Benefits in my Backyard: Alaska

It’s against the law to push a moose out of a plane or giving one a beer.

Jonathan Kaupanger
April 20, 2018 - 12:53 pm

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Alaska is home to just over 70,000 veterans.  There’s more coastline in this state, then all other 49 states combined.  Because of the long summer days here, this state produces some massive produce.  In recent years they’ve pulled up a 35 pound broccoli, a 65 pound cantaloupe and a cabbage weighing 138 lbs.  In Anchorage you can’t tie your dog to the roof of a car, thankfully.  Here’s an interesting law from Juneau, if you own a flamingo, you can’t let it wander into a barber shop and in Nome, leave your bow and arrows home because you’ll get busted if you walk around town with one.    

Taxes

There’s no personal income tax in Alaska.

  • Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans.  Veterans with a VA, service-connected disability rating of at least 50 percent are exempt from tax on the first $150,000 of the assessed value of their primary home.  This exemption transfers to the spouse if the veteran passes away and the spouse is at least 60 years old.  You will not need to refile for this exemption if there is no change in ownership.  Applications should be submitted to your local assessor’s office.

Education

  • Resident Tuition is available at any University of Alaska System School for active duty, National Guard or their spouses or dependent children.  Veterans eligible for a VA education benefit or their spouse or dependent children are eligible for resident tuition also.
  • Spouse/Dependents of Deceased Veterans Tuition Waiver.  For family members of veterans who died in the line of duty or as a result of injuries sustained while on active duty can apply with the University of Alaska school system.
  • National Guard Tuition Reimbursement. Active members of the Alaska National Guard may receive a 100 percent tuition reimbursement. You must apply for Federal Tuition Assistance in order to receive state tuition reimbursement.

Career

  • On request, when applying for Alaska state jobs, veterans’ preference points may be applied to veterans with an honorable discharge. 
    • 10 percent added to the passing score for veterans with a service-connected disability
    • 5 percent is added to the passing score to eligible veterans
  • Workplace Alaska.  Post your resume and search for employment in Alaska
  • Veteran Services through Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Family

Entertainment

Housing

Cemetery and Burial

  • Veterans residing in the state are eligible to receive certain end of life benefits.  For more information call (907) 384-7075.
  • Eligibility Determination Form.  Pre-needs determination is intended to simplify and assist the veteran’s next-of-kin at the time of death.  This does not reserve a plot or niche at the cemetery.  

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