Oregon Military and Veterans Benefits

State Taxes
Education Benefits
Employment Benefits
Unemployment Compensation
Department of Motor Vehicles Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Parks and Recreation Benefits
Oregon Military Resource Locator
Miscellaneous Benefits
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities
Resources

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, 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 .

Learn more about Oregon Retired Military Pay Income Taxes

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 $21,386 or $25,665 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

Learn more about Disabled Veteran or Surviving Spouse Oregon Property Tax Exemption

Back to top

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 .

Learn more about Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance

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.

Learn more about Oregon Instate Tuition and Fees for Student Veterans

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
Oregon State University
218 Kerr Administration
Corvallis, OR 97331-2120
Phone Number: 541-737-2241
Email: Financial.Aid@oregonstate.edu

Learn more about the Oregon Veterans Dependent Tuition Program

“Voyager Aid Program” for Oregon National Guard and Reserve Service Members: Voyager is a financial aid benefit that is available to honor and support Oregon residents who served the nation as members of the National Guard or Reserves in an active duty capacity in a combat zone since September 11, 2001. Voyager is a "last dollar award". Qualifying students will be awarded a fee remission for no more than the difference between campus tuition and mandatory fees and expected military tuition benefits. The student is responsible for obtaining federal military tuition benefits. If a student is not eligible for federal tuition benefits, they must demonstrate proof of ineligibility. The combination of military tuition benefits and Voyager tuition benefits will ensure that eligible recipients do not pay tuition. The Voyager Tuition Assistance Program does not cover E-Campus or Distance courses.

Complete the Oregon State University, Voyager Tuition Assistance Program Application Form and submit it to the Oregon State University, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships .

Contact Information:

Oregon State, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Oregon State University
218 Kerr Administration
Corvallis, OR 97331-2120

Phone Number: 541-737-2241
Email: Financial.Aid@oregonstate.edu

Learn more about the “Voyager Aid Program” for Oregon National Guard and Reserve Service Members

Oregon High School Diploma for Wartime Veterans: Under ORS 332.114 Veterans may request either the school district where they live now or the school district where they would have graduated from to issue a high school diploma. Diplomas can also be issued to a representative of a deceased Veteran.
Who is eligible for Oregon High School Diploma for Wartime Veterans? A Veteran is eligible to receive a high school diploma if they meet the following criteria:

  • Attended a high school before serving in the Armed Forces

  • Served in the Armed Forces of the U.S. at any time during:

    • World War II;

    • Korean War;

    • Vietnam War; or

  • Served in the Armed Forces of the U.S. and was physically present in:

    • Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada);

    • Operation Just Cause (Panama);

    • Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm (the Persian Gulf War);

    • Operation Restore Hope (Somalia);

    • Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan);

    • Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq); or

  • Served in the Armed Forces of the U.S. in an area designated as a combat zone by the President of the United States.

  • Discharged or released under honorable conditions.

Learn more about Oregon High School Diploma for Wartime Veterans

Oregon Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

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

  •  Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment.

  • Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.

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

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

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

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

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

Primary Point of Contact:
Cindy Hunt, Government and Legal Affairs Manager, Deputy Superintendents Office
Address: 255 Capitol St NE, Salem, OR 97310
Email: Cindy.L.Hunt@state.or.us
Phone: 503-947-5651

Learn more about Oregon Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Back to top

What are my Oregon Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Oregon Veterans Preference Points for State Employment: A public employer shall grant a preference to a Veteran or disabled Veteran who applies for a vacant civil service position or seeks promotion to a civil service position with a higher maximum salary rate and who:

  • Successfully completes an initial application screening or an application examination for the position; or

  • Successfully completes a civil service test the employer administers to establish eligibility for the position; and

  • Meets the minimum qualifications and any special qualifications for the position.

The employer shall grant the preference in the following manner:

  • For an initial application screening used to develop a list of persons for interviews, the employer shall add five preference points to a Veteran’s score and 10 preference points to a disabled Veteran’s score.

  • For an application examination, given after the initial application screening, that results in a score, the employer shall add preference points to the total combined examination score without allocating the points to any single feature or part of the examination. The employer shall add five preference points to a Veteran’s score and 10 preference points to a disabled Veteran’s score.

For an application examination that consists of an interview, an evaluation of the Veteran’s performance, experience or training, a supervisor’s rating or any other method of ranking an applicant that does not result in a score, the employer shall give a preference to the Veteran or disabled Veteran. An employer that uses an application examination of the type described in this paragraph shall devise and apply methods by which the employer gives special consideration in the employer’s hiring decision to Veterans and disabled Veterans.

If a public employer does not appoint a Veteran or disabled Veteran to a vacant civil service position, upon written request of the Veteran or disabled Veteran, the employer, in writing, shall provide the employer’s reasons for the decision not to appoint the Veteran or disabled Veteran to the position.
Who is eligible for Oregon Veterans Preference Points for State Employment? For a Veteran you must have served on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States:

  • For more than 90 consecutive days beginning on or before January 31, 1955; or

  • For more than 178 consecutive days; or

  • For 178 days or less and has a disability rating from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs; or

  • For at least one day in a combat zone; or

  • Received a combat or campaign ribbon or an expeditionary medal for service in the Armed Forces. ​

  • You are receiving a non-service connected pension from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

You must provide proof of eligibility by submitting:

A copy of your DD214/DD215 form (documentation must include character discharge) to qualify under #1-5 above)

  • To qualify under above you must have been discharged or released under honorable conditions.

  • To qualify if you are receiving a non-service connected pension you must provide a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension. ​​

For a Disabled Veteran you must be:

  • A person whose discharge or release from active duty was for a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty; or

  • Have a disability rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; or

  • Awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.

Oregon Veterans Preference in Public Employment Eligibility Information ORS 408.225

Veterans and disabled Veterans may obtain preference for state employment by submitting with their application, a DD214 or 215 or letter from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) indicating service-connected disability rating.

Learn more about Oregon Veterans Preference Points for State Employment