Washington

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Unemployment Compensation
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Health and Insurance Benefits
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Miscellaneous Benefits
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Summary of Washington State Military and Veterans Benefits: Washington State 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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Washington State Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility


What are my Washington State Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Washington State Personal Income Tax: Washington State does not have a personal or corporate income tax.

Learn more about Washington State Income Taxes

Veteran in a wheelchair on his porchWashington State Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption: A property tax exemption is available to disabled Veterans. The qualifying applicant receives a reduction in the amount of property taxes due. The amount of the reduction is based on the applicant's income, the value of the residence, and the local levy rates.
Who is eligible for the Washington State Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption? To qualify applicants must be a Veteran of the Armed Forces and receiving compensation from the VA for  one of the following:

  • Combined service-connected evaluation rating of 80% or higher

  • Total disability rating for a service-connected disability without regard to evaluation percent.

Veterans must own and occupy a primary residence in the State of Washington and have combined disposable income of Income Threshold 3 or less.

Reporting/Documentation Requirements:

Learn more about the Washington State Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption

Washington State Property Tax Assistance Program for Surviving Spouses of Veterans: Qualifying Surviving Spouses can receive assistance for payment of property taxes in the form of a grant. The assistance amount is based on the applicant's income, the value of the residence, and the local levy rates. The grant does not woman crying, wiping tears from her eyehave to be repaid if the applicant continues to live in the residence until at least December 15 in the year a grant is received.
Who is eligible for the Washington State Property Tax Assistance Program for Surviving Spouses of Veterans?
The unremarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran who

  • Died as a result of a service-connected disability; OR

  • Was rated 100% disabled by the VA for 10 years prior to death; OR

  • Was a former POW and rated 100% disabled for 1 year prior to death; OR

  • Died on active duty or training status.

The Surviving Spouse must be at least 62 years old by December 31 of the year the taxes are due OR be retired by reason of disability.Burial Flag

 The Surviving Spouse must own and occupy a primary residence in the State of Washington and have a combined disposable income of $40,000 or less.

Reporting/Documentation Requirements:

Learn more about the Washington State Property Tax Assistance Program for Surviving Spouses of Veterans

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What are my Washington State Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Washington State Education Tuition Waiver for Veterans and National Guard Service Members: (RCW 28B.15.621) State community colleges, colleges and universities will waive all or a portion of tuition and fees for eligible Veterans or National Guard members. The state will also provide a $500 stipend for textbooks and course materials. Each college or university establishes and operates their own Veterans waiver program, please contact the college or university you plan to attend for details on their program.
Who is eligible for the Washington State Education Tuition Waiver for Veterans? An eligible Veteran or National Guard member is defined as:

  • A Washington resident that was an active or reserve member of the Armed Forces; or

  • A National Guard Service member called to active duty, who served under either Title 10 or Title 32 orders

  • If discharged from service, must have received an honorable characterization of service.

Washington State Financial Aid, Participating Institutions

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Washington State Education Benefits for Dependents of Prisoners of War, 100% Disabled Veterans or Those Who Died as a Result of Military Service:3 people in cap and gowns at a graduation ceremony (RCW 28B.15.621) State universities, regional universities, The Evergreen State College, and community and technical colleges will waive all tuition and fees for eligible dependents of Veterans that are declared Prisoners of War, 100% disabled or that died while on active service. The state will also provide a $500 stipend for textbooks and course materials. Each college or university establishes and operates their own Veterans waiver program, please contact the college or university you plan to attend for details on their program.
Who is eligible for the Washington State Education Benefits for Dependents of Prisoners of War, 100% Disabled Veterans or Those Who Died as a Result of Military Service? For dependents to be eligible the Veteran or Service member must have:

  • Been a resident of Washington that was on active federal service

  • Died on active service

  • Been declared a Prisoner of War or Missing in Action

  • Been declared 100% disabled.

For dependents to be eligible they must be:

  • A Washington resident between the ages of 17-26

  • An un-remarried Surviving Spouse and a Washington resident

    • A Surviving Spouse has 10 years from the date of the death, total disability, or declaration of Prisoner of War or Missing in Action status to receive this waiver

    • If a death results from total disability, the Surviving Spouse has 10 years from the date of death to receive this waiver.

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

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Washington State “Operation Recognition” High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: (RCW 28A.230.120) Operation Recognition is a program to issue high school diplomas to eligible Veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
Who is eligible for Washington State, “Operation Recognition” High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans? Veterans who left high school to join the military during World War II, Korea, or Vietnam are eligible to receive a high school diploma if the Veteran:

  • Is an honorably discharged member of the Armed Forces

  • Was scheduled to graduate from high school; and

  • Left high school before graduation to serve in the War.

Veterans who received a GED are still eligible to receive a high school diploma. Diplomas can be awarded posthumously.

Learn more about Washington State, “Operation Recognition” High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans

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 Children sitting on the steps of a schoolmilitary 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
Point of Contact

Phone: 360-478-6880 / 360-725-0415

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What are my Washington State Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Washington State Employee Leave for Military Service: State employees that are National Guard or Reserve Service members receive military leave with pay not to exceed National guard members doing an exercise with a K9, helicopter in the background21 working days during each fiscal year. This leave can be used to report for required military duty, training or to report for drills. The employee is charged military leave only for the days that they are scheduled to work.
Who is eligible for Washington State Employee Leave for Military Service? State employees that are National Guard or Reserve Service members on orders to report for military duty are eligible.

Learn more about Washington State Employee Leave for Military Service

Washington State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference: Public employers must offer hiring preference to honorably discharged Veterans, Surviving Spouses and Spouses of Disabled Veterans. Applicants must have the capacity to perform the duties required of the position.

 If an employer is administering an examination prior to hiring, the employer must add the following percentages to their passing scores:

  • 10% to wartime Veteran’s scores

  • 5% to non-wartime Veteran’s scores

  • 5% to a promotional exam score of a Veteran called to active service while in public employment (only applies until first promotion)

If no examination is administered prior to certification, the employer must refer the eligible individuals to the employing official. 3 soliders resting against a building with full gear on
 Who is eligible for Washington State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference? To receive preference applicants must be an honorably discharged Veteran, the Surviving Spouse or the Spouse of an honorably discharged Veteran that has a service-connected permanent and total disability.
RCW 41.04.010
WAC 357-16-110

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Federal Employment Veterans 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 U.S. 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 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% 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. 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 VA authorities to be 100% 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

Washington State Employment Military Service Credit in Retirement System: If you take a leave of absence from your Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS)-covered position to serve in the United States military, you are interrupting membership in your retirement system. If you return to your DRS-covered position, you might be able to recover service credit for the time you spent in the U.S. Armed Forces.

That service credit is called “interruptive military service credit.” Service credit is one of the factors used in computing your retirement benefit, so increasing your service credit would increase your future monthly benefit.

Your military service must have been with the U.S. Armed Forces, to include Reserves and National Guard.

You can recover between 5 and 10 years of interruptive military service credit, depending on your circumstance. If your service was during a period of war or an armed conflict during which you earned a campaign badge or medal, you can recover 5 years of interruptive military service credit at no cost.

You can also recover up to 5 more years of service credit by paying the contribution cost for those years. If a Service member dies during active service the Surviving Spouse, registered domestic partner or guardian of any minor Child(ren) can apply for the interruptive military service credit.
Who is eligible for Washington State Employment Military Service Credit in Retirement System? Washington State DRS-covered position employees that are called to active military service are eligible.

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Washington State WorkSource Veteran Services: Washington State WorkSource helps thousands of military Veterans, including disabled Veterans, find jobs each year. As a Veteran, you can get priority access to WorkSource services. This includes priority referrals to jobs that are listed with WorkSource, as well as other emploWork Source logoyment services.

WorkSource centers offer Veterans and their Spouses:

  • Job listings, job referrals and hiring events

  • Résumé, application and interviewing assistance

  • Use of computers, photocopiers and phones

  • Skill assessments and referrals to training and other resources.

On the Washington State WorkSource website, you can identify yourself as a Veteran to make it easier for Veteran-friendly employers to find you, and you can search for job openings where employers are giving Veterans priority over other applicants.

Most WorkSource centers have Veteran Employment Specialists to help military Veterans with disabilities and other severe employment barriers.
Washington State WorkSource Office and Services Directory

Learn more about Washington State WorkSource Veteran Services

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, Apprenticeship Programs: An apprenticeship combines on-the-job training with related classroom instruction, all under the supervision of a journey-level professional. Apprentices get paid while they learn and develop knowledge, skills, and abilities in a new career field. Veterans can use their VA education benefits for many of these programs

After completing a registered apprenticeship program, apprentices receive a professional credential that is recognized nationwide.

Some apprenticeships offer direct entry into the programs for Veterans. Veterans should check with the programs they are interested in to see if they offer direct entry, using the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, Apprenticeship Search engine. This database lists all available Washington State registered apprenticeship programs.

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Washington State Department of Health, Licensure Benefits for Service Members, Veterans and Spouses: Washington State offers licensure benefits to Servicemembers, Veterans and Spouses in the healthcare field - a short description of these benefits are below.

Licensure for Spouses and Registered Domestic Partners of Military Personnel Transferring to Washington: Spouses or registered domestic partners of military personnel transferring to or stationed in Washington may receive health professions credentials more quickly. If applicable, please include any required supporting documentation with the application for the health professional credential(s) you are seeking.

Military Education/Training/Experience Legislation: Military education, training and/or experience are evaluated toward meeting the credentialing requirements in Washington State for certain entry-level health professions. Review health profession(s) to determine eligibility and required supporting documentation. You may also contact the Washington State Department of Health, customer service for additional assistance.

Military personnel interested in one or more of the listed occupations and would like more information about requirements may contact the Washington State Department of Health or select the desired occupation for program specific information from the Washington State Department of Health A to Z Professions Directory.
Washington State Department of Health Contact Information
Washington State Department of Health, Military Resources Handout
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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, including initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve a group of 10 soliders standing togethertraining 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 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 recovering from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.

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

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

The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), 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 Washington State Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Washington State Unemployment Compensation: Unemployment benefits are made available through taxes paid by your former employer(s) to partially replace your regular earnings and help you meet expenses while you look for another job. These benefits are intended to assist workers who lost their jobs through no fault of their own and are not based on financial need. While receiving benefits, it’s your responsibility to get back to work as quickly as you can.
Who is eligible for Washington State Unemployment Compensation?
To check for eligibility for unemployment benefits, please use the Washington State Employment Security Department Eligibility Checker for information about your possible eligibility.

Apply online or by phone: When applying online or by phone, have the necessary information ready before you start. Both systems will "time out" after a short period to protect the security of your personal information.
Washington State Employment Security Department, Unemployment Insurance Required Information

Apply online 24 hours a day, seven days a week with eServices, Washington State Employment Security Department Online Portal. You must use a computer for this initial step—not a mobile device.

Applications may be made to the phone claims center at 800-318-6022. The phone claim center is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (except holidays) as follows:

  • Monday: New applications for those with Social Security numbers ending in 0-3. Open only for questions about weekly claims and other general questions.

  • Tuesday: New applications for those with Social Security numbers ending in 0-6. Open for questions about weekly claims and other general questions.

  • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: Everyone (Social Security numbers ending in 0-9) can submit new applications. Open for questions about weekly claims and other general questions.

Applying online is much faster. If you call, be prepared for long wait times.

Note:
Applying for unemployment benefits later in the week will not delay benefit payments.
Washington State, Employment Security Department, Handbook for Unemployed Workers

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What are my Washington State Military and Veterans Department of Licensing Benefits?

Veteran Designation on Washington State Driver License or Identification (ID) Card: Veterans can get a “Veteran” designation on their driver license or ID card. There is no fee if you're only adding your Veterans status. Washington drivers license with veteran designation
Who is eligible for a Veteran Designation on Washington State Driver License or ID Card? You must present a DD214, or equivalent, that shows an "honorable" or "general under honorable conditions" discharge or a VA ID card at a driver licensing office when applying.

There is a fee if you're:

  • Adding other endorsements at the same time

  • Updating information on your card such as name and address, or

  • Renewing your license – you can renew up to a year in advance.

Washington State Department of Licensing, Office Directory
Washington State Department of Licensing, Driver Licensing Fees

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Washington State Military and Veterans License Plates: The State of Washington offers 14 license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retirees and Family members. In addition, Washington has “Veteran/Military Service Award Emblems” that may be affixed 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 State Department of Licensing, Veteran/Military Service Award Emblems

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Washington State Gold Star License Plate: The Gold Star plate is available for Family members of an Armed Forces Service member who died while in service to their country, or as a result of their service. RCW 46.18.245 Washington Gold Star Family License Plate
Who is eligible for the Washington State Gold Star License Plate? To be eligible you must be a Washington vehicle owner and request a certified letter from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) as proof that you are a:

  • Surviving Spouse

  • Biological, adoptive or stepparent

  • Adult who fulfilled the parental role, such as foster parent, kinship provider or caretaker relative

  • Biological or adopted Child, or

  • Sibling.

Applicants must get a certified DMVA, Gold Star License Plates Request for Certification Letter verifying eligibility.

Learn more about the Washington State Gold Star License Plate

Washington State Disabled Veteran License Plate: The Disabled Veteran license plate is available for resident disabled Veterans. Disabled Veterans that are eligible for this plate are exempt from license fees for one vehicle per year. These special plates or tabs are good for the life of the vehicle but do not grant disabledWashington Disabled Veteran License Plate parking privileges.
Who is eligible for the Washington State Disabled Veteran License Plate? If you're a Washington State vehicle owner who served in any branch of the Armed Forces, Reserves, or National Guard and:

  • Had an honorable discharge or a medical honorable discharge

  • Have been rated by the VA or military service, and

  • You’re receiving service-related compensation at 100% for more than 1 year.

Applicants must get a letter of eligibility from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs verifying a 100% service-connected disability.

Learn more about the Washington State Disabled Veteran License Plate

Washington State Medal of Honor License Plate: Washington residents who have received the Medal of Honor may receive a license plate representing that award. RCW 46.18.230Washington Medal of Honor License Plate
Who is eligible for the Washington State Medal of Honor License Plate? Washington State vehicle owners that have been awarded the Medal of Honor can receive:

  • License plates for up to 3 vehicles at no charge

  • Can choose either the Medal of Honor or standard mountain background plates

You must submit a letter of eligibility from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs verifying that you've received the Medal of Honor. There is no special plate fee.

Learn more about the Washington State Medal of Honor License Plate

Washington State Purple Heart License Plate: Washington residents who have received the Purple Heart and their Surviving Spouses may receive a license plate representing Washingtong Purple Heart License Platethat award. RCW 46.18.280
Who is eligible for the Washington State Purple Heart License Plate? This plate is available to you if you're a Washington State vehicle owner that received the Purple Heart medal or an un-remarried Surviving Spouse or domestic partner of a deceased Purple Heart recipient.

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 an affidavit that you haven't remarried.

Learn more about the Washington State Purple Heart License Plate

Washington Resident Military Personnel License/ID Card Expiration Extension: The driver licenses of Washington State residents, that are on active duty, remain valid after its expiration date. Washington State allows driver licenses and ID cards to remain valid until 90 days after discharge. Service members and dependents must have the following in their possession in order for their license to remain valid:

  • Washington State Driver License or ID card

  • Military active duty or Dependent ID card

  • Washington State, Department of Licensing Authorization card

Military personnel must apply for a Washington, Department of Licensing Authorization Card at a Washington State Department of Licensing Office.
Who is eligible for Washington Resident Military Personnel License/ID Card Expiration Extension? The following personnel are eligible for a license or ID card extension:

  • Armed Forces Service members on active duty

  • National Guard and Reservists called to active duty for 180 days or more

  • Spouses, domestic partners, and dependents who have the same residence as the person on active duty

Learn more about the Washington Resident Military Personnel License/ID Card Expiration Extension

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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 (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're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

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

  • Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Traumatic Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (TSGLI)

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

  • Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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

State Sponsored Life Insurance for Members of Washington State National Guard: The State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) program provides term life insurance exclusively for actively serving members of the Army and Air National Guard and their dependents. Current active members of the Washington National Guard are automatically Washington National Guard Association insigniaprotected 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.

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.

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Washington State National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death Benefits incurred while on State Active Duty: Washington National Guard Service members that are incapacitated, injured or disabled while in active state service or inactive duty will receive compensation and benefits according to Washington State Workers’ Compensation laws.

Learn more about Washington State National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death Benefits incurred while on State Active Duty

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What are my Washington State Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Washington State Non-Resident Active Duty Military Hunting and Fishing Privileges: Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife offers resident license prices for non-resident active duty military. Deer standing in the woods
Who is eligible for Washington State Non-Resident Active Duty Military Hunting and Fishing Privileges? A member of the U.S. Armed Forces stationed at a military installation in Washington (other than on temporary duty), is eligible to purchase a resident fishing or hunting license after presenting a valid military ID card and evidence they are stationed in Washington. This documentation includes official orders or billeting documents.

Learn more about Washington State Non-Resident Active Duty Military Hunting and Fishing Privileges

Disabled Veteran Fishing Washington State Reduced Fee Hunting and Fishing Privileges for Disabled Veterans: Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife offers reduced licensing fees at a cost of half the resident fee.

Who is eligible for Washington State Reduced Fee Hunting and Fishing Privileges for Disabled Veterans? If you have been honorably discharged from military service, and received a disability percentage rating from the VA, you will qualify for a reduced fee license if you meet the criteria below. The following are eligible for a combination fishing license (fresh water, salt water, and shellfish) and/or hunting license(s) at a discounted rate:

  • Resident qualified disabled Veterans rated 30% service-connected or more as verified by VA letter

  • Resident Veterans 65 years of age or older with a service-connected disability as verified by VA letter

  • Non-Resident Veterans with at least 30% service-connected disability as verified by VA letter

  • Non-Resident Veterans 65 years of age or older with a service-connected disability as verified by VA letter

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, License Fees and Types
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Hunter / Fisher Veterans Reduced Fee Application

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Washington State Free Hunting Privileges for National Guard Service Members: Members of the Washington National or State Guard may be eligible for a free annual licensing 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 Privileges for National Guard Service Members? The package is available to Washington State residents who are active, full-time Guard members, or who participate in drill training on a part-time basis.
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, National and State Guard Hunting License Application

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Washington State Parks Disabled Veteran Lifetime Pass - No charge: The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission offers free camping, docking, campsite reservations (through State Parks central reservations system), watercraft launching, trailer dump and day use entry at Washington State Parks. person rafting down a river
Who is eligible for Washington State Parks Disabled Veteran Lifetime Pass - No charge? Washington State resident Veterans with a documented service-connected disability of at least 30% are eligible. Veterans must provide a disability award letter, certification from the VA or military service; a separation certificate or similar document on official letterhead stationery from the certifying agency; or have the pass application signed by the VA or military service. The document must clearly state the percentage of disability and that it is service-connected. Complete the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Application for Lifetime Disabled Veteran and e-mail to infocent@parks.wa.gov or mail to:

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
1111 Israel Road SW
P.O. Box 42650
Olympia, WA 98504-2650

Learn more about Washington State Parks Disabled Veteran Lifetime Pass - No charge

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What are my Washington State Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Recording of Discharges for Washington State Veterans: RCW 73.04.030 Washington State County Auditors will record, free of Charge, official discharge documents of Washington Veterans that served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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 a basic recording fee and preservation fee, not to exceed $7, for recording of the request for exemption.
Who is eligible for Recording of Discharges for Washington State Veterans? Military Veterans with DD214 are eligible.

Veterans' discharge papers may be released to the Veteran, the Veteran's next of kin, a deceased Veteran's properly appointed personal representative or executor, a person holding the Veteran's general power of attorney, or anyone else designated in writing by the Veteran to receive the records.

Learn more about Recording of Discharges for Washington State Veterans

SoundTransit Ride the Wave sign Reduced Public Transportation Fees for Disabled Veterans Around Puget Sound: Local participating transit authorities offer disabled Veteran passengers travel at a reduced rate with a Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP). There is no charge for the RRFP.
Who is eligible for Reduced Public Transportation Fees for Disabled Veterans Around Puget Sound? Disabled Veteran passengers certified by the VA at a 40% or greater disability level.
Regional Reduced Fare Permit, Information and Application

Learn more about Reduced Public Transportation Fees for Disabled Veterans Around Puget Sound

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Program: The WDVA provides an outreach/counseling program to Veterans with war-era and PTSD-related problems. The PTSD Program creates community-based avenues to counseling services that are less formal in nature, offering the highest level of confidentiality possible. Services provided throughout the program 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 within Washington State.
Who is eligible for the WVDA PTSD Program?

  • Honorably discharged war-era (any of the nation's war or peacekeeping periods) Veterans and their Family members

  • Washington State National Guard or Military Reserve members deployed in support of the nation's war and peacekeeping missions, and their Family members

  • The Veteran does not need to be suffering from or diagnosed with PTSD, but should be able to demonstrate significant post war adjustment issues to warrant outpatient care

  • No VA service-connected disability for any condition is required for this service within the WDVA PTSD Program

  • Services are free to qualified Veterans

  • Priority is given to those most vulnerable or having no other reasonable options for care.

NOTE: King County has slightly different eligibility criteria. Veterans, military Service members and their Families, definitions for these targeted populations are:

  • Military Service member: A person currently serving in the Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reservists

  • Veteran: A person who has served in the Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reservists

  • Veteran Family: A Veteran’s or military Service member’s Spouse, domestic partner or Child, or the Child of the Spouse or domestic partner, or other dependent relatives if living in the household of a Veteran or military Service member

School aged Children of War Exposed Veterans: Additional counseling and consulting resources are being used to educate teachers and school counselors of the potential needs of school aged Children of war exposed parents.

Services to Higher Education: The PTSD Program provides in-service training and consultation to college and university counseling and other professional staff, and faculty members. This special program is designed to address the needs of war exposed Veterans who have returned to school after discharge from the military, and who seek assistance at student counseling centers on campus.
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Program Brochure

Learn more about the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Program

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. WDVA provides HVRP-Urban 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, individually designed 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 Veterans providers

  • Employability needs and skills assessment

  • Job readiness services, including transitional housing assistance, basic skills training, therapeutic work, résumé development and employment opportunity referrals; and

  • 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, an individual must be a Veteran and homeless as defined:

Learn more about the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Estate Management Program: The WDVA, Veterans Estate Management Program offers protective payee services for Veterans and Family members who are incapable of managing their own financial affairs. By assuming custody of the individual's finances, the department 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; or

  • Act as an executor of a Veteran's estate

Who is eligible for the WDVA Veterans Estate Management Program? Military Veterans and their beneficiaries are eligible.

Learn more about the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Estate Management Program

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC): The VCC Program provides meaningful 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 WDVA VCC? All who have served in or are serving as:

  • Active Duty

  • Reserve

  • National Guard

  • Veterans

Veterans Conservation Corps Brochure

Learn more about the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Conservation Corps

Washington State Veterans Home Washington State Veterans Homes: The WDVA operates four long-term nursing and assisted-living care homes; Washington Soldiers Home Orting; Washington Veterans Home Port Orchard; Spokane Veterans Home; and the Walla Walla Veterans Home. All Washington State Veterans Homes are Medicare and Medicaid certified facilities.

What programs and services are provided by the Washington Veterans Home facilities? Several supportive programs and services are provided, such as:

  •  Physical Therapy

  • Occupational TherapySpokane Veterasn Home

  • Recreational Activities

  • Social Services

  • Volunteer Programs

  • Veterans Home Port Orchard Hospice

  • Nutritious Meals

  • Community Involvement

  • Religious Programs

  • TransportationWalla Walla Veterans Home

  •  Laundry

  • Beauty and Barber Shops

  • Fishing Pond (Orting)

  • Patriotic Interment Services

Who is eligible for Care at the Washington State Veterans Homes? To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Served at any time, in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces including the National Guard

  • Received an honorable discharge

  • Reside in Washington State

  • Spouse or Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran

  • Gold Star Parent

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Homes Application for Admission

Learn more about the Washington State Veterans Homes

Washington Veterans Transitional Housing Program: The Washington Veterans Transitional Housing Program assist Veterans in need of 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

  • Greater self-determination

  • Increased skill level and income potential

Who is eligible for the Washington Veterans Transitional Housing Program?

  • Served in any branch of 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

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Transitional Housing Program Admission Application

Learn more about the Washington Veterans Transitional Housing Program

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Innovations Program: The Veterans Innovations Program was created to provide assistance to Veterans and their Families facing financial hardships due to deployments in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The program works with the Veteran and their Family to match their individual needs with the appropriate Veterans Innovations Program fund and other Veteran or non-Veteran programs and services. Their goal is to make sure the Veteran and their Family has access to all Veterans benefits and the tools they need to provide for themselves and their Families.
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Innovations Program Application
Who is eligible for the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Innovations Program?

  • Received an honorable discharge

  • Deployed in support of Operating Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom or Noble Eagle receiving Global War on Terrorism, Expeditionary Medal

  • Is experiencing financial hardship where income is not sufficient to meet basic needs.

  • Presents a discernable positive outcome.

Learn more about the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Innovations Program

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 who have served their country. 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?

  • Persons receiving an honorable discharge or who have received a discharge for medical reasons with an honorable record

  • Members and honorably discharged former members of the Washington National Guard and Reserve; and

  • Never remarried Spouses 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 eligible for the Veterans program as of July 2, 2020:

  • King/Snohomish $113,300

  • All Other Counties: $89,800

Borrowers must attend a Commission-sponsored homebuyer seminar prior to reserving funds. Cash back to borrowers is not allowed.

Learn more about the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, Veterans Down Payment Assistance Loan Program

Washington State, County Veterans Assistance Programs: RCW 73.08 Washington law allows counties to establish programs to assist indigent resident Veterans, their Families and the Families of deceased Veterans.
Who is eligible for Washington State County Veterans’ Assistance? Each county establishes a Veterans' assistance program to address the needs of local indigent Veterans and their Families. Interested applicants should contact their county representative for more information and eligibility requirements.
Washington State, County Veterans Assistance Directory

Learn more about Washington State, County Veterans Assistance Programs

Washington State Veterans Cemetery: Washington's State Veterans Cemetery is located 3 miles west of Fairchild Air Force Base. The State Veterans Cemetery provides for in-ground casket burial sites, Columbarium niches, in-ground cremation inurnment and a scattering garden is available for cremation interments. Washington State Veterans Cemetery
Who is eligible for Burial in the Washington State Veterans Cemetery? Eligibility for interment in the State Veterans Cemetery mirrors National Veterans Cemetery eligibility requirements. There is no requirement to be a resident of the State of Washington. In general, all U.S. Veterans discharged under conditions other than dishonorable; Spouses; and Dependent Children are eligible.
National Cemetery Administration Eligibility Fact Sheet

Casket interments are provided a ground plot, concrete liner, and an upright granite marker. Cremation interment options are:

  • A niche in the columbarium wall which includes an inscribed, granite niche cover

  • A ground plot which includes an inscribed upright granite marker

  • A scattering garden where the Family may scatter the remains which includes an inscribed flat granite marker.

Interment fees for eligible Veterans are paid by the VA. $300.00 will be collected for interment of eligible Spouses or eligible dependent Children at the time of interment. For questions or further information, please call 509-299-6280 or contact the office via e-mail at cemetery@dva.wa.gov. Mail, fax, or email completed applications and copies of the required supporting documents to:

Washington State Veterans Cemetery
21702 W. Espanola Rd
Medical Lake, WA 99022
Phone: 509-299-6280
Fax: 509-299-6286

Washington State Veterans Cemetery Interment Application
Washington State Veterans Cemetery Pre-Registration Application
Washington State Veterans Cemetery Brochure

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Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Women Veterans Advisory Committee: The mission of the WDVA Women Veterans Advisory Committee is to help Washington’s women Veterans of the Armed Forces and to ensure they have equitable access to federal and state Veterans' services and benefits.

Learn more about the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Women Veterans Advisory Committee

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 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.

VA Cemetery in WashingtonLearn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Washington State

 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.

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

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Military Installations in Washington State

Please see the Washington State Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty

Army
Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Yakima Training Center

Air Force
Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Team McChord

Fairchild AFB

Navy
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island
Naval Station Everett
Naval Base Kitsap
Naval Magazine Indian Island

National Guard

Washington Military Department Insignia

Washington Military Department

Washington Army National Guard

Washington Air National Guard
141st Air Refueling Wing
194th Wing

United States Army Reserve (USAR)
88th Readiness Division



Resources

Washington Department of Veterans Affairs

Department of Labor, Veterans Employment and Training Service

Washington State Parks

Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, Resources for Women Veterans

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Find Locations

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington Locations

FedsHireVets, Veterans' Preference

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

Army National Guard Benefits

Air Force National Guard Benefits

Washington State Homepage

Washington Revised Code

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Washington

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Document Review Date: 24 March 2021