Mass. war vets get $10G 'Welcome Home...

Mass. war vets get $10G 'Welcome Home' bonuses

There are 29 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Nov 10, 2008, titled Mass. war vets get $10G 'Welcome Home' bonuses. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Massachusetts veterans who've served their country abroad are being recognized with special $10,000 bonuses.

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PWT

Boston, MA

#1 Nov 10, 2008
This article is a typo!

Unfortunately, that amount in the paper is wrong and should read "$1,000" and not "$10,000." The reason it reads that amount is because that is the total for all checks presented today at the state house.

Nevertheless, it was a nice bonus for serving our great nation.
Michelle

Billerica, MA

#2 Nov 10, 2008
Yeah, the original article in the Boston Globe states it's a $1,000 bonus. Come on Sun- check your proofreading skills!
Metro Sun Bonus

Quincy, MA

#3 Nov 10, 2008
Michelle wrote:
Yeah, the original article in the Boston Globe states it's a $1,000 bonus. Come on Sun- check your proofreading skills!
So should the Metro / Sun make up the difference for Mass Veterans
SPC_Mehr-772_MP_ Co

United States

#5 Nov 11, 2008
I find it very degrading, unprofessional and disrespectful that I typo of this magnitude would actually make it to press. Especially to a Massachusetts soldier who is currently mobilizing and is away from his family for the holidays. And to put the icing on the cake, my unit received the news that it wasn't true this morning on Veteran's Day. Thanks for a great Veteran's day, Lowell Sun!
Michelle

Billerica, MA

#6 Nov 11, 2008
Metro Sun Bonus wrote:
<quoted text>
So should the Metro / Sun make up the difference for Mass Veterans
Yeah, that would only be right. LOL
Bertie Wooster

Haverhill, MA

#7 Nov 11, 2008
The typo is all Zuppa's fault.
PWT

Boston, MA

#8 Nov 11, 2008
SPC_Mehr-772_MP_Co wrote:
I find it very degrading, unprofessional and disrespectful that I typo of this magnitude would actually make it to press. Especially to a Massachusetts soldier who is currently mobilizing and is away from his family for the holidays. And to put the icing on the cake, my unit received the news that it wasn't true this morning on Veteran's Day. Thanks for a great Veteran's day, Lowell Sun!
From a vet to another vet,

Good luck, and god bless on deployment. I returned from there about 3 years ago. Just take it day to day, it will help you make it through!

Bill Loney

Peabody, MA

#9 Nov 11, 2008
As a taxpayer, I don't recall authorizing my tax dollars to be spent this way. What's wrong with this picture?
ungrateful

Dallas, TX

#10 Nov 11, 2008
Bill Loney wrote:
As a taxpayer, I don't recall authorizing my tax dollars to be spent this way. What's wrong with this picture?
I hope you remember your ungratefulness every time a solider gives his life for your freedom.
Old Navy Guy

Plymouth, MA

#11 Nov 11, 2008
Bill Loney wrote:
As a taxpayer, I don't recall authorizing my tax dollars to be spent this way. What's wrong with this picture?
But you will sit on your rotund behind and write on a computer at their expense. I say they repatriate those Guantanamo guys next door to your home and ask those same guys you just rebuked to keep an eye on them for you.. HaHa, youll get whats coming to you eventually.
Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

#12 Nov 11, 2008
Old Navy Guy wrote:
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But you will sit on your rotund behind and write on a computer at their expense.
Could you explain that statement? It's the "at their expense" part I don't get. Because Bill uses a computer he has a 'rotund' behind? That means you must too.

Anything they can do for the vets they should do. That said, it is an all volunteer military. People that took the job should have had some idea what they were getting themselves into. The state is having its own financial problems and they are adding to them with this $17 million giveaway. I still think they should do it as a 'thank you' but I would understand if they didn't.
Kevin

United States

#13 Nov 11, 2008
It is actually more of a refund. Unlike most states, Mass charges you state tax if you are in the Service. You need to do three backflips with a twist to get an absentee ballot.
Amused

Billerica, MA

#14 Nov 11, 2008
Bill Loney wrote:
As a taxpayer, I don't recall authorizing my tax dollars to be spent this way. What's wrong with this picture?
You don't get to vote on every tax dollar being spent. Maybe you're just jealous that they're getting a few extra bucks as a token of our thanks. You should thank a soldier next time you see one.
Amused

Billerica, MA

#15 Nov 11, 2008
If you really want the $1000, you can always join the military. You'll quickly find that no amount of money is adequate for being away from your family and friends for months or years at a time.
A Vet

Plymouth, MA

#16 Nov 11, 2008
Chapter 130 of the acts of 2005: Those veterans who perform active service outside the continental limits of the United State in Afghanistan or Iraq area ,as those areas are described by the proper federal authorities, are eligible for a $1000 bonus. Those veterans who perform active duty within the continental limits of the United States, or outside continental limits of the United States other than in the Afghanistan or Iraq area for period of six months or more, are eligible for $500 bonus.
A Vet

Plymouth, MA

#17 Nov 11, 2008
In World War I, veterans received from Massachusetts $300, in World War II they received a $300 bonus ,in the Korean War they received a $300 bonus, in Vietnam they received a $300 bonus, in the Persian Gulf they received a $300 bonus. Veterans Who participated in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Noble Eagle received a $1000 bonus.

Since: Jun 08

Lowell, MA

#18 Nov 11, 2008
I want to thank every solider in the USA. As my Dad servered as well in Korea. I don't think you can place a dollar amount on a solider.

Thank You! God Bless you all and the USA.
military

Virginia Beach, VA

#20 Nov 16, 2008
Bill Loney wrote:
As a taxpayer, I don't recall authorizing my tax dollars to be spent this way. What's wrong with this picture?
why don't you serve a day and then you can say where your money goes you coward.

“Hard Working NOLA dude”

Since: Jan 08

Lowell Massachusetts

#21 Nov 16, 2008
Bill Loney wrote:
As a taxpayer, I don't recall authorizing my tax dollars to be spent this way. What's wrong with this picture?
I am truly sorry you feel this way. I thought it was wonderful news when i read that a Veteran was eligible for $10,000. Very few times in my life, i have gotten to feel a sense of Joy(the feeling that all is right). But i do remember a special home coming celebration for veterans, on the South Common back in the early 90's. I hope our Veterans know just how much they are appreciated. Going to foreign lands, far over seas and facing the prospect of never returning to their home again. You sir, ought to reconsider the way you feel. It is somewhat regrettable that the full truth is that the bonus is only $1,000. But nonetheless. I would like to congratulate the States Legislature for making this gesture of gratitude. Sometimes, you just have to say the only two sure things in life are death and taxes. But i think these are taxes well spent.
Mack Payne

Glens Falls, NY

#22 Nov 24, 2008
Unfortunately, its ten grand, but do to economic conditions, its only worth about a grand.

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