Apply for a Welcome Home Veterans' Bonus

The Welcome Home "GWOT" Bonus is reserved for active and discharged servicemembers that served after September 11, 2001.
Submitting your application online may result in a quicker response. Most applicants receive their checks 4-6 weeks after submitting completed materials, including supporting documentation.

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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.

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

Active Duty Servicemembers

Discharged Servicemembers

Reserves/National Guard 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

    To submit your application online, complete our application form.

    If you intend to submit your supporting attachments online, we recommend you gather your pertinent documentation before starting your application. We accept the following file formats:

    • PDF
    • DOC/DOCX
    • XLS/XSLX
    • JPG/JPEG, GIF, PNG, and TIF
    • ZIP 

    Your application will not be considered complete until your supporting documents have been received. Before you submit your finalized application, you can either upload your documents online (preferred), or mail them to our office at the following address:

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

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

      • Certificate of Residency
      • Commander's Letter
      • Proof of Service

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

      • Form DD214 (Discharge papers)
      • Certificate of Residency

      Please email veteransbonus@tre.state.ma.us if you have questions about the application and/or to verify receipt of your application and pertinent materials.

      Mail your completed application and required documents to:

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

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

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

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

      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. Provide additional documentation

        Once you have applied you may need to submit additional documentation to support your claim.  If you have already submitted your application online or through the US Postal Service you can use the link below to submit the additional documents.

        Please do not submit documents via email since they may contain confidential personal information.

        Submit additional documentation

      2. Receive bonus

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

      3. 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.

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      Welcome Home Bonus Payment Amounts

       
      1st time active service in Iraq, Afghanistan or other Veterans' Bonus Imminent Danger List (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--

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

        2. performing administrative, guard, or detail duties in garrison at the member's permanent duty station; or

        3. unavailable solely because of--

          1. 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

          2. a disciplinary action taken against the member

      Online Application Process

      This bonus application is divided into four sections. This form allows for you, at the end of each section, to continue on to the next section (by clicking Next at the bottom of each page) or to save the application information entered and resume later (by clicking Save and Resume Later at the bottom of each page).

      If you want to save a partial application to finish in the future, you must provide a valid email address. You will receive an email message containing a link to resume your application. Please note this link is valid for only 30 days; otherwise, you will need to start a new application.

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