North Dakota, The Peace Garden State veterans.

Updated: Jun 6


North Dakota, The Peace Garden State

North Dakota State Veteran Education Benefits


Certification Exam and State Licensing Reimbursement

Veterans may receive reimbursement for the cost of some certification exams or state licensing. To be eligible, applicants must qualify for Best VA home loan benefits under one of the following programs:

● Post-Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance Program

● Reserve Educational Assistance Program

● Montgomery GI Bill for Active Duty Education Assistance

● Montgomery GI Bill for Selected Reserve Program

Post-9/11 GI Bill

Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program

The VA will pay up to $2000 in reimbursement to eligible applicants for qualifying tests and exams.


Free Tuition to Qualified Dependents of Deceased North Dakota Veterans

Qualified dependents of deceased veterans may qualify for free tuition for North Dakota state-supported colleges, technical schools, or vocational-technical schools. The veteran must have been a North Dakota resident. To qualify for residency, the deceased veteran must meet one of the following criteria:

● Was born and lived in North Dakota before enlistment or commission.

● Was born in North Dakota, temporarily lived in a different state, but did not give up North Dakota residency before enlistment or commission.

● Was a resident of this state for ten years before the request for a tuition waiver.

Deceased veteran born in another state before a move to North Dakota for at least six months before enlistment or commission can qualify for state residency if he or she completed one of the following activities in the six months:

● Voted in North Dakota

● Was a minor living with a parent or guardian resident of North Dakota

● Never registered to vote in another state

For dependents to qualify for the benefit, the deceased veteran must meet one of the following criteria:

● Killed in action

● Died from wounds because of military service

● Died because of military service

● Totally disabled because of military service

● Died from disabilities that occurred because of military service

● Was a POW or declared MIA

After a dependent is accepted to a state-supported college, technical school, or vocational tech, the dependent attends tuition-free for 45 months, ten semesters, or the equivalent to complete a bachelor's degree or certificate program.


North Dakota State Veteran Employment Benefits:


State Employment Preference For Veterans

North Dakota gives veterans preference when recruiting and hiring for state government agencies. To qualify for preference, applicants must meet the following criteria:

● Be a US citizen when applying

● Have either served on active duty for at least180 days or served for the full period of active duty (not including training periods)

● Discharged under any but dishonourable conditions

To qualify as a wartime veteran, applicants must meet the following criteria:

● Military service during armed conflict

● Awarded a campaign service medal or an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for serving during emergency conditions

● Discharged under any but dishonourable conditions

● Those who died in the line of duty also qualify for the surviving spouse

Qualifying periods of wartime service include:

● WWII between December 7, 1941, and December 31, 1946

● Korean War between June 27, 1950, and January 31, 1955

● Vietnam War between August 5, 1964, and May 7, 1975

● Gulf War between August 2, 1990, and January 2, 1992

● Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom September 11, 2001, or after, (the end date will be prescribed by presidential proclamation or by Congress)

Veterans with disabilities qualifying for preference will not be disqualified from holding a position with an agency unless they cannot perform the job's duties with or without reasonable accommodation.

Surviving spouses who have not remarried may receive preference if the deceased veteran must meet one of the criteria below:

● Died while on active duty because of military service

● Died due to military service

Spouses of disabled veterans may also receive a preference for state government employment.

To qualify for this benefit, the disabled veteran must meet one of these criteria:

● VA determination of 100% disability due to military service

● VA determination of an extra-schedular rating that brings a disability rating to 100% (to include individual unemployability

● The disabled veteran cannot exercise the right to preference because of disability but is qualified for employment preference.




North Dakota State Veteran Housing Benefits


Veterans Assisted Care Homes and Nursing Homes

North Dakota has a Veterans Home in Lisbon, North Dakota. The facility offers 38 skilled nursing care beds and 111 basic care beds.

To be eligible for admission that applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

● Served in a North Dakota regiment

● Entered into service as a resident of North Dakota

● Presently a resident of North Dakota for at least 30 days

● Surviving spouse of a veteran who meets a criteria


North Dakota State Veteran Financial Benefits


Military Retirees Income Tax Exemption

Since 2019, North Dakota resident taxpayers do not pay income tax on their military retirement.


Renter Property Tax Refund for Disabled Veterans

Permanently and totally disabled veterans may qualify for the Renter’s Property Tax Refund of up to $400.00. To be eligible for a refund, applicants must meet one of the following:

● A person of any age, who is permanently and totally disabled OR

● Any person 65 or older

● Annual income may not exceed $42,000(including all income sources, including dependent income).

Applicants must provide either proof of disability with a physician’s certificate or written determination from the Social Security Administration. Renters must apply with the Office of State Tax Commissioner before June 1 of the year the refund is to be claimed.