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Lawsuit: Massachusetts denies $1,000 'welcome home' bonuses to ‘bad paper’ veterans https://t.co/caY1nYGS7Q

WASHINGTON – Two Army veterans, with the help of Harvard Law School, filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday against the Massachusetts treasury, claiming it was unrightfully denying “welcome home” bonuses to them and other veterans with other-than-honorable discharges. The Massachusetts legislature created the “Welcome Home Bonus” in 2005 for post-9/11 servicemembers. Under the program, those who deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan — and lived in Massachusetts for a period of least six months before enlisting — are eligible to apply for a one-time, tax-free $1,000 bonus. The program, run by the state treasury, is for veterans with honorable discharges. The two veterans named in the lawsuit enlisted multiple times, and they’re arguing that the honorable discharge they received before their later, other-than-honorable discharge should make them eligible. “Both of these members dep...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/lawsuit-mass-denies...

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