Benefits in my Backyard: North Dakota

This is the least-visited state in the country

Jonathan Kaupanger
August 07, 2018 - 1:23 pm



Over 53,000 veterans live in the Peace Garden State. The world’s largest hamburger was eaten in Rutland, North Dakota. It weighed 3,591 pounds and fed more than 8,000 people.  Most of the pasta made in the U.S. is from North Dakota durum wheat. There’s a big pasta party in Grand Forks each year to honor the crop. It’s illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on here. Beer and pretzels can’t be served at the same time in bars. And in Fargo, you can be jailed for wearing a hat while dancing.


North Dakota does not provide any special deductions for retired military members.

  • Property Tax Exemption. There are two different exemptions for disabled Veterans. With both, veterans must have an honorable discharge and the home must be their primary residence. The surviving spouse of qualified veterans may claim these exemptions unless they remarry.  For help with VA letters and forms, contact your Veteran Service Officer. Contact your local tax assessor’s office for more information and to turn in your application.


  • College & University Certifying Officials. Campus representatives authorized to sign and submit forms to VA on your behalf.  They verify enrollment, document changes in status and report anything that will affect benefits.
  • Dependent Tuition Waiver. For any dependent of a resident veteran who was killed in action, died from wounds or other service-connected causes, was totally disabled as a result of service-connected causes, died from service-connected disabilities, was a prisoner of war, declared missing in action. For any North Dakota state-supported institution of higher education, technical or vocational school. You’ll receive free tuition if you obtain a bachelor’s degree or certificate of completion within a 45-month or 10-semester period. Contact your school’s financial aid department for more information. 
  • Non-College Degree Schools that offer programs for veterans.
  • On-the-Job and Apprenticeship Programs




  • Hunting/Fishing Licenses.  Apply at the Bismarck Headquarters office or mail the application with a check. Include a copy of your VA Disability Rating dated within the last 12 months.
    • Game. Resident 100 percent disabled veterans may buy a combined general game, habitat stamp, small game, and fur-bearer license for $3.00, with an additional fee of $1.00 to purchase the resident certificate.
    • Fishing. Veterans with a 50 percent disability may buy a resident fishing license for $6.00.
    • State Park Fees.  Veterans with aa 50 percent or more service-connected disability and former POWs are eligible for a free annual permit. All other veterans with service-connected disabilities may purchase an annual permit for $20.


Cemetery and Burial

  • The North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery is located in the southwest corner of Fort Abraham Lincoln State ParkEmail or call (701) 667-1418 for more information.
  • 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. There is no cost for this.

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