Senator Bobby Joe Champion Helps Push Bonus Pay for Post-9/11 War Veterans Through Senate During Veterans Bill Debate, Urges Veterans to Apply for Bonuses

Senator Bobby Joe Champion (DFL – Minneapolis) said he joined with DFL Senators in successfully pushing a measure through the Senate to deliver pay for Minnesota’s veterans, or their beneficiaries, who served in the United States armed forces during the post-9/11 service period. While the Senate Republican version of the legislation did not include the bonuses, DFL legislators successfully pushed to include this support in the final bill. The bill has since been signed into law by Governor Walz and the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs will soon announce the application process.

“I encourage all eligible veterans to apply to the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs for this well-deserved bonus,” said Senator Bobby Joe Champion. “While the sacrifice of our veterans and their families is priceless, I hope this additional support to veterans and their families is a testament to Minnesota’s deep gratitude for their sacrifice to our nation. I encourage all veterans or families of veterans to contact my office if they need any assistance in applying for this payment.”

The bonus pay breakdown is as follows:

  • $600: for a veteran who served during the eligibility period but did not receive Armed
    Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, or Afghanistan Campaign Medal during the eligibility period; or
  • $1200: if the veteran received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, or Afghanistan Campaign Medal during the eligibility period for the bonus; or
  • $2,000: if the veteran was eligible for the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, or Afghanistan Campaign Medal during the eligibility period for the bonus and died during that period as a direct result of a service-connected injury, disease, or condition.
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Bobby Joe Champion represents District 59, which includes portions of downtown and north Minneapolis in Hennepin County. He is also an attorney.

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