Veteran’s Affairs Bonus Programs

Veteran’s Affairs Bonus Programs

Veterans’ Affairs Bonus Programs
Through the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Bonus Programs, veterans who served in the Korean or Vietnam wars or in the Persian Gulf and individuals currently serving in the Global War on Terrorism can apply for a bonus payment. POW’s may also be eligible for compensation.

To apply for any of the Bonus Payments, click on the category on the left that applies to your service, read the qualifications, and click on the link to download and print the applications.

A $100 bonus is payable to Veterans who serve in Korea between June 27, 1950 – July 27, 1953, were residents of Illinois for 12 months immediately prior to entering service, received the Korean Service Medal, and received an Honorable Discharge.

A $100 bonus is payable to claimants who were residents of Illinois for 12 months immediately prior to entering service, received the Vietnam Service Medal or Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Vietnam, and received an Honorable Discharge for service during one of the following periods:

  • Vietnam: January 1, 1961 – March 28, 1973
  • Vietnam Frequent Wind: April 29, 30, 1975

Survivors are entitled to a benefit of $1,000, if the veteran’s death was classified as service-connected by the US Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

A $100 bonus is payable to veterans who serve between August 2, 1990 – November 30, 1995, were residents of Illinois for 12 months immediately prior to entering service, received the Southwest Asia Service Medal, and received an Honorable Discharge.

Individuals currently on active duty who served in the Persian Gulf may apply prior to discharge by also including the Armed Forces Certificate.

A $100 bonus is payable to veterans who serve on or after September 11, 2001 and were residents of Illinois for 12 months immediately prior to entering service.

The claimant must also have served at least 30 consecutive or 60 nonconsecutive days of foreign or sea service and be in receipt of one of the following medals:

  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Individuals currently on active duty who served in the Global War on Terrorism may apply prior to discharge by also including the Armed Forces Certificate.

Persons on active duty with the Armed Forces of the United States or employed by the United States Government on, or after, January 1, 1961, who were residents of Illinois 12 months prior to entry, and who were taken and held prisoner by hostile forces in Southeast Asia, are entitled to $50 for each month or portion thereof while being held captive.

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