Kansas Military and Veterans Benefits

State Taxes
Education Benefits
Employment Benefits
Unemployment Insurance
Division of Vehicles Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Parks and Recreation Benefits
Miscellaneous Benefits
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities
Kansas Military Resource Locator
Resources

Summary of Kansas Military and Veterans Benefits: Kansas offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families including Kansas National Guard and Reserve Service member emergency assistance, Kansas Public Employees Retirement System military benefits, Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance Program, special vehicle license plates and Department of Wildlife and Parks benefits. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Office (KCVAO), Veteran Service Representatives (VSRs): The KCVAO has trained VSR’s that can assist Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and their Families find and apply for military/ Veterans benefits under federal, state and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge.

For more information contact a local Veteran Service Representative, call the KCVAO central office at 800- 513-7731 or use the KCVAO online contact form.
KCVAO Regional Office Directory

Learn more about the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Office, Veteran Service Representative

Kansas Welcomes you sign

Kansas Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

What are my Kansas Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Kansas Income Taxes on Military Retired Pay: Military retired pay that is included in federal adjusted gross income is not taxed in Kansas.

Learn more about Kansas Military Retired Pay Income Taxes

Kansas Military Pay Income Taxes: Service members whose home of record is Kansas must file Kansas income taxes.

Learn more about Kansas Military Pay Income Taxes

 aircraft being sprayed with water Kansas State Taxes on 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 of the payments which are considered disability benefits include:

  • Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid to Veterans or their Families

  • Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living

  • Grants for motor vehicles for Veterans who lost their sight or the use of limbs, or

  • Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program.

If you are a retired Service member and receive disability benefits from the VA, see IRS Publication 525 for more information.

Learn more about Kansas State Taxes on Military Disability Retirement Pay

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

Child kneeling by a grave Learn more about Kansas State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Kansas State Tax Benefits: Military survivor benefit plans are not taxed in Kansas.

Learn more about Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Kansas State Tax Benefits

Kansas Homestead Refund for Disabled Veterans and Surviving Spouses : The Kansas Homestead Refund is a rebate of a portion of the property taxes paid on a Kansas resident's homestead. The refund percentage is based on total household income. The refund is a percentage of the general property tax excluding specials. Tax on property valued at more than $350,000 does not qualify. The maximum refund is $700. The Homestead Refund Program is for homeowners who were residents of Kansas all of 2020 and have a total household income is $36,300 or less.

Filers eligible for the Kansas Property Tax Relief for Low Income Seniors receive 75% of their property tax with no maximum limit. Individuals are only eligible for one claim. The Kansas Property Tax Relief for Low Income Seniors is for homeowners with countable household income of $20,700 or less and born before January 1, 1955. WebFile, Kansas Homestead Refund Online Claim Application webpage determines the claim that is most beneficial to the household.
Who is eligible for the Kansas Homestead Refund for Disabled Veterans and Surviving Spouses? To be eligible a Veteran must be a Kansas resident, honorably discharged, and have a 50% or more service-connected permanent disability. Unremarried Surviving Spouses of deceased disabled Veterans are also eligible to claim a Homestead refund. Applicants must provide an original Veterans Disability Determination Letter or Letter from a Regional VA office that includes a disability date prior to January 1, 2020.

The Surviving Spouse of an active duty Service member who died in the line of duty is also eligible to claim a Homestead refund and remains eligible until they remarry.
Kansas Department of Revenue, Division of Taxation, Homestead Refund Online Claim Application Webpage
Kansas Department of Revenue, Homestead Refund Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the Kansas Homestead Refund

Back to top

 

 

What are my Kansas Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Kansas Tuition Assistance for Dependents of Deceased Resident Service Members and former Prisoners of War: Every Kansas public educational institutions will waive tuition and fees for the Surviving Spouse and dependents of a resident Service member who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The Service members death must have been in the line of duty and occurred on or after September 11, 2001. In addition, any resident former POW is also eligible for this waiver.

Those eligible can receive a waiver for the equivalent of 10 semesters of undergraduate instruction at Kansas state universities, community colleges, or vocational technical colleges. K.S.A. 75-4364

Learn more about Kansas Tuition Assistance for Dependents of Deceased Service Members and former Prisoners of War

Airman with books stacked around him Kansas Resident Tuition Rates for Eligible Veterans, Service Members and Dependents: All Veterans eligible for federal education benefits, as well as all current members of the U.S. Armed Forces are charged in-state tuition rates at all Kansas public postsecondary colleges and universities regardless of time spent in the state. The Spouses and dependent Children of Veterans and Service members are also eligible for in-state tuition rates. Veterans, their Spouse and dependent Children must live in Kansas at the time of enrollment to be eligible.

To confirm eligibility, students should contact the Office of the Registrar at the institution they are planning to attend for more information.
Kansas Public Institutions of Higher Learning
Kansas Board of Regents, Residency Frequently Asked Questions Webpage

Learn more about Kansas Resident Tuition Rates for Eligible Veterans, Service Members and Dependents

Refund or Credit for Tuition for Activated Service Member Attending Kansas Regent Institution: The Kansas Board of Regents will provide a refund or credit for any tuition paid by a Service member in the U.S. Armed Forces who is a student in a Kansas public institution of higher learning that must leave school due to military requirements.

Learn more about Refund or Credit for Tuition for Activated Service Member Attending Kansas Regent Institution

The Kansas Board of Regents insignia Kansas Military Service Scholarship: The Kansas Military Service Scholarship will pay tuition and fees at a Kansas public institution of higher learning for Veterans and Service members that served in an area where they were eligible for Hostile Fire Pay.

Eligible students may be awarded a scholarship for up to four academic years of undergraduate study (five years if enrolled in a designated five-year program).

Students will be required to complete the FAFSA. Any federal tuition assistance that the student receives will be applied first and only the remaining balance will be eligible for scholarship assistance.
Who is eligible for the Kansas Military Service Scholarship? To be eligible Veterans and Service members must be Kansas residents and meet the following requirements:

  • Served in the U.S. Armed Forces after September 11, 2001, in an area where they were eligible for Hostile Fire Pay for at least 90 days or served less than 90 days due to injuries received in that area

  • Received an Honorable Discharge, General (Under Honorable Conditions) Discharge, or still serving in the U.S. Armed Forces

To apply for the Kansas Military Service Scholarship applicants must complete the Kansas Student Aid Online Application prior to the May 1 deadline.

Applicants will need to provide copies of military discharge papers (DD214) or active duty orders that indicate they served after September 11, 2001, in a military operation where they received Hostile Fire Pay.

Requirements to continue to receive scholarship:

  • Remain in good academic standing

  • Make satisfactory progress toward completion of the educational program in which they are enrolled

  • Enroll in a minimum of six credit hours each semester.

Funding for this scholarship is subject to state appropriations.
Kansas Board of Regents, Kansas Military Service Scholarship Fact Sheet

Learn more about the Kansas Military Service Scholarship

Kansas ARNG Education logo Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance Program: The Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance program provides eligible Kansas National Guard Service members a percentage of tuition and fees, up to the maximum rate charged by state educational institutions for enrollment. The percentage awarded varies based on the following:

  • Funds available

  • Number of eligible applicants

  • Amount of federal tuition assistance the student receives.

Students may be pursuing a certificate, diploma or degree program. The Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance will pay for up to 15 credit hours per semester, full-time enrollment is not required.
Who is eligible for Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance? The following National Guard Service members are eligible:

  • Enlisted Service member in the Kansas National Guard in good standing

  • Served less than 20 years in the Kansas National Guard

  • Must serve 24 months in the Kansas National Guard after last semester of assistance

  • Must have GED or high school diploma

  • Enrolled in a Kansas educational institution and maintain a 2.0 GPA

  • Does not have a bachelor’s degree

  • Must have FAFSA on file at institution

  • Must apply for Federal Tuition Assistance, if applicable

  • Must submit transcript to National Guard unit at the end of each semester.

To apply for financial assistance Service members must complete the Kansas Student Aid Online Application and submit a completed Unit Commanders Signature Form 6006A to the address on the form.

Spring 2022 semester deadline - January 31, 2022

Learn more about the Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance Program

Kansas Educational Benefits for Dependents of Veterans of the Vietnam War: The Child of a Vietnam Veteran that dies as a result of service in Vietnam is eligible to attend a Kansas Public institution of higher learning without paying tuition and fees. This benefit is for up to the equivalent of 12 semesters of instruction. Once a person is eligible for this benefit they may not be disqualified.
Who is eligible for Kansas Educational Benefits for Dependents of Veterans of the Vietnam War? The Child, adopted Child or Child in the custody of a Veteran of the Vietnam conflict that dies from a service-connected disability they incurred in Vietnam is eligible. The Veteran must have entered the U.S. Armed Forces from Kansas for their Child to be eligible. For more information students should contact their educational institutions admissions office, or the Kansas Board of Regents.
Kansas Public Institutions of Higher Learning
Kansas Board of Regents, Contact Information

Learn more about the Kansas Educational Benefits for Dependents of Veterans of the Vietnam War

Group of Veterans being recognized “Operation Recognition”, High School Diplomas for Kansas Wartime Veterans: Kansas "Operation Recognition" will award honorary high school diplomas to Veterans of World War II (WWII) and the Korean War that left high school to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces prior to their graduation.
Who is eligible for “Operation Recognition”, High School Diplomas for Kansas Wartime Veterans? All honorably discharged Veterans who served in WWII between September 16, 1940, through December 31, 1946, or served in the Korean War between June 27, 1950 and January 31, 1955, who did not graduate from high school are eligible. Veterans that received their diploma but were not able to attend their graduation ceremony are also eligible. Diplomas can be awarded posthumously.
Kansas “Operation Recognition” Application

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

Ichild writing on paper at her desk in a classroomnterstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3): The purpose of this compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

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

  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities

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

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

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

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

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

MIC3 Assistance Request

Primary Point of Contact
Phone: 785-296-3872

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

Back to top

 

 

What are my Kansas Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Kansas State Employee Leave for Military Duty: State employees are eligible for up to 30 days of paid leave for active duty military service within each 12-month period beginning October 1 and ending September 30 of the following year.
Who is eligible for Kansas State Employee Leave for Military Duty? State employees that are ordered to active duty are eligible for military leave.

Learn more about Kansas State Employee Leave for Military Duty

B2 bomber being refueled in the air Kansas State Employee Veterans’ Hiring Preference: Kansas offers Veterans’ preference when hiring for state employment. Eligible Veterans or Spouses who qualify for Veterans' preference are guaranteed an interview and to receive consideration for the position they apply for. The Veterans' preference does not guarantee the Veteran a job.
Who is eligible for Kansas State Employee Veterans’ Hiring Preference? Kansas provides Veterans’ preference for Veterans that received an honorable discharge and meet the following requirements:

Veterans who entered the U.S. Armed Forces before October 15, 1976:

  • Served during any war between April 6, 1917 through July 2, 1921, and December 7, 1941 through April 28, 1952

  • Served between April 28, 1952 and July 1, 1955

  • In any campaign or expedition for which a campaign or service medal was authorized

  • For more than 180 days since January 31, 1955, but before October 15, 1976 (does not include active duty for training).

Veterans who entered the U.S. Armed Forces on or after October 15, 1976:

  • Served in any campaign or expedition for which a campaign or service medal was authorized

  • Separated from the U.S. Armed Forces and have a service-connected disability rating from the VA

  • Received a Purple Heart

  • Released from active duty due to a service-connected disability

  • Voluntarily retired from the active duty with the pay grade of O3 or below.

Veterans’ preference is also available to the following Spouses of Veterans:

  • Spouse of a Veteran who has a 100% service-connected disability, or 100% unemployable as determined by the VA

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of a Service member, who died while serving or as a result of service in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Spouse of a prisoner of war.

Applicants claiming Veterans' preference for the first time must submit a complete, legible copy of their discharge document (DD214), showing enlisted and discharge dates, type of discharge, medals received, etc. Please mail to:

Office of Personnel Services
900 SW Jackson Room 401-N
Landon State Office Building
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1251

or fax to 785 291-3715

Learn more about Kansas State Employee Veterans’ Hiring Preference

KC135 taking off 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: 10 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): 10 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): 10 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): 10 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.

Learn more about Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences

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.

Airman talking in front of a KC135 tanker Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service if the basic eligibility criteria are met.

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

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

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102% of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA Benefits?
Veterans, 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) helps all that have claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
employees.
VETS Regional Office Location

Learn more about Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

KC 135 covered in snow Kansas State Employee Differential Pay for Active Duty Service: Kansas state employees that are members of the Kansas National Guard or the Reserves are eligible to receive the difference between their state employee pay and their military pay and allowances when they are called to active duty. The maximum amount paid is $1,000 per month
Who is eligible for Kansas State Employee Differential Pay for Active Duty Service?
National Guard and Reserve Service members that are state employees that are ordered to active military duty are eligible for compensation.

Learn more about Kansas State Employee Differential Pay for Active Duty Service

Kansas National Guard and Reserve Service Members Activation Payment: Kansas state employees that are members of the Kansas National Guard or the Reserves are eligible for a onetime activation payment of $1,000 when they are called to active duty service for 180 days or more. These payments will be made retroactively to all National Guard and Reserve Service members who have been activated since September 11, 2001.
Who is eligible for the Kansas National Guard and Reserve Service Members Activation Payment? State employees who are National Guard and Reserve Service members who have been activated since September 11, 2001, are eligible for the activation payment.

Learn more about the Kansas National Guard and Reserve Service Members Activation Payment

Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) Military Benefits: KPERS offers the following benefits to Service members and former Service members:

  • Service Credit: Additional service credit increases the amount of a member's monthly retirement benefit and possibly allows them to retire earlier

  • Granted Military Service Credit: KPERS can grant active military service at no cost to members if their military service interrupts their public service, must be employed in a covered position immediately before and immediately after the active military service

  • Purchased Military Service Credit: Members can purchase year for year of active military service and one quarter of service credit for each year of reserve component service

  • Basic Life Insurance: Active KPERS members receive basic life insurance equal to 150 percent of their annual gross income. Employers pay for the cost of this benefit. If a member goes on military leave, their basic life insurance coverage continues for the duration of the military leave at no cost to the employee

  • Optional Life Insurance: Optional life insurance coverage is provided in addition to the basic life insurance. Employees pay their own premiums for this coverage at group rates, depending on the amount of coverage.

For more information, please contact a KPERS benefits specialist weekdays 8 a.m. to 4p.m. CST at:

Email: kpers@kpers.org
Phone: 888-275-5737
In Topeka: 785-296-6166
Fax: 785-296-6638

Learn more about Kansas Public Employees Retirement System Military Benefits

Kansas Professional License Benefits for Service Members: The Kansas professional licenses of a Service member serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces remains valid for the duration of their military service and until six months following their discharge from active duty. Service members will not be required to pay a renewal fee, submit a renewal application, obtain continuing education or meet other conditions while on active duty

In addition, no license will expire, lapse, be canceled, revoked or suspended while an individual is on active duty. Within six months after their release from active duty or within two weeks of engaging in activities that require a license, the Service member must file a completed application and pay their renewal fee to maintain their license. They will then have one year to complete any required continuing education requirements.

Learn more about Kansas Professional License Benefits for Service Members

Back to top

 

 

What are my Kansas Military and Veterans Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

Kansas Unemployment Insurance (UI): UI provides temporary financial assistance for workers that are unemployed through no fault of their own. UI is a partial, short-term replacement of lost wages while workers are seeking other work and is not intended to be a permanent source of income. Benefits are not based on financial need. Employers pay all costs of the UI program.

To file an initial UI claim applicants can file by phone or use the Kansas Department of Labor, UI Online Portal. First time claimants will be required to create and login and user account.

To file by phone, Unemployment Contact Center representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (except on state holidays).

Kansas City:
913-596-3500

Topeka:
785-575-1460

Wichita:
316-383-9947

Toll-Free:
800-292-6333

Speech Impaired / Hearing Disabled:
800-766-3777

Applicants will need the following information to file a claim:

  • Social Security number

  • Full mailing address

  • Phone number

  • The name and mailing address of last employer, paycheck stub or W-2 form usually contains this information

  • Date started and stopped working for each employer for the last 18 months and the reason for leaving

  • County of residence

  • Driver's license number

  • If not a citizen U.S, employment authorization number and expiration date

  • Former active duty military within the past 18 months must provide DD214, Member Copy #4

  • Former federal employee must provide Standard Form SF-50 or pay stub

  • Amount of separation, vacation, or holiday pay received or will receive in the future.

Kansas Department of Labor, Unemployment Guide
Kansas Unemployment Insurance Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about Kansas Unemployment Insurance

Kansas Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Military Spouses: Kansas considers military Spouses who are forced to leave their position due to their Spouse's military orders as an involuntary separation from work and are eligible to file a claim for unemployment insurance.

Learn more about Kansas Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Military Spouses

Back to top

 

 

What are my Kansas Military and Veterans Division of Vehicles Benefits?

Kansas Veteran Drivers License VETERAN designation on Kansas Driver’s Licenses: Kansas offers a VETERAN designation on Kansas driver’s license for honorably discharged Veterans. Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214 or other official documentation to verify that they received an honorable discharge.
Kansas Department of Revenue, Driver’s license and ID Card Information

Learn more about Veteran’s Indicator on Kansas Driver’s Licenses

Kansas Motor Vehicle Registration Grace Period for Service Members: Service members that return from a deployment are offered a seven day grace period to renew their expired vehicle registration.

Learn more about Kansas Motor Vehicle Registration Grace Period for Service Members

Kansas Military Commercial Driver License (CDL) Skill Test Waiver Program: Service members and Veterans who have been discharged within the past 12 months may have some or all their Kansas CDL testing waived, based on their military training and experience.

The even exchange option allows Service members who have certain Military Occupational Specialties / Air Force Specialty Codes or Ratings in the U.S. Armed Forces to have their CDL knowledge and skills testing waived.

  • Army – 88M, 92F, 14T

  • Air Force – 2T1, 2F0, 3E2

  • Marine Corps – 3531

  • Navy – EO.

The skills waiver option is available to Service members who have military commercial driving training and experience but do not have the Military Occupational Specialties / Air Force Specialty Codes or Ratings for the even exchange option. Applicants must have been licensed for at least two years on a military vehicle similar to the commercial vehicle class they are applying for. This option only allows a waiver of the skills testing and does not include the knowledge testing requirement.

Applicants must also meet the following requirements:

  • Not had more than one license (except for a military license)

  • Not had any license suspended, revoked, or cancelled

  • Not had any convictions for any type of motor vehicle for the disqualifying offenses listed on the application

  • Not had more than one conviction for any type of motor vehicle for serious traffic violations listed on the application

  • Have not had had any conviction for a violation of military, state or local laws relating to motor vehicle traffic control (other than a parking violation) as a result of a traffic accident and has no record of an accident in which they were at fault.

Applicants must submit completed certification forms (including certification by their commanding officer) to any Full Service State Driver's License office.
Kansas CDL Certification for Military Waiver of Knowledge and Skills Test
Kansas Driver license Office Directory

Learn more about the Kansas Military Commercial Driver License Skill Test Waiver Program

Kansas Military and Veteran License Plates: Kansas has 14 license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and Family members.

All military and Veteran licenses plates may be used on automobiles, motorcycles or trucks (20,000 lbs. or less). All vehicles must be titled in Kansas in the name of the applicant or the leasing company from which the applicant is leasing the vehicle.

Those interested must apply at their local County Treasurer’s Office. A short description of some of these plates can be found below.

Learn more about Kansas Military and Veteran License Plates

Veteran plate Kansas U.S. Veteran License Plate with Military Branch Decal: Kansas Resident Veterans that served at least 180 days on active duty and received an honorable discharge and currently serving resident Service members are eligible for the Kansas Veteran license plate. For an additional $2, Veterans and Service members can request a branch of service decal.

Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214 to verify they received an honorable discharge and their branch of service, Service members must show their military ID / CAC.
Kansas Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles, Military Veteran License Plate Application

Learn more about the Kansas U.S. Veteran License Plate with Military Branch Decal

Purple Heart Plate Kansas Combat Wounded Purple Heart License Plate: Kansas residents that received the Purple Heart are eligible for the Kansas Purple Heart license plate. In addition nonresident Service members that are stationed in Kansas are also eligible.

Purple Heart recipients have the option to have no more than two of the following decals displayed on their license plate:

  • Silver Star

  • Bronze Star

  • Combat Medical Badge

  • Army Combat Infantry Badge

  • Navy/ Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon

  • Army Distinguished Service Cross

  • Navy Cross

  • Air Force Cross

  • Distinguished Flying Cross.

All decals are $2 each.

Veterans must show their DD214 to verify they received the Purple Heart, and that they are eligible for any other requested decals. Service members must provide official documentation that they received the Purple Heart and are eligible for any requested decals.

Learn more about the Kansas Combat Wounded Purple Heart License Plate

Kansas Disabled Veteran plate Kansas Disabled Veteran License Plate: The Kansas Disabled Veteran license plate may be issued to eligible resident Veterans and eligible nonresident Service members that are stationed in Kansas.

There is no registration fee for the initial Disabled Veteran license plate, additional license plates require standard registration fees.
Who is eligible for the Kansas Disabled Veteran License Plate? Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Served in the U.S. Armed Forces and are entitled to compensation for a service-connected disability rating of at least 50% from the VA

  • Suffered the loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both feet or one or both hands; or for permanent visual impairment of both eyes

  • Vehicle owner provides transportation for disabled Veterans who meet the qualifications above.

All applications for Disabled Veterans license plate must be endorsed by the Regional Director of Veterans Affairs prior to applying. The completed form may be faxed to 316-688-6825 for this endorsement.
Kansas Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles, Disabled Veteran License Plate Application

Learn more about the Kansas Disabled Veteran License Plate

Kansas Medal of Honor plate Kansas Medal of Honor License Plate: Kansas residents that received the Medal of Honor are eligible for the Kansas Medal of Honor license plate. In addition, nonresident Service members that are stationed in Kansas that received the Medal of Honor are also eligible.

Veterans must show their DD214 to verify they received the Medal of Honor. Service members must provide official documentation they were awarded the Medal of Honor.

Learn more about the Kansas Medal of Honor License Plate

Gold Star Mother Plate Kansas Gold Star Mother License Plate: The Kansas Gold Star Mother license plate is offered to resident mothers of Service members that are killed while serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. In addition, nonresident Service members that are stationed in Kansas that qualify are also eligible.

Applicants must provide copies of the DD1300 Report of Casualty as well as official documentation of Family relationship.
Kansas Department of Revenue, Division of Vehicles, Gold Star Mother License Plate Application

Learn more about the Kansas Gold Star Mother License Plate

Back to top

 

 

What are my Kansas Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?

Reimbursement of Health Insurance Premiums for Kansas National Guard Service Members ordered to State Active Duty: Kansas National Guard Service members called to state active duty for more than 30 days will be reimbursed for the cost of health insurance for themselves or their Family. Reimbursement cannot be more than similar coverage under Kansas state employees group health insurance plans.
Who is eligible for Reimbursement of Health Insurance Premiums for Kansas National Guard Service Members ordered to State Active Duty? National Guard Service members ordered to state active duty for 30 or more days are eligible for reimbursement.

Learn more about Reimbursement of Health Insurance Premiums for Kansas National Guard Service Members ordered to State Active Duty

National Guard Association logo Kansas National Guard State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI): SSLI offered through the National Guard Association of Kansas to National Guard Service members is made up of several voluntary group life policies that are designed to help meet the needs of National Guard Service members and their Families.

Benefit Highlights:

  • Coverage ranging from $1,000 to $50,000

  • Coverage available for Spouse and Children

  • Life insurance payable in event of death from any cause

  • Coverage is twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year

  • No War Clause

  • No Aviation Exclusion

  • No Suicide Clause

  • No Hazardous Duty or Civilian Occupation Restriction

  • Full Conversion privilege upon termination regardless of health.

Service members that enroll within 90 days of joining the National Guard are not required to answer any health questions.
Who is eligible for Kansas National Guard SSLI? National Guard Service members and their dependents are eligible for SSLI.

Learn more about Kansas National Guard State Sponsored Life Insurance

TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you are not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The 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).

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

Kansas National Guard Service Member Compensation for Injury, Illness, Disability and Death incurred while on State Active Duty: National Guard Service members that are injured, become ill, disabled or die in the line of duty while serving on state active duty are eligible for medical coverage and compensation under by the state. KSA 48-261 through 48-271
Who is eligible for Kansas National Guard Service Member Compensation for Injury, Illness, Disability and Death incurred while on State Active Duty? A National Guard Service member that suffers illness, disease, injury or death while serving on state active duty is eligible for compensation.

Learn more about Kansas National Guard Service Member Compensation for Injury, Illness, Disability and Death incurred while on State Active Duty

Back to top

 

 

What are my Kansas Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

two people fishing from a boat on the lake Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) National Guard and Disabled Veterans, Free Hunting, Fishing and Park Vehicle Permits: Kansas offers free park vehicle permits, hunting and fishing licenses to active Service members in the Kansas National Guard and honorably discharged resident Veterans that have a 30% or more service-connected disability.

Applicants should mail official documentation of eligibility and their completed application to:

KDWP Pratt Operations Office
ATTN: License Section/Guard Permits
512 SE 25th Ave
Pratt, KS 67124-8174

KDWP, Active Kansas National Guard Hunting and Fishing License, Park Vehicle Permit Application
KDWP, Disabled Veteran Hunting and Fishing License, Park Vehicle Permit Application

Learn more about Kansas National Guard Free Hunting, Fishing and Park Vehicle Permits

Kansas Resident Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Nonresident Active Duty Service Members: Nonresident active duty Service members stationed in Kansas can purchase all annual Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks licenses, permits and stamps for resident prices.

Learn more about Kansas Resident Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Nonresident Active Duty Service Members

Kansas Resident Service Members and Dependents may continue to Purchase Resident Hunting and Fishing Licenses when Stationed out of State: Active duty Service members who were Kansas residents at the time of entering the military and their immediate Family members that live with them may purchase resident licenses, permits and stamps, except lifetime licenses.

Learn more about how Kansas Resident Service Members and Dependents may continue to Purchase Resident Hunting and Fishing Licenses when Stationed out of State

Kansas Big Game Permit Refund for Active Duty Service Members: U.S. Armed Forces Service members stationed in Kansas that receive permanent change of duty station (PCS) orders prior to the first day of big game hunting season, that prevents them from using the permit, can receive a refund of all fees.

Learn more about Kansas Big Game Permit Refund for Active Duty Service Members

Elk standing in a field Kansas Big Game and Turkey Permit Service Member Deployment Reissue: The Department of Wildlife and Parks can reissue big game or turkey limited draw permits to military personnel forced to forfeit their permit due to deployment.

Learn more about Kansas Big Game and Turkey Permit Service Member Deployment Reissue

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Elk Draw for Military Personnel: Service members stationed at Fort Riley are given preference for the elk permit draw.

Learn more about Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Elk Draw for Military Personnel

Back to top

 

 

What are my Kansas Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Kansas Veterans Home sign Kansas Veterans’ and Soldiers’ Homes : The Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs operates two state nursing homes to provide affordable long term care for Veterans and their Spouses. Each home has a trained and professional staff that receives ongoing education to meet the needs of their residents.

The Kansas Veterans' Home is a 190 bed facility in Winfield, located 35 miles southeast of Wichita, Kansas.
Phone: 620-221-0828
Fax: 620-221-0828

Kansas Soldier's Home sign The Kansas Soldiers' Home at Fort Dodge is a 146 bed facility, located approximately five miles east of Dodge City.
Phone: 620-227-2121
Fax: 620-225-6331

Each home offers three levels of care:

  • Domiciliary care (assisted living)

  • Nursing care

  • Memory care for Alzheimer’s/ dementia.

They also provide the following services:

  • Restorative care

  • Physical therapy

  • Occupational therapy

  • Laundry

  • Recreational activities

  • Dietary services

  • Social services

  • Nursing

  • Psychological services.

Who is eligible for care at the Kansas Veterans’ and Soldiers’ Homes? To be eligible Veterans must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge. Veterans must also meet one of the following requirements:

  • Have a service-connected disability

  • Former prisoner of war

  • Discharged or released from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty

  • Veterans whose entitlement to disability compensation is suspended because of the receipt of military retired pay

  • Veterans who are below VA Annual Income Limits

  • Veterans seeking care for a disorder due to exposure to a toxic substance or radiation or for a disorder due to service during the Persian Gulf War

  • Veterans who agree to pay applicable co-payment if they do not meet eligibility requirements listed above

  • The Spouse or Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran.

Admission Priority: First priority for admission is given to Veterans who do not have adequate means of support. Within this group, priority will be based on the severity of medical care required and their ability to get care. Kansas residency is not a requirement, but Kansas residents will receive preference for admission.
Kansas Veterans Homes Application for Admission
Kansas Veterans Homes Application Checklist

Learn more about the Kansas Veterans’ and Soldiers’ Homes

Kansas State Cemetery Kansas State Veterans' Cemeteries: The Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs has four Veterans cemeteries that offer a dignified final resting place for Veterans and their eligible dependents.

Who is eligible for interment at a Kansas Veterans' Cemetery? Eligibility requirements for a Kansas State Cemetery are the same as for VA National Cemeteries. Exact eligibility requirements can be found at the VA, National Cemetery Administration Eligibility webpage . The following are the general eligibility requirements for burial:

  • Honorably discharged Veterans and Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Certain Members of reserve components and Reserve Officer Training Corps

  • World War II Merchant Marines

  • 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 that develops a lifelong disability prior to age 21).

There is no residency requirement to be buried in a Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery. Eligible Spouses, Surviving Spouses and dependent Children may be buried in a Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery even if the Veteran is not.

Learn more about the Kansas Veterans' Cemetery Program

Kansas Open Records Exemption for Military Records: Veteran’s military discharge records must be kept confidential and cannot be released without the Veterans authorization.

Learn more about the Kansas Open Records Exemption for Military Records

Request Kansas Resident Military Records: Kansas maintains military service files for Veterans released from military service that listed Kansas as their home of record.

The Kansas' Adjutant General's Department, Archives Office can provide records from the following periods of service:

  • DD214’s for all branches of service from 1946 to 1991

  • World War II Statements of Service from 1941 - 1946 (pre-DD214)

  • Kansas National Guard records from 1946 to the present.

For discharges after 1991, please contact the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs (KCVA) at 785-296-3976.

To request documents from the Kansas' Adjutant General's Department Veterans can submit a Standard Form 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records by mail or fax to:

The Adjutant General's Department
Attn: Archives
2722 SW. Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS 66611
Fax: 785-646-0191

Record requests usually take two to three weeks to process. To contact the Military Archives directly please call 785-646-0136.

Learn more about Requesting Kansas Resident Military Records

F18 being refueled in the air Free Vital Statistics Records for Kansas National Guard Service Members and Veterans: Kansas National Guard Service members that have been notified of a pending mobilization to federal active duty or they are already on federal active duty and their dependents can request copies of vital records free of charge. To request copies of records please contact the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Office.

Learn more about Free Vital Statistics Records for Kansas National Guard Service Members and Veterans

Kansas National Guard and Reserve Service Members Emergency Relief: Kansas National Guard Service members or Kansas resident Reserve Service members and their Families can request financial assistance to help them make ends meet for emergency situations when all other options have been exhausted. For more information and to apply Service members should speak to their chain of command.

Learn more about the Kansas National Guard and Reserve Service Members Emergency Relief

KanVet: The KanVet website provides direct access to Veteran-specific resources and benefits without having to navigate multiple state agency websites. KanVet was established to serve all Veterans, transitioning Service members and their Families by providing employment, education, and support resources.

Learn more about KanVet

Vietnam War Medallion Kansas Vietnam Era Veterans Medallion Program: The Kansas Vietnam Era Veterans Medallion Program provides a Vietnam Era Medallion, Medal and a Certificate of Appreciation to Kansas Veterans that served during the Vietnam Era.
Who is eligible for the Kansas Vietnam Era Veterans Medallion Program? Veterans who meet the following requirements are eligible:

  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time between February 28, 1961, through May 7, 1975, regardless of where they served

  • Legal resident of Kansas at the time they entered or were discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces, or at time death

  • Received an honorable discharge.

The Spouse or eldest living survivor can apply posthumously. Only one award will be issued in the name of each Veteran.
Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Office, Kansas Vietnam War Medallion Program Application Form

Learn more about the Kansas Vietnam War Era Veterans Medallion Program

Back to top

 

 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Kansas:

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

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Kansas

Scott National Cemetery U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Kansas: The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains five national cemeteries in Kansas. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

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

Back to top

 

Military Installations in Kansas

Please see the Kansas Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty:

Army
Fort Riley

Fort Leavenworth

Air Force
McConnell AFB

National Guard:
Kansas Adjutant General's Department

Kansas Army National Guard

Kansas Air National Guard
190th Air Refueling Wing
184th Wing

U.S. Army Reserve:
88th Readiness Division


Resources

Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Office

Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Office, Programs and Services

KanVet

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

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

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Find Locations Search Engine

Kansas Department of Revenue, Vehicle Tags, Titles and Registration

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

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

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Kansas

Kansas Statutes

Back to top

Document Review Date: 27 October 2021