BOSTON - The Office of the State Treasurer, Veterans’ Bonus Division has launched an online application for the Massachusetts Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Welcome Home Bonus. Massachusetts servicemembers and veterans can now apply online to streamline the application process and expedite bonus payouts.
Welcome Home wartime bonuses are awarded to servicemembers who lived in Massachusetts for at least six months immediately prior to entering the military and served on or after September 11, 2001. Qualified applicants can receive bonuses for their active service and deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism. In 2018, $1.2 million in bonuses were awarded to Massachusetts veterans.
“Veterans and military families face unique challenges when it comes to planning for their financial future,” said Treasurer Deborah Goldberg. “Providing the Welcome Home bonus online platform will get money into the hands of veterans more quickly and efficiently, and ensure that every Massachusetts servicemember has the opportunity to achieve economic security.”
By visiting VetsBonusMA.com servicemembers and veterans can apply and upload their required supporting documents from wherever they are. The online application will also increase the ability to analyze collected data to optimize outreach to veterans within local organizations and communities.
“The online submission process was developed with the veteran or servicemember in mind,” said Steve Croteau, Manager of the Veterans’ Bonus Program. “This capability makes it easier and faster for the veteran to submit their application which will improve our ability to get the bonus payment to the veteran quicker.”
“As the Chair of the Veterans and Federal Affairs Committee, I fully support any effort that eases the process for heroic veterans to receive the benefits that they so richly deserve,” said Senator Walter F. Timilty, Chair of the Veterans and Federal Affairs Committee. “I applaud Treasurer Goldberg and her office in this initiative, moreover I look forward to working closely with Treasurer Goldberg and her staff in our mutual efforts to further provide essential benefits to our deserving veterans.”
“This online platform is a great initiative to reach a generation of Veterans who use online platforms as their main vehicle for communication,” said Representative Linda Dean Campbell, Chair of the Veterans and Federal Affairs Committee. “It is also a sure way to get more bonus money to the Veterans who have earned it.”
“The online program is an extremely resourceful tool for veterans applying for their welcome home bonus,” said Senator Michael Rush, Vice Chair of the Veterans and Federal Affairs Committee. “This program provides convenience and accessibility for veterans returning home throughout the commonwealth.”
The Veterans’ Bonus Division distributes bonuses for eligible active duty, discharged, and deceased Massachusetts veterans who served during various conflicts. The State Treasurers Office has administered the state bonus program since the World War I bonus in 1919 was awarded to Massachusetts individuals who served in the armed forces during that period. To learn more about the Veterans’ Bonus Division, visit https://www.mass.gov/orgs/veterans-bonus-division.