• Determine Your Status (Active or Discharged)

    Active duty personnel are considered as anyone who is currently serving on active duty.  Reserve or National Guard personnel are considered active duty if you are currently activated and have not received a DD214 for the service that you are applying for a bonus.

    Discharged personnel are considered as anyone who has separated or retired from the military and received a DD214 for the service that they are applying for a bonus. Reserve or National Guard personnel are considered discharged if you have a DD214 for service that you are applying for a bonus. Reserve or Guard personnel can still be a member of the Reserve or National Guard but if you are applying for a bonus for service that you have received a DD214 for, you are considered discharged for the Welcome Home Bonus for purposes.

    Example: Reserve or National Guard member was activated in January 2013 to January 2014 and received a DD214 for that activation but is still a member of the Reserve or Guard.  That person is considered discharged for their 2013–2014 service when they apply for a bonus for that deployment because they have a DD214 for that service.

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    Eligibility

    • Six months domicile in Massachusetts immediately prior to entry into the Armed Forces

    Active Service between September 11, 2001 to present.

    Active service shall not include active duty for training in the Army National Guard, Air National Guard or reserves

    • Discharge must be under honorable conditions

    Required Documentation

    For Active Duty

    For Discharged Veterans

    • Form DD214
      • If location and dates are not listed on DD214, additional documentation showing this information is required..

    Payment

    • 1st time active service in Iraq or Afghanistan: $1,000 (one time)
    • Subsequent Iraq or Afghanistan: $500
    • 1st time 6 months active service active stateside or outside the continental US (OCONUS), including AK & HI (one time) $500
      • Note: The law allows eligible individuals to receive either $500 stateside bonus or $500 overseas bonus.
    • Subsequent 6 months foreign service OCONUS, AK, and HI: $250

    Correlating Legislation

    • Chapter 130 Acts of 2005 
    • Chapter 132 Acts of 2009
    • Chapter 171 Acts of 2011