Apply for a Bonus on behalf of a Deceased Veteran

Contact our office first to make sure the veteran has not already received the bonuses they were entitled to. You can reach us at 617-367-9333 Ext. 859, email us at veteransbonus@tre.state.ma.us or submit an inquiry (see below).
Most people receive their checks 4-6 weeks after submitting their application.

Veterans' Bonus Division Contact

The Details of Apply for a Bonus on behalf of a Deceased Veteran

What you need for Apply for a Bonus on behalf of a Deceased Veteran

To apply for the Massachusetts Veterans’ bonus for a deceased servicemember, the active service must have fallen between one of the specified war time service dates.

All applicants will need:

 

In addition:

  • The veteran must have been 6 months domicile in Massachusetts immediately prior to entry into the Armed Forces or prior to activation for Reserve and National Guard personnel.

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

 

Payments are paid to the heirs-at-law, below is the order of precedence for payment(s). 

Note:  If there is more than one heir-at-law, payments can be made in portions as the State Treasurer determined using the same below order of precedence for payments.

1.            Spouse and children

2.            Mother or father

3.            Brother or sister

4.            Other dependents

How to apply Apply for a Bonus on behalf of a Deceased Veteran

  1.  Verify Veteran did not previously receive bonus
  2. Complete and sign a Veterans' Bonus Deceased Application
  3. Provide documentation showing veteran lived in Massachusetts prior to entering the military
  4. DD214 (showing honorable service) or DD1300 if died while on active service
  5. Death Certificate
  6. Mail or email application package to the address on the application

Note: Additional relationship or heir-at-law documentation maybe requested if not listed on required documentation. 

 

Mail the application and required documents to:

Veterans' Bonus Division
1 Ashburton Place, 12th Floor
Boston, MA 02108

If you have any questions about your application, please email veteransbonus@tre.state.ma.us.

or call us at 617-367-9333 Ext 859

More info for Apply for a Bonus on behalf of a Deceased Veteran

Welcome Home Bonus Payment Amounts

 
1st time active service in Iraq, Afghanistan or other DoD designated imminent danger location (one time) $1,000
1st time 6 continuous months active service within Continental United States (CONUS) or outside the continental U.S (OCONUS) other than Iraq, Afghanistan or other DoD designated imminent danger location (one time) $500
Note: The law allows eligible individuals to receive only one initial $500 bonus for CONUS or OCONUS service  
If died while on active service, in addition to unpaid eligible bonuses. $1,000
Subsequent Multiple Deployment Bonuses  
Subsequent deployment in Iraq, Afghanistan or other DoD designated imminent danger location $500
Subsequent 6 continuous months CONUS or OCONUS deployment in direct support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Noble Eagle, Inherent Resolve, Freedom's Sentinel or any successor or related operation $250

 

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