State Veterans Bonuses

Thanks to the comment from Ariel, and a post from Ryan at The Military Wallet, I did a bit of research on these veterans’ bonuses I have heard a little bit about.  It seems that quite a few states are giving some sort of rebate to veterans.  In nearly all cases, the service member must have been a resident of the state when they entered the service, and be a resident of the state at the time of application.  Look through this list and see if anyone you know might be eligible -spread the word!  The total funds available are limited in some states, so don’t delay.  I hope to hear that someone is eligible for some of these programs:

Alabama:  Bonus payment to any service member who was a prisoner of war North Vietnam, South Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia.  This is also available to survivors of POWs who died while a prisoner.

See the Alabama Veterans’ Benefits page.

Illinois: Offers two separate bonus programs, one for World War II and one for Korean, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf Conflict.

  • World War II $10 per month for domestic service and $15 per month for foreign service is payable to a veteran who was a resident of Illinois at time of entering service, served at least 60 days on active duty between September 16, 1940 and September 3, 1945, and received an honorable discharge. Survivors are entitled to a benefit of $1,000, if the veteran’s death was service-connected and within the period specified.
  • Korea $100 for service between June 27, 1950 and July 27, 1953, and receipt of the Korean Service Medal
  • Vietnam $100 for service between January 1, 1961 and March 28, 1973, and receipt of the Vietnam Service Medal or the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Era
  • Persian Gulf Conflict $100 for service between August 2, 1990 and November 30, 1995 and receipt of the Southwest Asia Service Medal.

For more information, see the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits page.

New Hampshire:  Their Global War on Terrorism Bonus was scheduled to expire on June 11, 2009, but there are provisions for the acceptance of applications after that date.  Since the conflict is still happening, I imagine there is some way around it.

  • Global War on Terrorism  Bonus of $100.   vailable to anyone who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 and on or before a date to be determined by the Secretary of Defense, and who earned the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal or Afghanistan Campaign, or Iraq Campaign Medal; and who was discharged, released or has a certificate of service there from, with an honorable discharge, or who is missing in action or who was killed in action.
  • There is also the possibility to file for service during the Vietnam conflict or service during the Persian Gulf War.

See the New Hampshire State Department of Veterans Services War Bonus page.

Ohio: Payments to any veteran on active duty anywhere in the world for purposes other than training between August 2, 1990 and March 3, 1991 or any time since October 7, 2001.

  • Up to $100 per month of eligible duty in Iraq (since March 19, 2003), Afghanistan (since October 7, 2001) or the Persian Gulf (August 2, 1990-March 3, 1991, up to a maximum of $1000
  • Up to $50 per month of eligible active duty elsewhere during the same time period, up to a maximum of $500
  • Total maximum possible benefit of $1500

See the Ohio Veterans Bonus Program Website

Pennsylvania:  Offers the Persian Gulf Veterans Bonus program.

  • Service in the Persian Gulf from August 2, 1990 to March 3, 1991, and receipt of the Southwest Asia Service Medal
  • Bonus payment of $75 for each month (or major fraction thereof) of service.

See the Pennsylvania Persian Gulf Veterans Bonus Program

South Dakota:  Offers a $500 bonus for military members who were South Dakota residents for the six months preceding their military service and served during the following dates:

  • August 2, 1990 to March 3, 1991 – All active service counts for payment.
  • March 4, 1991 to December 31, 1992 – Only service in a hostile area qualifying for the Southwest Asia Service Medal counts for payment.
  • January 1, 1993 to September 10, 2001 – Only service in a hostile area qualifying for any United States campaign or service medal awarded for combat operations against hostile forces counts for payment.
  • September 11, 2001 to a date to be determined – All active service counts for payment.
  • Service both before December 31,192 and after January 1, 1993 may qualify you for two $500 bonuses.

For more information, see the South Dakota Veterans Bonus page.

West Virginia:  Offers a bonus to veterans who served in Afghanistan, Iraq or Kosovo.

  • Payment of $600 for eligible service members who served in a combat zone and earned the applicable campaign badge or expeditionary medal.
  • Payment of $400 for eligible service members who served during the applicable time periods but did not meet the qualifications for the $600 payment.
  • Payment of $2000 to the survivor of a military member killed in action during the applicable times.

For more information, see the West Virginia Veterans’ Bonus web page.

Please, send a link to anyone you know who might be eligible for these bonuses!

UPDATE 17 September 2010:  For information on Iowa and Massachusetts bonus programs, please see More State Veterans Bonuses.

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  • Tammy Tillison

    Is North Carolina one of the states offering bonuses.

    • Ahhh

      NO!!! Got Dangitt

  • Lori Brandenburg

    Is Missouri one of the states offering bonuses?

  • Dustin Pirtle

    Is Oklahoma one of the states offering bonuses?

  • William Pinckney

    Is georgia offering bonuses

  • Is Missouri one of the states offering bonuses?

    Drew Farnsworth



  • Does Mississippi offer this?

  • George Le Nard Burks

    I was wondering if Texas offered one of these bonus’s .?

  • George Le Nard Burks

    Does cheap Texas offer one of these onuses. It’s not enough to just say thank you for serving

  • Michael Jordan

    What about the state of Virginia? This is the largest state in the United States with the largest population of veterans ever.

    • Brenda

      I accidentally clicked on the down button on this was trying to move the page up and down. But if Virginia is offering a bonus. I would love to know. Because you are right. They are one of the biggest Vet states.

  • Kathy

    My husband and I were both active duty. We have both changed our state of residence several times. We don’t know which state we should apply to, if the state even offers a bonus, a lot of them don’t.

    • Kathy, most, if not all, require that you were a resident of the state when you entered active duty service and are also currently a resident of that same state. Therefore, the only state you have to worry about is where you lived (were a resident) when you went on active duty. Hope this helps.

    • mark

      I just completed the process in Ohio, where you have to have entered the service there and have a home of record adress there, mosts states require this.

    • paspeapod

      the state your home of record is

    • Bren

      I submitted my packet to PA. That was my home of record when I entered, but I do not live there now. The only requirement was that PA was listed on my DD214 as home of record.

  • Texan

    George, I’m a bit surprised at you…clearly you don’t realize or haven’t felt the value of being a ‘cheap’ Texas resident…while Texas may not offer some of the curent benies that some other states are, they offer some they don’t…perhaps you should check with your local state VA office, check with American Legion, Disabled American Vets and VFW…Texas does have an online resource and can provide insight on local and Federal resources…understand there might be some states a bit more progressive than Texas, but it may be they need someone like you to have a fire lit under his A__ to spearhead such a cause. Its okay and encouraged to get help from resources already out there, but you often have to do a bit of leg work yourself to find and get these benies…I know, I’ve benefited from my Texas residence since my departure from the military, and watch other than ‘cheap’ Texas residence get robbed by states with their hands in their vets pockets…I don’t see that in Texas…Good luck to ya man…and the rest of you all finding in hard to gain benies you’ve earned.

  • hi, i’m from michigan and i read about the bonus program that is listed. i would like 2 know if i can get the bonus or if u know of any other type of bonus type help i could get. i’ve been writing the gov over and over and no reply. my house and garage roofs r falling in and i have other issues with my house that need attention a.s.a.p. would u please spend alittle time and check and c if there is any help i can get. i’m disabled now. i’m aware that the gov is giving all kinds of grants 4 school and that is great, but i need help and in any way u might b able 2 help. please due. thank u.kevin r skees.. have a nice day.

    • Monte White

      Michigan offers nothing in the form of bonuses like Ohio or Connecticut.

  • Jeff

    As far as Cheap Texas. Thank goodness Texas ain’t taxing your income. They don’t tax real food, like Milk, bread, Fruit. They also have I believe the Texas Veterns Land Board. So it may be more real to say “a lazy Texan got his hand out”.

  • Anthony Cavallaro

    does New York offer this?

  • Does anyone know if Kansas is a state that ill be eligable for this too, Thank You.

  • V. Harris

    Does Georgia offer this bonus?

  • robinhiatt

    I am from Florida and am wondering to if I am eligible for an additional income?

  • Enlisted and discharged from the USN in MA. Have since moved to NC, am I eligible for any state bonus?

  • Robert Candelaria Sr

    I am a disabled Viet-Nam Texas veteran where can i check for any bonuses or other help?



  • Lawrence Martinez

    Does California offer this bonus? (Korean War). I now live in New Mexico.

  • charles perkins

    does michigan offer any bonus

  • Kalifornia is to cheap to offer the veterans much of anything….

  • ChuckL

    Vets in Nevada should check with the county auditor’s office and the DMV. There are benefits available in license fees and home taxes.

  • Jerry Pilgrim

    Iowa has a bonus program for Vietnam veterans who servefrom 1964 – 1975 and there is a bonus for both incountry and veterans who serve during that time but were not incountry. If you served in the military during any part of that timeframe you may be eligible. I served from 1974 until 2002 and rceived over $300 becuse part of my service was during the Vietnam conflict. Go to the Iowa veterans page:

  • Robert M. Rongero

    I have been a resident of Texas starting with my assignment at Fort Hood in 1978 – 1985 to the present. I do not share the same view as expressed by someone describing Texas as “CheapTexan”. The State of Texas has a very comprehensive website to provide assistance for employment, application for veterans benefits with VA, and a list of benefits that the State provides for Veterans and more so for disabled veterans. Furthermore, Texas to my knowledge is the only State in the nation who exempts 100% disabled Veterans from property taxes. The property tax exemption alone and other benefits afforded to Veterans would not definitely be considered as cheap.

    • Sherry rose
      • Robert

        Sorry for the late response as I have just visited this site just now. You need to visit with the appropriate Texas Appraisal District with jurisdiction to the property to find more information and how to apply, which is a very simple process to do. I believe the tax exemption applies also to surviving spouse of those 100% disabled veterans.

  • Mike Martinez

    Is the state of California included in this bonus? Please reply. thank you.

  • Melanie Weisberg

    Does KY have a program ?

  • Could you please find out if Kentucky has any programs. I had 3 brothers serve in vietnam and I also served.

    Thank you

  • Mr. Whitley

    Does Tennessee offer any Bonuses?

  • Mrs. Roberson

    Does the state of Louisiana qualify?

  • Joseph

    I read your article Mr. Rongero. I would really appreciate the web address, and list that you expressed. Especially, for disabled veterans in Texas.

    Thank you

  • James Juniel

    Does California or Texas offer this bonus?

  • Wondering if Colorad

    Sorry for the mistake. I was wondering if Colorado is going to likewise??

  • Ronald A. Pearson

    Is Colorado going to do this in the future??

  • Lester Carrejo

    You guys say Texas is cheap (no state taxes)! Try to get unemployment assistance from Colorado! No way if you retire here, this state is cheap!! Can’t even get workforce funds to get training!! Good thing I’m not completely disabled?! They probably won’t pay for anything!!!!!!!! Fustrated with this state!

  • I Am from Florida am I eligible for an additional income.

  • Am I elegible for the bonuses?

  • Steve Sutton

    Wisconsin does not know the difference between war time service and peace time service. Anyone who served between the Korean war and the Vietnam War( Peace time) has their military time count towards their government service time. That is State, County and City, Town or Village Government Service. One year of Military service for every 5 years of State, County and City, Town,Village Service. Yet anyone who served in the same capacity after January 1st 1974 gets nothing for putting their life on the line for State And Country.

  • Thomas Douglass

    Does Maryland offer this bonus?

  • Texas and California offer great benefits to veterans and their families, especially education and property taxes. No complaining there. New Mexico also has some nice things going there. Colorado is bad-NOTHING for vets there. Georgia’s not good except for a small discount on property tax. Hawaii not good. Bonuses come in different forms, not always money.

  • please let me know if new york pays any bonus to vietnam veterans

  • D. J. Smith

    Sat. 09.18.10 3:34 pm PST

    Does anyone have any information regarding Utah offering any benefits/bonuses? Thanks. DJS

  • Elvin b young

    Does the grate state of virginia have a bonus or benefit plan

    • Ron C

      only after you pass a spelling test.

  • V. L. Gibbons

    Kentucky had a Vietnam Veteran bonus a few years back. I think it was $500.00.

  • Does KY have a progr

    Hello, I am a Persian Gulf Vet and intersted if there is a bonus program for those who participated in Desert Storm/Shield/Calm.

    • R Bussell

      Hello, I am a Persian Gulf Vet and intersted if there is a bonus program for those who participated in Desert Storm/Shield/Calm. I live in KY

  • Does South Carolina ofer any of thoses bonuses or benefit plans?

  • Vanessa

    To find benefits for your state, check out your state’s VA website (distinct from the Federal VA site).

    I know that many New England states offer great benefits including free access to state schools. Some also have bonuses paid, and some even have medals that they award to veterans of their home states.

    California has a home loan program for veterans, otherwise, they do not offer much.

  • Teresa Vandal

    Sorry to Kathy and Vanessa; your responses do not answer the question whether or not California offers a cash bonus like the ones offered by both Ohio and MA. We are ASKING if CA. offers a cash bonus like MA’s chapter 153 of The Acts of 1992 which states that Veterans of the Gulf War who were residents of MA. prior to their service between Aug. of 1990 and April of 1991 may be elligible for a cash bonus of up to $1000. I am interested to know if CA. does because though I was married to my husband during much of this time; my Naval Home of Record was STILL LISTED as Yorba Linda, CA. Now we would simply like to know if CA. offers anything similar to the bonus offered by MA. or OH.

  • Kate Kashman

    I have combed through the information provided by every state, and I have only been able to locate the bonuses listed in this post and the second post. Basically, if it is not listed here at The Paycheck Chronicles, I don’t know about it. To the best of my knowledge, California does not offer a bonus.

    I look forward to hearing from readers who might find additional bonuses that I have missed.

  • Brenda Davis

    There is a website called that is useful to find state benefits. Just click on the map, & it takes you to the states’ VA Regional Office (VARO).

    Also check out the “field offices” or County Veterans Service Officers (CVSO), usually accessible on the left side of the VARO page. CVSO’s are there to assist veterans and their dependents in assuring all get the benefits they’re entitled to.

  • James Glass

    Does Florida offer any veteran bonuses?

  • Tim Hunter

    I don’t understand the Gulf bonus program. The state of Ohio says that because I was a resident of Michigan when I enlisted even though I’am a resident of their state now, that I’am not eligible for the bonus program. When I was fighting in the Gulf War I was fighting for the country not a state so why should I not be eligible? Could someone please explain this to me.

    • Tim, the bonus is a benefit provided out of the generosity of each State’s legislature and taxpayers. They get to make the rules for who is eligible. I would suggest that you ask your state legislator.

      Thank you for your service.

  • Joseph

    Does New Jersey offer any benefits?

  • Joseph

    Does NJ offer a benefit?

  • Judge Burns

    Is Kentucky offering a Veterans bonus program for those who served during Desert Shield/Storm?

  • Iverson

    Does Louisiana offer any bonus

  • Della Mann

    Pennsylvania offers this under “Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans’ Benefit Program”, Act 29 of 2006.

  • Jaredd

    Does MA offer any bonus for OIF or OND.. Please let me know thank you.

  • don boudreau

    i served in vietnam and now reside in nj is there any benifits i am entitled to?

    don boudreau

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  • Tyler Heath Todd

    Is South Carolina offering a bonus?

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  • Toad

    what do disabled vets do to get a free jar of peanutbutter Oregon ?

  • manuel m. lopez

    My uncle from the Philippines, a veteran soldier volunteer to Vietnam under Philcagvietnam. Don’t know which agency to apply.

  • crystal

    Does WI offer this ?

  • David Menetrey

    How about Kentucky?

  • Arty
  • John Hodges

    Boy is our government getting cheap these days

  • Joseph Sperrazza

    Does Penna have a compensation program for veterans with diabetes already receiving compensation from the VA?

  • Aurealeus

    OBVIOUSLY, the only State offering the bonus are the ones listed and the ones asking if their State is included, are also OBVIOUSLY CLUELESS.

  • Thomas

    Is this program valid in North Carolina as well. if so can you provide me with the contact information.

    Thomas Richardson


    Does Indiana offer this?

  • roger . branham

    How about Kentucky get bonus from Persian gulf

  • keith
  • Stvev Conway

    Discharged veterans i WW2 received a discharge bonus referred to as 52/20. I believe this was a stipend given every week for a year. I also remember 3 checks of $90.00 I received in the months after I was discharged in Nov. 1945. Can anyone tell me what they were. Steve Conwat

  • Josh

    I am honestly surprised at all the people asking about their home states in the comment section. This article is over 3 years old and outdated. Do your own research. A simple search will answer all your questions.

  • Bill Millett

    Does Georgia offer a state veterans bonus?

  • kristine

    does Georgia offer this?my husband got out of military last year and he was in for 14 years and did 2 tours to Iraq.

  • Eugene C. Kennedy

    What about PA. I am and have alw3ays been a re4sident of PA. What do I do for answers?

  • Eugene C. Kennedy

    I am and have always been a resident od PA. Served 3 years service in Army stationed in Germany Am now seriously ill with cancer. Is there any help for me from VA?

  • Jen

    Does Oregon offer anything?

  • Keith Callwood

    Do you know if Delaware is offering the bonus?

  • Keith Callwood

    Does New York offer this bonus?

  • Alex McCracken

    Is Indiana A state that offers any bonuses?

  • Glenn day

    Is Michigan giving the bonue

  • Michael d. Meyer

    I’m a veteran from Wiscinsin, do they have any bonuses also I was told of a bonus being payed for serving past you ets date or retirement dates. I was called stop Los program and it started before Desert storm in 1990