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Minnesota veterans who served in the two decades following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks can now apply for one-time bonuses approved by the Minnesota Legislature this year.

There is $25 million total set aside for the program, which includes checks for $600 or $1,200 depending on service for post-9/11 veterans, and $2,000 for Gold Star families whose loved ones paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

“Our service members and their families make incredible sacrifices to preserve the safety and freedom of our state, nation, and world,” Gov. Tim Walz said in a statement. “This bonus recognizes the service and sacrifices our heroes who answered the call to protect all of us.”

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs saw nearly 2,000 apply on Thursday, which was the first day the state took applications, said Anne Sonnee, the agency’s communications director. More than 40,000 veterans are eligible. Continue reading here…

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