Vietnam-Era Veterans – Have You Received Your Massachusetts Wartime Bonus?
Recent archiving of a large number of Vietnam-era military discharges has revealed that there are many veterans living in the Pittsfield area that are still eligible for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Vietnam wartime bonus. The basic guidelines for qualification are found on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website:
Ch. 646 of the Acts of 1968, amended by Ch. 112 of the Acts of 2010
Vietnam veterans who performed six months active duty from July 1, 1958 and priorto May 17, 1975 are eligible for a bonus according to the following stipulations:
- Those veterans who served six months or more active duty are eligible for a $200 bonus.
- Those veterans who served on duty in Vietnam are eligible for a $300 bonus.
National Guard/Reserve personnel are not eligible unless they performed Federal active duty during the specified period.
Anyone interested in finding out if they have received their bonus can contact their city/town Veteran’s Service Officer, the State Treasurer’s Office at 617 367 9333 or the Military Records Branch, Office of the Adjutant General, at 508 422 1993.