Utah Military and Veteran Benefits

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Summary of Utah Military and Veterans Benefits: Utah offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemptions, Utah National Guard Tuition Scholarship Program, Veterans Job Preference, State Education and Tuition Assistance, Free Admission to State Parks (Honor Pass), Vehicle Tags, as well as Fishing License privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

 

Utah Military and State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

 

What are my Utah Military and Veteran State Tax Benefits? 

Utah State Taxes on Military Retired Pay : ( UC §59-10-1019 ) Utah treats military retirement pensions as taxable income and does not offer any additional credits for Veteran retirees other than for retirement in general.

Retirement Credit for Taxpayers Age 65 and Over: A taxpayer age 65 or over as of December 31, 2018, may be able to claim a non-refundable tax credit of up to $450. If a married couple is filing a joint return and are both age 65 or over, they may claim a credit of up to $900. This credit is limited by the total of your modified adjusted gross income, nontaxable interest income, and any additions to income reported on TC-40A, Part 1. The credit will be phased-out by a percentage of the excess of your modified gross income, over a certain amount based on filing status.

Retirement Credit for Taxpayers Under Age 65: A taxpayer who meets the following requirements and receives eligible retirement income during the year may be able to claim a non-refundable tax credit of up to 6 percent of eligible retirement income or $288 if lesser:

  • The taxpayer must have been born before January 1, 1953;

  • The taxpayer must be under the age of 65 as of December 31, 2018; and

  • The taxpayer must have received eligible retirement income from one or more of the sources listed below.

Eligible retirement income is pension or annuity income paid to a retiree or the surviving Spouse of the retiree if the income was:

  • Paid from an annuity contract purchased by an employer under a plan that meets the requirements of IRC Section 404(a)(2);

  • Purchased by an employee under a plan that meets the requirements of IRC Section 408;

  • Paid by the United States, a state or political subdivision of a state, or the District of Columbia; or

  • Taxable retirement social security benefits (excluding disability or survivor benefits), but only if included in your federal adjusted gross income.

Income that does not qualify as retirement income for credit purposes includes:

  • Disbursements from deferred compensation plans, such as IRC Section 401(k) and Section 457 plans; and

  • Social security survivor benefits a Child receives on behalf of a deceased employee.

A surviving Spouse is entitled to the credit for eligible retirement income received on behalf of a deceased Spouse. However, Children and other recipients are not entitled to the credit.

Eligible retirement income must be attributable to the taxpayer claiming the credit. Retirement income attributed to a Spouse because of community property law does not qualify.

The credit will be phased-out by a percentage of the excess of your modified gross income, over a certain amount based on filing status (2.5% of the income in excess of the following amounts):

  • $25,000 if filing as single,

  • $32,000 if filing as married jointly,

  • $16,000 if filing as married separately,

  • $32,000 if filing as head of household,

  • $32,000 if filing as a qualifying Surviving Spouse.

Income, for purposes of phase-out calculation, is the total income shown on Utah TC-40, line 6 (Federal adjusted gross income plus Utah additions to income), plus non-taxable interest as shown on your Federal form 1040 or 1040A, line 8b and not included in Utah additions to income.

Learn more about Utah State Taxes on Military Retired Pay

Utah 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 Utah State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay

Utah 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 Utah 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) Utah State Tax Benefits: ( UC §59-10-1036 ) If you are a surviving Spouse or dependent Child (in 10 U.S.C. Sec 1447) of a deceased military member, you may claim a credit for 5 percent of the survivor benefits you received during the year.

Survivor benefits are benefits paid due to:

  • The death of a member of the Armed Forces or reserve while on active duty; or

  • The death of a member of the reserve that results from a service-connected cause while performing inactive duty training.

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

Utah Nonresident Active Duty Income Exemption (Code 82): ( 50 USC § 4001 ) Active-duty military service pay by a non-resident Service-member is not taxable on the Utah return. The amount of military active duty pay included in Federal adjusted gross income should be subtracted on TC-40A, Part 2, using Code 82. A Utah TC-40B, Non or Part-year Resident Schedule must also be completed. Military income subtraction is included in the TC-40B total column on Line 32. If a paper return is filed, attach both the TC-40A and TC-40B to the return, along with the active-duty military form W-2.

Please see Utah Pub 57, Military Personnel Instructions for more information.

Learn more about Utah Nonresident Active Duty Income Exemption (Code 82)

Utah Nonresident Military Spouse Income (Code 88): ( 50 USC § 4001 ) All Utah income of a non-resident Spouse married to a non-resident active duty military Service-member may be exempt from Utah income tax.

In order to qualify, the non-resident Spouse must meet the following conditions:

  • The non-resident Spouse had the same domicile as the non-resident military Service-member before moving to Utah;

  • The non-resident Spouse is in Utah to be with their military Spouse; and

  • The non-resident active duty Service-member is in Utah under military orders.

If the non-resident military Spouse qualifies for this exemption, all their income is exempt from Utah tax. (This income may still be taxable for federal purposes and may be taxed in the state of residence.) If qualified, subtract the total income included in federal adjusted gross income for the non-resident Spouse on your Utah TC-40A, Part 2, using code 88. This will then be included in the subtractions on TC-40B, column B, line 32. Include only the Utah income of the non-resident Spouse in the subtractions entered on TC-40B, column A, line 32.

See Utah Pub 57, Military Personnel Instructions for more information.

Learn more about Utah Nonresident Military Spouse Income (Code 88)

Utah Combat-Related Death Credit (Code 25): ( UC §59-10-1027 ) If a military Service member dies as a result of military service in a combat zone, the surviving Spouse may be entitled to a nonrefundable tax credit equal to the tax liability of the military Service member for the year in which the Service member dies.
Who is eligible for the Utah Combat-Related Death Credit (Code 25)? To qualify for the credit, all of the following conditions must be met:

  • The Service member must have been on active duty or in a Reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces,

  • The combat-related death must have occurred on or after January 1, 2010, and

  • The death must have occurred when the Service member was serving in a combat zone, or be the result of a wound, disease, or injury incurred during service in a combat zone.

  • The service must have been on or after the date declared by the President of the United States by Executive Order as a combat zone, and on or before such designation is terminated by the President.

*Note : If a fiduciary is filing a trust return on behalf of the deceased Service member, the credit is claimed on their TC-41, Utah Fiduciary Income Tax Return .

Learn more about Utah Combat-Related Death Credit (Code 25)

Utah Active or Reserve Duty Armed Forces Property Tax Exemption: ( UC 59-2-1104 & 1105 ) The total taxable value of the claimant's primary residence may be exempt from taxation if the claimant is deployed out-of-state for military duty.
Who is eligible for Utah Active or Reserve Duty Armed Forces Property Tax Exemption? This exemption is available to active or reserve members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty who reside outside the state 200 days in a calendar year, or 200 consecutive days beginning in the prior year. The claimant must be the property owner of record as of 1 January and must file on or before 1 September of the year after the year of qualifying service. Supporting documentation (military orders for service) must accompany the application. Claimant must re-apply each year he/she is eligible.

Learn more about the Utah Active or Reserve Duty Armed Forces Property Tax Exemption

Utah Disabled Veteran Property Tax Abatement: ( UC 59-2-1104 & 1105 ) The exemption is up to $260,370 of taxable value of a residence, based on the Veteran having a military service-connected disability percentage of 10 percent of more. The exemption can also be applied toward tangible personal property, such as motor vehicles.
Who is eligible for the Utah Disabled Veteran Property Tax Abatement This exemption is available to Veterans disabled in military service, their unmarried surviving Spouse or minor Children. An application with proof of military service and proof of disability (or death) must be on file with the county where the eligible property is located.

Learn more about the Utah Disabled Veteran Property Tax Abatement

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What are my Utah Military and Veteran Education Benefits?

 Utah National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program: The Utah State Tuition Assistance Program (STA) offers tuition assistance to Utah National Guard Service members. Current assistance is 100% of tuition and fees up to $250 per semester hour for a maximum of $4,500 per year (including fees). Service members eligible for the Montgomery G.I. Bill, (to include the Montgomery G.I. Bill Kicker) may receive STA up to the current authorized levels. Service members must apply for STA prior to the beginning of the school term. STA can be applied to a course or program taken at a regionally or nationally accredited, public or private college, university, vocational, technical or trade school located inside the State of Utah to include distance learning courses, if course is through a local State or Private School.

Learn more about the Utah National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program

Utah National Guard State Tuition Waiver Program (Scholarship): The State of Utah will pay 100% of tuition (not books or fees) at Utah public colleges/universities. Senate Bill 109 requires the president of each public school to set aside 2 ½ % of the in-state scholarships for Utah National Guard members. This waiver can be used simultaneously with FTA, but cannot exceed 100% of tuition.

Learn more about the Utah National Guard State Tuition Waiver Program (Scholarship)

Utah Purple Heart Tuition Waiver: ( UC §53B-8e-103 ) Purple Heart recipients are eligible for a tuition waiver in all state schools in Utah. This benefit can be used toward a degree up to and including a Master's Degree.
Who is eligible for the Utah Purple Heart Tuition Waiver?
To receive this benefit the Veteran must submit proof that they are a Purple Heart recipient to the Utah State Institution they are attending.

Learn more about the Utah Purple Heart Tuition Waiver

Utah Veterans' Tuition Gap Coverage: ( UC §53B-13b-103 ) This program provides funding for eligible Utah resident Veterans who have exhausted their post-9/11 education benefits, but have not yet completed the requirements for a Bachelor's degree. The grant funding can help cover tuition for the last year of undergraduate education leading up to a Bachelor's degree.
Who is eligible for Utah Veterans' Tuition Gap Coverage? The applicant must:

  • Be a resident student of the State of Utah under Utah Code §53B-8-102 and Board Policy R512 or exempt from paying the nonresident portion of total tuition under Utah Code §53B-8-106; and

  • Be a Veteran using the post 9/11 Veterans Assistance Program funds; and

  • Be unconditionally admitted and currently enrolled in an eligible program leading to a bachelor's degree at an eligible institution on at least a half-time basis as defined by the institution; and

  • Be maintaining satisfactory academic progress, as defined by the institution, toward the degree in which enrolled; and

  • Has exhausted the Federal benefit under the post 9/11 Veterans Assistance Program; and

  • Has not completed a bachelor's degree; and

  • Be in the final year of his or her academic baccalaureate program.

Benefit Highlights: Funds will be awarded and packaged on an annual award year basis unless the remaining period of enrollment until completion of the academic program is less than one award year. Funds will be paid each semester or quarter at a time, consistent upon the student maintaining satisfactory progress as defined by the institution. Funds disbursed on behalf of a student will not exceed total tuition and fees. The student must use tuition gap funds for the sole purpose of paying tuition and fees.

Learn more about the Utah Veterans' Tuition Gap Coverage

Scott B. Lundell Military Survivors Tuition Waiver: ( UC §53B-8-107 ) This legislation waives the undergraduate tuition at state institutions of higher education for surviving military dependents. The waiver in this section does not apply to fees, books, or housing expenses. The Utah Department of Veterans Affairs is the administering agency for this benefit. Call 1-800-894-9497 or (801) 326-2372 for information on how to use this benefit.
Who is eligible for the Scott B. Lundell Military Survivors Tuition Waiver? Surviving dependents of Utah resident military members killed in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001.

Learn more about the Scott B. Lundell Military Survivors Tuition Waiver

Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) Program: Veterans Upward Bound assists Veterans achieve their educational goals. They help Veterans prepare for and succeed in post-secondary education, FREE of charge. VUB serves Veterans attending or planning to attend colleges, universities, technical schools, certificate programs, and more. Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) provides:

  • Academic Assessment

  • Academic instruction in math, English, and computer literacy

  • Counseling and advisement

  • College and life skills development workshops

  • Information and assistance with financial aid and admissions applications

  • Referrals to additional college and community services

  • Dedicated computer lab and lounge/study areas

Who is eligible for Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) Program? VUB serves Veterans who have served at least 181 days active duty and who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • low income statue and potential first-generation college graduate (neither parent has a baccalaureate, four-year degree).

  • OR was a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces called to active duty for a period of more than 30 days (at least 31 days) on or after September 11, 2001.

  • OR was called to active duty for less than 30 days to serve in support of a contingency operation on or after September 11, 2001

Learn more about the Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) Program

In-state Tuition at Utah Public Institutions for Military Service Members, Veterans and their Family Members: ( UC §53B-8-102 ) Any institution within the Utah System of Higher Education shall grant resident student status for tuition purposes to:

  • a military Service member or their immediate Family member

  • a military Veteran, regardless of whether the military Veteran served in Utah or their immediate Family member

Learn more about In-state Tuition at Utah Public Institutions for Military Service Members, Veterans and their Family Members

Honorary High School Diplomas for Utah Wartime Veterans: Veterans from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam who left high school for military service during those conflicts may be eligible to receive Honorary High School Diplomas from the particular school that they left. Contact the local school district for information on how to receive the diploma.

Learn more about Honorary High School Diplomas for Utah Wartime Veterans

Utah 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 Points of Contact:
Ben Rasmussen, Utah Commissioner
Director of Law and Professional Practices

Utah State Board of Education
Address: 250 East 500 South, PO Box 144200, Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Email: ben.rasmussen@schools.utah.gov
Phone: 801-538-7835

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What are my Utah Military and Veteran Employment Benefits?

Utah State Employment Veterans' Hiring Preference: As a Veteran of the armed services, you may be entitled to preference when seeking initial employment with Utah state government ( Utah Code 71-10-1 ). Preference will be awarded as follows ( Utah Code 71-10-2 ):

  • Five points or five percent of the total possible score (whichever is greater), if the preference eligible applicant is a Veteran;

  • Ten points or ten percent of the total possible score (whichever is greater), if the preference eligible applicant is a Veteran with a disability or a Purple Heart recipient; or

  • In the case of a preference eligible Spouse or Surviving Spouse the same percentage the qualifying Veteran is, or would have been, entitled to.

Who is eligible for Utah State Employment Veterans' Hiring Preference?

  • Any individual who has served on active duty in the Armed Forces for more than 180 consecutive days, except active duty for training purposes such as initial basic and advanced individual training or active duty to attend a military course, and who was separated under honorable conditions.

  • A member or former member of a reserve component who served in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized and who was separated from active service under honorable conditions.

  • A Veteran with a disability, regardless of the percentage of disability.

  • The Spouse or unmarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran.

  • A Purple Heart recipient.

  • A retired member of the Armed Forces.

Learn more about Utah State Employment Veterans' Hiring Preference

Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences : By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

5-point Hiring Preference : Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:

  • During a war; or

  • During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or

  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or

  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:

  • Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.

10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

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

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

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

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

  • Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences

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

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years (the previous law provided four years of active duty, plus an additional year if it was for the convenience of the Government). There are important exceptions to the five-year limit, including initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA clearly establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service as long as the basic eligibility criteria are met.

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

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

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102 percent of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), provides assistance to all persons having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

Learn more about Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

Utah Private Sector Voluntary Veteran's Hiring Preference: ( UC §34-50-103 ) Private-sector employers may create and maintain a Veteran's employment preference policy. The Veterans' Employment preference policy shall be:

  • In writing,

  • Applied uniformly to employment decisions regarding hiring, promotion, or retention during a reduction-in-force, and

  • Publicly posted by the employer at the place of employment or on the Internet if the employer has a website or utilizes the Internet to advertise employment opportunities.

Who is eligible for the Utah Private Sector Voluntary Veteran's Hiring Preference? An employer may require a Veteran applicant to submit proof-of-service (i.e., DD214) to be eligible for the preference.

Learn more about Utah Private Sector Voluntary Veteran's Hiring Preference

Utah Veteran Employment Opportunity Program (VEOP): The Veterans' Employment Opportunity Amendments (HB327) became law effective May 13, 2014. This law found in Utah Code 67-19-15(2)(b)(ii) allows for Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces to be hired into designated career-service positions with a 6-month on-the-job examination period in lieu of a competitive hiring process. Veteran must upload their DD214 to the Job Seeker website, and indicate that they would like to be considered for hire under this program. Hiring officials may choose to interview and hire a qualified Veteran who has opted into this program separately from other candidates.
Who is eligible for Utah Veteran Employment Opportunity Program (VEOP)?

  • Any individual who has served on active duty in the Armed Forces for more than 180 consecutive days, except active duty for training purposes such as initial basic and advanced individual training or active duty to attend a military course, and who was separated under honorable conditions.

  • A member or former member of a reserve component who served in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized and who was separated from active service under honorable conditions.

  • A Veteran with a disability, regardless of the percentage of disability.

  • The Spouse or unmarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran.

  • A Purple Heart recipient.

  • A retired member of the Armed Forces.

Learn more about the Utah Veteran Employment Opportunity Program (VEOP)

Military Leave for Utah State Employees: ( UC §39-3-2 ) Utah State employees who are members of the organized reserve of the United States Armed Forces, including the National Guard of this state, shall be allowed full pay for 15 days of military leave per year for annual military encampment or rifle competition or other duties in connection with the reserve training and instruction requirements of the Armed Forces of the United States, including the National Guard of this state. Military leave is in addition to and distinguished from annual accrued vacation leave with pay.

Utah County and Municipal employees who are members of the organized reserve of the United States Armed Forces, including the National Guard of this state, may be allowed up to full pay for all time not in excess of 15 days per year spent on duty at annual encampment or rifle competition or other duties in connection with the reserve training and instruction requirements of the Armed Forces of the United States, including the National Guard of this state. This leave is at the discretion of the employing county or municipality and, if granted, shall be in addition to annual vacation leave with pay.
Who is eligible for Military Leave for Utah State Employees? Service members of the organized Reserve/ National Guard.

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Utah Department of Workforce Services Veteran Employment Services: The Department of Workforce Services provides a web page with links to assist Veterans that are trying to find a job in Utah. They offer links for the following:

In addition, they provide services to assist in searching for employment:

Learn more about Utah Department of Workforce Services Veteran Employment Services

Extension of Utah Professional Licenses for Members of the National Guard and Army Reserve : Any license held by a member of the National Guard or reserve component of the Armed Forces that expires while the member is on active duty shall be extended until 90 days after the member is discharged from active duty status.
Who is eligible for Extension of Utah Professional Licenses for Members of the National Guard and Army Reserve? Any member of the National Guard or Armed Forces Reserve that is on Active Duty.

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What are my Utah Military and Veteran Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Utah Unemployment Compensation: The Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS) is the State agency that administers Unemployment Insurance. Unemployment insurance is a temporary assistance for people who are unemployed through no fault of their own while they are seeking other work. It is a partial, short-term replacement of lost wages and is not intended to be a permanent source of income. Benefits are not based on financial need. Benefits are paid only to eligible claimants who meet specific conditions. The goal of unemployment insurance is to help you become re-employed as soon as possible.

Employers pay all costs of the unemployment insurance program. The amount of benefits you may be eligible to receive is determined by the amount of work you performed and wages you earned during the 18 months prior to filing the claim. For a complete list of eligibility requirements, refer to the Utah Workforce Services Unemployment Insurance Claimants Guide or contact the Claims Center for help in your preferred language.

The first step to receive benefits is to file an initial claim. The easiest way to do this is online or you may call the Claims Center to speak with a claims taker.

Claims centers can be reached at the following numbers:

  • Salt Lake and South Davis Counties 801-526-4400

  • Weber and North Davis Counties 801-612-0877

  • Utah County 801-375-4067

  • Remainder of State and Out of State 1-888-848-0688

In order to file for Unemployment Insurance (UI) you must have been separated from your employer or have had your hours reduced. You will need the following information to file:

  • Your Social Security Number.

  • The names of all employers as they appear on your pay stub with the dates worked for all employers since 4/1/2016.

  • The name and local number of your union hall, if you obtain work through a union.

  • Your State Driver's License or Identification Card number if you have one.

  • Your Alien Registration Number if you are not a US citizen but are legally authorized to work in the United States.

  • If you have any Non-Utah employers you must have an accurate mailing address and phone number for them.

The claim becomes effective the week in which the initial application is completed, so it is important for you to open your claim during the first week you are out of work.
Utah Workforce Services Unemployment Insurance Claimants Guide
Utah Workforce Services Unemployment Insurance Internet Claim Portal

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What are my Utah Military and Veteran Division of Motor Vehicles Benefits?

Veteran Indicator on Utah Driver License And Utah Id Cards: ( UC §53-3-804 ) An applicant who is 21 years or older applying for a Utah driver license, or any applicant who is applying for a Utah ID card has the option of adding a VETERAN indicator to their certificate upon providing acceptable proof of honorable discharge from the U.S. Military. A Veterans indicator can only be added to your license or ID card when applying in person at one of our offices.

Proof would be DD214 or for WWII Veterans, a Record/Notice of Separation is required.

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Utah Purple Heart License and Registration Fee Exemption: ( UC §41-1a-1211 ) A recipient of a Purple Heart is exempt from paying fees related to motor vehicle license and registration. This does not exempt one from the property taxes or age-based fees which are still applicable.
Who is eligible for Utah Purple Heart License and Registration Fee Exemption?
Purple Heart recipient with proof of award submitted to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Utah Service Member and Immediate Family Member Driver's License Extension: ( UC §53-2-205 ) Military personnel whose Utah driver license expires while they are stationed outside of Utah and immediate Family members or dependents who reside with them while stationed outside the state may continue to use that license until up to 90 days after the person's orders have been terminated or the person has been discharged, unless:

  • The license is suspended, disqualified, denied, or has been cancelled or revoked by the division; or

  • The licensee updates the information or photograph on the license certificate.

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Utah Commercial Driver License Driving Skills Test Waiver: ( UC §53-3-407 ) Utah Driver License Division will waive the driving skills tests for military Veterans applying for a CDL who meet the licensing qualifications, been honorably discharged in the previous 90 days and have operated a CMV during the immediate 2 year period preceding discharge.
Who is eligible for Utah Commercial Driver License Driving Skills Test Waiver?
The applicant must complete all of the following requirements to be eligible to have the CDL skills tests waived:

  • The applicant must complete the CDL-ST WVR page 1, and the last commanding officer must complete the CDL-ST WVR page 2;

  • Provide a DD214 or discharge papers showing evidence of honorable discharge within the previous 90 days;

  • Provide a copy of a DA348, AF2293 or other equivalent document verifying certification for operating a commercial motor vehicle; and

  • Pass all required knowledge testing.

The transfer of School Bus (S) and/or Passenger (P) endorsements under this waiver program are prohibited. If the applicant did not operate a vehicle with air brakes or a manual transmission an air brake restriction and automatic transmission will be added to the Utah CDL. In order to remove these restrictions, the driver will need to complete the road test in a representative vehicle.
Utah Application for Military Skills Test Waiver

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Utah Military Special Group License Plates : The State of Utah offers 16 distinctive license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retirees, and certain Family members. Specific eligibility and documentation requirements will apply. A short description of some of these license plates are listed below.

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Utah Veteran-Army License Plate: Utah Veteran's license plates may be purchased from any DMV for an initial $25.00 contribution to the Utah State Department of Veterans Affairs plus a $16.00 special plate fee, $10 annual contribution fee, and $4 postage/handling fee in addition  to normal vehicle registration and property tax fees. This plate may be personalized with up to 5 alphanumeric characters by submitting Utah Form TC-817, Application for Personalized and Replacement License Plates with the required personalization fee.

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Utah Purple Heart / Combat Wounded License Plate: These Veterans are exempt of application and renewal fees. However, regular registration and property tax fees still must be paid. A membership card in the Military Order of the Purple Heart Association or military discharge form DD214 issued by the National Personnel Records Center is required to obtain this plate. $4 postage/handling fee applies. This plate may be personalized with up to 5 alphanumeric characters by submitting Utah Form TC-817, Application for Personalized and Replacement License Plates with the required personalization fee.

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Utah Gold Star License Plate: This plate honors the Family of a member of the military who was killed while serving in the United States Armed Forces. This plate has a one-time $16 special plate fee when this plate is issued (this includes special group, plate, registration and decal fees), and a $4 postage/handling fee. There is no Annual Contribution with this plate. This fee is in addition to all other fees due at the time the plate is issued. Fees pertaining to the renewal of a vehicle registration apply and must be paid. This plate may be personalized with up to 5 alphanumeric characters by submitting Utah Form TC-817, Application for Personalized and Replacement License Plates with the required personalization fee. This is a centrally-distributed license plate. It may be ordered from any DMV office, and will be mailed from the Utah State Tax Commission.
Who is eligible for the Utah Gold Star License Plate?
This plate is only available to recipients of a Gold Star award as evidenced by military documentation.

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Utah Disabled Veteran License Plate: Available for Veterans with a service-connected disability. This plate does not provide handicapped parking space privileges. This plate may be transferred to the surviving Spouse of a disabled Veteran so long as the surviving Spouse remains unmarried. Requirements:

  • Letter from Utah Department of Veterans’ and Military Affairs or other United States military entity certifying the disabled status of the Veteran

  • $16 Special Plate Fee

  • No Annual Contribution

  • If a disabled windshield placard is desired, Utah Form TC-842, Disabled Person and Physician Disability Certification is required and must be signed by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner

  • $4 Postage and Handling

This plate may be personalized with up to 5 alphanumeric characters by submitting Utah Form TC-817, Application for Personalized and Replacement License Plates with the required personalization fee.

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What are my Utah Military and Veteran Health and Insurance Benefits?

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

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

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

  The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

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

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance ( SGLI )

  • Veterans Group Life Insurance ( VGLI )

  • Family Members Group Life Insurance ( FSGLI )

  • Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection ( TSGLI )

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

  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance ( VMLI )

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National Guard Association of Utah Group Insurance: National Guard Association of Utah offers $1,000 no cost life insurance coverage on Service members. Term group life insurance offers varying levels of coverage for Service members and their dependents. Protection continues until age 70. Visit the National Guard State Sponsored Life Insurance webpage for current rates.
Who is eligible for
National Guard Association of Utah Group Insurance? National Guard Service member and their eligible dependents.

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Utah National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death Benefits incurred while on State Active Duty: When called into the service of the state and not in the service of the United States, the members of the National Guard shall receive the same pay and allowance as members of the regular army or regular air force of like rank and length of service and elect to receive medical, dental, disability, or death benefits equal to those received by full-time, permanent state employees; or maintain any medical, dental, disability, or death benefits already in place. ( UC §39-1-51 )

Note : The state may not make payments to members of the National Guard for service for which the United States government makes payment.
Who is eligible for Utah National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death Benefits incurred while on State Active Duty? National Guard Service members on state active duty

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What are my Utah Military and Veteran Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Utah Military and Veteran Fishing Benefits: ( UC §23-19-38.3 ) Any disabled Veteran may apply for any of the special fishing licensing accommodations that may apply to their specific disability:

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Utah Military and Veteran Hunting Benefits: Any disabled Veteran may apply for any of the special hunting licensing accommodations that may apply to their specific disability:

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 Utah Department of Natural Resources State Park "Honor Pass" for Veterans: The Utah Parks and Recreation Division offers a free "Honor Pass" to qualified Veterans. The Honor Pass is valid for day use admittance only to all state parks for the qualified Veteran and up to 7 guests in the same private vehicle. These passes are good until the end of the calendar year. At that time, qualified Veterans will need to bring their updated documentation to once again receive a pass. Honor Passes are only valid when in possession of the qualified Veteran to whom they were issued and are nontransferable. The Honor Pass is not valid at This is the Place Heritage Park. The Honor Pass is also not valid for special fees and charges within state parks including camping fees, golf greens fees, special program fees, etc.
Who is eligible for Utah Department of Natural Resources State Park "Honor Pass”? Veterans who are Utah residents and who were honorably discharged and have a service related disability rating of 50% or greater. Veterans meeting this requirement will need to provide a current Summary of Benefits letter issued by the Department of Veteran Affairs in order to obtain the Honor Pass at select locations across Utah.

Utah Honor Pass Pickup locations include Utah State Parks Region Offices, the main office in Salt Lake City, and all of the state parks - excluding Piute, Gunlock, and This is the Place State Parks, as well as Flight Park and Jordan River OHV State Recreation Areas.
Utah Honor Pass Pickup Locations
Utah State Parks Region Offices

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What are my Utah Military and Veteran Miscellaneous Benefits?

Utah Bus / TRAX Reduced Fare Cards for Disabled Persons: the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) offers Reduced Fare Cards for riding UTA buses and TRAX light rail system to certain disabled persons.
Who is eligible for Utah Bus / TRAX Reduced Fare Cards for Disabled Persons?
Veterans and others meeting one of the following criteria:

  • Veterans and others with transportation disabilities that cause either difficulty boarding or getting off a bus/light rail system, orValid issued Medicare card holders also get the UTA Reduced Fare Cards.

    • Have difficulty standing in a moving bus/light rail system,

    • Difficulty reading bus/light rail system schedules & understanding information signs,

    • Difficulty hearing announcements by bus/light rail system or announcements by bus/light rail systems operators.

  • Elderly persons age 65 and over qualify for Senior Passes at the same price as Reduced Fare Cards.

To be eligible for the Reduced Fare, you must provide one of the following documents along with a completed application form:

  • Proof of Age (65 or older) and Photo ID (may be same item) e.g., a state driver's license, pictured VA Card, or passport.

  • Medicare Card and Photo ID

  • Healthcare Provider Statement Form from one of the following approved providers:

    • Physician

    • Optometrist

    • Audiologist

    • Psychologist

    • Psychiatrist

    • Physician's Assistant (PA)

    • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

The form must have been personally signed and dated by the healthcare provider within the last 45 days. (Note: no photocopies or electronic submissions will be accepted.)

The UTA Reduced Fare Card Application below provides specific examples of disabilities which qualify for the Reduced Fare Card. To obtain UTA Reduced Fare Cards do the following:

  • Complete the Utah Transit Authority Reduced Fare Card Application Form and take it to any of the following locations with all proof of qualification:

    • Lost & Found (511 West 200 South, Salt Lake City)

    • Meadowbrook (3600 South 700 West, Salt Lake City)

    • Timpanogos Transit Center (1145 South 750 East, Orem)

    • Ogden Transit Center (2393 Wall Ave, Ogden)

  • Pay $2.00 for UTA photo identification to incorporate on UTA Reduced Fare Card.

Visit the Utah Transit Authority Fares and Passes webpage for updated fare information.

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Utah Homeless Veterans Fellowship: The Homeless Veterans Fellowship is a non-profit organization that offers a comprehensive set of services designed to address homelessness among Veterans. Located in Ogden, Utah, their services have provided for Veterans all over Utah and the intermountain area since HVF was founded in 1989.

The Homeless Veterans Fellowship's mission is to provide a stabilized living environment, counseling services, and additional programs that will enable homeless Veterans to return to self-sufficiency.

Contact the Homeless Veterans Fellowship at:
541 23rd Street, PO Box 1706
Ogden, UT 84402-1706
Phone: 801-392-7662
Fax: 801-392-5796

Email: ssvf@homelessveterans.org

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Utah State Veterans Nursing Homes: Quality nursing and health care services are provided for Utah Veterans with U.S. military service during peacetime or wartime. While wartime service is not a requirement for admission to the nursing home, wartime Veterans with one day or more of wartime service, as recognized by state and federal laws, have top priority. A Veteran's Spouse or surviving Spouse may also qualify for admittance to the Utah State Veterans Nursing Home, providing the marriage to the Veteran occurred at least one year before the application.
Who is eligible for care at the Utah State Veterans Nursing Homes?
Veterans and Spouses (or surviving Spouses) who are residents of Utah and in need of assisted living or nursing home care may be admitted to the homes.

For the purposes of admission, a Veteran is defined using the following criteria:

  • An individual who has served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for more than 180 consecutive days, OR

  • A member of a reserve component who served in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized, OR

  • Any person incurring a service-related injury or disability whether or not that person completed 180 days of active duty, AND

  • Separated or retired under honorable conditions.

Currently there are four State Veterans Nursing Homes:

  • William E. Christoffersen Veterans Home , 700 Foothill Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84113: An 81-bed skilled nursing facility. A professionally-staffed rehabilitation department provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy to improve and restore maximum function and strength. Phone: 801-584-1900 / Fax: 801-584-1960.

  • George E. Wahlen Ogden Veterans Home , 1102 N 1200 W, Ogden, UT 84404: A 120-bed skilled nursing care home, including hospice, rehabilitative therapies, and memory care. The Eden Alternative's principle-based philosophy empowers care partners to transform institutional approaches to care into the creation of a community where life is worth living. The main focus is to eliminate loneliness, helplessness and boredom. Phone: 801-334-4300 / Fax: 801-334-4309. George E. Wahlen Ogden Veterans Home Application

  • Mervyn Sharpe Bennion Central Utah Veterans Home , 1551 N Main St., Payson, UT 84651: A 108-bed facility divided into nine communities. Each community offers a kitchen, dining room, living room, and 12 fully furnished private rooms with private bathrooms/showers. For Veterans with a 70% or higher disability rating, 100% of the cost is covered. Services include rehabilitative care, memory care, and hospice care. Phone: 801-465-5400 / Fax: 801-465-4872.

  • Southern Utah Veterans Home , 160 N 200 E St., Ivins, UT 84738: The home is a new facility with 108 beds separated into nine communities. Each community offers a kitchen, dining room, living room, and 12 private rooms with private bathrooms/showers. For Veterans with a 70% or higher disability rating, 100% of the cost is covered. Services include rehabilitative care, memory care, and hospice care. Phone: 435-634-5220 / Fax: 435-673-5839.

Contact the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs for more information at either 801-326-2372 or 1-800-894-9497.

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