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Post-9/11 Veteran Service Bonus

Post-9/11 Veterans Service Bonus FlyerThe Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) has a long history of awarding service bonuses to Minnesota Veterans who served in America’s wars. Starting in 1919 after World War I, through World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, and now the Global War on Terrorism. MDVA recognizes the sacrifices and courage Minnesotans took to defend our country.

The 2022 Legislature passed and Governor Walz signed the first-ever Veterans Omnibus Bill that included funding for a service bonus payable to eligible Veterans who served from 9/11/01 to 8/30/21. MDVA is honored to facilitate this program for eligible Veterans, currently serving service members, or Veterans' beneficiaries.

Application Process

* The application period for the Post 9/11 Service Bonus is now closed as of June 30, 2024. Applications received before the window closed will still be processed *

The 2023 Legislative Session resulted in several changes that expanded Minnesota Veteran eligibility for the Post-9/11 Service Bonus to include:

  • Veterans who did not enlist/begin their service in Minnesota
  • Recipients of the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal may now receive the full bonus allotment

MDVA began processing payments the week of July 25, 2022. Applicants can expect their mailed check approximately 12 weeks after approval.

The application opened July 7, 2022 and ran until June 30, 2024.

If it is determined that you may be eligible for the bonus, you will be directed to the application.

  • If you have previously applied for the Minnesota GI Bill or Veteran Owned Business Certification, you will login with your existing username and password.
  • If you have never applied for the Minnesota GI Bill or Veteran Owned Business certification, you will be prompted to create an account.

If it is determined through the pre-screening questions that you may not be eligible for the Post-9/11 Veteran Service Bonus, then you will be directed to your County Veteran Service Office for additional assistance or guidance.

Share Your Story

This retrospective study of the Minnesota experience since 9/11 will chronicle individual service members and state units deployed overseas as well as a range of home-front stories. Minnesotans were in the towers, planes and Pentagon on September 11, among the first boots on the ground in Afghanistan and some of the very last to leave in 2021.

Minnesotans also served in long and repeated deployments to Iraq and across the greater Middle East. Closer to home, communities came together in new ways to support the families of those deployed and welcomed immigrants as it has done before. Together, these stories start to stitch together a shared state history in America’s longest war.

The resulting retrospective will be published as a PDF in the summer of 2023 and be made available to the public without charge. Published copies will be provided to schools and libraries.

Share your stories & photos here.

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