Oregon Military and Veterans Benefits

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Summary of Oregon Military and Veterans Benefits: Oregon offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including, State Employment Preferences, Education and Tuition Assistance, Vehicle Tags, Oregon Parks and Recreation Special Access pass for Veterans with disabilities and active military on leave, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

Oregon Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

 

What are my Oregon Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Oregon Retired Military Pay Income Taxes: Retired military personnel may be able to subtract some or all of their federal pension income. The subtraction amount is based on the number of months of federal service before and after October 1, 1991. Retirees can subtract their entire federal pension if all the months of federal service occurred before October 1, 1991. If there are no months of service before October 1, 1991, retirees cannot subtract any federal pension.

If service included months before and after October 1, 1991, retirees can subtract a percentage of their pension income. To determine your percentage, divide your months of service or points earned before October 1, 1991, by your total months of service or points earned. Round your percentage to three places (example: 0.4576 = 45.8%). Once you determine the percentage, it will remain the same from year to year.

For more information, contact the Oregon Department of Revenue .

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Oregon State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the armed forces should not be included in taxable income if any of the following conditions apply:

  • You were entitled to receive a disability payment before September 25, 1975;

  • You were a member of the military (active or reserves) or were under a binding written commitment to become a member on September 24, 1975;

  • You receive disability payments for a combat-related injury. This is a personal injury or sickness that:

    • Resulted directly from armed conflict,

    • Took place while you were engaged in extra-hazardous service,

    • Took place under conditions simulating, including training exercises such as maneuvers, or

    • Was caused by an instrumentality of war.

  • You would be entitled to receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if you filed an application for it (the exclusion under this condition equals the amount you would be entitled to from the VA).

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

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

Learn more about Oregon 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) Oregon State Tax Benefits: The Surviving Spouse of a deceased military Service member may be able to subtract some or all of their federal pension income. The subtraction amount is based on the number of months of federal service before and after October 1, 1991. Spouses can subtract the entire federal pension if all the months of federal service occurred before October 1, 1991. If there are no months of service before October 1, 1991, retirees cannot subtract any federal pension.

If service included months before and after October 1, 1991, retirees can subtract a percentage of their pension income. To determine your percentage, divide your months of service or points earned before October 1, 1991, by your total months of service or points earned. Round your percentage to three places (example: 0.4576 = 45.8%). Once you determine the percentage, it will remain the same from year to year.

For more information, contact the Oregon Department of Revenue .

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

Oregon Military Pay Adjusted Gross Income Subtractions: You may qualify for more than one of the subtractions below if your federal adjusted gross income (AGI) includes military pay. Military pay is: active duty pay, reenlistment bonuses, and pay for guard and reserve annual training, weekend drills, and inactive duty training.

  • Stationed outside Oregon - For military pay earned while stationed anywhere outside Oregon.

  • Guard and reserve away from home - For military pay earned by National Guard members or reservists assigned away from home 21 days or more.

  • Other military pay - For any remaining taxable military pay after taking the above subtractions, up to $6,000.

Learn more about Oregon Military Pay Adjusted Gross Income Subtractions

  Disabled Veteran or Surviving Spouse Oregon Property Tax Exemption: Disabled Veterans, the Surviving Spouse or registered domestic partner of a Veteran, may be entitled to exempt $22,028 or $26,435 of the homestead property's assessed value from property taxes. The exemption amount increases by 3 percent each year. The exemption is first applied to the home and then to taxable personal property.
Who is eligible for the Disabled Veteran or Surviving Spouse Oregon Property Tax Exemption?
A disabled Veteran, 40 percent or more disabled, or the non-remarried Surviving Spouse or domestic partner of a Veteran who is officially certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or any branch of the United States Armed Forces and owns and lives on their homestead property.
Oregon Veteran or Surviving Spouse Exemption Claim Form

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What are my Oregon Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance: The Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 4035 in 2018 authorizing the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) to administer $2.5 million in grants to Oregon National Guard Service members attending Oregon community colleges or public universities. This grant provides funding for tuition at Oregon community colleges (up to 90 credits) and public universities (up to 180 credits) for current Oregon National Guard members.

The Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funds are used. The grant is a “last dollar” program, meaning it is calculated after other state and federal grants for which eligible students qualify.
Who is eligible for Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance? To be eligible, you must:

  • Complete any military basic training;

  • Have a current passing Annual Physical Fitness Test (APFT) score;

  • Be a member of the Oregon National Guard and not currently the subject of any adverse actions;

  • Be currently drilling;

  • Not have achieved a baccalaureate degree or higher;

  • Not be in default on any federal Title IV loan or owe a refund on federal Title IV funds previously disbursed, unless the institution disbursing funds determines that the student has made satisfactory arrangements to repay and has regained federal eligibility; and

  • Be enrolled and in good standing* in an:

    • Associate degree granting program or

    • Undergraduate baccalaureate degree granting program at an eligible institution

*“Good standing” means the qualified student has a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher and is maintaining satisfactory academic progress.

For a full list of eligibility requirements, to apply for Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance, and for more information, please visit the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Office of Student Access and Completion website .

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Oregon Instate Tuition and Fees for Student Veterans: A public university listed in ORS 352.002 or community college shall charge an enrolled student who is not a resident of this state, and who is attending classes as an undergraduate or graduate on a public university or community college campus in this state, tuition and fees no greater than the resident rate if the student:

  • Served in the armed forces of the United States; and

  • Was relieved or discharged from that service with either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions; and

  • Undergraduate student newly enrolled after September 15, 2013, or graduate student newly enrolled after September 15, 2014, and

  • Provides proof that the student has established a physical presence in Oregon within 12 months of being enrolled at the public university or community college.

In addition, HB2158 made the following changes to ORS 352.375-Tuition for nonresident students who served in Armed Forces:

  • Added General "Under Honorable Conditions" to the category of discharges allowed for the Veteran Status.

  • After September 15, 2013 allows newly enrolled Veteran to a community college or university to be billed in state tuition and fees provided they prove physical presence in Oregon within one year of enrolling.

To apply for this benefit complete the Oregon State Exemption from Nonresident Tuition Veteran Form and provide all supporting documents in person to the VA Certifying Officials.

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  Oregon Veterans Dependent Tuition Program: This benefit provides a full tuition waiver (not fees) for a bachelor's or master's degree for a Child or Spouse of a member of the United States Armed Forces who either died in active duty, became 100% disabled in connection with military service, or died as a result of a disability sustained in active duty. Or the student must be a Child (including adopted Child or step-Child) of a Purple Heart recipient, alive or deceased, who was relieved or discharged from service in the Armed Forces of the United States with either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions and was awarded the Purple Heart in 2001 or thereafter for wounds received in combat. This program does not apply to non-residents students or study abroad programs.

Complete the Oregon State University, Veterans' Dependent Tuition Waiver Application Form and submit it to the Oregon State University Certifying Official via email at veterans@oregonstate.edu no later than 14 days before the applying term . Upon verification that all criteria have been met, the approved application will be forwarded to the Oregon State University, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for processing. Student's only need to apply once for this program.

Contact Information:

Oregon State, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships