Bonus Payment

World War II

A bonus of $10 per month for domestic service and $15 per month for foreign service is payable to a veteran who was a resident of Illinois at time of entering service, served at least 60 days on active duty between September 16, 1940 and September 3, 1945, and received an honorable discharge. Survivors are entitled to a benefit of $1,000, if the veteran's death was service-connected and within the period specified.

Korean, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, and Global War on Terrorism (Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom) Conflict Bonus

A $100 bonus is payable for service during one of the following periods:

  • Korea: June 27, 1950 – July 27, 1953
  • Vietnam: January 1, 1961 – March 28, 1973
  • Vietnam Frequent Wind: April 29, 30, 1975
  • Persian Gulf: August 2, 1990 – November 30, 1995
  • Global War on Terrorism (OEF/OIF): on or after September 11, 2001

The claimant must also be in receipt of one of the following medals:

  • Korean Service Medal
  • Vietnam Service Medal Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Era or the Southwest Asia Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal or the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

The claimant must also be a resident of Illinois for 12 months immediately prior to entering service and have 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 (PDF, 16 KB). Download Adobe Reader

You can download a copy of the bonus application (PDF, 43 KB), Download Adobe Reader print it out, fill it in, and mail it to us.