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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 Hunting and 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.
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).
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.
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.
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 Utah TC-40A, Income Tax Supplemental Schedule 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.
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, Income Tax Supplemental Schedule, Part 2, using code 88. This will then be included in the subtractions on Utah TC-40B, Non or Part-year Resident Schedule, 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.
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 Utah TC-41, Fiduciary Income Tax Return .
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 they are eligible.
Utah Disabled Veteran Property Tax Abatement: ( UC 59-2-1104 & 1105 ) The exemption is up to $266,670 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.
What are my Utah Military and Veteran Education Benefits?
Utah National Guard State Tuition Assistance (STA) Program: The Utah National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program provides additional financial assistance toward tuition after A Service member has reached Their annual Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) limit or for Soldiers or Airmen who are actively serving and in good standing but otherwise ineligible to use FTA.
It can be used for colleges/universities in-state or out-of-state, online or in-person, and for just one class at a time or full-time enrollment!
STA covers up to $250 per semester hour and up to $6,000 per fiscal year (combined if also using FTA).
Service Members pursuing a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) or Cyber degree program are allowed up to $7,000 per fiscal year (combined if also using FTA) that can be applied both to tuition and fees starting in FY20. Service Member must include STEM-C Verification Letter signed by an advisor/official at the school indicating that their degree program qualifies as STEM or Cyber to receive additional funding.
STA packets should be submitted at least 15 days prior to the class start and must include a completed application, signed Statement of Understanding (SOU), and course/cost verification.
Please see the Utah National Guard STA checklist to ensure you have included all required components of your application.
STA approval is subject to availability of funds.
Submit completed STA packets to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Utah National Guard State Tuition Assistance Application
Utah National Guard State Tuition Assistance Statement of Understanding
Utah National Guard State Tuition Assistance Checklist
Utah National Guard State Tuition Waiver (STW) Program (Scholarship): The Utah National Guard State Tuition Waiver (STW) Program waives full-time tuition (12-18 credit hours) for the academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) at Utah public colleges/universities.
Members of the Utah National Guard (Army or Air) working on their first associate or bachelor's degree may apply.
STW packets must include a completed application, high school transcript or previous college transcript(s), short essay.
The application period runs annually from 1 January-30 April.
STW packets must be submitted to email@example.com during the open application period.
Utah National Guard State Tuition Waiver Application
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.
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 their 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.
Scott B. Lundell Military Survivors Tuition Waiver: ( UC §53B-8-107 ) Utah System of Higher Education institutions shall waive undergraduate tuition for surviving dependents of a Utah resident, as defined in Utah Code §53B-8 -107, who, as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, including the Utah National Guard or a reserve component on or after September 11, 2001, was killed or died of wounds or injuries received while serving on federal or state active duty, under orders of competent authority and not as a result of the member's own misconduct.
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? A state institution of higher education shall waive undergraduate tuition for a dependent of a qualifying deceased military member under the following conditions:
The dependent has been accepted by the institution in accordance with the institution's admissions guidelines;
The dependent is a resident student;
The dependent may not have already completed a course of studies leading to an undergraduate degree;
The dependent may only utilize the waiver for courses that are applicable toward the degree or certificate requirements of the program in which the dependent is enrolled; and
The dependent may not be excluded from the waiver if the dependent has previously taken courses at or has been awarded credit by a state institution of higher education.
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 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 student 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 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 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 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 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.
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, they are 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
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:
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.
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.
Utah State Alternative State Application Program (ASAP): The Alternative State Application Program was adopted as a law in the State of Utah in 2010. The law is intended to help the State of Utah become a model employer in the hiring and retention of qualified individuals with disabilities.
The ASAP allows for non-competitive review and potential hire of qualified candidates and creates a potentially faster way for hiring managers to fill vacancies.
The ASAP is a program designed to appoint qualified persons with disabilities through an on-the-job examination period.
Who is eligible for the Utah State Alternative State Application Program (ASAP)? To be eligible, the candidate must meet the minimum qualifications for the job and provide adequate documentation of their disability. Adequate documentation includes:
SSDI or SSI documentation
Veterans Administration Certification
Letter from Vocational Rehabilitation; or
Department of Human Resource Management form letter signed by a physician.
All documentation that determines the nature and extent of a disability will be kept secure and confidential and be maintained by the ASAP Coordinator in the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) Administration office.
When an eligible position(s) becomes vacant, the ASAP candidate:
Applies for the position(s) interested in through the State of Utah's online application system ; and
Notifies the ASAP Coordinator of each position they would like to be considered for under the ASAP.
The ASAP Coordinator will work with the agency’s recruiter to determine if the hiring manager would like to participate in the ASAP and follows up with the ASAP candidate.
If hired through the ASAP, the candidate will be placed in a time-limited position and begin a 6-month on-the-job examination period. Supervisors will be instructed to conduct monthly performance evaluations during the 6-month on-the-job examination period. At the end of the 6-month period, if successfully performing, the employee will be converted to a career service position and begin the regular probationary period for the job, typically a 12-month probationary period.
State of Utah Online Application Webpage
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 are eligible.
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:
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 is eligible for the extension.
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 4/1/2019.
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 U.S. 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
What are my Utah Military and Veteran Department of Public Safety 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 the Utah Department of Public Safety offices.
Proof would be DD214 or for WWII Veterans, a Record/Notice of Separation is required.
Utah Department of Public Safety Office Directory
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.
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.
Utah Commercial Driver License (CDL) 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 Commercial Motor Vehicle 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
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.
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.
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.
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, issued by the U.S. Secretary of Defense..
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.
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 are not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.
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 )
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 dependents are eligible for coverage.
Utah National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death Benefits incurred while on State Active Duty: A member of the Utah National Guard or Utah State Defense Force who is disabled through illness, injury, or disease contracted or incurred while on state active duty or while reasonably proceeding to or returning from duty is eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits. ( UC §39-1-65 )
Within 72 hours of the reported death of a member of the National Guard on state active duty, the state shall provide a death gratuity payment of $100,000 to:
The person designated as the recipient of the member's unpaid pay and allowances in the member's service record; or
If no one is designated, the designated person cannot be found, or the designated person has predeceased the member, the member's heirs shall receive the death gratuity.
( UC §39-1-59 )
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 are eligible.
What are my Utah Military and Veteran Parks and Recreation Benefits?
Utah Military and Veteran Fishing Benefits: ( UC §23-19-38.3 )
The licenses available are:
Resident disabled Veteran, 1-year fishing license - $12.00
Resident disabled Veteran, 1-year hunting license - $25.50
Resident disabled Veteran, 1-year combination license - $28.50
Who is Eligible for the Utah Disabled Military and Veteran Hunting and Fishing Licenses? A Service member or Veteran of the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, including the reserve components thereof and the Army and Air National Guard of the United States, that has a service-connected disability is eligible to purchase discounted licenses. A service-connected disability means injury or illness incurred or aggravated while in the Armed Forces and is recognized by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs or by a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. Applicants must provide an official written letter, statement or card issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs, or by a branch of the Armed Forces certifying that the person has a service-connected disability rating of 20% or higher.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, License, Permit and Miscellaneous Fees
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Online Application for Disabled Veteran Hunting, Fishing or Combination License
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.
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 that meet one of the following criteria are eligible:
A disability that cause either difficulty getting on or off a system
Difficulty standing in a moving system
Difficulty reading system schedules & understanding signs
Difficulty hearing announcements by systems operators.
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'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.
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
Utah State Veterans 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 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.
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 and Military Affairs for more information at either 801-326-2372 or 1-800-894-9497.
Utah State Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park: The Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery and Memorial Park is a state-operated cemetery which was dedicated on Memorial Day 1990 and is located at 17111 South Camp Williams Rd, Bluffdale, Utah 84065 Office: 801-254-9036 / Fax: 801-254-5756. It offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Wasatch Mountains and pays tribute as an honored burial ground to Veterans, their Spouses and dependent Children. It also provides an appropriate venue for memorial services, funerals, meditation and other Veteran memorial related events.
The cemetery has added two new options in addition to the previously offered in-ground urn burials. Veterans and Families that prefer cremation now have the opportunity to use the newly built granite columbarium for niche interments or the beautifully landscaped Memorial Garden to scatter the cremation ashes of their loved one in a private setting.
Who is eligible for interment at the Utah State Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park? Residents of Utah who have died either during service in the U.S. Armed Forces or afterwards (having been discharged under honorable conditions) are eligible for burial in the cemetery. Reservist and National Guard retired personnel with 20 years of service are eligible for burial also. A Veteran receives complete, professional burial services at no cost to the Veteran's Family upon presentation of discharge paperwork (casualty report, DD214, or other official documentation). Surviving Spouses and dependent Children also are eligible to be buried in the Utah State Veterans Cemetery & Memorial Park for a fee of $780. This fee covers the plot, headstone, and opening/closing of the gravesite.
Utah State Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park Brochure
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities in Utah:
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Utah: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in Utah: The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration currently does not maintain a national cemetery in Utah. The State of Utah does have one State Veteran’s Cemetery in Bluffdale, Utah. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.
Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs
550 Foothill Drive, Suite 105, Salt Lake City, UT 84113
Military Installations in Utah
Please see the Utah Military Resource Locator for additional information
Hill Air Force Base
Utah National Guard
United States Army Reserve (USAR)
88th Readiness Division