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Summary of New Jersey Military and Veterans Benefits: New Jersey offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families including income tax exemptions on military retired pay and property taxes, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, vehicle tags, New Jersey Military Service Medals, burial benefits, free state park admission, free private beach facilities, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Veterans Service Officers: The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA) has trained regional Veterans Service Officers (VSOs) who can assist Veterans and their Families find and apply for benefits under federal, state and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge.

Learn more about the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Veterans Service Officers

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New Jersey Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

What are my New Jersey Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

New Jersey Income Tax on Military Pay: Military pay is taxed in New Jersey. Subsistence and mustering out payments are not taxable.

New for tax year 2021: Pay received in a combat zone or when hospitalized as a result of an injury received in a combat zone is not taxable.

In addition, New Jersey follows federal guidelines and offers an extension to file New Jersey income taxes for Service members serving in a combat zone. Service members have 180 days after redeploying, or release from hospitalization due to injuries or illness they received in a combat zone to file and pay any owed taxes.
IRS, Combat Zones Approved for Tax Benefits
New Jersey, Department of Taxation, Military Personnel and Veterans Information
New Jersey, Military Personnel and Families Income Tax Guide

Learn more about New Jersey Income Tax on Military Pay

New Jersey Military Retired Pay Tax Exemption: U.S. Armed Forces pensions are exempt from New Jersey income tax.

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) does not withhold taxes for state or local income tax, but it is reported annually on IRS Form 1099-R. Early TSP distributions may incur higher taxes .

Learn more about New Jersey Military Retired Pay Tax Exemption

Disabled Veteran with prostetic leg New Jersey Taxes on Military Disability Retirement Pay: New Jersey does not tax total and permanent VA disability income.
New Jersey Division of Taxation, Information for Military Personnel and Families

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.

Learn more about New Jersey State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retirement Pay

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

Learn more about New Jersey Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

New Jersey Taxes on Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP): SBP, RCSBP and RSFPP are exempt from New Jersey Income Tax.

Learn more about New Jersey Taxes on Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP)

New Jersey Veteran Income Tax Exemption: Veterans are eligible for a $6,000 exemption on their New Jersey Income Tax return if they are a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces who was honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from active duty any time before the last day of the tax year. The Spouse (or civil union partner) of an eligible Veteran may also claim this exemption if they are filing a joint return. This exemption is in addition to any other exemptions they are entitled to claim and is available on both the resident and nonresident returns.

A taxpayer whose Spouse died during the tax year can claim the deceased Spouse’s Veteran exemption if meet the following requirements:

  • Filed a joint New Jersey tax return, and

  • Did not remarry by December 31 of the tax year or were divorced/legally separated from the Service member on the date of death.

The Surviving Spouse may not claim the Veterans exemption for the deceased Spouse in any following year.

Learn more about the New Jersey Veteran Income Tax Exemption

New Jersey 100% Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption: Honorably discharged Veterans who are 100% permanently and totally disabled from active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces, may qualify for an annual property tax exemption on their primary residence. An eligible Veteran’s Surviving Spouse or domestic partner 108 Wing airman walking on the wing of an aircraft inspecting itis also eligible.
Who is eligible for the New Jersey 100% Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption?

To qualify, Veterans must meet the following requirements:

  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • received an honorable discharge

  • Legal resident of New Jersey

  • Own and occupy the house as their main home and residence

  • Provide certification from the VA that they have a service-connected, 100% permanent and total disability rating as a result of active duty military service

To qualify, Surviving Spouses (civil union, or domestic partners) must meet the following requirements:

  • Legal resident of New Jersey

  • Provide proof the deceased Veteran served and died while on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Provide proof deceased Veteran was a New Jersey resident at time of death

  • Unremarried or has not formed a new registered civil union or domestic partnership

  • Own and occupy the house as their main home and residence

  • Provide certification from the VA that the Veteran had a service-connected 100% permanent and total disability rating as a result of active duty military service

To apply for the 100% Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption, applicants must file a completed application and provide all required documentation (listed on the application) to their local assessor or tax collector.
New Jersey County Boards of Taxation Directory
New Jersey Claim for Property Tax Exemption on Dwelling of Disabled Veteran or Surviving Spouse/Civil Union or Domestic Partner of disabled Veteran or Serviceperson

Learn more about the New Jersey 100% Disabled Veterans Real Property Tax Exemption

New Jersey Veteran $250 Property Tax Deduction: Honorably discharged Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, may qualify for an annual $250 property tax exemption on their primary residence. An eligible Veteran’s Surviving Spouse or domestic partner is also eligible.

If both Spouses or domestic partners are Veterans, each can claim a deduction.
Who is eligible for the New Jersey Veteran $250 Property Tax Deduction?

To qualify, Veterans must meet the following requirements:

  • Served on active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Received an honorable discharge

  • Legal resident of New Jersey

  • Own and occupy the house as their main home and residence

To qualify, Surviving Spouses/civil union/domestic partners must meet the following requirements:

  • Legal resident of New Jersey

  • Provide proof the deceased Veteran served and died while on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Provide proof deceased Veteran was a New Jersey resident at time of death

  • Unremarried or has not formed a new registered civil union or domestic partnership

  • Own and occupy the house as their main home and residence

  • Provide certification from the VA that the Veteran had a service-connected 100% permanent and total disability rating as a result of active duty military service

Effective December 4, 2020, state law eliminated the wartime service requirement for the $250 Veterans Property Tax deduction.

To apply for the Veteran’s deduction, applicants must file a completed application and provide all required documentation (listed on the application) to their local assessor or tax collector.
New Jersey County Boards of Taxation Directory
New Jersey Property Deduction Claim by Veteran or Surviving Spouse/Civil Union or Domestic Partner of Veteran or Serviceperson

Learn more about New Jersey $250 Veteran Property Tax Deduction

New Jersey Income Tax Exemption for Combat Related Death: New Jersey will not tax the income of a resident Service member who dies in a combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area or who dies as a result of wounds, disease, or injuries received in a qualifying area in the year of their death. New Jersey will also cancel any assessments of unpaid tax.

In addition, New Jersey will not assess taxes for previous years that the Service member was in the combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area, and their estate is eligible for a refund of any taxes already paid.

Learn more about the New Jersey Income Tax Exemption for Combat Related Death

New Jersey Wounded Warrior Caregivers Relief Act: The New Jersey Wounded Warrior Caregivers Relief Act provides a tax credit to qualified Family caregivers who take care of a U.S. Armed Forces Service member who has a disability from service in any war or conflict on or after September 11, 2001. The credit is equal to 100% of the Veterans disability compensation, or $675, whichever is less.
Who is eligible for the New Jersey Wounded Warrior Caregivers Relief Act? To be eligible for this credit individuals must provide care for a relative Service member and have a gross income of $100,000 or less (married, filing joint; head of household; qualifying Surviving Spouse) or $50,000 or less (single; married, filing separate). Family members who are eligible are:

  • Spouse

  • Niece

  • Sibling

  • Uncle

  • Grandparent

  • Child

  • Great-grandchild

  • Nephew

  • Aunt

  • Parent

  • Great-grandparent

  • First Cousin

  • Grandchild

Complete the Wounded Warrior Caregivers Credit, Schedule NJ-WWC to calculate the credit. If two or more people care for the same person, the credit is distributed based on the share of total care expenses for the year.

Learn more about the New Jersey Wounded Warrior Caregivers Relief Act

New Jersey Active Military Service Property Tax Deferment: Service members deployed or mobilized for active duty service in a time of war may qualify for a deferment of their property tax bill.

The deferment is limited to:

  • Property owned solely by the deployed or mobilized Service member

  • Property owned together with a Spouse (civil union partner)

Service members will have 90 days after their deployment or mobilization to pay their property taxes. This deferment does not apply to any tax payments that were delinquent prior to deployment or mobilization. Any interest on late deferral payments will be assessed back to their original due date. This deferment does not apply to sewer, water, electric or other municipal charges.

To apply for a property tax deferment, Service members must file a completed application and provide all required documentation (listed on the application) to their local assessor or tax collector. Service members may authorize someone to apply for the deferment on their behalf while they are deployed or mobilized.
New Jersey County Boards of Taxation Directory
Active Military Service Property Tax Deferment Application, Form AMSPTD

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What are my New Jersey Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

New Jersey “Operation Recognition” High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: New Jersey will award a state high school diploma to Veterans who left high school to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, or the Korean or Vietnam conflicts. Operation Recognition
Who is eligible for New Jersey “Operation Recognition” High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans? To be eligible Veterans must meet the following requirements:

  • Current New Jersey resident who left a New Jersey high school to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces between the dates of:

    • September 16, 1940, through December 31, 1946

    • June 23, 1950, through January 31, 1955, or

    • December 31, 1960, through May 7, 1975

  • Received an honorable discharge

Veterans must provide the following:

  • Copy DD214 or discharge papers

  • Name and address of the high school attended

  • Year they would have graduated

  • Name, address, and daytime phone number

Diplomas may also be issued posthumously. For more information, please call 888-865-8387, or email VBB@dmava.nj.gov.

Requests can be sent to:

Operation Recognition–DVS-VBB
New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
101 Eggert Crossing Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Learn more about New Jersey “Operation Recognition” High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans

New Jersey National Guard Tuition Waiver Program (NJNGTP): NJNGTP will waive tuition at public institutions of higher education for New Jersey National Guard Service members and their eligible Surviving Spouse and Children.

Those eligible can receive up to 16 credits per semester tuition free. NJNGTP pays after all other financial aid has been applied towards the student’s tuition.
Who is eligible for the NJNGTP? To qualify New Jersey National Guard Service members must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed Initial Active Duty Training

  • Active drilling Service member in good standing with their unit

  • Accepted and in good standing in a course of undergraduate or graduate study

The Surviving Spouse and Children of a New Jersey National Guard Service member who is killed in the line of duty are also eligible for this benefit.

Students must apply each year for financial aid, either through the institution’s financial aid office or online using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Learn more about the New Jersey National Guard Tuition (Waiver) Program

New Jersey Veterans Tuition Credit Program, Vietnam Veterans Tuition Aid Program: The Veterans Tuition Credit Program provides a partial reimbursement of tuition at a New Jersey public institution of higher education for Veterans who served during the Vietnam conflict. The maximum reimbursement is $400 per year for full-time students, $200 for part-time students.
Who is eligible for the New Jersey Veterans Tuition Credit Program, Vietnam Veterans Tuition Aid Program? To qualify, the Veteran must have served on active duty between December 31, 1960, and May 7, 1975, and was a legal resident of New Jersey at the time of entrance into, or discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces, or for at least two years immediately prior to application.

For more information please contact the Veterans Benefits Bureau at 609-530-6949 or via email to vbb@dmava.nj.gov.
New Jersey Veterans Tuition Credit Program, Vietnam Veterans Tuition Aid Program Application

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New Jersey Prisoner of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA) Tuition Benefit Program: New Jersey offers free undergraduate college tuition at a public or private educational institution to a Child born or adopted before, during, or after the time their Service member parent was declared a POW or MIA, after January 1, 1960.
Who is eligible for New Jersey Prisoner of War or Missing in Action Tuition Benefit Program? The POW or MIA Service member parent must have been a New Jersey resident at the time they entered the U.S. Armed Forces or whose official state of residence is New Jersey. Students must provide a copy of their parent’s DD1300 when they apply. For more information, please contact the Veterans Benefits Bureau at 609-530-6949 or by email vbb@dmava.nj.gov.

Learn more about the New Jersey Prisoner of War or Missing in Action Tuition Benefit Program

New Jersey War Orphans Tuition Assistance: Children of Service members who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or due to service-connected disabilities,Graduation caps being toss up in the air or who are declared missing in action are eligible for $500 per year for four years of college or equivalent training.
Who is eligible for the New Jersey War Orphans Tuition Assistance? To qualify, the Child must be a resident of New Jersey for at least one year immediately before applying and be between the ages of 16 and 21. The Veteran parent must have been a state resident. For more information, please contact the Veterans Benefits Bureau at 609-530-6949 or by email vbb@dmava.nj.gov.

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New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation Scholarship Program: Each year the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation awards two $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors for use at a college, university or trade/technical school.
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Who is eligible for the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation Scholarship Program? To be eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • New Jersey resident

  • Graduating high school senior

  • Visit the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial (on their own, class trip, or scholarship tour)

  • Accepted by a college, university or trade school

Application Process: Applicants will be required to provide the following:

  • Reflective essay focused on their experience visiting the Memorial

  • Completed online application form

  • Letter of acceptance from a college, university or trade school

To assist students the foundation offers Veteran-led guided tours of the memorial on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. from early February to mid-April. Applications are only accepted online and are available on the foundation website from the end of January through April 10th.

Winners will be notified in early May and will be awarded their scholarship during the Memorial Day ceremony held at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial.

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child writing on paper at her desk in a classroom New Jersey 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

MIC3 Assistance Request

Primary Point of Contact
Phone: 856-327-6001

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What are my New Jersey Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

New Jersey State Employee Leave for Military Service: New Jersey public employees who are Service members in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are authorized up to 30 paid workdays of military leave per calendar year for federal active duty service.
Who is eligible for New Jersey State Employee Leave for Military Service? Service members in the National Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces Reserves who are permanent, at-will, or full-time temporary state employees are eligible for 30 days paid military leave for federal active duty. Any leave of absence for active duty for more than 30 workdays will be without pay but without loss of time.

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New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Veterans Services: Staff specialists at local New Jersey One-Stop Career Centers help Veterans find suitable jobs and opportunities. Veterans will receive first priority referral for all job and training opportunities they qualify for. Veterans can also receive:

  • Free enrollment in job search workshops

  • Resume assistance

  • Career training program information

  • Benefit information for VA, state and local benefits

For more information about services for Veterans, please complete the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Online Service Request Form.

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New Jersey State Employment Veterans Civil Service Preference: New Jersey Veterans are provided an absolute Veterans Preference when applying for a New Jersey civil service position. This means that qualified Veterans who receive a passing score are placed at the top of open competitive employment lists, ahead of Non-Veterans, regardless of their scores.

Disabled Veterans are given the highest preference, being placed above both Veterans and Non-Veterans on open competitive employment lists.

Veterans can apply for preference as late as eight days prior to an open competitive employment list being issued.
Who is eligible for New Jersey State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference?

Qualifying for Veterans Preference: To qualify for Veterans Preference, honorably discharged Veterans must have served on active duty U.S. Armed Forces during a New Jersey Statute Defined Qualifying War Era. The amount of active duty service required to qualify for Veterans Preference varies by war era.

The following documents are required:

The unremarried Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran may also claim this preference.

Qualifying for Disabled Veterans Preference: Only one of the following are eligible for disabled Veteran hiring preference:

  • Honorably discharged war time Veterans who are receiving 10% or more disability compensation from the VA

  • Spouse of an eligible disabled Veteran, as long as the disabled Veteran is not employed in a civil service position, disabled Veterans must waive all preference for the duration of their Spouse’s civil service employment

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of a deceased disabled Veteran

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of any Service member who died while serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Parent of any Service member who died on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces

The following documents are required:

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Other New Jersey State Employment Benefits with Veterans Preference: The following various preferences are provided by New Jersey law for qualifying Veterans.

Compensation of Public Officers while in Military Service: State employees who are serving in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces and called to state or federalF16 being refueled midair active duty will receive pay that when added to their military pay will equal their state employment salary. New Jersey Statute 38:23-3

Application of Statutes to Promotions: Veterans who are state employees are given preference for promotion over non-Veterans. New Jersey Statute 11A:5-7

Preference in Appointment in Noncompetitive Employment: Veterans are given preference in hiring for state noncompetitive jobs over non-Veterans. New Jersey Statute 11A:5-8

Preference to Veterans During Layoffs: During a state employment layoff, disabled Veterans will be given first preference in retention, followed by Veterans over non-Veterans. New Jersey Statute 11A:5-9

Hearing on Dismissal of Veterans: Before any department head can dismiss a Veteran, they must provide the reason for their release to the New Jersey Civil Service Commission. The Veteran is authorized to appear before the Civil Service Commission regarding their retention. New Jersey Statute 11A:5-10 Cargo aircraft taking off

Veterans not to be Discriminated Against Because of Physical Disability: Veterans who have a service-connected disability cannot be discriminated against in an examination, classification or appointment, unless this disability would prevent them from performing the duties required of their state employment. New Jersey Statute 11A:5-11

Employment or Promotion of Veterans Awarded the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Air Force Cross or Navy Cross: Any resident Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces who has been awarded the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, Air Force Cross or Navy Cross can be hired or promoted in state employment, without complying with the rules of the Civil Service Commission. This benefit applies to all promotions or appointments the eligible Veteran applies for. New Jersey Statute 11A:5-12

Purchasing Military Service Credit for New Jersey Civil Service Pensions:

Military Service before Enrollment: New Jersey Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF), Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS) and State Police Retirement System (SPRS) members are eligible to purchase credit for up to 10 years of active military service in the U.S. Armed Forces that was performed prior to enrollment in the retirement system.

Veterans who are receiving or eligible to receive military retired pay or a pension from any other state or local source are not eligible. Retired Service members of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces who are receiving or eligible to receive military retired pay are allowed to purchase military service credit.

Active military service eligible for purchase means full-time active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces. It cannot include periods of service less than 30 days and does not include basic training, weekend drills, or annual summer training of a reserve component Service member.

Wartime Veterans are authorized to purchase an additional five years of military service credit.

Note: All members must provide a DD214, which includes their character of service, active/entry dates of service and discharge/ending dates of service.

Military Service after Enrollment: State employees who are enrolled in a New Jersey State retirement system can receive credit for military service performed after October 13, 1994. The employee must have entered the peacetime U.S. Armed Forces, and when discharged from or otherwise ended their military service they return to state employment within the time periods under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). This credit will only be used to determine eligibility for benefits unless the employee pays the required pension contributions for their period of military service.
USERRA — Military Service After Enrollment Fact Sheet

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Veterans Status for New Jersey Pensions: Veterans who are enrolled in the following state operated pension funds qualify for Veterans Retirement:

  • New Jersey Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS)

  • New Jersey Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF)

Veterans Retirement is different than the standard Service Retirement and has special benefits.

These benefits include the ability to retire at age 55 (with 25 years of service) and a more generous calculation of the Maximum Annual Allowance during retirement.

A Veteran can qualify for Veteran Retirement with either:

  • 25 years of service at age 55+

  • 20 years of service at age 60+

For Veterans retiring with 25 years of service at age 55+, OR 20 years of service at age 60+, the Maximum Annual Allowance calculation is:

54.5% × Highest 12 Consecutive Months of Salary

For Veterans retiring with 35 years of service at age 55+, the Maximum Annual Allowance calculation is:

(Years of Service ÷ 55) × Highest 12 Consecutive Months of Salary

Veterans can choose a Service Retirement over a Veterans Retirement if they prefer.

This benefit does not transfer to a Surviving Spouse.
Who is eligible for Veterans Status for New Jersey Pensions? To qualify for Veterans Status, the Veteran must have been honorably discharged and served on active duty during a qualifying war era. Veterans must have served 14 days in a combat theater during specified time periods, except for during the Vietnam Conflict which requires 90 days active duty on or after December 31, 1960, and must have begun on or before May 7, 1975.

Applicants for Veterans status will be required to provide the following documents:

  • WD Form 53-55, or

  • DD214, or

  • Honorable Discharge Certificate

  • Additional documents as needed

For detailed information on qualifying for Veterans Status, please read the New Jersey Division of Pensions and Benefits, Fact Sheet #17 Veterans Status.
New Jersey Application for Veteran Designation for Pension

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New Jersey Helmets to Hardhats Program (NJ H2H): NJ H2H is designed to help transitioning Service members and Veterans from active or reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces find careers in the building and construction industry.

NJ H2H helps Service members find jobs in the following career fields:

  • Boilermakers

  • Electrical workers

  • Iron workers

  • Painters

  • Roofers

  • Bricklayers/ tile

  • Elevator constructors

  • Laborers

  • Pipe trades

  • Sheet metal workers

  • Carpenters

  • Insulation and asbestos workers

  • Operating engineers

  • Plasterers and cement masons

  • Teamsters

NJ H2H offers Veterans assistance in preparing for and applying to any of New Jersey's registered apprenticeship programs in the building and construction trades. These services include:

  • Personal career counseling

  • Interview coaching

  • Entrance test preparation

  • Review of apprentice entrance requirements

  • Guidance through the application process

  • Referral to supportive services

Who is eligible for the New Jersey Helmets to Hardhats Program? NJ H2H is offered to active duty Service members who will be transitioning to civilian employment soon as well as honorably discharged Veterans of the active and reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Free New Jersey License to Vend for Veterans: Honorably discharged Veterans are eligible for a free license to sell goods, wares, merchandise, or to solicit trade within New Jersey. New Jersey Statute 45:24-9

Licenses are provided by the county clerk's office and regulated by municipalities. For more information Veterans should contact the local county clerk. New Jersey Statute 45:24-10
New Jersey Municipalities and Local Government Contact Directory

Vendors must also register with the New Jersey Division of Taxation as well as collect and pay sales tax. For more information on registering contact the New Jersey Division of Taxation using the New Jersey Division of Taxation, online contact page, or by phone at 609-826-4400 or 800-323-4400.

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

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

  • During a war, or

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

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

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

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

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

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10% but less than 30%.

10-Point 30% Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30% or more.

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

  • Veterans who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the U.S. Armed Forces or the VA but does not qualify as a CP or CPS, or

  • Veterans who received a Purple Heart

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses, or mothers of Veterans. Both a mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of their usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and:

  • Rated by appropriate military or VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or

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

  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of their usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

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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 f16 flyingrights 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 as long as the basic eligibility criteria are met.

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

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

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

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What are my New Jersey Military and Veterans Unemployment Insurance?

New Jersey Unemployment Insurance (UI): The New Jersey UI program, managed by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, 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 .

Applicants who meet eligibility requirements may receive benefits for up to 26 weeks during a one-year period. All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Able to work

  • Available for work

  • Actively seeking work

  • Not refuse an offer of suitable work

Applicants can file a claim for UI online at the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, UI Online Claim Portal or by phone by calling one of the following numbers:

  • North New Jersey: 201-601-4100

  • Central New Jersey: 732-761-2020

  • South New Jersey: 856-507-2340

  • Out-of-State: 888-795-6672

There is limited UI in person assistance available at selected New Jersey One Stop offices.
New Jersey One Stop Offices Providing UI Assistance Directory

Applicants will need the following information to file a claim:

  • Social Security Number

  • Employer information for all employers for the last 18 months:

    • Name of company and address

    • Telephone number

    • Type of occupation

    • Start and end dates of employment

    • Reason for separation

  • Alien Registration Number (if not a US citizen)

  • New Jersey driver license or non-driver identification number

  • Pension information (if receiving a pension or 401k)

  • Amount and duration of any separation pay

  • Recall date (if expected to be recalled to a job)

  • Union hiring hall information, including local number and address (if applicable)

  • DD214 (in the military in the last 18 months)

  • Form SF8 or SF50 (former federal employees)

  • Bank account number and routing number (for benefits received through direct deposit)

New Jersey UI, Your Rights and Responsibilities

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What are my New Jersey Military and Veterans Department of Motor Vehicles Benefits?

New Jersey Veteran Designation on Driver Licenses and ID Cards: The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) offers an imprinted Veteran designation on driver licenses and non-driver ID cards for eligible Veterans. Applicants will need the following to apply:New Jersey Drivers Licsense with Veteran Designation

  • 6 Points of ID

  • Proof of address

  • Completed driver license or non-driver ID renewal application

  • Original or photocopy of documents proving an Honorable or General, Under Honorable Conditions Discharge, which can be any of the following documents:

    • DD214 or DD215

    • Official county-issued Veteran ID card

    • Federal activation orders showing service under Title 10

    • Report of Separation of Active Duty (Honorable or General, Under Honorable Conditions Discharge, prior to 1950)

Veterans must visit an MVC office for initial issue or renewals. Replacement licenses may be requested at an MVC office or by mail.
New Jersey MVC, Licensing Office Directory

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Gold Star Family Member Designation on New Jersey Driver Licenses: The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) offers a Gold Star Family Member designation on driver licenses and probationary licenses for eligible Family members of a Service member who dies while serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Who is eligible for the Gold Star Family Member Designation on New Jersey Driver Licenses? The Gold Star Family Member designation is offered to the following Family members (includes whole, half, step or adoptive relatives) of a Service member who dies while serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces:

  • Spouse, domestic partner, partner in a civil union

  • Parent, legal guardian, or other legal custodian

  • Sibling

  • Child

Applicants will be required to provide a DD1300 (Report of Casualty), or DD2064 (Certificate of Death Overseas) and official documentation of proof of Family relationship to the deceased Service member.

For more information and to apply please contact the nearest MVC licensing office.
New Jersey MVC, Licensing Office Directory

Learn more about the Gold Star Family Member Designation on New Jersey Driver Licenses

New Jersey License, Registration and Inspection Document Extensions for Deployed Service Members and their Families: Deployed Service members on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, (this includes activated New Jersey National Guard and the U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Service members), and their immediate Family are eligible for automatic extensions for their driver license, registration and inspection requirements.

  • License, registration and inspection documents will remain valid for as long as Service member is actively serving in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • When demobilized, expired documents must be renewed within 90 days of demobilization date or return from duty

Law enforcement officials are aware of this extension. Drivers should carry an extension letter along with active duty military ID when operating a vehicle. Instructions for requesting an extension letter are contained in the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, Instruction for Extension During Military Deployment Fact Sheet.

Learn more about New Jersey License, Registration and Inspection Document Extensions for Deployed Service Members and their Families

New Jersey Registration Refunds for Active Duty Service Members: Residents who enter the U.S. Armed Forces and have a valid New Jersey registration, can get a refund for the remainder of the registration period if they re-register their vehicle at their out of state duty station. To request a refund Service members must do the following:

  • Write a letter stating the reason requesting a refund along with proof of service

  • Complete and return a New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Refund Application Form (RU-9), forms are also available at all New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agencies or by calling 609-292-6500

  • Return the original registration, New Jersey license plates, a copy of military orders and a copy of the out-of-state registration

Learn more about New Jersey Registration Refunds for Active Duty Service Members

Free New Jersey Registration for Disabled or Blind Veterans: Disabled Veterans may qualify for a free vehicle registration if they meet the following requirements:

  • Blind due to war time service

  • Have a service-connected disability and is qualified for a specially adapted vehicle from the VA and:

    • Has a valid New Jersey driver license or a generated driver license number

    • Vehicle is equipped with special attachments or devices that are necessary for safe operation

    • Vehicle is properly insured.

To request an application please call 609-292-6500 extension 5076. Mail the certified application with a seal or stamp from the VA to:

Motor Vehicle Commission
Government Unit
P.O. Box 016
Trenton, New Jersey 08666-0016

Once the free registration status has been established, all following renewals can be completed by mail or at any New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Agency.
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Office Directory

Learn more about Free New Jersey Registration for Disabled or Blind Veterans

New Jersey Military and Veteran Special Vehicle License Plates: The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission offers 34 distinctive license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of Service members, Veterans, retired Service members, eligible Family members and for participation in Veterans Organizations.

Organizational License Plate Information:

  • Plate fees vary by plate type

  • Organizational plates cannot be ordered online or at a motor vehicle agency, initial application requests must first go through the qualified non-profit, alumni or service organization

  • Personalized organizational plates may be available for certain qualified organizations, subject to approval by the organization

  • Applicants must contact the organization and ask for the license plate coordinator to begin the application process

  • Applicants may also call the MVC’s Special Plate Unit at 609-292-6500, ext. 5061 to request the name of the organization’s license plate coordinator

Once approved by the coordinator, plates are available from:

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
Special Plate Unit
PO Box 015
225 East State Street
Trenton, NJ 08666-0015

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, Information Sheet for License Plates Requiring Approval Authorization
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, Non-Profit Service Organization Sample License Plate Page
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, Military License Plates Sample Page

New Jersey Medal of Honor License Plate: No Charge

Medal of Honor Plate
New Jersey Disabled Veteran License Plate: $15 fee (may not be used on a leased vehicle)

Disabled Vet Plate

New Jersey Purple Heart Recipient License Plate: $15 fee

NJ Gold Star Family Plate New Jersey Gold Star License Plate: No Fee. Applicants for the New Jersey Gold Star Family license plates must apply through the American Gold Star Mothers Department of New Jersey

Learn more about New Jersey Military and Veteran Special Vehicle License Plates

New Jersey Military Commercial Driver License (CDL) Skills Waiver Program: The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) will waive the CDL Skills Test (behind-the-wheel exam) for qualified Veterans who have experience driving the military equivalent of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).

Steps to request a CDL Skills Test Waiver:

  • Provide proof they were a Service member in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces within the last 12 months and served in a position that required the operation of a military vehicle equivalent to a CMV

  • Current or expired military Operator’s Permit and a valid New Jersey driver license

  • Submit a completed Application for Military Skills Test Waiver certified by their commanding officer

  • Pass the CDL knowledge and vision test

  • Provide required “6 Points of ID” and proof of primary address

  • Provide CDL Holder Self-Certificate and Medical Examiner’s Certificate.

New Jersey, Real ID, 6 Points of ID Criteria
New jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, CDL Skills Waiver Program Poster

Learn more about the New Jersey Military Commercial Driver License Skills Waiver Program

Free Parking at New Jersey Parking Meters for Disabled Veterans and Purple Heart Recipients: Disabled Veterans and Purple Heart recipients can request a New Jersey Disabled Veteran or Purple Heart recipient placard that authorizes them to park at municipal parking meters, free of charge, for up to 24 hours under the following circumstances:

  • Vehicle must be owned by the disabled Veteran or the Purple Heart recipient

  • Disabled Veteran or Purple Heart recipient must be in the vehicle

  • Vehicle has a Disabled Veteran or Purple Heart placard displayed

Placards are available at any Motor Vehicle Commission office or by mail. When applying in person, applicants must submit proof of eligibility (listed on the application) and a completed New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, Application for Disabled Veterans and Purple Heart Recipient Placard (SP-47). When applying by mail, applicants must send a photocopy of proof of eligibility and a completed application to:

NJMVC
Special Plates Unit
P. O. Box 015
Trenton, NJ 08666-015

New Jersey Statute 39:4-207.10
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Office Directory

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What are my New Jersey Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?

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

  • Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI)

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

  • Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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

Doctor with patient TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve Service members (U.S. Armed Forces 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 a Service member is not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

New Jersey Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Readjustment Counseling: The New Jersey Division of Veterans Services provides Veterans and their Families with a Readjustment Counseling Program that provides services ranging from individual counseling, group counseling, biofeedback and medication monitoring. The clinicians provide exceptional services to Veterans and their Families and address the problems encountered when reintegrating into civilian life.

For more information contact a New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Veterans Service Officer or by calling 888-8NJ-VETS (888-865-8387).
New Jersey Veteran Service Officer Directory

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New Jersey Catastrophic Entitlement: New Jersey will pay $62.50 per month to severely disabled Veterans or the Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran.
Who is eligible for the New Jersey Catastrophic Entitlement? To be eligible the Veteran must be a New Jersey resident who has a permanent service-connected disability rating from the VA for injuries received during wartime service that meets one of the following criteria:

  • Loss of sight

  • Amputation of both hands, both feet or one hand and one foot

  • Hemiplegia and permanent paralysis of one leg and one arm on either side of the body

  • Paraplegia and permanent paralysis of both legs and lower parts of the body

  • Osteochondritis and permanent loss of use of both legs

  • Multiple sclerosis and the loss of use of both feet or both legs

  • Quadriplegia

The Surviving Spouse of eligible Veterans can continue to receive this benefit until they remarry. For more information contact the Veterans Benefits Bureau at 609-530-6954 or vbb@dmava.nj.gov .
New Jersey Catastrophic Entitlement Application

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New Jersey National Guard Compensation for Injury, Disease, Disability and Death Incurred while on State Active Duty: New Jersey National Guard Service members serving on state active duty who suffer an injury, disease, disability or death in the line of duty are eligible for compensation and benefits provided under New Jersey Workmen's Compensation laws.
New Jersey Revised Statutes, Title 34 - Labor and Workmen's Compensation
Who is eligible for New Jersey National Guard Compensation for Injury, Disease, Disability and Death Incurred while on State Active Duty ? New Jersey National Guard Service members that suffer injury, disease or death in the line of duty are eligible.

Learn more about New Jersey National Guard Compensation for Injury, Disease, Disability and Death Incurred while on State Active Duty

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What are my New Jersey Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Free Fishing and Hunting Licenses for National Guard Service Members: New Jersey National Guard Service members are eligible for free fishing, firearm hunting, bow hunting,NJ Fish and Wildlife logo and trapping licenses.
Who is eligible for Free Fishing and Hunting Licenses for National Guard Members? New Jersey National Guard Service members are eligible for free licenses.

For more information, please call 609-530-6866.

Learn more about Free Fishing and Hunting Licenses for National Guard Members

New Jersey Resident Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Nonresident Active Duty Service Personnel: Nonresident Service members serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces may purchase hunting and fishing licenses for resident prices. Service members must provide proof of active duty service when purchasing their license. Completion of an approved hunter education course is required for hunting licenses.
Who is eligible for New Jersey Resident Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Nonresident Active Duty Service Personnel? Nonresident Service members serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible.

Learn more about New Jersey Resident Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Nonresident Active Duty Service Personnel

Free New Jersey Fishing and Hunting Licenses for Resident Disabled Veterans: Honorably discharged New Jersey resident Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability are eligible for free New Jersey hunting and fishing licenses, permits and stamps.
Who is eligible for Free New Jersey Fishing and Hunting Licenses for Disabled Veterans? Resident Veterans who have been honorably discharged from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and have a service-connected disability of any degree from the VA are eligible for free licenses. Veterans must provide the following:

  • Proof of service-connected disability:

    • Letter of certification of service-connected disability from VA, or

    • Wallet sized card from the VA indicating service-connected disability

  • Proof of honorable discharge (DD214 or similar document)

  • New Jersey driver license or other proof of residency

Veterans who have a Disabled Veteran license are eligible for the following additional benefits:

  • Unlimited antlerless deer permits, and one free antlered deer permit for each deer season

  • Two free spring turkey permits and one free fall turkey permit during the lottery and additional free permits when leftover permit sales begin

  • Free bear permits

For more information, please call 609-292-2965 or email NJDFWLicenses@dep.nj.gov

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, Disabled Veteran License Application

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New Jersey State Park Benefits: New Jersey offers the following State Park and Forest benefits to National Guard Service members, disabled Veterans and Gold Star Families.

Park entrance fees will be waived for all visitors, regardless of state residency for 2022.
Press Release

Free Entry to State Parks or Forests for National Guard Service Members and Disabled Veterans: New Jersey resident national Guard Service members who have completed initial active duty training and honorably discharged resident Veterans who have a service-connected disability rating from the VA are authorized free entry to New Jersey State Parks or Forests. New Jersey Statute 13:1L-12 a

Free permit to Operate a Motor Vehicle on a State Park Beach for Disabled Veterans: New Jersey offers free permits to operate a motorized vehicle on a state park beach to disabled Veterans. New Jersey Statute 13:1L-12 b

Free entry to State Parks and Forests for Veterans attending a Veterans’ Organization Event: Veterans are authorized free entry to a State Park or Forest during an event held by a Veterans' organization. In addition, no facility fee will be charged to the Veterans' organization using a State park or forest for an event. New Jersey Statute 13:1L-12.1

Gold Star Families Authorized Free Entry to State Park: Gold Star Family members who have a New Jersey driver license or ID card with the Gold Star Family designation are authorized free entry to State Parks and Forests. New Jersey Statute 13:1L-12.1

For more information of these benefits please contact the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry in Trenton at 800-843-6420 or 609-984-0370.

Learn more about New Jersey State Park Benefits

Sea Girt National Guard Training Center (NGTC) at Sea Girt Morale, Welfare and Recreation Facility: The NGTC at Sea Girt has a private beach with a coveredNational Guard Training Center Beach pavilion, campsites, cottages and a picnic area that is available for the use by Service members, Veterans, Retired Service members and their Families.
Who is eligible to use the NGTC at Sea Girt Morale, Welfare and Recreation Facility? All active and reserve component Service members, retired Service members, Veterans and their dependents are eligible to use the NGTC at Sea Girt facilities. In addition, Gold Star parents are also authorized access.
NGTC Beach Parking Pass Policy

Learn more about the National Guard Training Center at Sea Girt, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Facility

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What are my New Jersey Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

New Jersey Veterans Transportation Program: The Veterans Transportation Program offers transportation for Veterans to go to:

  • VA medical centers and Regional Offices

  • Clinics

  • Pharmacies

  • Hospitals

  • Private physicians

  • Local Veterans Service Offices (in most counties)

  • Job service offices

  • Community services

Veterans should contact their local New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Veterans Service Offices for more information and to schedule transportation.
New Jersey Veterans Service Offices Directory

Learn more about New Jersey Veterans Transportation Program

New Jersey Homeless Intervention Program: The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Homeless Intervention Program offers referral assistance to Veterans and their Family members who are homeless, involuntarily displaced or in imminent danger of losing their home. For more information, please call 609-530-6826.

Learn more about the New Jersey Homeless Intervention Program

New Jersey Veterans Transitional Housing Program, Veterans Haven South: The Veterans Transitional Housing Program, Veterans Haven South is a New Jersey State-operated facility for homeless Veterans. After being medically evaluated at a VA Medical Center, eligible Veterans must agree to a long-term program Transitional Housing Programfocusing on psychological, social and vocational rehabilitation.

Transitional Housing Program residents must be willing to maintain their sobriety while enrolled. Random drug and alcohol testing is constantly performed, and violators are immediately placed in an Intensive Outpatient Program to assist with maintaining sobriety.

Veterans Haven South is a 100-bed facility that offers three different programs to meet the needs of homeless Veterans:

Bridge Housing: Individual Service Plan (ISP) designed for the short-term with the focus on a rapid move to permanent housing. Rather than the completion of treatment goals, Veterans are expected to receive case management and support, through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program, Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (SSVF), or other available community based programs. Veterans will receive support in accessing services as needed or requested by the Veteran.

Clinical Treatment: Treatment programs will work to increase income and find permanent housing. Program stays are individualized based on the ISP for the Veteran. Staff are licensed and/or credentialed for the substance-use disorder/mental health services provided.

Service Intensive Transitional Housing: This ISP works to increase the Veteran’s income through employment and/or benefits and obtaining permanent housing. Services provided will vary based on the specific needs of the Veteran and resources available in the community.
Who is eligible for the New Jersey Veterans Transitional Housing Program, Veterans Haven South?:
To be eligible for admission Veterans must meet the following requirements:

** A limited number of Veterans who do not meet these requirements may still be eligible for admittance under the VA Grant and Per Diem Program . **

Learn more about the New Jersey Veterans Transitional Housing Program, Veterans Haven South

New Jersey State Veterans Memorial Homes: The Division of Veterans Healthcare Services operates three Veterans Memorial Homes that provide long-term care to Veterans and their eligible Family members.

New Jersey Veterans Memorial Homes Locations:

Paramus Veterans Home

1 Veterans Drive
Paramus, NJ 07652
Main Phone: 201-634-8200
Admissions: 201-634-8435

Menlo Park Veterans Home

132 Evergreen Road, PO Box 3013
Edison, NJ 08818
Phone: 732-452-4100
Admissions: 732-452-4272

Vineland Veterans Home

524 North West Boulevard
Vineland, NJ 08360
Phone: 856-405-4200
Admissions: 856-405-4217

The Veterans Memorial Homes offer around-the-clock medical and nursing care, provided by a full-time staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and trained nursing assistants.

Each home offers rehabilitative services, such as occupational and physical therapies, speech therapy, and recreational activities provided under the direct supervision of licensed therapists.
Who is eligible for care at the New Jersey Veteran Memorial Homes?
To be eligible for admission the applicant must be an honorably discharged Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Veteran’s Spouse, Surviving Spouse of a deceased eligible Veteran or the Gold Star Parents of a Service member who was killed in action during a wartime period.

A Spouse or Surviving Spouse must be at least 50 years old and must have been married to the Veteran for a least 10 years prior to the date of application and has not remarried since the Veteran's death.

Preference is given to applicants who were New Jersey residents for at least two years immediately prior to application for admission. Applicants are required meet certain asset limitation criteria. Residents pay according to ability based on income.
New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Application for Admission to a New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home

Learn more about the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Homes

Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery: The Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery provides a dignified final resting place for eligible Veterans and the Families.Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery

Cemetery facilities include a chapel, outside committal shelter and designated memorial sections for the interment of cremated remains and for Veterans whose remains have never been recovered.

The Veterans Memorial Cemetery provides:

  • Free burial

  • Bronze grave marker (provided by the VA) and a granite base (provided by the state)

  • Grave plot

  • Grave liner

  • Burial service and use of the cemetery chapel

  • Perpetual care

Who is eligible for Interment at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery? Eligibility requirements for burial are the same as for VA National Cemeteries with the exception of a New Jersey residency requirement. 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 that develops a lifelong disability prior to age 21)

  • Veteran or Service member must have been a legal resident of New Jersey prior to death or was a legal resident for at least 50% of their lifetime (may be waived).

All Veterans are encouraged to complete the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Pre-Registration Form to establish eligibility prior to need. For more information visit the cemetery at 350 Province Line Road, Wrightstown, NJ 08562 or call 603-758-2400.
Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Burial Information
Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery Brochure

Learn more about the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery

New Jersey Service Medals: The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs offers seven medals to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible New Jersey resident Veterans. No Veteran can receive more than one award of the same medal. All medals may be awarded posthumously.NJ Distinguished Service Medal

 New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal: Awarded to Honorably Discharged Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who served in a combat theater during a time of war or national emergency. Recipients must have been a resident of New Jersey at the time of entry into active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces or who has been a resident for at least 20 years in total. Recipients that received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal or equivalent medal will receive the Distinguished Service Medal with a Silver Oak Leaf Cluster.

Meritorious Service Medal Korean Serice Medal New Jersey Meritorious Service Medal: Awarded to Veterans who received an honorable discharge from service in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces. Recipients must have been a resident of New Jersey at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces or who has been a resident for at least five years in total.

New Jersey Korean Service Medal: Awarded to New Jersey residents who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces in Korea, Japan, or their contiguous waters or airspace, on or after June 23, 1950, through January 31, 1955, and received an honorable discharge.

Vietnam Service Medal New Jersey Vietnam Service Medal: Awarded to New Jersey residents who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnam, Thailand, Laos or Cambodia, or their contiguous waters or airspace, on or after December 31, 1960, through May 7, 1975, and received an honorable discharge.

POW-MIA Service Medal New Jersey POW-MIA Service Medal: Awarded to Veterans who while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces in a combat theater of operations during a time of war or emergency, was taken prisoner and held captive or listed as missing in action. Recipients must have received an Honorable Discharge and was a resident of New Jersey at the time of entry into active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces or is a current resident.

Desert Storm Service Medal New Jersey Desert Storm Service Medal: Awarded to New Jersey residents who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Persian Gulf from August 1, 1990, through October 1, 1991, and received an honorable discharge.

War on Terrorism Service Medal New Jersey Global War on Terrorism Service Medal: Awarded to honorably discharged Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces in one of the following Operations:

  • Enduring Freedom

  • Noble Eagle

  • Iraqi Freedom

  • Nomad Shadow

  • New Dawn

  • Inherent Resolve

  • Freedom’s Sentinel

  • Odyssey Lightning

Recipients must have been a resident of New Jersey at the time of entry into active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces, or for 20 years in total.

To apply for Service Medals applicants must mail a completed New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Application for State Medals and required documentation (listed on the application) to:

NJ Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs
Attn: DVS-VBB (Medals)
PO Box 340
Trenton, NJ 08625-0340

Learn more about New Jersey Military Service Medals

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in New Jersey

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

Finn's Point National Cemetery Plaque Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in New Jersey

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

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

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Military Installations in New Jersey

Please see the New Jersey Military Resource Locator for additional information

Active
Army
Picatinny Arsenal

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

Fort Dix

Air Force
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

Navy
Naval Weapons Station Earle
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

National Guard
New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Army National Guard

New Jersey Air National Guard
177th Fighter Wing
108th Wing

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

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Resources

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife

Social Security Veterans Information

New jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, Active Duty Military Personnel and Veterans Information

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration

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

New Jersey Veterans Benefits Guide

New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Revised Statutes

Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission, New Jersey

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Document Review Date: 30 June 2022