Ch. 130 of the Acts of 2005

The State Treasurer's Office, Veterans' Bonus Division, will administer the Welcome Home Bonus to veterans of the Global War on Terrorism.

You are eligible if you meet the following criteria: six months domicile in Massachusetts immediately prior to entry into the armed forces service, beginning September 11, 2001, and discharge under honorable conditions.

  • Servicemembers who served active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan receive $1000.
  • Servicemembers with six months or more active service, stateside or outside the continental limits of the United States, receive $500.

(Note: Active service shall 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.)

Next-of-kin of eligible servicemembers killed in action may receive the Welcome Home Bonus if the veteran had not already received it.

Ch. 132 of the Acts of 2009, Section 11-Subsequent Deployments

Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, a resident of the Commonwealth who is sent overseas as a member of the Armed Forces and is eligible to receive Ch. 130 of the Acts of 2005 above may receive such benefits each time s/he is deployed; provided, however, that an eligible resident shall receive the full bonus allowed upon return after his/her first deployment and 50 percent of the bonus after each subsequent deployment, provided that appropriated funding is available and the state treasurer certifies that the relevant account has sufficient funds to maintain such an initiative.

How to apply

Applications are available from the Office of the Treasurer website for active status and discharged status

Proof of residency must accompany the application. Some ideas for proof of residency could include:

  • Census documents
  • school diplomas or transcripts that show six months to one year domicile before enlistment/deployment
  • W-2 form
  • vehicle excise tax bill
  • notarized rental agreement

Next-of-kin must provide documentation establishing a connection to the deceased.

Do not hesitate to the Treasurer's Office with questions or concerns about your application and accompanying documents at 617-367-9333, Ext. 859.

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Contact

Office of the Treasurer
One Ashburton Place, 12th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
617-367-9333, Ext. 859
Fax: (617) 227-1622
www.mass.gov/treasury