(02/21/2005)
The House of Delegates has approved a new Veterans Bonus Amendment.

State residents voted last fall to give a one-time bonus to all state veterans of recent conflicts in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The bill sets up the funding mechanism.

Those soldiers who have been on active duty in those three countries will receive $600, and those active but stateside will receive $400. There is also a one-time $2,000 death benefit.

The bonuses will cost the state less than $5 million. The money will come from budget surplus funds, and the state will not have to sell bonds.

Those still in Afghanistan and Iraq will receive the bonus.


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