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 on page 1) are eligible for a bonus according to the following stipulations:
Ch. 440 of the Acts of 1953
Korean veterans (see Definitions section on page 1) 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. 130 of the Acts (2011) /chapter 171
Section 3. Chapter 132 of the acts of 2009 is hereby amended by striking out section 11 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 11. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, a resident of the commonwealth who is sent overseas as a member of the United States Armed Forces and is eligible to receive benefits under clauses (1) and (2) of section 16 of chapter 130 of the acts of 2005 may receive such benefits; provided, however, that an eligible resident shall receive the full bonus allowed by said clause (1) of said section 16 of said chapter 130 upon return after his first deployment to the Afghanistan or Iraq area as those areas are described by proper federal authority, and shall receive the full bonus allowed under clause (2) of said section 16 of said chapter 130 after his first deployment within the continental limits of the United States or outside the continental limits of the United States other than in the Afghanistan or Iraq areas. Veterans shall thereafter receive 50 per cent of the bonus defined in either clause (1) or (2) of said section 16 of said chapter 130 after each subsequent return from deployment to the areas defined under each section, 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, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
For all other wartime veterans
Office of the Treasurer
One Ashburton Place, 12th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-367-9333 x859 (OEF/OIF/ONE veterans only)
Ch. 132 of the Acts of 2009, s. 14
Amends Ch. 153 of the Acts of 1992 to allow active duty personnel to apply.
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 $2000.00 to 100% service-connected disabled veterans. This annuity is payable biannually on August 1st and February 1st in two installments of $1000.00 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 $2000.00 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.