Utah Military and Veteran Benefits

State Taxes
Education Benefits
Employment Benefits
Unemployment Insurance
Department of Public Safety Benefits
Health and Insurance Benefits
Parks and Recreation Benefits
Miscellaneous Benefits
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities in Utah
Utah Military Resource Locator
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Summary of Utah Military and Veterans Benefits: Utah offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families including a disabled Veteran property tax exemption, Utah Service member tuition scholarship program, Veterans’ hiring preference, state education and tuition assistance, free admission to state parks, vehicle license plates, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs Veterans Service Officers: The Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs has trained Veteran Service Officers located throughout Utah to assist Veterans, retired Service members and their Families find and apply for Veterans benefits under federal, state and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge.
Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs, Veteran Service Officer Online Appointment Scheduler

Learn more about Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs Regional Service Officers

Utah Military and State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

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What are my Utah Military and Veteran State Tax Benefits?

Utah State Taxes on Military Retired Pay: A recently passed Utah law (SB 11) provides a tax credit for all military retired pay that is included in their federal adjusted gross income. This tax credit is retroactive to January 1, 2021 and will be available for Utah taxes filed in 2022. Utah Code 59-10-1043

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) does not withhold taxes for state or local income tax, but it is reported annually on IRS Form 1099-R. All TSP distributions are subject to state taxes and early distributions may incur higher taxes .
Utah Code 59-10-1002.2
Utah Code 59-10-1019

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Utah State Taxes on Military Pay: Utah treats taxes on military pay the same as the IRS. All income included in federal adjusted gross income is automatically included in Utah income. Income that is exempt from federal taxation is also exempt for Utah purposes.

Learn more about Utah State Taxes on Military Pay

Utah State Taxes on Survivor Benefits: The Spouse of a Service member who dies while serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces or a reserve component Service member who dies in the line of duty while serving on inactive duty for training are eligible for a tax credit on their survivor benefits. The Surviving Spouse can claim a tax credit that is equal to 4.95% of their survivor benefits.

Learn more about Utah State Taxes on Survivor Benefits

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

  • Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid to Veterans or their Families

  • Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living

  • Grants for motor vehicles for Veterans who lost their sight or the use of limbs, or

Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program

See IRS Publication 525 for more information.

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

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

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

Utah State Taxes on Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP), Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP): A recently passed Utah law (SB 11) provides a tax credit for all military survivor benefits that are included in their federal adjusted gross income. This tax credit is retroactive to January 1, 2021 and will be available for Utah taxes filed in 2022. Utah Code 59-10-1043

Learn more about Utah State Taxes on Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP), Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP)

Utah Nonresident Active Duty Income Exemption: Nonresident Service members do not pay Utah income tax on active duty military pay.
Utah Pub 57, Military Personnel Instructions

Learn more about Utah Nonresident Active Duty Income Exemption

Utah Nonresident Military Spouse Income: All Utah income received by a nonresident Spouse married to a nonresident active duty Service member is exempt from Utah income tax under the following conditions:

  • Spouse and the Service member are residents of the same state outside Utah

  • Service member is in Utah under military orders

  • Spouse is in Utah only to be with the Service member

Utah Pub 57, Military Personnel Instructions

Learn more about Utah Nonresident Military Spouse Income

Utah Combat-Related Death Tax Credit:  Those filing taxes on behalf of a Service member who dies as a result of service in a combat zone may be eligible for a tax credit for the taxes owed in the year of the Service member’s death. Burial Flag
Who is eligible for the Utah Combat-Related Death Tax Credit? To qualify for the credit, all the following conditions must be met:

  • Service member must have been serving in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Death must have occurred on or after January 1, 2010, when the Service member was serving in a designated combat zone, or the result of a wound, disease, or injury they received during service in a combat zone

Learn more about Utah Combat-Related Death Tax Credit

Utah Active or Reserve Duty Armed Forces Property Tax Exemption: Utah offers a total property tax exemption on the primary residence of an active or reserve component Service member when they are stationed outside the state.
Who is eligible for Utah Active or Reserve Duty Armed Forces Property Tax Exemption: To be eligible the Service member must be serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces outside Utah for 200 days in a calendar year, or 200 consecutive days beginning in the prior year.

The Service member must be the property owner of record as of 1 January and must file on or before 1 September of the year of their qualifying service. Supporting documentation (military orders) must accompany the application. Service members must re-apply each year they are eligible. Applications and required documentation must be submitted to the County Auditor or Treasurer where the property is located.
Utah, Active Duty Armed Forces Property Tax Exemption Application
Utah County Auditors and Treasurers Directory

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

Utah Disabled Veteran and Survivors Property Tax Exemption: Utah offers a property tax exemption of up to $283,964 of the taxable value of the residence or personal property of disabled Veterans. Veterans must have a 10% or greater service-connected disability.

The amount of the exemption is based on the disability percentage of the Veteran. Veterans with 100% disability will be able to claim the entire amount of the authorized exemption. If the percentage of disability is less than 100% the Veteran will receive a percentage of the total exemption allowable that is equal to their disability percentage.

The Surviving Spouse or minor orphans of a Service member who was killed in action or died in the line of duty is eligible for an exemption of the total value of their primary residence and all personal property not used for trade or business.

All first time applicants must include official documentation of military service, VA disability percentage or death (for Surviving Spouses or orphaned Children). Applications and required documentation must be submitted to the County Auditor or Treasurer where the property is located.
Utah County Auditors and Treasurers Directory
Utah, Veteran with a Disability Property Tax Exemption Application

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 (STA): STA provides additional financial tuition assistance after a Utah National Guard Service member has reached their annual Federal College Just ahead signTuition Assistance (FTA) limit. STA will cover up to $250 per semester hour and up to $6,000 per fiscal year.

STA can be used for colleges or universities in-state or out-of-state, online or in-person, and for full or part time enrollment.

Service members pursuing a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or Cyber degree program (STEM-C) are allowed up to $7,000 per fiscal year to be applied toward tuition and fees. STA approval is subject to availability of funds.
Utah National Guard, STEM-C Degree Path Verification Form
Who is eligible for STA?
To be eligible for STA, Service members must be actively serving and in good standing in the Utah National Guard and are not eligible for FTA. Service members must continue to serve for the duration of the time they are using STA funds.

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.

Submit completed STA packets to: ng.ut.utarng.list.education-office@army.mil
Utah STA Application
Utah STA Statement of Understanding
Utah STA Checklist

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Utah National Guard State Tuition Waiver (STW): STW waives tuition for Utah National Guard Service members working towards their first associate or bachelor's degree. STW waives full-time student tuition for (12-18 credit hours) at Utah public colleges and universities.
Who is eligible for STW?
Utah National Guard Service members must meet the following requirements are eligible:

  • Accepted as a student at a Utah public college or university

  • Full-time student

  • Do not have a four-year degree

  • Utah resident for tuition purposes

  • Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) / Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) qualified, except for ROTC cadets

  • Not serving on active duty

  • End of Tour of Service (ETS) is after end of school year

STW packets must include a completed application, high school transcript or previous college transcript(s) and a short essay. The application period runs annually from 1 January through 30 April.

STW packets must be submitted to ng.ut.utarng.list.education-office@army.mil during the open application period.
Utah STW Application

Learn more about the Utah National Guard State Tuition Waiver

Utah Purple Heart Tuition Waiver: Utah resident Purple Heart recipients are eligible for a tuition waiver in all Utah System of Higher Education schools. This benefit can be used toward a degree up to and including a master’s degree. Utah Code 53B-8e Purple Heart
Who is eligible for the Utah Purple Heart Tuition Waiver? To be eligible applicants must be a Utah resident and can provide proof they received the Purple Heart. For more information students should contact the admissions office at the educational institution they plan to attend.
Utah System of Higher Education Directory

Learn more about the Utah Purple Heart Tuition Waiver

Utah Veterans Tuition Gap Program: The Veterans Tuition Gap program provides up to one year of undergraduate tuition for Utah Veterans who have used all their VA education benefits and are in the final year of earning their bachelor’s degree. The program only pays tuition; it does not provide funding for fees and books or a basic allowance for housing. Utah Code 53B-13b
Who is eligible for Utah Veterans Tuition Gap Program? The applicant must:

  • Resident of Utah for tuition purposes

  • Currently enrolled in a bachelor's degree program at a Utah System of Higher Education school on at least a half-time basis

  • Veteran who served in the U.S. Armed Forces for at least 180 days and received an honorable discharge or incurred a service-connected disability and was discharged before completing 180 days

  • Has used all their VA education benefits

  • Has not completed a bachelor's degree and in the final year of their program

For more information students should contact the admissions office at the educational institution they plan to attend.
Utah System of Higher Education Directory

Learn more about the Utah Veterans Tuition Gap Program

Scott B. Lundell Military Survivors Tuition Waiver: Utah System of Higher Education institutions will waive undergraduate tuition for the Surviving Spouse and dependents of a resident Service member who was killed or died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. This waiver does not apply to fees, books, or housing expenses. Utah Code 53B-8-107
Who is eligible for the Scott B. Lundell Military Survivors Tuition Waiver? For the Veteran’s Surviving Spouse and dependents to be eligible, the Veteran must have been a Utah resident and their death must have been under the following circumstances:

  • Died on or after September 11, 2001

  • Served in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • At the time of death Service member must have been serving on state or federal active duty and their death must have been considered in the line of duty

  • Was killed or died of wounds or injuries received while serving on federal or state active duty.

Surviving Spouse and dependent eligibility requirements:

  • Surviving Spouse or dependent has been accepted as a student at a Utah public college or university

  • Utah resident for tuition purposes

  • Must not have earned a bachelor’s degree

  • Only courses related to their degree will be waived

For more information students should contact the admissions office at the educational institution they plan to attend.
Utah System of Higher Education Directory
Utah System of Higher Education, Tuition Waivers and Reductions Fact Sheet

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

Veterans Upward Bound (VUB): VUB assists Veterans achieve their education goals by helping them prepare for and succeed while studying at a post-secondary educational institution. All VUB assistance is free charge for Veterans attending or planning to attend colleges, universities, technical Veteran upward bound logoschools, certificate programs, and more.

VUB will provide:

  • 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, lounge and study areas

Who is eligible for the VUB Program? To be eligible Veterans must have served at least 181 days on active duty and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Low income student and potential first-generation college graduate (neither parent has a bachelor’s or four-year degree), or

  • Was a member of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces called to active duty for a period of 31 days or more 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

VUB Frequently Asked Questions
VUB Online Application
VUB Staff Directory

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In-state Tuition at Utah Public Institutions for Service Members, Veterans and their Family Members: Any institution in the Utah System of Higher Education will grant residency for tuition purposes to:

  • Nonresident Service members and their immediate Family members who are stationed in Utah, or

  • Nonresident U.S. Armed Forces Veteran who received an honorable discharge (within 12 months of applying) and their immediate Family, must demonstrate intent to become a Utah resident, or

  • Was a Utah resident for one year prior to active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces, or

  • Service members in the Utah National Guard or a U.S. Armed Forces Reserve unit in Utah

Utah Code 53B-8-102

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

Honorary High School Diplomas for Utah Wartime Veterans: Veterans who left high school before graduation to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, Korea and Vietnam are eligible to request an honorary high school diploma from their former high school. Veterans should contact the school district where they went to high school for information and to apply.
Utah School District Directory

Learn more about Honorary High School Diplomas for Utah Wartime Veterans

Utah Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3): The purpose of this compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:Children sitting on the steps of a school

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

  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities

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

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

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

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

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

MIC3 Assistance Request

Primary Point of Contact
Phone: 801-538-7835

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

Utah Purple Star Schools Designation for Military-Friendly Schools: The Utah Purple Star Schools Designation for military-friendly schools recognizes schools that show a Purple Star Schoolmajor commitment to students and Families connected to the U.S. Armed Forces.

For a school to qualify for the Purple Star Award they must appoint a school liaison who is specially trained to handle the unique challenges experienced by military Families. This liaison will ensure that other teachers at their school are aware of special considerations that students from military Families can benefit from. Each school will also have a dedicated page on their school website featuring resources for military Families.
Military Child Education Coalition, Purple Star School Program

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What are my Utah Military and Veteran Employment Benefits?

Utah State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference: Utah offers a Veterans hiring preference when hiring for initial employment with Utah state government to eligible Veterans, their Spouse or Surviving Spouse. Preference is given by adding points or percentage points (whichever is greater) to passing scores on an exam, rating or ranking system used for hiring.

  • Five points or 5% of the total possible score for Veterans

  • 10 points or 10% of the total possible score for Veterans with a disability or a Purple Heart recipient

  • Eligible Spouse or Surviving Spouse will receive the same points or percentage the qualifying Veteran is eligible for or would have been eligible for

Utah Code 71-10

Who is eligible for Utah State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference? Applicants must meet one of the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for 180 consecutive days or more (active duty for training does not qualify) and received an honorable discharge, or

  • Service member or former Service member in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces who served on active duty in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized and received an honorable discharge, or

  • Veteran who received a disability rating from the VA or a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, or

  • Spouse or unremarried Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran, or

  • Purple Heart recipient, or

  • Service member who retired from the U.S. Armed Forces

Learn more about Utah State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference

Utah Hilton Honors Military Program: The Utah Hilton Honors Military Program helps make the career transition from the U.S. Armed Forces to civilian employment easier for current and former Service members and their Spouses. The Hilton Honors Military Program will provide hotel accommodations for required travel while they are looking for a new job, training for a new job, finding housing, or starting a Veteran owned business. Those eligible can receive up to a total of 100,000 hotel points for verifiable employment-related activities.
Who is eligible for the Utah Hilton Honors Military Program? To be eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Served in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge or retired

  • Still serving in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Spouse of an eligible Veteran or Service member

  • Resident of Utah or planning to move to Utah

  • Must have an active job seeker registration at jobs.utah.gov

  • Employment related activities must be over 50 miles from current residence

Recipients must have a Hilton Honors account to receive the points. For more information, please email UtahVets@utah.gov, HiltonHonors@naswa.org or contact the nearest American Job Center.
Hilton Honors Military Program

Learn more about the Utah Hilton Honors Military Program

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

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

  • During a war, or

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

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

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

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

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

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10% but less than 30%.

10-Point 30% Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30% or more.

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

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

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses, or mothers of Veterans. Both a mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may 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 VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences

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

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic tank shooting a round National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service if the basic eligibility criteria are met.

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

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

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

The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) helps all who have claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

Learn more about the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

Utah Private Sector Voluntary Veterans Hiring Preference: Private-sector employers in Utah are authorized to have a Veterans employment preference policy. The preference policy must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be in writing

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

  • Publicly posted at the place of employment

  • Posted on the internet if the employer has a website or uses the internet to advertise employment opportunities

Employers may require applicants to provide discharge documents to prove eligibility for the preference.

Learn more about Utah Private Sector Voluntary Veterans Hiring Preference

Utah Veteran Employment Opportunity Program (VEOP): VEOP gives eligible Veterans, their Spouse or Surviving Spouse the option to be hired into designated career-service positions with a 6-month on-the-job examination period instead of a competitive hiring process. Applicants must upload the Veteran’s DD214 to the Utah 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 applicant who has opted into this program separately from other candidates.
Who is eligible for VEOP?

  • Veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for 180 consecutive days or more (active duty for training does not qualify) and received an honorable discharge, or

  • Service member or former Service member in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces who served on active duty in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized and received an honorable discharge, or

  • Veteran who received a disability rating from the VA or a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, or

  • Spouse or unremarried Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran, or

  • Purple Heart recipient, or

  • Service member who retired from the U.S. Armed Forces

Learn more about the Utah Veteran Employment Opportunity Program

Utah Alternative State Application Program (ASAP): ASAP allows for a non-competitive review and potential hiring of qualified candidates who have disabilities through an on-the-job examination period.

If hired through ASAP, the candidate will be placed in a time-limited position and begin a 6-month on-the-job examination period. Supervisors will 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.
Who is eligible for ASAP? To be eligible, the candidate must meet the minimum qualifications for the job and provide documentation of their disability.

Documentation includes:

  • SSDI or SSI documentation

  • VA Certification

  • Letter from Vocational Rehabilitation, or

  • Department of Human Resource Management form letter signed by a physician

When an eligible position becomes vacant, the ASAP candidate must:

  • Apply for the through the Utah Job Seeker website, and

  • Notify the ASAP Coordinator of each position they would like to be considered for under ASAP

The ASAP Coordinator will work with the agency’s recruiter to determine if the hiring manager would like to participate in ASAP and follows up with an ASAP candidate. The ASAP Coordinator can be reached by calling the Utah Division of Human Resource Management at 801-957-9380.

Learn more about the Utah Alternative State Application Program

Paid Military Leave for Utah State Employees: Utah state employees who are Service members in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are authorized 15 days military leave with full pay for required military duty. Military leave is in addition to vacation leave with pay. soliders boarding a vehicle
Who is eligible for Paid Military Leave for Utah State Employees? Service members in the National Guard or in the U.S. Armed Forces Reserves who are state employees are eligible for military leave.

Learn more about Paid Military Leave for Utah State Employees

Utah Department of Workforce Services Veteran Employment Services: The Utah Department of Workforce Services provides a web page to assist current Service members, Veterans and Spouses who are trying to find a job in Utah. They offer links for employment information, job search assistance as well as benefits and support as they look for a job.

In addition, Utah Department of Workforce Services, Employment Centers offer:

  • Priority of service

  • Military MOS/ AFSC crosswalks (civilian jobs with equivalency to military skills)

  • Referrals to other Veteran and military resources

Utah Department of Workforce Services, Local Veteran/Military Employment Contacts
Utah Department of Workforce Services, Employment Center Directory

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Extension of Utah Professional Licenses for Service Members in the National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserves: Any professional license held by a Service member serving in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces that expires while they are serving on active duty may be extended until 90 days after they are discharged from active duty status.
Who is eligible for an Extension of Utah Professional Licenses for Service Members in the National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserves? Service members serving in the National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserves who are serving on active duty are eligible for the extension.

Learn more about Extension of Utah Professional Licenses for Service Members in the National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserves

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What are my Utah Military and Veteran Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

Utah Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits: The Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS) administers the UI program that provides temporary financial assistance helicopter lifting offfor workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. UI is a partial, short-term replacement of lost wages while workers are seeking other work and is not intended to be a permanent source of income. Benefits are not based on financial need.

Employers pay all costs of the UI program. The amount of benefits applicants may be eligible to receive is determined by the amount of work they performed and wages they earned during the 18 months prior to filing the claim.

Initial claims for UI must be filed online at the Utah Workforce Services UI Claim Filing website.

Applicants will need the following information to file a claim:

  • Social Security Number

  • Names of all employers as they appear on pay stub with the dates worked for all employers since April 1, 2021

  • Name and local number of union hall (if applicable)

  • Driver License or ID card number

  • Alien Registration Number (if not a U.S. citizen)

  • Non-Utah employers mailing address and phone number (if applicable)

For a complete list of eligibility requirements, refer to the Utah Workforce Services UI Claimants Guide or contact the Claims Assistance and Re-Employment Team. The claim becomes effective the week that an initial application is completed.

Claims Assistance and Re-Employment Team:

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

  • Weber and North Davis Counties - 801-612-0877

  • Utah County - 801-375-4067

  • Balance of State or Out of State - 888-848-0688

Utah Workforce Services UI Claimant Guide
Utah Workforce Services, Introduction to UI Fact Sheet

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What are my Utah Military and Veteran Department of Public Safety Benefits?

“VETERAN” Indicator on Utah Driver Licenses and Identification (ID) Cards: Utah offers a “VETERAN” indicator on Utah driver licenses and ID cards for Veterans who received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans must be 21 years old or older to apply for a “VETERAN’ indicator on their driver licenseUtah Drivers License with veteran designation or any age when added to an ID card.

The “VETERAN” indicator can only be added by applying in person at a Utah Department of Public Safety office. Veterans must provide their discharge paperwork (DD214, Record/Notice of Separation, etc.) as proof they received an honorable discharge.
Utah Department of Public Safety Office Directory

Learn more about the “VETERAN” Indicator on Utah Driver Licenses and ID Cards

Utah Service Member and Family Member Driver License Extension: The driver license of a resident Service member serving in the U.S. Armed Forces stationed outside Utah will remain valid until 90 days after the Service member is discharged. This benefit also applies to the Service member’s immediate Family members or dependents who live with them.

Learn more about Utah Service Member and Family Member Driver License Extension

Utah Commercial Driver License (CDL) Skills Test Waiver: Utah Driver License Division offers CDL driving skills test waiver to Service members and former Service members based on their military training and experience. Applicants must meet licensing qualifications, been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces in the previous 90 days or they continue to serve in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces. Applicants must have operated a military vehicle equivalent to the commercial vehicle license they are applying for during the last two years.
Who is eligible for a Utah Commercial Driver License Skills Test Waiver?
Veterans and Service members must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Complete the Utah Application for Military Skills Test Waiver page one, last commanding officer must complete and sign page two

  • Veterans must provide a DD214 or discharge papers that indicates they received an honorable discharge within the last 90 days

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

  • Pass all required knowledge testing

School Bus and Passenger endorsements may not be transferred under this program. Applicants who did not operate a vehicle with air brakes or a manual transmission will have an air brake restriction and automatic transmission added to the license.
Utah CDL Webpage

Learn more about Utah Commercial Driver License Skills Test Waiver

Utah Military Special Group License Plates: Utah offers 16 distinctive license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and certain Family members. Specific eligibility and documentation requirements will apply.

Those interested can apply for these license plates at any Utah Division of Motor Vehicles location or by mail (mail in option requires a $4 postage and handling fee). All required fees are listed at the “Learn more…” link for each license plate. Applicants must submit a copy of their current registration, any documentation required for the special plate, and a check for any required fees.

Utah State Tax Commission
Motor Vehicle Division
P.O. Box 30412
Salt Lake City, UT 84130
For express services (FedEx, UPS, etc.) use zip code 84116

For more information, please call 801-297-7780 or 800-DMV-UTAH (800-368-8824).
Utah Form TC-203, New Utah Special Group Plate Application
Utah Form TC-817, Application for Personalized and Replacement License Plates

Learn more about Utah Military Special Group License Plates

Utah Army Veteran Plate Utah Honors Veterans License Plate: Utah offers the Honors Veterans license plates to generate funds to support the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs and may be requested with an Air Force, American Legion, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, or Navy emblem. Applicants are not required to be a Veteran to apply. This license plate may be personalized with up to five alphanumeric characters.

Learn more about Utah Honors Veterans License Plate

UT Purple Heart plate Utah Purple Heart, Combat Wounded License Plate: The Utah Purple Heart, Combat Wounded license plate is offered for recipients of The Purple Heart. This license plate may be personalized with up to five alphanumeric characters. There are no special plate fees or contribution requirements, regular registration and property tax fees still apply. Utah Purple Heart License and Registration Fee Exemption
Who is eligible for the Utah Purple Heart, Combat Wounded License Plate? To be eligible Service members or Veterans must provide a copy of a Military Order of the Purple Heart membership card or a copy of their DD214 that indicates they received the Purple Heart.

Learn more about the Utah Purple Heart, Combat Wounded License Plate

UT Gold star Plate Utah Gold Star License Plate: The Utah Gold Star license plate is available for Family members of a Service member who was killed while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. This plate may be personalized with up to five alphanumeric characters.
Who is eligible for the Utah Gold Star License Plate?
This plate is available to recipients of a Gold Star Lapel Button issued by the Department of Defense.

Eligible Family Members:

  • Surviving Spouse

  • Parents, stepparents, adoptive parents, foster parents in loco parentis

  • Sibling, half sibling, stepsibling

  • Child, stepchild, adopted Child

Applicants will be required to provide one of the following documents when they apply:

  • Document showing classification of death by the Department of Defense

  • Report of Casualty

  • Telegram from the Department of Defense notifying next of kin of the death of a Service member

  • Other documentation that verifies the applicant is a recipient of the Gold Star Lapel Button

Gold Star Lapel Button Application

Learn more about the Utah Gold Star License Plate

UT Disabled Veteran Plate Utah Disabled Veteran License Plate: The Utah Disabled Veteran license plate is available for Veterans who have a service-connected disability. This plate does not provide handicapped parking space privileges. Veterans who require handicapped parking space privileges can request a disabled windshield placard by submitting a Utah Form TC-842, Disability Certification. This plate may be personalized with up to five alphanumeric characters.
Who is eligible for the Utah Disabled Veteran License Plate? Veterans who have been awarded any percentage of service-connected disability are eligible. Veterans must submit documentation from the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs, the VA or the U.S. Armed Forces certifying their disability status. This plate may be transferred to an unremarried Surviving Spouse of a deceased disabled Veteran.

Learn more about the Utah Disabled Veteran License Plate

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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, (U.S. Armed Forces Reserve and National Guard Service members) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:Doctor with patient

  • 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 a Service member is not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

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

  • Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI)

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

  • Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance

State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) for Utah National Guard Service Members: SSLI is offered through the National Guard Association of Utah to Utah National Guard Service members. This program is made up of several voluntary group life policies and are designed to help meet the needs of National Guard Service members and their Families. Every NGAUTmember of the Utah National Guard is covered with $1,000 SSLI at no cost to the Service member.

Key Benefits of the SSLI:

  • Over $250,00 in coverage available through a combination of the SSLI plans

  • Coverage available for Spouse and Children

Visit the National Guard State Sponsored Life Insurance webpage for current rates.
Who is eligible for SSLI for Utah National Guard Service Members?
Utah National Guard Service members and their dependents are eligible for coverage.

Learn more about the National Guard Association of Utah Group Insurance

Utah National Guard Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Injury, Illness, Disability and Death Incurred while on State Active Duty: Utah National Guard Service members serving on state active duty who are injured, become ill, become disabled or die in the line of duty are eligible for benefits and compensation under the Utah Workers’ Compensation Act and the Utah Occupational Disease Act.

Beneficiaries of a Utah National Guard Service member who die while on state active duty will receive a death gratuity payment of $100,000 within 72 hours of the Service member’s death. Utah Code 39-1-59
Who is eligible for Utah National Guard Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Injury, Illness, Disability and Death Incurred while on State Active Duty? National Guard Service members serving on state active duty are eligible.

Learn more about Utah National Guard Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Injury, Illness, disability and Death Incurred while on State Active Duty

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

Elk standing in a field Utah Disabled Veteran Discounted Hunting and Fishing Licenses: Utah offers discounted hunting, fishing and combination licenses to resident disabled Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The following one year licenses are available:

  • Fishing license - $12

  • Hunting license - $25.50

  • Combination license - $28.50

Who is Eligible for Utah Disabled Veteran Discounted Hunting and Fishing Licenses? Resident disabled Veterans who served in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces and have a 20% or more service-connected disability rating are eligible for these discounted licenses. Applicants must provide an official letter, statement or card issued by the VA, or a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces certifying they have a service-connected disability rating of 20% or higher.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, License, Permit and Miscellaneous Fees

Learn more about Utah Disabled Veteran Discounted Hunting and Fishing Licenses

Utah Department of Natural Resources, Veterans with Disabilities Honor Pass: The Utah Parks and Recreation Division offers a free annual Veterans with Disabilities Rock ClimbingHonor Pass to qualified Veterans.

The Honor Pass authorizes free day use entry to all Utah state parks for the eligible disabled Veteran and up to seven guests in the same private vehicle. Honor Passes are only valid when in possession of the Veteran that were issued to and are nontransferable.
Who is eligible for the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Veterans with Disabilities Honor Pass? Utah resident Veterans who were honorably discharged and have a service-connected disability rating of any percentage are eligible. Veterans are required to provide a current Summary of Benefits letter issued by the VA to prove eligibility.

Veterans with Disabilities Honor Pass pickup locations include Utah State Parks Region Offices, the main office in Salt Lake City, and all the state parks except for Flight Park, Piute State Park, Jordan River OHV State Park, Utahraptor State Park, Lost Creek State Park, and This is the Place Heritage Park.

The Veterans with Disabilities Honor Pass is not valid at This Is The Place Heritage Park, for fees charged by Davis County for travel on the Antelope Island Causeway, and for special charges or fees within the park.
Utah State Parks Directory
Utah State Parks Regional Offices Directory

Learn more about the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Veterans with Disabilities Honor Pass

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What are my Utah Military and Veteran Miscellaneous Benefits?

Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Reduced Fare Cards for Disabled Persons: UTA offers 50% reduced fare cards that may be used for UTA Bus, TRAX, FrontRunner, S-Line streetcar, UTA On Demand, Ski Service and PC-SLC Connect for disabled individuals.
Who is eligible for Utah Bus/TRAX Reduced Fare Cards for Disabled Persons?
Anyone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities are eligible (as defined by the American with Disabilities Act).
UTA Disability Eligibility information

Those interested can apply at the UTA Application webpage, UTA Customer Service Locations and retail locations. Applicants are required to provide verification from a health care professional that they are eligible when they apply.

Learn more about the Utah Bus/TRAX Reduced Fare Cards for Disabled Persons

Utah Homeless Veterans Fellowship (HVF): HVF is a non-profit organization that offers comprehensive 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 HVF’s mission is to provide a stabilized living environment, counseling services, and additional programs that will allow homeless Veterans to return to self-sufficiency. For more information, please call 801-392-7662.
HVF Program Information

Learn more about the Utah Homeless Veterans Fellowship

Utah@EASE (U@E) Free Legal Assistance for Service Members and Veterans? U@E is a referral program led by the Office of the Utah Attorney General in partnership with the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs and the Utah State Bar that offers free legal assistance and representation for Veterans and current Service members who have Utah legal issues.

Veterans must be referred by either a Veteran Service Officer or a judge advocate. Service members must contact their local Judge Advocate General Office for a referral. U@E does not provide legal advice or services, but rather finds volunteer attorneys who are willing to help eligible Veterans and Service members with Utah legal matters. The types of legal issues they can help with are:

  • Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

  • Landlord issues

  • Debt

  • Consumer fraud

  • Predatory lending

  • Immigration

  • Wills and trusts

Who is eligible for Utah@EASE (U@E) Free Legal Assistance for Service Members and Veteran? Veterans who received an Honorable or General Discharge or currently serving Service members are eligible for assistance.

Learn more about the Utah@EASE Free Legal Assistance for Service Members and Veterans

Utah Veteran First-Time Homebuyer Grant Program: The Utah Veteran First-Time Homebuyer Grant offers Veterans and Service members who are first-time homebuyers a $2,500 grant to go towards the purchase of their first home in Utah.

Homes must be occupied as their primary residence within 30 days of execution of the mortgage closing documents.
Who is eligible for the Utah Veteran First-Time Homebuyer Grant? Veterans who separated from the U.S. Armed Forces within the last five years and currently serving Service members who are eligible for a VA Home Loan Certificate of Eligibility.

Grants are received from any lender licensed to do business in Utah. Mortgage loans can be VA or any other conforming loan product, such as FHA, Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.

Applicants should refer their lender to the Utah Housing Corp website for a lender’s Funding Reservation Checklist and additional information. For more information, please call the Utah Department of Veteran and Military Affairs at 801-326-2372 or email fthb@utah.gov.
Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs, Utah Veteran First-Time Homebuyer Grant Application

Learn more about the Utah Veteran First-Time Homebuyer Grant Program

Utah Veterans Homes: Utah has four Veterans Homes that provide long-term care for Utah Veterans and their eligible Family members.

Services Offered:

  • Short-term rehabilitation

  • Physical, occupational and speech therapies

  • Skilled nursing care

  • Respite care (only at Salt Lake City and Payson locations)

  • Memory care

  • Hospice Care (only at Ogden location)

  • Post-stroke rehabilitation

  • Pain management

Utah Veterans Homes Locations:

Who is eligible for care at the Utah State Veterans Homes? To be eligible for admission applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Utah resident

  • Requires nursing home care

  • Received an honorable discharge

  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for more than 180 consecutive days, or

  • Served in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces, or

  • Has a service-connected injury or disability, regardless of whether they completed 180 days of active duty

  • An eligible Veteran’s Spouse or Surviving Spouse

  • Gold Star Parents of a Service member who was killed while serving on active duty

Utah Veterans Nursing Home Act
For more information and to apply those interested should contact the Utah Veterans Home they are interested in.

Learn more about Utah State Veterans Homes

Utah State Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park: The Utah Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park, in Bluffdale, Utah offers a dignified final resting place for Veterans, their Spouse and dependent Children.Utah Veterans Cemetery

The cemetery offers in-ground casketed and urn burials, a columbarium niche for cremated remains and a beautifully landscaped Memorial Garden to scatter cremated ashes. Veterans are buried at no cost, a Surviving Spouse or dependent Child are buried for a $828 fee. Burial benefits include the burial plot, opening and closing of the grave, a government issued marker, and perpetual care.
Who is eligible for interment at the Utah State Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park?
Eligibility requirements for the burial at the Utah State Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park are the same as for VA National Cemeteries. Exact eligibility requirements can viewed at the VA, National Cemetery Administration Eligibility webpage. To establish a Veteran’s eligibility for burial, a copy of the official military discharge document bearing an official seal, or a DD214, is required.

The following are the general eligibility requirements:

  • Discharged from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable, or

  • Died while on active duty, or

  • Served at least 20 years in the National Guard or U.S. Armed Force Reserves and qualified for military retired pay (or would have qualified except death occurred before age 60), or

  • Reserve component Service members qualify if they were activated for federal service, active duty for training does not qualify as active service

  • Spouses and dependents (burial of dependent Children is limited to unmarried Children under 21 years old or 23 years old if a full-time student at an approved educational institution or a Child who develops a lifelong disability prior to age 21)

For more information, please contact:

Utah Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park

Address: 17111 South Camp Williams Road
Bluffdale, UT 84065
Phone: 801-254-9036
Fax: 801-254-5756

Utah State Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park Brochure

Learn more about the Utah State Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 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.

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Utah

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Utah: The VA National Cemetery Administration has one national cemetery in Utah. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

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

Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs
550 Foothill Drive, Suite 105
Salt Lake City, UT 84113
Phone: 801-326-2372 / 800-894-9497
Fax: 801-326-2369
Email: veterans@utah.gov

Learn more about Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs

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Military Installations in Utah

Please see the Utah Military Resource Locator for additional information

Active Duty

Army
Dugway Proving Ground

Tooele Army Depot

Air Force
Hill Air Force Base

National Guard
Utah National Guard

Utah Army National Guard

Utah Air National Guard
151st Air Refueling Wing

U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)
88th Readiness Division


Resources

Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs

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

Utah Tax Commission Publication 57, Military Personnel Instructions

Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs, Education

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

Weber State University, Veterans Upward Bound Program

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

Utah Division of Motor Vehicles, License Plates for Vehicles

Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs, State and Federal Benefits Guide

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Utah

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Document Review Date: 26 September 2022