Veterans' bonus

Kevin Graber, County Veterans Service Officer for Haakon and Jackson counties, 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 honorably discharged, and must have served on active duty during one, or both, of the following periods.

For service between the dates of January 1, 1993 through September 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 September 11, 2001 through a date to be determined, qualifies for a bonus payment.

Veterans should call Kevin Graber at 859-2010 or 837-2217 to set up an appointment for assistance with applying for the bonus.