Apply for Veterans Bonus Ray Hofman, veterans service officer for Clay County, announces that application forms for the Veterans Bonus are now available at his office. The new bonus program provides for payment of up to $500 to certain veterans who have qualifying active duty service.
To be eligible for payment, the veteran must have been a legal resident of South Dakota for no less than six months immediately preceding entry into the Armed Forces, must have been discharged under honorable conditions, and must have served on active duty during one, or both, of the following periods.
For service between dates of Jan. 1, 1993 through Sept. 10, 2001, payment will be made only to those who were awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary medal, Southwest Asia Service medal or any other United States campaign or service medal awarded for participation in combat operations.
All active duty between the dates of Sept. 11, 2001 through a date to be determined, qualifies for a bonus payment.
Veterans should call Hofman at 605-677-7145 to set up an appointment for assistance with applying for the bonus.