The Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides a bonus to veterans of certain designated campaigns who were domiciled in Massachusetts immediately prior to entry in the armed forces. In case of the death of a veteran, the spouse and children, mother or father, brother or sister or other dependents of the deceased veteran (in that order) are eligible for a bonus.
Ch. 731 of the Acts of 1945
World War II veterans (see Definitions section) are eligible for a bonus according to the following stipulations:
Ch. 440 of the Acts of 1953
Korean veterans (see Definitions section) are eligible for a bonus according to the following stipulations:
Ch. 646 of the Acts of 1968
Vietnam veterans who performed six months’ active duty from July 1, 1958, and prior to May 17, 1975, are eligible for a bonus according to the following stipulations:
Ch. 153 of the Acts of 1992
Persian Gulf veterans who performed 30 days or more during the period of August 2, 1990 to April 10, 1991, and whose service was under honorable conditions are eligible for a bonus according to the following stipulations:
Ch. 132 of the Acts of 2009, s. 14
Amends Ch. 153 of the Acts of 1992 to allow active duty personnel to apply.
Ch. 130 of the Acts of 2005
Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Noble Eagle veterans who were discharged under honorable conditions are eligible for a bonus. The applicant must have lived in the Commonwealth for six months prior to entry into such military service.
Ch. 132 of the Acts of 2009, s. 11
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 he/she 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.
For Persian Gulf veterans only:
Veterans’ Bonus Division, Department of Veterans’ Services
600 Washington Street, Suite 1100
Boston, MA 02111
For all other wartime veterans
M.G.L. ch. 115, s.6, 6B, 6C and 108 CMR 9.01, Acts of 2005, ch. 130
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Department of Veterans’ Services provide an annuity in the amount of $2000 to 100% service-connected disabled veterans. This annuity is payable biannually on August 1st and February 1st in two installments of $1000 each. It is granted to 100% service-connected disabled veterans, to the surviving parents (Gold Star Parents) and the un-remarried spouses (Gold Star Wives or Husbands) of certain deceased veterans who gave their lives in the service of their country during wartime. Each has a separate application form.
Eligibility for annuity benefit by veteran
An applicant veteran who satisfies the following prerequisites shall be eligible to receive a special benefit payment of $2000 in the form of an annuity:
Application procedure for annuity benefit by surviving parents or un-remarried spouse
The annuity applicant must be a resident of the Commonwealth at the time of filing and also continue to reside in Massachusetts. Payments shall be due and payable from the date of the application. To receive the annuity, the applicant must complete the application, submit a copy of discharge (DD Form 214), a recent VA award letter, and a W-9 form (for address verification). An optional Direct Deposit Authorization may also be submitted. An application may also be obtained by regular mail by calling the Veterans’ Service Officer at the local City/Town Hall, or from the Department of Veterans’ Services either by phone or online.