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Summary of West Virginia Military and Veteran Benefits : West Virginia offers special benefits for military Service members and Veterans 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.

 State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

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

Pay for National Guard and Armed Forces Reserve on Active Duty in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom Subtracted From West Virginia Gross Income for State Tax Purposes: Active duty military pay received by West Virginia National Guard and Reserve forces for service in Operation Enduring Freedom or domestic security duty as the result of a federal order to active duty can be subtracted from federal adjusted gross income when filing West Virginia state taxes. [West Virginia Tax Code, Chapter 11, Article 21, Section 12e] For taxable years beginning after December 31, 2012, in addition to amounts authorized to be subtracted from federal adjusted gross income pursuant to subsection (c), section twelve of this article, active duty military pay received by a resident individual who is on active duty for thirty continuous days or more in the Armed Forces of the United States, the National Guard or Armed Forces reserve is an authorized modification reducing federal adjusted gross income for the taxable year in which the individual has separated from active military service, but only to the extent the active duty military pay is included in federal adjusted gross income for the taxable year in which it is received.
Who is eligible to Subtract Pay for National Guard and Armed Forces Reserve on Active Duty in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom from West Virginia Gross Income for State Tax Purposes?
National Guard and Army Reserve Service members on Federal Active duty in support Of Operation Enduring Freedom or for domestic security operations are eligible for this benefit.

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Retired Military Pay West Virginia State Tax Benefits: For taxable years beginning after December 31, 2000, but before December 31 2017, the first $20,000 of military retirement income, including retirement income from the regular Armed Forces, Reserves and National Guard paid by the United States or by this state after December 31, 2002, including any survivorship annuities, to the extent included in gross income for federal income tax purposes for the taxable year, shall be subtracted from federal adjusted gross income for West Virginia State Income Tax Purposes.

For taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017, military retirement income, including retirement income from the regular Armed Forces, Reserves and National Guard paid by the United States or by this state after December 31, 2017, including any survivorship annuities, to the extent included in federal adjusted gross income for the taxable year, is exempt from West Virginia personal income tax.
Who is eligible for Retired Military Pay West Virginia State Tax Benefits? Military Retiree or Surviving beneficiary

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Non-resident Military Spouses West Virginia State Tax Exemption : Due to the passage of the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act in November of 2009, Spouses of military Service members may be exempt from West Virginia income tax on wages received from services performed in West Virginia.
Which Non-resident Military Spouses are Exempt from West Virginia State Taxes? Spouses may be exempt if (a) the Service member is present in West Virginia in compliance with military orders; (b) the Spouse is in West Virginia solely to be with the Service member; and (c) the Spouse maintains domicile in another state.

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West Virginia Military Disability Retired Pay State Taxes: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the armed forces should not be included in taxable income.

Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.

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West Virginia State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Not subject to federal or state taxes.

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Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) West Virginia State Tax Benefits: For taxable years beginning after December 31, 2000, but before December 31 2017, the first $20,000 of military retirement income, including retirement income from the regular Armed Forces, Reserves and National Guard paid by the United States or by this state after December 31, 2002, including any survivorship annuities, to the extent included in gross income for federal income tax purposes for the taxable year, shall be subtracted from federal adjusted gross income for West Virginia State Income Tax Purposes.

For taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017, military retirement income, including retirement income from the regular Armed Forces, Reserves and National Guard paid by the United States or by this state after December 31, 2017, including any survivorship annuities, to the extent included in federal adjusted gross income for the taxable year, shall be subtracted from federal adjusted gross income for West Virginia State Income Tax Purposes.


Who is eligible for SBP/ RCSBP/ RSFPP West Virginia State Tax Benefits?
A surviving beneficiary of a Service member’s survivorship annuities is eligible for the exclusion of these earnings from their West Virginia gross income.

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West Virginia Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Resident Permanent and Total Disabled Veterans: Service members are residents of West Virginia at the time they enter military service and maintain that residency until retirement from military service or earlier separation due to a permanent and total physical or mental disability are deemed to satisfy the residency test and are allowed a $20,000 homestead exemption if they return to West Virginia and purchase a homestead and are otherwise qualified. Or for a homestead that is used and occupied by the owner thereof exclusively for residential purposes, when such owner is sixty-five years of age or older or is certified as being permanently and totally disabled provided the owner has been or will be a resident of the State of West Virginia for the two consecutive calendar years preceding the tax year to which the homestead exemption relates. A written certification signed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affair certifying that a person is totally and permanently disabled is required.

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What are my West Virginia Military and Veteran Education Benefits?

West Virginia Medal of Honor and Purple Heart Tuition Waiver: All public institutions of higher education waive tuition and mandatory fee charges for West Virginia residents who have been awarded the Medal of Honor or Purple Heart. More information is available in West Virginia State Code 18B-10-10 or through the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission .

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The West Virginia Educational Encouragement Program (WVEEP): The WV National Guard funds up to 100% of tuition costs and fees up to $7,000 per person per fiscal year using the state (WVEEP) tuition assistance program. This tuition assistance may be used in addition to federal tuition assistance.
Who is eligible for The West Virginia Educational Encouragement Program (WVEEP)?

  • National Guard Service members must complete courses for which Tuition Assistance is provided before their Expiration Term of Service (ETS) date.

  • Service members requesting Tuition Assistance must enroll in an approved post-secondary institution within WV.

  • The institution must provide the student with documentation clearly describing the cost of each course.

  • Tuition Assistance funds will not be disbursed without verification of enrollment.

  • Students need to submit grades to the WVEEP manager upon completion of a course.

West Virginia National Guard Educational Encouragement Program (WVEEP) Online Application

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West Virginia Veterans Re-education Assistance: West Virginia provides tuition assistance, under the Veterans Re-Education Act Fund, for West Virginia Veterans who need to secure education for a new career due to dislocation or unemployment. The West Virginia Veterans Re-Education Act Fund pays tuition after the applicant has exhausted both Federal VA Education Benefits under the GI Bills and VA Vocational Training funding. This program offers up to a $500 per semester stipend to Veterans who are enrolled in a certified post-secondary class. Additionally, this program can assist Veterans with vocational and non-traditional education endeavors on a case-by-case basis. Tuition assistance is based on need and funding availability.
Who is eligible for West Virginia Re-Education Assistance? In order to receive tuition assistance from the West Virginia Veterans Re-Education Act Fund, you must:

  • Have Served in and been Honorably Discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Must have exhausted Federal benefits

To apply for West Virginia Veterans Re-Education Act Funds, submit a West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, Veterans Reeducation Assistance Application , along with your DD214 and proof of enrollment in a West Virginia institution of Pot-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

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West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance War Orphans Education Program: Students who qualify for the War Orphan Education Program will not be charged tuition and fees by a West Virginia post-secondary education or training institution. Award amounts administered by the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance are to cover costs associated with room, board, books and other living expenses. This amount fluctuates according to the number of applications received each semester. No more than $1,000 will be awarded to a student in any one semester and no more than $2,000 will be awarded to a student in any one year. When a Child or Spouse is eligible for a tuition waiver to attend a private post-secondary education or training institution, where the tuition waiver is not applicable, that Child or Spouse remains eligible for up to two thousand dollars per year in education benefits.
West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance War Orphans Education Application
West Virginia Code Chapter 18-19
Who is eligible for West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance War Orphans Education Program?

  • In the case of a Child, is at least sixteen and not more than twenty-five years of age;

  • Is enrolled in a post-secondary education or training institution in this state; and

  • Is the Child or Spouse of an enlistee who designated West Virginia as his or her state of record.

  • Student must be a Child or Spouse of a Veteran who served on active duty in the Armed Forces at some time during one of the following periods:

    • World War I -April 6, 1917 to July 2, 1921;

    • World War II -December 1, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (Provided that if a Veteran was on active duty on December 31, 1946, continuous service before July 26, 1947 shall be considered wartime service for the purpose of this program);

    • Korean War - June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955;

    • Vietnam Era - August 5, 1964 - May 7, 1975;

    • Kosovo - November 20, 1995 - December 31, 2000;

    • Iraq - March 19, 2003 - Date to be determined;

    • Afghanistan - October 7, 2001 - Date to be determined.

Death of Veteran parent must have occurred during active duty in one of the above periods, OR at any time during which the forces or members of the reserve components are called to active duty by the President of the United States under Title 10 of the United States Code for the purpose of entering into armed combat; and who were killed in action or have died or may hereafter die from disease or disability resulting from this war service. NOTE: If death occurred after discharge, proof of death and evidence showing relationship between cause of death and service must accompany application.

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West Virginia Operation Recognition-Diploma Program for Wartime Veterans: West Virginia Veterans who served in WWII, Korea or Vietnam and did not graduate from high school may be awarded a high school diploma. The diploma may be granted by the Veteran's current county of residence or by the county in which the school he/she attended is located. More details are available in West Virginia State Code 18-2-34 or Title 126 Legislative Rule Series 96 .
West Virginia Operation Recognition-Diploma Program for Wartime Veterans Application
Who is eligible for West Virginia Operation Recognition-Diploma Program for Wartime Veterans:
Any surviving World War II, Korean War or Vietnam conflict Veteran who:

  • Left school prior to graduation and served in the Armed Forces of the United States;

  • Did not receive a high school diploma;

  • Was discharged from the armed services under honorable conditions; and

  • Completes the application process as provided by the joint rules of the state board and the Veterans' council.

  • Must have been a Veteran who served on active duty in the Armed Forces at some time during one of the following periods:

    • World War II, September 16, 1940 to December 31, 1946

    • Korean War, June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955

    • Vietnam Era, February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975

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West Virginia In-state Tuition Rates for Nonresident Veterans: All public higher education institutions will assess tuition at the in-state rate for nonresident recipients of the GI Bill who enroll within three years of their discharge (beginning July, 2015).

In addition persons assigned to full-time active military service in West Virginia and residing in the state shall be classified as in-state students for tuition and fee purposes. The Spouse and dependent Children of such individuals shall also be classified as in-state students for tuition and fee purposes.

More information is available in Title 133 Legislative Rule Series 25 or through the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission .

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

  • Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age 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 promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.

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

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

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

Primary Point of Contact:
COL(R) Christopher P. Cmiel, West Virginia Commissioner,
Director of the West Virginia Military Authority, West Virginia National Guard
Address: 1703 Coonskin Drive, Charleston, WV 25311
Email: christopher.p.cmiel2.nfg@mail.mil
Phone: 304-561-6779

Secondary Point of Contact
Mr. Robert P. Mellace III
West Virginia Department of Education
Office of Certification and Professional Preparation
Coordinator and Military Family Education Liaison
Email: rmellace@k12.wv.us
Phone: 304-558-7010

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

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What are my West Virginia Military and Veteran Employment Benefits?

Workforce West Virginia, Veteran Employment Assistance: Eligible Veterans are entitled to priority services, as state and federal law mandates that qualified Veterans receive priority in all employment and training programs including:

  • Referral to jobs and job training programs

  • Counseling, testing and job development assistance

  • Eligibility determination for tax credit programs

  • Assistance in filing complaints related to:

    • Federal contractors regarding affirmative action for qualified Veterans

    • Federal agency hiring practices related to Veteran preference

    • Uniformed Service Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA), including rights of National Guard and reserve members.

WorkForce West Virginia gives you access to the largest online database of jobs in the state, helps you organize your work experience and job preference, and lets you update your experience and job search as often as you want.
Who is eligible for Workforce West Virginia, Veteran Employment Assistance
If you have served full-time in the U.S. military, including as a member of a national guard or reserve unit called to active duty under Title 10; have a service-connected disability; or are the Spouse of a Service member missing in action, captured in line of duty or the Spouse of a Veteran with a 100 percent service-connected disability or who died while such disability was in existence, you may be entitled to receive priority services.

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West Virginia Veterans Hiring Preference for State Employment Veterans who meet the eligibility requirements may receive up to 10 preference points added to their final scores, according to the following conditions. Please read through the information and then use the West Virginia Division of Personnel Veterans Preference Points Calculator at the end to help determine if you have qualifying service.

Five points will be added to a final passing examination score of any person who meets any ONE of the following conditions:

  • Served on active duty anytime between December 7, 1941 and September 7, 1980; or

  • Was a reservist called to active duty between February 1, 1955 and October 14, 1976 and who served for more than 180 days; or

  • Was a reservist who entered active duty between October 15, 1976 and October 13, 1982; and

    • Received a campaign badge or expeditionary medal; or

    • Is a disabled Veteran; or

  • Enlisted in the Armed Forces after September 7, 1980 or entered active duty other than by enlistment on or after October 14, 1982; and

    • Completed 24 months of continuous active duty or the full period called or ordered to active duty or was discharged under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or for hardship under 10 U.S.C. 1173 AND received or was entitled to receive a campaign badge or expeditionary medal; or

    • Is a disabled Veteran.

An additional five points will be added to the final score of a Veteran who received a Purple Heart Award or has a compensable, service-connected disability. A Purple Heart Award must be verified by the Veteran’s DD-214 Form. The disability must be verified by a letter from the Veteran's Administration, dated within the last six months and indicating that the individual is currently receiving disability compensation for a service-connected disability.

Applicants claiming Veteran's Preference points MUST provide a copy of their DD214 Form. If you would like assistance in determining your eligibility, call the office West Virginia Division of Personnel at 304-558-3950 extension 1.

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

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

  • During a war; or

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses, or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouses) 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 his or her usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

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

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

  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of his or her 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.

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West Virginia Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture Program: The Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture Program is designed to integrate Veterans into the field of agriculture and support Veterans currently working in agriculture through a variety of training and other support programs. The WVDVA has worked closely with the Department of Agriculture to recruit eligible Veterans and develop the program which is administered by the Department of Agriculture. More information is available in West Virginia State Code 19-1-12 , or call the West Virginia Department of Agriculture at 304-558-3200 for more information.
West Virginia Department of Agriculture, Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture Application

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West Virginia State Employment Leave and Medical Benefits during Military Service:
State employees receive 30 days military leave for training and drills. In addition, upon mobilization, an additional 30 days of paid military leave is provided for each instance of call to active duty. Employee may elect to maintain State Employee Health Insurance while on State or Federal Active Duty.
Eligibility: National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve Service members who are State employees are eligible for this benefit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unemployment insurance: Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own that meet West Virginia's eligibility requirements. In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have West Virginia wages during the past 12 to 18 months and have earned at least a minimum amount of wages as determined by West Virginia's guidelines. You must also be able to work and available for work each week that you are collecting benefits. Eligibility for unemployment compensation will be determined during the process of filing a claim. Individuals who are unsure if they qualify should still apply.

Information required for filing:

  • Your social security card and a photo ID (such as your driver's license) to verify your identity.

  • If you are separated from the military, bring your DD Form 214.

  • If you are an immigrant, you must supply documentation of your work status.

  • You will be asked to provide names and complete mailing addresses for all employers for whom you worked during the last 18 months.

  • Be prepared to furnish the dates you worked and the reason you left each employer.

Filing for Military Benefits: If you were on active duty with a branch of the U.S. military during any part of the base period for your claim, you may be entitled to unemployment benefits based on that service. Your military wages are assigned to the state where you first file a new claim that sets up a "benefit year" after your separation from active duty. To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have been separated under honorable conditions.

  • You must have completed a full term of service, or if you were released early, it must have been for a qualifying reason. (Your claims office can advise you whether your reason for early release from duty qualifies you for benefits.)

  • If you served on active duty in reserve status as a member of a National Guard or Reserve component, that duty must have been continuous for ninety (90) or more days.

You must present copy four (4) of your Form DD-214 when you apply for a new claim. You will be notified if you need any other forms from the military. If you have lost your DD-214, or have not yet received it, we can help you obtain one.

Information on your DD214 about your length of service and the reason you were separated is final and binding. If you believe the information on your Form DD 214 is incorrect or any other military documents we use, it is your responsibility to contact your branch of service to have the mistake corrected. If you do not know how to go about doing this, WorkForce West Virginia can assist.

Military benefits cannot be paid for any weeks for which you receive allowances from the Veterans Administration under Chapters 31 or 35 of Title 38 of the U.S. Code. (The cited chapters provide subsistence allowances for vocational rehabilitation and educational assistance, allowances to war orphans and Surviving Spouses, or, in some cases, Children and Spouses of Veterans with permanent total disabilities.) You may have reemployment rights with a pre-service employer. Our Job Service Veteran's representative can advise you about these rights. You must file your initial claim online using the Workforce West Virginia Online Application Portal .

Workforce West Virginia Office Locations
Workforce West Virginia Unemployment Compensation Claimant Handbook

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

Veteran Designation on West Virginia Driver's Licenses and Identification Cards: Veterans who were honorably discharged from any branch of the United States Armed Forces may have their Veteran status designated on their West Virginia driver's license or Identification Cards. Information can be found in West Virginia State Code 17B-2-1 . Veterans should take a completed West Virginia Application for Drivers’ License or Identification Card and official documentation verifying Veteran status to their local West Virginia DMV office to apply.

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West Virginia Distinctive Military and Veteran License Plates: The state of West Virginia offers 38 distinctive military/ Veteran service license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of Veterans, retirees, active Service members and Family members. A short description of some of these plates can be found below.

Special vehicle license plates and disabled Veteran tags are provided without fee to Veterans who qualify for federal VA auto grant benefits or who have a 100% permanent and total service connected disability. Former POWs, Purple Heart recipients and Pearl Harbor survivors are also eligible for special license plates without fee. Veteran plates are available to all other honorably discharged Veterans for a one-time fee of $10 over and above the regular license fee required by the state Division of Motor Vehicles.

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West Virginia Disabled Veteran License Plate: The State of West Virginia offers a distinctive license plate available to disabled Veterans. West Virginia Disabled Veteran License Plate Application
Who is eligible for the West Virginia Disabled Veteran License Plate?
Any Veteran with 100% total and permanent service connected disability is eligible.

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Gold Star Family Plate: The State of West Virginia Offers a distinctive license plate available to Families of Service members killed in the line of duty. West Virginia Gold Star Family License Plate Application
Eligibility: Family members of the deceased Service member, for details, refer to Part II of the application outlining eligibility.

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West Virginia Medal of Honor License Plate: The State of West Virginia offers a distinctive license plate available 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. Applicants must have the application certified in Part II by the WV Division of Veterans Affairs and must provide all documentation required for certification.

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West Virginia Purple Heart License Plate: The State of West Virginia offers a distinctive license plate available to Purple Heart recipients. West Virginia Purple Heart License Plate Application
Who is eligible for the West Virginia Purple Heart License Plate? Applicant must have been awarded the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Applicants must have the application certified in Part II by the WV Division of Veterans Affairs and must provide all documentation required for certification.

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West Virginia Veteran License Plate: The State of West Virginia offers a distinctive license plate available to Veterans of the Armed Forces. West Virginia Veteran License Plate Application
Who is eligible for West Virginia Veteran License Plate? Any person who has received honorable discharge from a branch of the Armed Services of the United States. Applicants must have the application certified in Part II by the WV Division of Veterans Affairs and must provide all documentation required for certification.

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

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

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance ( SGLI )

  • Veterans Group Life Insurance ( VGLI )

  • Family Members Group Life Insurance FSGLI )

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

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

  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance ( VMLI )

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

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.

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Compensation for West Virginia National Guard Service Members for Injury, Illness, Disability or Death While on State Active Duty: A member of the organized militia who, while in active service of the state, shall receive an injury, or incur or contract any disability or disease, by reason of such duty, or while performing any lawfully ordered state duty, shall without fault or neglect on his part be injured or disabled, and shall be incapacitated from pursuing his usual business or occupation, shall, during the period of such incapacity, receive the pay provided by this article and actual necessary expenses for care and medical attendance, including burial and funeral expenses in case of death resulting therefrom.

In addition the Surviving Spouse and Children of every officer or Service member killed, while in the service of the state or performing lawfully ordered state duty, shall be suitably provided for by the Legislature.
Who is eligible for Compensation from the state of West Virginia during National Guard Service on State Active Duty for Injury, Illness, Disability or Death? West Virginia National Guard Service members that suffer injury, illness, disability or death while performing lawful state duty.

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

Free Hunting and Fishing for West Virginia Resident Former Prisoners of War or 100% Total and Permanent Disabled Veterans: Residents honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces receiving total permanent service connected disability benefits or former prisoners of war as determined by the Veterans Administration or resident disabled Veterans who qualify under West Virginia Code 17A-10-8 and are exempted from payment of a motor vehicle registration fee by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, may hunt or trap without a license during open seasons. Such individuals shall carry on their person an identification card issued by the Director.
State of West Virginia Disabled Veterans and Former Prisoners of War Application for Hunting and Fishing Identification Card

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No Hunting or Fishing License Required for Resident West Virginia Active Military Service Members on Leave: Hunting and fishing licenses are not required for active duty military on leave; leave papers must be carried while hunting, trapping or fishing. Fishing license information can be found here . Hunting license information found here .

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West Virginia State Parks "Veterans' Salute" 10% discount for Veterans and Active Duty Military: Veterans and active duty military personnel are provided a year-round 10% discount on all standard lodge rooms, cabins and campsites operated by West Virginia State Parks. Additional discounts and offers for Veterans and military members are available seasonally.

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What are my West Virginia Military and Veteran Miscellaneous Benefits?

West Virginia Veterans Bonuses: The state of West Virginia has offered cash bonuses to Veterans of many conflicts and combat areas including WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Lebanon, Grenada, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. The only bonus for which the expiration period has not passed is for qualifying individuals who served during the War in Afghanistan.

The bonus includes a one-time payment of $600 for service in the combat zone or a one-time payment of $400 for service outside the combat zone.

For more information regarding eligibility, please read West Virginia House Bill 2285 passed in 2005 or refer to the West Virginia State Constitution Amendments 6, 7, 12, 14 and 17 . If you have been honorably discharged and believe you qualify for a bonus, please download and complete the West Virginia Veterans Bonus Application - Afghanistan and forward to:

West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance
Office of the Cabinet Secretary
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Building 5, Suite 205
Charleston, WV 25305

Please include the completed application, copy of DD214 and proof of West Virginia residency at the time of enlistment (taxes, bills, driver’s license, etc.). Surviving Spouses or dependents who wish to apply may inquire by calling 304-558-3661.

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West Virginia Veterans Home: The WV Veterans Home is a 150 bed facility overlooking the Village of Barboursville. The home began operations in 1981 and accepts honorably discharged Veterans.
Who is eligible for care at the West Virginia Veterans Home? Basic eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Must have been discharged from active duty with an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions.

  • Must be ambulatory and independent in all activities of daily living. The Veterans Home will accept Veterans who suffer from disabilities that prevent gainful employment as long as they do not require skilled nursing care or hospitalization.

  • Must have served on active duty or performed active service in a reserve component of the Armed Forces for a period of at least 12 consecutive months (unless medically discharged for a service connected injury prior to 12 months). If enlisted since September 7, 1980, must have served a minimum of 24 consecutive months on active duty or the full period for which you were called to active duty (unless medically discharged for a service connected injury prior to 24 months).

  • Must be eligible for care at federal VA Medical Centers. Income must not exceed those specified by federal VA guidelines.

  • Due to the health and welfare of residents of the Barboursville Veterans Home, there are certain pre-admission medical tests which must be completed prior to being admitted.

The home is not a treatment facility and cannot accommodate Veterans in need of daily care or skilled assistance. The home provides a nursing department and a contact physician. All medical treatment is provided by the VA Medical Center located in Huntington. Transportation is provided to the medical center three times daily.

Assistance with applications for residency can be obtained through any of the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance Field Offices or you may contact the Veterans Home directly at 304-736-1027.

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West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility : The West Virginia Veteran's Nursing Facility (WVVNF) is a 120 bed facility located in Clarksburg. 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 in need of nursing home care. Visitation to the home is encouraged.
Who is eligible for care at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility?

  • The following Veterans shall be eligible for admission to the WVVNF:

    • Veterans who have served on active duty or performed active service in a reserve component of the Armed Forces for a period of at least 12 consecutive months; or who have been medically discharged for a service connected injury prior to 12 months service. Veterans who enlisted after Sept. 7, 1980 must have served 24 continuous months or the full period for which they were called to active duty unless they were medically discharged for a service connected injury prior to 24 months service.

    • Veterans whose discharge status from military service is under honorable conditions

    • Veterans who have continuously been a citizen of the state of West Virginia for 30 days immediately prior to application to the WVVNF or who was a resident of West Virginia at the time they initially entered active military service.

    • Veterans who are physically unable to maintain themselves in their own home by reason of age, disability or disease and meet the criteria for intermediate or skilled nursing care under Medicare and Medicaid regulations.

    • Non-Veteran Spouses may be considered for admission ONLY when the Veteran's nursing facility capacity is greater than 75% of the total licensed beds and when there are no Veterans awaiting admission on the interest list.

  • The WVVNF shall not admit any applicant who requires treatment primarily for mental retardation, mental illness, or substance abuse, or who has a documented history of physical violence and/or disciplinary problems, or whose needs cannot be met by the facility. As a matter of clarity, prospective residents with Alzheimer's disease or dementia are eligible for consideration.

  • The West Virginia Veterans State Nursing Home is a smoke-free facility. All Veterans must agree not to smoke anywhere on facility grounds.

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West Virginia State Veteran's Cemetery: The Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery is a 348 acre facility located at Dunbar, West Virginia designed to provide an honorable, dignified resting place for West Virginia's cherished Veterans and their closest Family members.

Who is eligible for Burial at the West Virginia State Veteran’s Cemetery? The West Virginia State Cemetery follows Federal guidelines and requirements for eligibility, which includes but is not limited to:

  • Any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who dies on active duty.

  • Any Veteran discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and served a minimum of 24 months of active duty.

  • The Spouse or Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran.

  • The minor Children of an eligible Veteran who are unmarried and under 21 years of age, or under 23 years of age and pursuing a full-time course of instruction at an approved educational institution.

Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery Pre-Eligibility Application
National Cemetery Administration Veterans Cemetery Burial Guidelines

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West Virginia Jack Bennett Fund: Families of deceased Veterans may be provided grave markers for their loved one free of charge from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. However, some Families are unable to cover the cost of installing these grave markers.

The Jack Bennett Fund provides applicants up to $380 to offset these costs. A Family’s need for financial assistance may be used to determine eligibility and is based on the “Means Test Threshold” as published by the federal VA. Any Family member of a deceased Veteran, licensed funeral directors and cemeteries may apply. Details about the Jack Bennett Fund can be found in West Virginia State Code 29-22A-10 , Title 86 Legislative Rule Series 4 , and Title 150 Legislative Rule Series 28 .
West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, John F. "Jack" Bennett Fund Application

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities in West Virginia

Veterans Health Administration
Information Resource Center
Huntington: Homeless Veterans Resource Center (Huntington, WV) , 624 9th St, 304-529-9142 / Fax: 304-529-0047

VA Medical Center
Beckley: Beckley VA Medical Center , 200 Veterans Ave, 304-255-2121 / 877-902-5142
Clarksburg: Clarksburg - Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center , 1 Medical Center Dr, 304-623-3461 / 800-733-0512
Huntington: Herschel "Woody" Williams VA Medical Center , 1540 Spring Valley Dr, 304-429-6741
Martinsburg: Martinsburg VA Medical Center , 510 Butler Ave, 304-263-0811 / 800-817-3807

Outpatient Clinic
Lenore: Lenore VA Clinic , 2867 Route 65, 304-475-3000

Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC)

Clarksburg: Rural Mobile Unit , 1 Medical Center Dr, 304-623-3461
Franklin: Franklin Community-Based Outpatient Clinic , 91 Pine St, 304-263-0811 x5130 / Fax: 304-358-3641
Gassaway: Braxton County CBOC , 40 Reston Pl, 304-364-4500
Parkersburg: Wood County CBOC , 2311 Ohio Ave, Suite A, 304-422-5114
Parsons: Tucker County CBOC , 260 Spruce St, 304-478-2219
Petersburg: Petersburg Community Based Outpatient Clinic , 15 Grant St, 304-263-0811 x5130 / Fax: 304-257-9583
Princeton: Princeton VA Clinic , 1511 North Walker St, 304-255-2121 x3404
Ronceverte: Greenbrier County VA Clinic , 228 Shamrock Ln, 304-497-3900
South Charleston: Charleston VA Clinic , 700 Technology Ln, 304-746-5300
Westover: Monongalia County , 40 Commerce Dr, Suite 101, 304-292-7535 / Fax: 304-292-7537

Vet Center - 877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387)
Beckley: Beckley Vet Center , 201 Grey Flatts Rd, 304-252-8220 / Fax: 304-254-8711
Charleston: Charleston Vet Center , 200 Tracy Way, 304-343-3825 / Fax: 304-347-5303
Henlawson: Logan Vet Center Outstation , 21 Veterans Ave, 304-752-4453 / Fax: 304-752-6910
Huntington: Huntington Vet Center , 3135 16th Street Rd, Suite 11, 304-523-8387 / Fax: 304-529-5910
Martinsburg: Martinsburg Vet Center , 300 Foxcroft Ave, Suite 100A, 304-263-6776 / Fax: 304-262-7448
Morgantown: Morgantown Vet Center , 34 Commerce Dr, Suite 101, 304-291-4303 / Fax: 304-291-4251
Parkersburg: Parkersburg Vet Center Outstation , 2311 Ohio Ave, Suite D, 304-485-1599 / Fax: 304-485-4212
Princeton: Princeton Vet Center , 1511 North Walker St, 304-425-8098 / Fax: 304-225-9100
Wheeling: Wheeling Vet Center , 1058 Bethlehem Blvd, 304-232-0587 / Fax: 304-232-1031

Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Benefit Office
Huntington: Huntington Regional Benefit Office , 640 Fourth Ave, 1-800-827-1000

National Cemetery Administration
National Cemetery
Grafton: Grafton National Cemetery , 431 Walnut St, 304-265-2044 / Fax: 304-265-4336
Grafton: West Virginia National Cemetery , 42 Veterans Memorial Ln, 304-265-2044 / Fax: 304-265-4336

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Military Installations in West Virginia

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

Active Duty

National Guard

West Virginia Army National Guard
West Virginia Air National Guard

167 th Airlift Wing

130 th Airlift Wing

United States Army Reserve (USAR)

99th Readiness Division

Resources

https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?State=WV&dnum=ALL

http://www.wvlegislature.gov/

https://www.goang.com/

https://veterans.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx

https://veterans.wv.gov/Benefits/Pages/State-Benefits.aspx

http://www.wv.ng.mil/

https://www.wvguardtuition.com/

http://www.wvdnr.gov

https://www.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx#home

https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job-seekers/veterans-preference/#content

https://transportation.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.wvdnr.gov/hunting/licensing.shtm

https://www.retirementliving.com/taxes-new-york-wyoming#WESTVIRGINIA

http://www.mic3.net/west-virginia.html

https://veterans.wv.gov/resources/Pages/VeteransTrainingWorkOpportunities.aspx

http://www.wvcommerce.org/business/workforcewv/wvmilitaryconnection/default.aspx

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Document Review Date: 29 August 2018