More State Veterans Bonuses

Spurred by the amazing response to my State Veterans Bonuses article, I have spent the week researching more state programs and found two additional state programs:

Iowa:  offers a Vietnam Conflict Veterans Bonus.

  • Must have served at least 120 days between July 1, 1973, and May 31, 1975
  • Payment of $17.50 per month for service in the Vietnam service area.
  • Payment of $12.50 per month for service outside of the Vietnam service area.
  • Maximum payment of $500.

For more information, see the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Vietnam Conflict Veterans Bonus page.

Massachusetts: offers a variety of bonus program for veterans of most recent conflicts, including World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, and the Global War on Terror.

  • World War II:  $100 payment for one day to six months active service, $200 payment for six months or more stateside service, and $300 payment for foreign service.
  • Korean War:  $100 payment for one day to six months active service, $200 payment for six months or more stateside service, and $300 payment for foreign service.
  • Vietnam War:  $200 payment for six months or more active duty service, and $300 payment for service in Vietnam.
  • Persian Gulf War:  for service of 30 days or more between August 2, 1990 to April 10, 1991; outside the Persian Gulf area, $300 payment, in the Persian Gulf area and awarded the Southwest Asia Service Medal, $500 payment
  • Global War On Terror:  $1000 for a deployment to Afghanistan or Iraq, $500 for 6 months of active duty service outside of Afghanistan or Iraq (not including National Guard or Reserve training) and additional $500 bonus for subsequent deployments to Afghanistan or Iraq.

For more information, see the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services main Bonus page.

I have been unable to locate any bonus information for Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.  If you know of any programs in these states, please share in the comments.

However, every state offers a variety of benefits to their veteran population.  I am compiling a list but it is a big job because there is so much out there.  Check back for more information soon.

For Alabama, Illinois, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and West Virginia, please see the original State Veterans Bonus page.

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  • Mike Foth

    Wisconsin has great Veterans’ benefits.

    Check this out:

  • Jennifer Hall

    Here is the link for the Georgia Department of Veterans Service:

    • Rob


  • Brownie

    It is most interesting to find a few states have compassion for what a vet gives up to protect this country from those who would harm us.

    Any state that demonstrates an uncaring attitude

    should suffer the result of their uncaring.

    As for COLORADO too much graft goes on for that state to give a D#@%& about any vet or even taxpayers. GREED drives Colorado’s politico’s.

  • It is refreshing to learn a few states appreciate their vets.Thos who do not should suffer for their unconcern.

    COLORADO is too GREEDY to have compassion for anyone. A tax hungry state whose politicians only

    think of themselves. Who knows where all our taxes go.No road repairs. No checks and balances.

    Do they deserve the protection provided by the veteran?

  • Derrick

    Where is Kentucky on this agenda????

    • george

      250.00 bonus in ky.

      • Matthew



    Did NorthCarolina give the bonus i went from there

  • L. Lawrence

    What about Virginia? Do they now or have they ever given a vet. bonus?

    • Bill (ohio)

      would like to know myself. Didn’t qualify for Ohio vet bonus because was living there for a couple of months after my discharge when I got called back to go to the Gulf. They said my HOR was technically VA so I don’t qualify. Nice.Whatev.

      • Uzell

        Catch 22. Enlisted as an Ohio resident 1982. Retired in Va 2012 after paying Ohio taxes for 30 years. Disqualified because I am not a current resident of Ohio, because I retired in Va. OORAH

  • Cano


    • john

      if i rember , we got 400 dollers as a korean vet

  • Stanley

    Anyone has anything for Florida?

  • Bill (ohio)

    Vet Bonus program is probably funded federally after all anyway so whats the problem? Fed doesn’t want involved because of what it would cost so individ state VA’s allocate federal funds somehow to come up with bonuses for vets. Good idea, nice thought, but if ALL Vets don’t receive bonuses, then none should accept them (ideal world), or more Vet’s should voice an opinion and get an eyebrow raised in congress. Just a thought.

  • Lawrence

    Does anyone know if Arkansas has any bonuses for their vets??

    • Troy Geiggars

      Does Ar have this bonus plan for Vets.

  • Nathaniel, This is SC VA website. SC pays military vets student loans for serving in a combat area. But you must be a legal resident of the state of SC, not just a home of record.

  • meat

    Has anyone found anything for Indiana

    • bruce

      I haven’t found anything but i’ve been searching also. I am a resident of Ohio (for past 20 yrs) but don’t qualify for bonus because when i entered military out of school i was resident of Indiana. Doesn’t look like indiana offers bonuses to veterans yet.

    • Rabbonaii

      The amount of bonus kind of directly reflects upon how much our State Politicians appreciate Viet Nam Veterans for their service, never mind the 58,000 plus that died serving, and the countless hundreds of thousands are wounded, maimed, crippled; not all wounds are visible.

  • Dawn-Marie

    Anyone found anything on Arizona?

  • robbie

    is there any bonuses for michigan residents from wwII?

    • Hey Robbie, I just found tons of info for Michigan.

  • E.F. Day

    anything on Florida yet?

  • Jesse

    Have anyone in Mississippi got a bonus?

    • Brandon

      mississippi is a great state to live n but in order to get anything from ms u have to b disabled or dead or than that ur just out of the picture

  • carol

    what about kansas?

  • parr

    what about Texas?
    MY son left while a resident of Ohio but received orders for Texas. He is now a resident of Texas. Can he received the veterans bonus?

    • tax preparer

      you have to continue to be a resident of ohio to receive the bonus.

  • J. Vernie

    Is there a WW2 bonus for Veterans from Georgia?

    How do we locate or research further?

  • E. V.


  • Spc wolford

    Is there any benefits for Washington state for active duty soldiers at all? Money park and Rec fishing hunting I’m not broke I’m still in and just served my first 12 month in Afghanistan. Thank you very much

  • john

    is maryland one

  • Ray

    I received about 200 dollars from Indiana in 1975 or 76 for service in Vietnam

  • prof

    have anyone found anything for vet in michigan and how to appile for it ,we all service for USA we need that bonus .

  • robert raub

    idaho is to cheap for a vietnam bonus

  • Robert

    HELP!!! I grew up in Indiana, but so close to Ohio border, that I actually was sworn in and entered Army through Cincinnati M.E.P.S station in 1992.(Six days after H.S. Graduation.) I have lived in Ohio since discharge in 1997. I am 90% V.A. disabled Bosnia – Herzogovina Combat Veteran. Am I eligible for the Ohio Bonus? Advice anybody?

  • Kelvin

    What about Georgia or Connecticut

  • Helen
  • usastruck

    I served in Vietnam in 1970-71. I think I received (maybe $300) bonus back in the seventies. Does anyone have a link to the bonuses given back then?

    Rob Struck

  • Edwin C.

    I joined the NAVY at M.E.P.S in Brooklyn,NY in 1988 and went to 4 different tours to the Persian Gulf and participated in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. I moved around to different states and resided all over the USA, after I left the NAVY in 1998 I moved to New Jersey and then relocated to Fort Worth, Texas. My following question is: Am I entitled to a bonus check and which state am I eligible to claim it at?, since I now reside in the state of Texas I haven’t seen any info regarding of qualification to the bonus check. Please respond with best description of my scenario. Thank you in advance.

  • Milton Curry

    Does Virginia have a veterans bonus program?

  • Frank

    how about Michigan Va bonus- I was in from 11/73 – 11/93

  • Larry

    Anybody know anything about Nebraska’s bonus program?

  • kevin stewart

    What about ca

  • Jackson

    HoR Jersey
    Now residing in Ca…am I eligible for a Gulf War Bonus?
    Please advise.

  • george donnelly

    does anyone know if Rhode Island gives veteran bonuses for Vietnam service