Oklahoma Military and Veterans Benefits

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Summary: Oklahoma offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families including 100% Veteran disability tax exemption, employment assistance, Veteran's employment preference, tuition assistance for eligible Veterans and Family members, special vehicle license plates, as well as hunting and fishing privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, Veteran Service Representative: The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs has trained Veterans Service Representatives that can assist Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and their Families find and apply for military/ Veterans benefits under federal, state and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge.

In addition the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs has an online Oklahoma State Benefit Request for that can be used to qualify for state benefits or to request a VA disability percentage verification.

Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, Veteran Services Representative

Oklahoma State Military and Veterans Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

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What are my Oklahoma Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits? 

Oklahoma Income Tax Exemption for Military Pay: Oklahoma resident Service members in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces do not have to pay income tax on their active military pay.

Learn more about Oklahoma Income Tax Exemption for Military Pay

Oklahoma Income Tax Exemption for Nonresident Military Spouse: A nonresident Spouse of a nonresident Service member is exempt from Oklahoma income tax on income earned in Oklahoma if they meet the following requirements:

  • Service member is stationed in Oklahoma due to military orders

  • Spouse is in Oklahoma to be with the Service member.

To claim this exemption military Spouses must file an Oklahoma Tax Commission, Form OW-9-MSE: Annual Withholding Tax Exemption Certification for Military Spouse with their employer.

Learn more about Oklahoma Income Tax Exemption for Nonresident Military Spouse

Oklahoma Military Retired Pay Income Taxes: Retired Service members from the U.S. Armed Forces may exclude the greater of 75% of their retirement benefits or $10,000 of their military retired pay from their Oklahoma income taxes (but not to exceed the amount included in their federal adjusted gross income).

Learn more about Oklahoma Military Retired Pay Income Taxes

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

  • Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid 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 Oklahoma State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retirement Pay

Oklahoma State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): DIC is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligibleyoung child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemetery survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

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

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Oklahoma State Tax Benefits: Surviving Spouses can exclude 75% but not more than $10,000, whichever is greater, of their survivor benefit annuities from their Oklahoma income taxes (must be included in their federal adjusted gross income).

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

Oklahoma Disabled Veteran and Surviving Spouse Sales Tax Exemption Permit: Oklahoma offers a sales tax exemption, including city and county sales tax, to eligible disabled Veterans for up to $25,000 and up to $1000 for Surviving Spouses.
Who is eligible for Oklahoma 100% Disabled Veteran Sales Tax Exemption? To be eligible disabled Veterans must be receiving compensation for a 100% service-connected permanent and total disability from the VA. The Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran must remain unremarried to qualify.

Applicants must first request a qualification letter from the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA), State Benefit Online Request Form. ODVA will mail a letter that can then be uploaded to the Oklahoma Disabled Veteran Sales Tax Exemption Permit, Online Application.

Learn more about the Oklahoma 100% Disabled Veteran Sales Tax Exemption

Oklahoma 100% Disabled Veteran Motor Vehicle Tax Exemption: Oklahoma offers a Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Exemption for eligible disabled Veterans. The exemption may be claimed on only one vehicle in a consecutive three-year period. The exemption applies to motor vehicles only, it does not apply to boats or motors.
Who is eligible for the Oklahoma 100% Disabled Veteran Motor Vehicle Tax Exemption? Disabled Veterans must be receiving compensation for a 100% service-connected permanent and total disability from the VA and will be required to provide documentation from the VA proving disability status.

Veterans may also use the Disabled Veteran Sales Tax Exemption permit (described in section above) as proof of eligibility. Surviving Spouses are not eligible for this exemption.
Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, State Benefit Online Request Form

Learn more about the Oklahoma 100% Disabled Veteran Motor Vehicle Tax Exemption

Oklahoma 100% Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption: Oklahoma offers a 100% property tax exemption for eligible disabled Veterans. This exemption is for the full fair cash value of the homestead.
Who is eligible for the Oklahoma 100% Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption? To be eligible the Veteran must meet the following requirements:

  • Oklahoma resident

  • Veteran is owner of the homestead being claimed in the exemption

  • Received an honorable discharge from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces or from the Oklahoma National Guard

  • Receiving compensation from the VA for 100% permanent service-connected disability

  • Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran.

Applicants must complete the Oklahoma Tax Commission Form 998, Application for 100% Disabled Veterans Real Property Tax Exemption and provide an original letter from the VA specifically for this exemption to their local county assessor. For information on getting this letter please call the VA at 800-827-1000. For more assistance, please contact the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs at 918-577-7745.
Oklahoma County Assessor Directory

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What are my Oklahoma Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Oklahoma College Credit for Military Service: Oklahoma colleges, universities and technology centers will award academic credit to Veterans that received an honorable discharge within three years prior to enrollment for any applicable education, training and experience received through the military that pertains to their area of study.

Learn more about Oklahoma College Credit for Military Service

Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver: The Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver covers the cost of resident tuition at all two and four year Oklahoma higher education institutions for Oklahoma National Guard Service members.Oklahoma National Guard free education

The waiver only applies to tuition, it does not cover special course fees, student activity and facility fees, assessment fees and others. Service members can receive a waiver for a maximum of 18 credit hours each semester, for up to six years from the date of first application or until they receive their bachelor’s degree.
Who is eligible for the Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver? Oklahoma National Guard Service member eligibility requirements:

  • Member of the Oklahoma National Guard at the beginning of the semester that they are applying for and remain in the Oklahoma National Guard through the end of the semester they are receiving the waiver

  • In good standing with their unit

  • Oklahoma resident

  • All courses must count toward their degree

  • Meets all admission and retention requirements of the educational institution and maintains 2.0 grade point average.

Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver Program, Reg. 621-202

Learn more about the Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver

Oklahoma Heroes Promise, College Scholarship for Children of Deceased Service Members: Oklahoma’s Heroes Promise college scholarship will help pay tuition at an Oklahoma public community college or university for the Children of resident Service members that were killed in the line of duty while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. It will also cover a portion of tuition at an accredited Oklahoma private college or university or for courses at public technology centers.

The scholarship may be used for up to five years or until the student completes a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first. The final amount of the scholarship will vary depending on where the student attends college, the tuition rates in effect at that time and whether they attend full time or less.
Who is eligible for the Oklahoma Heroes Promise, College Scholarship for Children of Deceased Service Members?

  • Children of any Service member killed in the line of duty while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces after January 1, 2000,

  • Children of any Service member who died after January 1, 2000, as a result of a line of duty injury they received while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Service member parent must have filed an Oklahoma income tax return for the tax year prior to their death

  • Student must be an Oklahoma resident

  • Student must enroll within the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education prior to reaching the age of 21.

For more information, please contact: Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Phone: 800-858-1840 / 405-225-9131 (Oklahoma City area)

Email studentinfo@osrhe.edu.
Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, Public Colleges and Universities Directory

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High School Diplomas for Oklahoma Wartime Veterans: Oklahoma offers high school diplomas to resident Veterans that left high school before graduation to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, Korea or Vietnam.
Who is eligible for High School Diplomas for Oklahoma Wartime Veterans? Veterans must meet the following requirements:

  • Honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Served on active duty or was discharged with a service-connected disability between:

    • September 16, 1940, through December 31, 1946

    • June 27, 1950, through January 31, 1955

    • May 13, 1961, through April 29, 1975

  • Resident of Oklahoma

For more information, please contact:

Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs

Phone: 855-701-6382 / 405-523-4000

Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs contact page

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Children sitting on the steps of a schoolOklahoma 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: 580-366-7010 / 7020

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

Purple Star School Designation for Oklahoma Military-Friendly Schools : Recent legislation authorized the Oklahoma Purple Star School designation for military-friendly schools. The Purple Star School designation 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 on site.

For a school to qualify for the Purple Star 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. Currently Enid County and Lawton County have Purple Star designated schools.
Military Child Education Coalition Purple Star School Program
Designation of Oklahoma Purple Star Schools
Enid School District Press Release
Lawton School District Purple Star Designated Schools

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Oklahoma Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP): VEP offers training in entrepreneurship and small business management to Service members that were disabled while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or demonstrated exemplary military service. The intent of the VEP is to open the door to entrepreneurial opportunity and small business ownership, by developing skills needed to start and sustain a small business.

The VEP is designed around two central elements, focused, practical training and a support structure for graduates of the program. All travel, accommodation, meals, materials, and instructional costs will be covered by the VEP.

The typical program consists of three phases:

  • Self-study curriculum

  • Eight day residency at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater

  • Five months of advising and venture development from OSU experts.

Who is eligible for the VEP? This program is available to Veterans that meet the following requirements:

  • Separated from active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces (or are currently in the administrative process of separating)

  • Have a service-connected disability rating from the VA, or “service distinguished” based on exemplary military conduct

  • Demonstrates a strong interest in entrepreneurship and small business ownership/ management.

VEP Online Application

Learn more about the Oklahoma Veterans Entrepreneurship Program

Oklahoma Tuition Free Technology and Technical Education Tuition Waiver: Any Oklahoma resident Veteran, or Child of a Veteran who is declared missing in action or prisoner of war will receive a tuition waiver at any Oklahoma CareerTech, career and technology schools (tuition waiver is not available at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology-Okmulgee.

Applicants should contact the CareerTech Center they are planning to attend for more information.
Oklahoma Technology Career Center Directory

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Career tech for Vets Oklahoma CareerTech for Veterans: Oklahoma CareerTech, career and technology schools provides a website with information that may be useful to Service members that are leaving the U.S. Armed Forces.

For more information:

Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education

Phone: 405-880-4415

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What are my Oklahoma Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Oklahoma State Employee Military Leave for National Guard and Reserve Service Members: State employees that are also Service members in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for 30 days of paid military leave per federal fiscal year when ordered to active or inactive duty If the period of military duty extends beyond 30 days the Service member may choose to use accrued holidays, annual leave, or leave without pay.
Who is eligible for Oklahoma State Employee Military Leave for National Guard and Reserve Service Members? State employee on inactive duty training, annual training or active duty are eligible for military leave. Service members on military leave do not lose status or seniority.

Learn more about Oklahoma State Employee Military Leave for National Guard and Reserve Service Members

Oklahoma Professional Licensure Benefits for Service Members and their Spouses: The Oklahoma Post-Military Service Occupation, Education and Credentialing Act provides professional licensing benefits to eligible Service members, Veterans and their Spouses.

Automatic extension of professional license or certification: The professional licenses of Service members that are deployed remain valid until the end of their deployment and do not require fees or dues for renewal.

Military education, training and experience may be used for professional licensing and certification requirements : Military education, training and experience a Service member receives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces can be used to meet Oklahoma licensing and certification requirements.

Military Spouse applicant - equivalency: The Spouses of active duty Service members that are assigned to a military installation in Oklahoma and hold a valid professional license or certification from another state can receive expedited processing for an Oklahoma professional license or certification. Spouses may also be granted a temporary license or certification while they continue to work towards Oklahoma licensing requirements.

Those interested in these benefits should contact the professional licensing board or certification authority in their occupation for specific eligibility requirements.
Oklahoma Licensing Agencies, Boards and Commissions Database
OS Title 59, S. 4100 through 4100.7

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National Guard Employment Oklahoma State Employee Veteran’s Hiring Preference: Veterans, Disabled Veterans and their Spouses may be eligible for Veterans’ hiring preference for state employment. Preference is given by adding points to the applicants passing competitive and noncompetitive examination scores.

Five points are added to the following applicant’s final score:

  • Veteran that received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran

  • Spouse of a Veteran who received a service-connected unemployable rating from the VA (certification letter from the VA must be dated within six months).

Ten points are added to the final grade of any wartime Veteran that has a service-connected disability, as certified by the VA (certification letter from the VA must be dated within six months). In addition, wartime Veterans that have a 30% or more service-connected disability, are considered Absolute Preference Veterans. Their names will be placed at the top of the prospective employee list and ranked in order of their examination scores. Absolute Preference Veterans cannot be denied employment without the hiring authority explaining why the Veteran is not hired.

Direct Hire Authority: Applicants for licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, nurse manager, physician (MD or DO), physician assistant and advanced nurse practitioner positions may apply directly to an Oklahoma Veterans Centers.
Oklahoma Veterans Centers Employment Webpage.

Special Disabled Veterans: Veterans with a 30% or more service-connected disability may be hired directly by the state without having to take an entrance exam. Veterans are required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Noncompetitive Appointments: State hiring authorities that have unskilled or semi-skilled labor, or similar classes designated as noncompetitive, may appoint qualified Veterans over non-Veterans.

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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 Ok National Guardreceive 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.

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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 Soldier walking next to a humveerights to five years. Exceptions 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 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.
employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

Learn more about the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

Military Department Family Programs Office Oklahoma National Guard Employment Coordination Program (ECP): ECP builds relationships with Oklahoma employers to develop employment opportunities for Oklahoma National Guard Service members, Veterans and Family members.

ECP provides:

  • Resume assistance

  • Civilian job search assistance

  • Interview coaching

  • Career advice

  • Education advice.

For more information call please call 405-475-1996.
Who is eligible for ECP?
Oklahoma National Guard Service members, Veterans and their Families are eligible for assistance.
ECP Online Application

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What are my Oklahoma Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance (UI): Oklahoma's Employment Security Commission administers the 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

Who is eligible for Oklahoma UI? To qualify for UI applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Unemployed through no fault of their own

  • Able to work

  • Available to work and registered on OKJobMatch

  • Earned a minimum of $1,500 during their base period (approximately 12 of the last 15 months)

Applicants will need the following information to apply:

  • Social Security Number

  • Name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address

  • Alien registration number and expiration date, if a non-citizen

  • Oklahoma Driver's License or state-issued ID card number

  • Name and address of the company on paycheck stub or W-2 form

  • Employment (start date and end date)

  • Wages earned and how you were paid (hourly, weekly, monthly)

  • Form SF8 or SF 50 if employed by the Federal government in the last 18 months

  • DD214 for military service in the previous 18 months.

To apply for UI, applicants must use the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, UI Digital Service Portal. To start a claim first time applicants must create an account. For assistance, please call the Unemployment Service Center at 405-525-1500.

Learn more about Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance

Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Veterans’ Priority of Service: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provides grant funds to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission 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.

Information and assistance is provided by One-Stop and Workforce Center staff regarding available employment programs, training opportunities, services, eligibility requirements, and Veterans’ priority.

In addition, local One-Stop or Workforce offices have local Veteran’s employment representatives that work with businesses, contractors, and employer organizations to develop career opportunities for Veterans. They also have Disabled Veterans Outreach Program staff that provide specialized intensive employment assistance to eligible Veterans with employment and training needs.

For more information on program eligibility and Veterans’ Priority details, visit or contact a local One-Stop or Workforce office.
Oklahoma One-Stop or Workforce Office Directory
Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Veterans Services Slide Show

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What are my Oklahoma Military and Veterans Department of Public Safety Related Benefits?

Oklahoma Reduced Vehicle Registration for Disabled Veterans: Veterans with a 50% or greater service-connected disability are eligible for a reduced rate on annual registration and/ or a special Disable Veteran license plate. For more information, please contact the nearest Oklahoma Tag Agent office.

Sales Tax is due at time of registration unless using a sales tax exemption.
Oklahoma Tag Agent Office Directory
Oklahoma 100% Disabled Veteran Sales Tax Exemption

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"Veteran" Logo on Oklahoma Driver Licenses and State Identification (ID) Cards: Oklahoma offers a “Veteran” logo for driver licenses and ID Cards. There is no fee for adding the “Veteran” logo. For a renewed or duplicate license or ID card standard fees will apply. Oklahoma Drivers License with Veterans ID
Who is eligible for "Veteran" Logo on Oklahoma Driver License/ID Card? Veterans must provide one of the following documents as proof of military service:

  • A valid Uniformed Services ID Card

  • DD214, DD215 or a World War II discharge document (WD AGO Form) that shows an Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions) Discharge

  • Oklahoma National Guard NGB Form 22

  • VA photo ID card

  • DD Form 2 (Retired or Reserve Retired) ID Card.

Oklahoma Tag Agent Office Directory

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Extension of Oklahoma Driver License for Out of State Resident Service Members and their Dependents: The Oklahoma driver’s license of a resident Service member on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents that are stationed outside of Oklahoma remains valid until 60 days after their return to Oklahoma

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Reduced Fee Oklahoma Vehicle Registration for Active Duty Service Members: Active Duty Service members who are either residents of, or stationed in, Oklahoma are eligible for a reduced annual vehicle registration fee of $26. Service member must submit a completed Form 779 US Armed Forces Affidavit and verification of Insurance.

Learn more about Extension of Oklahoma Driver License for Resident Service Members and their Spouses

Oklahoma Military and Veteran License Plates: Oklahoma offers 92 distinctive license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retired Service members, and eligible Family members. Specific eligibility and documentation requirements will apply. A short description of some these license plates is listed below.

Plates can be ordered online through OkCARS, through an Oklahoma Tag Agent Office, at the Oklahoma Tax Commission Resource Center located at 300 N Broadway Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102 or by mail:

Oklahoma Tax Commission
Motor Vehicle Division, Special Plate Section
2501 Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73194-0013
Phone: 800-522-8165 or 405-521-2468

Specialty Plates Catalog
OS 47-1135.2

 Disabled Veteran Plate Oklahoma Disabled Veteran License Plate: The Oklahoma Disabled Veteran license plate is available to Veterans that have a 50% or greater service-connected disability rating from the VA, received a grant from the VA for the purchase or modification of specially adapted vehicle or that lost a limb or an eye. This license plate qualifies for a reduced annual registration fee.

To apply for this license plate Veterans must complete the online Oklahoma State Benefit Request to request a Reduced Licensing Charge Card, Form 599. When applying Veterans must provide copies of Form 599 and a completed application.

The unremarried Surviving Spouse of a deceased disabled Veteran, or a Surviving Spouse that is receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation from the VA, may apply for a Disabled Veteran license plate.

This license plate may be issued with the International Accessibility Symbol, Veterans must first apply to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety for a permanent Physical Disability Parking Placard.
Oklahoma Application for Disabled American Veteran License Plate

Purple Heart plate Oklahoma Purple Heart Recipient License Plates: Recipients of the Purple Heart are eligible for the Oklahoma Purple Heart license plate. The unremarried Surviving Spouse of a deceased Purple Heart recipient can apply for this license plate.

Applicants must provide official documentation from the U.S. Armed Forces or the VA that they were awarded the Purple Heart. This license plate is also available for motorcycles.
Oklahoma Purple Heart License Plate Application

Oklahoma Gold Star License Plates: Oklahoma offers Gold Star license plates to immediate Family members of a Service member that is killed while on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces or an honorably discharged Veteran who died due to service-connected injury, illness or disease. Gold Star License plates are available for the following Family members:

  • Gold Star Spouse plate Gold Star Spouse – Unremarried Spouse of a deceased Service member or Veteran, Surviving Spouses must provide the following:

    • DD Form 1300, Report of Casualty, or

    • Death Certificate, DD214 and a statement that the Veteran’s death was due to a service-connected disability, or

    • Letter of confirmation from the Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs

  • Gold Star Parent plate

    Gold Star Parent – Parents of a deceased Service member or Veteran, parents must provide the following:

    • Gold Star Parent membership card, or

    • Birth Certificate confirming relationship and one of the following:

      • DD Form 1300, Report of Casualty, or

      • Death Certificate, DD214 and a statement Veteran’s death was due to service-connected disability, or

      • Letter of confirmation from the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • Gold Star Survivor plate Gold Star Survivor – Children of a deceased Service member or Veteran, Children must provide the following:

    • Birth Certificate

    • DD Form 1300, Report of Casualty, or

    • Death Certificate, DD214 and a statement that the Veteran’s death was due to a service-connected disability, or

    • Letter of confirmation from the Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs.

Oklahoma Gold Star Parent, Surviving Spouse and Survivor License Plate Application
Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs Contact Information

Medal of Honor plate Oklahoma Medal of Honor Recipient License Plates: Recipients of the Medal of Honor are eligible for the Oklahoma Congressional Medal of Honor license plate. The unremarried Surviving Spouse of a deceased Medal of Honor recipient can apply for this license plate.

This license plate can only be ordered by calling 405-521-3659. Applicants must provide a copy of their Medal of Honor Certificate.

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What are my Oklahoma Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?

Oklahoma National Guard Compensation for Illness or Injury Suffered in the Line of Duty: Oklahoma National Guard Service members who suffer an injury or illness they received in the line of duty during training or active service, will receive hospitalization and medical treatment, and pay and allowances for their pay grade while they are unable to return to their civilian occupation. Commissioned Officers will only receive pay and allowances afforded to a Second Lieutenant.
Who is eligible for Oklahoma National Guard Compensation for Illness, Injury or Death While on State Active Duty? National Guard Service members that suffer an injury or illness are eligible.

Learn more about Oklahoma Worker's National Guard Compensation for Illness or Injury While on State Active Duty

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 are not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health 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

Oklahoma National Guard State-Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI): The National Guard Association of Oklahoma offers National Guard members from $5,000.00 up toNational Guard Association over $1,000,000 in combined term life insurance plans. This program is made up of several voluntary group life policies and is designed to help meet the needs of National Guard Service members and their Families. Every member of the Oklahoma National Guard receives $1,000 SSLI coverage at no cost.

Key Benefits of the SSLI:

  • Coverage available for Spouse and Children

  • Rates do not go up after separation from the National Guard -you can keep the coverage when you separate

  • Coverage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

  • No War Exclusion

  • No Aviation Exclusion – aviators are covered

  • New Recruits are eligible for $10,000 SSLI coverage free for the first year, Service members must enroll within 90 days of joining the Oklahoma National Guard.

Who is eligible for Oklahoma National Guard State-Sponsored Life Insurance? National Guard Service members and their dependents are eligible for coverage.

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What are my Oklahoma Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Free Admission to Oklahoma State Owned or State-Operated Parks or Museums for Resident Veterans: All honorably discharged Oklahoma resident Veterans are authorized free admission to all state-owned or state-operated parks and museums.OK State Park

Veterans must provide a valid Oklahoma driver license or state photo ID card and show their military discharge papers (DD214 or similar evidence of an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces) to be granted free entry.

Learn more about Free Admission to Oklahoma State Owned or State-Operated Parks or Museums for Resident Veterans

Free Oklahoma Hunting and Fishing Privileges for Certain Disabled Veterans: Oklahoma offers free hunting and fishing permits for resident Veterans that have a 60% or more service-connected disability. In addition, Veterans with a 60% or more disability are exempt from Wildlife Land Stamp requirements.
Oklahoma Disabled Veterans Online Hunting and Fishing Application

Learn more about Free Oklahoma Hunting and Fishing Privileges for Certain Disabled Veterans

Reduced fee Disabled Veteran Lifetime Combination Hunting/Fishing License: Oklahoma resident disabled Veterans may purchase a lifetime combination hunting/ fishing license. The cost of the lifetime combination licenses depends on their disability percentage from the VA.

  • $200 for Veterans with a disability rating of 59% or less

  • $25 for Veterans with a disability rating of 60% or more (The $25 license provides some additional tags not included in the free permit for Veterans with a 60% or more certified disability).

Veterans must have an Oklahoma driver license or ID card for at least six months before they apply to meet residency requirements.
Oklahoma Resident Disabled Veteran Lifetime Combination License Application
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Go Outdoors Oklahoma, Online Licensing System

Learn more about Reduced fee Disability Lifetime Combination Hunting/Fishing License for Certain Disabled Veterans

Oklahoma Disabled Veteran Hunting Fee Exemptions: Veterans that receive compensation from the VA for a 100% disability are exempt from the fees for the following licenses:

  • Deer Gun Hunting License

  • Deer Archery Hunting License

  • Primitive Firearms License

  • Bonus, Special, or Second Deer Gun Hunting License

Learn more about Oklahoma Disabled Veteran Hunting Fee Exemptions

Oklahoma Resident Hunting and Fishing Privileges for Nonresidents Service Members and their Dependents: Nonresident active duty Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces, their Spouse and dependents assigned to a military installation in Oklahoma can purchase hunting and fishing licenses for resident prices.Deer in the woods

Learn more about Oklahoma Resident Hunting and Fishing Privileges for Nonresidents Service Members and their Dependents

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Stars and Stripes Project: The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Stars and Stripes License Project is a donor-funded project that offers free hunting and fishing licenses to Veterans and survivors of Veterans that died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Applicants can choose from these licenses:

  • Annual Combination Hunting /Fishing License

  • 60% or more Disabled Veterans Lifetime Combination Hunting/ Fishing License.

Who is eligible for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Stars and Stripes Project?

  • Oklahoma resident Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Gold Star Lapel Pin recipients

  • Next of kin of deceased Service members.

Those eligible can apply at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Go Outdoors Oklahoma, Online Licensing System .

Learn more about the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Stars and Stripes Project

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What are my Oklahoma Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits ?

Cross of Valor Oklahoma Cross of Valor: Oklahoma will award the Oklahoma Cross of Valor to any Service member in the U.S. Armed Forces that was declared a prisoner of war during any officially recognized war or conflict.
Who is eligible for the Oklahoma Cross of Valor? The Oklahoma Cross of Valor may be awarded to Veterans that meet the following requirements:

  • Oklahoma resident at the time they entered the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Served during any recognized U.S. war or conflict

  • Declared a prisoner of war

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

To apply for the Oklahoma Cross of Valor please contact the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs at 405-523-4000.
Oklahoma Wartime Veteran Definition

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Claremore Ceterans Center Oklahoma State Veterans Centers: Oklahoma has seven Veterans Centers that operate much like private communities and are situated on spacious, landscaped grounds. Veterans Centers provide intermediate to skilled nursing care and domiciliary care for wartime Veterans and their Spouses.

The staff at the Veterans Centers provide various health services to make certain residents have complete health care. These services include (but are not limited to):

  • Laboratory

  • X-ray

  • Pharmacy

  • Dietary services

  • Social and Recreational activities.

Ft Sill Veterans Center Who is eligible for care in the Oklahoma State Veterans Centers? Veterans must meet the following requirements for admission:

  • Served in the U.S. Armed Forces for at least 90 days with one or more days on active duty

  • Service member was discharged prior to 90 days due to a service-connected disability

  • Received a discharge other than dishonorable

  • Veteran must have a disability or illness that requires skilled nursing care center (intermediate or skilled nursing care).

In addition, Veterans must be eligible for the VA state home per diem payment.
Code of Federal Regulations, Title 38, Chapter I, Part 51, Subpart C, Section 51.50

Veterans Centers admission priorities:

  • World War II Veterans

  • Former Prisoners of War

  • Wartime Veterans with service-connected disability rating of 70% to 100% by the VA

  • Wartime Veterans with service-connected disability rating of 0% to 60% by the VA

  • All other eligible wartime Veterans

  • Spouse and Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran may be admitted after admission of all eligible Veterans.

For Veterans to meet the wartime requirement they must have served during a time period listed in the Oklahoma Wartime Veteran Definition.

Veterans with a 70% or greater service-connected disability will receive full cost of care at any Oklahoma Veterans Center.

Oklahoma Veterans Center Admission Packet

Learn more about the Oklahoma Veterans Centers

Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization: The Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization (OKWVO) is a non-profit Veteran Service Organization that recognizes the contributions of Oklahoma women Veterans. OKWVO has developed a network of Veterans and organizations to keep Veterans updated on available Veterans benefits and how to access them. OKWVO also provides an opportunity for communicating and associating with women who have served or to help those that need assistance.
Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization Brochure
Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization Membership Application

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Oklahoma:

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

 Fort Gibson National Cemetery Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Oklahoma

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

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

Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs
2311 N. Central
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: 405-521-3684
Toll Free: 888-655-2838
Fax: 405-521-6533

Learn more about the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs

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Military Installations in Oklahoma

Please see the Oklahoma Military Resource Locator for additional information

Active Duty

Army
Fort Sill
McAlester Army Ammunition

Air Force
Altus AFB
Tinker AFB
Vance AFB

National Guard
Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard

Oklahoma Army National Guard

Oklahoma Air National Guard
137th Special Operations Wing
138th Fighter Wing

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


Resources

Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Facility Directory Oklahoma

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

Oklahoma Veterans Benefits

Oklahoma State Legislature

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Licensing

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

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

Oklahoma Statutes

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Document Review Date: 29 September 2021