New Mexico


Benefits of New Mexico VA Loans for Veterans.

Veterans and Service Members, you’ve earned your VA eligibility- apply for your VA Loan today and become a homeowner in the beautiful State of New Mexico! New Mexico State loves its Veterans and offers generous Financial Benefits, Employment Benefits, Education Benefits, Transition, Recreation and Other Benefits to its Veterans and Service Members. Call the beautiful State of New Mexico your home today!

Financial Benefits

Does the State of New Mexico offer Property Tax Exemption for Veterans?

Yes. Veteran residents of New Mexico who served a minimum of 90 consecutive days active duty and received an honorable discharge are eligible to receive a $4,000 reduction in the taxable value of their real property. Veterans who are rated 100% service-connected disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are eligible for a complete property tax exemption on their primary residence. To apply, complete the New Mexcico Veterans' Tax Exemption form and submit to:

New Mexico Department of Veterans Services
PO Box 2324
Santa Fe, NM 87504-2324

What is the Exemption from Excise Taxes on Vehicle Purchases offered in the State of New Mexico?

A Veteran who suffered the loss or complete loss of use of one or more limbs as a result of their military service is eligible for a complete exemption from excise taxes when purchasing a new vehicle. To apply, complete the New Mexico Application for Handicapped License Plate form and submit to:

MVD Vehicle Services Bureau
Special Services Section
PO Box 1028
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-1028

Employment Benefits

Does the State of New Mexico offer a Civil Service Preference for Veterans applying for State Employment?

Yes. Honorably discharged Veterans or anyone currently serving in the National Guard are eligible to receive five (5) points added to their passing numerical score on examinations performed by the New Mexico State Personnel Office when applying for employment with the State of New Mexico. Honorably discharged Veterans with a service-connected disability shall have ten (10) points added to their passing numerical score.

What is the 5% Procurement Advantage for Veteran-Owned Business or Contractors in the State of New Mexico?

An additional 5% hiring preference for veteran-owned business or contractors is set aside by the State of New Mexico over the existing 5% preference currently established for locally-owned business for state contracts and employment.

What is the Apprenticeship Training program offered to Veterans in the State of New Mexico?

The State of New Mexico offers apprenticeship and theoretical training programs to qualified Veterans. Typical opportunities offered include: carpenters, ironworkers, sheet-metal workers, plumbers, construction and architectural design. A minimum of 2,000 hours of on-the-job training is required, in addition to a minimum of 144 hours yearly of related instruction.

All internship programs meet standards established by the U.S. Department of Labor and typical last between two and five years. Veterans sign a contact establishing the length and scope of the training. During the apprenticeship, a Veteran can receive their G.I. Bill benefits while working full time and earning a salary. For more information, call (505) 383-2431.

What On-The-Job Training is offered to Veterans in the State of New Mexico?

New Mexico State offers On-The-Job Training to qualified Veterans in programs lasting between six months and two years under the supervision of skilled workers. Upon completion of the program, the Veteran is awarded a certificate indicating successful completion of the training program.

Some of the programs currently being offered are: Heating and Air Conditioning Repair, Law Enforcement, Security and Corrections Officer Training, Warehouse Operations, Shipping and Receiving Clerks, Landscaping, Welding, Commercial Painting, Auto Mechanics, and Beverage and Food Industry. For more information, call (505) 383-2431.

What is the Returning Heroes Wildland Firefighter Program offered in the State of New Mexico?

The Returning Heroes Wildland Firefighter Program is a joint effort between New Mexico State Forestry, New Mexico Workforce Solutions and the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Department that hires former members of the military and trains them to be part of a 10-person crew that helps protect the lives and communities in New Mexico. For more information, call (505) 220-9467, email Lindsey.Quam@state.nm.us or see the Wildland Firefighters Program brochure.

What is Operation Soundstage in the State in New Mexico?

In partnership with the New Mexico Film Office, the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services and the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Operation Soundstage is a program that puts Veterans to work on TV and movie productions in the State of New Mexico in job openings such as carpenters, electricians, editors, technicians, production assistants, makeup artists, caterers, drivers and many other positions needed for production products. For more information, contact your Local Veteran Representative at your local New Mexico Workforce Connection office.

Does the State of New Mexico provide any other Employment Assistance to Veterans?

Yes. The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions has a department dedicated to assisting Veterans find employment. Your local Veterans Employment Representative will work in conjunction with the new Gold Card employment initiative implemented by the United States Department of Labor that provides unemployed post-9/11 Veterans with enhanced and personalized employment services to. Visit your local New Mexico Workforce Connection office today for the following assistance:

  • Development of an Individual Development Plan
  • Career Guidance
  • Provision of labor market, occupational, and skills transferability information that inform educational, training, and occupational decisions;
  • Referral to job banks, job portals and job openings;
  • Referral to employers and registered apprenticeship sponsors
  • Referral to training by WIA-funded or third party service providers; and
  • Monthly follow-up by an assigned case manager for up to six months.

Education Benefits

What is the Vietnam Veteran Scholarship offered in the State of New Mexico?

Veterans who served in Vietnam, were issued the Vietnam Campaign or Service Medal and have resided in New Mexico for at least 10 years are eligible to receive the Vietnam Veteran Scholarship which covers full tuition and books at any New Mexico post-secondary school. To apply, complete the New Mexico Vietnam Veterans' Scholarship application and submit to:

New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services
PO Box 2324
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Attn: State Benefits

What is the Wartime Veteran Scholarship Fund offered in the State of New Mexico?

The Wartime Veteran Scholarship provides all tuition and books directly associated with undergraduate and master’s degree work at New Mexico State funded post-secondary schools and is available to New Mexico Veterans who have exhausted their Federal Education Benefits.

To be eligible, a Veteran must have been a resident of New Mexico for at least ten years and received a Combat Campaign or Service Medal in support of any US Military campaign or armed conflict for service after August 1, 1990. To apply, complete the New Mexico Wartime Veteran Scholarship application and submit the application, along with a copy of Veteran’s DD214 and proof of residency to:

New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services
PO Box 2324
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Attn: State Benefits

Does the State of New Mexico offer Education Benefits to Dependents or Survivors of Veterans?

Yes. Surviving children (between the ages of 16-26) of a Veteran killed in action or as a result of their woulds incurred in action are eligible to receive a full tuition waiver and $150 stipend per semester at any New Mexico funded post-secondary school. Contact the school of your choice for more information.

Does the State of New Mexico offer In-State tuition for Veterans?

Yes. Veterans, their spouses and their children do not have to wait to establish “in-state” residency for tuition purposes when attending any New Mexico funded college, university or vocational school. They are eligible to receive the resident, in-state tuition rate without a waiting period.

What is the World War II and Korean Veterans’ High School Diplomas program offered by the State of New Mexico?

Veterans who left a New Mexico high school to serve in World War II or the Korean War before graduating will be awarded a high school diploma from the high school they were attending when they joined the military service. To apply, complete the High School Diploma for New Mexico Veterans of World War II and Korea application and submit to:

New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services
PO Box 2324
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Attn: State Benefits

Other New Mexico State Benefits for Veterans

License Plates

  • The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division offers the following Veterans Speciality License Plates:
  • Armed Forces
  • Woman Veteran
  • Disabled Veteran
  • Purple Heart Recipient
  • Medal of Honor
  • Pearl Harbor Survivor
  • Former Prisoner of War
  • Veterans Plates
  • Members of the Armed Forces Reserves
  • Patriot
  • Gold Star

To apply, visit your local New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division office with proper identification and documentation of your Veteran entitlement. For more information, visit the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division website.

Veterans Designation of Driver’s Licenses

Honorably discharged Veterans may receive a Veterans Designation on their drivers’ licenses, permits or IDs in the State of New Mexico. To apply, present a current Veterans ID Card, DD214 or other military discharge document showing an honorable discharge at your local New Mexico Motor Vehicle Office.

Veterans’ Day Recreation and Museum Privileges

New Mexico residents who are honorably discharged Veterans or Service Members currently on active duty and their dependents are eligible to receive free admission at New Mexico State Parks, Campsites or Museums on Veterans’ Day. Veteran or Military identification is required.

State Parks, Monuments and Museums

Veterans with a 50% or more service-connected disability are eligible to receive an annual day use pass at New Mexico National Parks and three free nights of camping for personal use. They are also eligible to receive a free State Monument and Museum pass for personal use. For more information and to apply complete the Disabled Veteran Free State Parks, Museums and Monuments Pass or visit your local New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services office.

Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License

Any Veteran with a 100% service-connected disability may receive a free, lifetime New Mexico small-game hunting and fishing license. For more information and to apply, visit the New Mexico Game & Fish website.

Reduced-Fee Hunting and Fishing License

New Mexico Veterans with any service-connected disability rating are eligible to purchase a small-game and fishing license at a reduced fee of $10. For more information, visit the New Mexico Game & Fish Military and Veteran License webpage.

Temporary Hunting and Fishing License

Temporary active duty fishing and small game licenses are available to active duty military personnel, National Guard or Reserve members who reside in New Mexico and do not claim residency elsewhere. Applicants may also apply if they are on active duty and currently on leave in the State of New Mexico for not more than 30 days. For more information, visit the New Mexico Game & Fish website.

Burial Benefits

There are two National Cemeteries located in New Mexico:

Fort Bayard National Cemetery

200 Camino De Paz
Fort Bayard, NM 88036
(505) 988-6497

Santa Fe National Cemetery

501 North Guadalupe Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 988-6400

Eligible Veterans, their spouses and disabled/minor children may be interred in National Cemeteries. The following interment services are provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to eligible Veterans at no charge (a basic internment fee is charged for eligible spouses/dependents):

  • Burial plot or columbarium niche
  • Concrete liner for casket burials
  • Opening and closing of the grave
  • Perpetual care of the gravesite
  • Inscribed gravestone
  • 20 minute committal service
  • Military Honors

For more information, visit the websites listed above or contact the cemetery directly.

Forgotten Heroes Burial Program

The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (NMDVS) established the Forgotten Heroes Burial Program in 2009 to ensure that no Veteran was alone at the end and that the deceased Veteran received a military funeral and burial. If a Veteran’s body goes unclaimed upon death, the NMDVS is designated as the family of record for the Veteran and ensures a full military funeral is received. For more information, visit the New Mexico Honor Burial Program website.

Veteran Home

New Mexico State Veterans’ Home, located half way between Albuquerque and El Paso is nestled in the Rio Grande Valley on 12 acres. This home is the only nursing facility for Veterans in New Mexico. Honorably discharged Veterans with 90 or more days of service and their spouses are eligible for admission. Preference is given to New Mexico residents, but all may apply. For more information visit the New Mexico State Veterans' Home website or call (575) 894-4200 or (800) 964-3976.

Homeless and At-Risk Services

The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services provides transition services for New Mexico Veterans who are homeless or at risk of being homeless at centers located in Albuquerque and Las Cruces. For more information visit the New Mexico Veterans Integration Center or Mesilla Valley Community of Hope website.

Transportation Service

Transportation services are provided to disabled Veterans in northern and central New Mexico to and from their home and the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center or the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Albuquerque. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Disabled American Veterans at (505) 256-2821.

The Southeastern New Mexico Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America can assist disabled Veterans in southeastern New Mexico with arranging free transportation to the medical center or nearby VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic. For any questions or to arrange transportation, call (575) 622-0729.

Veteran and Family Support Services

The New Mexico Veteran and Family Support Services offers assistance in dealing with behavioral and mental health issues for Veterans, active-duty personnel and their families. For more information, visit the New Mexico Veteran and Family Support Services website or call (877) 929-9797.

Veterans’ Crisis and Suicide Hotlines

A 24-hour Crisis and Suicide hotline is available to provide assistance to Veterans and their families 24 hours every day:

Veterans’ Crisis Hotline: 1-888-920-6333 Veterans’ Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

New Mexico Vet Centers

There are four (4) Veteran Centers located in Albuquerque, Farmington, Las Cruces, and Santa Fe:

Albuquerque Vet Center

1600 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
(505) 346-6562 or (877) 927-8387

Farmington Vet Center

4541 E. Main Suite A
Farmington, NM 87402
(505) 327-9519 or (877) 927-8387

Las Cruces Vet Center

230 S. Water Street
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 523-9826 or (877) 927-8387

Santa Fe Vet Center

2209 Brothers Road Suite 110
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 988-6562 or (877) 927-8387

New Mexico VA Health Care System

The Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center is the main VA Medical Center in New Mexico. There are numerous Community-Based Outpatient Clinics located throughout the state. To find the clinic nearest you, call the number listed below or visit the New Mexico VA Health Care System website.

Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center

1501 San Pedro SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
(505) 265-1711 or (800) 465-8262

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