault would be placed at a depth sufficient to accommodate additional vaults.

A basic grave liner is required but can be up graded to a vault through the funeral homes. The grave liner or vaults are purchased thorough the funeral home, they are not provided by the cemetery.

There is no vault requirement for cremated remains, however, the cemetery will accommodate an urn vault if you choose.
Who is eligible for Burial at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery?
The following individuals are eligible for burial:

  • Military members on active duty

  • Military retirees

  • Members and former members of the Selected Reserve, who served at least one enlistment term

  • U.S. Veterans of any war

  • Other U.S. Veterans who served at least one term of enlistment and separated under conditions other than dishonorable

  • Present & past National Guard members and present & past members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Reserve forces

    • Length of service in the National Guard and Reserve, for enlisted personnel will be completion of at least one term of enlistment and officers who have completed at least four years of service

  • The eligible Spouse, or Surviving Spouse of any person listed above.

All military people interred in the cemetery must have received a discharge shown as: "Honorable", "Under Honorable Conditions" or "General". Undesirable, bad conduct, and any type of discharge other than honorable may or may not qualify the individual for burial, depending upon a determination made by the Adjutant General of North Dakota.

Normally the Veteran and Spouse (and other eligible dependents of the Veteran) will be interred in the same gravesite or an adjoining gravesite, as appropriate.
Application for Burial in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery

Learn more about the North Dakota State Veterans Cemetery

North Dakota Commemorative Memorial Coin: As per ND Century Code 37-18-15 the North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs is to "confer a commemorative memorial coin upon a Family member of a deceased North Dakota Veteran during military funeral honors". The single coin presented to a Commemorative memorial coinFamily member will be at no cost to the Family.

Funeral Honor details will obtain coin from the Funeral Director and present to Family immediately following U.S. Flag presentation. Family members may order additional coins at a cost of $10 each. (Checks only) Purchases must be through the ND Department of Veterans Affairs.
Request to Purchase North Dakota Commemorative Memorial Coin, (SFN 61442)

Learn more about the North Dakota Commemorative Memorial Coin

North Dakota Veterans Hospital Transportation Program: VA Vans are provided by a multi-organizational effort. The vans are purchased by the North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs and funds from the Columbia Trust which is operated by the Disabled American Veterans Organization (DAV). The vans are then donated to the Veterans Affairs Health Care System (VAHCS) who provide funding for the van maintenance, fuel, license and insurance. The VAHCS then place the vans with County Veteran Service Offices in North Dakota who provide volunteer drivers and coordinate the van trips to the VAHCS in Fargo and Ft. Meade SD.

  • The DAV/VA vans transport Veterans to and from VA medical facilities

  • The rides are free for Veterans

  • Van routes are established and vans are not allowed to deviate from these routes

  • Family is not allowed to ride with Veteran exceptions for required "care-giver"

  • Travel eligibility is not required to utilize the DAV/VA vans

  • VA will not pay travel pay to Veterans using the DAV/VA vans (using DAV/VA van and submitting travel voucher could be considered Fraud)

  • DAV/VA vans do not have wheelchair accessibility

  • Vans only make scheduled stops

Contact your local North Dakota County Veteran Service Officer to check on van ride availability and schedule a ride

Learn more about the North Dakota Veterans Hospital Transportation Program

Members of North Dakota National Guard Exempt from Civil Process: No person belonging to the active militia of this state may be arrested on any warrant, except for treason or felony, while going to, remaining at, or returning from any place which the person may be required to attend for military duty. (37-01.11)

Learn more about Members of North Dakota National Guard Exempt from Civil Process

Military Records of North Dakota Veterans: The adjutant general shall initiate and coordinate the collecting of information on North Dakotans who served in a theatre or area of armed conflict since the Vietnam conflict. The adjutant general shall make the information available to the public in a manner that the adjutant general deems advisable. (37-01.45)

Learn more about Military Records of North Dakota Veterans

North Dakota Honoring as Veterans individuals who have Performed Military Service: An individual who has performed service in the national guard, the U.S. Armed Forces Reserve, or U.S. Armed Forces, has received an honorable discharge from service, and is not otherwise included within the definition of a Veteran under federal or state law is, at the completion of that individual's term of service, honored as a Veteran, but is not entitled to any benefits or preferences available to Veterans by reason of this section. (37-01.46)

Learn more about North Dakota Honoring as Veterans individuals who have Performed Military Service

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in North Dakota

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

Fargo National CemeteryLearn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in North Dakota

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in North Dakota: The VAs' National Cemetery Administration maintains one national cemetery in North Dakota. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in North Dakota

 

North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs:
4201 38th Street South
Suite 104
Fargo, ND 58104-7535
Phone: 701-239-7165; toll-free 866-634-8387
Fax: 701-239-7166

Mailing Address
PO Box 9003
Fargo, ND 58106-9003

Learn more about the North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs

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Military Installations in North Dakota

Please see the North Dakota Military Resource Locator for additional information

Active Duty

Air Force
Grand Forks AFB
Minot AFB

National Guard
North Dakota Army National Guard
Camp Grafton Training Center

North Dakota Air National Guard
119th Wing

Army Reserve
88th Readiness Division


Resources

North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Locations

North Dakota Tax Information for Individuals

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

North Dakota Legislative Branch

North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Laws

North Dakota Department of Veterans Services, Benefits and Services

North Dakota Department of Veterans Services, License Plates

North Dakota Department of Transportation

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, North Dakota

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Eligibility for Burial

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

North Dakota Century Code

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Document Review Date: 10 December 2020