Washington Military and Veterans Benefits
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Summary of Washington State Military and Veterans Benefits: Washington State 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.
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), Veterans Service Offices: The WDVA, Veterans Services Offices have trained staff who assist Veterans, retired Service members and their Families find and apply for military and Veterans benefits under federal, state, and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge. For more information, please call 800-562-2308.
WDVA Veterans Service Offices Directory
Washington State Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
What are my Washington State Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?
Washington Income Taxes: There are no individual income taxes in Washington. Distributions received from the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) are not taxed.
Washington State Disabled Veteran Property Tax Reduction: Washington offers a property tax reduction for eligible disabled Veterans. Veterans receive a reduction in the amount of property taxes due based on their income, the value of the residence, and local levy rates.
Who is eligible for the Washington State Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption? To qualify, applicants must be a Veteran who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and is receiving compensation from the VA for one of the following:
Service-connected disability rating of 80% or higher
Total service-connected disability rating from the VA
The income threshold to qualify for this exemption is the greater of $40,000 or 65% of the county median household income.
To apply Veterans must submit a completed Washington State Department of Revenue, Senior Citizen and People with Disabilities Exemption from Real Property Taxes application as well as a letter from the VA verifying their disability or a Washington State Department of Revenue, Proof of Disability Affidavit to their local county assessor.
Washington State Property Tax Assistance Program for Surviving Spouses of Veterans: Surviving Spouses of eligible Veterans can receive a grant to help pay their property taxes. The grant amount is based on the applicant's income, the value of the residence, and the local levy rates. The grant does not have to be repaid if the applicant continues to live in the residence until at least December 15 in the year a grant is received. The Surviving Spouse must own and occupy a primary residence in Washington and have a combined disposable income of $40,000 or less.
Who is eligible for the Washington State Property Tax Assistance Program for Surviving Spouses of Veterans? To be eligible the Surviving Spouse must be unremarried, at least 62 years old, or retired from their regular employment due to a disability, and be the Surviving Spouse of a Service member or Veteran who meets one of the following requirements:
Died due to a service-connected disability, or
Rated 100% disabled by the VA for 10 years prior to death, or
A former prisoner of War and rated 100% disabled for one year prior to death, or
Died while serving in an active duty or training status
To apply applicants must submit a completed Washington State Department of Revenue, Property Tax Assistance for Widows/Widowers (Surviving Spouses) of Veterans as well as a letter from the VA verifying their Spouse’s disability or a Washington State Department of Revenue, Proof of Disability Affidavit to their local county assessor .
What are my Washington State Military and Veterans Education Benefits?
Washington State Education Tuition Waiver for Veterans, Reserve Component Service Members, Spouses and Children: Washington State community colleges, colleges and universities will waive all or a portion of tuition and fees for eligible Veterans, reserve Component Service members, eligible Spouses and Children for up to 200 quarter credits or equivalent semester credits. The state will also provide a $500 per year stipend for textbooks and course materials. Revised Code of Washington 28B.15.621
Who is eligible for the Washington State Education Tuition Waiver for Veterans? All students must be Washington State residents and meet the following requirements:
Veterans and Service Members:
Veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge
Reserve component Service member who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces under Title 10 or Title 32 orders and received an honorable discharge
Spouse/Surviving Spouse and Children: The Veteran must meet one of the following requirements for their dependent to be eligible:
Has a 100% service-connected disability rating from the VA as a result of active duty service
Died while serving on active duty
Declared missing in action (MIA) or a prisoner of war (POW)
The Spouse or Child must meet the following requirements to be eligible for a waiver:
Children must be between the ages of 17-26
Spouse has 10 years from date the Service member was declared a POW/MIA or from the date the Veteran received their disability rating from the VA
Surviving Spouse must be unremarried and has 10 years from the date of the Veterans death
Each college or university establishes and operates their own waiver program, students should contact the college or university they plan to attend for details on their program.
Washington State Financial Aid, Participating Institutions
Washington State’s Education Benefits for Dependents of 100% Disabled Veterans or Those Who Died as a Result of Military Service Fact Sheet
Washington State “Operation Recognition” High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: Washington State Operation Recognition will award high school diplomas to Veterans who left high school before they received their diploma to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II (WWII), Korea and Vietnam. Veterans who received a GED are also eligible. Revised Code of Washington 28A.230.120
Who is eligible for Washington State, “Operation Recognition” High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans? Veterans who left high school to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces during WWII, Korea, or Vietnam and received an honorable discharge are eligible. Diplomas can be awarded posthumously for deceased Veterans.
Veterans can submit an application and official documentation they received an honorable discharge to the high school the Veteran would have graduated from, a high school in the Veteran’s local community, or to a high school in which the Veteran has substantial ties.
Washington State Operation Recognition Application
Washington State 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, parent, and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student
MIC3 Assistance Request
Points of Contact
Phone: 360-286-4712 / 360-725-0415
What are my Washington State Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?
Washington State Employee Leave for Military Service: State employees who are Service members in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces can receive military leave with pay for up to 21 working days during each fiscal year. This leave can be used for required military duty, training or drills. Service members are charged military leave only for the days they are scheduled to work.
Who is eligible for Washington State Employee Leave for Military Service? State employees who are National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Service members reporting to required military duty are eligible.
Washington State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference: Washington offers Veteran hiring preference for eligible Veterans and their Spouse/Surviving Spouse. Applicants must meet the requirements for the position and be able to perform the duties required.
State employers that use a scored examination to determine who will be hired will add points to passing scores for those who are eligible. This preference can only be used for initial employment.
10% will be added to the scores of Veterans who served in a wartime period or when a expeditionary or campaign medal was authorized and are not eligible for military retired pay
5% will be added to the scores of Veterans who are receiving military retired pay
5% will be added to the scores of Veterans who did not serve in a wartime period
In addition, 5% will be added to a promotional exam score of a reserve component Service member called to active duty while in public employment (only applies for first promotion).
If no examination is used eligible applicants must be referred to the employing official.
Who is eligible for Washington State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference? To be eligible Veterans must have received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces. The Surviving Spouse of a deceased preference eligible Veteran or the Spouse of an honorably discharged Veteran who has a permanent and total service-connected disability are eligible for the preference the Veteran would be entitled to.
Revised Code of Washington 41.04.010
Washington Administrative Code 357-16-110
Washington State Employment Military Service Credit in Retirement System: State employees who participate in the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) who leave their state employment to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces may be eligible to receive up to 10 years of service credit for the time they served. This service credit is called interruptive military service credit. Service credit is one of the factors used in computing state retirement pay, increasing service credit would increase future retirement benefits.
Service members can receive five years’ service credit free for service during a wartime period or for service when a campaign medal was authorized. Service members can purchase five more years’ service credit by paying any required employee contributions. Credit for wartime service must be requested within five years of returning to their DRS covered employment
Who is eligible for Washington State Employment Military Service Credit in Retirement System? Washington State DRS participating employees who are called to active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible.
For more information or to apply please call DRS at 800-547-6657 / 360-664-7000.
Washington State WorkSource Veteran Services: Washington State WorkSource Centers helps Veterans and their Spouse find jobs. This includes priority access to WorkSource services and priority referrals to jobs listed with WorkSource.
WorkSource centers also offer Veterans and their Spouses:
Job listings, job referrals and hiring events
Résumé, application, and interviewing assistance
Use of computers, copiers, and phones
Skill assessments and referrals to training and other resources
The WorkSource website allows Veterans seeking employment to connect with Veteran-friendly employers and find employers that give Veteran’s priority over other applicants.
Most WorkSource centers have Veteran Employment Specialists that assist Veterans who have disabilities and other severe barriers to employment. For more information contact the nearest WorkSource center.
Washington State WorkSource Centers Directory
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, Apprenticeship Programs: Some apprenticeships in Washington offer direct entry into their programs for Veterans. Apprenticeships combine on-the-job training with related classroom instruction, under the supervision of a journey-level professional. Apprentices are paid while they learn and develop knowledge, skills, and abilities in a new career field. Veterans may be eligible for VA education benefits that may be used to pay for books, supplies, and housing expenses.
After completing a registered apprenticeship program, apprentices receive a professional credential that is recognized nationwide.
Those interested should check the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, Apprenticeship Search engine to find programs that offer direct entry for Veterans.
Washington State Department of Health Military Licensure Benefits: The Washington State Department of Health offers expedited licensing for the Spouse/Domestic Partner of Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces who are stationed in Washington.
In addition, the Washington State Department of Health will accept military education, training, and experience towards meeting the license requirements for Service members and Veterans for certain entry-level health professions.
Those interested should consult the Washington State Department of Health A to Z Professions Directory for specific information. For more information or assistance contact the Washington State Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance Call Center at 360-236-4700 or 800-525-0127.
Washington State Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance Contact Information
Washington State Department of Health, Military Resources Handout
Military to Civilian Crosswalk
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.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of reserve components. USERRA also protects Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.
Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service if the basic eligibility criteria are met.
Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members recovering from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.
Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning Service members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service, with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.
Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102% of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA Benefits? Veterans, U.S. Armed Forces Reserve or National Guard Service members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.
The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) helps all who have claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations
Washington Hilton Honors Military Program: The Washington Hilton Honors Military Program helps make the career transition from service in the U.S. Armed Forces to civilian employment easier for current and former Service members. The Hilton Honors Military Program provides hotel accommodations for required travel while looking for a new job, training for a new job, or finding housing. Those eligible can receive up to a total of 100,000 hotel points for verifiable employment-related activities. Recipients must have a Hilton Honors account to receive the points. For more information, please email HiltonHonors@naswa.org or contact the nearest American Job Center.
What are my Washington State Military and Veterans Unemployment Insurance Benefits?
Washington State Unemployment Insurance (UI): UI provides temporary financial assistance for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. UI is a partial, short-term replacement of lost wages while workers are seeking other work and is not intended to be a permanent source of income. Benefits are not based on financial need.
Employers pay all costs of the UI program. The amount of benefits applicants may be eligible for is determined by the amount of work they performed and wages they earned during the last 12-18 months prior to filing the claim.
Information needed to file a claim:
Social Security number
Name, birthdate, mailing address, phone number and email address
Highest level of education
Names and mailing addresses for all employers during the past 18 months, including part-time and temporary jobs
Dates worked for all employers in the past 18 months
Name and local union number (if applicable)
DD214 (any member copy 2 through 8) if a former Service member in the past 18 months
SF8 or SF50 If a former federal employee in the past 18 months
Work authorization information if not a U.S. citizen
Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit
Apply online at the Washington State Employment Security Department, eServices online application webpage or call the phone claims center at 800-318-6022. The phone claim center is open Monday through Friday from 8 am – 4 pm (except holidays) as follows:
Monday: New applications for those with Social Security numbers ending in 0-3
Tuesday: New applications for those with Social Security numbers ending in 0-6
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: Everyone (Social Security numbers ending in 0-9) can submit new applications
What are my Washington State Military and Veterans Department of Licensing Benefits?
Veteran Designation on Washington State Driver License or ID Card: Honorably discharged Veterans are eligible for a Veteran designation on Washington State driver licenses and ID cards. Veterans must visit a Washington driver license office and provide a copy of their DD214 (or equivalent) or VA ID as proof they received an honorable discharge when they apply. There is no fee if Veterans are only adding the Veteran designation.
Washington State Department of Licensing, Office Directory
Washington State Military and Veterans License Plates: Washington State offers 14 license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and Family members. In addition, Washington has “Veteran/Military Service Award Emblems” that may be attached to any license plate type.
All Washington State Department of Licensing, Military License Plate Applications and copies of required documentation should be mailed to:
Special Plate Unit
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9909
Olympia, WA 98507-9909
Washington Veteran/Military Service Award Emblems: Veterans or Service members applying for Washington State license plates have the option of adding Veteran/Military Service Award Emblems to their license plate. Veterans or Service members can choose 1 of 8 large emblems and 2 of 27 smaller emblems to be displayed on any Washington license plate type. Applicants must provide proof of eligibility when they apply (DD214, official orders or documentation). Apply at any Washington State Vehicle Licensing Office or mail a completed Washington State Department of Licensing, Veteran/Military Service Award Emblem Application, required documentation and $18 to:
Special Plate Unit
Application and Issuance
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9048
Olympia, WA 98507
Washington State Gold Star License Plate: Washington offers the Gold Star license plate to the immediate Family members of a Service member who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or who dies as a result of their service. Revised Code of Washington 46.18.245
Who is eligible for the Washington State Gold Star License Plate? Applicants must be a resident of Washington State and one of the following Family members:
Surviving Spouse *
Biological parents, adoptive parents, stepparents *
Adult who fulfilled the parental role, such as foster parent, kinship provider or caretaker relative *
Biological or adopted Child
* The first set of license plates for these relatives are exempt from licensing fees
To apply Family members must request a Gold Star License Plates Request for Certification Letter from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) as proof of eligibility.
Applicants must then mail their application, the letter from the WDVA and any required fees to the address on the application.
WDVA, Gold Star License Plate Fact Sheet
Washington State Disabled Veteran License Plate: The Washington State Disabled Veteran license plate is offered to eligible disabled Veterans. This license plate is exempt from license fees for one vehicle per year. These license plates are good for the life of the vehicle but do not grant disabled parking privileges. Revised Code of Washington 46.18.235
Who is eligible for the Washington State Disabled Veteran License Plate? To be eligible Veterans must be a Washington State resident who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge and has:
100% service-connected disability rating from the VA or their branch of service for one year, or
Lost the use of both hands or one foot, or
Blind in both eyes as a result of military service
Veterans must provide a letter of from the VA or their branch of service verifying they are eligible when they apply.
Washington State Medal of Honor License Plate: The Washington State Medal of Honor license plate is a offered to recipients of the Medal of Honor. Revised Code of Washington 46.18.230
Medal of Honor recipients can request three sets of this license plates and can choose a Medal of Honor background or standard mountain background license plates. There is no charge for the Medal of Honor license plate.
Applicants must submit a letter of eligibility from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs verifying they received the Medal of Honor. For more information about requesting a letter of eligibility, please call 800-562-2308.
Washington State Purple Heart License Plate: The Washington State Purple Heart license plate is offered for recipients of the Purple Heart and the unremarried Surviving Spouse/domestic partner of a deceased recipient. There is no charge for the first set of license plates. This license plate may be personalized. Revised Code of Washington 46.18.280
Who is eligible for the Washington State Purple Heart License Plate? To be eligible applicants must be Washington State residents who were awarded the Purple Heart and received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces.
Applicants must provide a copy of their DD214 documenting receipt of the Purple Heart, Surviving Spouses must also provide a copy of the recipient's death certificate and certify they have not remarried.
Washington Resident Service Member and Dependent Driver License/ID Card Expiration Extension: The driver licenses of Washington State resident Service members serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents remain valid until 90 days after discharge. Service members and dependents must have the following with them for their license or ID to be considered valid:
Driver license or ID card
Active duty/dependent ID card
Washington State, Department of Licensing (DOL) Authorization card
Service members can apply for a Washington, DOL Authorization Card at any Washington State Driver Licensing Office.
Who is eligible for Washington Resident Military Personnel License/ID Card Expiration Extension? The following individuals are eligible for a license or ID card extension:
U.S. Armed Forces Service members serving on active duty
Reserve component Service members called to active duty for 180 days or more
Spouses, domestic partners, and dependents who have the same residence as the Service member
Washington State Motorcycle Endorsement for Service Members Stationed Out of State: Service members who are Washington State licensed drivers and are stationed out of state can request a motorcycle endorsement. Service members must have completed an approved state or military motorcycle training course within the past 180 days.
Service members will be required to provide a completed Washington Motorcycle Safety Program Out of State Military Testing Waiver Request and proof they completed an approved motorcycle safety course. Mail the waiver request, any required documents (listed on the application) and fees to:
Washington Motorcycle Safety Program
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9048
Olympia, WA 98507-9048
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-902-3674.
Washington State Commercial Driver License (CDL) Military Test Waivers: Washington offers CDL testing exemptions to Service members and former Service members based on their military training and experience.
Knowledge and Skills Test Waiver: The Knowledge and Skills Test Waiver authorizes Service members who have certain Military Occupational Specialties/Ratings in the U.S. Armed Forces to have their CDL knowledge and skills testing waived. To be eligible Service members must have worked in one of the following Military Occupational Specialties/Ratings in the past year:
Army – 88M, 92F, 14T
Air Force – 2T1, 2F0, 3E2
Marine Corps – 3531
Navy – EO
Military Skills Test Waiver: The Military Skills Test Waiver is offered to Service members who have military commercial driving training and experience but do not have the Military Occupational Specialties/ Ratings for the Knowledge and Skills Test Waiver. Applicants must have been licensed for two or more years on a military vehicle similar to the commercial vehicle class they are applying for. This option only allows a waiver of the skills testing and does not include the knowledge testing requirement.
Washington State Application for Military Skills Test Waiver
Applicants must also meet the following requirements:
Not had more than one license (except for a military license) in the past two years
Not had any license suspended, revoked, or cancelled in the past two years
Not had any convictions for any type of motor vehicle for the disqualifying offenses (listed on the application)
Not had more than one conviction for any type of motor vehicle for serious traffic violations (listed on the application)
Have not had had any conviction for a violation of military, state or local laws relating to motor vehicle traffic control (other than a parking violation) as a result of a traffic accident and has no record of an accident in which they were at fault
Applicants must submit completed application forms (including certification by their commanding officer) and any required documents to email@example.com.
What are my Washington State Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?
TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve (U.S. Armed Forces Reserve and National Guard Service members) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:
Not on active duty orders
Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program
Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member
The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when a Service member is not on active duty and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.
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)
State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) for Members of Washington State National Guard: The SSLI program provides term life insurance exclusively for actively serving members of the Washington National Guard and their dependents. All Washington National Guard Service members are automatically protected with $1,000 of SSLI at no charge. The Basic program provides financial protection in the event of death. It also provides coverage for Spouses and/or Children, all at an affordable monthly cost. The Enhanced program provides additional affordable group term life insurance for members and Spouses. Death benefits are paid within 24 hours.
Rates may be found at the National Guard State Sponsored Life Insurance Website, or by contacting customer service at 800-462-7441.
Who is eligible for State Sponsored Life Insurance for Members of Washington State National Guard? Washington State National Guard Service members and their Family members are eligible for coverage.
Washington State National Guard Medical Coverage and Compensation for Injury, Illness and Death Benefits incurred while on State Active Duty: Washington National Guard Service members who are injured, become ill or disabled or die while serving on state active duty or inactive duty will receive required medical care and compensation under Washington State workers’ compensation laws.
What are my Washington State Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?
Washington State Nonresident Service Members Military Hunting and Fishing Privileges: Nonresident Service members stationed at a military installation in Washington State are eligible to purchase Washington hunting and fishing licenses for resident prices. Service members must provide a copy of their orders assigning them to Washington or billeting documents and show their military ID to be eligible.
Washington State Reduced Fee Hunting and Fishing Privileges for Disabled Veterans: Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife offers half price hunting and fishing licenses for resident and nonresident disabled Veterans.
Who is eligible for Washington State Reduced Fee Hunting and Fishing Privileges for Disabled Veterans? To be eligible Veterans must have received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces and meet the disability requirements below:
30% or more service-connected disability rating from the VA
65 years of age or older with any percentage of service-connected disability
Veterans will be required to provide a VA Disability Percentage Rating letter and a completed Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Hunter/Fisher Veterans Reduced Fee Application and required fees to:
WDFW Licensing Division
PO Box 43154
Olympia, WA 98504
Washington State Free Hunting Licenses for Washington National Guard Service Members: Service members serving in the Washington National Guard are eligible for a free annual hunting license package that includes a big-game license (deer, elk, bear, and cougar with tags) and a small game license with a migratory bird permit.
Who is eligible for the Washington State Free Hunting Licenses for Washington National Guard Service Members? Washington State residents who are full-time active Washington National Guard Service members, or those who participate in drill training on a part-time basis are eligible.
Service members must request a Washington National Guard Verification Memorandum, please see the How to Obtain Verification of Service, Memorandum for more information. Submit a completed Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, National and State Guard Hunting License Application and the verification of service memorandum by fax to 360-902-2466, or by mail to:
WDFW Licensing Division
PO Box 43154
Olympia, WA 98504
Or in person to:
1111 Washington Street SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Office hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm
Washington State Hunter Education, Field Skills Exemption for Veterans and Service Members: Active duty Service members who are stationed in Washington State and honorably discharged Washington resident Veterans are eligible for an exemption from the Hunter Education, Field Skills Evaluation when applying for a hunting license. Service members and Veterans are still required to pass the online Washington Hunter Safety Course.
Service members and Veterans are required to submit Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Military Exemption for the Washington Online Course Field Evaluation and any required documentation (listed on the exemption form) by mail or email to:
WDFW – Hunter Education Program
PO Box 43141
Olympia, WA 98504-3200
Washington State Parks Disabled Veteran Free Lifetime Pass: The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission offers free camping, docking, campsite reservations, watercraft launching, trailer dump and day use entry at Washington State Parks for eligible disabled Veterans.
Who is eligible for Washington State Parks Disabled Veteran Free Lifetime Pass? Washington State resident Veterans who have a service-connected disability of at least 30% are eligible.
Veterans must provide a disability award letter from the VA that clearly states their disability percentage and that it is service-connected. Applicants can submit a completed Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Lifetime Disabled Veteran Pass Application, their disability letter and any other required documentation (listed on the application) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 360-586-6440, or by mail to:
Washington State Parks
1111 Israel Road SW
PO Box 42650
Olympia, WA 98504-2650
For more information, please call 360-902-8844.
What are my Washington State Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?
Recording of Discharges for Washington State Veterans: Washington State County Auditors will record, free of charge, official discharge documents of Washington Veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Revised Code of Washington 73.04.030
Documents filed after June 30, 2002 are not considered public record, documents filed prior to June 30, 2002 are considered public record unless the Veteran files a Request for Exemption from Public Disclosure of Discharge Papers. County Auditors may charge no more than $7, for recording of the request for exemption.
Once exempt from public disclosure the Veteran's discharge papers may only be released to the Veteran, their next of kin, a properly appointed personal representative or executor for a deceased Veteran, someone designated by a general power of attorney, or anyone else designated in writing by the Veteran to receive the records.
Reduced Public Transportation Fees for Disabled Veterans Around Puget Sound: Disabled Veterans can receive reduced fares when using public transportation in the Puget Sound area.
Who is eligible for Reduced Public Transportation Fees for Disabled Veterans Around Puget Sound? Veterans must have a 40% or greater disability rating from the VA to be eligible.
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), War Trauma Program: The WDVA War Trauma program provides a free outreach and counseling services for Veterans, Service members and Families affected by war-era and PTSD-related problems. This program provides community-based counseling services that are less formal in nature and offer the highest level of confidentiality possible. Some of the services provided include individual, couples, Family, and Veteran group counseling.
Some contractors offer group services to women Veterans and Spouses of Veterans. Veterans may be referred to specialized inpatient or outpatient treatment offered by VA Medical Centers or Vet Centers located in Washington State.
Who is eligible for the WVDA War Trauma Program?
Honorably discharged war-era Veterans (any of the nation's war or peacekeeping periods) and their Family members
Reserve component Service members deployed in support of wartime and peacekeeping missions, and their Family members
Veterans do not need to be diagnosed with PTSD, but must have significant post war adjustment issues
VA service-connected disability is not required for this service
Priority is given to those most vulnerable or having no other reasonable options for care
NOTE: King County has slightly different eligibility criteria. Veterans, Service members and their Families, definitions for these targeted populations are:
Service member - Currently serving in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces
Veteran - Served in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces
Veteran Family – Veteran’s or Service member’s Spouse/domestic partner and Children, or the Child of the Spouse/domestic partner, or other dependent relatives who live in the household of a Veteran or Service member
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP): HVRP is a proven, successful program that gets homeless Veterans off the street and back to being productive members of society. HVRP provides services to Veterans in King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Yakima, Spokane, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Ferry, Grant, Adams, Lincoln, and Whitman Counties.
The HVRP offers a structured, individualized case management plan to assist Veterans in becoming employable and secure.
Program Services include:
Immediate needs - food, clothing, transportation, and access to shelter
Outreach to homeless Veteran service providers
Employability needs and skills assessment
Job readiness services, including:
Transitional housing assistance
Basic skills training
30, 60, 90, 180, and 270-day job retention follow-up
Who is eligible for the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP)? To be eligible for participation under HVRP, Veterans must meet the following requirements:
Served in the U.S. Armed Forces and received a discharge other than dishonorable, as defined in 38 U.S. Code 101 (2)
Homeless as defined in 42 U.S. Code 11302 (a)
For more information, please call 800-562-2308 or email email@example.com.
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Estate Management Program (VEMP): VEMP offers protective payee services for Veterans and Family members who are incapable of managing their own financial affairs. VEMP assumes custody of the individual's finances and ensures basic needs - such as housing, food, clothing and medical care - are provided. These services may include the following:
Fiduciary appointment by the VA
Representative payee appointment by the Social Security Administration
Who is eligible for VEMP? Veterans and their beneficiaries are eligible. For more information, please call 800-562-2308.
Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC) Program: The VCC Program provides training and volunteer opportunities for Veterans. The VCC, through restoration, training, and agriculture, seeks to support Washington State Veterans in their own connections to healing and purpose.
Opportunities through the VCC include:
Volunteering - Veterans Peer Corps is a Veteran, or a Veteran’s dependent, who receives training and certification and then serves as a peer mentor by facilitating meetings and activities
VCC Internships - provides meaningful internship opportunities for Veterans while helping restore and protect Washington State’s natural resources
Veterans Farm at Orting - focuses on teaching Veterans interested in agricultural industries how to thrive
Veteran Training Support Center - dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of trauma and related issues specific to Veterans
Who is eligible for the VCC? All Veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and Service members currently serving in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible. For more information, please call 800-562-2308, 360-725-2224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington State Veterans Homes: The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) operates four long-term nursing and assisted-living care homes where Veterans are treated with the dignity and respect, they deserve in settings that provide a sense of belonging unique to Veterans.
Address: 1301 Kapowsin Hwy
Orting, WA 98360
Address: 1141 Beach Drive E.
Port Orchard, WA 98366
Address: 222 E. 5th Avenue
Spokane, WA 99202
Address: 92 Wainwright Drive
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Physical and occupational therapies
Beauty and barber shops
Fishing pond (Orting)
All Washington State Veterans Homes are Medicare and Medicaid certified facilities.
Who is eligible for Care at a Washington State Veterans Home? To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Served at any time in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces
Received an honorable discharge
Live in Washington State
Spouse or Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran
Gold Star Parent of an eligible Veteran
Washington Veterans Transitional Housing Program: The Washington Veterans Transitional Housing Program helps Veterans who need stable housing, vocational rehabilitation, and increased income potential. Veterans are surrounded with supportive staff and wrap-around services designed to lead to their successful completion of the program and a successful return to the community. The Transitional Housing facilities are in Port Orchard and Orting, WA.
The Veterans Transitional Housing Program focuses on three goals:
Increased residential stability
Increased skill level and income potential
Who is eligible for the Washington Veterans Transitional Housing Program?
Served in the U.S. Armed Forces
Received an Honorable or General Under Honorable Discharge (Other than Honorably Discharged Veterans are eligible on a case-by-case basis)
Homeless for one or more nights
Desire to lead a clean and sober lifestyle
Desire to make meaningful life changes leading to independent living
Willing to undergo criminal background check
For more information, please call 800-562-2308 or email T HP@dva.wa.gov .
Washington State Transitional Housing Program for Veterans Brochure
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Transitional Housing Program Admission Application
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Innovations Program (VIP): VIP provides financial assistance to Veterans who served on or after September 11, 2001, and are facing financial hardships.
Who is eligible for the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs VIP? To be eligible Veterans must meet the following requirements:
Received an honorable discharge
Served on or after September 11, 2001
Experiencing financial hardship and income is not sufficient to meet basic needs
Shows a distinct positive outcome
Request is within grant funding capabilities
To apply Veterans must submit a completed Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, VIP Application to email@example.com . For more information, please call 800-562-2308.
Washington State Housing Finance Commission, Veterans Down Payment Assistance Loan Program: The Veterans Down Payment Assistance Loan Program is a down payment assistance, second mortgage program with a 3.00% interest rate and payments deferred for up to 30 years for Washington State Veterans. Veterans Down Payment Assistance Loan Program combines with the Home Advantage first mortgage loan program. Eligible households may qualify for a maximum loan amount of up to $10,000.
Who is eligible for Washington State Housing Finance Commission, Veterans Down Payment Assistance Loan Program?
Veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge
Service members and Former Service members who served in the Washington National Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces Reserves and received an honorable discharge
Unremarried Surviving Spouse and dependent Children of deceased Veterans
Borrowers must be first-time homebuyers or buying in a “Targeted Area”. Borrowers must qualify for one of the Commission’s first mortgage loan programs.
Washington State Housing Finance Commission, Targeted Area Listing
The maximum income limits for the Veterans program as of 9 May 2022:
All Other Counties: $105,300
Borrowers must attend a Commission-sponsored homebuyer seminar prior to reserving funds. Cash back to borrowers is not allowed. For more information, please call 206-287-4459 or 800-767-4663 extension 459.
Washington State, County Veterans Assistance Programs: Washington law authorizes each county to establish a Veterans' assistance program to address the needs of local needy Veterans and their Families. Interested applicants should contact their county representative for more information and eligibility requirements.
Washington State, County Veterans Assistance Directory
Washington State Veterans Cemetery: Washington's State Veterans Cemetery is located 3 miles west of Fairchild Air Force Base and provides a dignified final resting place for Veterans and their eligible Family members.
The cemetery offers casket burials which includes the plot, a concrete liner, and an upright granite marker. Options for cremated remains includes:
Niche in the columbarium wall with inscribed, granite niche cover
Ground plot with an inscribed upright granite marker
Scattering garden where the Family may scatter the remains and includes an inscribed flat granite marker
There is no charge for the burial of an eligible Veteran, eligible dependent burials incur a $300 fee. Cemetery staff will coordinate for Military Funeral Honors for eligible Veterans and Service members.
Who is eligible for Burial in the Washington State Veterans Cemetery? Eligibility requirements for the burial at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery are the same as for VA National Cemeteries. Exact eligibility requirements can viewed at the VA, National Cemetery Administration Eligibility webpage. The following are the general eligibility requirements:
Discharged from active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces under conditions other than dishonorable, or
Died while serving on active duty, or
Served at least 20 years in the National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserves and qualified for military retired pay (or would have qualified except death occurred before age 60), or
Reserve component Service members if they were activated for federal service, (active duty for training does not qualify)
Spouses and dependents (burial of dependent Children is limited to unmarried Children under 21 years old, or 23 years old if a full-time student at an approved educational institution or a Child who develops a lifelong disability prior to age 21)
There is no Washington State residency requirement
All Veterans are encouraged visit the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Eligibility for Pre-need Determination webpage for the steps required to establish eligibility prior to need. For more information, please call 509-299-6280, or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Mail, fax, or email completed applications and copies of the required supporting documents to:
Washington State Veterans Cemetery
21702 W. Espanola Road
Medical Lake, WA 99022
Camp Lewis Post Cemetery: Located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord behind 2nd Division Range Road and near the Skeet Trap Range the cemetery is open to the public during daylight hours. All burials are in-ground. For additional information contact the JBLM Cemetery Responsible Official at 253-967-2304 or the Mortuary Affairs Coordinator at 253-966-5893.
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), Women Veterans Advisory Committee: The mission of the WDVA Women Veterans Advisory Committee is to help Washington’s women Veterans and to ensure they have equitable access to federal and state Veterans' services and benefits. For more information, please call 360-725-2157.
Washington State Military Spouse Initiative: The Washington Military Spouse Initiative is focused on reducing and removing employment barriers for the military Spouse community and connecting them to the resources they and their Families need to thrive in Washington State.
Under the Military Spouse Initiative, a Military Spouse Liaison has been appointed by the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs who serves as an advocate for military Spouses. The Military Spouse Liaison conducts outreach with elected officials, government and community leaders, U.S. Armed Forces installation leadership, and business executives to meet the needs of Spouses across Washington. The Liaison also has a number of working groups focused on solving issues faced by military Spouses and Families.
For more information, please contact the Washington State Military Spouse Liaison by email at email@example.com or call 360-280-0179.
Washington State Military Spouse Career Resource Guide
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Washington State
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Washington State: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Washington State: The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains four national cemeteries in Washington State. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.
Military Installations in Washington State
Please see the Washington State Military Resource Locator for additional information.
U.S. Army Reserve (USAR):
88th Readiness Division