New Mexico Military and Veterans Benefits

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Education Benefits
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Summary of New Mexico Military and Veterans Benefits: New Mexico offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families including property tax exemptions, New Mexico National Guard Tuition Scholarship Program, education and tuition assistance, vehicle tags, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

Dept of Veterans Services New Mexico Veterans Service Officers: The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services, Field Services Division has trained Veterans Service Officers that can assist, Veterans, and their Families find and apply for Veterans benefits under federal, state and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge.

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New Mexico State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

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

New Mexico Military Retired Pay Income Taxes: New Mexico taxes military retired pay. The only exemptions offered are for medical expenses, age, or for low and mid-income that are offered to all residents.

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 .
New Mexico Taxation and Revenue, Quick Reference Instructions

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New Mexico Income Taxes on Military Pay: Military pay received by a resident Service member serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces is exempt from New Mexico personal income tax.

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

  • Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid either 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 their limbs, or

  • Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program.

See IRS Publication 525 for more information.

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

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

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

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) New Mexico State Tax Benefits: New Mexico taxes military survivor benefits. The only exemptions offered are for medical expenses, age, or for low and mid-income that are offered to all residents.
New Mexico Taxation and Revenue, Quick Reference Instructions

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

New Mexico Veterans Property Tax Exemption: Veterans may qualify for a $4,000 reduction in the taxable value of their real property for county taxation purposes.
Who is eligible for the New Mexico Property Tax Exemption? Resident Veterans that received an honorable discharge after at least 90 days continuous active duty (other than for training) or if less than 90 days they were discharged due to a service-connected disability are eligible.

Resident National Guard and Reserve Service members must have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces, after a minimum of six years of continuous service to be eligible for the exemption.

This exemption is also available to the unremarried Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran. New Mexico Statute 7-37-5
New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services, Application for Certificate of Eligibility for Veterans Tax Exemption or Disabled Veteran Property Tax Waiver

Learn more about the New Mexico Veterans Property Tax Exemption

New Mexico Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption: Resident disabled Veterans that have a 100% service-connected disability rating from the VA, qualify for a complete property tax waiver on their primary residence.
Who is eligible for the New Mexico Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption? Resident disabled Veterans that have a 100% permanent and total service-connected disability and received an honorable discharge are eligible.

This exemption is also available to the unremarried Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran. New Mexico Statute 7-37-5.1
New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services, Application for Certificate of Eligibility for Veterans Tax Exemption or Disabled Veteran Property Tax Waiver

Learn more about the New Mexico Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption

New Mexico Disabled Veterans Exemption from Vehicle Registration Fees: Certain disabled Veterans are eligible for an exemption from registration fees for one vehicle.
Who is eligible for the New Mexico Disabled Veterans Exemption from Vehicle Registration Fees? Honorably discharged resident Veterans that have lost or lost the use of one or both arms (at or above the wrist) or one or both legs (at or above the ankle) from a service-connected cause are eligible for an exemption of motor vehicle registration fees for one vehicle a year. New Mexico Statute 66-6-16

Learn more about the New Mexico Disabled Veterans Exemption from Vehicle Registration Fees

New Mexico Veterans' Service Organization Property Tax Exemption: The property owned by a Veterans' Service Organization chartered by the U.S. Congress, that is primarily used for the benefit of Veterans and their Families, is exempt from property taxes.
New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services, Application for Veteran Service Organization Tax Exemptions

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What are my New Mexico Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

graduation cap on top of a diploma New Mexico Vietnam Veterans' Scholarship: The Vietnam Veterans’ Scholarship is a state scholarship for resident undergraduate and graduate students that provides tuition, fees, and book allowances to Vietnam Veterans. Each scholarship is for one academic year and may be renewed if the student maintains satisfactory progress.
Who is eligible for the New Mexico Vietnam Veterans' Scholarship? Veterans must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • New Mexico resident at time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces or has lived in New Mexico for 10 years or more

  • Was awarded the Vietnam Campaign Medal or Service Medal for service in Vietnam between August 5, 1964, until the official end of the Vietnam conflict

  • Received an honorable discharge

Veterans must submit a New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services, Application for Vietnam Veterans' Scholarship along with proof of residency and a certified copy of their DD214 to the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services to certify their eligibility.
New Mexico Higher Education Department, Wartime and Vietnam Veterans’ Scholarship Fact Sheet

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New Mexico Wartime Veteran Scholarship: The New Mexico Wartime Veteran Scholarship is a state scholarship for resident undergraduate and graduate students that provides tuition, fees, and book allowances to wartime Veterans. Each scholarship is for one academic year and may be renewed if the student maintains satisfactory progress.
Who is eligible for the New Mexico Wartime Veteran Scholarship?
Eligibility requirements:

  • New Mexico resident at time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces or has lived in New Mexico for 10 years or more

  • Was awarded the:

    • Southwest Asia Service Medal

    • Global War on Terror Service Medal

    • Iraq Campaign Medal

    • Afghanistan Campaign Medal, or

    • Any other medal issued for service in the U.S. Armed Forces during a military campaign or armed conflict, as defined by congress or by executive order

  • Received an honorable discharge

Veterans must submit a New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services, Application for Wartime Veteran Scholarship along with proof of residency and a certified copy of their DD214 to the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services to certify their eligibility.
New Mexico Higher Education Department, Wartime and Vietnam Veterans Scholarship Fact Sheet

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New Mexico In-State Tuition for Veterans, Spouses and Dependents: Veterans, their Spouse and Children, that use VA education benefits are authorized “in-state” tuitionAirman working on laptops rates at any state funded college, university, vocational school or vocational training program.

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New Mexico In-State Tuition for Nonresident Active Duty Service Members and Dependents When Stationed in New Mexico: Nonresident active duty Service members and their dependents that are permanently stationed in New Mexico are eligible for in-state tuition rates.

If the Service member is reassigned outside of New Mexico their dependents will still be eligible for in-state tuition rates as long as they remain continuously enrolled and in good standing with their educational institution.

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New Mexico In-State Tuition Rates for Active Duty Dependents Whose Sponsor Resides/ Stationed Outside of New Mexico: The dependents of active duty or National Guard Service members on federal active duty are authorized in-state tuition rates even though their sponsor is not stationed in New Mexico.

Dependents do not have to be using a federal educational benefit; however, they must demonstrate intent to establish New Mexico residency. The following actions demonstrate intent to establish residency:

  • Transfer driver’s license to New Mexico

  • Register any vehicle titled in the dependents name in New Mexico

  • Register to vote in New Mexico

Students will be required to provide proof of intent to establish residency and a Defense Eligibility Enrollment System (DEERs) DD1172-2.

Learn more about New Mexico In-State Tuition Rates for Active Duty Dependents Whose Sponsor Resides/ Stationed Outside of New Mexico

New Mexico In-State Tuition Rates for National Guard Service Members and Dependents: New Mexico National Guard Service members and their Spouse and Children are authorized in-state tuition rates at state funded colleges, universities, vocational schools or vocational training programs.

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New Mexico Children of Deceased Veterans Scholarship: New Mexico offers a full tuition waiver for the Children of Service members that are killed during a period of armed conflict. The waiver covers all matriculation fees, room, board, books, and supplies. Students will also receive a stipend of $300 per year.
Who is eligible for the New Mexico Children of Deceased Veterans Scholarship? The Child must be between the ages of 16 and 26 and enrolled in a state supported school. The Veteran must have been a resident of New Mexico at the original time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces and was killed in action or as a result of that action, during a period of armed conflict.

Children of National Guard Service members killed while on state active duty are also eligible.
New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services, Application for Scholarship for Children of Deceased Military Personnel

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New Mexico Lottery Scholarship Eligibility Extension for Service Members: New Mexico resident Service members that enter the U.S. Armed Forces within four months of graduating from a New Mexico high school may establish eligibility for the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship for up to 16 months after discharge. Students must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible.

Learn more about the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship Eligibility Extension for Service Members

New Mexico High School Diplomas for World War II, Korea and Vietnam Veterans: Veterans that left a New Mexico high school before graduating to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, Korea or Vietnam may be awarded a valid high school diploma issued from the high school they were attending.
Who is eligible for the New Mexico High School Diplomas for World War II, Korea and Vietnam Veterans? To be eligible Veterans must have served during World War II, Korea or Vietnam and received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces.
High School Diploma Application for New Mexico Veterans of World War II and Korea

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New Mexico 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 Children sitting on the steps of a schoolmilitary 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: 575-551-2287

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

New Mexico Purple Star Public School Program for Military-Friendly Schools: Legislation passed into law in 2021 authorized the New Mexico Purple Star Public School program for military-friendly schools. The Purple Star Public School program recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and Families connected to the U.S. Armed Forces. Schools that earn the award will receive a special Purple Star recognition to display on site.

For a school to become a Purple Star Designate they must appoint a school liaison that 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. The first New Mexico Public Schools to receive the designation are in the Alamogordo Public School District .
Military Child Education Coalition Purple Star School Program

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Military Children School Enrollment Priority: The Children of Service members that are transferred to a military installation located in New Mexico are given priority enrollment status in when registering in a New Mexico school system.

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What are my New Mexico Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Paid Leave for New Mexico State Employees for Military Training: All state, county, municipal, school district and other public employees that are Service members in theunloading a cargo load from and aircraft National Guard or the Reserves are authorized 15 days of paid military leave, per federal fiscal year. Service members can use military leave when they are ordered to duty for training. Military leave is in addition to any other leave or vacation time.

The governor is authorized to grant up to an additional 15 days of military leave when that training will benefit the state, by enabling that employee to better perform the duties required in their state occupation.

Learn more about Paid Leave for New Mexico State Employees for Military Training

New Mexico State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference: New Mexico offers a hiring preference to National Guard Service members, Veterans and disabled Veterans when they apply for public employment.

All honorably discharged Veterans or anyone currently serving in the National Guard will have 5 points added to their final passing numerical scores on screening examinations. Honorably discharged Veterans with a service-connected disability will have 10 points added to their final passing numerical score.

Applicants must provide for following documentation:

  • Veterans and Disabled Veteran Documentation: DD214 and/ or a Disability Determination letter

  • National Guard Documentation: An official statement showing you are a current member of the National Guard, or a NGB Form 22

For more information regarding eligibility, please contact New Mexico State Personnel Office at 505-476-7759 or by email at Applicant.Support@state.nm.us .
New Mexico Statutes 10-9-13.2 and 20-4-9

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New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Veterans' Employment Representatives: New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions offers job and training services to Veterans on a priority basis. Veterans have priority over non-Veterans regarding job placement, counseling, testing, referral to supportive services, job development, and job training. Local Veteran Employment Representatives (LVER) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialists provide these services to Veterans in New Mexico.

LVERs primary duties are conducting outreach to employers, facilitating job search workshops, and providing employment and training services to Veterans.

DVOPs focus on providing intensive services with priority to disabled Veterans and other Veterans with significant barriers to employment.
New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Workforce Connection Centers Directory

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New Mexico Operation Sound Stage: Operation Soundstage is a New Mexico multi-agency partnership whose goal is to increase the hiring and training of Veterans for jobs with movie studios and television production companies in New Mexico. The partnership includes the New Mexico Film Office, the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services, and the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.

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New Mexico Business Tax Credit for Hiring Recently Returned Veterans : Any business in New Mexico can qualify for up to a $1,000 business tax credit for each hire of a Veteran that returns from deployment. For more information, please contact the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department at 505-827-0700.

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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 ANGreduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

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

  • During a war, or

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 F16 flying over the desertReserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service if the basic eligibility criteria are met.

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

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

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

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What are my New Mexico Military and Veterans Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

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

Applicants can file a claim online at the New Mexico Workforce Connection Online System or by calling 877-NM-4-MYUI (877-664-6984). The UI Operations Center is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Applicants will need the following information to file a new claim:

  • Social Security Number

  • Mailing address and phone number(s) of employer(s) for the last 18 months

  • Starting and ending dates of last job (or jobs if more than one employer in last 18 months)

  • Alien Registration Number and expiration date for non-U.S. citizens

  • Gross earnings for week initial claim is filed

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, UI Frequently Asked Questions

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What are my New Mexico Military and Veterans Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) Benefits?

New Mexico Military and Veteran Special Vehicle License Plates: New Mexico offers 12 license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and Family members. All Military and Veteran license plates may be used on passenger vehicles and light trucks under 26,000 lbs. Specific eligibility and documentation requirements will apply.

All license plates may be requested using the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division, Application for Military Service Special Plate (except the Gold Star Family license plate, see below). Applicants must submit completed applications, their DD214, any other required documentation proving eligibility and required fees to:

Motor Vehicle Division
Vehicle Services Bureau
P.O. Box 1028
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1028

New Mexico Armed Forces Veteran Vehicle and Motorcycle License Plate: New Mexico offers the New Mexico Armed Forces Veteran license plates to honorablyAF Veteran Plate discharged Veterans and retired reserve component Service members. Veterans may also choose to add 1 of 26 different Veteran-Designation decals across the top of the license plate. This license plate is also available for motorcycles. There is an initial $17 fee ($9 for motorcycles) and no added fee for regular registration renewal. Veterans will be required to submit a copy of their DD214 and their Honorable Discharge Certificate when they apply.

New Mexico Purple Heart License Plates: Purple Heart recipients are eligible for free New Mexico Purple Heart license plates for up to two vehicles. Veterans will be required to submit a copy of their DD214 and their Honorable Discharge Certificate when they apply.

New Mexico Disabled Veteran License Plates: Disabled Veterans that have a 50% or more service-connected disability rating are eligible for free New Mexico Disabled Veteran license plates for up to two vehicles. This license plate is also available for motorcycles. Veterans will be required to submit a copy of their DD214, Honorable Discharge Certificate and official documentation from the VA or their branch of service as proof of their disability percentage.

A disabled Veteran that qualifies for the New Mexico Disabled Person license plates may choose to have the disability wheelchair symbol displayed on their disabled Veteran license plate.

New Mexico Medal of Honor License Plates: Medal of Honor recipients are eligible for free New Mexico Medal of Honor license plates for up to two vehicles. Veterans will be required to submit a copy of their DD214 and their Honorable Discharge Certificate when they apply.

NM Gold Star Family plate New Mexico Gold Star Family License Plate: The New Mexico Gold Star Family license plate is available to the immediate Family Members of a Service member serving in the U.S. Armed Forces that was killed in armed conflict.
Who is eligible for the New Mexico Gold Star Family License Plate? Eligible Family members includes:

  • Surviving Spouse

  • Parent

  • Child

  • Sibling

There is a limit of four Gold Star Family license plates for each eligible Family. There is no fee or regular registration fee for the Surviving Spouse or parents, Children and siblings will be charged a $10 fee and regular registration fees will apply. Applicants must submit a copy of the Service member’s DD1300 Report of Casualty, or DD3 Application for Gold Star Lapel Button. A Surviving Spouse must also provide a copy of their marriage license.
New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, Motor Vehicle Division, Application for Gold Star Family Plate

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

New Mexico National Guard Compensation for Injury, Illness and Death incurred while on State Active Duty: New Mexico National Guard Service members serving on state active duty that are injured, become ill, become disabled or die in the line of duty are eligible for medical coverage and compensation under the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Act.
Who is eligible for New Mexico National Guard Medical Compensation for Injury, Illness and Death incurred while on State Active Duty? New Mexico National Guard Service members on state active duty are eligible for coverage under the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Act.

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State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) for New Mexico National Guard Service Members: SSLI is offered through the National Guard Association of New Mexico to National Guard Service members and 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. Every member of the New Mexico National Guard is covered with $1,000 SSLI at no cost to the Service member.

The Basic program provides ­financial protection in the event of death and provides coverage for the Service member’s Spouse and Children The Enhanced program offers additional $250,000 life insurance for Service members and Spouses.

Rates may be found at the National Guard SSLI Coverage factsheet, or by contacting customer service at 800-462-7441.
Who is eligible for SSLI for New Mexico National Guard Service Members ? New Mexico National Guard Service members and their Families are eligible for coverage.
SSLI Program Overview

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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

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

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

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

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

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

NM State Park City of Rocks New Mexico Recreational Benefits for Disabled Veterans: New Mexico offers the following recreational benefits for eligible disabled Veterans:

  • Free Annual New Mexico State Park Day-Use Pass - offering unlimited entry into State Parks or recreation areas

  • New Mexico Museum and Monument Pass – offering unlimited access to New Mexico museums and monuments

  • Free three night camping pass for New Mexico State Parks

Who is eligible for New Mexico State Park Day-Pass and Museum and Monument Pass? To be eligible Veterans must have a 50% or more service-connected disability rating from the VA.

For more information or to apply contact the nearest New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services, Veteran Service Officer.
NMDVS, Application for Disabled Veteran Free State Parks, Museums and Monuments Pass

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New Mexico Veterans Day Recreation Benefits for Service Members, Veterans and their Families: Every Veterans Day New Mexico resident active duty Service members and honorably discharged Veterans as well as their Spouse and Children are authorized the following benefits:

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Free New Mexico Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Licenses for 100% Disabled Veterans: New Mexico offers free lifetime small game, deer, and fishing licenses to eligibleNM Game and Fish logo disabled Veterans.

Deer hunting licenses will only be issued if the Veteran has received a public-land deer draw or if they receive written permission from a landowner for a private-land deer hunt. The deer hunting license must be applied for each license year, and no preference is given for public-land deer draws. Stamps are required for any privilege not covered by the Disabled Veteran card.
Who is eligible for Free New Mexico Lifetime Game-hunting and Fishing License for 100% Disabled Veterans? Veterans must be New Mexico residents and have a 100% service-connected disability rating from VA to be eligible.

To apply Veterans must submit a completed New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Application to Receive a Lifetime Resident Disabled Veteran Card, a copy of their DD214 and VA award letter to:

State Benefits Division
New Mexico Department of Veteran Services
407 Galisteo St
Santa Fe, NM 87504

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New Mexico Disabled Resident Veteran Small Game Hunting and Fishing License: New Mexico resident disabled Veterans who have a service-connected disability rating from the VA of less than 100% are eligible for a $10 small game hunting and fishing license.

Veterans will be required to show their VA award letter at any New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Authorized License Vendors to apply.

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New Mexico Reduced Fee Licenses for Service Members and Veterans: The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NWDGF) offers a 50% discount on all licenses, permits and stamps for New Mexico residents who are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or who are honorably discharged Veterans. BigHorn Sheep
Who is eligible for New Mexico Reduced Fee Licenses for Service Members and Veterans? Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Active duty Service members must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for a minimum of 90 days and are still serving

  • Reserve component Service members must have served a minimum of six continuous years and are still servin

  • Veterans must have served for a least 90 days on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces or a minimum six years in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge.

Applicants will be required to show proof of active duty status or that they received an honorable discharge. Licenses are available from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Online Licensing System, by phone at 888-248-6866 or from New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Authorized License Vendors.

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New Mexico Returning Iraq and Afghanistan Resident Veterans-Only Oryx Hunts: The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has established a once-in-a-lifetime oryx hunt available only to New Mexico residents who have been deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan. This is in addition to the once-in-a-lifetimeOryx oryx hunt available to all hunters.

New Mexico resident fees apply. Each year, the applicant must submit proof of service prior to application. Copies may be submitted to:

NMDGF Special Hunts
One Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Email: specialhunts@state.nm.us
Fax: 505-476-8180

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New Mexico Resident License Pricing Available for Certain Fort Bliss Hunting Opportunities: Active duty Service members stationed at Fort Bliss are eligible for resident pricing on draw hunt licenses for hunts that occur on portions of the Fort Bliss military reservation that are in New Mexico. Each year applicants must submit proof of assignment to Fort Bliss prior to application. Proof may be submitted to:

NMDGF Special Hunts
P.O. Box 25112
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Email: specialhunts@state.nm.us
Fax: 505-476-8180

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New Mexico Hunting Licenses at Resident Prices for Nonresident Disabled Service Members and Veterans in Rehabilitation Programs: Nonresident active duty Service members or Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who are undergoing a rehabilitation program that involves hunting are eligible for resident prices on Javelinadeer, elk, antelope, javelina, oryx and turkey licenses.

The rehabilitation program must be sponsored by the federal government, or a recognized non-profit organization and it must be under the direction of a military or VA rehabilitation center. This benefit is not available through the public draw. Proof of eligibility must be provided. This benefit is available only through:

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
One Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, NM 87507

Mailing Address:
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
PO Box 25112
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Phone: 505-476-8000 or 888-248-6866
Email: ispa@state.nm.us

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What are my New Mexico Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

New Mexico WorkForce Connection Veteran Services: The New Mexico Workforce Connection maintains a website that provides useful links to Veterans and their Families. Topics include employment, disabled resources, Veterans organizations, VA services, and more. Some of the categories covered are:

  • Services through the VA

  • General Veterans issues

  • General organizations for Veterans

  • Specialized organizations for Veterans

  • Employment issues

  • Services for disabled Veterans

  • Services for Veterans in crisis

  • Locating Veterans

  • State Veterans departments

  • Official military websites

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New Mexico Homeless and At-Risk Veteran Services: Through contracts with the New Mexico Veterans Integration Center (NMVIC) in Albuquerque and the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope in Las Cruces, the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (NMDVS) provides transition services for homeless and at risk New Mexico Veterans. Contact the NMDVS for more information.
New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services, Contact Information

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New Mexico Veteran Integration Centers (VIC): VIC serves the Albuquerque and Alamogordo Veteran communities by providing:

  • Multiple housing options

  • Mental Health counseling

  • Clothing and donations program

  • Food pantry and nutrition education

  • Community support shuttle

Who is eligible for assistance from New Mexico VIC: The following individuals are eligible for assistance from VIC:

  • Veteran of an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces (some programs require active duty service)

  • Discharged under conditions of other than dishonorable

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran

  • Homeless or at-risk of homelessness

  • Must live in New Mexico

For more information, please contact the nearest VIC office:

Headquarters
1301-1 Ortiz Drive SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Phone: 505-296-0800
Fax: 505-332-8092

Central Office
13032 Central Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
Phone: 505 296-0800
Fax: 505-266-2609

Brandon Tree Office
1335-3 Ortiz Drive SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Phone: 505-265-0512
Fax: 505-332-8092

Alamogordo Office
1900 23rd Street
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Phone: 575-551-6659
Fax: 505-266-2609 ​

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New Mexico State Veterans’ Home: The New Mexico State Veterans’ home, located halfway between Albuquerque and El Paso in Truth or Consequences, provides integrated nursing services in an atmosphere that promotes the physical, social, and emotional well-being of every resident. Every effort is made to NM State Veterans homecontinuously improve care, while safely assisting residents to live as they choose and as independently as possible.
Who is eligible for care at the New Mexico State Veterans’ Home? Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission to the New Mexico State Veterans’ Home:

  • Veterans that served for 90 days or more in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge

  • Spouse of an eligible Veteran

  • Gold Star Parents, whose Child died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Certain members of reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces who meet the legal residence requirements

  • New Mexico residency is not a requirement, but preference in admission is given to New Mexico residents when there is a waiting list.

For more information contact the:

New Mexico State Veterans’ Home
992 South Broadway
Truth or Consequences, NM 87901
Phone: 575-894-4200

New Mexico State Veterans’ Home Admission Application

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New Mexico State Veterans Cemeteries: The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services has three State Veterans Cemeteries that provide a dignified final resting place for Veterans and their eligible Family members.

Ft Stanton State Veteran Cemetery Cemetery Locations:

  • Fort Stanton State Veterans Cemetery
    1398 Hwy. 220
    Ft. Stanton, NM 88323
    505-205-6707

  • Gallup State Veterans CemeteryGallup State Veteran Cemetery
    333 National Cemetery Dr.
    Gallup, NM 87305
    505-921-3494

  • Angel Fire State Veterans CemeteryAngel Fire State Veteran Cemetery
    31 Onate Rd. (County Rd. B4)
    Angel Fire, NM 87710
    505-225-4341

Who is eligible for Burial at a New Mexico State Veterans Cemetery? Eligibility requirements for a New Mexico 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 to be buried in a New Mexico State Veterans Cemetery

  • Discharged from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces under conditions other than dishonorable, or

  • Died while on active duty, or

  • Served at least 20 years in the National Guard or Reserves and qualified for military retired pay (or would have qualified except death occurred before age 60), or

  • Reserve component Service members if they were activated for federal service, (active duty for training does not qualify)

  • Spouses and dependents (burial of dependent Children is limited to unmarried Children under 21 years old or 23 years old if a full-time student at an approved educational institution or a Child that develops a lifelong disability prior to age 21)

All Veterans are encouraged to complete the New Mexico State Veterans Cemetery Program, Pre-Application for Burial in a State Veteran Cemetery to establish eligibility prior to need. For questions or to arrange a burial please contact the cemetery directly or call 505-827-6356 or 505-231-8911.

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New Mexico Military Funeral Honors: The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (NMDVS) coordinates with military and local Veteran organizations to provideBugler an honor guard and bugler for funerals of deceased honorably discharged Veterans at no cost to the Family.

The NMDVS ensures that all units undergo training and are provided with a small stipend for each service performed.

For more information, please contact the NMDVS at 505-827-2400 or by email to NMDVS.Info@state.nm.us .

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New Mexico Veteran Transportation Service: Disabled Veterans in northern and central New Mexico can arrange for free transportation to and from their home and the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center or the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Albuquerque by calling the Disabled American Veterans at 505-256-2821.

Veterans in southeastern New Mexico can arrange for free transportation to the VA Medical Center or to a CBOC through a transportation program provided by the Southeastern New Mexico Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America. Please call 575-622-0729.

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Women Veterans Program New Mexico Women Veterans Program: The New Mexico Women Veterans Program advocates for women Veterans throughout New Mexico. They work to ensure women Veterans and their eligible dependents are aware of available state and federal benefits and that they have equitable access to Veteran programs and services.

Their webpage has contact information for female Veteran Service officers as well as links to resources of interest to women Veterans.
New Mexico Women Veterans Program, Homelessness Pamphlet
New Mexico Women Veterans Program, Mentorship Pamphlet

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Military Discharge Papers Protection: Military discharge papers filed by Veterans with New Mexico County Clerks are not considered public record and can only be released to the Veteran, their next of kin or someone that has a general power of attorney from the Veteran.
New Mexico County Clerk Directory

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

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

Santa Fe National CemeteryLearn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in New Mexico

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

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Military Installations in New Mexico

Please see the New Mexico Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty

Army
White Sands Missile Range

Air Force
Holloman AFB
Kirtland AFB
Cannon AFB

National Guard
New Mexico Army National Guard

New Mexico Air National Guard
150th Special Operations Wing

U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)
63rd Readiness Division


Resources

New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

New Mexico Higher Education Department

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division, Military and Veteran License Plates

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, New Mexico Facility Directory

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, New Mexico

New Mexico State Parks

New Mexico Veterans Employment Resource Guide

New Mexico Statutes

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Document Review Date: 31 March 2022