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South Dakota Veterans Bonus
Since World War I, South Dakota has paid a bonus to residents who served on active duty during a wartime period and this tradition continues today. The current bonus program, administered by the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, authorizes payments of up to $500 to current or former members of the Armed Forces.

“Days of Spring and What They Bring”
As children we always heard our mothers saying “April showers bring May flowers,” while under our breath we were saying “rain, rain, go away, come again some other day.” Now, as an adult and as a veteran, I know that landscapes and weather conditions have played a role in every conflict we have fought. Weather and terrain shaped the experiences of our troops and directly dictated their actions.

At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Thursday, March 30, 2017, as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to recognize the courage, service and sacrifice of the men and women who served during the Vietnam War.

Veterans Keep Marching On
There was no waiting line for our men and women in uniform when they raised their right hands and volunteered to serve. There shouldn’t be a waiting line when they return home and need our help getting the care they’ve earned.

Remember your heart beats daily with your individual pulse! The heartbeat of America is driven by veterans and their pulse for freedom. These men and women represent everything that our nation fights to protect, everything we value in life. Our honor, our liberty, our livelihood, lies with them.