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Veteran Benefits for North Dakota

Veteran Benefits for North Dakota

North Dakota offers special benefits for service members, veterans, and their families, including state educational benefits, property tax exemptions for people with disabilities, and veterans’ preference for public employment. They also administer a Veterans aid loan program, a grant program, and a Veterans transportation program. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status. The following are benefits for the state of North Dakota.

North Dakota Veteran Financial Benefits

  • North Dakota Military Pay Income Taxes: North Dakota Service members must pay state taxes on their military pay.

    National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Service members called to federal active duty are authorized a state tax deduction for their military pay.

    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.

  • North Dakota Income Taxes on Military Retired Pay: Military retired pay is not taxed in North Dakota.
  • Extension to File North Dakota Taxes for Service Members Serving in a Combat Zone: North Dakota offers the same extension to file state income tax that is offered under IRS regulations to Service members serving in a combat zone or supporting a contingency operation.

    Service members have authorized a 180-day extension from their redeployment or release from hospitalization due to injuries they received in a combat zone to file their state income taxes.

  • North Dakota Taxes on Military Disability Retirement Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity, or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the U.S. Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income. Some of the payments that 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
  • North Dakota State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): DIC is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-connected injury or disease.
  • Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) / Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP) / Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) North Dakota State Tax Benefits: SBP, RCSBP and RSFPP are not taxed in North Dakota
  • North Dakota Homestead Tax Credit for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons: The North Dakota Homestead Property Tax Credit reduces the property taxes of eligible residents. The amount of reduction is based on the applicant’s income:
    • Up to $22,000 = 100% reduction up to $5,625
    • $22,001 – $26,000 = 80% reduction up to $4,500
    • $26,001 – $30,000 = 60% reduction up to $3,375
    • $30,001 – $34,000 = 40% reduction up to $2,250
    • $34,001 – $38,000 = 20% reduction up to $1,125
    • $38,001 – $42,000 = 10% reduction up to $563
  • North Dakota Renter’s Refund Program for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons: The North Dakota Renter’s Refund program provides a partial refund on rent paid for living quarters or a mobile home lot. Refunds can be up to but not exceeding, $400.
  • North Dakota Disabled Veterans Property Tax Credit: The North Dakota Disabled Veterans Property Tax Credit reduces the taxable value of the homesteads of eligible disabled Veterans.

    The percentage of credit allowed is equal to the percentage of the Veteran’s disability rating from the VA:

    • 100% disability = $8,100
    • 90% disability = $7,290
    • 80% disability = $6,480
    • 70% disability = $5,670
    • 60% disability = $4,860
    • 50% disability = $4,050

    The tax credit is applied towards the first $8,100 of the taxable value of the homestead that is owned and occupied by the Veteran.

  • Partial North Dakota Property Tax Exemption for Paraplegic Veterans: A paraplegic disabled Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or any Veteran who has been awarded specially adapted housing by the VA, or the un-remarried Surviving spouse if the Veteran is deceased, are exempt from property tax for the first $120,000 of the true and full value of their homestead.
  • North Dakota Income Exemption for Nonresident Military Spouses: A nonresident Service member’s spouse may be exempt from paying North Dakota taxes on income earned while stationed in North Dakota.

    Who is eligible for North Dakota Income Exemption for Nonresident Military Spouses? A nonresident military spouse must meet the following requirements to be exempt from North Dakota income tax:

    • Service member and spouse are residents of another state or territory
    • Service member and spouse are in North Dakota in compliance with military orders
    • Spouse is in North Dakota only to be with the Service member

Sales Tax:

  • Statewide: 5.0%
  • Counties: can levy an additional sales tax of no more than 3.5%
  • Current average sales tax (with local taxes included): 6.97%


  • Operation Black Hills Cabin: Operation Black Hills Cabin offers a week-long stay to eligible Veterans from the Iraq or Afghanistan campaigns and their families for little to no cost. Events such as cook-offs, hikes, and fishing tournaments are offered throughout the year.
  • North Dakota Fish and Game Department, Veterans Benefits: The North Dakota Game and Fish Department offers discounted licenses to eligible disabled Veterans.

    North Dakota Discounted Disabled Veterans Fishing License: Resident disabled Veterans who have a 50% or greater service-connected disability rating from the VA or have an extra-schedular rating to include individual unemployability that brings the Veteran’s total disability rating to 50% can purchase a fishing license for $5 (plus a $1 certificate fee).

    North Dakota Discounted, Totally or Permanently Disabled Hunting License:  Resident disabled Veterans who have a 100% service-connected disability from the VA or have an extra-schedular rating to include individual unemployability that brings the Veteran’s total disability rating to 100%. You can purchase a combined general game, habitat stamp, small game, and fur-bearer license for $3 (plus a $1 certificate fee).

  • North Dakota Nonresident Military Service Member Hunting and Fishing Benefits: On duty or leave, nonresident Service members in North Dakota are eligible to purchase non-lottery licenses such as fishing, small game, and furbearer for resident prices.
  • North Dakota Resident Service Member Deer Gun License Not Subject to Lottery: North Dakota resident Service member serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and stationed outside the state may purchase a deer gun license without having to participate in the license lottery.
  • North Dakota Resident Active Duty Service Members Deer Licensing Provisions: North Dakota resident Service members serving on federal active duty under Title 10, who are stationed outside of the state and received an expeditionary medal or campaign badge during the previous year’s deer gun season, are eligible for one white-tailed deer gun license in the unit of their choice, without having to participate in the lottery. Applications received after the deer gun deadline will be issued licenses based on availability.
  • North Dakota Small Game Hunting, Fishing, or Trapping without a License for Military Service Members on Leave: North Dakota Resident Service members who are on leave may hunt small game, fish, or trap during the open season without a license. Service members are required to carry proof of residency and their leave paperwork when hunting, fishing, or trapping.
  • Free or Reduced Cost Entrance Permit to North Dakota State Parks for Disabled Veterans and Former Prisoners of War (POWs): North Dakota Veterans who have a 50% or greater service-connected disability rating from the VA and former POWs are eligible for a free lifetime North Dakota State Park entrance permit. Resident Veterans with less than 50% service-connected disabilities may purchase an annual entrance permit for $28.

    Disabled Veterans must provide a current Summary of Benefits letter from the VA as proof of disability. Former POWs must give a copy of their DD214 that indicates their Former POW status.

North Dakota Military & Veteran Miscellaneous Benefits

  • North Dakota Veterans Court: North Dakota has established a Veterans Court program to address the needs of Veterans involved in the state judiciary system. To best accommodate North Dakota’s immense geographic size and vast rural areas, a “Virtual, Rural Veterans Court” has been implemented to serve Veterans. The main components and processes are:
    • Identify Veterans – Identify justice-involved Veterans
    • Connect with Services – Connect those Veterans with a VA Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator (VJO)
    • Develop a plan – Veteran, VJO, and legal counsel determine eligibility and best potential options.
    • Agree to plan – VJO works with VA providers, Judges, veterans, Defense, and prosecuting attorneys to agree on a plan of action.
    • Act on Plan – If the plan is agreed upon, the Veteran moves through the process

    The North Dakota Veterans Court is not a “Get out of Jail” free card. It is an opportunity for Veterans to get needed treatments and a chance for them to get past their issues and return to their community as a productive member of society.

  • North Dakota National Guard Service Member and Family Support Centers (SMFSC): SMFSCs are operated regionally throughout North Dakota. They aim to support and assist Service members and families by offering information about military, federal, state, and local resources. These include:
    • ID Card and DEERS enrollment
    • Financial
    • Legal
    • Crisis Intervention
    • Emergency Family Assistance Center
    • Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
    • Community Information and Outreach Services
    • Service member and Family Readiness
    • Emergency Financial Assistance
  • Free Passage through Toll Gates, Bridges, and Ferries for North Dakota National Guard Service Members: North Dakota National Guard Service members traveling to or returning from their duty are authorized free passage on toll roads, bridges, and ferries. Free passage is authorized for the Service member’s vehicle and all their military equipment. Service members must be in uniform or provide documentation that they are on official duty.
  • North Dakota Hardship Assistance Grant: The North Dakota Hardship Assistance Grant provides financial assistance to eligible Veterans, their spouses, and un-remarried Surviving spouses for unmet expenses. Grants may be used for:
    • Dental and denture work (routine and maintenance procedures are not covered)
    • Optical expenses
    • Hearing expenses
    • Transportation for medical treatment
    • Special needs for medical reasons
    • Housing deposit
    • Other emergency needs approved by the Commissioner of Veterans Affairs
  • Grants for Service Dogs for North Dakota Veterans Suffering from PTSD: North Dakota Veterans who have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may apply for a state grant, which may provide them with a specially trained Service Dog. These service dogs are trained in North Dakota to assist Veterans who have PTSD. The dogs help Veterans by calming anxiety attacks, providing comfort and assurance in public settings, or waking a Veteran from a nightmare.

    To meet the minimum qualifications for a PTSD service dog, the Veteran must meet the following requirements:

    • North Dakota resident
    • Have an official diagnosis of PTSD from a qualified and licensed mental health professional
    • Actively engaged in counseling or therapy for a minimum of one year
    • Have a doctor’s recommendation for a PTSD Service Dog
  • North Dakota Veterans Aid Loan Program: The Veterans Aid Fund is a permanent fund used to make loans to Veterans or their Surviving spouses. The maximum loan amount is $5,000 with an interest rate of 8% per year and a 6 to 48-month term. Half the interest paid will be refunded if the loan is repaid under the agreed-upon terms.

Education Programs

  • North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) Tuition Assistance and 25% Tuition Waiver: NDNG Service members can receive a 25% waiver of tuition charges at participating North Dakota state-supported schools. The NDNG will provide financial assistance for 75% of tuition charges.
    • The waiver and tuition assistance may be used for certificate courses for undergraduate and graduate degrees for a lifetime total of 144 semesters or 208 quarter credit hours. The sum of all tuition assistance (federal tuition assistance, VA tuition assistance, State Tuition Assistance (STA), etc.) cannot exceed 100% of tuition.
  • North Dakota Dependent Tuition Waiver: The dependents of certain Veterans are eligible to attend a North Dakota state-supported educational institution free of tuition and fees. This benefit can be used for a bachelor’s degree or certificate for up to 45 months or ten semesters.
  • Residency for Tuition Purposes at North Dakota State-Supported Schools: North Dakota grants residency for tuition purposes in North Dakota state-supported schools to the following:
    • Full-time active duty Service members serving in the U.S. Armed Forces
    • Service member serving in the North Dakota National Guard
    • Service member serving in the U.S. Armed Forces Reserves stationed in North Dakota
    • North Dakota resident Veteran who served on continuous active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for:
      • 180 days, or
      • For a full period, they were called to active duty (other than for training)
      • Received a discharge under conditions other than dishonorable.
    • Spouses and dependents of a Service member meeting the requirements above are also eligible.

    In addition, a child, spouse, or Surviving spouse of Veterans who meets one of the following requirements is also eligible for resident tuition rates:

    • Was killed in action or died from wounds or other service-connected cause
    • Was totally disabled as a result of service-connected causes
    • Died from service-connected disabilities
    • Was a prisoner of war or declared missing in action


  • Honorary High School Diplomas for North Dakota Veterans: North Dakota will award honorary high school diplomas to Veterans who left high school before graduating to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
  • North Dakota Veterans Educational Training Program (VET): VET is a free program funded by North Dakota to help Veterans and Service members prepare to continue their education.

    VET develops individually tailored programs that are offered on an open enrollment basis and can be started at any time. No college credit is awarded for participating in VET.

    VET offers the following tutoring and advising Focus Areas:

    • Basic arithmetic, high school math review, college algebra prep, and pre-calculus
    • English skills, composition (essay writing and grammar review), literature, reading for comprehension, and public speaking
    • Computer skills
    • Study skills
    • Academic and career guidance
    • College application and enrollment assistance
    • VA Vocational Rehabilitation assistance
    • Financial aid application assistance
    • Referrals to help eliminate barriers to education
    • VA benefit advocacy
  • North Dakota 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 variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content, or assessment do not disadvantage children of military families. 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 to achieve educational success for the student
  • North Dakota Purple Star Award for Military-Friendly Schools: The North Dakota Purple Star Award recognizes schools with a significant commitment to students and families connected to the U.S. Armed Forces.
    • For a school to qualify for the Purple Star Award, they must appoint a school liaison 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. 

Housing: The following are the sites for Veterans Homes

North Dakota State Veterans Home at Lisbon

North Dakota State Veterans Home (NDVH): The NDVH, located in Lisbon, North Dakota, offers two levels of care to meet the needs of Veterans and their spouses. They have a Basic Care Unit with 98 beds that provide services to independent residents who need only minimal nursing services. The Skilled Care Unit has 52 beds for those needing more intense nursing services.

NDVH has resident nurses, licensed practical nurses, medication technicians, household coordinators, and resident living specialists who provide personal care tailored to each resident—the Veterans Home contracts with a local medical provider for licensed medical staff who visit the home weekly.

Who is eligible for Care at the North Dakota State Veterans Home? To qualify for admission, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Veteran who served on federal active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, other than for training and a resident of North Dakota for at least 30 days
  • North Dakota National Guard Service member who served on federal active duty
  • Entered the U.S. Armed Forces as a North Dakota resident
  • Spouse or Surviving spouse of an Eligible Veteran

No veteran whose last period of service in the U.S. Armed Forces was terminated under dishonorable conditions will be considered for residency.

Employment and Job Training: Veteran Preference

  • North Dakota Public Employment Hiring Preference to Veterans: North Dakota offers Veterans’ hiring preference for public employment. Veterans must meet job qualification requirements and be physically/ mentally capable of performing the duties of the position they apply for.

    Non-Competitive Hiring: When a Veteran applies for employment in a position that is not being filled through a competitive hiring process, disabled Veterans receive first preference, followed by non-disabled Veterans, then eligible Spouses or un-remarried Surviving spouses.

    • Competitive Hiring: When a Veteran or eligible spouse/ Surviving spouse applies for a position that is filled through a competitive hiring process, the hiring authority will apply five points (5% when not on a 100-point scale) for a non-disabled Veteran or 10 points (10% when not on a 100 point scale) for a disabled Veteran. Eligible spouses or un-remarried Surviving spouses are given the preference that would be given to the Veteran if they could apply for the position. 
  • Federal Employment Veteran’s Hiring Preferences:  Federal law mandates that Veterans, especially those with disabilities or those who served during specific time periods or in military campaigns, are granted preference over non-veterans when it comes to Federal civil service hiring and retention during workforce reductions. In various scoring processes for examinations and interviews, Veterans may be eligible for an additional 5 or 10 points.
  • 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
    • 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 a Surviving spouse) may be entitled to preference based on the same Veteran’s service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

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

    • Is rated by appropriate military or VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or
    • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position because of a disability that is service-connected in origin, or
    • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of their usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability

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

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

    Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of reserve components. USERRA also protects Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.

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

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

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

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

    Who is eligible for USERRA Benefits? Veterans, U.S. Armed Forces Reserve or National Guard Service members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

    The Department of Labor, through the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS), helps all who have claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.

  • North Dakota, Professional and Occupational License Benefits for Service Members and Military Spouses: North Dakota offers professional and occupational license benefits to active or reserve component Service members and military spouses.

    Service Member License Renewal Exemption: North Dakota professional licensing boards are required to offer an exemption of renewal requirements for a North Dakota professional license while a Service member is deployed to an area of armed conflict. The Service member must be deployed for more than 30 days to be eligible.

    Service Member and Military Spouse Temporary Licenses: Professional license applications of Service members and military spouses receive expedited processing. The applications of applicants who hold a valid license from another jurisdiction and substantially meet North Dakota license requirements must be completed within 30 days of receipt. If the board cannot issue a full license, they will issue a temporary license until the applicant completes the requirements for a full license. Temporary licenses remain valid for two years and as long as the applicant continues to work toward meeting full licensure requirements. Licensing boards may not charge a fee for temporary licenses.

    Professional and occupational licenses regulated by the following North Dakota agencies are not eligible:

    • Board of Accountancy
    • Electrical board
    • Real Estate Appraiser Qualifications and Ethics Board
    • Real Estate Commission
    • Secretary of State, Contractor licensing
    • Board of Medicine
    • Board of Dental Examiner

Burials and Memorials

Please note that your preference regarding burial in a national cemetery and use of a headstone provided by VA should be documented and kept with your paperwork and medical records.

The National Cemetery Administration (NCA) pays tribute to eligible Veterans and their family members by providing a final resting place and a lasting memorial to commemorate the Veteran’s dedicated service to the nation.

The burial benefits encompass a gravesite in any of our open cemeteries with available space, the opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a government-furnished headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, all at no cost to the family. Some Veterans may also meet the criteria for a burial allowance. Cremated remains are interred or inurned in national cemeteries with the same honors and respect as casketed remains.

Burial benefits extend to eligible spouses and dependents, including burial alongside the Veteran and perpetual care of the interment site. The name and relevant dates of birth and death of the spouse or dependent are inscribed on the Veteran’s headstone at no expense to the family. Importantly, spouses and qualified dependents are eligible for burial even if they pass away before the Veteran and are not required to be interred in the same national cemetery as the Veteran.

National Cemeteries include:

Harwood: Fargo National Cemetery

North Dakota VA Benefit Resources

North Dakota provides Veterans with a Regional Benefits Office and a VA Medical Center.

North Dakota VA Regional Benefits Office

North Dakota VA Medical Centers

Important information for North Dakota Veteran Benefits:

For Veterans applying for VA benefits for the first time, you must submit a copy of your DD 214 (discharge paperwork). This will provide your discharge status, full name, social security number, branch of service, and dates for which you served. Honorable and general discharges qualify a Veteran for most VA benefits.

You should always keep your paperwork and medical records in a safe place where you and your family can access them. It is imperative to have it in a location where it cannot be destroyed or tampered with, which includes a safe.

Your eligibility for most VA benefits is based upon discharge from active military service under conditions other than dishonorable. Active service means full-time service as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard or as a commissioned officer of the Public Health Service, the Environmental Services Administration, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Any Veteran discharged from the military under the conditions of “Dishonorable” due to bad conduct discharges issued by general courts-martial may bar VA benefits. Veterans in prison and parolees may be eligible for certain VA benefits. VA regional offices can clarify the eligibility of prisoners, parolees, and individuals with multiple discharges issued under differing conditions.

*This information is accurate as of November 2023

North Dakota Veteran Benefits

If you are a disabled Veteran in North Dakota and are VA rated 90% or less, you may be eligible for additional benefits. Contact Veterans Guardian for a free consultation with no obligation. Let us review your claim to determine whether you qualify for additional benefits.