Vermont Military and Veterans Benefits

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Summary of Vermont Military and Veterans Benefits: Vermont offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families including property tax exemptions, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, vehicle tags, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Service Officer: The Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs has Veteran Service Officers to help Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and their Families find and apply for military/ Veterans benefits under federal, state and local laws. For more information or for assistance, please contact the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs.

Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs
118 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05620-4401
Phone: 802-828-3379 / 888-666-9844
Fax: 802-28-5932

Learn more about the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Sevice Officer

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State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

What are my Vermont Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Vermont Income Tax Exemptions for Military Pay: Military pay is exempt from Vermont income taxes for full-time active duty in the U.S. Armed Services when the pay is earned outside of Vermont.

Up to $2,000 of military pay is tax exempt for service in the Vermont National Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces Reserves if the Service member's federal adjusted gross income is less than $50,000.

Funds received through College Loan Repayment Program if they are included in the federal adjusted gross income are exempt from Vermont income taxes. 32 VSA S. 5823

Learn more about Vermont Income Tax Exemptions for Military Pay

Vermont Income Taxes on Military Retired Pay: Military retired pay is taxed according to federal guidelines.

Learn more about Vermont Income Taxes on Military Retired Pay

Vermont Taxes on Military Disability Retirement Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal 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.

If you are a retired Service member and receive disability benefits from the VA, see IRS Publication 525 for more information.

Learn more about Vermont Taxes on Military Disability Retirement Pay

Vermont 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 of 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 Vermont Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

young child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemetery Vermont Taxes on Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Military SBP/RCSBP/RSFPP: Survivor pensions are taxed following federal tax rules.

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

Vermont Property Tax Filing Benefits for U.S. Armed Forces Service Members During Military Conflict: Vermont offers tax filing extensions to the following Service members:

  • Reserve component Service members called up for full-time active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces because of a military conflict in an area designated as a combat zone (duty does not need to be performed within the combat zone), or

  • Service member serving in an area designated as a combat zone

  • Service member hospitalized due to injuries received during qualified service.

Service members meeting the eligibility requirements above are eligible for the following filing benefits:

Income Tax Extension: 180-day extension to file income tax after qualifying service ends.

Penalty and Interest Exemption for Property Tax: 180-day extension to file property tax without penalty, fee or interest. This extension must be approved by the local municipality. Contact the town clerk in the town where your property is located for instructions to request this exemption

Homestead Declaration Abatement: If a resident Service member’s Vermont Homestead Declaration was late or incorrect due to active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces they may qualify for 180-day abatement. The local municipality has the authority to abate all or a portion of the Service member’s property tax. Contact the town clerk where the property is located for instructions to request this abatement

Combat Zone Property Tax Credit and Renter Rebate: Qualified Service members are eligible for a 180-day extension to file a Vermont Property Tax Credit or a Vermont Renter Rebate. Applicants must file a Vermont Homestead Declaration and Property Tax Adjustment Claim, Form HS-122 and include documentation of their service. Send the completed form and proof of military service to:

Vermont Department of Taxes
Taxpayer Services Division
Vermont Department of Taxes
P.O. Box 1645
Montpelier, VT 05601-1645

Vermont Homestead Declaration and Property Tax Credit Instructions
Vermont Town Clerk Directory

Learn more about Vermont Property Tax Filing Benefits for U.S. Armed Forces Service Members During Military Conflict

Vermont Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans and their Survivors: Vermont offers a property tax exemption to disabled Veterans and their survivors on the first $10,000 of appraised value of their home. Local municipalities may vote to increase this exemption up to $40,000.disabled vet in a wheelchair

The exemption only applies the primary residence that is owned by the Veteran or their survivor. Veterans and survivors who rent their homes are not eligible for this exemption.
Who is eligible for the Vermont Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans and their Survivors? To be eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Veterans who have a service-connected disability rating from the VA of 50% or higher

  • Veterans who receive a non-service-connected disability pension from the VA

  • Veterans who received a permanent medical retirement from the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouses or minor Children of Veterans who were eligible for the exemption at the time of their death.

Most Veterans will have to re-file for the exemption yearly before May 1 st. Please refer to the application below for a listing of those that only need to apply once. 32 VSA S. 3802(11)
Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs Contact Information
Vermont Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans and their Survivors Application

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What are my Vermont Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Vermont National Guard Tuition Benefit Program (VNGTBP): VNGTBP offers interest-free and forgivable loans to Vermont National Guard (VTNG) Service members. Loan forgiveness means that Service members do not have to pay part, or all, of their loan.

The award is a loan that covers tuition only. If the Service member receives other grants or scholarships that cover all or part of their tuition, the loan amount will be reduced.

Loan Forgiveness: Loans are forgiven based on the Service member’s time in service in the VTNG. To be eligible for partial or complete forgiveness of their loan, Service members must:

  • Complete two years of service in the VTNG for each full-time (12 credits or more) academic year

  • Service commitment is pro-rated below 12 credit hours

  • Certificate programs require a 6-month service commitment per certificate (up to two certificates per year).

Tuition Assistance Who is eligible for the VTNGTBP? To be eligible for this loan Service members must meet the following requirements:

  • Attend a Vermont university, college, or eligible training institution offering certificate training or continuing education programs

  • Not have previously earned a bachelor’s degree

  • Demonstrate satisfactory academic progress

  • Active member in good standing of the VTNG

  • Successfully complete basic training or commissioning

  • Service members must have used all post 9/11/2001 tuition benefits and other federally funded military tuition assistance.

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Assisted Online Scholarship Application
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Scholarships for Vermont Military Service Members Webpage
Vermont State Supported University, College, Post-secondary Institution, or Technical Institute Directory

Learn more about the Vermont National Guard Tuition Benefit Program

Vermont Armed Services Scholarship: The Vermont Armed Services Scholarship provides educational assistance to the Families of Service member’s in the U.S. Armed Forces that die on active or inactive duty.

Armed Services Scholarship may be used for up to 18 credit hours per semester, up to a maximum of 130 credits. Any Pell Grant financial assistance will be deducted from the amount the applicant can receive.
Who is eligible for Vermont Armed Services Scholarship? To receive Vermont Armed Services Scholarship, applicants must be a Child, stepchild, or Surviving Spouse of:

  • Vermont National Guard Service member who was killed after 1955, or who died after January 1, 2001, while on active or inactive duty

  • Vermont resident, U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Service member or who died after January 1, 2001, while on active or inactive duty

  • Service members on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces who died after January 1, 2001, and at the time of death, was either:

    • Vermont resident

    • Nonresident Service member in the Vermont National Guard who was mobilized to active duty

    • Nonresident Reserve Service member in a Vermont-based Reserve unit who was mobilized to active duty

  • Enrolled in an approved program at a Vermont university, college, post-secondary institution, or technical institute leading to a certificate or degree (other than a postgraduate degree).

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Assisted Online Scholarship Application
Vermont State Supported University, College, Postsecondary Institution, or Technical Institute Directory

Learn more about the Vermont Armed Services Scholarship

Vermont High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: Wartime Veterans that left high school to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces can request Vermont high school diplomas.
Who is eligible for Vermont High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans? Honorably discharged Veterans that left high school before graduation to serve during the following wartime periods are eligible:

  • World War II - December 7, 1941, through December 31, 1946

  • Korean War Era - June 27, 1950, through January 31, 1955

  • Vietnam War Era - August 5, 1964, through May 7, 1975, for Veterans serving outside Vietnam; February 28, 1961, through May 7, 1975, for Veterans serving inside Vietnam.

Applicants can choose to receive their diploma from any Vermont public school listed on page 2 of the application. For more information contact the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs at 802-828-3379 or at 888-666-9844 (In state toll free).
Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs, Application for a Diploma for World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War Era Veterans

Learn more about the Vermont High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans

Children sitting on the steps of a school Vermont 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:

  • 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 Points of Contact
Phone: 802-652-7250

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

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What are my Vermont Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Vermont Employees Authorized Absence for Military Training: Vermont Service members in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are authorized a leave of Hiking in the snow covered mountainsabsence for 15 days in any calendar year for military drill, training, or other temporary duty under military authority.

This leave of absence can be with or without pay as determined by the employer. When the Service member returns to their civilian employment they must be returned to their previous position with the same status, pay, and seniority, including seniority that accrued during their absence.

Learn more about Vermont Employees Authorized Leave for Military Training

Vermont Veterans’ State Employment Hiring Preference: Preference points will be added to the scores of applicants who are eligible for Veterans’ preference when applying for state jobs.

In addition, those eligible for Veterans’ preference can apply for jobs that normally are only available to current State employees. Applicants may also apply and compete for vacant positions that are recruited as "State promotional only".
Who is eligible for Vermont Veterans’ State Employment Hiring Preference?
The following individuals are eligible for preference:

  • Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces that served at least 90 days on active duty and received an honorable discharge

  • Veterans with a service-connected disability

  • The Spouse of a totally disabled Veteran with a service-connected disability

  • The unremarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran.

Any interested Veteran may view all job postings at the Vermont Department of Human resources Careers Webpage.

For questions and information please call the Vermont Recruitment Services Division 855-828-6700, option 1, then option 4. 20 VSA 83 S. 1543

Learn more about Vermont Veterans’ State Employment Hiring Preference

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. 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 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 Soldiers at the shooting rangerights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include 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 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, 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) assists all claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

Learn more about Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

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What are my Vermont Military and Veterans Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

Vermont Unemployment Insurance (UI): Vermont's Department of Labor administers UI benefits to provide short term replacement of lost wages to individuals who lose their job through no fault of their own. The money for UI is funded by taxes paid by employers into the UI trust fund.

Applicants will need the following information to file a UI claim:

  • Social Security Number

  • Mailing and Home Addresses

  • Email Address

  • Telephone Number (including area code)

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

  • Amount and duration of any separation pay you may receive (vacation pay, severance pay, etc.)

  • Return to work date (if you expect to be recalled to your job)

  • Valid Driver’s License Number (or state issued ID Number, if applicable)

  • Banking information for Direct Deposit of your unemployment check (Please see "Form B-38 Direct Deposit" in Forms).

  • DD214, Member 4 Copy (if you were in the military in the past 18 months)

  • Form SF-8 (if you worked for the Federal Government during the past 18 months and received one).

Applicants will need the following previous employer information (for the last 18 months):

  • Complete name and address of each employer (including zip code) worked for

  • Payroll address (if different from employer address)

  • Employer telephone number (including area code)

  • Beginning and ending dates of employment

  • Reason for separation.

To file an initial claim call 877-214-3330, Monday through Saturday, 8:00 am-5:30 pm.

Applicants that are hearing impaired or TTY users may file their claim by calling the department directly at 800-650-4152.
Vermont UI Initial Application Information
Vermont UI Claimant Handbook

Learn more about the Vermont Unemployment Insurance

Vermont Veterans Employment Assistance: The Vermont Department of Labor has trained staff at their Career Resource Centers to help Veterans find work. They help Veterans by identifying job training needs and funds for training. For more information, please call the nearest Vermont Career Resource.

  • Barre-Montpelier Career Resource Center: 802-476-2600

  • Bennington Career Resource Center: 802-442-6376

  • Brattleboro Career Resource Center: 802-254-4555

  • Burlington Career Resource Center: 802-863-7676

  • Middlebury Career Resource Center: 802-388-4921

  • Morrisville Career Resource Center: 802-888-4545

  • Newport Career Resource Center: 802-334-6545

  • Rutland Career Resource Center: 802-786-5837

  • St. Albans Career Resource Center: 802-524-6585

  • Springfield Career Resource Center: 802-289-0999

  • St. Johnsbury Career Resource Center: 802-748-3177

  • White River Junction Career Resource Center: 802-295-8805

The Vermont Department of Labor also has the Jobs for Veterans State Grant which provides Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Representatives to help disabled Veterans and Veterans with barriers to employment, find suitable employment.
Vermont Career Resource Centers Directory

Learn more about the Vermont Veterans Employment Assistance

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What are my Vermont Military and Veterans Department of Motor Vehicles Benefits?

Vermont ‘Veteran’ Designation on Driver’s Licenses and Identification (ID) Cards: Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces that served on active duty and received an honorable discharge can request a ‘Veteran’ Designation on their Vermont Driver’s license or ID card. A new Driver’s License or Non-Driver ID application and a completed Vermont drivers license with veteran designationVermont Certificate of Veteran Status are required.
Vermont Certificate of Veteran Status (Form VG-168)
Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, Application for License/ Permit
Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, Application for Non-Driver ID
Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Office Directory
Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs Contact Webpage

Learn more about the Vermont ‘Veteran’ Designation on Driver’s Licenses and ID Cards

Vermont Commercial Driver License (CDL) Military Skills Test Waiver: Vermont offers a CDL Military Skills Test Waiver to eligible Service members and recently separated Veterans that operated a military vehicle equivalent to a commercial motor vehicle. 23 VSA S. 4108
Who is eligible for the Vermont CDL Military Skills Test Waiver? Applicants who are currently licensed and who are, or were, employed within the last year in a position that requires the operation of a military vehicle equivalent to a commercial motor vehicle may be eligible for a CDL Military Skills Test Waiver. Applicants must provide evidence and certify the following:

  • In the last year served in a military position requiring operation of a commercial motor vehicle

  • Veterans that in the two years immediately prior to discharge were licensed on a vehicle like the commercial motor vehicle they are requesting a license for.

To apply for the Military Skills Test Waiver applicants must complete the Vermont Military Skills Test Waiver Application and provide supporting documentation (military driver's license and discharge paperwork) to their local Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles office.
Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Office Directory

Learn more about the Vermont Commercial Driver License Military Skills Test Waiver

Vermont Driver's License Extension for Service Members on Active Duty and their Dependents: Resident Service members on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents are authorized a military extension of their driver's license expiration date for up to four years after their license would normally expire.

Those eligible for the extension must carry their expired Vermont driver’s license, their military ID card and the Vermont Armed Forces Extension Letter/ Card.

The extended license must be renewed within thirty (30) days of the Service member’s discharge date. 23 VSA S. 616

Learn more about the Vermont Driver's License Extension for Service Members on Active Duty and their Dependents

Waiver of Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Fees for Eligible Disabled Veterans: Veterans who have had vehicle modifications made to their vehicle to accommodate their disability that were paid for by the VA are exempt from vehicle sales tax, registration and licensing fees.

Learn more about the Waiver of Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Fees for Eligible Disabled Veterans

Vermont Military License Plates: The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offers 15 military and Veteran related license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and eligible Family members.

All applicants must provide documentation of eligibility for the specific license plate and a completed Vermont Certificate of Veteran Status (Form VG-168) to the Vermont Office of Veterans' Affairs for certification. All military license plates will only be reissued to the original plate holder or their unremarried Surviving Spouse. Applicants should mail their completed form, copy of their DD214 that indicates Character of Service (copy of military ID card for active duty Service members), and any other eligibility documentation to:

Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs
118 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620-4401
Phone: 802-828-3379 / 888-666-9844
Fax: 802-828-5932

These license plates can be used on vehicles registered at the pleasure car rate and trucks registered for less than 26,001 lbs. None of these license plates can be personalized/vanity plates. A short description of some of these license plates is listed below.
Vermont DMV Directory

Vermont Disabled Veteran Plate: Disabled Veterans are eligible for the Vermont Disabled Veteran license plate. Applicants must provide documents required above as well as a completed Vermont DMV, Universal Medical Evaluation/ Progress Report (Form VS-113).

Vermont US Veteran Plate Vermont U.S. Veteran License Plate: Honorably discharged Veterans and currently serving active duty Service members are eligible for the Vermont U.S. Veteran license plate.

Vermont Purple Heart plate Vermont Purple Heart License Plate: Service members and Veterans that received the Purple Heart Medal are eligible for Vermont Purple Heart license plate.

Vermont Gold Star Family plate Vermont Gold Star License Plate: Immediate Family members of Service members killed during war, military conflict, international terrorist attack, or military operations are eligible for the Vermont Gold Star Family license plate. Immediate Family members are defined as:

  • Surviving Spouse

  • Mother, stepmother, mother through adoption, foster mother in loco parentis

  • Father, stepfather, father through adoption, foster father in loco parentis

  • Child, stepchild, adopted Child

  • Sibling, half-sibling.

Applicants must provide documents required above as well as proof of their Family relation to the deceased Service member, DD1300 Report of Casualty and a completed Vermont DMV Gold Star Family Plate Application (Form VD-157).

Learn more about Vermont Military License Plates

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What are my Vermont Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?

Vermont National Guard Service Members Covered by Workers Compensation for Injury, Illness or Death While on State Active Duty: National Guard Service members on state active duty receive worker's compensation benefits in the same manner as state employees.

Learn more about Vermont National Guard Service Members Covered by Workers Compensation for Injury, Illness or Death While on State Active Duty

Vermont National Guard State Active Duty Death Benefit: Vermont offers a $50,000 death benefit to the beneficiaries of a Vermont National Guard Service member that is killed while on state active duty, or as a result of injuries they received while mobilized. The death or injuries that resulted in death must have been in the line of duty.

Learn more about Vermont National Guard State Active Duty Death 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.

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

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What are my Vermont Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Vermont Disabled Veteran Free, Permanent, Fishing, Hunting or Combination Licenses: Vermont offers free permanent hunting, fishing or combination licenses to Disabled Vet fishing eligible disabled Veterans.
Who is eligible for the Vermont Disabled Veteran Free, Permanent, Fishing, Hunting or Combination Licenses ? Resident Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces that have a service-connected VA disability rating of 60% or greater are eligible for a free permanent fishing, hunting or combination license.

Applicants for the hunting or combination licenses must meet Vermont Hunting License Requirements.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Disability Letter and Sporting License Application

Learn more about the Vermont Resident Veteran Hunting and Fishing Permanent Disability License

2 men fishing in a boat Vermont Reciprocal Hunting and Fishing Privileges for Non-Resident Disabled Veterans: Veterans that are residents of Maine or New Hampshire and have a service-connected VA disability rating of 60% or greater are eligible for a free one-year Vermont fishing, hunting or combination license.

Applicants for the hunting or combination licenses must meet Vermont Hunting License Requirements.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Disability Reciprocal Privilege Letter and Application

Learn more about the Vermont Reciprocal Hunting and Fishing Privileges for Non-Resident Disabled Veterans

Vermont Resident Military Hunting and Fishing Licenses: Resident Service members that are serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces or are activated under orders for homeland defense or a state-side contingency operation for 120 or more consecutive days are eligible for a free one-year year fishing, hunting or combination license.

Applicants for the hunting or combination licenses must meet Vermont Hunting License Requirements.

Military licenses are available from the Montpelier office, online, and through license agents. Any questions on eligibility for military licenses should be directed to 802-828-1190 or fwinformation@vermont.gov or sent to:

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
ATTN: Licensing Dewey Building
1 National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05620-3208

Learn more about the Vermont Resident Military Hunting and Fishing Licenses

Vermont Non-Resident Military Service Member Hunting and Fishing Licenses at Resident Rates: Non-resident Service members on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and are stationed in Vermont can purchase hunting and fishing license for resident prices.Green Mountain

  Learn more about Vermont Non-Resident Military Service Member Hunting and Fishing Licenses at Resident Rates

Vermont Green Mountain Passport Lifetime Pass for Resident Veterans: Vermont resident Veterans that received an honorable discharge are eligible for a $2.00 lifetime Green Mountain Passport. The passport authorizes day entry at Vermont State Parks, historic sites and fully state sponsored events. Green Mountain Passports are only available from local city or town clerk's offices.
Green Mountain Passport Program Flyer
Vermont Town Clerk Directory

Learn more about the Vermont Green Mountain Passport Lifetime Pass for Resident Veterans

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What are my Vermont Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Vermont's Medals for Veterans: Vermont offers three medals that recognize the service and sacrifice of Service members and their Families.

Vermont Veterans Medal: The Vermont Veterans Medal is awarded to Veterans that received an honorable discharge. Veterans must be a current resident, resident at the time of entry into the Vermont Medals for VeteransU.S. Armed Forces or a National Guard or Reserve Service member in a unit in Vermont. National Guard and Reserve Service members must have been called to active duty in a time of conflict to be eligible.

Vermont Distinguished Service Medal : The Vermont Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to Veterans that served in a combat theater and received an honorable discharge. Veterans must be a current resident, resident at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces or a National Guard or Reserve Service member in a unit in Vermont that is called to active duty.

Vermont Patriots Medal: The Vermont Patriots Medal is presented to the next-of-kin of a Vermont Service member that is killed in action.

To request the Veterans Medal and Distinguished Service Medal, the Veteran or someone on their behalf must complete the Vermont State Veterans Medal and Distinguished Service Medal Application. Applications can also be completed by calling the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs at 888-666-9844 or 802-828-3379. The Veterans Medal and Distinguished Service Medal may be awarded posthumously.

Applicants can choose to receive the medals in the mail, or at an annual medal presentation ceremony by the Governor at the Vermont State House.

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Vermont Veterans Assistance Fund: The Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs administers the Vermont Veteran Assistance Fund. This program can provide a one-time payment to Vermont Veterans or their Families who are in a financial crisis and need help paying for a critical need, such as housing and utilities. The amount of assistance provided can be up to $500. Please call the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs at 888-666-9844 or 802-828-3379 to apply.
Who is eligible for the Vermont Veterans Assistance Fund?
Resident Vermont Veterans and their Families are eligible for assistance.

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Vermont Veterans Discharge Records Stored with the Office of Veterans Affairs: The Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs maintains copies of active duty discharge records for most Veterans who entered the service from Vermont. Veterans can apply for their records to assist with benefit claims for federal and state benefits.

To request records please call 888-666-9844 or 802-828-3379 between 7:30 am and 4:00 pm. Those requesting records may also submit a written request by mail to:

Office of Veterans Affairs
118 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05620-4401

Fax: 802-828-5932

When requesting records include the following information:

  • Full name (including full middle name)

  • Social Security Number

  • Date of Birth

  • Approximate dates of service

  • Address to mail records to

  • Simple statement saying... "Please send me my DD214".

Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs, Application for Release of Military Records Maintained at the State Veterans Affairs Office

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Vermont Veterans’ Home: The Vermont Veterans’ Home is a 177 bed nursing facility in Bennington Vermont that provides rehabilitation and long term care for Veterans and their eligible Family members.

The Vermont Veterans’ Home is a licensed, residential, healthcare facility with an extensively trained staff that provides a wide range of medical services. These services include:

  • Short and long-term care

  • Post-operative wound care

  • Physical, speech, rehabilitation and occupational therapy

  • Certified Alzheimer's and dementia unit.

Who is eligible for care at the Vermont Veterans’ Home? To be eligible for care at the Vermont Veterans’ Home, Veterans must have served at least 90 days in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge. Gold Star parents and Spouses of eligible Veterans also are eligible for admission. Vermont residency is not a requirement, Vermont Veterans Homebut Vermont residents will have priority for admission.

The Vermont Veterans’ Home accepts private payment, Medicare and Vermont Medicaid. The VA will pay for Veterans that have a 70% or greater service-connected disability rating.

For more information, please contact the Vermont Veterans’ Home at 802-447-6510, 802-447-6539 or by email at VVh-admissions@vermont.gov.
Vermont Veterans’ Home Application for Admission

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Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery (VVMC): VVMC located in Randolph Center offers a dignified eternal resting place for Veterans, their Spouses, and eligible Children.

The Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemeterycemetery provides perpetual care for all grave plots and headstones and has a non-denominational chapel as well as a memorial garden. VVMC also has a commercial monument section where Veterans have the option of using privately purchased commercial headstones in place of the government provided markers.

There is no cost for the Veteran to be buried in the government issued marker sections of the cemetery. There is an opening/ closing fee for a Spouse or minor Child.
Who is eligible for Burial at the VVMC? Burial in the VVMC is open to all members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. A Veteran’s Spouse, Surviving Spouse, minor dependent Children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult Children with disabilities may also be eligible for burial. National Guard and Reserve Service members that have 20 years of service (received their 20-year letter) are also eligible.

Veterans are encouraged to pre-register so that they can make decisions about the type of marker they will receive and which section they would like to be laid to rest in. This also ensures that all the paperwork is complete before the time of need. Applications are made through the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs. For questions and more information please call the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs at 888-666-9844 or 802-828-3379.
VVMC Application
VVMC Fact Sheet

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Vermont Military Funeral Honors: The Vermont National Guard has an Honor Guard team that performs Military Funeral Honors at more than 300 funerals each year. During Military Funeral Honors they may perform an appropriate gun salute, complete a flag folding ceremony, present the flag to the next of kin, and play Taps. To contact the Vermont National Guard Honor Guard Detail call 802-338-3490.

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Burial of Vermont’s Destitute Veterans: Veterans who die destitute are guaranteed a proper burial paid for by Vermont. For more information, contact the Economic Services Division at 800-479-6151.

Families of destitute or low-income Veterans are encouraged consider the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery because of its quality and low cost.

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Vermont

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Vermont: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Vermont: The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains two national cemeteries in Vermont. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

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Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs
118 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05620-4401
Phone: 802-828-3379/ 888-666-9844 (toll free in Vermont)
Fax: 802-28-5932

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Military Installations in Vermont

Please see the Vermont Military Resource Locator for additional information.

National Guard
Vermont Army and Air National Guard

Vermont Army National Guard

Vermont Air National Guard
158th Fighter Wing

U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)
99th Readiness Division

RESOURCES

Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs

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

Vermont Department of Taxes

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

Vermont General Assembly

Vermont Statutes

Vermont Department of Taxes, Military and Veterans information

Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

U.S. Department of Labor, Veteran's Employment and Career Transition Advisor

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Arkansas

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Document Review Date: 23 August 2021