Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacts a $500 bonus for Guard members activated in response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

The Commonwealth recently unveiled a bonus for Massachusetts National Guard members activated in direct response to the state of emergency declared by Governor Baker on March 10, 2020. Soldiers and Airmen that meet the criteria are encouraged to apply for the $500 bonus. First-line leaders should identify Guard members that qualify and direct them to apply for the benefit via the following link:

Qualifying Criteria

  • All personnel activated under State Active Duty, Title 32, and ADOS may qualify.
  • A roster of eligible service members was provided to the State Treasury for verification.
  • Applicants may be asked to submit additional documentation to verify service, such as orders or awards.


Applicants should submit questions related to the COVID-19 bonus through their unit chain of command. According to, most people receive their checks 4-6 weeks after submitting their application.

Soldiers and Airmen Activated for COVID-19 Response

Airmen and Soldiers of the Massachusetts National Guard take a photo as they respond together to help their communities during the COVID-19 response. Security Forces Airmen from the 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Mass., and Soldiers with the 747th Military Police Company, Massachusetts Army National Guard, provided 24-hour security for testing sites and shelters for the homeless who may have been positive for COVID-19. The Airmen and Soldiers worked with interagency partners Springfield Police Department to ensure security and safety for the supplies, patients, and staff. (Left to Right back row: Tech. Sgt. Shomeret Chevalier, Airman Stephen Jeffers, Pfc. Alan Navarro, and Spc. Haley MacDonald Left to Right Front Row: Pfc. Donovan Sawyer and Spc. Nicholas Maracle) (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey)