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Eligible Alaska Native veterans can get up to 160 acres of Federal land

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Applications will be accepted between Dec. 28, 2020 and Dec. 29, 2025 for the Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans Land Allotment Program of 2019. The program provides the opportunity for eligible Vietnam-era veterans or their heirs to select 2.5 to 160 acres of Federal land in Alaska under the 2019 Dingell Act. The program is open to all eligible Alaska Natives who served between Aug. 5, 1964, and Dec. 31, 1971, and it removes the requirement for personal use or occupancy mandated under previous laws. Those receiving allotments under previous programs are ineligible.

PROGRAM UPDATE (July 22, 2021) | BLM Alaska is asking for public input through Sept. 21 to support preparing an environmental assessment of opening about 28 million acres currently under review to prioritize availability for selection by eligible Alaska Native Vietnam-era vets under the 2019 Dingell Act. 

In addition to about 1.6 million acres "Currently Available" under the program, the BLM added these 28 million acres for selection to its Available Lands Map in late May as “Potentially Available after PLO Review" for lands covered by several public land orders under review by the Department of the Interior.

The BLM encourages eligible individuals to submit applications for these areas under review. It will review all applications for completeness and work with applicants to address any concerns. It will immediately begin processing any applications it receives to ensure that it can then complete processing as quickly as possible if the lands become available after the ongoing review. 

Applicants for areas under review will receive confirmation that their applications are being held until the department determines if the land will be open for selection. Lands selected within these areas will be indicated on the Available Lands Map to alert future applicants of potential conflicts.

The BLM will initiate conditional relinquishment requests on behalf of veterans if the lands covered by their applications are selected by the State of Alaska or Alaska Native Corporations but have not yet been conveyed. 

The BLM continues to accept and process applications for the 1.6 million acres “Currently Available” in Interior's Fortymile area; near Goodnews Bay in western Alaska; and in the Bering Glacier area near Yakutat. BLM Alaska is currently processing nearly 80 applications in these areas.


Pie chart of missing contact information by region

Missing contact information for potentially eligible veterans and heirs

We still need your help locating more than potentially eligible veterans and families nationwide and getting them to provide current addresses to the Bureau of Indian Affairs at (907) 271-4506. Click on the graphic below to see what region they’re from in Alaska, and ask around for people who served between 1964 and 1971. We can’t give you their names due to Privacy Act concerns, but you can spread the word in your community centers, shelters, veterans’ organizations, places of worship, and social services organizations.


What to do if not notified of eligibility

Veterans previously notified of eligibility will receive application materials in the mail. Read the Final Rules for details. 

Those not notified can take the following actions and consult the Final Rules for instructions to apply. 

  1. Update your mailing address and phone number with your BIA Realty Tribal Service Provider and personal representative, (if applicable). Enrollment Verification: (907) 271-4506 | BIA Realty: (800) 645-8465
     
  2. Get a copy of your DD-214, or print a VA Service Verification Letter right from the US Department of Veterans Affairs website. The VA Service Verification Letter gives dates of service and the character of discharge. You can also:

    BY PHONE | You can also request the documents you need calling the VA benefits hotline at 800-827-1000.

    IN PERSON | Vets and family members can also book an appointment online for in-person meeting at the Anchorage Regional VA office to discuss getting a copy DD-214 copies or a VA Service Verification Letter.

    OTHER ONLINE | Visit the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Office of Veterans Affairs or the US Department of Veterans Affairs to request your DD-214. 
     
    * If VA does not have a copy of your DD-214 because you've never filed a claim with them, then request your DD-214 directly from the National Personnel Records Center.  This can be done by faxing an SF-180 to NPRC at 314-801-9195 or completing the form online at the eVetRecs site (https://vetrecs.archives.gov/VeteranRequest/home.html) and mailing or faxing the signature page as instructed on that website. Veterans can also print a Service Verification Letter right from the VA's website..

  3. *Your local VA office or a veteran service organization can help you navigate the process, if you need assistance. 
  4. Coordinate a personal representative appointed by an Alaska State Court, if needed.
     
  5. Review our interactive map of currently and potentially available lands for selection by eligible individuals. It will be updated regularly to account for changes as more lands become available and once allotments are applied for over the course of the program.

Once you update your contact information and receive your DD-214, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Where are you keeping those documents?
  • Does anyone else know where to find them?
  • Who would you like to represent you & do they know you want them to?
    • Do they know what lands you want to select?
    • Did you list them in your will as a representative?

Read the law 

Alaska Native Vietnam era veterans land allotment section (Sect. 1119) of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (Dingell Act)

Quick Links

Contacts

PUBLIC | Contact the BLM Native Allotment Section with questions at (907) 271-5998 or CGrimes@blm.gov.

MEDIA | Contact Jim Hart at (907) 271-3130 or jehart@blm.gov.

MAIL APPLICATIONS |  Bureau of Land Management, ATTN: Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans Land Allotment Section, 222 West 7th Avenue, Mail Stop 13
Anchorage, Alaska 99513–7504

    Rules & Applications

    • Final Rules officially published Nov. 27, 2020 govern the program.
    • Application period runs Dec. 28, 2020 through Dec. 29, 2025. Application packages are being mailed to those who already received eligibility notices earlier in 2020.
    • Instructions for completing applications and for those not previously notified of eligibility are available in Section 400 the Final Rules.
    • Mail applications to: 
      Bureau of Land Management
      ATTN: Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans Land Allotment Section
      222 West 7th Avenue, Mail Stop 13
      Anchorage, Alaska 99513–7504
    • Download comments on proposed program rules that informed final rules development.

    Eligibility Notices

    BLM mailed letters to 1,975 eligible veterans between July and September 2020 notifying them of eligibility to apply.

    Second notices with applications confirming eligibility were mailed to individuals and their Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Realty Services Office Tribal Service Providers in conjunction with official Final Rules publication Nov. 27, 2020.

    Instructions for those not previously notified of eligibility are contained in the program rules.

    More than 700 potentially eligible veterans/heirs cannot be located due to outdated contact information with the BIA. Help spread the word.

    Eligibility for about 260 veterans is still pending discharge status verification. 

    Available Lands

    News

    7/22/2021 BLM seeks input toward environmental assessment of 28M acres...

    5/13/2021 Next steps announced for allotment program selections

    4/16/2021 Federal Register | PLO 7899 (Kobuk-Seward) to open in April 2023

    11/5/2020 ...Administration Approves Final Rules...

    8/8/2020 AP | Program allows some Alaska Native Vietnam vets to get land

    8/7/2020 KNOM | Public Comment Period Closing on AK Native Veteran Program

    7/31/2020 Native America Calling | BLM & BIA leaders seek eligible Alaska Native... (25:48-00:31:00)

    7/27/2020 VA podcast calls all vets to action for 2019 AK Native land program

    7/10/2020 Comments sought by Aug. 10 for Alaska Native Veterans Land Program Proposed Rules

    6/25/2020 NPR | ...Native Vets Missing From Allotment Rolls

    6/24/2020 Trump Administration Supports Alaska Native Vietnam Veterans

    1/7/2020 BIA Receives List of 7 Million Vietnam veterans...

    5/25/2019 AP/ADN | Native Veterans get another chance...

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