North Dakota Military and Veteran Benefits

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Summary of North Dakota Military and Veterans Benefits: North Dakota offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families 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.

North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, County and Tribal Veteran Service Officers: The North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs has trained County and Tribal Veterans Service Officers that can assist Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and their Families find and apply for military and Veterans benefits under federal, state and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge.
North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, County Veteran Service Officers Directory
North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Tribal Veteran Service Officers Directory

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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: North Dakota Service members must pay state taxes on their military pay.

Disabled Veteran with prostetic leg North Dakota resident Service members that are in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces that are mobilized to federal active duty can deduct from their state taxes the pay they receive while serving on active duty.

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) does not withhold taxes for state or local income tax, but it is reported annually on IRS Form 1099-R. All TSP distributions are subject to state taxes and early distributions may incur higher taxes.

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North Dakota Income Taxes on Military Retired Pay: Military retired pay is not taxed in North Dakota.

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

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

  • Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living

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

  • Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program.

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

Learn more about North Dakota Taxes on Military Disability Retirement Pay

North Dakota State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): DIC is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-connected injury or disease.

Learn more about North Dakota State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

young child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemetery Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) North Dakota State Tax Benefits: SBP, RCSBP and RSFPP are not taxed in North Dakota

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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 residents. The amount of reduction is based on the applicant’s income:

  • Up to $20,000 = 100% reduction up to $5,625

  • $22,001 – $26,000 = 80% reduction up to $4,500

  • $26,001 - $30,000 = 60% reduction up to $3,375

  • $30,001 - $34,000 = 40% reduction up to $2,250

  • $34,001 - $38,000 = 20% reduction up to $1,125

  • $38,001 - $42,000 = 10% reduction up to $563

Who is Eligible for the North Dakota Homestead Tax Credit? North Dakota residents must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

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

  • 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 their North Dakota Local Assessor or County Director of Tax Equalization by February 1st in the year the property is assessed and when the credit is requested. Permanently and totally disabled applicants must also file a North Dakota Physicians Certificate when they apply.
North Dakota Homestead Property Tax Credit and Renter’s Refund Brochure
Property Tax Credits for North Dakota Homeowners and Renters Guideline

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North Dakota Renter's Refund Program for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons: The North Dakota Renter's Refund program provides 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 residents who are 65 years of age or older, or who are permanently and totally disabled.

To apply renters must file a Renter's Refund Tax Application before June 1st following the year the refund is claimed. Permanently and totally disabled applicants must also file a North Dakota Physicians Certificate when they apply.

Applications must be sent to:

Office of State Tax Commissioner
600 E. Boulevard Avenue, 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 North Dakota Disabled Veterans Property Tax Credit reduces the taxable value of the homesteads of eligible disabled Veterans.

The percentage of credit allowed is equal to the percentage of the Veteran’s disability rating from the VA:

  • 100% disability = $8,100

  • 90% disability = $7,290

  • 80% disability = $6,480

  • 70% disability = $5,670

  • 60% disability = $4,860

  • 50% disability = $4,050

The tax credit is applied towards the first $8,100 of taxable value of the homestead that is owned and occupied by the Veteran.
Who is eligible for North Dakota Disabled Veterans Property Tax Credit? To be eligible the Veteran must have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces and have a service-connected disability rating from the VA of 50% or greater. Veterans that have an unemployability rating are considered to have a 100% disability rating.

The unremarried Surviving Spouse of a deceased qualifying Veteran is also eligible for the tax credit. An unremarried Surviving Spouse who is receiving VA Disability Indemnity Compensation receives a 100% credit.

To apply, Veterans or Surviving Spouses must file a North Dakota Disabled Veterans Property Tax Credit Application with their North Dakota Local Assessor or County Director of Tax Equalization, by February 1.
North Dakota Property Tax Credit for Disabled Veterans Brochure
Property Tax Credit for North Dakota Disabled Veterans Guideline

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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 of true and full value of their homestead.

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What are my North Dakota Military and Veteran Education Benefits?

North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) Tuition Assistance and 25% Tuition Waiver: NDNG Service members can receive a 25% waiver of tuition charges at participating North Dakota state supported schools. The NDNG will provide financial assistance for the remaining 75% of tuition charges.

The waiver and tuition assistance may be used for certificate courses, undergraduate and graduate degrees for a lifetime total of 144 semester / 208 quarter credit hours. The sum of all tuition assistance, (federal tuition assistance, VA tuition assistance, State Tuition Assistance (STA), etc.) cannot exceed 100% of tuition.
Who is eligible for the NDNG Tuition Assistance and 25% Tuition Waiver? NDNG Service members must meet the following requirements:

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

  • Not flagged for adverse action

  • No more than 9 unexcused absences in the previous 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 Online Application
NDNG Education Services Directory
NDNG Regulation 621-1 State Tuition Assistance Programs

Note: Please refer to Appendix A of the NDNG Regulation 621-1 for participating North Dakota state supported schools.

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North Dakota Dependent Tuition Waiver: The dependents of certain Veterans are eligible to attend a North Dakota state supported educational institutions free of tuition and fees. This benefit can be used for a bachelor’s degree or certificate for up to 45 months or 10 semesters.
Who is eligible for the North Dakota Dependent Tuition Waiver? The Spouse, Surviving Spouse, Child or stepchild of a resident Veteran that meets the following requirements are eligible:

  • Killed in action, died from wounds or other service-connected causes

  • 100% service-connected disability as determined by the VA

  • Extra-schedular rating to include individual unemployability as determined by the VA

  • Died from service-connected disabilities

  • Declared a prisoner of war or missing in action.

For more information students should contact their schools admission office.
North Dakota Century Code 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 grants residency for tuition purposes in North Dakota state supported schools to the following:

  • Full time active duty Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Service member in the North Dakota National Guard

  • Service member in the U.S. Armed Forces Reserves stationed in North Dakota

  • North Dakota resident Veteran who served on continuous active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for:

    • 180 days, or

    • Full period they were called to active duty (other than for training)

    • Received a discharge under other than dishonorable conditions.

Spouses and dependents of Service members meeting these requirements are also eligible. North Dakota Century Code 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: North Dakota will award honorary high school diplomas to Veterans that left high school prior to graduating to Service in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, Korean, and Vietnam. To apply Veterans must mail a completed application and a copy of their DD214 to:

ND Department of Public Instruction
Attn: Assessment Office
600 E. Boulevard 11th Floor
Bismarck, ND 58505-0440
Phone: 701-328-4572

Honorary high school diplomas may be awarded posthumously to deceased Veterans.
Veteran Application for North Dakota High School Diploma

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

VET develops individually tailored programs that are offered on an open-enrollment basis, meaning eligible participants can start VET at any time. There is no college credit awarded for participating in VET.

VET offers the following Tutoring and Advising Focus Areas:

  • Basic arithmetic, high school math review, college algebra prep, and pre-calculus

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

  • Computer skills

  • Study skills

  • Academic and career guidance

  • College application and enrollment assistance

  • VA Vocational Rehabilitation assistance

  • Financial aid application assistance

  • Referrals to help eliminate barriers to education

  • VA benefit advocacy.

Who is eligible for the North Dakota VET? To participate in VET, Veterans must meet the following requirements:

  • Veteran or currently serving Service member in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • U.S. citizen

  • Received a discharge other than dishonorable

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

  • Have a desire to improve academic skills, willing to take constructive feedback, and open to advice.

Learn more about North Dakota Veterans Educational Training Program

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

  • Facilitating the prompt enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements

  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities

  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families

  • Providing for the enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact

  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact

  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children

  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

MIC3 Assistance Request

Primary Point of Contact
Phone: 701-333-2268

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

North Dakota Purple Star Award for Military-Friendly Schools : The North Dakota Purple Star Award recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and Families connected to the U.S. Armed Forces. Schools that earn the award will receive a special Purple Star recognition to display at their school.

For a school to qualify for the Purple Star Award they must appoint a school liaison that is specially trained to handle the unique challenges experienced by military Families. This liaison will ensure that other teachers at their school are aware of special considerations that students from military Families can benefit from. Each school will also have a dedicated page on their school website featuring resources for military Families. For more information please call 701-328-4571 or 701-328-2236.
Military Child Education Coalition Purple Star School Program

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What are my North Dakota Military and Veteran Employment Benefits?

North Dakota Public Employment Hiring Preference to Veterans: North Dakota offers Veterans’ hiring preference for public employment. Veterans must meet jobNational Guard Duty qualification requirements and be physically/ mentally capable to perform the duties of the position they apply for.

Non-Competitive Hiring: When a Veteran applies for employment to a position that is not being filled through a competitive hiring process, disabled veterans receive first preference followed by non-disabled Veterans then eligible Spouses or unremarried Surviving Spouses.

Competitive Hiring: When a Veteran or eligible Spouse/ Surviving Spouse applies for a position that is filled through a competitive hiring process, the hiring authority will apply five points (5% when not on a 100 point scale) for a non-disabled Veteran or 10 points (10% when not on a 100 point scale) for a disabled Veteran. Eligible Spouses or unremarried Surviving Spouses are given the preference that would be given to the Veteran is they were able to apply for the position.
Who is eligible for North Dakota Public Employment Hiring Preference to Veterans? Veteran’s hiring preference is given in the following order of precedence: All applicants must be U.S. citizens and meet one of the following requirements:

  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during a period of armed conflict and received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal or other campaign service medal and received a discharge under other than dishonorable conditions, or

  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for 180 days (other than for training) or for the full period called to active duty and received a discharge under other than dishonorable conditions, or

  • Veteran that has a service-connected disability rating from the VA, or

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of a Service member who died while serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces or died from a service-connected injury or cause, or

  • Spouse of a disabled Veteran that is unable to take the position due to a 100% service-connected disability or individual-unemployability.


Campaigns and Expeditions that Qualify for Veterans' Preference

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

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

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

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

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses, or mothers of Veterans. Both a mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences

North Dakota Private Employment Veterans’ Hiring Preference: North Dakota private, non-public employers are authorized to have a Veterans’ hiring preference for honorably discharged Veterans and Spouses of honorably discharged disabled Veterans. This preference is not considered a violation of any equal employment opportunity law.

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North Dakota State Employee Paid Leave for Military Service: National Guard and Reserve Service members that are state employees are authorized 20 working days of paid leave to attend required or voluntary military duty. An additional 10 days of unpaid leave will be authorized for state or federal active duty.
Who is eligible for North Dakota State Employee Paid Leave for Military Service?
State employees that are members of the National Guard or Reserves that have been employed for 90 continuous days prior to taking military leave are eligible. State employees returning from military leave following an extended period of active duty service have a protected right to be returned to their former position or one of similar status and pay.

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

Priority of Service for Veterans and Eligible Spouses at Job Service North Dakota Locations: Job Service North Dakota helps Service members that are leaving the U.S. Armed Forces, Veterans and their Spouses, to transition to a rewarding career by offering employment, training and placement services.Job Service North Dakota logo

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provides grant funds to Job Service North Dakota to provide employment and training services to eligible residents and workers. As a condition to receiving those funds, priority of service must be given to qualified Veterans when referring individuals to job openings, DOL funded training programs or related 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 those who are not eligible.
Who is eligible for Priority of Service at Job Service North Dakota Locations? Those eligible for priority of service are:

  • Veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. This includes active duty in the National Guard or Reserves, other than for training.

The Spouse of any of the following:

  • Veteran who died of a service-connected disability

  • Service member serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces who has been declared for 90 or more days as a missing in action or a prisoner of war

  • Veteran who has a service-connected 100% disability rating from the VA

  • Veteran who died while a total service-connected disability was in existence.

Job Service North Dakota Office Locations

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Job Service North Dakota, Veterans’ Employment Team: Job Service North Dakota has a Veterans' Employment Team that is trained provide one-on-one assistance to help Veterans and their eligible Spouses to work through employment barriers.

The Veterans’ Employment Team provides the following individualized services:

  • Translate military skills and experience into civilian terms

  • Job search assistance

  • socket set Develop an employment plan

  • Current labor market information

  • Career and educational guidance

  • Referrals to training opportunities

  • Resume assistance

  • Job interview skills

  • Referrals to outside support services.

Who is eligible for Assistance from the Job Service North Dakota, Veterans Employment Team? Those eligible for assistance are:

  • Veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. This includes active duty in the National Guard or Reserves, other than for training purposes.

The Spouse of any of the following:

  • Veteran who died of a service-connected disability

  • Service member serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces who has been declared for 90 or more days as a missing in action or a prisoner of war

  • Veteran who has a service-connected 100% disability rating from the VA

  • Veteran who died while a total service-connected disability was in existence.

Job Service North Dakota, Veterans' Employment Team Online Contact Page

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

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

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years. Soliders boarding a planeExceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service if the basic eligibility criteria are met.

Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members recovering from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.

Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning Service members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service, with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102% of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA Benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard Service 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) helps all that have claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

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North Dakota Professional and Occupational License Benefits for Service Members and Military Spouses: North Dakota offers professional and occupational license benefits to active or reserve component Service members and military Spouses.

Service Member License Renewal Exemption: North Dakota professional licensing boards are required to offer an exemption of renewal requirements for a North Dakota professional license while a Service member is deployed to an area of armed conflict. The Service member must be deployed for more than 30 days to be eligible.

Service Member and Military Spouse Temporary Licenses: Professional license applications of Service members and military Spouses receive expedited processing. The applications of applicants who hold a valid license from another jurisdiction and substantially meets North Dakota license requirements must be completed within 30 days of receipt. If the board cannot issue a full license, they will issue a temporary license until the applicant completes the requirements for a full license. Temporary licenses remain valid for two years and as long as the applicant continues to work toward meeting full licensure requirements. Licensing boards may not charge a fee for temporary licenses.

Professional and occupational licenses regulated by the following North Dakota agencies are not eligible:

  • Board of Accountancy

  • Electrical board

  • Real Estate Appraiser Qualifications and Ethics Board

  • Real Estate Commission

  • Secretary of State, Contractor licensing

  • Board of Medicine

  • Board of Dental Examiner

Who is eligible for North Dakota Professional and Occupational License Benefits for Service Members and Military Spouses? A Service member serving in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces and stationed in North Dakota as well as their Spouse are eligible for professional and occupational licensing benefits. For more information and to apply Service members and Spouses should contact the licensing board or agency that regulates their profession.
North Dakota Professional Licensing Directory

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

North Dakota Unemployment Insurance (UI): Job Service North Dakota administers the North Dakota UI program, that provides temporary financial assistance for workers that are unemployed through no fault of their own. UI is a partial, short-term replacement of lost wages while workers are seeking other work and is not intended to be a permanent source of income. Benefits are not based on financial need.

Employers pay all costs of the UI program. The amount of benefits applicants may be eligible for is determined by the amount of work they performed and wages they earned during the 12 months prior to filing the claim. To be eligible workers must meet the following requirements:

  • Unemployed through no fault of their own or have had their hours reduced

  • Able to work

  • Available for work

  • Actively seeking employment

  • Earned enough in the previous 12 months to be eligible.

Information needed to apply:

  • Social Security Number

  • Government issued ID

  • Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

  • A valid email address

  • Employment history for the past 18 months, including:

    • Each employer’s name, address and phone number

    • Employment dates (month/year)

    • Reason no longer employed

  • Final workday prior to filing claim (last day physically worked)

  • Details of severance / pension pay

  • Union name, address and hall number (if applicable)

  • DD214, Member Copy 4 (served in the military in the last 18 months)

  • SF-50 or SF-8 (was a federal employee in the last 18 months)

  • Most recent pay stub (helpful, but not mandatory).

Applicants can file a claim online using the Job Service North Dakota's UI ICE website, or by using the automated telephone system by calling 701-328-4995.

The UI ICE website and automated phone system are unavailable daily between 10:00 pm to 12:00am CST. Claims Center staff are available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST.
North Dakota File for UI Benefits Fact Sheet
North Dakota UI Claimant Guide

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

North Dakota Driver's License “V” Indicator: Veterans can request a "V" indicator on their North Dakota driver license to show that they are a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.ND Drivers license with Veteran designation

To apply Veterans must take a copy of their discharge papers (DD214) to a North Dakota Veteran Service Officer who will provide a SFN 59980 "Verification of Veteran Status for Veteran Indicator on Driver's License" form. Veterans must then take the completed SFN 59980 to a North Dakota Driver's License Site Location to apply for the indicator
Who is eligible for the North Dakota Driver License Veteran Indicator?
To be eligible Veterans must have served on continuous active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for 180 days or the full period they were called to active duty (active duty for training does not meet this requirement) and 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, retired Service members, active Service members and Family members.
North Dakota Statutes Regarding Motor Vehicle Registration
North Dakota Department of Transportation Special Interest License Plate Fact Sheet

Some military and Veterans license plates may be personalized, to check availability please visit the North Dakota Personalized Plate Availability Search Portal. A $25 dollar fee is charged to personalize North Dakota license plates.

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North Dakota Purple Heart License Plates: Recipients of the Purple Heart are eligible for the North Dakota Purple Heart license plate. There are no fees for the first set of Purple Heart license plates, these ND purple-heartplates may be personalized. Veterans must complete the SFN 51628 Application for North Dakota Veteran’s Number Plate and have eligibility verified by a North Dakota County Veteran Service Officer or the North Dakota Department of Veterans’ Affairs (must provide DD214 or medal certificate). Completed applications should be forwarded to:

Motor Vehicle Division
North Dakota Department of Transportation
608 E Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0780
Telephone: 701-328-2725
Fax: 701-328-1487

North Dakota Veteran Service Officer Directory

Learn more about the North Dakota Purple Heart License Plates

North Dakota Disabled American Veteran License Plates: 100% service-connected disabled Veterans are eligible for two sets of excise tax exempt North Dakota Disabled American Veteran license plates. Disabled Veteran License PlateVeterans must provide a letter from the VA stating they have a 100% service-connected disability when they apply. An unremarried Surviving Spouse can retain one DAV plate for their own use. There is no annual license fee for this license plate.

Completed SFN 2872 Application for Certificate of Title and Registration of a Vehicle and VA letter should be forwarded to:

Motor Vehicle Division
North Dakota Department of Transportation
608 E Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0780
Telephone: 701-328-2725
Fax: 701-328-1487

Veterans that meet North Dakota Mobility Impairment criteria can request a handicapped symbol by also submitting a SFN 2886, Application for Mobility Impaired Parking Permit.

Learn more about the North Dakota Disabled American Veteran License Plates

North Dakota Veterans License Plates: North Dakota offers the North Dakota Veterans license plate to Veterans that meet the North Dakota eligibility for burial requirements. These license plates may be personalized.

Veterans must complete the SFN 51628 Application for North Dakota Veteran’s Number Plate and have their eligibility verified by a North Dakota County Veteran Service Officer or the North Dakota Department of Veterans’ Affairs (must provide DD214). Completed applications should be forwarded to:

Motor Vehicle Division
North Dakota Department of Transportation
608 E Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0780
Telephone: 701-328-2725
Fax: 701-328-1487

North Dakota Veteran Service Officers Directory

Learn more about North Dakota Veterans License Plates

North Dakota Gold Star License Plates: Immediate Family members of a U.S. Armed Forces Service members that died while serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during a time of military conflict are eligible for the North Dakota Gold Star license plates. These plates may be personalized. These plates are available to the following Family members:

  • Surviving Spouse

  • Parent, stepparent, parent through adoption, and foster parent who stands or stood in loco parentis

  • Grandparents

  • Child, stepchild and Child through adoption

  • Siblings and half-siblings.

Applicants must submit a completed SFN 59183 Application for North Dakota Gold Star Plate and proof of Service members death and Family relationship to:

ND-Department of Veterans Affairs
4201 38th St. SW Ste. 104
Fargo, ND 58104-7535

Learn more about North Dakota Gold Star License Plates

North Dakota Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Military Test Waivers: The knowledge and/or skills portion of the State CDL testing process may be waived for Service members and recently discharged Veterans who have experience driving commercial motor vehicles for the U.S. Armed Forces.

To be eligible for the skills test waiver, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Has a North Dakota driver’s license

  • Has a clean driving record for the past two years

  • Employed within the last 12 months (or be currently employed) in
    a military duty position requiring the operation of a commercial vehicle.

To be eligible for a knowledge and skills test waivers, applicants must meet all the above requirements
and have been employed in one of the following military occupational specialties in the last year:

  • U.S. Army 88M / 14T / 92F

  • U.S. Air Force 2T1 / 2F0 / 3E2

  • U.S. Marine Corps 3531

  • U.S. Navy EO

Applicants must complete SFN 60071 Application for CDL Skills Test Waiver-Military and mail it to the NDDOT Driver’s License Division at the address indicated on the form. The Driver’s License Division will notify applicants in writing if they meet or do not meet the CDL Test Waiver requirements.
North Dakota CDL Knowledge and Skills Test Waiver-Military Instructions

Learn more about the North Dakota Commercial Driver’s License Military Test Waivers

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

National Guard Association of North Dakota State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI): SSLI offered through the National Guard Association of North Dakota to National Guard Service members is made up of several voluntary group life policies that are designed to help meet the needs of National Guard Service members and their Families. Every member of the North Dakota National Guard is covered with $1,000 SSLI at no cost to the Service member.

Key Benefits of SSLI:

  • Over $1,000,000 in coverage through a combination of the SSLI plans

  • Coverage available for the Spouse and Children

  • Rates do not go up when separating from the National Guard, Service members can keep coverage when they separate

  • Coverage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

  • No war exclusion

  • No aviation exclusion

  • New Recruits are eligible for $10,000 SSLI coverage at no cost for the first year of service in the North Dakota National Guard, Service members must enroll within 180 days of joining the National Guard.

Who is eligible for National Guard Association of North Dakota SSLI? National Guard Service members and their dependents are eligible for SSLI .
North Dakota National Guard SSLI Brochure

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

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The VA provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, active and reserve component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

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

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

  • Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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

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

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

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

This plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when a Service member is not on active duty and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) Compensation for Injury, and Illness while on State Active Duty: NDNG Service members that are injured or become ill while serving on state active duty are eligible for compensation for medical expenses by the state.
Who is eligible for NDNG Workers Compensation for Injury, Illness or Death on Active State Service? NDNG Service members who are injured or become ill in the line of duty, while serving on state active duty are eligible for compensation.

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

North Dakota National Guard Death Benefit: North Dakota will pay a $15,000 death benefit to the beneficiaries of a North Dakota National Guard Service member who dies while serving on state active duty. Eligible beneficiaries will be the same as those designated on the Service member's DD93 which used to determine eligibility for federal survivor benefits.

For more information, please call the North Dakota National Guard Headquarters at 701-333-2000.

Learn more about the North Dakota National Guard Death Gratuity

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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 stay to eligible wounded Veterans from the Iraq or Afghanistan campaigns and their Families for little to no cost. The operation Operation Black Hills Cabinoffers events throughout the year, such as cook-offs, hikes, and fishing tournaments.
Who is eligible to stay at the Operation Black Hills Cabin? To be eligible Veterans must meet the following requirements:

  • Veterans that served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), or Operation New Dawn (OND) and were wounded in combat that resulted in a 30% or greater service-connected disability rating from the VA

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

  • Service members assigned to a Warrior Transition Unit (WTU).

To apply, please visit the Operation Black Hills Cabin Online Application page to complete an online application. Applicants will be required to provide a copy of their DD214 and VA disability award letter. WTU Service members must include:

  • Orders assigning them to the WTU

  • Physician statement that the Service member is pending a Statement of Disability that is anticipated to be 30% or greater.

Operation Black Hills Cabin Frequently Asked Questions Webpage

Learn more about Operation Black Hills Cabin

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

North Dakota Discounted Disabled Veterans Fishing License: Resident disabled Veterans that have a 50% or greater service-connected disability rating from the VA or have an ND Game and Fishextra-schedular rating to include individual unemployability that brings the Veteran's total disability rating to 50% can purchase a fishing license for $5.00 (plus a $1.00 certificate fee).

North Dakota Discounted, Totally or Permanently Disabled Hunting License: Resident disabled Veterans that have a 100% service-connected disability from the VA or has an extra-schedular rating to include individual unemployability that brings the Veteran's total disability rating to 100%. Can purchase a combined general game, habitat stamp, small game, and fur-bearer license for $3.00 (plus a $1.00 certificate fee).
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 Service members in North Dakota on duty or leave are eligible to purchase non-lottery licenses such as fishing, small game, and furbearer for 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: North Dakota resident Service member in the U.S. Armed Forces stationed outside the state may purchase a deer gun Deer standing in a fieldlicense without having to participate in the license lottery.
Who is eligible for Resident Service Member Deer Gun License Not Subject to Lottery? To be eligible Service members must be North Dakota residents and be stationed outside the state.

To apply Service members must submit a completed application, check for $30, copy of orders assigning them to their current duty station and a valid North Dakota driver’s license or ID card. Mail applications and documentation to:

Deer Lottery - NDGFD
100 N. Bismarck Expressway
Bismarck, ND 58501-5095
Phone: 701-328-6300

North Dakota Deer Gun Season Military License Application

Learn more about North Dakota Resident Service Member Deer Gun License Not Subject to Lottery

Deer standing in a field North Dakota Resident Active Duty Service Members Deer Licensing Provisions: North Dakota resident Service members on federal active duty under Title 10, that are stationed outside of the state and received an expeditionary medal or campaign badge during the previous year's deer gun season, 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.

Learn more about North Dakota Resident Active Duty Service Members Deer Licensing Provisions

North Dakota Small Game Hunting, Fishing or Trapping without a License for Military Service Members on Leave: North Dakota Resident Service members that are on leave may hunt small game, fish, or trap during the open season without a license. Service members are required to carry proof of residency and their leave paperwork when hunting, fishing or trapping.

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

Free or Reduced Cost Entrance Permit to North Dakota State Parks for Disabled Veterans and Former Prisoners of War (POWs): North Dakota Veterans who have a 50% or greater, service-ND Parks and Recreation logoconnected disability rating from the VA and former POWs are eligible for a free lifetime North Dakota State Park entrance permit. Resident Veterans with less than 50% service-connected disabilities may purchase an annual entrance permit for $28.

Disabled Veterans must provide a current Summary of Benefits letter from the VA as proof of disability. Former POWs must provide a copy of their DD214 that indicates Former POW status.

Veterans eligible for the reduced cost entrance permit can purchase them at any North Dakota State Park entrance station.

Veterans eligible for the free lifetime entrance permit must submit a completed North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department, Disabled Veteran and POW Lifetime State Park Entrance Permit Application and required documents to:

Central Office
North Dakota State Parks and Recreation Department
1600 E. Century Avenue, Suite 3 PO Box 5594
Bismarck, ND 58506
Phone: 701-328-5357
Email: parkrec@nd.gov

Learn more about Free or Reduced Cost Entrance Permit to North Dakota State Parks for Disabled Veterans and Former Prisoners of War

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What are my North Dakota Military and Veteran Miscellaneous Benefits?

North Dakota Veterans Court: North Dakota has established 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 processes 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 needed treatments and a chance for them to get past their issues and return to their community as a productive member of society.

For more information contact the:

Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator
​Fargo VA Medical Center
2101 Elm St. N
Fargo, ND 58102
Phone: 701-239-3700 ext. 4568

Learn more about the North Dakota Veterans Court

North Dakota National Guard Family Assistance Centers (FACs): FACs are operated regionally throughout North Dakota. Their purpose is to provide support and assistance to Service members and Mother and DaughterFamilies 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

Free Passage through Toll Gates, Bridges, and Ferries for North Dakota National Guard Service Members: North Dakota National Guard Service members traveling to or returning from their place of duty are authorized free passage on toll roads, bridges and ferries. Free passage is authorized for the Service member’s vehicle and all their military equipment. Service members must be in uniform or provide documentation that they on official duty.

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

North Dakota Hardship Assistance Grant: The North Dakota Hardship Assistance Grant provides financial assistance to eligible Veterans their Spouses and unremarried Surviving Spouses for unmet expenses. Grants may be used for:

  • Dental and/or denture work (routine and maintenance procedures are not covered)

  • Optical expenses

  • Hearing expenses

  • Transportation for medical treatment

  • Special needs for medical reasons

  • Housing deposit

  • Other emergency needs approved by the Commissioner of Veterans Affairs

Who is eligible for the North Dakota Hardship Assistance Grant? To be eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Veteran who served on federal active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, other than for training and received a discharge under other than dishonorable conditions

  • Veteran who served on federal active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and received a disability rating from the VA

  • Spouse or Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran

  • Meet established income and asset levels

  • 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.

North Dakota Century Code 37-14-01.1

Applicants should contact their local North Dakota Veterans Service Officer to apply.

Learn more about North Dakota Hardship Assistance Grant

Grants for Service Dogs for North Dakota Veterans Suffering from PTSD: North Dakota Veterans suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may apply for a state 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 assist Veterans by 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 meet the following requirements:

  • North Dakota resident

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

  • 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.

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 Service Dogs for North Dakota Veterans Suffering from PTSD

North Dakota Veterans Aid Loan Program: The Veterans Aid Fund is a permanent fund that is only used for making loans to Veterans or their Surviving Spouse. The maximum loan amount is $5,000 with an interest rate is 8% per year with a term of 6 to 48 months. Half of the interest paid will be refunded if the loan is repaid under the agreed upon terms.
Who is eligible for North Dakota Veterans Aid Loan Program?
To be eligible for a loan applicants must be a North Dakota resident for at least one year prior to applying, have financial means to pay back the loan and meet the following requirements:

  • Veteran who served on federal active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, other than for training and received a discharge under other than dishonorable conditions

  • Veteran who served on federal active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and received a disability rating from the VA

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran.

To apply applicants should contact their local North Dakota Veterans Service Officer.

Learn more about the North Dakota Veterans Aid Loan Program

North Dakota State Veterans Home (NDVH): The NDVH, located in Lisbon, North Dakota offers two levels of care to meet the individual needs of Veterans and their Spouses. They have a Basic Care Unit with 98 beds that provides services to individuals that are independent and need only minimal nursing services. the Skilled Nursing Home Unit has 52 beds and is for those individuals who need more North Dakota Veterans Homeintense nursing services.

NDVH has resident nurses, licensed practical nurses, medication technicians, household coordinators and resident living specialists that provide personal care specifically tailored to each individual resident. The Veterans Home contracts with a local medical provider for licensed medical staff that visit the home weekly.

Services provided:

  • Rehabilitation Services that include physical, occupational, and speech therapies

  • An on-site pharmacy (for Veterans)

  • Transportation to the Fargo VA Medical Center and local medical appointments

  • Comprehensive Counseling Services

  • 13-bed secured unit for residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia

  • Wound Care

  • Therapeutic Recreation

  • Chaplain and spiritual care services

  • Palliative Care and Hospice Services

  • Barber and Beauty Shop

  • Dietary and nutritional services

  • Mental health services

  • Laundry services

  • Therapeutic work program

  • Financial services

  • Veteran Service Officer assistance to apply for VA benefits

Who is eligible for Care at the North Dakota State Veterans Home? To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Veteran who served on federal active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, other than for training and a resident of North Dakota for at least 30 days

  • North Dakota National Guard Service member that served on federal active duty

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

  • Spouse or Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran.

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

For the complete application process and priorities for admission, please visit the North Dakota Veterans Home Admission Process webpage.
NDVH Application Packet

Learn more about the North Dakota State Veterans Home

North Dakota Veterans Cemetery: The North Dakota Veterans Cemetery located in Mandan, North Dakota offers a dignified final resting place for Veterans and their eligible ND Veterans CemeteryFamily members. The cemetery can accommodate casketed and cremated remains.

There is no cost for burial at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, 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 at the Family’s expense.
Who is eligible for Burial at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery?
Eligibility requirements for burial in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery are the same as for VA National Cemeteries. Exact eligibility requirements can be seen at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration Eligibility webpage. The following are the general eligibility requirements for burial:

  • Veterans discharged from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable, or

  • Service members that died while serving on active duty, or

  • Served in the National Guard or Reserves for one term of enlistment or four years for a commissioned officer and was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable

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

All Veterans are encouraged to complete the Application for Burial in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery to establish eligibility prior to need.

Learn more about the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery

North Dakota Commemorative Memorial Coin: The North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will award a commemorative memorial coin to a Family member of a deceased North Dakota Veteran Commemorative memorial coinduring military funeral honors.

Funeral Honor details will get the coin from the Funeral Director and present it to the Family immediately following the U.S. Flag presentation. Family members may order additional coins for $10 each (checks only). Applications and payment may be mailed to:

ND Department of Veterans Affairs
4201 38th Ave S. Suite 104
Fargo, ND 58104-7535
Phone: 701-239-7165

Request to Purchase North Dakota Commemorative Memorial Coin, (SFN 61442)
North Dakota Commemorative Memorial Coin Engraving Form

Learn more about the North Dakota Commemorative Memorial Coin

North Dakota Veterans Hospital Transportation Program: Vans are provided by a multi-organizational effort to North Dakota County Veteran Service Offices who provide volunteer drivers and coordinate free transportation for Veterans to VA health Care System facilities in Fargo and Ft. Meade South Dakota.

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

  • Families are not allowed to ride with the Veteran, exceptions may be made for a Veteran’s care-giver

  • VA will not pay travel pay to Veterans using the vans

  • Vans do not have wheelchair accessibility

  • Vans only make scheduled stops.

To check van availability and to schedule a ride, Veterans should contact their local North Dakota County Veteran Service Officer.

Learn more about the North Dakota Veterans Hospital Transportation Program

Members of North Dakota National Guard Exempt from Civil Process: North Dakota National Guard Service members may not be arrested on any warrant, except for treason or a felony, while going to, remaining at, or returning from their place of official duty.

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

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

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in North Dakota: The VA 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

U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)
88th Readiness Division

Resources

North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits 

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: 08 December 2021