Regardless of income, you can get a $2,000 annuity each year, payable in two installments of $1,000 each on August 1 and February 1 if you are one of the following:
- A veteran who has blindness, paraplegia, or a double amputation connected to military service; or
- A veteran who has a 100% VA rating; or
- A parent of a veteran who died because of a wartime or combat-related injury; or
- An un-remarried spouse of a veteran who died because of a wartime or combat-related injury
To apply: Submit an application directly to DVS. The deadlines are June 30th for the August payment and December 31st for the February payment of any given year. To get an application, call DVS at 617-210-5480, or you can download the application form online.
Annuity application form for a veteran.
Annuity application form for a parent of a veteran.
Annuity application form for spouse of a veteran.
Massachusetts gives bonuses to some veterans who served during certain periods of war. To get a bonus you must have lived in Massachusetts for 6 months prior to entering service, been discharged under honorable conditions from that period of service, and meet certain other requirements.
Welcome Home Bonus for Post-9/11 Veterans
- Served on or after September 11, 2001
- The amount of the bonus depends on whether you served in Iraq or Afghanistan ($1000) or served elsewhere in the U.S. or abroad for six months or more ($500)
- Depending on the length of your service and number of deployments, you may be eligible for more than one Welcome Home Bonus. These later bonuses are paid at a lower rate
- Application for Active Duty Servicemembers.
- Application for Discharged Servicemembers.
Persian Gulf Bonus
- Served between August 2, 1990 and April 10, 1991 for at least 30 days
- The amount of the Persian Gulf Bonus depends on whether you served in the Persian Gulf Area and received the Southwest Asia Service Medal ($500); or served elsewhere ($300)
- Persian Gulf Application.
- Served between July 1, 1958, and May 17, 1975
- The amount of the Vietnam Bonus depends on whether you served in Vietnam ($300) or served elsewhere for at least six months ($200)
- Vietnam Application.
- Served between June 25, 1950, and January 31, 1955
- The amount of the Korean Bonus depends on whether you served with one or more days outside the United States ($300); served at least six months in the United States ($200); or served 90 days in the United States ($100)
- Korean Application.
World War II Bonus
- Served between September 16, 1940, and July 25, 1947
- The amount of the World War II Bonus depends on whether you served outside the United States ($300); served more than six months in the United States ($200); or served less than six months in the United States ($100)
- World War II Application.
Bonuses for Survivors of Veterans
- If an eligible veteran has died, the spouse and children, mother or father, brother or sister, or other dependents (in that order) may be eligible to receive the veteran’s bonus.
- The application for a surviving family member.
If you are low-income and cannot afford funeral expenses, you may be given money to pay for the burial of a veteran or the dependents of a veteran. To apply, you must submit an application to your VSO within 60 days of the date of death.
Moving and Transportation to Medical Appointments
Moving assistance is available for those who:
- Have significant medical, financial, or social circumstance that can be reduced by relocation
- Are eligible for VA benefits
- Have insufficient resources to move on their own
- Have not received moving assistance previously
To apply, contact your VSO.