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Veterans Status for Pensions

Those with Veterans Status who are enrolled in the following state operated pension funds qualify for Veterans Retirement:

  • New Jersey Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS)
  • Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS)
  • New Jersey Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF)

Veterans Retirement is different than the standard Service Retirement available to most enrolled in the above pension funds, and has special benefits.

These benefits include the ability to retire at age 55 (with 25 years of service) and a more generous calculation of your Maximum Annual Allowance during retirement.

Learn more about Veteran Retirement

Qualifying for Veterans Status

To qualify for Veterans Status, the Veteran must have been honorably discharged and served on active duty during a qualifying war era.

The following documents will be needed to prove this service occurred:

  • WD Form 53-55 or DD Form 214>
  • Honorable Discharge Certificate
  • Additional documents as needed

For detailed information on qualifying for Veterans Status, please read Fact Sheet #17 Veterans Status, which is maintained by the New Jersey Division of Pensions and Benefits.

How to request miltary discharge papers

How to establish Veteran Status for pensions

Veteran Retirement

A Veteran can qualify for Veteran Retirement with either:

  • 25 years of service at age 55+
  • 20 years of service at age 60+

For Veterans retiring with 25 years of service at age 55+, OR 20 years of service at age 60+, the Maximum Annual Allowance calculation is:

54.5% x Highest 12 Consecutive Months of Salary

For Veterans retiring with 35 years of service at age 55+, the Maximum Annual Allowance calculation is:

Years of Service X Highest 12 Consecutive Months of Salary
55

A Veteran can still choose a Service Retirement over a Veterans Retirement, if they prefer.

Establishing Veterans Status for Pensions

Download and fill out an Application for Veteran Designation for Pension (10 KB PDF). Once completed, please follow the written instructions found on the form to mail in your claim.

For Additional Information and Questions

The following documents are maintained by the New Jersey Division of Pensions and Benefits:

  • Fact Sheet #1 “Purchasing Service Credit”
  • Fact Sheet #4 “Types of Retirement”
  • Fact Sheet #17 “Veterans Status”
  • If you have any questions, please contact us by mail or phone:

    NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
    ATTN: <DVS-VBB>
    P.O. Box 340
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0340

    Phone: 888-865-8387
    Fax: 609-530-6940

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