Benefits - General
Arkansas National Guard members, their families, retirees and veterans, as
well as retirees and veterans of other military branches are oftentimes eligible
for numerous discounts or lower-cost purchase prices for different goods,
programs and other opportunities.
We strive to continue to bring various benefits of this type to our members
and others through partnering, while many other benefits are available directly.
In partnership with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, we are pleased to
offer Arkansas Resident Hunting and Fishing Licenses as an additional benefit
for Arkansas Guard members who live outside the State of Arkansas. Interested Soldiers/Airmen who
live outside the state must complete the two attached forms (Form1 Form2) and forward both the completed documents with the appropriate
fees to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Commanders should brief this information to their troops during the next
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Military members and retirees in Arkansas are eligible for Arkansas
license plate that show patriotism and are available at a discounted cost.
Plates include Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran and Operation Enduring Freedom.
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These are Issued to any Arkansas
resident who is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. You will need a copy of your form DD214
reflecting service during Operation Enduring Freedom. Registration fee is $3.75.
Vietnam War license plates are available for those who served in Vietnam. You will need a
copy of your form # DD214 reflecting service during the Vietnam War. Registration fees for this plate are $3.75.
Plates cost $4.75 when initially and are $1 to renew. (The normal cost of putting a
plate on an auto or renewing each year is around $25.)
Armed forces members will need their current registration, proof of insurance and a
copy of their DD 214, showing proof of eligibility for the applicable car tag
they want. Active duty members in Central Arkansas who do not have a DD 214 can
take a letter on official letterhead from their commander to the central
revenue office at 1900 West 7th Street in Little Rock that verifies the member
served honorably during the period deployed to the Iraq area of operations for
Afghanistan area of operations.
Service members who receive the Purple Heart Medal for wounds in a war zone are eligible
for a special plate. The Purple Heart Combat W o u n d e d plate is issued to an Arkansas resident who has been awarded the
Purple Heart Medal while serving in the U.S. Armed forces, or a resident who is
the unmarried surviving spouse of a Purple Heart recipient, according to the
state Web site. The initial plate is free, but if one must be re-issued, it
will cost $3.75. To apply for a veteran plate, service members and retirees in
Central Arkansas will have to go to the central revenue office in Little Rock.
Those who live outside of Central Arkansas
should check with their local revenue office for the closest location.
While not discounted, veteran plates are also available. These include World War II,
Korean War, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. You must be an Arkansas
resident who is a retired member of the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps,
Air Force, Coast Guard, or National Guard. You will need a copy of your
retirement orders from one of the listed services. Issuance is limited to no
more than two (2) plates per applicant. Registration fees for these plates are
the regular fee for licensure.
More information is available on the Web at www.arkansas.gov/dfa/motor_vehicle/my_plates_categories.php?category=Military
Supports You group connects heroes and employers. www.hirea-hero.org
is a site that provides assistance to service members transitioning to civilian
work by providing solid job opportunities. The group's Web site, asks
participants to complete a profile about their situation. Those who register with Hire a Hero also can search and apply
for jobs with military-friendly employers on the site. Hire
a Hero is a supporter of America Supports You, a Defense Department program
connecting citizens and corporations with military personnel and their families
serving at home and abroad.
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Offers free prep for SAT, ACT. A company that makes test-preparation products
for students gearing up for college entrance exams is offering free materials to
service members and their families. eKnowledge is an online- and CD-ROM-based
learning program that teaches test-taking techniques for the Scholastic Aptitude
Test, or SAT, and American College Test, or ACT, among others. The company plans
to expand its coverage soon by offering complimentary
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Test-prep products usually run $300 to $400. SAT and ACT exam scores often weigh heavily
in college admission. Service members or families that are interested in more information or receiving free
eKnowledge products can complete an online request form at www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil
by following the link to "Donation: VSG/NFL Players".
can also be made by calling eKnowledge at 951-256-4076 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.