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Veteran's Programs

The State of Alaska offers two programs for Alaska resident veterans, which are described below. One is a purchase price discount of up to 25% of the price, the other is a preference auction in which eligible veterans bid only against other eligible veterans. Each program may be used only once in a veteran's lifetime and cannot be used in combination. Please note that both programs are for veterans who have already received a DD-214 and who have been a resident of Alaska for one year immediately preceding the date of the sale. Active duty personnel who have not yet received a DD-214 are not yet eligible for these benefits.

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VETERAN'S LAND DISCOUNT

The State of Alaska offers Alaska resident Veterans a once in a lifetime discount on the purchase of state land in accordance with AS 38.05.940 Land Purchase Price Discount For Veterans. Please read the eligibility requirements below to confirm you qualify. The discount is 25% of the purchase price, although the discount does not apply to certain costs which DNR incurred to develop the parcel for sale. The web page for each parcel provides an estimate of the purchase price with the discount for that parcel. The details of how the discount amounts are calculated are detailed below.

Qualifications for Veterans' Land Discount

To qualify for the Veterans' Land Discount, you must submit proof of eligibility. Eligibility proof should be submitted only AFTER you receive notification from DNR that you are the apparent high bidder in the auction or that you are an apparent winner in the RRCS drawing. DNR must receive proof of eligibility from 2017 Auction winners who wish to receive the veteran's discount by 5 p.m., August 28, 2017. OTC purchasers must submit these items within 30 days of the date of their purchase application to receive the discount.

You must provide proof of the following items:

  1. You are 18 years of age or older on the date of bid or application (11 AAC 67.055 General Qualifications);
  2. You meet the Alaska residency requirements of this program as detailed at: http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/landsale/akresident.cfm; and
  3. A Form DD 214 (Report of Separation from Active Duty) showing the qualifying length of active duty and character of the discharge. There are many versions of the Form DD 214, and some versions contain multiple pages. Please ensure that the pages you submit show both dates of service and character of discharge.
    1. In accordance with AS 38.05.940 Land Purchase Price Discount for Veterans, you must prove you are a veteran that has:
      1. Served on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States (United States Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, or Coast Guard; State National Guard units; or Army, Navy, Marine, and Air Force Reserve) or the Alaska Territorial Guard for at least 90 days, unless tenure was shortened due to a service-connected disability or due to receiving an early separation after a tour of duty overseas; and
      2. Received an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions.
  4. You will also need to complete the Veteran's Discount Application / Affidavit and sign in front of a notary.

Please note that if you are still on active duty and have not yet received a DD-214, you are not yet eligible for this discount.

For the sealed-bid auction, applicants who are above the age of 18 and fulfill the stated requirement for Alaska residency but are unable to provide a Form DD 214 or its equivalent will be required to proceed with purchase of the parcel at the full, non-discounted bid amount.

For OTC purchases, applicants who are unable to comply with Veterans' Discount requirements will be required to proceed with purchase of the parcel at the full, non-discounted purchase price.
Veterans are encouraged to request their Form DD 214 and gather their other required documentation well in advance of the auction.

Calculating the Veteran's Discount Amount

The Veteran's Land Discount is 25% of the purchase price of state land, excluding certain costs which the state incurred to develop the parcel for sale. For an explanation of how the discount is calculated, please see below. Auction parcel web pages have a calculator which estimates the discount amount and price with the discount for a particular bid amount on that parcel. OTC parcel web pages show the discount amount and price with the discount for that parcel.

Reimbursable Costs

To calculate the veteran's discount amount, DNR first determines the costs which the state incurred to create the parcel. These costs are called reimbursable costs, because they are reimbursable to the state. Reimbursable costs include survey, platting, trail clearing, and road development costs. Reimbursable costs are listed for each parcel currently available in a table below. The table below contains the reimbursable costs per parcel; note that our paper brochures list some reimbursable costs on a per acre basis for all parcels in a subdivision or a per lot basis for certain parcels.

To calculate the total reimbursable costs for the parcel look up the parcel in the table below, see the parcel's web page, or find the reimbursable cost in the paper brochure. You will need to do the following calculation if you are using the reimbursable costs per acre from the paper brochure. In the table below this calculation has already been done for you.

For example:

Reimbursable Cost / Acre $1,000.00
Parcel Size in Acres x 2.00
Total Reimbursable Costs $2,000.00

Discount Calculation

Once the per parcel reimbursable costs are determined, DNR then subtracts that amount from the auction bid or OTC sale price to find the amount eligible for the discount. The discount is 25% of the amount eligible for the discount. Once the discount is determined, it is subtracted from the auction bid or OTC price to determine the sale price.

For example, continuing with our total reimbursable cost of $2,000.00 for a hypothetical parcel.

Auction Bid / OTC Price $15,000.00
Less Reimbursable Cost -$2,000.00
Amount Eligible for Discount $13,000.00
25% Veterans' Discount Rate x 0.25
Discount Amount $3,250.00

Auction Bid / OTC Price $15,000.00
Less Veterans' Land Discount -$3,250.00
Discounted Purchase Price $11,750.00

Please note, auction bidders planning to apply for the Veterans' Land Discount should NOT subtract the discount from their bid or bid deposit and should instead bid the full amount before the discount and submit the 5% down payment based on the full amount of their undiscounted bid. Discounting your bid amount in consideration of the anticipated Veterans' Land Discount may result in the loss of the opportunity to purchase a parcel if another bidder submits a qualifying bid higher than your discounted bid. Additionally, submitting a down payment that is less than 5% of the undiscounted bid amount may result in disqualification and loss of opportunity to purchase the parcel.

If you are a successful auction bidder, and you are an eligible veteran who will be applying for the Veterans' Land Discount, the discount will be deducted from the purchase price after the auction.

Veterans' Land Discount Once-In-A-Lifetime Benefit

The Veterans' Land Discount is a once-in-a-lifetime benefit and a purchaser that received this benefit on a past land purchase from the State of Alaska is not eligible to receive the discount a second time, regardless of final conveyance on the original parcel.

If two or more individuals jointly submit a bid or application for a parcel for which they wish to apply a Veterans' Land Discount, both must be eligible bidders but only one need be an eligible veteran and apply for the discount. However, upon approval, a single 25% discount will be given and only the eligible veteran bidder/applicant will have exhausted their "once in a lifetime" Veterans' Land Discount.



VETERAN'S PREFERENCE AUCTION

The Veteran's Preference Auction is a restricted sale in which eligible Alaska resident veterans have first option to purchase certain qualifying parcels available in the Sealed-Bid Auction (AS 38.05.067 Preference For Veterans For Unoccupied Residential Land and 11 AAC 67.050 Veteran's Preference).

A Veterans' Land Discount may NOT be used on a parcel purchased through the Veteran's Preference Auction. The Veteran's Preference is a once-in-a-lifetime preference and a winner of a past Veteran's Preference Auction, regardless of final conveyance, is not eligible to participate in a future Veteran's Preference Auction.

Parcels Qualifying for the Veteran's Preference Auction

To qualify for offering in the Veteran's Preference Auction, parcels are required to be 5 acres or less, classified as Settlement land, unoccupied, and zoned for residential use only. Parcels are zoned by local governments, not the state. As a result of these requirements, no parcels qualify for offering in the Veteran's Preference Auction for the 2017 Alaska State Land Offerings - Auction #480.

Qualifications for Veteran's Preference Auction

To qualify for the Veterans' Land Discount, you must submit proof of eligibility by submitting proof of the following items:

  1. You are 18 years of age or older on the date of bid or application (11 AAC 67.055 General Qualifications);
  2. You meet the residency requirements of this program as detailed at : http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/landsale/akresident.cfm; and
  3. A Form DD 214 (Report of Separation from Active Duty) showing the qualifying length of active duty and character of the discharge.
    1. You are a veteran that has:
      1. Served on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States (United States Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, or Coast Guard; State National Guard units; or Army, Navy, Marine, and Air Force Reserve) or the Alaska Territorial Guard for at least 90 days, unless tenure was shortened due to a service-connected disability or due to receiving an early separation after a tour of duty overseas; and
      2. Received an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions.
Prove-up requirements for parcels purchased in the Veteran's Preference Auction

To ensure that land sold in the Veteran's Preference Auction is for bona fide residential use and not for speculation, parcels purchased through the Veteran's Preference Auction have specific "prove-up" requirements that must be met:

  • The purchaser may not sell or otherwise transfer ownership of the land for 5 years, except to heirs upon the death of the purchaser, as security for a loan, or for other good cause as determined by the Director of DNR Division of Mining, Land, and Water.
  • The purchaser shall submit proof within 2 years that residential development has begun. Proof shall show that access has been developed, if necessary, and improvements have been made to the property. These improvements can be utility installations, a permanent foundation, or the construction of waste disposal and sanitary facilities under a building permit issued by the appropriate authority. The 2-year development requirement will begin on the effective date of the contract for sale or on the date of payoff if a contract has not been issued.

The Director may not convey title to the parcel until the above requirements have been met.



REIMBURSABLE COSTS FOR PARCELS

OTC Parcels

Parcel ID Subdivision Reimbursable Costs
422-483 Onestone Lake $4,472.00
422-484 Onestone Lake $4,515.00
422-485 Onestone Lake $4,781.60
422-486 Onestone Lake $4,386.00
422-527 Onestone Lake $5,435.20
422-564 Onestone Lake $4,300.00
458-1150 Mucha Lake II RRCS $3,068
458-1152 Mucha Lake II RRCS $3,059
458-1153 Mucha Lake II RRCS $3,008
460-1106 Onestone Lake $4,300.00
460-1107 Onestone Lake $4,312.90
460-1112 Onestone Lake $4,652.60
470-1433 Kindamina Lake $1,191.84
470-1435 Kindamina Lake $1,171.17
470-1436 Kindamina Lake $1,209.00
472-1364 Talachulitna West $4,545
472-1365 Talachulitna West $4,263
474-1124 Kahiltna Flats $1,020.00
474-1125 Kahiltna Flats $1,020.00
474-1126 Kahiltna Flats $1,020.00
474-1128 Kahiltna Flats $1,020.00
474-1129 Kahiltna Flats $993.48
474-1173 Kahiltna Flats $1,020.00
475-1087 Sunday Lakes RRCS $3,902
475-1088 Sunday Lakes RRCS $3,902
475-1089 Sunday Lakes RRCS $4,151
475-1230 Mucha Lake II RRCS $3,089
475-1232 Mucha Lake II RRCS $3,254
475-1233 Mucha Lake II RRCS $3,243
475-1234 Mucha Lake II RRCS $4,240
475-1235 Mucha Lake II RRCS $4,093
475-1237 West Twin Lake $127.60
478-1139 June Creek $484.88
478-1246 Zitziana RRCS $3,855
478-1247 Zitziana RRCS $4,135
480-1003 Lisianski View $4,572.19
480-1007 Nakwasina Sound $2,905.15
480-1008 Nakwasina Sound $2,589.90
480-1009 Nakwasina Sound $2,536.55
480-1047 Tazlina Southwest $3,552.82
480-1048 Tazlina Southwest $3,552.82
480-1049 Tazlina Southwest $3,552.82
480-1050 Tazlina Southwest $3,552.82
480-1087 Donkey Terraces RRCS $3,390
480-1088 Donkey Terraces RRCS $3,418
480-1090 Donkey Terraces RRCS $3,336
480-1092 Donkey Terraces RRCS $3,393
480-1099 Lockwood Lake $3,720.00
480-1105 Moose Creek East RRCS $4,389
480-1137 June Creek $427.42
480-1140 June Creek $436.39
480-1142 June Creek $436.39
480-1143 June Creek $436.39
480-1145 June Creek $356.75
480-1146 June Creek $355.78
480-1147 June Creek $355.26
480-1204 Wien Lake West $839.80
480-1213 Wien Lake West $4,274.40
480-1214 Zitziana RRCS $4,003
480-1215 Zitziana RRCS $3,891
480-1216 Zitziana RRCS $3,773

Auction Parcels

Auction # Parcel No Subdivision Reimbursable Costs
*Note that the reimbursable costs exceed the value of Clearwater Road parcels, so no veteran's discount is available on these parcels.
Public Information Offices

Southcentral Regional Office
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1360
Anchorage, AK 99501-3557
Phone: 907-269-8400
Fax: 907-269-8901

Northern Regional Office
3700 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99709-4699
Phone: 907-451-2705
Fax: 907-451-2706

Southeast Regional Office
Southeast Regional Office
400 Willoughby Ave., Suite 400
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: 907-465-3400
Fax: 907-465-3886

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