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New Jersey Military and Veterans Legislation
I am pleased to present New Jersey legislation that pertains to veterans. I will continually update this information as
it changes. Legislation that has passed into law will appear at the end of this listing.
Active Duty Military Personnel and Veterans
New Jersey provides special consideration for active duty military personnel. Special privileges are also available for
service-disabled or blind veterans (see below).
If you are on active military duty and have been deployed, including New Jersey National Guard and Reserve, you and
your immediate family are entitled to automatic extensions for your driver's license, registration and inspection
Your license, registration and inspection documents will remain valid for as long as you are deployed..
When you are demobilized, you will need to renew your expired documents within 90 days of your
demobilization date or return from duty.
Law enforcement officials are aware of this extension. Please carry the Administrative Order along with your
active duty military credentials at all times when operating a vehicle. See Related Links below for extension
instructions to obtain the Deployed Military Administrative Order.
If you enter or are an active member of the U.S. Armed Forces and have a valid New Jersey registration, you can get
a refund for the remainder of the registration period.
To obtain a refund:
Write a letter to the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) stating the reason you are requesting a refund along
with proof of service.
Complete and return a refund form (RU-9). Refund forms are also available at motor vehicle agencies or by
calling the MVC's Customer Support Line at 609- 292-6500 weekdays (except holidays) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15
Return the original registration and the New Jersey license plates along with a copy of military orders and a
copy of the out-of-state registration.
Service-disabled or blind veterans
You may qualify for free registration, if you meet the following classifications:
Are without sight as a result of war service and eligible for compensation from the State under N.J.S.A. 38:18-
Currently have another service-connected disability and have qualified for a free automobile from the US
Veterans Administration and:
You have a valid New Jersey driver's license or a generated driver's license number.
The vehicle in question is equipped with special attachments or devices that may be necessary for its
The vehicle is properly insured by a New Jersey licensed company.
To apply for free registration, call 609 292-6500 extension 5076 for an application.
Mail the certified application with affixed seal or stamp of the U.S. Veterans Administration to:
New Jersey Motor Vehicle CommissionGovernment UnitP.O. Box 016Trenton, New Jersey 08666-0016
Once the free registration status has been established, all subsequent renewals can be completed at a motor vehicle
agency, or through the mail in the envelope provided.
Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient Placards
Jersey law (N.J.S.A. 39:4-207.10) permits exemption from payment of municipal parking meter fees, for up to 24
hours, for disabled veterans and Purple Heart recipients under certain, specific circumstances. For more information,
We are required to capture a customer’s full face when taking a picture for a driver license or non-driver ID card;
therefore we need to be able to see from the top of your forehead to the bottom of your chin. If you have a
medical or religious need to wear a head covering in your photo, please advise the MVC staff at the
agency camera station.
Winner: New Jersey veterans
Several bills intended to help the state’s veterans, particularly those who became disabled during their service, were
approved by lawmakers during the lame duck, including a measure signed into law by Christie on Monday.
The new law creates a 5-year pilot program that would issue grants to nonprofit groups to make improvements to the
homes of disabled veterans, such as wheelchair ramps, accessible bathrooms and energy efficient equipment to
reduce utility costs.
The bill appropriates $5 million from the state’s general fund over the five-year program.
Income Tax Exemption for Veterans
New for Tax Year 2017. You are eligible for a $3,000 exemption on your Income Tax return if you are a military
veteran who was honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from active duty in the Armed
Forces of the United States by the last day of the tax year. Your spouse (or civil union partner) is also eligible for an
exemption if he/she is a veteran who was honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances and you
are filing a joint return. This exemption is in addition to any other exemptions you are entitled to claim and is
available on both the resident and nonresident returns. You cannot claim this exemption for a domestic partner or for
Providing DocumentationYou must provide a copy of Form DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active
Duty, the first time you claim the exemption.This form does not need to be provided each year. The United
States National Archives and Records Administration can assist with obtaining a copy of your DD-214.
You can certify for the exemption by sending a copy of your DD-214 and Veteran Exemption Submission Form to the
Division before you file, which may help process your return faster. To certify:
Use our secure document upload feature to submit your DD-214 and Veteran Exemption Submission Form.
Enter the notice code VET and select PO Box 440; or
Mail a copy of your DD-214 and Veteran Exemption Submission Form to: The New Jersey Division of Taxation,
Veteran Exemption, PO Box 440, Trenton, NJ 08646-0440; or
Fax your DD-214 and Veteran Exemption Submission Form to 609-633-8427.
If you do not certify before you file for the exemption, you will need to submit a copy of your DD-214 when you file
A Paper Return. Enclose a copy of your DD-214 with your return;
NJ Fill’nFile. Upload your DD-214, along with all of your other documentation, into the repository;
Other Electronic Filing Methods. If you file your return using NJ WebFile, third-party software (such as
TurboTax), or you have a tax professional who electronically submits your return, you can send a copy of your
DD-214 and Veteran Exemption Submission Formusing one of the three certification methods listed above.
National Guard and Reserve Finally Get 'Veteran' Status
New Jersey NEW Tax deduction for Veterans 2017
The tax deal introduced a $3,000 tax deduction for veterans.
The law defines veterans as those who are "honorable discharged or released under honorable circumstances from
active duty in the Armed Forces of the United states, a reserve component thereof, or the National Guard of New
Jersey in a federal active duty status."
Here's how 8 N.J. laws taking effect Jan. 1 might affect you | NJ.com
Tax Exemptions for Disabled Veterans by State
Jersey Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption
Press Release: NJHA, UHF Announce $1.35M Grant to Bolster Veterans’ Mental Health Initiatives in New
For Immediate Release
PRINCETON, N.J. (June 13, 2016) – The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) and United Health Foundation
brought together health professionals and military leaders today to raise awareness about the complexities of
managing veterans’ health and examine ways to improve access to care through innovative partnerships and
The forum, “Managing the Complexity of Veteran Health: Serving Those Who Have Served,” highlighted a
$1.35 million partnership between NJHA’s Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) and United Health
Foundation to bolster veteran health programs, including the hiring of additional Veteran Navigators to facilitate
access to high-quality, community-based mental health, behavioral health and supportive services for
veterans and military families in underserved areas of the state. The forum was attended by U.S.
Representative Tom MacArthur (NJ-3), Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans
Affairs Adjutant General Michael Cunniff and Assemblymember Cleopatra Tucker (28-LD).
United Health Foundation Partnership with New Jersey Hospital Association Helping Veterans and Service Members
Navigate Health Services to Improve Access to Care
Veteran Navigators hired through $1.35 million partnership grant are helping connect veterans,
service members and their families to health services and programs in communities throughout
Forum brings together care providers and military leaders to raise awareness about managing the
complexity of veteran health
“Veterans and military families face unique health needs, and it is often a challenge for them to access the care and
programs that help ensure they receive quality care,” said Betsy Ryan, president and CEO of the New Jersey Hospital
Association. “This partnership with United Health Foundation is providing valuable resources that are helping raise
awareness and improving the health and wellness of our veterans and service members.”
According to the National Institutes of Health, military service members and veterans face health issues differently
than civilians. The stressors of being in combat, combined with being separated from family, can put service members
and veterans at risk for mental health problems. These include anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
substance abuse and depression that, in extreme circumstances, can lead to suicide. According to a study
commissioned by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and United Health Foundation, there is a
preparedness gap among most community-based mental health providers in being able to take care of the special
needs of military veterans and their families.
Through its partnership with United Health Foundation, NJHA is using a peer-to-peer model with Veteran Navigators
to connect with their fellow service members to facilitate access to the care that veterans and their families need.
“The work of NJHA is improving access to care for veterans and military members,” said New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim
Guadagno. “NJHA’s partnership with United Health Foundation is the type of public-private approach that will make a
difference in the lives of our neighbors, particularly those with the greatest needs.”
“Helping veterans and their families with support to improve their quality of life is mission critical,” said Michael
Cunniff, Adjutant General, New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “Our service members, veterans
and their families often face unique challenges to care including having access to care providers who understand their
specific needs. By raising awareness and having veterans engage directly with service members and their families, we
are helping improve their personal health and recovery.”
During the forum, guest speakers discussed important health topics facing veterans and military service members
including military culture, injury and recovery programs, PTSD, suicide prevention and navigating the VA system,
among others. NJHA provided an overview and update on how the organization is working collaboratively with other
partners in the state to implement a comprehensive model to close the gap between providers and veterans through
efforts that increase awareness of available support, and improve skills of mental health professionals in addressing
veteran-specific issues and needs.
U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur (NJ-3) praised the work on behalf of veterans and service members. “I applaud the work of
all the organizations gathered today for this important forum that is raising awareness about improving care for our
veterans and service members who have sacrificed so much for our nation. It is important to help connect our troops
with the programs and care they need, particularly given the unique situations they face. Programs like this are
model initiatives that bring together the best minds and organizations to forge solutions to care.”
The Veteran Navigators, along with the entire project team at NJHA, are being cross-trained in Mental Health First
Aid, Health Coaching and supplemental topics with an opportunity to become Certified Prevention Specialists to help
meet the unique needs of military service members and their families
“This partnership between NJHA and United Health Foundation is helping to ensure that our military men and women
understand the programs and services available to them to improve their care and quality of life,” said Heather
Cianfrocco, President, Northeast Region, UnitedHealthcare. “The Veteran Navigators are a critical resource,
understanding their experiences and their needs, and helping to alleviate the stresses that our nation’s service
members, veterans and their families endure every day.”
About NJHA and the Health Research & Educational Trust
The New Jersey Hospital Association is a healthcare trade organization that helps hospitals and post-acute care
providers deliver affordable, accessible and quality healthcare to their communities. The Health Research and
Educational Trust of New Jersey is a nonprofit affiliate of NJHA. It provides leadership and resources to improve the
healthcare delivery system and health of the community. Its mission is to develop research projects and educational
initiatives that promote quality, affordable and accessible healthcare and raise public and provider awareness about
vital healthcare issues.
About United Health FoundationThrough collaboration with community partners, grants and outreach efforts,
United Health Foundation works to improve our health system, build a diverse and dynamic health workforce and
enhance the well-being of local communities. United Health Foundation was established by UnitedHealth Group
(NYSE: UNH) in 1999 as a not-for-profit, private foundation dedicated to improving health and health care. To date,
United Health Foundation has committed more than $285 million to programs and communities around the world. We
invite you to learn more at www.unitedhealthfoundation.org or follow @UHGGives on Twitter or
Kerry McKean Kelly L.D. Platt
New Jersey Hospital Association United Health Foundation
(609) 275-4069 (202) 654-8830
Veteran EMT Support Act signed into law
Trained military medics will be put on an accelerated track to receive state EMT certification and licensure
Aug 4, 2016
WASHINGTON — New legislation will help military veterans with medic training to transition into the civilian
workforce, helping to address a shortage of EMTs.
The Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Act of 2016, H.R. 1818, was signed into law with the Comprehensive
Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) in late July.
The bill was a key priority of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, who will help create a
transition program for trained military medics to meet state EMT certification and licensure requirements.
"The Veterans EMT Support Act is an important step forward to help veterans in their transition back to civilian life,
while improving emergency care in our communities," said Rep. Lois Capps, D-California one of the officials who
introduced the bill. "These heroes have proven their skills on the battlefield. It is only right that we break down any
artificial barriers that delay or prevent them from serving our communities here at home."
CARA aims to address the growing opioid addiction epidemic by authorizing nearly $900 million over the next five
years to support education, prevention and law enforcement efforts.
The bill was formally signed into law on July 23.
President Signs Veterans Legislation Into Law
On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, President Biden signed nine bills into law related to veterans and the
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
S. 1760, which designates the community-based outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans
Affairs planned to be built in Oahu, Hawaii, as the Daniel Kahikina Akaka Department of
Veterans Affairs Community-Based Outpatient Clinic;
S. 1872, the “United States Army Rangers Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal
Act,” which provides for the award of a Congressional Gold Medal to the United States Army
Rangers Veterans of World War II, in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II;
S. 2102, the “Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas Supporting Expanded Review for Veterans In Combat
Environments Act” or the “Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas SERVICE Act,” which expand eligibility for
VA mammography screening to veterans who served in locations associated with toxic
S. 2514, which renames the Provo Veterans Center in Orem, Utah, as the Col. Gail S. Halvorsen
“Candy Bomber” Veterans Center;
S. 2533, the “Making Advances in Mammography and Medical Options for Veterans Act,” which
makes a number of changes to VA’s mammography screening and access to related medical
S. 2687, the “Strengthening Oversight for Veterans Act of 2021,” which temporarily authorizes
the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General to issue subpoenas in certain
S. 3527, which authorizes VA to transfer to another property the name of a VA property that
was named in statute;
S. 4089, the “Veterans Rapid Retraining Assistance Program Restoration and Recovery Act of
2022,” which restores entitlement to educational assistance under the Veterans Rapid
Retraining Program under certain conditions; Thank you to Senator Durbin and Representatives
Danny Davis and Underwood for their leadership; and
S. 4119, the “RECA Extension Act of 2022,” which extends by two years the availability of
compensation for radiation exposure related to nuclear weapons development.
Revises provisions of State law concerning claiming and proper disposal of cremains of veterans and eligible spouses or
Provides resident tuition rate to certain non-resident dependent children of United States military personnel attending public
institutions of higher education.
Requires DMVA assist service members discharged solely due to LGBTQ status with petitions to change discharge designation.
Permits county clerk or register of deeds and mortgages to issue identification card to Gold Star Family Member.
Establishes certain rights for students with military obligations attending public institutions of higher education and permits late
registration for students with military obligations.*
Extends veterans' property tax exemption to tenant shareholders in cooperatives and mutual housing corporations.
Establishes annual grant program to recognize institutions of higher education that offer comprehensive array of veteran programs
Requires Adjutant General of DMVA send weekly reports to Commissioner of DOH on status of veterans' homes in State during
every future public health emergency; requires such reports through December 31, 2021. *
Requires DMVA veterans' memorial homes to hold quarterly town hall meetings with veterans' guardians.
Allows veteran's guardian to remove veteran from DMVA veterans' memorial home under certain emergency circumstances.
Requires DMVA veterans' memorial homes to communicate with veterans' guardians via at least two communication means.
Requires administrator and assistant administrator at State veterans' memorial home have prior work experience in clinical setting.
Requires position of resident advocate at each State veterans' memorial home.
Requires DMVA veterans' facilities provide payroll-based journal information to NJ Long-Term Care Ombudsman.
Requires Director of Division of Veterans' Healthcare Services in DMVA to have prior clinical and long-term care experience.
Allows veteran or personal representative to withdraw honorable discharge papers from county clerk.
Requires DOH to publish total number of COVID-19 deaths and cases in long-term care facilities.*
Allows active duty service members to provide document other than DD-214 when claiming veterans' preference for civil service.
Provides civil service preference to military service members who did not serve in theater of operation but received campaign or
Upgrades certain crimes of misrepresenting oneself as member or veteran of US Armed Forces or organized militia.
Permits dependents of military member to enroll in school district in advance of military member's relocation to district.
Appropriates $500,000 for USS New Jersey Commissioning Committee to support commissioning of boat and assigned personnel.
Permits county clerk or register of deeds and mortgages to issue identification card to Gold Star Family Member.
Requires Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services in DHS to accept permanent change of station order for purposes of
satisfying residency requirement for provision of home and community based services under certain circumstances.
Increases allowance paid to war veterans with certain service-connected disabilities.
Establishes "Purple Star Schools Program" in DOE to recognize schools which emphasize importance of assisting children of military
Exempts discharge of student loan debt of certain veterans through the federal Total and Permanent Disability discharge process
from taxation under the gross income tax.
Authorizes military service members, spouses, and dependents with out-of-state domicile to operate motor vehicles in New Jersey.
Summary of Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations for Veterans Affairs, Programs and Related Agencies
The Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies bill (H.R. 2617, (P.L. 117-328). The FY2023 Consolidated
Appropriations Act) for fiscal year 2023, provides the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and related agencies with $135.2 billion in
non-defense discretionary funding, as well as $168.6 billion in mandatory funding. This is $34 billion above fiscal year 2022 levels.
The bill further provides advance appropriations for fiscal year 2024, including $128.1 billion for veterans' medical care and $155.4
billion for veterans' benefits.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – $134.7 billion in discretionary appropriations for VA, an increase of $22.5 billion above the
fiscal year 2022 enacted level and $328.7 million below the President’s budget request:
$118.7 billion for Veterans Medical Care, an increase of $21.7 billion above the fiscal year 2022 enacted level and equal to the
President’s budget request. This will provide care for 7.3 million patients expected to be treated by VA in fiscal year 2023. This
$13.9 billion for Mental Healthcare, including $498 million for suicide prevention outreach. This will support the nearly 2
million veterans who receive mental health services in a VA specialty mental health setting, as well as support suicide prevention
services like the Veterans Crisis Line.
$2.7 billion for Homeless Assistance Programs. This funding will enhance VA’s ability to reach homeless veterans.
$337 million Rural Health, $10 million more than fiscal year 2022, to support improved access to care, including expanded
access to transportation and telehealth.
$1.9 billion for Caregivers, $493 million more than fiscal year 2022, to help VA implement this program consistent with
$840.5 million for Women’s Health, equal to fiscal year 2022, for gender-specific healthcare services, as well as initiatives and
improvements to healthcare facilities.
$183.3 million for Substance Use Disorder programs. This funding will help support care for the over 540,000 veterans who
had a substance-use disorder diagnosis in 2021. Additionally, $663 million is for opioid abuse prevention, an increase of $41 million
above the fiscal year 2022 enacted level and equal to the budget request.
$86 million for Whole Health Initiatives. This will enable VA to expand and improve a program that focuses on veterans’
overall health and well-being.
Additionally, $128.1 billion in advance of fiscal year 2024 funding for Veterans Medical Care, equal to the President’s budget
request. This funding will provide for medical services, medical community care, medical support and compliance, and medical
VA Non-Medical Care Programs - VA non-Medical Care programs, which are $1.2 billion above the fiscal year 2022 enacted level. This
$916 million for Medical and Prosthetic Research, an increase of $34 million above the fiscal year 2022 enacted level and
equal to the President’s budget request. This funding will allow VA to fund approximately 2,697 total projects and partner with more
than 200 medical schools and other academic institutions.
$1.76 billion for VA Electronic Health Records Modernization, to continue implementation of the VA Electronic Health Record
Modernization initiative, $741 million below the fiscal year 2022 enacted level and equal to the President’s budget request.
$3.86 billion for operating expenses of the Veterans Benefits Administration, an increase of $409 million above the fiscal year
2022 enacted level and equal to the President’s budget request, to ensure the prompt processing of disability claims and efforts to
continue reducing the disability claims backlog.
$2.1 billion for VA Construction programs, equal to the President’s budget request. Within this amount, $1.45 billion is for
Major Construction and $626 million is for Minor Construction.
$150 million for Grants for Construction of State Extended Care Facilities, an increase of $100 million above the fiscal year
2022 enacted level and equal to the President’s budget request. This increase will allow VA to provide more grants to assist states in
constructing state home facilities, for furnishing domiciliary or nursing home care to veterans, and to expand, remodel, or alter
$5 billion in new mandatory funds for the Cost of War Toxic Exposures Fund, established to support costs related to providing
veterans and their families with the benefits and care associated with the eligibility expansions included in the Honoring our
Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022 (P.L. 117-168).
Additionally, $155.4 billion in advance mandatory funding for VA benefit programs.
Related Agencies - $442.7 million in discretionary appropriations for related agencies, an increase of $8.5 million above the fiscal
year 2022 enacted level and $700,000 above the President’s budget request. This amount includes:
$156 million for Arlington National Cemetery, including $60 million to continue the urgently needed Southern Expansion
project that will create 80,000 additional burial spaces. This is equal to the President’s budget request.
$87.5 million for the American Battle Monuments Commission, equal to the fiscal year 2022 enacted level and $700,000 more
than the President’s budget request. This will support continued maintenance of the graves of 124,000 American war dead in
overseas cemeteries, as well as visitor and education services for the more than 3 million visitors expected to visit these sites in
fiscal year 2023.
$152 million for the Armed Forces Retirement Home, $75 million above the fiscal year 2022 enacted level and equal to the
President’s budget request. This will support the needs of the over 800 residents at the two retirement home campuses and invest
in life and safety infrastructure improvements, including construction funds for the renovation of the main resident building on the
$46.9 million for the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, $5.2 million above the fiscal year 2022 enacted level and equal to
the President’s budget request. This increase supports the planned temporary expansion, which will improve the court’s capacity to
adjudicate appeals in a timely manner.
Additional Veterans Bills
Cleland-Dole Act – TheJoseph Maxwell Cleland and Robert Joseph Dole Memorial Veterans Benefits and Health Care Improvement
Act of 2022 will:
Expand eligibility for VA hospital care, medical services, and nursing home care to include all veterans of World War II.
Establish a clinical pathway for prostate cancer, along with increased research.
Cut bureaucratic red tape for veterans who receive clothing allowances. These veterans will no longer need to reapply
Increase oversight of health care providers to ensure veterans receive high quality care.
Improve measurements of wait times for the community care program and pilot scheduling.
Extend eligibility for GI Bill and Veterans Readiness and Employment (VR&E) during national emergencies so educational
benefits are not left unused.
STRONG Veterans Act - The Support the Resiliency of Our Nation’s Great (STRONG) Veterans Act of 2022 is a comprehensive mental
health package that addresses mental health care provided by the VA, including provision to:
Strengthen VA’s mental health care workforce, expand care options, and support mental health research at the Department.
Improve the Veterans Crisis Line’s (VCL) staff training, management, and response to veteran callers at risk of suicide.
Strengthen the Solid Start program, which was created by VA in 2019 to contact every veteran three times by phone in the
first year after they leave active duty service to check-in and help connect them to VA programs and benefits.
Designate one week per year as “Buddy Check Week” to organize outreach events and educate veterans on how to conduct
peer wellness checks.
Expand VA’s peer specialist support program, established through the VA MISSION Act, to all VA medical centers.
Expand Vet Center eligibility for counseling and related mental health services to family members of servicemembers or
veterans of the Armed Forces who died by suicide.
Require VA to report to Congress on the Department’s Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) program and
assess the number of VA medical centers, institutions of higher learning, non-college degree programs, and student veterans
supported by the program.
The package also includes provisions to improve mental health outreach to Native American veterans and minority veterans,
bolster VA’s outreach to justice-involved veterans, expand Vet Center eligibility to student veterans, and allow Native American tribes
to participate in VA’s Governors’ Challenge veteran suicide prevention program.
Please go to Congress.gov to view Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations for Veterans Affairs, H.R. 2617, (P.L. 117-328
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