Alaska State Veteran's Benefits
Veterans Land Discount/Purchase Preference
The Veterans Land Discount program allows certain veterans a 25% discount on the purchase price of state residential/recreational land. The discount may be used only once during the veteran's lifetime and may not be used in conjunction with the veterans preference.
Under the Veterans Land Sale Preference, before offering to the general public any unoccupied residential land by auction, a veteran has the exclusive opportunity purchase the land at a restricted sale at fair appraised market value. Parcels that are offered under this preference must be five acres or less, classified as settlement land and zoned for residential use only.
Property Tax Exemptions
Real property owned and occupied as the primary residence and permanent place of abode by a qualified disabled veteran whose disability was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty and whose disability has been rated as 50 percent or more by the military service or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is exempt from taxation on the first $150,000.00 of assessed valuation. The exemption transfers to a spouse if the veteran passes away and the spouse is at least 60 years of age.
Veterans Housing and Residential Loans
The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) administers the Veterans Mortgage Program which offers financing for qualified veterans at lower interest rates. Active duty service in the Armed Forces, Public Health Service, NOAA or service as a cadet at the US Military, Air Force, Coast Guard or Naval Academy may qualify. Loans are generally processed rapidly, require little or no down payment, and often include lower interest.
Qualified veterans can receive a one percent interest rate reduction on the first $50,000 of the loan amount. Veterans must meet "State Vet" income limits. AHFC grants a preference to veterans for the rent or sale of a portion of its low cost housing projects units.
Veterans Employment Services
The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development has 21 Job Centers across the state. The Anchorage (Midtown and Muldoon), Fairbanks, and Wasilla Job Centers have on-site Veteran Representatives; however, all Job Centers provide priority services to qualified veterans and their eligible spouses. Services include:
Military Credit for State Retirement
Qualified individuals may be eligible for additional credit for up to five years of military service. Military service will increase your retirement service and monthly benefits. Surviving Spouses of Service members may also be eligible. Upon separation from the Alaska National Guard or Naval Militia qualifying individuals may receive a small benefit payment. Anyone with 20 years of service in the Alaska National Guard, National Guard of any other state, Active military service, or Reserve military service combined; at least five years must have been satisfactory service in the Alaska National Guard unless discharge was involuntary and for reasons other than misconduct.
Employment Preference for Veterans
A veteran or national guard member may be entitled to a 5% point preference when applying for a state government job if they meet all other qualifications. Likewise, a disabled veteran or former POW is entitled to 10% point preference.
If the job doesn’t use a numerical rating system in determining candidates, consideration shall be afforded to a veteran; additionally, an opportunity to interview for the position shall be afforded to a disabled veteran or a former prisoner of war.
Free Tuition for Spouse or Dependent of Armed Services Member
The spouse or dependent of an armed services member who died in the line of duty or who died as a result of injuries sustained while in the line of duty or who was listed by the Department of Defense as a Prisoner of War or as Missing in Action is entitled to a waiver of undergraduate tuition and fees the students must be in good standing in a state supported educational institution in Alaska.
Waiver of Commercial Driving Skills Test
The DMV may waive the commercial motor vehicle driving test for certain drivers with recent military commercial motor vehicle experience.
Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Active members of the Alaska National Guard and Alaska military reserves stationed in the State of Alaska who meet residency requirements may receive a free hunting and sport fishing license. Members of the military service who are on active duty permanently stationed in Alaska, or a dependent of a member of the military service on active duty permanently stationed in Alaska, and who have met residency requirements may apply for military licenses at the time of license application and pay the same rate as a resident.
Disabled Veteran Hunting and Fishing License
Disabled Veteran resident hunting and sport fishing licenses are available at no charge to honorably discharged veterans with a 50% or greater service-connected disability and Alaska residency. Applicants must have lived in Alaska for 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the application.
Alaska Marine Highway System
A reduced fare pass is available for travel on Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) vessels for U.S. veterans having a service-connected veteran's disability. The pass entitles the disabled veteran and an attendant (if required by physician) to travel at half the regular passenger fare. Reduced fare does not include vehicle or stateroom. The pass is valid for travel between Alaskan ports on all AMHS vessels, year-round.
State Camping Pass for Disabled Veterans
The legislature granted Disabled Veterans (DAV) the right to receive one Alaska State Park Camping Pass free of charge. The DAV Camping Pass, which is valid in all developed Alaska State Park campgrounds and is good for two years.
Alaska Railroad Discount
The Alaska Railroad offers a 20% discount to active duty, military retirees and dependents. ID showing proof of status must be shown at boarding.
Visit the Alaska State VA website to get more details about any of these programs.