What is the Wartime Service Bonus?
The Connecticut General Statutes Section 27-61a provides for a wartime service bonus, given to current and former members of the Connecticut National Guard for serving on active duty on or after September 11, 2001.
Who is eligible?
There are three requirements that the applicant must meet in order to be eligible for the WSB.
- The individual is a current member or a veteran of the Connecticut National Guard.
- The member was activated on or after September 11, 2001 for a period of 90 consecutive days or more.
- If the individual was discharged, the conditions of the discharge must be honorable or due to injuries sustained in the line of duty.
How much can I receive?
Soliders and Airmen of the Connecticut National Guard can receive $50.00 per month for every month of active duty served.
If a service member serves on active duty, but does not serve in a combat zone, the maximum lifetime benefit is $500.00 (10 months).
If a service member serves on active duty and does serve in a combat zone as designate by the President of the United States, the maximum lifetime benefit is $1,200.00 (24 months).
How do I apply?
The candidate will need to complete an application form (Form CTMD 2-1
) and provide proof of having served on active duty.
If applying for the higher maximum amount, proof of having deployed to an area designated as a combat zone by the President of the United States will also be required.
The most common and effective form of proof is a DD214 that specifically states the dates having served on active duty and the dates during which the member was deployed to the combat zone. Applications can be obtained by clicking the below link or by calling (860) 524-4968.
Or mail them to:
State of Connecticut
Wartime Service Bonus
360 Broad Street - Room #113
Hartford, CT 06105-3706