North Dakota Military and Veteran Benefits
Department of Transportation (NDDOT) Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Parks and Recreation Benefits
Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities
Summary: North Dakota offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including State Educational Benefits for dependent of MIA/POWs, Tax Exemptions for the disabled, job reinstatement, and Veteran's preference in public employment. They also administer a Veterans Aid Loan Program, a Grant Program, and a Transportation Program. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.
State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
North Dakota Military Income Taxes: If you are a full-year resident of North Dakota who is required to file a federal income tax return, you are required to file a North Dakota income tax return. As a North Dakota resident, you are subject to North Dakota income tax on all of your income regardless of its source. This applies regardless of where you may have been stationed during the year. Your income is taxable to the same extent it is taxable for federal income tax purposes.
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. (It 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)
North Dakota Retired Military Pay Taxes: North Dakota's individual income tax law does not provide for any special deductions for retired military members.
Note* North Dakota House Bill 1053 exempts military retirement benefits from state income tax for retired military personnel of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve, effective with the 2019 tax year.
North Dakota Military Disability Retired Pay Taxes: Retirees who entered the military before September 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Taxes: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs benefits are not taxable because they generally are for disabilities and are not subject to federal or state taxes.
Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Taxes: Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax. Check with state department of revenue office.
Note* North Dakota House Bill 1053 exempts military retirement benefits from state income tax for surviving spouses of retired military personnel of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve, effective with the 2019 tax year.
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 North Dakota Local Assessor or County Director of Tax Equalization by February 1st (or as soon thereafter as possible) 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
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 (applications available mid-January through May 31 of each year). 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. Renters must file their application before June 1st following the year for which the refund is claimed.
Applications must be sent to:
Office of State Tax Commissioner
600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 127
Bismarck, ND 58505-0599
North Dakota Disabled Veteran Property Tax Credit: Enacted in 2009 by the North Dakota State Legislature, the disabled Veterans credit is a property tax credit that is available to Veterans of the United States 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 Veteran 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 $6750 of taxable valuation ($150,000 of true value) of the fixtures, buildings and improvements of the homestead owned and occupied by the Veteran. The un-remarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran under these criteria is also eligible.
To apply, Veterans must meet all eligibility requirements and file an North Dakota Disabled Veteran Property Tax Credit Application with the North Dakota Local Assessor or County Director of Tax Equalization , which is due by February 1 of the year in which the property is assessed and for which the credit is requested.
North Dakota Property Tax Credit for Disabled Veterans Brochure
Property Tax Credit for North Dakota Disabled Veterans Guideline
Partial North Dakota Property Tax Exemption for Paraplegic Veterans: A paraplegic disabled Veteran of the United States Armed Forces or any Veteran who has been awarded specially adapted housing by the Department of Veterans Affairs, or the un-remarried Surviving Spouse if such Veteran is deceased, is exempt from property tax for the first $120,000 of true and full valuation of the fixtures, buildings, and improvements. (NDCC 57-02-08, para 20.a)
North Dakota Property Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouses Receiving U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: An un-remarried Surviving Spouse who is receiving Department of Veterans' Affairs dependency and indemnity compensation receives a one-hundred percent (100%) exemption. (NDCC 57-02-08.8)
North Dakota National Guard Tuition Assistance and 25% Tuition Waiver: The goal of the North Dakota National Guard State Tuition Assistance and Tuition waiver benefits are to provide up to 100% tuition assistance; however, both benefits are limited to funding availability and are subject to change.
Participating North Dakota schools will waive up to 25% of tuition charges for eligible courses (undergraduate courses only) not to exceed 25% of the University of North Dakota undergraduate tuition rate.
The NDNG will then reimburse up to 75% of tuition charges for eligible courses (undergraduate and graduate) at participating ND schools, not to exceed 75% 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, Go-Army, GI Bill Tuition payment, STA, etc.) cannot exceed 100% of tuition.
Who is eligible for North Dakota National Guard Tuition Assistance and 25% 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 twelve 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.
Note: Please refer to Appendix A of the North Dakota National Guard Regulation 621-1 for participating Educational Institutions
North Dakota Dependent Tuition Waiver: Eligible dependents of Veterans, upon being duly accepted for enrollment into any North Dakota state-supported institution of higher education or state-supported technical or vocational school, must be allowed to obtain a bachelor's degree or certificate of completion, free of any tuition and fee charges provided that the bachelor's degree or certificate of completion is earned within a forty-five month or ten 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.( NDCC 15-10-18.3 )
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 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 Armed Forces;
A member of the North Dakota National Guard;
A member of the Armed Forces Reserve Component stationed in this state; OR
A Veteran, as defined in NDCC 37-01-40 .
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 )
Honorary High School Diplomas for North Dakota Veterans: Honorary High School Diplomas are available for WWII, Korean, and Vietnam War Veterans who left high school to serve in these wars. Veteran Application for North Dakota High School Diploma
North Dakota Veterans Educational Training Program (VET): VET is a free program of study funded by the state of North Dakota to prepare you for a certification program, two-year, or four-year college degree. They will work to help you succeed in post-secondary education through classes and programs designed to ease the transition into life in higher education. They will help you plan an individualized program to refresh your basic knowledge and ease the transition into life in higher education.
There are physical classrooms located on both the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University campuses (Grand Forks and Fargo), with an option to do online tutoring for individuals who can't get to a campus location during scheduled tutoring hours.
VET works on an open-enrollment basis, meaning you can start VET at any time, even during the summer. Since study programs are built for each individual, there's no class start date to wait for. 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
Department of Veterans Affairs benefit advocacy
Who is eligible for the North Dakota Veterans Educational Training Program? To participate in VET, you must be:
A Veteran or currently serving military Service member (Active, Guard, or Reservist) of one of the branches of the US military;
A US citizen;
Cannot have been dishonorably discharged;
Considering or already enrolled in a North Dakota college, university, or technical training program (not necessarily a North Dakota resident);
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 we will try to recommend other services that you would find helpful!
Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:
Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.
Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment.
Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.
Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.
Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.
Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.
Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.
Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.
Primary Point of Contact:
LTC Davina French, North Dakota Commissioner
North Dakota National Guard
Address: PO Box 5511, Bismarck, ND 58506-5511
North Dakota Public Employment Hiring Preference to Veterans: Veterans are entitled to preference, over all other applicants, in appointment or employment by governmental agencies, provided that such Veteran is a United States 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, five (5) percent of the score must be added for a non-disabled Veteran and ten (10) percent 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? An applicant is eligible for this benefit provided he/she meets the criteria and performs 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 Dept. of Veterans Affairs dated less than one year old indicating disability status.
Surviving un-remarried 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 DD Form 214 or document of separation, and the Veteran's death certificate. If the preference is for a disabled Veteran, a letter from the Dept. of Veterans' Affairs dated less than one year old indicating disability status must also be included.
Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.
5-point Hiring Preference : Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:
During a war; or
During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or
For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or
During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or
For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or
In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.
10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:
A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.
10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of
A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.
10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:
A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or
A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.
10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses, or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.
Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of his or her usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and
Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or
Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or
Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of his or her usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.
Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.
A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.
North Dakota Private Employment Veteran's Hiring Preference: A private, non-public employer in this state 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 state or local equal employment opportunity law.
North Dakota State Employee Paid Leave for Military Service: State employee receives 20 working days military leave per calendar year for Federal or State active duty. Should a mobilization occur (National or State authorized), the first thirty 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 ninety (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.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act: Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protect civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of Reserve components. USERRA also makes major improvements in protecting Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.
Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years (the previous law provided four years of active duty, plus an additional year if it was for the convenience of the Government). There are important exceptions to the five-year limit, including initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA clearly establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service as long as the basic eligibility criteria are met.
Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members convalescing from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.
Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning service-members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service (the long-standing "escalator" principle), with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. The law clearly provides for alternative reemployment positions if the Service member cannot qualify for the "escalator" position. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, he or she is deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and is entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.
Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102 percent of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA benefits? Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.
The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), provides assistance to all persons having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations
North Dakota Unemployment Insurance: Job Service North Dakota administers the Unemployment Insurance (UI), providing temporary assistance to unemployed North Dakota workers.
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 internet site, or;
By telephone using our automated telephone system by calling 701-328-4995
UI ICE is Job Service North Dakota's Unemployment Insurance Internet Claims Entry system. This secure, convenient 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 the automated phone system are unavailable daily from 10:00 pm to midnight Central Time due to maintenance. Claims Center staff are available Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time.
North Dakota Unemployment Insurance Claimants Guide
Priority of Service for Veterans and Eligible Spouses at North Dakota Job Service Locations: Job Service North Dakota assures that Veterans and eligible Spouses of Veterans receive access, on a priority of service basis, to the agency’s full range of employment and training services.
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 who 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 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 Department of Veterans Affairs.
Any Veteran who died while a total disability resulting from a service-connected disability as evaluated by the Department of Veterans Affairs was in existence.
North Dakota Local Veterans Employment Representative Program: North Dakota's Local Veterans' Employment Representatives (LVERs) conduct outreach to employers and engage in advocacy efforts with hiring executives to increase employment opportunities for Veterans and encourage the hiring of Veterans.
LVER staff work with other service providers to promote and facilitate priority services to Veterans. LVER staff advocate on behalf of Veterans for employment and training opportunities with business, industry and community-based organizations.
Contact the regional Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) Office for more information.
Regional Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) Office Directory
North Dakota Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program : Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists provide intensive services to meet the employment needs of disabled (and other eligible) Veterans, with the maximum emphasis directed toward servicing those who are economically or educationally disadvantaged, including homeless Veterans and Veterans with barriers to employment.
DVOP specialists facilitate intensive services to all Veterans including special disabled Veterans, disabled Veterans, economically or educationally disadvantaged Veterans, and Veterans with other barriers to employment (especially homeless Veterans).
Contact the regional Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) Office for more information.
Regional Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) Office Directory
Job Service North Dakota, Veterans’ Employment Team : Job Service North Dakota has a Veterans' Employment team that exclusively serves Veterans. As Veterans themselves, the Team understands the many changes Veterans experience in their transition from military to civilian life. The Team is trained and ready to 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.
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 US military services. Veterans need to bring a copy of their discharge papers (DD214) to a North Dakota Veteran Service Officer . The Veteran 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. The Veteran will bring this form to the North Dakota Driver's License Site Location when he/she renews the driver's license. If renewal is not due, the $8.00 duplicate fee will be charged.
North Dakota Veteran and Military License Plates: The State of North Dakota offers 11 distinctive military/ Veteran service license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of Veterans, retirees, active Service members and Family members. A short description of some of these plates can be found below.
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.
North Dakota Purple Heart License Plates: Available to those recipients of the Purple Heart award 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 Veterans Number Plate form must be completed, signed by the County Veterans' Service Officer verifying eligibility, and returned with appropriate fees. ( NDCC 39-04-10.10 )
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 Department of Veteran Affairs office must sign a letter stating the applicant is 100% service-related disabled or attesting eligibility 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.
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 (2) (j) )
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); an additional $25.00 fee is required.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 Veterans' Service Officer verifying eligibility, and returned with appropriate fees. ( NDCC 39-04-10.10 )
National Guard Association of North Dakota Group Insurance: The State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) program is derived from United States Public Law 93-289, May 1974, Title 37, Section 707 and is offered through the National Guard Association of North Dakota (NGAND). This program is comprised of a combination of six voluntary group life policies available to the military members of the North Dakota National Guard and is designed to help meet the needs of NDAND members and their Families.
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 North Dakota National Guard 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 & 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 Militia Insurance Trust Group Life Insurance Plan at no cost for the first year of service in the North Dakota National Guard. Enrollment must occur within 90 days of joining the North Dakota National Guard.
Who is eligible for National Guard Association of North Dakota Group Insurance? Members of Army/Air National Guard and their dependents are eligible for insurance coverage.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, Active and Reserve Component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:
Service member's Group Life Insurance ( SGLI )
Veterans Group Life Insurance ( VGLI )
Family Members Group Life Insurance ( FSGLI )
Service members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection ( TSGLI )
Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance ( S-DVI )
Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance ( VMLI )
TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:
Not on active duty orders
Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program
Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.
The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.
North Dakota National Guard Workers Compensation for Injury, and Illness while on State Active Duty: The North Dakota National Guard 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 North Dakota National Guard Workers Compensation for Injury, Illness or Death on Active State Service ? National Guard Service members who sustains an injury or illness that occurred while serving on State Active Duty and is determined to be line of duty.
Operation Black Hills Cabin: The purpose of Operation Black Hills Cabin is to offer 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 a variety of events throughout the year, such as cook-offs, hikes, and fishing tournaments.
Who is eligible to stay at the Operation Black Hills Cabin? The following are eligible for this benefit:
Veterans with military Service in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), or Operation New Dawn (OND). Veterans must have a 30% or greater disability rating from the Dept. of Veterans' Affairs (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).
North Dakota Discounted Disabled Veteran Fishing License: Resident Veterans that are rated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 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? The applicant must be a resident disabled Veteran that has a 50% service-connected disability as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs 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 U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs or has an extra-schedular rating to include individual unemployability that brings the Veteran's total disability ratio 100%.
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.
North Dakota Resident Service Member Deer Gun License not Subject to Lottery : A North Dakota resident, in the 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.
You 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.
North Dakota Resident Active Duty Service Members Deer Licensing Provisions: North Dakota residents who were on federal active duty with the U.S. Armed Forces under Title 10, stationed outside of the state during the previous year's deer gun season, and who received the 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.
North Dakota Hunting Fishing or Trapping without a License for Military Service Members on Leave: Upon presentation of valid leave papers and a valid North Dakota operator's license, a resident who is on leave and is on active duty as a member of the United States Armed Forces or the United States merchant marine may hunt small game, fish, or trap during the open season without a license.
Free or Reduced Cost Annual Permit to State Parks for Disabled Veterans/POWs: North Dakota Veterans with a 50 percent 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.
Eligibility: Requires VA proof of disability or North Dakota DAV/POW license plates. These benefits are only available to North Dakota residents
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 information and referral
Financial information and referral
Crisis information and referral
Community resources, information and referral
Legal information and referral
Emergency financial assistance
Assistance is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-242-4940. Family Assistance Centers by region .
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 )
Free Passage through Toll Gates, Bridges, and Ferries for North Dakota National Guard Service Members: Any person belonging to the military forces of this state, 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 )
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 un-remarried 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.
Must be 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.
Grants for North Dakota Residents for Service Dogs for Veterans Suffering from PTSD: North Dakota Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may now 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. PTSD service dogs have proven to greatly assist Veterans in returning to a more normal life and reintegrating back into their community. Service Dogs for America has several of these highly trained service dogs ready to be placed with a Veteran in need.
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 and 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 or to submit an application, visit Service Dogs for America , download the Preliminary Application , view the brochure , or contact the executive director at 701-685-5009 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 annum. Time limit can be from six months 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.
Eligibility: 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
un-remarried Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran.
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.
North Dakota State Veterans Home: The North Dakota Veterans Home, located in Lisbon, North Dakota , consists of 98 basic care and 52 skilled nursing beds. The Veterans Home was established to provide service to Veterans. The North Dakota Veterans Home is dedicated to the health and welfare of each individual resident. Warm, friendly and compassionate staff treats each resident with the dignity and respect they deserve.
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 North Dakota National Guard);
Entered the 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 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 two pods with four households per pod. These are designed for residents that independently care for his/her 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 North Dakota Veterans Home Skilled Unit (Nursing Home Care) is a licensed Medicare/Medicaid provider.
For the complete application process, including downloading forms and priority of admission, please visit the North Dakota Veterans Home Admission Process webpage .
North Dakota State Veterans Cemetery: The North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery, located in Mandan North Dakota, was established by an act of the 1989 Legislative Assembly. The cemetery was opened in July 1992, and is operated by the Adjutant General of North Dakota.
There is no cost to the Veteran for burial, if a Spouse or eligible dependent is to be interred at the cemetery there is a $550.00 interment fee. Every grave will be marked with an upright granite headstone at no cost to the Veteran, non-military Spouse, eligible dependents, National Guard and Reserve retirees. National Guard and Reserve members with less than 20 years of service and are not on active duty at the time of their death are required to purchase the headstone through the cemetery. A basic grave liner is required, but can be upgraded to a vault. The liner or vault is purchased through the funeral home; they are not provided by the cemetery. There is no vault requirement for cremated remains, whatever urn or container provided will be placed directly into the grave.
Who is eligible for Burial at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery? Any Veteran of wartime or peacetime service who is eligible for burial in a "National Cemetery", in accordance with VA Publication VA-NCS-IS-1 , regardless of state of residency. 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. All military personnel 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.
The eligible Spouse, Surviving Spouse, of any person listed above. 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.
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 conferred upon a Family 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 US 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. Order form: SFN 61442
Presidential Memorial Certificate: A Presidential Memorial Certificate is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current President, to honor the memory of honorably discharged deceased Veterans.
Who is eligible for Presidential Memorial Certificates? Eligible recipients include the next of kin and loved ones of honorably discharged, deceased Veterans. More than one certificate may be provided. Presidential Memorial Certificate Request Form 40-0247 .
North Dakota Veterans Hospital Transportation Program: The Veterans' transportation system is designed to aid Veterans in transportation to a Veterans Hospital. Currently there are five cost -free vans on scheduled routes bringing Veterans to Fargo, North Dakota or Miles City, Montana. The cost of this program is underwritten in part by the Post War Trust Fund. Schedules, pick-up points, and rates are subject to change without notice. You should contact the transit/transportation company directly or your North Dakota County Veteran Service Officer for the latest scheduling information. or call 1-800-920-9595 to arrange your transportation needs at least one week in advance to ensure space.
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)
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)
North Dakota Honoring as Veterans individuals who have Performed Military Service: An individual who has performed service in the national guard, the Armed Forces Reserve of the United States, or active duty Armed Forces of the United States, 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)
Veterans Health Administration
VA Medical Center
Fargo: Fargo VA Health Care System , 2101 N. Elm, 800-410-9723 / 701-239-3700
Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Bismarck: Bismarck VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic , Gateway Mall, 2700 State St, Ste F, 701-221-9152 / Fax: 701-221-0918
Devils Lake: Devils Lake VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic , 1031 7th St NE, 701-662-5801 / Fax: 701-662-5848
Dickinson: Dickinson VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic , 766 Elks Dr, Ste 6/H, 701-483-1850
Grafton: Grafton VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic , 1319 11th St West, Health Service Bldg, 701-352-4059 / Fax: 701-352-9290
Grand Forks: Grand Forks VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic , 3221 32nd Ave South, Ste 700, 701-335-4380
Jamestown: Jamestown VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic , 2422 20th St SW, 701-952-4787
Minot: Minot VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic , 5th Medical Group, 10 Missile Ave, 701-727-9800 / Fax: 701-727-9804
Williston: Williston VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic , 1542 16th St W, Ste 300, 701-572-2470
Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Bismarck: Bismarck Vet Center , 619 Riverwood Dr, Ste 105, 701-224-9751 / Fax: 701-223-5150
Fargo: Fargo Vet Center , 3310 Fiechtner Dr, Ste 100, 701-237-0942 / Fax: 701-237-5734
Grand Forks: Grand Forks Vet Center , 3001 32nd Ave. S, Suite 6A, 701-620-1448
Minot: Minot Vet Center , 1400 20th Ave SW, Ste 2, 701-852-0177 / Fax: 701-852-5225
Veterans Benefits Administration
Fargo: Fargo Regional Benefit Office , 2101 Elm St, 701-451-4600 / Fax: 701-451-4690
North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs
4201 38th Street South
Fargo, ND 58104-7535
Phone: 701-239-7165; toll-free 866-634-8387
PO Box 9003
Fargo, ND 58106-9003
Military Installations in North Dakota
Please see the North Dakota Military Resource Locator for additional information
88th Readiness Division