South Dakota is paying a bonus to members of the Armed Forces who were legal residents of the state for no less than six months before their period of active duty and who served, or are serving, on active duty during one or more of the following periods.

1. August 2, 1990 to March 3, 1991 - All active service counts for payment.

2 . March 4, 1991 to December 31, 1992 - Only service in a hostile area qualifying for the Southwest Asia Service Medal counts for payment.

3. January 1, 1993 to September 10, 2001 - Only service in a hostile area qualifying for any United States campaign or service medal awarded for combat operations against hostile forces counts for payment.

4. September 11, 2001 to a date to be determined - All active service counts for payment.

Veterans with qualifying service from August 2, 1990, to December 31, 1992, (Desert Storm) may receive one bonus of up to $500.

Veterans with qualifying service after January 1, 1993, may receive another bonus of up to $500.

Active Duty for training is not allowed for Bonus purposes.

Applicants living outside of South Dakota may obtain an application by email at If you do not have email you may request an application and instructions by writing SD Veterans Bonus, 425 E. Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501 or by calling 605-773-3269.


Click here for SDDVA Bonus application form.

Click here to locate your tribal or county Veterans Service Officer.


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