Vermont Military and Veterans Benefits

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Summary of Vermont Military and Veterans Benefits: The State of Vermont offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans 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.

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What are my Vermont Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits? 

Vermont Income Tax Exemptions for Military Pay: The following is a list of tax exemptions for Vermont resident military personnel:

  • Military pay is exempt for full-time active duty with the Armed Services when the pay is earned outside of Vermont.

  • Up to $2,000 of military pay for unit training in Vermont for National Guard and U.S. Reserve personnel when the unit certifies the training was completed during the calendar year and the Service member's Federal adjusted gross income is less than $50,000.

Funds received through the federal Armed Forces educational loan repayment program under 10 U.S.C. chapters 109 and 1609, to the extent the funds are included in adjusted gross income of the taxpayer for the taxable year. ( 32 VSA §5823 )

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

Learn more about Vermont Income Taxes on Retired Military pay

Vermont Taxes on Military Disability Retired Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income if any of the following conditions apply:

  • You were entitled to receive a disability payment before September 25, 1975

  • You were a member of the military (active or reserves) or were under a binding written commitment to become a member on September 24, 1975

  • You receive disability payments for a combat-related injury. This is a personal injury or sickness that:

    • Resulted directly from armed conflict

    • Took place while you were engaged in extra-hazardous service

    • Took place under conditions simulating, including training exercises such as maneuvers, or

    • Was caused by an instrumentality of war

  • You would be entitled to receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if you filed an application for it (the exclusion under this condition equals the amount you would be entitled to from the VA).

Learn more about Vermont Taxes on Military Disability Retired Pay

Vermont Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Servicemembers who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

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

Vermont Taxes on Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan young child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemetery(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 Military Personnel Eligible for Tax Filing Extensions for being Called to Active Duty: Individuals called up for full-time active military duty as the result of the existence of a military conflict in an area designated as a combat zone by the President of the United States, regardless of whether such duty is performed within the combat zone are authorized a 180 day extension after your period of service ends. If you are hospitalized, this also includes the period of continuous qualified hospitalization attributable to an injury received while servicing in such an area.

This extension may apply to the following benefits as long as the above guidelines apply:

Income Tax Extension: This benefit offers a 180-day extension to file income tax after service ends. Contact the town clerk in the town where your property is located for their instructions to claim this exemption.
Penalty and Interest Exemption for Property Tax: This benefit offers an extension of 180 days to file property tax without penalty, fee or interest. This must be voted on by the legislative body of your municipality. Contact the town clerk in the town where your property is located for their instructions to claim this exemption.
Homestead Declaration Abatement: If your homestead Declaration was late or incorrect due to military call up and you were outside Vermont for military service you may qualify for 180-day abatement. You may make an abatement request to your municipal treasurer. This must be voted on by the legislative body of your municipality. Contact the town clerk in the town where your property is located for their instructions to claim this exemption.
Combat Zone Property Tax Adjustment and Renter Rebate: During a military call up you may have a 180-day extension. For this benefit only, you must file a correct Homestead Declaration claim using Form HS-122 and include documentation of your service. Send the HS-122 Form and documentation to the Vermont Department of Taxes at the following address:

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

Vermont Homestead Declaration and Property Tax Adjustment Instructions
Vermont Homestead Declaration and Property Tax Adjustment Claim Form HS-122
Vermont Municipality Directory

Learn more about Vermont Military Personnel Eligible for Tax Filing Extensions for being called to Active Duty

Vermont Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans and their Survivors: The first $10,000 of appraisal value (up to $40,000 by a vote of the town for the municipal portion) of the established residence of a qualifying Veteran. Surviving Spouses of Veterans that previously received the exemption are also eligible.disabled vet in a wheelchair

The exemption only applies to homes that are owned by the Veteran or survivor. Veterans or survivors who rent their homes cannot pass this exemption to their landlord.
Who is eligible for the Vermont Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans and their Survivors? A qualifying Veteran is defined as:

  • Veterans receiving disability compensation at a rating of 50% or higher

  • Veterans receiving non-service-connected pension

  • Veterans collecting military medical retirement pension

  • Surviving Spouses of Veterans who had received the exemption prior to death.

Most Veterans will have to re-file for the exemption yearly before May 1 st. Veterans who are determined to be totally and permanently disabled only have to provide proof of eligibility the first year they use the benefit for a home. However, if the Veteran moves to another home in a different town, they will have to provide proof again. ( 32 VSA §3802(11) )
Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs Contact Information

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What are my Vermont Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Vermont National Guard Tuition Benefit Program: This program was established as an interest-free and forgivable loan program in 2018 by the Vermont General Assembly. Loan forgiveness means that you no longer have to pay part, or all, of the loan. The goal is to recruit and retain high-quality VTNG members.

The amount of money available for this award varies depending on the applicant’s enrollment and the college the applicant is attending.

The award is a loan that covers tuition only. If the applicant receives other grants or scholarships that cover all or part of their tuition, the award amount will be reduced and the school will be required to return the funds to VSAC.

Loan Cancellation: To be eligible for partial or complete forgiveness of this interest-free loan, the applicant must:

  • Complete 2 years of service in the VTNG for each full-time (12 credits or more) academic year paid for through this program

    • 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).

Who is eligible for the Vermont National Guard Tuition Benefit Program? To receive this award, you must:

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

  • Not have previously earned an undergraduate bachelor’s degree

  • Demonstrate satisfactory academic progress;

  • Be an active member in good standing of the Vermont National Guard

  • Have successfully completed basic training or commissioning; and

  • Have exhausted any post 9/11/2011 tuition benefits and other federally funded military tuition assistance, not including Montgomery GI Bill benefits, post-September 11, 2001 educational program housing allowances, federal educational entitlements, National Guard scholarship grants, loans under the National Guard Educational Assistance Program, and other nontuition benefits.

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation – Assisted Online Scholarship Application

Learn more about the Vermont National Guard Educational Assistance Program

Vermont Armed Services Scholarship: This program was created by the Vermont Legislature to provide free tuition for the Families of Vermont National Guard (VTNG), or U.S. active reserve or active armed services members who have died while on active or inactive duty. student in cap and gown holding money
Who is eligible for Vermont Armed Services Scholarship? To receive this award, you must be a Child, step-Child, or Spouse of:

  • A member in good standing of the VTNG who since 1955 has been killed or who since January 1, 2001, has died while on active or inactive duty per the terms in Vermont statute, Title 16, Chapter 79, Sections 2537-2541; or

  • A member in good standing of the U.S. active reserve forces who, since January 1, 2001, has died while on active or inactive duty and who was a Vermont resident at the time of death; or

  • A member of the U.S. active Armed Forces who, since January 1, 2001, has died while on active duty and who, at the time of death, was either:

    • A Vermont resident

    • A nonresident member of the VTNG who was mobilized to active duty

    • Or a nonresident active reserve force member of a Vermont-based reserve unit who was mobilized to active duty; and

  • Determined eligible by the VTNG or the U.S. Armed Forces; and

  • 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, Post-secondary Institution, or Technical Institute Directory

Learn more about the Vermont Armed Services Scholarship

Vermont High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: Veterans who served during World War II (December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946), the Korean War Era (June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955), or the Vietnam War Era (August 5, 1964 - May 7, 1975 for Veterans serving outside Vietnam; February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 for Veterans serving inside Vietnam) and must have been separated from military service with an “honorable” discharge; and must not already have a high school diploma can apply for a high school diploma.

Applicants can choose to receive their diploma from any Vermont public school listed on page 2 of the application. After the Office of Veterans Affairs verifies eligibility, it passes the application along to the appropriate high school, which will make presentation arrangements with the applicant. For more information contact the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs at 802-828-3379 or at 888-666-9844 (In sate 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Primary Point of Contact:
David Young, Vermont MIC3 Commissioner
Superintendent, South Burlington School District
Address: 500 Dorset Street, South Burlington, VT 05403
Email: dyoung@sbschools.net
Phone: 802-652-7250

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What are my Vermont Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Vermont Employees Authorized Absence for Military Training: Any duly qualified member of the Reserve Components of the U.S. Armed Forces, of the Ready Reserve, or an organized unit of the Vermont National Guard or the National Guard of another state shall upon request be entitled to leaves of Hiking in the snow covered mountainsabsence for a total of 15 days in any calendar year for the purpose of engaging in military drill, training, or other temporary duty under military authority. A leave of absence shall be with or without pay as determined by the employer. Upon completion of the military drill, training, or other temporary duty under military authority, a permanent employee shall be reinstated in that position with the same status, pay, and seniority, including seniority that accrued during the period of absence.

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Vermont Veterans’ State Employment Hiring Preference: ( 20 VSA 83 §1543 ) Preference points will be added to the scores of eligible applicants who are Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Additional preference points may be claimed if the Veteran meets any of the following requirements:

  • A Veteran with a service-connected disability

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

  • The unmarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran.

In addition, the Vermont legislature has expanded the Veteran's preference law by providing eligible Veterans the opportunity to apply for jobs that normally are available only to current State employees. Individuals who are eligible for Veteran's preference 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:

  • Those ex-service personnel who have served on active duty in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States and have been separated therefrom under honorable conditions and who have established the present existence of a service-connected disability or who are receiving compensation, or disability retirement benefits by reason of public laws administered by the Veterans Administration, or the Department of Defense

  • The Spouses of such service-connected disabled ex-servicemen or women as have themselves been unable to qualify for any civil service appointment by reason of their disability

  • The unmarried Surviving Spouses of deceased ex-service personnel who served on active duty in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States during any war, or in any campaign or expedition (for which a campaign badge has been authorized) and who were separated therefrom under honorable conditions; and

  • Those ex-service personnel who have served on active duty in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States, during any war, or in any campaign or expedition (for which a campaign badge has been authorized), and have been separated therefrom under honorable conditions; and

  • Those ex-service personnel who have served on active duty in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States during the period beginning July 1, 1955 and have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions.

Learn more about Vermont Veterans’ State Employment Hiring Preference

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

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

  • During a war; or

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What are my Vermont Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Vermont Unemployment Compensation: Vermont's Department of Labor administers the Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. The primary objective of Unemployment Insurance is to provide temporary income for those workers who become involuntarily unemployed, and who are able and willing to accept suitable jobs that are available. The costs of the program are borne entirely by the employer by payment of taxes to the Vermont Department of Labor, which are used solely for payment of benefits.

The following information will be required when you establish your unemployment claim for the first time. Having this information readily available when you call will help speed up the claims filing process.

  • Social Security Number

  • Mailing Address and Home 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

  • Military Form 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)

For each employer that you worked for in the past 18 months, have the following information available when you call:

  • Complete name and address of each employer (including zip code) you 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 a claim, call Toll-Free: 1-877-214-3330 or use the online claimant portal.
Vermont Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance Claimant Portal

Persons with hearing impairment or TTY users may file their claim by calling the department directly. To reach a TTY Customer Service Representative, call: 1-800-650-4152

The Claims Center hours are:
Monday - Saturday 8:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday - Closed

After you have established your unemployment claim, you will be required to certify that you have read and understand your Responsibilities and Rights in the Vermont Department of Labor Unemployment Compensation Claimant Handbook .

Learn more about the Vermont Unemployment Compensation

Vermont Veterans Employment Assistance: The Vermont Department of Labor has trained staff composed of Veterans and non-Veteran staff at their Career Resource Centers to help Veterans find work. They can also provide assistance with identifying job training needs and funds for training. If you are a Veteran looking for work, call the Career Resource Center closest to you.

  • 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 administers the Jobs for Veterans State Grant which provides staff to assist disabled Veterans and Veterans with barriers to employment, find suitable employment. The Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Representatives travel throughout the state to work with disabled Veterans at any one of the 12 regional offices, including the Veterans Administration at White River Junction.
Vermont Career Resource Centers Directory

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

Vermont "Veteran" Designation: Military Veterans are now able to request a new credential with the distinguishing mark “VETERAN” added to the front of the card.Vermont drivers license with veteran designation A new Driver’s License/Identification Card application is required for this service along with completed Vermont Certificate of Veteran Status ( 23 V.S.A. § 610 ).

Veterans may also obtain the required forms by visiting any local Vermont DMV office or the Vermont office of Veterans Affairs.
Vermont Certificate of Veteran Status (Form #VG-168)
Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Office Directory
Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs Contact Webpage

Learn more about the Vermont "Veteran" Designation

Vermont Commercial Driver License (CDL) Military Skills Test Waiver: ( 23 V.S.A. § 4108 ) At the discretion of the Commissioner, the skills test required under 49 C.F.R. § 383.113 may be waived for a commercial motor vehicle driver with military commercial motor vehicle experience who is currently licensed at the time of their application for a commercial driver license, if the test is substituted with an applicant's driving record in combination with the driving experience specified in this subsection. The Commissioner shall impose conditions and limitations to restrict the applicants from whom alternative requirements for the skills test may be accepted.
Who is eligible for the Vermont Commercial Driver License (CDL) Military Skills Test Waiver? Service members who are currently licensed and who are, or were, employed within the last year in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a commercial motor vehicle. Additional eligibility restrictions apply, see below. Such conditions shall include the following:

The applicant must certify that, during the two-year period immediately prior to applying for a commercial driver license, they:

  • Have not had more than one license in addition to a military license

  • Have not had any license suspended, revoked, or cancelled

  • Have not had any convictions for any type of motor vehicle for the disqualifying offenses specified in subsection 4116(a) of this title

  • Have not had more than one conviction for any type of motor vehicle for serious traffic violations specified in subdivision 4103(16) of this title; and

  • Have not had any conviction for a violation, other than a parking violation, of military, state, or local law relating to motor vehicle traffic control arising in connection with any traffic accident, and has no record of an accident in which he or she was at fault; and

Also, the applicant must provide evidence and certify that they:

  • Are regularly employed or was regularly employed within the last year in a military position requiring operation of a commercial motor vehicle

  • Were exempted from the commercial driver license requirements in 49 C.F.R. § 383.3(c) ; and

  • Were operating for at least the two years immediately preceding discharge from the military a vehicle representative of the commercial motor vehicle the driver applicant operates or expects to operate.

Eligible Veterans may apply for the Skills Test Waiver by completing the VL-54 ~ Application for Military Skills Test Waiver and presenting this and supporting documentation (military driver's license and discharge paperwork) to their local Vermont DMV office.
Vermont VL-54 ~ Application for Military Skills Test Waiver
Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Office Directory

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

Vermont Driver's License Extension for Service Members on Active Duty: ( 23 V.S.A. § 616 ) Service members on active duty who are Vermont residents are able to obtain a military extension on their driver's license expiration date for up to four (4) years after their license would normally expire. The Vermont Military Extension Letter must be carried and presented with the license in order for the extension to be valid. The license must be renewed within thirty (30) days of discharge date.

To renew the extended license, the following must be completed:

Learn more about the Vermont Driver's License Extension for Active Duty Service Members

Waiver of Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Fees for Eligible Disabled Veterans: Exemptions from vehicle sales tax, registration fees, and license fees are provided to disabled Veterans who have had vehicle modifications performed to accommodate their disability. This accommodation must have been paid for by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs. All other Veterans do not qualify for this waiver, including those who may be 100% disabled.

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

Vermont Special Military and Veterans License Plates: The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offers 15 Military License Plates to honor the service and sacrifice of Service members, Veterans, retirees and eligible Family members. The U.S. Veteran plates are not subject to any special plate fees. These plates can be used on vehicles registered at the pleasure car rate and registered for less than 26,001 lbs.

Applicants must complete the Vermont DMV Certificate of Veteran Status Application and provide certification of eligibility from the Vermont Office of Veterans' Affairs, unless otherwise specified. A short description of some of these license plates is listed below.
Vermont Certificate of Veteran Status (Form #VG-168)

Vermont Disabled Veteran Plate: A Vermont Certificate of Veteran Status (form #VG-168) must be certified by the Vermont Office of Veterans' Affairs. A Universal Medical Evaluation/Progress Report (form #VS-113) must be completed unless a medical has been filed within the last four years. Active Duty applicants must submit a copy of their military ID; Veterans must submit their DD214.
Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, Universal Medical Evaluation/Progress Report (form #VS-113)
Vermont Certificate of Veteran Status (Form #VG-168)

Vermont U.S. Veteran License Plate: A Vermont Certificate of Veteran Status (form #VG-168) must be certified by the Vermont Office of Veterans' Affairs. Active Duty applicantsVermont US Veteran Plate must submit a copy of their military ID; Veterans must submit their DD214.
Vermont Certificate of Veteran Status (Form #VG-168)

 

 

Vermont Purple Heart License Plate: Application for the plate must include documentation of award. A Vermont Certificate of Veteran Status (form #VG-168) must be certified by the Veterans' Administration Vermont Purple Heart plateor state Veterans' Affairs office respectively. Active Duty applicants must submit a copy of their military ID; Veterans must submit their DD214.
Vermont Certificate of Veteran Status (Form #VG-168)

 

 

Vermont Gold Star License Plate: The Gold Star Family license plate identifies Surviving Spouses, parents, and next of kin of members of the Armed Forces of the United States who lost their lives during a war, military conflict, international terrorist attack, or military operations. The plates will be reissued only to the original holder of the Vermont Gold Star Family plateplates and are not subject to any special plate fees.

 

  

 

Family members who may receive these plates are:

Surviving Spouses, mother, father, stepmother, stepfather, son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, mother (through adoption), father (through adoption), son (by adoption), daughter (by adoption), foster father in loco parentis, foster mother in loco parentis

Vermont Certificate of Veteran Status (form #VG-168) must be certified by the Vermont Office of Veterans' Affairs. Submit a completed Gold Star Family Plate Application (form #VD-157); and DD form 1300, Report of Casualty, to the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs for certification as a Gold Star Family member. The Office of Veterans' Affairs will forward the completed application and the copy of the DD form 1300 to the Department of Motor Vehicles for processing
Vermont Certificate of Veteran Status (Form #VG-168)
Vermont DMV Gold Star Family Plate Application (form #VD-157)

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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.

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Vermont National Guard State Active Duty Death Benefit: There is established a death benefit in the amount of $50,000.00 for each activated Vermont National Guard member who dies while on State Active Duty or as the result of injuries incurred while on State Active Duty, provided the death or the injuries that result in death resulted from performing State Active Duty or from engaging in conduct related to s State Active Duty.

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

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

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

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

  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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 Resident Veterans Hunting and Fishing Permanent Disability License: A Vermont resident who is a Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United Disabled Vet fishing States and who is, or ever has been, 60% disabled or greater due to a service-connected disability may receive a free permanent fishing or combination license, if qualified, upon presentation of a specific letter from the Veterans Administration. To see if you qualify for the license, call the Veterans Benefits Section at 1-800-827-1000.
Who is eligible for the Vermont Resident Veterans Hunting and Fishing Permanent Disability License? Veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs Service-Connected Disability rating of 60% or greater are eligible.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Disability Letter and Sporting License Application

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 Vermont Non-Resident Veterans Reciprocal Hunting and Fishing Privileges: Non-Resident Veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States that reside in a state that provides reciprocal privilege for Vermont residents and who would qualify for a free license under2 men fishing in a boat the disabled Veteran provision, if the person were a Vermont resident, may receive a free one-year fishing, hunting or combination hunting and fishing license upon presentation of a certificate issued by the Veteran's Administration. Presently this is New Hampshire and Maine.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Disability Reciprocal Privilege Letter and Application

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Vermont Resident Military Hunting and Fishing Licenses: Military Service members may obtain free fishing and hunting licenses by signing the applicable affidavit. A person who obtains a license under this provision may keep the license until it expires, whether or not the person continues to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. If requesting a hunting or combination license, you also need to submit a copy of your hunter education certification, a previous hunting license, or sign an affidavit stating you have held a hunting license.
Who is eligible for Vermont Resident Military Hunting and Fishing Licenses? Any resident of Vermont who certifies that they are:

  • Serving on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States; or is

  • Performing, or is under orders to perform, a homeland defense or state-side contingency operation for a period of 120 or more consecutive days may obtain at no cost a hunting or fishing license or combination hunting and fishing license.

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Vermont Non-Resident Military Service Member Hunting and Fishing Licenses at Resident Rates: A non-resident Service member of the U.S. Armed Forces may buy a license to hunt or fish in Vermont at the resident rate.
Who is eligible for Vermont Non-Resident Military Service Member Hunting and Fishing Licenses at Resident Rates? Service members on active duty and stationed at a military, air or naval post, station or base within Vermont are eligible to buy a license to hunt or fish in Vermont at the resident rate. Applicants must present military ID at the time of purchasing the license.

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Vermont Green Mountain Passport Lifetime Pass for Resident Veterans: For $2.00 the passport provides a lifetime day-use pass for one Vermont Green MountainResident if you are:

  • 62 years of age or older, OR

  • A Veteran who has been honorably discharged from active duty in U.S. Armed Services.

Only available from your local town clerk's office.
Green Mountain Passport Program Flyer
Vermont Municipality Directory

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What are my Vermont Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Vermont's Medals for Veterans: Vermont has three medals that recognize those who served who have a connection with our state. They are:

  • The Vermont Veterans Medal is awarded to most Veterans with an honorable discharge.

  • The Vermont Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to Veterans who received an honorable discharge and who served in a combat theater.

  • The Patriots Medal is presented to the next-of-kin of Vermont Service members killed in action.

Vermont Medals for Veterans Distribution of the Veterans Medal and Distinguished Service Medal is not automatic. Veterans must apply for them or have someone apply on their behalf. Applications are quick and easy. Most can be completed over the phone by calling the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs.

Applicants can choose to receive the medals in the mail, or they can choose to participate in an annual medal presentation ceremony at the Vermont State House, with medals delivered by the Governor. The Family members of deceased Veterans may also receive the medals.

  • Office of Veterans Affairs Toll Free (for in State) - 888-666-9844

  • Office of Veterans Affairs Direct Dial - 802-828-3379

Vermont State Veterans Medal and Distinguished Service Medal Application

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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. Applications are done over the phone and takes about 10 minutes to complete.

  • Office of Veterans Affairs Toll Free (for in State) - 888-666-9844

  • Office of Veterans Affairs Direct Dial - 802-828-3379

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 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 your records, call 888-666-9844 (toll free within Vermont) or 802-828-3379 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. You may also submit a written request to via mail or fax.

In your request, include:

  • Your full name (including full middle name)

  • Your Social Security Number

  • Your Date of Birth

  • The approximate dates of your service

  • The address to mail your discharge to

  • A simple statement saying... "Please send me my DD214"

Fax: 802-828-5932
Office of Veterans Affairs
118 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05620-4401

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 State of Vermont operates a 177-bed nursing home in Bennington. Veterans, their Spouses, and gold star parents are eligible to stay at the home. Vermont Veterans HomeThe home provides a full range of care, including skilled nursing home care, and accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. Veterans without Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance will have to pay for their care, but the home’s staff will help make sure all available insurance programs are used if the individual is eligible.

The Vermont Veterans Home is a licensed healthcare facility which provides a wide range of medical services. These include short-and long-term care, post-operative wound care, physical and speech therapy, rehabilitation therapy, and occupational therapy. A Certified Alzheimer's & dementia unit is also on-site, with extensive training provided to staff. The Vermont Veterans' Home created two amazing programs, Namaste which uses relaxation techniques to help residents with comfort and pain management, while keeping their dignity, and Music and Memory a program that uses music to help residents with dementia and Alzheimer's reconnect to the person they once were through relaxation and music.

The Vermont Veterans' Home accepts private payment, Medicare, and Vermont/New York Medicaid. Other insurers may require special arrangements. Veterans may benefit from reduced costs if paying privately. However, the Home is not affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the VA does not pay for care at the Home. To apply for residency at the Vermont Veterans' Home, there are a few steps that need to be taken.

Veterans or others interested in the Home can contact the Vermont Veterans Home by calling them at 802-447-6510 / 6539 or by Email at: vvh-admissions@Vermont.gov .
Who is eligible for care at the Vermont Veterans Home? Vermont Veterans have priority for admission to the Vermont Veterans Home. Veterans from other states are welcome to apply. Eligible Veterans are those who served at least ninety days in the Armed Forces of the United States and were discharged under honorable conditions. Gold Star parents and Spouses of qualified Veterans also are eligible for admission.

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Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery: The Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery (VVMC) is located in Randolph Center. It is a beautiful location that honors the service of Veterans by providing them perpetual recognition.Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery

Veterans who are interred at the cemetery receive perpetual care of their lot, a marker, and funeral honors free of charge. Spouses who are interred at the cemetery receive perpetual care of their lot and a marker for a nominal charge. Veterans also have the option of having their own stone made, as the cemetery has a commercial monument section. These stones are paid for by the Veteran or their Family. The cemetery also has a memorial garden, so Veterans whose remains are buried at sea or scattered can still have a memorial stone.

In addition, certain Family members may also be buried with the Veteran. Applicants can choose from government markers or custom-made commercial markers.
Who is eligible for Interment at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery? Burial in the VVMC is open to all members of the 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 members with 20 years of service (retirement letter) are also eligible. The Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs will determine eligibility using the Veteran’s DD214 discharge record or retirement letter.
Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs Memorial Cemetery Application - Eligibility
Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Memorial Cemetery Fact Sheet

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Vermont Military Funeral Honors: The Vermont National Guard has a professional honor guard team that performs at more than 300 funerals each year. They are a precision team, and during their honors 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.

Presidential Memorial Certificate Learn more about Vermont Military Funeral Honors

Presidential Memorial Certificate: The President of the United States issues memorial certificates to the Families of deceased Veterans. Visit the National Cemetery Administration's website for application instructions.

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Burial of Vermont’s Destitute Veterans: Veterans who die destitute are guaranteed an appropriate burial by the State of Vermont. For more information, contact your local Economic Services Division Office at 1-800-479-6151. In addition, we recommend the Families of destitute or low-income Veterans consider the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery because of its quality and low cost.
Economic Services Division Office Directory

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

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in Vermont

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 Installation in the State of Vermont

Please see the Vermont Military Resource Locator for additional information.

National Guard
Vermont Army and Air National Guard

158th Fighter Wing

United States Army Reserve (USAR)
99th Readiness Division


RESOURCES

Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs

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

Retirement Living, Tax Information Vermont

Vermont Department of Taxes

Air National Guard Vermont

Vermont General Assembly

Vermont Statutes

Vermont Department of Taxes, Military and Veterans information

Air National Guard Benefits

Army National Guard Benefits

Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Vermont

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

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Document Review Date: 19 August 2020