Kansas Military and Veterans Benefits
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities in Kansas
Kansas Military Resource Locator
Summary of Kansas Military and Veterans Benefits: Kansas offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families including Service member Emergency Relief, 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 who can assist Veterans, retired Service members and their Families find and apply for Veterans benefits under federal, state and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge.
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.
Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) does not withhold taxes for state or local income tax, but it is reported annually on IRS Form 1099-R. All TSP distributions are subject to state taxes and early distributions may incur higher taxes .
Kansas Military Pay Income Taxes: Military pay received by resident Service members is taxed by Kansas.
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.
See IRS Publication 525 for more information.
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.
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.
Extension to file Taxes for Deployed Kansas Service Members : The Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR) follows IRS guidelines for deployed resident Service members by extending income tax deadlines for 180 days after deactivation for filing returns, paying taxes, filing claims for refunds, and taking other actions.
IRS Combat and Hazardous Duty Areas for Tax Purposes
Kansas Homestead Refund for Disabled Veterans and Surviving Spouses: The Kansas Department of Revenue offers a Homestead Refund for Disabled Veterans, their Surviving Spouse and the Surviving Spouse of a Service member killed in the line of duty.
The Homestead Refund is a rebate program for the property taxes paid by homeowners. The refund is based on a portion of the property tax paid on a Kansas resident’s home. The appraised value of the home cannot exceed $350,000 and the maximum refund is $700.
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 permanent service-connected disability rating from the VA. Unremarried Surviving Spouses of deceased disabled Veterans are also eligible to claim a 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 of the taxable year.
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. Applicants can file using the WebFile, Kansas Homestead Refund Online Claim Application webpage or they can use the Kansas Homestead Claim, K-40H.
Kansas Department of Revenue, Homestead Refund Frequently Asked Questions
What are my Kansas Military and Veterans Education Benefits?
Kansas Tuition Assistance for Dependents of Deceased Resident Service Members, Disabled Veterans and former Prisoners of War (POW): Kansas public educational institutions will waive tuition and fees for the Spouse, Unremarried Surviving Spouse and dependent Children of the following resident Service members or Veterans:
Service member who died in the line of duty while serving on state or federal active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces on or after September 11, 2001
Veteran who has an 80% or greater service-connected disability rating
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. Students should speak to the admissions office at the educational institution they plan to attend for more information.
Kansas Public Educational Institutions
Kansas Statutes 75-4364
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. Eligibility for resident tuition will also be reinstated for those who established residency while they were permanently stationed in Kansas or prior to entry into the U.S. Armed Forces. 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.
Kansas Public Educational Institutions
Kansas Board of Regents, Residency Frequently Asked Questions Webpage
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 serving in the U.S. Armed Forces who is a student in a Kansas public institution of higher learning and must leave school due to military requirements.
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 who 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 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Any federal tuition assistance that the student is eligible for will be applied first and only the remaining balance will be paid by the scholarship.
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
Kansas Student Aid Application 2022-2023
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 at accredited educational institutions, up to the maximum rate charged by state educational institutions for enrollment. The percentage awarded varies based on:
Number of eligible applicants
Amount of federal tuition assistance the student receives
Students may be pursuing a certificate, diploma, or degree program, full-time enrollment is not required.
Who is eligible for Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance? Kansas National Guard Service members must meet the following requirements to be eligible:
Current member of the Kansas National Guard and in good standing
Has a high school diploma or GED
Enrolled in a Kansas educational institution and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA
Has not earned a bachelor’s degree
Must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file at the institution
Must use federal tuition assistance first (if applicable)
Must submit transcript to their unit at the end of each semester
Upon completion of last semester of tuition assistance, the Service member will be required to serve an additional 24 months in the Kansas National Guard or will be required to repay the amount of the scholarship received.
Spring 2023 semester deadline – January 31,2023
To apply Service members must complete the Kansas Student Aid Online Application.
Kansas Student Aid Application 2022-2023
Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance Program Fact Sheet
Kansas Educational Benefits for Dependents of Veterans of the Vietnam War: The Child of a Veteran who 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 Vietnam Veteran who dies from a service-connected disability they incurred in Vietnam are 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 the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs (KCVAO), at 800-513-7731 or use the KCVAO online contact form.
“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 who 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? 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 who received their diploma but were not able to attend their graduation ceremony are also eligible. Diplomas can be awarded posthumously.
Applicants must submit a completed Kansas “Operation Recognition” Application and a copy of the Veteran’s discharge paperwork to:
Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Office
700 SW Jackson Street, Suite 1004
Topeka, KS 66603
Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3): The purpose of this compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:
Facilitating the prompt enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements
Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities
Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families
Providing for the enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact
Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact
Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children
Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student
Primary Point of Contact
Kansas Purple Star School Program for Military-Friendly Schools : Geary County Schools (USD 475) is proud to be the first district in Kansas to implement a pilot of the Purple Star School program for military-friendly schools. The Purple Star School program recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and Families connected to the U.S. Armed Forces.
For a school to qualify for the Purple Star Award they must appoint a school liaison who is specially trained to handle the unique challenges experienced by military Families. This liaison will ensure that other teachers at their school are aware of special considerations that students from military Families can benefit from. Each school will also have a dedicated page on their school website featuring resources for military Families.
Military Child Education Coalition Purple Star School Program
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 who are ordered to active duty are eligible for military leave.
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 applicant a job.
Who is eligible for Kansas State Employee Veterans’ Hiring Preference? Kansas provides Veterans’ preference for Veterans who 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 active duty in 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 enlistment and discharge dates, type of discharge, medals received, etc. Documents can be submitted by fax to 785 291-3715, or by mail to:
Office of Personnel Services
900 SW Jackson, Room 401-N
Landon State Office Building
Topeka, KS 66612-1251
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.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of reserve components. USERRA also protects Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.
Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service if the basic eligibility criteria are met.
Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members recovering from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.
Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning Service members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service, with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.
Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102% of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA Benefits? Veterans, U.S. Armed Forces Reserve, or National Guard Service members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.
The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) helps all who have claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Location
Kansas State Employee Differential Pay for Active Duty Service: Kansas state employees who are members of the Kansas National Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces 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 U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Service members who are state employees who are ordered to active military duty are eligible for compensation.
Kansas National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Service Members Activation Payment: Kansas state employees who are members of the Kansas National Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces 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 eligible Service members who have been activated since September 11, 2001.
Who is eligible for the Kansas National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Service Members Activation Payment? State employees who are National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Service members who have been activated since September 11, 2001, are eligible for the activation payment.
Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) Military Benefits: KPERS offers the following benefits to Service members and former Service members:
Service Credit: Service credit for past military service which increases the amount of a member's monthly retirement benefit and possibly allows them to retire earlier
Granted Military Service Credit: KPERS can grant 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% 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 4 p.m. (CST) at:
611 S. Kansas Avenue, Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66603
In Topeka: 785-296-6166
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 will not expire, lapse, be canceled, revoked or suspended while they are serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and until six months following their discharge. 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
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.
Kansas Hilton Honors Military Program: The Kansas Hilton Honors Military Program helps make the career transition from service in the U.S. Armed Forces to civilian employment easier for current and former Service members. The Hilton Honors Military Program will provide hotel accommodations for required travel for:
Job interview (more than 125 miles from current duty station)
Housing search after a new job offer has been accepted
Skills upgrade training
Any other approved employment related activities
Those eligible can receive up to a total of 100,000 hotel points for verifiable employment related activities.
Who is eligible for Kansas Hilton Honors Military Program? Veterans, active and reserve component Service members who have a KansasWorks account are eligible.
Recipients must have a Hilton Honors account to receive the points. For more information, please email HiltonHonors@naswa.org or contact the nearest American Job Center.
WorkForce KansasWorks, Veterans - Hilton Honors Program Fact Sheet
What are my Kansas Military and Veterans Unemployment Insurance Benefits?
Kansas Unemployment Insurance (UI): UI provides temporary financial assistance for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. UI is a partial, short-term replacement of lost wages while workers are seeking other work and is not intended to be a permanent source of income. Benefits are not based on financial need. Employers pay all costs of the UI program.
Applicants can file an initial claim for UI 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).
Applicants will need the following information to file a claim:
Social Security number
Full mailing address
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 reason for leaving
County of residence
Driver's license number
U.S. employment authorization number and expiration date (If not a citizen)
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 Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Military Spouses: Kansas considers military Spouses who are forced to leave their position due to their Service member Spouse's military orders as an involuntary separation from work and are eligible to file a claim for unemployment insurance.
What are my Kansas Military and Veterans Division of Vehicles Benefits?
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 they received an honorable discharge. Veterans can request the designation at their nearest Kansas Driver License Exam Station.
Kansas Department of Revenue, Driver’s license and ID Card Information
Renewing, Extending or Replacing Kansas Drivers’ License for Service Members out of State: Active duty resident Service members and their dependents stationed outside of Kansas can request a replacement, a six month extension or renew their Kansas driver's license by mail. Applicants must submit a completed Kansas Department of Revenue, Credential Request for Kansas Residents Temporarily Out of State. Submission instructions, required fee and documentation requirements are listed on the Credential Request.
Kansas Motor Vehicle Registration Grace Period for Service Members: Service members who return from a deployment are offered a seven day grace period to renew their expired vehicle registration.
Kansas Department of Revenue, Members of the U.S. Armed Forces Returning from Overseas Deployment Temporary Transit Permit
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/ 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 / Ratings for the even exchange option. Applicants must have been licensed for at least two years on a military vehicle like 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 Kansas Driver License Exam Station.
Kansas CDL Certification for Military Waiver of Knowledge and Skills Test
Kansas Driver License Exam Station Directory
Kansas Military and Veteran License Plates: Kansas has 20 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.
Kansas U.S. Veteran License Plate with Military Branch Decal: Kansas Resident Veterans who 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, Military Veteran License Plate Application
Kansas Combat Wounded Purple Heart License Plate: Kansas residents who received the Purple Heart are eligible for the Kansas Purple Heart license plate. In addition, nonresident Service members who 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:
Combat Medical Badge
Army Combat Infantry Badge
Navy/ Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon
Army Distinguished Service Cross
Air Force Cross
Distinguished Flying Cross
All decals are $2 each.
Service members and Veterans must provide official documentation that they received the Purple Heart and are eligible for any requested decals.
Kansas Disabled Veteran License Plate: The Kansas Disabled Veteran license plate may be issued to eligible resident Veterans and eligible nonresident Service members who 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
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, Application for Disabled Veteran License Plate
Kansas Medal of Honor License Plate: Kansas residents who received the Medal of Honor are eligible for the Kansas Medal of Honor license plate. In addition, nonresident Service members stationed in Kansas who received the Medal of Honor are also eligible.
Veterans and Service members must provide official documentation as proof they were awarded the Medal of Honor.
Kansas Gold Star Mother License Plate: The Kansas Gold Star Mother license plate is offered to a resident mother, stepmother, or foster mother (in loco parentis) of a Service member who was killed while serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Applicants must provide a copy of the DD1300 Report of Casualty as well as official documentation of Family relationship.
Kansas Department of Revenue, Gold Star Mother License Plate Application
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 their Individual or Family plan. 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? Kansas National Guard Service members ordered to state active duty for 30 or more days are eligible for reimbursement.
Kansas National Guard State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI): SSLI offered through the National Guard Association of Kansas to Kansas 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.
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 or Aviation Exclusion
No hazardous duty or civilian occupation restriction
Full Conversion privilege upon termination regardless of health
Who is eligible for Kansas National Guard SSLI? Kansas National Guard Service members and their dependents are eligible for SSLI.
TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (U.S. Armed Forces Reserve and National Guard Service members) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:
Not on active duty orders
Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program
Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member
The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when a Service member is not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The VA provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, active and reserve component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:
Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)
Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)
Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI)
Service-Disabled Veterans’ Life Insurance (S-DVI)
Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)
Kansas National Guard Service Member Compensation for Injury, Illness, Disability and Death incurred while on State Active Duty: Kansas National Guard Service members who 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 by the state. Kansas Statutes 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? Kansas National Guard Service members who suffer illness, disease, injury, or death while serving on state active duty are eligible for medical coverage and compensation.
What are my Kansas Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) National Guard and Disabled Veterans, Free Hunting, Fishing and Park Vehicle Permits: Kansas offers free hunting and fishing licenses to active Service members in the Kansas National Guard and honorably discharged resident Veterans who have a 30% or more service-connected disability rating. In addition, Kansas National Guard Service members are also eligible for a free park vehicle permit.
Applicants should mail official documentation of proof of eligibility and their completed application to:
KDWP Pratt Operations Office
ATTN: License Section/Guard Permits
512 SE 25th Avenue
Pratt, KS 67124-8174
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.
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 U.S. Armed Forces and their immediate Family members who live with them may purchase resident licenses, permits and stamps, except lifetime licenses.
Kansas Big Game Permit Refund for Active Duty Service Members: U.S. Armed Forces Service members stationed in Kansas who 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.
Kansas Big Game and Turkey Permit Reissue due to Deployment: The Department of Wildlife and Parks can reissue big game or turkey limited draw permits to Service members who are forced to forfeit their permit due to deployment.
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.
What are my Kansas Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?
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 - 190 bed facility
Address: 1220 World War II Memorial Drive
Winfield, KS 67156
The Kansas Soldiers' Home - 146 bed facility
Address: 714 Unit 128
Fort Dodge, KS 67843
Each home offers three levels of care:
Domiciliary care (assisted living)
Memory care for Alzheimer’s and dementia
Physical and occupational therapies
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. Applicants must also meet one of the following requirements:
Has a service-connected disability
Former prisoner of war
Discharged or released from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty
Entitlement to disability compensation is suspended because of the receipt of military retired pay
Below VA Annual Income Limits
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
Spouse or Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran (if space is available)
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
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 Family members.
Kansas Veterans' Cemetery at Fort Dodge
Address: 11560 US Highway 400
Fort Dodge, KS 67843
Address: 403 South 13 Street
WaKeeney, KS 67672
Address: 1208 North College Street
Winfield, KS 67156
Address: 5181 Wildcat Creek Road
Manhattan KS 66503
Who is eligible for interment at a Kansas Veterans' Cemetery? Eligibility requirements for the burial at a Kansas State Cemetery are the same as for VA National Cemeteries. Exact eligibility requirements can viewed at the VA, National Cemetery Administration Eligibility webpage. The following are the general eligibility requirements:
Discharged from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces under conditions other than dishonorable, or
Died while serving on active duty, or
Served at least 20 years in the National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserves and is eligible for military retired pay (or would have been eligible except their death occurred before age 60), or
Reserve component Service members if they were activated for federal service, (active duty for training does not qualify)
Spouses and dependents (burial of dependent Children is limited to unmarried Children under 21 years old or 23 years old if a full-time student at an approved educational institution or a Child who develops a lifelong disability prior to age 21)
There is no residency requirement to be buried in a Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery. All Veterans are encouraged to complete the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery, Eligibility Pre-Certification Application to establish eligibility prior to need.
Kansas Open Records Exemption for Military Records: Veteran’s military discharge records must be kept confidential and cannot be released without the Veterans authorization.
Request Kansas Resident Military Records: Kansas maintains military service files for Veterans released from military service who listed Kansas as their home of record.
The Kansas' Adjutant General's Department, Archives Office can provide records from the following periods of service:
DD214s for all branches of service from 1946 to 1991
WWII Statements of Service from 1941 to 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 Veterans can submit a Standard Form 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records by email to email@example.com or by fax to 785-646-0191.
Record requests usually take approximately two weeks to process. To contact the Military Archives directly please call 785-646-0136.
Free Vital Statistics Records for Kansas National Guard Service Members and Veterans: Kansas National Guard Service members who 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.
Kansas National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Service Members Emergency Relief: Kansas National Guard Service members or Kansas resident U.S. Armed Forces 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.
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.
Kansas Vietnam Era Veterans Medallion Program: The Kansas Vietnam Era Veterans Medallion Program provides a Vietnam Era Medallion, Medal and Certificate of Appreciation to Kansas Veterans who 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
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. Submission instructions and required documentation are listed on the application.
Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Office, Kansas Vietnam War Medallion Program Application Form
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.
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.
Military Installations in Kansas
Please see the Kansas Military Resource Locator for additional information.
Kansas Adjutant General's Department
U.S. Army Reserve:
88th Readiness Division