Veteran's Bonus Program
Please Note: A veteran may not receive more than a total of $600 through this program. Each deployment and/or conflict does not garner an additional payment.
Veterans who were bona fide residents of the State of West Virginia at the time of their entry into active service and for a period of at least six months immediately prior thereto. Veterans who were not separated from service under conditions other than honorable.
Veterans of the armed forces of the United States or who were members of reserve components called to active duty by the President of the United States.
Approved applicants will be eligible for a six hundred dollar bonus if they served in the combat zone and received a campaign badge or expeditionary medal, or a four hundred dollar bonus if they had active service outside the combat zone during the time periods specified for Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo. Surviving relatives will be eligible for a two thousand dollar bonus where a veteran's death was connected with the service and resulted from the service during the time periods specified. The person receiving the bonus shall not be required to include the bonus as income for state income tax purposes.
Applicants must have served on active duty between October 7, 2001 and a date yet to be determined. Applicants will be required to fill out form A-1 and attach copy of DD-214 covering eligibility period. If applicants are still active duty and do not have a DD-214, they must also complete form A-3, Commanding Officer's Certificate.
A-1 Application for West Virginia Afghanistan Veteran's Bonus
A-3 Commanding Officer's Certificate for Afghanistan Veteran's Bonus
Applicants must have served on active duty between March 19, 2003 and a date yet to be determined. Applicants will be required to fill out form I-1 and attach copy of DD-214 covering eligibility period. If applicants are still active duty and do not have a DD-214, they must also complete form I-3, Commanding Officer's Certificate.
I-1 Application for West Virginia Iraq Veteran's Bonus
I-3 Commanding Officer's Certificate for Iraq Veterans Bonus
Applicants must have received campaign badge or expeditionary medal for Kosovo between November 20, 1995 and December 31, 2000, inclusive. Applicants will be required to fill out form Y-1 and attach copy of DD-214 covering eligibility period.
Y-1 Application for West Virginia Kosovo Veterans Bonus
A surviving spouse or children may request an application by calling 1-888-838-2332, or by email at WVDVA@state.wv.us, or by mail at the address listed below.
Completed applications should be mailed to:
Attention: Bonus Office
West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance
1321 Plaza East Suite 109
Charleston, WV 25301