New Jersey Military and Veterans Legislation


Fred Vineyard
Legislative Director
fav1126005@aol.com

New law allows injured veterans to recoup erroneous severance taxes

 

Service And Guide Dogs

 

Bill to Exempt Vets' Organizations from State Filing Fee Now Law

 

Bill to Create ‘NJ Stolen Valor Act’ Advances - Cape May County Herald

 

New Law Concerning hiring preference for veterans

 

Act concerning the burial of indigent veterans (Sponsored by New Jersey AMVETS)

 

Burial Allowances

 

NJ MVC Veteran's Honorary Designation

 

Income Tax Exemption for Veterans

 

VA Announces Rollout and Application Process for New Veterans ID Card

 

Veterans Exemption Form

 

P.L. 2019, CHAPTER 469

 

 

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).

License extensions

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 requirements.

Registration refunds

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:

Service-disabled or blind veterans

You may qualify for free registration, if you meet the following classifications:

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 Commission
Government Unit
P.O. Box 016
Trenton, 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, click here.

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 your dependents. 

Providing Documentation
You 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:

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 using:

 

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

 

NJDVSSE

Press Release: NJHA, UHF Announce $1.35M Grant to Bolster Veterans’ Mental Health Initiatives in New Jersey.

 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 community engagement.

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

“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 Foundation
Through 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 Facebook.com/UHGGives.

 

Contacts:

Kerry McKean Kelly                            L.D. Platt

New Jersey Hospital Association     United Health Foundation

(609) 275-4069                                     (202) 654-8830

kmckean@njha.com                            LD_Platt@uhg.com

 

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.

P.L. 2019, c.500 (A5344)    Veteran information on State Park Admission,  Workforce Development,  ID Cards,  Veteran Motorcycle License Plates,  various defined “Veteran” definitions

P.L. 2019, c.463 (A1277)      Homeless

P.L. 2019, c.326 (A790)         Combat to College Act

S307/A4362 
     Creates Veterans Diversion Program to divert eligible servicemembers away from criminal justice system and into appropriate case management and mental health services.

     5/1/2017 Approved P.L.2017, c.42.

S1856/A3846 
     Provides for retained eligibility for members of NJ National Guard or reserve component of US Armed Forces called to active federal military service who met maximum age requirement at closing date of civil service examination.

     5/1/2017 Approved P.L.2017, c.54.

S2856/A4402

     Requires DMVA to notify county veterans' affairs office of death of certain military service members; requires office to have Gold Star liaisons.

     5/1/2017 Approved P.L.2017, c.57.

S2857/A4403

     Requires Adjutant General to create informational webpage for Gold Star families.

     5/1/2017 Approved P.L.2017, c.58.

P.L.2017, c.134.   -see   S2883 
Extends eligibility for veterans' property tax deduction and disabled veterans' property tax exemption to members of the United States Armed Forces assigned to the rescue and recovery mission at the World Trade Center between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002. 

Pamphlet Law 4 pages   Approved 7/21/2017 PDF Format    HTML Format

 

.L.2017, c.188.   -see   S1497 
Designates Killed in Action flag as an official State flag; mandates it be displayed at certain public buildings. 

Advance Law 2 pages   Approved 8/7/2017 PDF Format    HTML Format

2787 Permits conduct of punch-board games under raffle license. 
State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation 

 

    New Jersey New laws

A-3534/S-2086 (A.M. Bucco, Singleton, Webber, Benson, Moriarty/A.R. Bucco, Van Drew) - Permits authorities and local units operating water supply or sewerage facilities to waive, reduce, or defer sewerage and water service fees for deployed military personnel

Governor siged in to law 1/09/2016

P.L.2015, c.80.   -see   A1883 
Revises exemption from license requirement for raffles for door prizes of donated or purchased merchandise; increases total retail value from $50 to $200 or higher if permitted.

Pamphlet Law 2 pages   Approved 8/6/2015 PDF Format    HTML Format

P.L.2015, c.97.   -see   S2508 
Authorizes certain county veteran identification cards to serve as proof of status for veteran designation on driver's license or identification card. 

Pamphlet Law 2 pages   Approved 8/10/2015 PDF Format    HTML Format

P.L.2015, c.118.   -see   A4104 
New Jersey Stolen Valor Act; makes unauthorized use of military uniforms, medals or insignias, and certain false statements regarding receipt of military awards with intent to obtain benefit crimes of third degree. 

Pamphlet Law 1 pages   Approved 10/26/2015 PDF Format    HTML Format

P.L.2015, c.159.   -see   S1336 
Requires issuance of construction permits for installation of wheelchair ramps on residential real property within 5 business days of application. *

Pamphlet Law 2 pages   Approved 12/2/2015 PDF Format    HTML Format

P.L.2015, c.205.   -see   A3293 
Allows military personnel and veterans to present certain identifying documents in lieu of municipal beach tags to gain admission to certain beaches. 

Pamphlet Law 2 pages   Approved 1/11/2016 PDF Format    HTML Format

P.L.2015, c.218.   -see   S172 
Exempts disabled veterans and Purple Heart recipients from payment of municipal parking meter fees when their vehicles bear a disabled veteran's or Purple Heart license plate or placard issued by New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.*

Pamphlet Law 1 pages   Approved 1/19/2016 PDF Format    HTML Format

P.L.2015, c.246.   -see   S2972 
Requires DMVA assist and mentor veterans through criminal justice system. 

Pamphlet Law 2 pages   Approved 1/19/2016 PDF Format    HTML Format

P.L.2015, c.269.   -see   A1667 
Permits child whose parent or guardian is ordered into active military service to remain enrolled in school district where child's parent or guardian resided prior to active military service.

Pamphlet Law 1 pages   Approved 1/19/2016 PDF Format    HTML Format

P.L.2015, c.273.   -see   A2299 
Requires municipalities to exempt 100% disabled veterans from construction permit surcharge fees for improvements to promote living unit accessibility; appropriates $20,000 for municipal reimbursements.

Pamphlet Law 2 pages   Approved 1/19/2016 PDF Format    HTML Format

P.L.2015, c.290.   -see   A3750 
Requires Adjutant General to create informational webpage for women veterans.* 

Pamphlet Law 3 pages   Approved 1/19/2016 PDF Format    HTML Format

P.L.2015, c.297.   -see   A4148 
Provides an excused absence on Veterans Day for pupil who participates in certain activities for veterans or active duty members of United States Armed Forces or New Jersey National Guard.

Pamphlet Law 1 pages   Approved 1/19/2016 PDF Format    HTML Format

P.L.2015, c.299.   -see   A4323 
Expands timeframe for renewal of driver's license, registration, and inspection by military personnel and immediate family members under certain circumstances.* 

Pamphlet Law 1 pages   Approved 1/19/2016 PDF Format    HTML Format

2016 New Law

P.L.2016, c.16.   -see   A2515 
Establishes New Jersey Military Skills Council. 
Pamphlet Law 2 pages   Approved 7/15/2016 PDF Format    HTML Format

P.L.2016, c.19.   -see   S855 
Requires Commissioner of DCA to promulgate rules and regulations providing for veterans' affordable housing assistance preference.

Pamphlet Law 3 pages   Approved 8/1/2016 PDF Format    HTML Format

P.L.2017, c.19.   -see   A2199 
Establishes veterans' preference for affordable housing in certain housing projects. 

Advance Law 2 pages   Approved 2/10/2017 PDF Format    HTML Format

P.L.2017, c.20.   -see   A2228 
Includes all disabled veterans in NJT discount program for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. 

Advance Law 5 pages   Approved 2/10/2017 PDF Format    HTML Format

P.L.2017, c.21.   -see   A2514 
Permits local units of government to enter into shared services agreements with federal military installations located in the State. 

Advance Law 4 pages   Approved 2/10/2017 PDF Format    HTML Format

P.L.2017, c.20.   -see   A2228 
Includes all disabled veterans in NJT discount program for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. 

Advance Law 5 pages   Approved 2/10/2017 PDF Format    HTML Format

P.L.2017, c.367.   -see   A3150 
Authorizes veterans property tax exemption for totally disabled veterans who did not serve in theater of war.

Pamphlet Law 1 pages   Approved 1/16/2018 PDF Format    HTML Format

P.L.2017, c.380.   -see   A4464 
Permits conduct of punch-board games under raffle license. 

Pamphlet Law 1 pages   Approved 1/16/2018 PDF Format    HTML Format

P.L.2017, c.367.   -see   A3150 
Authorizes veterans property tax exemption for totally disabled veterans who did not serve in theater of war.

Pamphlet Law 1 pages   Approved 1/16/2018 PDF Format    HTML Format

P.L.2017, c.320.   -see   S3449 
Allows counties to prioritize county homelessness trust fund grants for homeless veterans.

Pamphlet Law 1 pages   Approved 1/16/2018 PDF Format    HTML Format

P.L.2017, c.351.   -see   A1856 
Makes certain veterans eligible for certificates of registration under Security Officer Registration Act.

Pamphlet Law 2 pages   Approved 1/16/2018 PDF Format    HTML Format

P.L.2018, c.77.   -see   A837 
Requires public utility to charge veterans' organization residential rate for service delivered to property at which veterans' organization primarily operates.

Pamphlet Law 1 pages   Approved 8/10/2018 PDF Format    HTML Format

New Jersey New Laws AS OF 10/26/2015

 Trenton, NJ – Taking action to further strengthen support for New Jersey’s military members, veterans and their families, Governor Chris Christie today signed several measures designed to encourage entrepreneurship, provide educational opportunity assistance and protect the honor of the service of New Jersey’s military men and women.

“The service and sacrifice of our current military members and veterans to New Jersey and the nation is unequaled,” said Governor Christie. “This administration’s commitment to these brave men and women has never been stronger. By signing these three measures, we are not only reaffirming a pledge to those who serve, we are providing important opportunities for educational access and business development, and upholding the integrity and dignity of their service by punishing those who misrepresent themselves as serving in the military.”

Governor Christie signed the following legislation:

·         A976/S1353 (Assemblymembers Spencer and Schepisi/Senators Bateman and Smith): Creates State Contract Set-Aside programs for businesses owned and operated by disabled veterans;

·         A2849/S1812 (Assemblymembers Mazzeo, Eustace, Johnson, Wilson, Brown, Moriarty/Senators Whelan, Beach): Creates the Military Dependents Scholarship Fund Act to provide college scholarships to the spouses and children of those killed, missing in action or disabled in Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn;

·         A4104/S2704 (Assemblymembers Andzejczak, Garcia, Lagana, Mazzeo, Mukherji, Tucker/Senators Cruz-Perez Van Drew): Creates the Stolen Valor Act, which makes unauthorized use of military uniforms, medals, or insignias to obtain benefit a third degree crime.

Throughout his term in office, Governor Christie has supported New Jersey’s veterans and their families through increased funding and support for various veterans-based housing, employment, and educational services and programs. Additional information for veterans programs and services is available on DMAVA’s website here.

New Jersey Law a of 1/19/2016 

S-172/A-2276 (Whelan, Beach/DeAngelo, Quijano) - Exempts disabled veterans and Purple Heart recipients from payment of municipal parking meter fees when their vehicles bear a disable veteran's or Purple Heart license plate or placard issued by New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission

·        S-2972/A-4465 (Van Drew, Cruz-Perez/Andrzejczak, Tucker, Benson) - Requires DMVA assist and mentor veterans through criminal justice system

·         A-1667/S-2155 (Johnson, DeAngelo, Andrzejczak, Mukherji, Pintor Marin/Van Drew, A.R. Bucco) - Permits child whose parent or guardian is ordered into active military service to remain enrolled in school district where child's parent or guardian resided prior to active military service

·         A-2935/S-1325 (Andrzejczak, Lagana, Webber, Mosquera, Lampitt/Van Drew, A.R. Bucco) - Authorizes property tax deferment for deployed military personnel

·         A-2299/S-239 (Andrzejczak, Benson/Van Drew, Stack) - Requires municipalities to exempt 100% disabled veterans from construction permit surcharge fees for improvements to promote living unit accessibility; appropriates $20,000 for municipal reimbursements

·         A-3552/S-2636 (Mazzeo, Andrzejczak, Mukherji, Benson/Beach, Van Drew) - Creates financial planning assistance program for disabled veterans and their caregivers

·         A-3554/S-2606 (Mazzeo, Andrzejczak, Mukherji, Benson, Danielsen/Beach, Cruz-Perez) - Increases income eligibility cap to receive respite care for certain veterans

·         AS for A-3750/S-2569 (Lampitt, Tucker, Andrzejczak, Singleton, Mosquera/Beach, Allen) - Requires Adjutant General to create informational webpage for women veterans

·         A-4148/S-2731 (Andrzejczak, Benson/Van Drew, Beach) - Provides an excused absence on Veterans Day for pupil who participates in certain activities for veterans or active duty members of United States Armed Forces or New Jersey National Guard

·         A-4323/S-2952 (DeAngelo, Lagana, Muoio, Benson/Beach, Whelan) - Expands timeframe for renewal of driver’s license, registration, and inspection by military personnel and immediate family members under certain circumstances.

·         AJR-117/SJR-85 (Tucker, Holley, Vainieri Huttle/Beach, Whelan, Madden) - Urges Congress to restore funding to Vets4Warriors veteran suicide hotline

 

One Free Copy of Veteran's Death Certificate

A bill was signed into law yesterday that requires the State Registrar
to furnish without fee, upon request, one certified copy of a deceased
veteran's death certificate to certain authorized persons.   The takes
effect immediately.

Requirements
*    This law requires the Department's Vital Statistic's Office to
provide one certified copy of a veteran's death certificate to an
authorized requestor, without fee.

*    The bill defines "authorized requestor" to mean, veteran's legal
representative, the executor or administrator of the veteran's estate,
or to a family member authorized to obtain a copy of the death
certificate.

*    The law defines "fee" to be waived for the certified copy of a
veteran's death certificate, including, but not limited to, any search,
certification, processing, authentication, standards shipping or other
fee that would ordinarily be asked to furnish a certified copy of a
death certificate.

Free Legal Help for Veterans

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ) is offering legal assistance for veterans in New Jersey needing help with military records corrections or discharge upgrades.

 

To apply for this help, call

(973) 645-1955

 

Phone hours

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fridays: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

You will be asked questions about your military service and finances to determine if you are eligible for this program.

VLJ also helps veterans and military personnel with the following legal issues. If you have any of these issues, please ask about our services when you call:

· Criminal Record Expungement
· Driver’s License Restoration
· Child Support Modification



The basic Military Funeral Honors (MFH) ceremony consists of the folding and presentation of the United States flag to the veterans' family and the playing of Taps. The ceremony is performed by a funeral honors detail consisting of at least two members of the Armed Forces.

The Funeral Honors rendered to you or your veteran will be determined by the status of the veteran.  The type of Funeral Honors may be Full Military Honors, 7 Person Detail or a Standard Honors Team Detail.

At least one of the funeral honors detail will be from the Armed Force in which the deceased veteran served.  Taps may be played by a bugler or, if a bugler is not available, by using a quality recorded version. Military Funeral Honor Teams may act as Pall Bearers if requested by the veteran/family.

Who is eligible for Military Funeral Honors?

  • Military members on active duty or in the Selected Reserve.
  • Former military members who served on active duty and departed under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • Former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and departed under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • Former military members discharged from the Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.

Who is not eligible for Military Funeral Honors?

  • Any person separated from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions or whose character of service results in a bar to veteran's benefits. 
  • Any person who was ordered to report to an induction station, but was not actually inducted into military service. 
  • Any person discharged from the Selected Reserve prior to completing one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service for reasons other than a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
  • Any person convicted of a Federal or State capital crime sentenced to death or life imprisonment.

How do I establish veteran eligibility?

The preferred method is the DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.  If the DD Form 214 is not available, any discharge document showing other than dishonorable service can be used.  The DD Form 214 may be obtained by filling out a Standard Form 180 and sending it to:

            National Personnel Records Center(NPRC)
            9700 Page Blvd.
            St. Louis, MO 63132

The Standard Form 180 may be obtained from the National Records Center or via the following web site: http://www.archives.gov/research/order/standard-form-180.pdf

Is anyone else eligible to receive funeral honors?

Yes. Members of the Commissioned Officer Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as members of a Uniformed Service, are also eligible to receive funeral honors.

For NOAA personnel, eligibility is established using NOAA Form 56-16, Report of Transfer or Discharge. If the family does not have a copy of the NOAA Form 56-16, it may by obtained by contacting the Chief, Officer Services Division, NOAA Commissioned Personnel Center at (301) 713-3453, ext 102. or by writing:

          National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
          Commissioned Personnel Center 
          Chief, Officer Services Division (CPC1) 
          1315 East-West Highway, Room 12100 
          Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

For PHS personnel, funeral honors eligibility is established using PHS Form 1867, Statement of Service (equivalent to the DD Form 214).  If the family does not have a copy of the Statement of Service, it may be obtained by contacting the Privacy Coordinator for the Commissioned Corps at (301) 594-3064 or writing:

          Division of Commissioned Personnel/HRS/PSC 
          Attention: Privacy Act Coordinator 
          5600 Fishers Lane 
          4-36 
          Rockville, Maryland 20857

Text of the Veterans Identification Card Act 2015

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on July 20, 2015. The text of the bill below is as ofJul 9, 2015 (Passed Congress/Enrolled Bill).

 

One Hundred Fourteenth Congress of the United States of America

At the First Session

Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday, the sixth day of January, two thousand and fifteen

H. R. 91

AN ACT

To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to issue, upon request, veteran identification cards to certain veterans.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Veterans Identification Card Act 2015.

2.

Veterans identification card

(a)

Findings

Congress makes the following findings:

(1)

Effective on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act, veteran identification cards were issued to veterans who have either completed the statutory time-in-service requirement for retirement from the Armed Forces or who have received a medical-related discharge from the Armed Forces.

(2)

Effective on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act, a veteran who served a minimum obligated time in service, but who did not meet the criteria described in paragraph (1), did not receive a means of identifying the veteran’s status as a veteran other than using the Department of Defense form DD–214 discharge papers of the veteran.

(3)

Goods, services, and promotional activities are often offered by public and private institutions to veterans who demonstrate proof of service in the military, but it is impractical for a veteran to always carry Department of Defense form DD–214 discharge papers to demonstrate such proof.

(4)

A general purpose veteran identification card made available to veterans would be useful to demonstrate the status of the veterans without having to carry and use official Department of Defense form DD–214 discharge papers.

(5)

On the day before the date of the enactment of this Act, the Department of Veterans Affairs had the infrastructure in place across the United States to produce photographic identification cards and accept a small payment to cover the cost of these cards.

(b)

Provision of veteran identification cards

Chapter 57 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding after section 5705 the following new section:

5706.

Veterans identification card

(a)

In general

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall issue an identification card described in subsection (b) to each veteran who—

(1)

requests such card;

(2)

presents a copy of Department of Defense form DD–214 or other official document from the official military personnel file of the veteran that describes the service of the veteran; and

(3)

pays the fee under subsection (c)(1).

(b)

Identification card

An identification card described in this subsection is a card issued to a veteran that—

(1)

displays a photograph of the veteran;

(2)

displays the name of the veteran;

(3)

explains that such card is not proof of any benefits to which the veteran is entitled to;

(4)

contains an identification number that is not a social security number; and

(5)

serves as proof that such veteran—

(A)

served in the Armed Forces; and

(B)

has a Department of Defense form DD–214 or other official document in the official military personnel file of the veteran that describes the service of the veteran.

(c)

Costs of card

(1)

The Secretary shall charge a fee to each veteran who receives an identification card issued under this section, including a replacement identification card.

(2)
(A)

The fee charged under paragraph (1) shall equal such amount as the Secretary determines is necessary to issue an identification card under this section.

(B)

In determining the amount of the fee under subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall ensure that the total amount of fees collected under paragraph (1) equals an amount necessary to carry out this section, including costs related to any additional equipment or personnel required to carry out this section.

(C)

The Secretary shall review and reassess the determination under subparagraph (A) during each five-year period in which the Secretary issues an identification card under this section.

(3)

Amounts collected under this subsection shall be deposited in an account of the Department available to carry out this section. Amounts so deposited shall be—

(A)

merged with amounts in such account;

(B)

available in such amounts as may be provided in appropriation Acts; and

(C)

subject to the same conditions and limitations as amounts otherwise in such account.

(d)

Effect of card on benefits

(1)

An identification card issued under this section shall not serve as proof of any benefits that the veteran may be entitled to under this title.

(2)

A veteran who is issued an identification card under this section shall not be entitled to any benefits under this title by reason of possessing such card.

(e)

Administrative measures

(1)

The Secretary shall ensure that any information collected or used with respect to an identification card issued under this section is appropriately secured.

(2)

The Secretary may determine any appropriate procedures with respect to issuing a replacement identification card.

(3)

In carrying out this section, the Secretary shall coordinate with the National Personnel Records Center.

(4)

The Secretary may conduct such outreach to advertise the identification card under this section as the Secretary considers appropriate.

(f)

Construction

This section shall not be construed to affect identification cards otherwise provided by the Secretary to veterans enrolled in the health care system established under section 1705(a) of this title.

 

.

(c)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 5705 the following new item:

 

5706. Veterans identification card.

 

.

(d)

Effective date

The amendments made by this Act shall take effect on the date that is 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

 

Speaker of the House of Representatives

 

Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate.

S307/A4362 
     Creates Veterans Diversion Program to divert eligible servicemembers away from criminal justice system and into appropriate case management and mental health services.

     5/1/2017 Approved P.L.2017, c.42.

S1856/A3846 
     Provides for retained eligibility for members of NJ National Guard or reserve component of US Armed Forces called to active federal military service who met maximum age requirement at closing date of civil service examination.

     5/1/2017 Approved P.L.2017, c.54.

S2856/A4402

     Requires DMVA to notify county veterans' affairs office of death of certain military service members; requires office to have Gold Star liaisons.

     5/1/2017 Approved P.L.2017, c.57.

S2857/A4403

     Requires Adjutant General to create informational webpage for Gold Star families.

     5/1/2017 Approved P.L.2017, c.58.

A-4019/S-2491 (Mazzeo, Mukherji, Andrzejczak, Land, DeCroce, McKnight, Danielsen/Cruz-Perez, Madden) - Permits eligible students who are members of United States Armed Forces to wear military uniform at high school graduation

DD FORM 214 — SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT Please share this with anyone who had active duty service between January 1957 to December 31, 2001:

You qualify for a higher social security payment because of your Military service, for active duty any time from 1957 through 2001 . Up to $1200 per year of earnings credit credited at time of application – which can make a substantial difference in social security monthly payments upon your retirement. You must bring your DD-214 to the Social Security Office and you must ask for this benefit to receive it!
Soc Sec website: 
http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/military.htm

This is something to put in your files for when you apply for Social Security down the road.. It is NOT just for retirees, BUT anyone who has served on active duty between January 1957 to December 31, 2001.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: David Cowgill, Communications Manager

PHONE: (412) 822-3318

DATE:  June 30, 2017 

VBA Appeals Hearings Now Held

 Virtually in Southern New Jersey

Pittsburgh — In partnership with the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), veterans, and elected officials, and in an effort to improve veteran satisfaction, VA Healthcare – VISN 4 and the VA Medical Center in Wilmington, Delaware, are working to improve the compensation and pension appeals process for veterans in southern New Jersey.  Previously, many of the area’s veterans who appealed a decision for a service-connected disability rating by VBA had to drive to Philadelphia for a hearing.  Now, veterans can use VA’s secure network of telecommunications technology at the Atlantic, Cumberland  and Cape May County VA outpatient clinics for virtual appeals hearings, eliminating long drives to Philadelphia.   

“With the help of this equipment, veterans will be able to engage in the appeals process without the associated costs and stress of traveling,” said Vince Kane, director of the Wilmington VAMC. “We saw an opportunity to improve this process for our veterans and their families, and it made sense. By leveraging VA equipment, we are going to reduce, and in many cases eliminate, unnecessary travel for our veterans and their family members.”

“Over the past year, we have seen positive results for, and response by, South Jersey veterans who could access more health care services at our clinics,” said U.S. Congressman Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02). “Today’s announcement starts to bring the VA benefits closer to home, and make them more readily available for our veterans. I appreciate VA’s continued partnership with my office, VSOs and our veterans to finally address long-term shortcomings in VA services in South Jersey.”

When a Veteran disagrees with their rating decision, they have the opportunity to have their rating decision adjudicated in a face-to-face hearing. Hearings are usually held at the Philadelphia Veterans Benefits Regional Office. Previously, veterans in southern New Jersey had to travel to the Philadelphia VA Regional Office for the hearing. Now it can be done virtually over this secure network, eliminating the drive.

“It makes sense for the veterans and for VA,” said Diana Rubens, director of the Philadelphia VA Regional Office. “We are pleased to be able to partner with the Wilmington VA Medical Center to offer this service to veterans.”

“In partnership with elected officials, Veterans Service Organizations, and other stakeholders, we are making progress in how and where we deliver care and other services to our veterans in southern New Jersey,” said Kane. “The appeals process has been a challenge for a lot of veterans, and we are excited to be able to partner with VBA for this purpose. We want to expand its use so veterans can get other services, including compensation and pension exams, closer to their homes.”

VA Healthcare – VISN 4  and the Wilmington VAMC administer the health care delivery to veterans in southern New Jersey at VA outpatient clinics in Vineland, Northfield, and Cape May, New Jersey. If you are a veteran, you may be eligible to receive care and benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Visit www.vets.gov to learn more.

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 Package to Provide Free Mental Health Services, Extend Certain Benefits to Gold Star Families Now Law

TRENTON – A legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Lou Greenwald, Gordon Johnson, Bruce R. Land, Bob Andrzejczak, Vince Mazzeo, Eric Houghtaling, Dan Benson, Patricia Jones, Raj Mukherji and Joseph Danielsen to provide mental health services and other resources to Gold Star families has been signed into law.

The term "Gold Star" describes a family member who has lost a loved one in military service. A Gold Star Family member is defined to mean a spouse, domestic partner, partner in a civil union, parent, brother, sister, child, legal guardian, or other legal custodian.

"Gold Star families have given the greatest sacrifice they can for our freedoms, and we need to do our part to support them," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "This will provide needed support to navigate the challenges and difficulties they face in the wake of losing a loved one."

The first law (A-4399), sponsored by Greenwald, Johnson, Andrzejczak, Jones, Mazzeo, Houghtaling and Mukherji, establishes the “Gold Star Family Counseling Program” in the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) to help provide Gold Star family members with mental health care.

The Gold Star Family Counseling Program will recruit health care professionals to provide mental health counseling to Gold Star family members free of charge. Specifically, the DMVA is directed to recruit psychologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, social workers, and family counselors to provide counseling to Gold Star family members. In exchange for the counseling, the mental health care professionals could receive an annual tax credit equal to the compensation foregone for a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 40 hours of donated counseling time each year.

“Family members dealing with the untimely death of a loved one are often left with deep emotional wounds that can take a long time to heal,” said Johnson (D-Bergen). “Providing free mental health services can give these families the support they need to get through the grieving process.”

“The untimely death of a loved is devastating,” said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland) “Behind every soldier is a military family that contributed to the safety of our country. We have a responsibility to ensure their stability and well-being when they suffer a loss.”

“For many of these families, there is no getting back to normal,” said Jones (D-Camden/Gloucester). “It is important that we facilitate access to mental health care services for those families who need the caring intervention of a mental health professional.”

“Gold Star families deserve our support,” said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). “While none of this will bring their loved one back, we should make every effort to let them know they are not alone.”

“Grieving Gold Star families should not have to deal with bureaucratic hurdles,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). “We should facilitate access to valuable resources and services so that these families are able to get the help they need as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

“A sudden death can take a toll on families not just emotionally, but financially,” said Mukherji (D-Hudson). “This provides Gold Star families who are grieving the opportunity to get the help they need without having to worry about the financial implications.”

The second law (A-4401), sponsored by Greenwald, Land, Andrzejczak, Mazzeo, Houghtaling, Benson and Danielsen, authorizes the Chief Administrator of the Motor Vehicle Commission to approve and issue a driver’s license and an identification card with a Gold Star Family designation for certain family members of servicemen and servicewomen who lost their lives while on active duty.

Under the law, the holder of a driver’s license or identification card with a Gold Star Family designation will be eligible for certain benefits, including:

• Free or reduced price admission to New Jersey beaches;

• Free admission to State parks and forests;

• Free admission to the New Jersey State Museum;

• Waiver of license fees charged by several professional and occupational licensing boards in the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety; and

• Admission into homes, institutions, and hospitals administered by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA)

“We are indebted to these brave soldiers and their families. Anything we can do to make life a little easier for them is the honorable thing to do,” said Land (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland).

“A sudden death can take a toll on families not just emotionally, but financially,” said Danielsen (D-Middlesex/Somerset). “This can help ease some of that burden for Gold Star families.”

 

Trenton, NJ - Governor Chris Christie announced that he has taken action on the following pending legislation:

BILL SIGNINGS:

SS-726/A-4460 (Cruz-Perez, Oroho/Jones, Mosquera, Downey, Johnson) – Extends full protection of Law Against Discrimination to persons having liability for service in Armed Forces of United States; guarantees equal employment opportunity in State contracting to all veterans

S-1359/A-4096 (A.R. Bucco, Stack/A.M. Bucco, Vainieri Huttle, McKnight, Mazzeo) - Guarantees full and equal access to all housing to disabled persons who retain their retired service or guide dog as a pet, and who also obtain a new service or guide dog

S-1497/A-3225 (A.R. Bucco, Pennacchio/Dancer, Clifton, Munoz, A.M. Bucco) - Designates Killed in Action flag as an official State flag; mandates it be displayed at certain public buildings

S-1660/A-770 (Van Drew, Cruz-Perez/Andrzejczak, Land, Houghtaling, DeAngelo, Johnson) - Provides for voluntary contributions by taxpayers on gross income tax returns for maintenance of certain State memorials honoring war veterans

S-1750/A-2729 (Madden, Cruz-Perez/A.M. Bucco, DeAngelo, Space, Mosquera, Wisniewski, DeCroce, Mukherji, Jones) - Establishes special motorcycle license plates for veterans

A-445/S-1661 (Mazzeo, Pinkin, DeAngelo, Chiaravalloti/Van Drew, A.R. Bucco) - Provides for voluntary contributions by taxpayers on gross income tax returns for the NJ World War II Veterans' Memorial Fund

S726 Aca (1R) Extends full protection of Law Against Discrimination to persons having liability for service in Armed Forces of United States; guarantees equal employment opportunity in State contracting to all veterans. 
Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor 

P.L. 2017, c.0166 (A3749)

Here are the bills that were signed into law by NJ Governor Jan 15,2018 For Military and Veterans

BILLS SIGNED:

·                      

Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

C.48:2-21.41  Definitions relative to veterans’ organization which qualify for residential rate.

      1.  a.  As used in P.L.2018, c.77 (C.48:2-21.41):

      "Armed forces" means the air, land, and sea forces established by State or federal law.

      “Public utility” shall have the same meaning as provided in R.S.48:2-13.

      “Veterans’ organization” means an organization dedicated to serving the needs of veterans of the armed forces that: is chartered under federal law, qualifies as a tax exempt organization under paragraph (19) of subsection (c) of section 501 of the federal Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 U.S.C. s.501 (c)(19), or that is organized as a corporation under the “New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation Act,” N.J.S.15A:1-1 et seq.

      b.   Notwithstanding any law, rule, regulation, or order to the contrary, a public utility shall charge a veterans’ organization a residential rate for service delivered to the property at which the veterans’ organization primarily operates, if the residential rate is lower than the commercial rate for service at that property.

      c.   A public utility, in consultation with the Board of Public Utilities, shall establish a reasonable procedure by which an organization may certify itself as a veterans’ organization with the public utility for the purposes of subsection b. of this section.

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately 

     Approved August 10, 2018.


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