Veterans who were living in Massachusetts immediately prior to entering the armed forces may be eligible for a one-time, tax-free, bonus from the Commonwealth. If the veteran is deceased, his or her family may be eligible for this bonus. Veterans who are unable to complete the required period of service because of injury or illness caused or aggravated during their service are generally still eligible.

Applications for the Persian Gulf Bonus are available from the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services.
Veterans’ Bonus Division
Department of Veterans’ Services
600 Washington St., Suite 1100
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: (617) 210-5927
Email: mdvs@vet.state.ma.us
www.mass.gov/veterans

Applications for all other bonuses are available from the Office of the State Treasurer.
Office of the Treasurer
One Ashburton Place, 12th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 367-3900, ext. 308
Fax: (617) 227-1622
www.mass.gov/treasury

 

Welcome Home Bonus

Under Chapter 130 of the Acts of 2005, the Welcome Home Bonus is available to veterans who lived in Massachusetts for six months immediately prior to entering the armed forces, engaged in active service on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged.

  • Veterans with active service in Iraq or Afghanistan are eligible for $1,000 bonus.
  • Veterans with six months active service within the U.S. or in foreign countries other than Iraq and Afghanistan are eligible for $500 bonus.
  • Veterans with additional tours of duty may be eligible for additional payments of $250 or $500.

Note: Active service does not include active duty for training in the Army or Air National Guard, or active duty for training as a Reservist in the armed forces of the United States.

 

Persian Gulf Bonus

Under Chapter 153 of the Acts of 1992, the Persian Gulf Bonus is available to veterans who lived in Massachusetts for six months immediately prior to entering military service, served 30 days or more during the period of August 2, 1990, to April 10, 1991, and were honorably discharged.

  • Veterans who performed active service in an area other than the Persian Gulf area are eligible for a $300 bonus.
  • Veterans who performed active service in the Persian Gulf area (war zone or contiguous waters) and who received the Southwest Asia Service Medal are eligible for a $500 bonus.

 

Vietnam Bonus

Under Chapter 646 of the Acts of 1968, as amended by Chapter 112 of the Acts of 2010, the Vietnam Bonus is available to veterans who lived in Massachusetts for six months immediately prior to entering the armed forces, with six months active service beginning between July 1, 1958, and May 17, 1975, and an honorable discharge.

  • Veterans with service in Vietnam are eligible for a $300 bonus.
  • Veterans who served elsewhere during those dates are eligible for a $200 bonus. 

 

Korea Bonus

Under Chapter 440 of the Acts of 1953, the Korea Bonus is available to veterans who lived in Massachusetts for six months immediately prior to entering the armed forces, with active service beginning between June 25, 1950, and January 31, 1955, and an honorable discharge.

  • Veterans with 90 days of state side service are eligible for a $100 bonus.
  • Veterans with six months or more of state side service are eligible for a $200 bonus.
  • Veterans with one or more days of service outside the U.S. are eligible for a $300 bonus. 

 

World War II Bonus

Under Chapter 731 of the Acts of 1945, the WWII Bonus is available to veterans with 90 days of active service and one day of service during war time, who were discharged under honorable conditions.