• Dec 6, 2023
  • 2:59 AM

Veterans Appreciation

Buy a Brick to Memorialize a Veteran (Nevada State Veterans Memorial, Las Vegas)

The Nevada State Veterans Memorial, Las Vegas serves as a reminder to all that we will forever honor the heroism and spirit of those who have and will serve in our Nation’s military.  Now constructed, the memorial is located on the grounds of the Grant Sawyer State Building, just north of downtown Las Vegas.

See photos of the Nevada State Veterans Memorial, Las Vegas.

For more information on how you can buy a brick for the Nevada State Veterans Memorial in Las Vegas.

National Parks - Free Access Program

Free Entrance to National Parks for Veterans and Gold Star Families (U.S. National Park Service)

Beginning on Veterans Day, November 11, 2020, Gold Star Families and U.S. military veterans receive free access to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks, wildlife refuges and forests. The free access program is a way to thank America’s veterans and Gold Star families for their support of our country and to encourage them to explore recreational opportunities on their public lands and waters.


Nevada - Driver's License (DMV)

Benefit Category: Nevada

Veteran Designation

Honorably-discharged veterans may have a Veteran designation placed on their license. Present evidence of honorable discharge at any DMV office.

If you are obtaining the designation only, the fee is $9.25 for a non-commercial license or ID card or $13.25 for a commercial license. There is no additional fee if you are renewing your license or completing another license transaction. If you are mailing a license renewal, you may mail a copy of the document. Visit archives.gov to obtain a copy of your DD-214 or other evidence of honorable discharge.

Access the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Nevada - Hunting and Fishing Licenses (NDOW)

Benefit Category: Nevada

Hunting and Fishing License

The State of Nevada Department of Wildlife will issue hunting/fishing licenses to any honorably separated veteran who has a service-connected disability of 50% or more for $15 plus a $1 Service Fee. For more information, contact the Nevada Department of Wildlife at (775) 688-1500 in Reno, (702) 486-5127 in Las Vegas, and (775) 738-5332 in Elko.

Visit the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) website for hunting and fishing license information and the NDOW Disabled Veteran application (PDF).

Nevada - License Plates (DMV)

Benefits Category: Nevada

Special Veterans License Plates

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles offers several distinctive license plates for veterans that include:

  • Ex-Prisoner of War
  • Disabled Veteran
  • Purple Heart
  • Veteran
  • Pearl Harbor Survivors & Veterans
  • Congressional Medal of Honor, and many others.

Applications for special plates can be obtained at your local DMV Office or by calling (775) 684-4750 in Carson City.


Nevada - State Park Fees

Benefit Category: Nevada

Disabled Veterans Permit

Authority: NRS 407.065 and NAC 407.050. Permit is issued to a disabled veteran who resides in Nevada and can show proof of a permanent service-connective disability of 10% of more from the Department of Veterans Affairs and was Honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States. The permit provides the holder unlimited entrance to all parks and use of camping and boat launch facilities in the parks for 12 months after the date the permit is used. An annual administrative fee of $30.00 is charged. You can now order your Disabled Veterans Permit and receive it through the mail. See overview (PDF) and view Frequency Asked Questions (FAQs). Download application (PDF) to fill out and mail in.

For more information, please visit: http://parks.nv.gov/parks/fees/

No Barriers Warriors

Benefit Category: Federal

No Barriers Warriors offers a list of experiences.

No Barriers Warriors is a part of No Barriers USA, whose mission is to unleash the potential of the human spirit. No Barriers Warriors empowers veterans and transitioning service members with disabilities, and survivors of the fallen, to overcome barriers and unleash their potential. Experiences serve as both an opportunity for growth and catalyst for change, as these brave men and women stretch boundaries, build teams, innovate through adversity and step up to lead and serve others.

No Barriers Warriors expeditions use the mountain as both a metaphor and a training ground. Experiences are comprised of three phases: comprehensive preparation, the transformative event, and meaningful reintegration. Every experience is geared toward providing a catalyst for change, establishing a lifelong ropes team and giving warriors the tools to live a No Barriers Life.

Our expeditions have taken us to Nepal, Ecuador, Peru, the South Pole and locations around the U.S. including Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous United States. Most recently, our 2015 Warriors to Summits expedition took us to Gannett Peak, WY in the Wind River Range. We are proud to announce that the team reached their summit at 12,800′ on September 11, 2015.

These expeditions are offered at no cost to veterans!

South Korea Veterans Ambassador for Peace Metal

Benefit Category: Federal

Embassy of the Republic of Korea seeks Korean War veterans to honor with the Ambassador for Peace Medal

If you served in Korean War, you may be eligible for the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal. This commemorative medal is an expression of appreciation from the Korean government to American service men and women who served in the Korean War. The Ambassador for Peace Medal began to be presented to veterans as a special memento for those of who returned to South Korea through the ‘Revisit Program’.

The honor has since expanded to veterans who cannot travel long journey to Korea.


1. To be eligible, the veterans must have served during the Korean War from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953. It is also available for the veterans who have participated in UN peacekeeping operations until the end of 1955.

2. The commemorative medals may be awarded posthumously. However, please understand that the highest priority for presenting the medal is given to veterans who are currently surviving in Canada. The next of kin, such as the spouse or descendants may apply for the medal on behalf of a deceased veteran.

3. In order to apply for this commemorative medal, veterans or their family members have to complete the application form. Veterans need to provide a copy of the Veteran’s Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty along with their application form for verification purpose.

4. Please send your completed application form (PDF) to South Korean Consulate-Chicago: 455 North City Front Plaza Dr. NBC Tower Suite 2700 Chicago, IL 60611 Tel: (312) 822-9485 Fax: (312) 822-9849

Veterans in Care

The Veterans in Care (VIC) initiative is an effort to find our “silent veteran heroes” who may reside in community settings, and are not enrolled in the VA system or are not aware of benefits and services. The Nevada Department of Veterans Services has launched a “first of its kind” initiative that has not been done in any other state.  This is a continuation of the commitment to have Nevada be the most veteran friendly state in the nation.

The vision of VIC currently encompasses three related components:

1) Education on Benefits and Programs for veterans;

2) Veteran Culture Education and Training for facility staff; and

3) Quality of Life Recognition and Communication for the veterans.

In 2017, the “Veterans In Care” (VIC) Program expanded to “home care” partners . It is proving to be heartwarming and beneficial to the veterans and the facility staff and demonstrates that we as a state truly care about those who served our country and those who provide care to our veteran population.

Do you know of a home bound veteran or an assisted living, skilled care facility that may be interested in the Veterans in Care program? For more information, to volunteer, or schedule an event, contact Rachel Jelenic at jelenicr@veterans.nv.gov

Veteran of the Month - Award Recognition

Veteran of the Month – Guidelines and Nomination Forms

The Veteran of the Month (VOM) award recognizes Nevada veterans who contribute their time and energy to support veterans, their communities and/or the military. View the VOM guidelines and and nomination form.

Veteran Supporter of the Month - Award Recognition

Veteran Supporter of the Month

The Veteran Supporter of the Month (VSM) Award recognizes both active organizations and non-veteran Nevada community members that provide exceptional support to military stationed in Nevada, Nevada veterans, and their families. View for VSM guidelines and nomination form.

Serving Veterans Youth - Award Recognition

Serving Veterans Youth – Award Recognition

The Serving Veterans – Youth Award recognizes the volunteer work of a young Nevadan or a group of young Nevadans who contribute time, energy, and effort in support of veterans, military members or families of veterans and military members.

The award is patterned after the monthly Veteran Supporter of the Month award, but The Serving Veterans – Youth Award recipients will be selected quarterly, which was approved by the Governor on April 15, 2022.


This award is designed to:

• Thank and recognize awardees for their volunteer work supporting veterans and military members.

• Raise awareness and showcase volunteer opportunities.

• Recognize the contributions of Nevada’s veteran and military communities.


• Young Nevadans are defined as under 19-years of age.

• Groups of young Nevadans are defined as nonprofits, organizations, clubs, classroom, projects, essentially group consisting of more than one young Nevadan, under 19-years of age.

Selection Information:

• Nominees will be selected for significant contributions made in support of Nevada Veterans, military, and/or their families at the local, state, and/or national level.

• Nominations will be evaluated on the scope and impact of a nominee’s achievements and the extent to which the nominee’s efforts benefit and provide inspiration to their community as well as the veteran and military communities.

• Nominations will be reviewed by the Veterans Services Commission (VSC) for a selection to recommend to the Governor. determination.

• Nominations will be accepted throughout the year.

Nomination Packet:

• Packets can be filled out online, saved, printed, signed and mailed to: The Nevada Department of Veterans Services, Attn: (Name of Executive Assistant) Serving Veterans – Youth Award, 6630 S. McCarran Blvd. Building C, Suite 204, Reno, NV 89509

• Completed Packets may also be scanned and emailed to Executive Assistant or faxed to 775-688-1656.

Nomination Form- Click Here