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20-936 Military Bonus Payments

Program Authorization: Legislative Appropriation, R.S. 29:294

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The origins of this program are traced back to November of 1948, when the State Legislature approved the first bonus payments to Louisiana citizens who were military personnel with service during World War II. This program has, through legislative appropriation and statutory authorization, provided military bonus payments to over 432,869 veterans and 20,262 survivors (widows, children or parents of veterans). Over $96,500,035 in bonus payments have been provided to these veterans and survivors through this program. The military conflicts covered under this program are as follows:

MILITARY CONFLICT

BONUS APPROVED/SERVICE PERIOD

NUMBER OF VETERANS

AMOUNT

NUMBER OF SURVIVORS

AMOUNT

Both Groups:

Spanish American War and Boxer Rebellion

World War I

November of 1956

 

5/1/1898 through 7/14/1902

4/6/1917 through 11/11/1918

40,822

$6,525,226

11,068

$2,559,222

World War II

November of 1948

1/1/1941 through 2/28/1946

251,877

$53,645,650

6,269

$5,200,237

Korean Conflict

November of 1954

6/27/1950 through 7/26/1953

78,978

$10,623,350

1,198

$922,100

Vietnam Era

June of 1967

7/1/1958 through 5/7/1975

51,178

$12,794,500

1,724

$1,724,000

Persian Gulf War

July of 1991

8/6/1990 through 4/11/1991

9,218

$2,303,750

3

$3,000

Merchant Marines who served during World War II

May of 1993

12/7/1941 through 8/15/1945

(DEADLINE FOR FILING APPLICATION -6/30/99)

796

$199,000

(ONGOING)

0

$0

TOTAL

 

432,869

$86,091,476

20,262

$10,408,559

This agency's recommended appropriation does not include any funds for short-term debt.

This agency does not have any long-term debt for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.

SOURCE OF FUNDING

The source of funding for this program is state general fund.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$8,000

$8,000

0

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$8,000

$8,000

0

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$8,000

$8,000

0

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$0

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 100.0% of the existing operating budget. It represents 100.0% of the total request ($8,000) for this program. The recommended funding level provides for the estimated number of eligible recipients who will apply during Fiscal Year 1999 - the final year of this bonus program.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

This program does not have funding for Professional Services for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.

OTHER CHARGES

$8,000

 

Military bonus payments to Merchant Marine veterans of World War II (estimated 32 bonuses @$250 each)

 

 

 

$8,000

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

This program does not have funding for Acquisitions and Major Repairs for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.


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