Alaska Office of Veterans Affairs
This description of benefits for Alaska's Veterans and their spouses and dependants was developed by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to make veterans aware of the benefits the state offers and to illustrate that the benefits are from different state departments. The best way to determine if you qualify for a certain benefit is to reach the person or program through the contact information provided.
- Employment Preference Rights
- Veterans Employment Services
- Education Benefits
- Affirmative Action Plan
- Recording Veterans Report of Separation Form
- Veterans Land Discount/Purchase Preference
- Property Tax Exemptions
- Disabled Veterans Parking Permits
- Veterans License Plates
- Veterans Housing and Residential Loans
- Hunting and Fishing Licenses
- State Camping Pass
- Alaska Marine Highway Pass
- Free Tuition for Spouse or Dependent of Armed Services Member
- Military Credit Towards State Retirement
- Birthday Cards from the Governor
- Governor's Advocacy Award
- High School Diplomas
- Military and Veterans Memorial Landmark Property
- Wartime Letters - The Legacy Project
State Employment Hiring Preference for Veterans, Prisoners of War, and National Guard Members
Workplace Alaska in the Division of Personnel in the Department of Administration is the on-line recruitment process for all the state's classified service positions. Every vacancy in the classified service, except those requiring registration with Job Service, are posted on the homepage and are available for on-line application. Vacancies are advertised in the Sunday editions of the Fairbanks News Miner, Juneau Empire, and Anchorage Daily News along with recruitment phone lines.
Veterans who possesses the necessary qualifications for a given state job classification and served on active duty and received an honorable or general discharge during the dates listed on the employment application, are eligible for a state employment hiring preference.
If a numerical rating is used in assessing preference, then Veterans are entitled to 5% or 10% of the points available. If no numerical rating device is used, then Veterans will either be afforded "consideration" or an opportunity to interview. Disabled Veterans and former prisoners of war are entitled to 10% or the opportunity to interview, all other Veterans entitled to preference will receive the 5% or be afforded "consideration".
Direct reemployment rights for State Employees of the National Guard/Reserve and military leave up to 15 days a year.
The application and job market can be found at: (Work Place Alaska)
Phone Number: 1 (800) 587-0430
Veterans Employment Services
The Veterans Services Section, a sub-division of the State of Alaska Labor and Workforce Development Department promotes employment, economic stability, and growth by operating a no-fee labor exchange that meets the needs of employers, job seekers, and veterans. Employment services emphasize job placement, job matching and referral, vocational counseling, and job search assistance.
Job Centers in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Wasilla have Local Veteran Employment Representatives or Disabled Veteran Outreach Program specialists on site. Also, all employment representatives in our 22 statewide job centers provide all qualified veterans and their eligible spouses with priority employment and training services. Please select the following link for the entire menu of services available from our job centers
The state provides funds to assist National Guard and Naval Militia members to obtain post-secondary educational degrees. The Air, Army, and Naval units manage the requests by their members. DAS provides support in handling the funds.
The state can provide up to 100% of the costs of tuition and fees.
AS 26.05.296 Tuition Assistance provides general guidance.
- Mercedes Angerman – Program Coordinator I – 428-6513, JBER
Affirmative Action Plan
The State of Alaska 1998 Affirmative Action Plan affords all present and prospective state employees in the executive branch an equal opportunity for employment regardless of their veterans status - among many other factors.
The state will ensure there are no impermissible or artificial barriers for veterans or disabled veterans to cross in applying for state jobs, provide on-the-job training and assistance in locating qualified disabled applicants, recruit and employ qualified persons with disabilities and Vietnam era vets for state jobs, and sets up an informal complaint procedure. The plan is administered by the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity in the Division of Personnel.
Penny Beiler, Equal Employment Opportunity Program Manager, P.O. Box 110201, Juneau AK 99811-0201, (Juneau) Phone: (907) 465-8482 or (907) 279-0299, Fax: (907) 465-2263; Website: http://dop.state.ak.us
Recording Veterans Report of Separation Form
A veteran may record, without fee, the original or a certified copy of his or her Armed Forces Report of Separation (DD-214 Form) at any State Recorder's office of the Department of Natural Resources.
The Recorder's office maintains 14 District offices throughout the state, overseeing 34 recording districts that record, index, and archive all of the documents that create the Official Public Record of the state of Alaska.
Veterans Land Discount/Purchase Preference
The Veterans Land Discount program allows certain veterans to a 25% discount on the purchase price of state residential/recreational land. The discount may be used only once during the veteran's lifetime and may not be used in conjunction with the veterans preference.
Under the Veterans Land Sale Preference, before offering to the general public any unoccupied residential land by auction, a veteran has the exclusive opportunity purchase the land at a restricted sale at fair appraised market value. Parcels that are offered under this preference must be five acres or less, classified as settlement land and zoned for residential use only.
A fact sheet is available on benefits administered by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mining, Land and Water Management.
(Phone) (907) 269-8400
Property Tax Exemptions
Real property owned and occupied as the primary residence and permanent place of abode by a qualified disabled veteran whose disability was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty and whose disability has been rated as 50 percent or more by the military service or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is exempt from taxation on the first $150,000.00 of assessed valuation. Contact your local municipal tax assessors office by March 15 for exemption for current year.
Disabled Veterans Parking Permits
Disabled Parking Permits are also obtained from the DMV, available to persons at least 50 percent disabled or medically handicapped, including persons disabled in the line of duty while serving in the Alaska Territorial Guard. Applicants must show reception of at least 50 percent disability compensation from a government agency or an affidavit signed by a physician licensed to practice in Alaska.
Division of Motor Vehicles
3300B Fairbanks Street
Anchorage, AK 99503
Veterans Drivers and Vehicles License
Driver license renewal/extensions for Active Duty Military Personnel: A non-commercial driver’s license issued to a person who is an active duty member of the United States armed forces and stationed outside the state expires upon the earlier of the following dates: 90 days after discharge from active duty of the United States armed forces; or 90 days after the person’s return to the state.
Veterans License Plates:, In a measure to honor persons who have served or are serving with United States Armed Forces, the State Legislature has designated several special license plates for veterans, recipients of the Purple Heart Medal, veterans who have been a Prisoner of War (POW) or veterans who are survivors of Pearl Harbor. There is a $30.00 plate fee charged at the time of initial application for or replacement of veteran's plates and National Guard plates. There is no charge for POW, Pearl Harbor Survivor, Purple Heart, Gold Star Family plates, or Disabled Veteran Plates.
Veteran Disabled Plates: A person who qualifies for 50% disability may apply for a disabled veteran plate and may register one vehicle with these special plates and is not subject to Motor Vehicle Registration Taxes or registration fees. If an applicant is required to submit an emissions certificate in order to register their vehicle, there is a $2.00 administrative fee. Second and subsequent sets of plates are available upon payment of full fees. Plates cannot be requested by mail unless the applicant lives in a remote part of Alaska and does not have access to a DMV office. This plate does not provided the holder special parking privileges.
To apply for disabled veteran's license plates with parking privileges, an applicant must submit the following documentation of a mobility impairment and proof of service related disability:
- An original Application for Disabled Parking Identification, completed in full by both the applicant and their Alaska licensed physician.
- A certificate from an agency of the United States federal government, including the veteran's administration, stating the person has a service related disability.
Please contact for more information:
Division of Motor Vehicles
3300B Fairbanks Street
Anchorage, AK 99503
Veteran Housing and Residential Loans
The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) administers the Veterans Mortgage Program which offers financing for qualified veterans at lower interest rates. Active duty service in the Armed Forces, Public Health Service, NOAA or service as a cadet at the US Military, Air Force, Coast Guard or Naval Academy may qualify. Loans are generally processed rapidly, require little or no down payment, and often include lower interest.
To apply for a loan under this program, contact any AHFC-approved lender. For details see: http://www.AHFC.state.ak.us (Go to Loan Programs, then select Veterans Mortgage Program)
To contact the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation write to PO Box 101020, Anchorage, AK 99510-1020. You can also visit 4300 Boniface Parkway in Anchorage or call (907) 338-6100 or 1-800-478-AHFC(2432) outside of Anchorage, but within Alaska.
AHFC also offers a Veterans Interest Rate Preference, in which a veteran receives a one percent lower interest rate on the first $30,000 of a bank loan when purchasing a new home, ask the bank handling the financing to implement this program for you. AHFC grants a preference to veterans for the rent or sale of a portion of its low cost housing projects units.
For information on federal home loan programs call 1-800-827-1000 or visit their web page at: http://www.homeloans.va.gov.
Hunting and Fishing Licenses
For members of the military service or the U.S. Coast Guard who are on active duty permanently stations in Alaska, or a dependant of a member of the military service on active duty permanently stations in Alaska, and who have met the residency requirements under AS statute 16.05.415 and AS 16.05.940. May apply for Military Licenses at the time of license application and pay the same rate as a resident.
Active members of the Alaska National Guard and Alaska military reserves stationed in the State of Alaska who have met the residency requirements under AS 16.05.415 and AS 16.05.940: May receive a free hunting and sport fishing license. The license will only be available through the State of Alaska HQ’s Licensing office. An Affidavit signed by their commanding officer will need to be filled out and sent with the application. Applications can be found on the Department of Fish and Game’s Web Site at: http://www.admin.adfg.state.ak.us/license/permit.html
Disabled Veteran resident hunting and sport fishing licenses are available at no charge to honorably discharged veterans with a 50 percent or greater service-connected disability and Alaska residency. Applicants must have lived in Alaska for 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the application. Veterans may obtain an application by calling (907)465-2376, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or writing State of Alaska, Department of Fish and Game, Licensing Section, P.O. Box 25525, Juneau, AK 99802.
State Camping Pass
The legislature granted Disabled Alaskan Veterans (DAV) the right to receive one Alaska State Park Camping Pass free of charge. The DAV Camping Pass, which is valid in all developed Alaska State Park campgrounds, is good for two years.
To receive a free DAV camping pass, an eligible disabled veteran must present proof of a service connected disability and Alaska residency at either the Anchorage or Fairbanks DNR Public Information Centers (see below). Proof of residency can be in the form of an Alaskan Driver's License, Alaska Sport Fishing License, Alaska Voters Registration Card, or other documentation suitable to the department that proves Alaska residency.
Evidence of service connected disability can be provided by the presentation of a Veteran's Administration Patient Data Card (red, white, and blue) imprinted with "service connected disability" under the photo identification, or a current year letter from the US Department of Veteran's Affairs, which states the person has a service-connected disability and is signed by the Veteran Services Officer. Information on obtaining either the card or the letter can be found through the local Veteran's Administration office or calling 1-800-827-1000.
DNR Public Information Centers: ANCHORAGE: FAIRBANKS: JUNEAU: 550 W 7th Ave, Suite 1260 3700 Airport Way 400 Willoughby Ave 4th Floor Anchorage AK 99501-3557 Fairbanks, AK 99709-4699 Juneau, AK 99801-1724 Phone: (907) 269-8400 Phone: (907) 451-2705 Phone: (907) 465-3400 Fax: (907) 269-8901 Fax: (907) 451-2706 Fax: (907) 586-2954 TDD: (907) 269-8411 TDD: (907) 451-2770 (Return to top of page)
Alaska Marine Highway Pass
A one-year pass on the ferries of the Alaska Marine Highway is available for veterans having a service-related disability. This pass entitles the disabled passenger and an attendant (if required by a physician) to travel at 50% of the regular passenger fare, between Alaska ports only, on all vessels, year-round.
To request a pass application, call 1-800-642-0066 (Text telephone for the speech or hearing impaired: 1-800-764-3779) or write Alaska Marine Highway System, Attention: Pass Desk, 1591 Glacier Avenue, Juneau, Alaska 99801.
Free Tuition for Spouse or Dependent of Armed Services Member
For National Guard Member up to 100 percent tuition assistance at the University of Alaska School and tuition reimbursement for in state, non-UA schools.
The spouse or dependent of an armed services member who died in the line of duty or who died as a result of injuries sustained while in the line of duty or who was listed by the Department of Defense as a Prisoner of War or as Missing in Action is entitled to a waiver of undergraduate tuition and fees the students must be in good standing in a state supported educational institution in Alaska.
Contact: Contact: UAA Financial Aid Office: (907) 786-1586, UAF Financial Aid Office: (907) 474-7256, UAS Financial Aid Office: (907) 465-6255
Military Credit Towards State Retirement
Certain members of the various state retirement programs may be eligible for additional credit for up to five years military service. Military service will increase your retirement service and monthly benefits. Although military service is not membership service, in certain cases it may count toward vesting and retirement eligibility. Visit site below, click on the retirement system of interest, scroll to Military Credit.
In the National Guard and Naval Militia Retirement System, anyone with at least 20 years of combined Alaska guard service, guard service in any other state, active military service and the reserves of them, of which at least 5 years must have been satisfactory service in any branch, may receive a small benefit upon separation from the Alaska army guard, air guard, or naval militia if you meet minimum eligibility provisions.
PERS Military Service Credit: http://doa.alaska.gov/drb/pers/employee/pers-military.html
NGNMRS Pesion Benefits: http://doa.alaska.gov/drb/ngnmrs/ngnmrs-pension-benefits.html
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Birthday Cards from the Governor
Birthday greetings from the Governor are available to veterans 80 years and older. Veterans or family or friends of veterans should contact the governor's office at least four weeks in advance and supply the name and address of the person to receive the card and appropriate proof of age. Send request to: Constituent Relations, Governor Office, P.O. Box 110001, Juneau, AK 99811, (907) 465-3500; or fax request to: Fax 465- 3532; or email request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor's Veterans Advocacy Award
Individuals who demonstrate an extraordinary personal concern, compassion, and commitment to veterans causes, veterans, and their families are eligible for the annual Governor's Veterans Advocacy Award. A winner could also have formed a new, innovative or creative volunteer program or project that benefits vets. Accomplishments must have been performed on a volunteer basis. Governor's Veterans Advocacy Award will be presented on Veterans Day, November 11th. Nominations are evaluated by the Alaska Veterans Advisory Council, and submitted to: Director, Office of Veterans Affairs, P.O. Box 5800, Ft. Richardson, AK 99505, (907) 428-6016, Fax: (907) 428-6019
High School Diplomas for World War II Veterans
Operation Recognition, a nation-wide effort, recognizes that many World War II veterans went off to war and never returned to high school to get a diploma.
In Alaska, the Department of Education and Early Development may award diplomas to World War II vets living in Alaska, including Alaska Territorial Guard members, who served during the period of August 7, 1940 to July 5, 1947 and were honorably discharged or died in active service or were released from active duty because of a service-related disability.
A family member may apply on behalf of a veteran who is deceased or incapacitated. Even ex-GIs with a Graduation Equivalency Diploma could apply.
Apply on the internet at: http://www.eed.state.ak.us/wwIIapp.html
Apply by mail to: Donna Hurley Alaska Department of Education & Early Development 801 West 10th Street, Suite 200 Juneau, AK 99801 Phone: (907) 465-2815 Fax: (907) 465-3156 Donna_Hurley@eed.state.ak.us
Military and Veterans Memorial Landmark Property
The Military and Veterans Landmark Property Program formally recognize memorials around the state built to honor the military and veterans of the armed forces. Information about the memorials is important to understanding the sacrifices made by veterans in Alaska and America, the role of the military, and the history of our nation's wars.
Information about memorials will be preserved by the State of Alaska as an important part of its history. A record of each approved Landmark Property will be maintained by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, including a list of properties to be kept, to facilitate visitation to memorials for those interested in doing so. The state will provide an attractive, numbered certificate, suitable for framing, at no cost. For details and applications, contact: Director, Office of Veterans Affairs, P.O. Box 5800, Ft. Richardson, AK 99505, (907) 428-6016, Fax: 428-6019.
Wartime Letters - The Legacy Project
The Legacy Project is a unique and meaningful way to honor all veterans by preserving letters written by soldiers on the front and letters written to them from home.
A national, volunteer non-profit agency, known as The Legacy Project, began collecting letters from any American wartime period to preserves these treasured documents and therefore heighten appreciation of them.
Letters can be ones personally written or received, or written by a relative. These may include eyewitness accounts of battles or acts of heroism, encounters with famous military leaders, love letters, or any other irreplaceable messages or little-known stories that will offer historians and future generations a better understanding of those who served and sacrificed for country.
Submit copies, or originals if you prefer, to: Director, Office of Veterans Affairs, P.O. Box 5800, Ft. Richardson, AK 99505, (907) 428-6016, Fax: 428-6019.
OR, The Legacy Project, PO Box 53250 Washington, D.C. 20009 or e-mail WarLetters2004@yahoo.com