West Virginia Military and Veteran Benefits

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

West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, Service Offices: The West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance has Service Offices located throughout the state that can assist Veterans, and their families find and apply for benefits under federal, state, and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge.

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State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

What are my West Virginia Military and Veteran State Tax Benefits?

West Virginia Taxes on Military Pay: West Virginia offers the following reductions in state incometaxes for West Virginia resident Soldier standing in front of a military vehicleservice members.

If a service member’s home of record is West Virginia, but they did not spend more than 30 days in West Virginia, the service member is not considered a resident for tax purposes and is not subject to state income tax on their military income.

Military pay received by West Virginia resident service members serving in the National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserves who are called to federal active duty to serve during Operation Enduring Freedom or during domestic security ordered by the President is exempt from West Virginia income taxes.

Combat or hazardous duty pay that is excluded from federal taxes is also excluded from West Virginia taxes.

Service members serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for 30 or more days who permanently separate from service and receive a DD214 are eligible for an income tax deduction of their military pay for the year of their discharge.
West Virginia Taxes Code 11-21-12e
West Virginia Tax Division Frequently Asked Questions

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West Virginia Income Taxes on Military Retired Pay: West Virginia does not tax military retired pay.

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) does not withhold taxes for state or local income tax, but it is reported annually on IRS Form 1099-R. All TSP distributions are subject to state taxes and early distributions may incur higher taxes.
West Virginia Code 11-21-12

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Nonresident Military Spouses West Virginia State Tax Exemption: Income earned by a nonresident spouse of a nonresident service member stationed in West Virginia is exempt from West Virginia income taxes.
Which Nonresident Military Spouses are Exempt from West Virginia State Taxes? Nonresidentspouses are exempt if the service member is living in West Virginia due to military orders and they are in West Virginia to be with the service member.

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

  • Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid either to Veteran or their family
  • Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living
  • Grants for motor vehicles for Veterans who lost their sight or the use of their limbs
  • Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program

See IRS Publication 525 for more information.

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West Virginia State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): Retirement CeremonyDIC is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-connected injury or disease.

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

West Virginia State Tax Exemption on Military Survivor Benefit Plan, (SBP), Reserve young child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemetery Component Survivor Benefit Plan, (RCSBP), and Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Annuities: West Virginia does not tax SBP, RCSBP or RSFPP annuities.

Learn more about West Virginia State Tax Exemption on Military Survivor Benefit Plan, (SBP), Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan, (RCSBP), and Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Annuities

West Virginia Homestead Disabled Veteran Property Tax Credit: Beginning 1 January 2024, honorably discharged disabled Veterans who have a 90% or greater combined disability rating from the VA are eligible for an income tax credit for the amount they paid on property taxes for their residence.

Veterans are required to apply for the credit with their county tax assessor prior to October 1. Veterans are still required to pay their property taxes (by October 1 and April 1) and will receive the credit when they file their personal income taxes. If a Veteran owns several properties, the credit will only apply to the property where they primarily live.

For more information, please call a West Virginia Taxpayer Services Representative at 304-558-3333, or 800-982-8297.
West Virginia Property Tax Assessor Directory
West Virginia Code 11-13MM-4
West Virginia Department of Revenue, Disabled Veteran Real Property Tax Credit Fact Sheet

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West Virginia Tax Benefit for Service Members Killed or Missing during Service in a Combat Zone: Service members who die while serving in a combat zone, or from wounds, disease, or injuries they received while serving in a combat zone will not owe Honor Guard burial ceremony folding the american flagtaxes for the year of their death.

  • Taxes will not apply for the taxable year of their death, or any prior taxable year ending on or after the first day they served in a combat zone
  • Any tax for previous taxable years, that is unpaid when they die, will not be assessed, or if it has been collected, the amount collected will be credited or refunded as an overpayment

Service members who are declared missing in action are also eligible for this tax exemption. The date they were listed as missing is their date of eligibility. Service members continue to be eligible until they are returned to U.S. control, or until two years after the official end of hostilities.

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What are my West Virginia Military and Veteran Education Benefits?

West Virginia Medal of Honor and the Andrew J. Trail Purple Heart Tuition Waiver: All state supported institutions of higher education will Medal of Honor waive tuition and mandatory fees for Veterans who have been awarded the Medal of Honor or the Purple Heart. Eligible Veterans can receive a waiver for up to eight semesters.
Who is eligible for the West Virginia Medal of Honor and Purple Heart Tuition Waiver? To be eligible Veterans must be West Virginia residents, received either the Medal of Honor or the Purple Heart and received an honorable discharge. Purple Heart recipients must also have either lost a limb or have a Purple Heart permanent disability from the wounds they received.

The waiver only applies after all other state and federal education benefits, grants or scholarships are used to pay tuition and mandatory fees. For more information students should contact the admission office at the educational institution they plan to attend.
West Virginia Public Universities Directory
West Virginia Community and Technical Colleges Directory
West Virginia Code 18B-10-10

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West Virginia Educational Encouragement Program (WVEEP): WVEEP pay 100% of tuition and fees up to $9,000 per fiscal year for West Virginia National Guard service members who are attending a participating West Virginia institution of higher education. This benefit may be used in addition to federal tuition assistance.
Who is eligible for WVEEP?
Service members must meet the following requirements:

  • Enrolled in an approved, accredited post-secondary institution in West Virginia
  • Service members must not currently be under any type of adverse action or administrative flag when they apply
  • Provide a detailed degree plan
  • Complete all classes before their Expiration Term of Service (ETS) date
  • Must have documentation from the school that clearly lists the cost of each course
  • Submit grades to the WVEEP manager when they complete a class

WVEEP funds can only be used for tuition and allowable fees, students cannot keep any overpayment or refund. For more information, please email ng.wv.wvarng.list.education-office-wv@army.mil, or call 304-561-6361.
WVEEP Online Application
WVEEP Participating Schools

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West Virginia Veterans Re-Education Assistance: West Virginia Veterans Re-Education Assistance program offers up to $500 per semester to Veterans for tuition assistance, tests for a professional license or certification, or other training materials. Tuition assistance is based funding availability.
Who is eligible for West Virginia Re-Education Assistance? To be eligible Veterans must meet the following requirements:

  • Honorably Discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Used all VA educational benefits
  • Resident of West Virginia

To apply, Veterans must submit a West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, Veterans Re-education Assistance Application, DD214, proof of residency and proof of enrollment in a West Virginia institution of post-secondary education or training to:

West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance
Office of the Cabinet Secretary
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Building 5, Suite 205
Charleston, WV 25305
Phone:304-558-3661

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West Virginia Tuition and Fees Waiver for Surviving Spouses and Children of Service Members Killed in the Line of Duty: West Virginia offers a tuition and fees waiver for surviving spouses and children of resident service members who were killed in the line of duty while serving in an active or reserve component of the U.S Armed Forces. Those eligible can receive a tuition and fees waiver for undergraduate courses at a state institution of higher education for up to 8 semesters or completion of a bachelor’s degree.
Who is Eligible for the West Virginia Tuition and Fees Waiver for Surviving Spouses and Children of Service Members Killed in the Line of Duty? Those eligible must be the surviving spouse or child of a resident service member who was killed in the line of duty while serving on:

  • Federal or state active duty, or
  • While under official orders while serving in the West Virginia National Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces Reserves

Students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year and must maintain satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible. For more information students should contact the admission office at the educational institution they plan to attend.
West Virginia Public Universities Directory
West Virginia Community and Technical Colleges Directory
West Virginia Code 18B-10-7

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West Virginia War Orphan Education Program: Spouses and children of deceased resident wartime Veterans are eligible $1,000 per semester, and no more than $2,000 per year for matriculation fees, room and board, books, supplies, and other necessary living expenses. This amount fluctuates according to the number of applications received each semester.
West Virginia Code 18-19
Who is eligible for the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance War Orphans Education Program? Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Resident surviving spouse or child (between 16 - 25 years old)
  • Enrolled in a post-secondary education or training institution in West Virginia
  • Deceased Veteran must have:
    • Designated West Virginia as their state of residence at the time of enlistment
    • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and was killed in action or as a result of their wartime service

To apply, applicants must provide:

  • Completed application
  • Proof of enrollment in a West Virginia institution of post-secondary education or training (copy of tuition bill, schedule of courses, transcript, student ID, etc.)
  • Copy of Veteran parent’s DD214
  • If the Veteran’s death occurred after discharge, proof of death and evidence of relationship between war service and cause of death must be provided

West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, War Orphans Education Program Application

Enclose all documents in a single envelope and send to:

West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance
Office of the Cabinet Secretary
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Building 5, Suite 205
Charleston, WV 25305
Phone: 304-558-3661

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West Virginia Operation Recognition Diploma Program for Wartime Veterans: West VirginiaVeterans who left high school prior to graduation to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, Korea or Vietnam may be awarded a West Virginia high school diploma. Operation Recognition
Who is eligible for the West Virginia Operation Recognition Diploma Program for Wartime Veterans: To be eligible Veterans must meet the following requirements:

  • Left school before graduating to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Did not receive a high school diploma
  • Was discharged under honorable conditions
  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces between one of the following dates:
    • World War II - September 16, 1940, through December 31, 1946
    • Korean War - June 27, 1950, through January 31, 1955
    • Vietnam Era - February 28, 1961, through May 7, 1975

Eligible Veterans should mail their completed application and a copy of their DD214 or discharge paperwork to:

West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance
Office of the Cabinet Secretary
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Building 5, Suite 205
Charleston, WV 25305
Phone: 304-558-3661

West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, High School Diploma Application
West Virginia Code 18-2-34

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West Virginia In-State Tuition Rates for Nonresident Veterans, Service Members, and their Dependents: All public higher education institutions charge in-state tuition for nonresidents who are using VA education benefits and enroll within three years of their discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans must have served at least 90 days in the U.S. Armed Forces to be eligible.

In addition, nonresident service members and their dependents who are assigned to a duty location and living in West Virginia are eligible for in-state tuition and fee rates.
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Residency Classification for Admission and Fee Purposes

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West Virginia Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) Higher Education Assistance for Veterans: VUB offers free assistance to Veterans to help them complete a certificate, diploma, or degree program.

VUB academic advisors assist Veterans with the following:

  • Exploring college options
  • Completing applications
  • Applying for VA Education and Veteran Readiness and Employment benefits
  • Applying for financial aid and scholarships
  • Refresher classes on academic skills

Who is eligible for the West Virginia VUB Higher Education Assistance for Veterans? To be eligible the Veteran must have ended their service in the U.S. Armed Forces in good standing, receive a modest income and/or neither of their parents earned a bachelor's degree. For more information, please call 304-637-1322.

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West Virginia 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 2 children wearing goggles paintingparents by:

  • Facilitating the prompt enrollment of children of military families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements
  • Facilitating the student placement process through which children of military families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment
  • Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic, and social activities
  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of children of military families
  • Providing for the enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact
  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military families under this compact
  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military children
  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student

MIC3 Assistance Request

Points of Contact
Phone: 304-561-6779 / 304-558-3119

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

West Virginia Purple Star Award for Military-Friendly Schools: The West Virginia Purple StarAward recognizes schools that show WV Purple Star Awarda major commitment to students and families connected to the U.S. Armed Forces. Schools that earn the award are issued an official certificate and additional electronic materials which can be displayed throughout their campus.

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

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What are my West Virginia Military and Veteran Employment Benefits?

WorkForce West Virginia, Veteran Employment Assistance: Eligible Veterans receive priority inall employment and training programs, or services offered at WorkForce West Virginia locations that are funded with state or federal funds.WV Work Force

Veterans who meet eligibility requirements may be referred to Veterans’ program staff for specialized services. Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS) offer intensive services to qualified Veterans to help them find long-term sustainable employment. Local Veteran Employment Representatives (LVER) conduct outreach to employers to encourage them to hire Veterans.

Eligible Veterans have early access to job listings and other benefits such as:

  • Career assessment and counseling
  • Resumes, cover letters, and interviewing skills assistance
  • Support services referrals
  • Job placement assistance
  • Information on careers, training, education, and financial aid
  • Job search workshops
  • Labor market information
  • Computers with internet access
  • Help with online job applications
  • Assistive technology for special needs

Veterans and their spouses are asked to register on the WorkForce West Virginia webpage to determine eligibility. For more information please call 800-252-JOBS (5627), or visit the nearest WorkForce West Virginia Office.
West Virginia Code 9A-4

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West Virginia Veterans Hiring Preference for State Employment: Eligible Veterans can have upto 10 preference points added to their passing entrance exam scores, when applying for state employment.police officer standing next to his car

Five points will be added to a final passing examination score of applicants who meet one of the following conditions:

  • Served on active duty at any time, or
  • Was a reserve component service member called to active duty service and served for more than 90 days, or
  • Was a reserve component service member who entered active duty and:
    • Received a campaign or expeditionary medal, or
    • Is a disabled Veteran, or
    • Completed 24 months of continuous active duty or the full term they were ordered to active duty unless they were discharged under 10 U.S.C. 1171, or for hardship under 10 U.S.C. 1173 and received or was eligible to receive a campaign or expeditionary medal, or

An additional five points will be added to the final score of a Veteran who received a Purple Heart or has a service-connected disability. Award of the Purple Heart must be listed on the Veteran’s DD214.

Applicants claiming Veteran's Preference points must provide a copy of their DD214 and, if applicable, a VA Benefit Summary Letter, dated within the last six months, that indicates they are receiving compensation for a service-connected disability.

For more information or assistance please call the West Virginia Division of Personnel at 304-558-3950.
West Virginia Division of Personnel Veterans Preference Points Calculator

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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.

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West Virginia Veterans and Heroes to Agriculture Program: The West Virginia Veterans andHeroes to Agriculture program helps Veterans and Heros to Agriculture logoVeterans, service members and their families entering or currently working in agriculture, through partnerships with agencies, organizations, and farmers across the state. Members of the program receive opportunities for education, training, scholarships, and mentorship.

The Veterans and Heroes to Agriculture Grant Program provides grants up to $24,000 to organizations that work directly with or provide support to law enforcement, fire fighters, emergency medical service, first responders, Veterans, active duty service members, and their families within an agricultural capacity.
Who is eligible for the West Virginia Veterans and Heroes to Agriculture Program? The following individuals are eligible for West Virginia Veterans and Heroes to Agriculture Program benefits:

  • Veterans and retired service members
  • Active duty, National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserve service members
  • Gold Star Family members
  • Dependents of Veterans, retired service members, or service members who died in the line of duty

Grant, scholarship, and membership applications can be emailed to vetstoag@wvda.us, or mailed to:

West Virginia Department of Agriculture
Business Development Division
ATTN: Veterans and Heroes to Agriculture
217 Gus R Douglas Lane
Charleston, WV 25312

For more information, please call the West Virginia Veterans and Heroes to Agriculture Program Manager at 304-558-2210.
West Virginia Code 19-1-12
West Virginia Department of Agriculture, Veterans and Heroes to Agriculture Membership Application
West Virginia Department of Agriculture, Veterans and Heroes to Agriculture Brochure
West Virginia Department of Agriculture, Veterans and Heroes to Agriculture Education and Training Scholarship Application
West Virginia Heroes to Agriculture Grant Application

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West Virginia State Employee Leave for Military Service: State employees who are reserve component service members receive 30 days paid military leave for training and drills. When mobilized to federal active duty, an additional 30 days of paid military leave is provided each time they are mobilized. Employees may continue their State Employee Health Insurance while on state or federal active duty if they continue to pay required premiums. Service members who serve on active duty and receive an honorable discharge will be returned to the same or similar position without loss of pay, status, or efficiency rating.
Who is eligible for West Virginia State Employee Leave for Military Service? National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserve service members who are State employees are eligible for military leave.

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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 anindividual may be absent from work for military duSoldier climbing a cargo netty 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 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 servicemembers are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service, with the same seniority, status 2 military humvees 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 to102% 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

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West Virginia Hilton Military Honors Program: The Hilton Military Honors Program helps make the 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 they are 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.

Applicants must have a Hilton Honors account to receive the points. Applicants can register for a Hilton Honors account on the Join Hilton Honors web page or by calling 800-HHonors (800-446-6677). Applicants must then visit their nearest WorkForce West Virginia Job Center and provide their rewards number, proof of eligibility and information to verify their job search activity. Staff will complete and submit the referral form. Once approved, applicants will receive an email from Hilton indicating they can begin using their points.
National Association of State Workforce Agencies, Hilton Honors Military Program

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What are my West Virginia Military and Veteran Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

West Virginia Unemployment Insurance (UI): UI benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own. To qualify for UI, applicants must have West Virginia wages during the previous 12 to 18 months and earned at least the minimum amount required, based on West Virginia guidelines. Applicants must be able and available for work each week they are collecting benefits.

Applicants should have the following information prior to filing a claim:

  • Social Security Number
  • Home and mailing address
  • Telephone number and email address
  • Government issued photo ID
  • All employers in the last 18 months:
    • Business names
    • Mailing addresses
    • Phone and fax numbers
    • Dates of employment
    • Reason for separation
    • Gross earnings for last week of employment
    • Date of recall if applicable
  • Return date following a break and original terms of contract for a college, university, or school employees
  • Pension or severance package information (if applicable)
  • Bank name, account, and routing number for direct deposit
  • Alien Registration Card if not a U.S. citizen
  • Standard Form 8, Standard Form 50 If employed by the federal government in the past 18 months
  • DD214 if separated from the U.S. Armed Forces in the past 18 months
  • Other states where they were employed

To file for unemployment benefits claimants can use the WorkForce West Virginia, Unemployment Compensation Web Application, at the nearest WorkForce West Virginia Office, or by calling 800-252-Jobs (5627).

Any copies of required documentation can be emailed to uiinitialclaim@wv.gov, or mailed to:

Initial Claims Unit
1900 Kanawha Boulevard E, Building 3, Suite 3
Charleston, WV 25305

WorkForce West Virginia Claimant Handbook

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What are my West Virginia Military and Veterans Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Benefits?

Veteran Designation on West Virginia Driver's Licenses and ID Cards: Veterans honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces may request a Veteran designation on their West Virginia driver's license or ID Cards.

To apply Veterans must complete the West Virginia Application for Driver’s License or ID Card, and provide a copy of one of the following documents:

  • DD214
  • WD AGO 53
  • WD AGO 55
  • WD AGO 53-55
  • NAVPERS 553
  • NAVMC 78PD
  • NAVCG 5
  • Military ID
  • West Virginia Motor Vehicle Registration showing a current military license plate

Veterans must apply at a West Virginia DMV Regional Office. There is no charge if the Veteran designation is the only transaction.
West Virginia Code 17B-2-1

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West Virginia Driver’s License Extension and Renewal for Military Personnel: The driver's license of a service member serving in the U.S. Armed Forces is extended until six months after they are separated under honorable circumstances from active duty.

Service members also have the option of renewing their West Virginia driver’s license online at the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles online renewal webpage. For more information, please call 800-642-9066.

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West Virginia Special Military and Veteran License Plates Provided Free to Veterans: Special military and Veteran vehicle license plates are provided free to the following Veterans:

  • Recipient of a Specially Adapted Vehicle Grant from the VA
  • 100% permanent and total service-connected disabled Veteran
  • Former prisoners of war
  • Purple Heart recipients
  • Pearl Harbor survivors

All other Veteran plates are available for eligible Veterans for a one-time fee of $10 in addition to regular license fees.

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West Virginia Special Military and Veteran License Plates: West Virginia offers 40 special military and Veteran license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of Veterans, retired service members, service members and family members. The West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance must certify all special military and Veteran license plate applications. Official documentation is required to prove eligibility for each specific license plate.
West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, Online Contact Webpage
West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, Service Office Directory

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West Virginia Medal of Honor License Plate West Virginia Medal of Honor License Plate: West Virginia offers the Medal of Honor license plate to Medal of Honor recipients.
Who is eligible for the West Virginia Medal of Honor License Plate? Applicants must be a recipient of the Medal of Honor. Contact the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles for an application.
West Virginia, Division of Motor Vehicle Contact information

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West Virginia Purple Heart License Plate: West Virginia offers the Purple Heart license plate to Purple Heart Plate Purple Heart recipients.
Who is eligible for the West Virginia Purple Heart License Plate? Applicants must have been awarded the Purple Heart. This license plate can be kept by the Veteran’s unremarried surviving spouse until non-renewal, or death.
West Virginia Purple Heart License Plate Application

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West Virginia Disabled Veteran License Plate: West Virginia offers the West Virginia Disabled Veteran license plate to eligible disabled Veterans.
West Virginia Disable Veteran Plate Who is eligible for the West Virginia Disabled Veteran License Plate? Veterans who have a 100% total and permanent service-connected disability rating from the VA, or a grant for a specially adapted vehicle are eligible. This license plate can be kept by the Veteran’s unremarried surviving spouse until non-renewal, or death.
West Virginia Disabled Veteran License Plate Application

Veterans who are mobility impaired can apply for the West Virginia Disabled Veteran Mobility Impaired license plate . These Veterans are required to have a licensed physician to certify their West Virginia Disabled Veteran Mobility Impaired License Plate Application .

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West Virginia Veteran License Plate: West Virginia offers the Veteran license plate to Veterans who West Virginia Veteran License Plate served in the U.S. Armed Forces. This license plate can be issued for passenger cars, trucks, and motorcycles.
Who is eligible for West Virginia Veteran License Plate? Veterans who received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible. This license plate can be kept by the Veteran’s unremarried surviving spouse until non-renewal, or death.
West Virginia Veteran License Plate Application

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West Virginia Gold Star Family License Plate: West Virginia offers the Gold Star Family license West Virginia Gold Star Family license Plate plate to families of U.S. Armed Forces service members who are killed in the line of duty.
Who is eligible for the West Virginia Gold Star Family License Plate? Family members eligible for the Gold Star Family license plate include:

  • surviving spouse
  • Parents, stepparents, adoptive parents, and foster parents (served in place of a parent when the service member was a child)
  • Sibling and half-sibling
  • Children, including stepchildren and adopted children

West Virginia Gold Star Family License Plate Application

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West Virginia Commercial Driver License (CDL) Even Exchange Program: The West Virginia Even Exchange Program authorizes service members who have certain Military Occupational Specialties or Ratings in the U.S. Armed Forces to use their military experience and training to meet CDL qualification requirements. Service members must have worked in one of the following Military Occupational Specialties or Ratings:

  • Army – 88M, 92F, 14T
  • Air Force – 2T1, 2F0, 3E2
  • Marine Corps – 3531
  • Navy – EO

For more information, or for a personal evaluation of eligibility, applicants may send a request by email to dmvlicenseissuance@wv.gov, or by mail to:

Even Exchange
PO Box 17010
Charleston, WV 25317

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West Virginia Vehicle Property Tax Exemption for Resident Service Members: ‚Äč West Virginia resident service members serving in the U.S. Armed Forces who are stationed outside of West Virginia are eligible for a property tax exemption on one vehicle. For more information, and to apply service members should contact the County Assessor’s Office in their West Virginia county of residence.
West Virginia Tax Division, County Assessors Directory

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What are my West Virginia Military and Veteran Health and Insurance 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)

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TRICARE Reserve 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

This plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when a service member is not on active duty and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

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Compensation for West Virginia National Guard Service Members for Injury, Illness, Disability or Death While on State Active Duty: West Virginia pays for all necessary medical Soldiers on a march expenses for West Virginia National Guard service members who are injured or become ill while serving on state active duty. If that illness or injury prevents the service member from returning to their usual occupation the state continues to pay them until they can return to work. The state will also pay funeral and burial expenses if a service member dies while serving on state active duty, or as a result of state active duty.

In addition, the surviving spouse and children, receives compensation from the state if the service member dies from that injury or illness.
Who is eligible for Compensation for West Virginia National Guard Service Members for Injury, Illness, Disability or Death While on State Active Duty? West Virginia National Guard service members who are injured, become ill, disabled, or die in the line of duty, while on serving state active duty are eligible.

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What are my West Virginia Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Free Hunting and Fishing for West Virginia Resident Disabled Veterans and Prisoners ofWar: Eligible Veterans can hunt and fish in West Virginia for free. Veterans are required to file an application with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to 2 men fishing in a boatbe eligible.
Who is eligible Free Hunting and Fishing for West Virginia Disabled Veterans and Prisoners of War? To be eligible West Virginia resident Veterans must have received an honorable discharge and meet one of the following requirements:

  • Receive compensation from the VA for a total and permanent service-connected disability, or
  • Was declared a prisoner of war, or
  • Eligible for an exemption of motor vehicle registration fees West Virginia Code 17A-10-8

Applications can be mailed to:

West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance
300 Technology Drive, Suite 201
South Charleston, WV 25309

West Virginia Disabled Veterans and Former Prisoners of War Application for Hunting and Fishing Privileges

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Hunting or Fishing Licenses Not Required for West Virginia Resident Active Duty Service Members on Leave: Resident active duty service members are not required to have hunting, trapping, or fishing licenses when they are on leave. Service members must carry leave papers with them while they are hunting, trapping, or fishing.
West Virginia Code 20-2-28

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West Virginia State Park Discounts for Veterans and Active Duty Service Members: Veteransand active duty service membersreceive a 10% discount at West Virginia State Parks for all lodge rooms, cabins, and campsites. Veterans and service members should WV State Parkuse code Vets10* when making reservations and must present valid military ID or proof of eligibility at check-in.

Veterans and active duty service members can also receive 15% off greens fees at Pipestem, Twin Falls and Cacapon Resort State Park golf courses year-round. Veterans or service members must show a valid military ID at check in for tee time.

These discounts are not available at Stonewall Resort State Park.
West Virginia State Parks, Online Reservation Webpage

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What are my West Virginia Military and Veteran Miscellaneous Benefits?

West Virginia Veterans Home: The West Virginia Veterans Home is a 125-bed facility,overlooking the Village of Barboursville, that serves as a convenient and comfortable home in time of need for Veterans. The Home is not a treatment facility and cannot care for Veterans in need of daily care or skilled assistance. WV Veterans Home
Who is eligible for care at the West Virginia Veterans Home? Veterans must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Discharged from active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces with an Honorable or General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions
  • Able to move on their own and take care of all activities of daily living
  • Veterans who have disabilities that prevent employment will be accepted if they do not require skilled nursing care or hospitalization
  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for at least 12 consecutive months (unless medically discharged for a service-connected injury prior to 12 months)
  • If enlisted before September 7, 1980, Veterans must have served a minimum of 24 consecutive months on active duty or the full period they were called to active duty (unless medically discharged for a service-connected injury prior to 24 months)
  • Must be eligible for VA Health Care
  • Must complete required pre-admission medical tests before being admitted

The Home has a nursing department and a contact physician, but all medical treatment is provided by the VA Medical Center located in Huntington.

For more information and to apply Veterans can contact a West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, Service Office or they can contact the Veterans Home directly.

West Virginia Veterans Home
512 Water Street
Barboursville, WV 25504
Phone: 304-736-1027
Fax: 304-736-1093

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West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility: The West Virginia Veteran's Nursing Facility is a 120-bedfacility located in Clarksburg, West Virginia. The facility includes a 20-bed unit for Alzheimer patients. Emphasis is placed on maintaining a warm, attractive, and comfortable facility for West Virginia Veterans who require skilled nursing home care. Veterans Nursing Facility in Clarksburg
Who is eligible for care at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility? To qualify for admission at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility, the Veteran must have been a West Virginia resident for twelve consecutive months and must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, or had active service in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces for at least twelve consecutive months.
West Virginia Code 16-1B-4

For more information and to apply Veterans can contact a West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, Service Office or they can contact the directly.

WV Veterans Nursing Facility
One Freedoms Way
Clarksburg, WV 26301
Phone: 304-626-1600

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West Virginia Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery:The Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, located in Institute, West Virginia provides an honorable, dignified final resting place for service members, Veterans and Donel C Kinnard Veteran Cemeterytheir eligible family members.

Burial or interment services are available for an eligible Veteran at no cost, including a grave site or niche, opening and closing services, a pre-set crypt, a headstone or niche cover, and perpetual care. A $780 fee will be charged for the burial of an eligible spouse or child.
Who is eligible for Burial at the West Virginia Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery? The West Virginia State Veterans Cemetery eligibility requirements 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)

All Veterans are encouraged to complete the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Pre-Eligibility Application to establish eligibility prior to need. For questions, comments, or concerns please contact the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery:

Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery
130 Academy Drive
Dunbar, WV 25064
Phone: 304-746-0026
Fax: 304-746-0146

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West Virginia John F. “Jack” Bennett Fund: The Jack Bennett Fund will pay to install grave markers for deceased Veterans whose family members or next-of-kin who do not meet VA Income limits.

Family members, licensed funeral directors or cemeteries may apply. Applicants are required to mail a completed application and documents as proof of eligibility (listed on the application) to:

West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance
Office of the Cabinet Secretary

1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Building 5, Suite 205
Charleston, WV 25305

West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, John F. "Jack" Bennett Fund Application

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in West Virginia

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

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

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Military Installations in West Virginia

Please see the West Virginia Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty:

There are no active duty installations in West Virginia

National Guard:
West Virginia National Guard

West Virginia Army National Guard

West Virginia Air National Guard
167 th Airlift Wing
130 th Airlift Wing

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

Resources

West Virginia Legislature

West Virginia Code

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance

West Virginia National Guard, Educational Encouragement Program

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

West Virginia State Government Website

U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Veterans' Preference

West Virginia Department of Transportation

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, West Virginia

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Service Organization Directory

Military State Tax Guide

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Document Review Date: 30 April 2024