Apply for a Welcome Home Veterans' Bonus

The Welcome Home Bonus is reserved for active and discharged servicemembers that served after September 11, 2001.
Most people receive their checks 4-6 weeks after submitting their application.

Veterans' Bonus Division Contact

The Details of Apply for a Welcome Home Veterans' Bonus

What you need for Apply for a Welcome Home Veterans' Bonus

To apply for the Welcome Home Bonus, your active service must fall between the following dates: September 11, 2001 to present.

Applications are at the bottom of the page.

Depending on your application, you will need the following documents to apply:

Active Duty Servicemembers

Discharged Servicemembers

In addition:

  • You 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.
  • Your discharge must be under honorable conditions (if applying as a Discharged Servicemember)

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

    How to apply Apply for a Welcome Home Veterans' Bonus

    If you are an active servicemember, your application will include:

    • Completed Welcome Home Bonus Application Form (Active Status)
    • Certificate of Residency
    • Commander's Letter
    • Proof of Service

    If you are a discharged servicemember, your application will include:

    • Completed Welcome Home Bonus Application Form (Discharged Status)
    • Form DD214 (Discharge papers)
    • Certificate of Residency

    If you are a family member applying on behalf of a deceased veteran, please submit the Deceased Veteran Application Form.

    Mail your 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.

    Next steps for Apply for a Welcome Home Veterans' Bonus

    1. Receive bonus

      Payments take approximately 4–6 weeks to process and deliver, via mailed check. Unfortunately, we do not have direct deposit services available.

    2. Appeal a denial

      You will receive a letter regarding your denied bonus detailing the reason(s) the application was not accepted.

      You are able to appeal the Division's decision. You must send a written request for an appeal within 60 days from the date of receiving the denial.

    More info about Apply for a Welcome Home Veterans' Bonus

    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 $1,000
    Subsequent 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

    Deployment Defined

         (1) For the purposes of this program, a member of the armed forces shall be considered to be deployed or in a deployment on any day on which, pursuant to orders, the member is performing service in a training exercise or operation at a location or under circumstances that make it impossible or infeasible for the member to spend off-duty time in the housing in which the member resides when on garrison duty at the member's permanent duty station or homeport, as the case may be.

         (2) In the case of a member of a reserve component who is performing active service pursuant to orders that do not establish a permanent change of station, the housing referred to in paragraph (1) is any housing (which may include the member's residence) that the member usually occupies for use during off-duty time when on garrison duty at the member's permanent duty station or homeport, as the case may be.

         (3) For the purposes of this program, a member is not deployed or in a deployment when the member is--

               (A) performing service as a student or trainee at a school (including any Government school);

               (B) performing administrative, guard, or detail duties in garrison at the member's permanent duty station; or

               (C) unavailable solely because of--

                     (i) a hospitalization of the member at the member's permanent duty station or homeport or in the immediate vicinity of the member's permanent residence; or

                     (ii) a disciplinary action taken against the member

    Downloads for Apply for a Welcome Home Veterans' Bonus

    Contact for Apply for a Welcome Home Veterans' Bonus

    Address
    1 Ashburton Place, 12th Floor, Boston, MA 02108

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