Deadline is Dec. 31 for Iraq Veterans to Apply for the Ohio Veterans Bonus
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COLUMBUS – Ohio veterans who served in Iraq now have less than a month to meet the Dec. 31, 2014 deadline to apply for the Ohio Ve...terans Bonus.
The deadline applies to Ohio-resident veterans and Ohio residents currently in the active duty military who served in the country of Iraq from March 19, 2003 through Dec. 31, 2011.
The Ohio Department of Veterans Services, the Ohio County Veterans Service Offices, and veterans service organizations asks all eligible veterans to apply immediately, and for veterans of all eras, family members and friends to ask any veteran they know who may be eligible to take the time and apply.
The Ohio Veterans Bonus is awarded to veterans and active service members who were residents of Ohio at their time of entry into the military, and are Ohio residents at the time they apply. Eligible veterans must have served more than 90 days active duty, not for training, during the specified periods of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Bonus pays $100 a month to veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan, up to a maximum of $1,000. For veterans who served elsewhere, the payment is $50 a month up to a $500 maximum.
Veterans medically discharged due to injuries sustained in-country can receive $1,000, plus up to $500 for months of service elsewhere. The Ohio Veterans Bonus is not subject to federal or state taxes.
Family members of those killed in action or who died from disease as a result of their in-country service can receive a bonus of $5,000 plus whatever the service member was eligible for, up to a total of $6,500.
Veterans needing more information or to request an application can call toll-free to 1-877-OHIO VET (1-877-644-6838) option 2, visit www.veteransbonus.ohio.gov , or visit any county veterans service office (see www.ohiovet.gov for an interactive map of the county offices).
The Ohio Veterans Bonus continues a tradition of bonuses to reward Ohio veterans that dates back to the Civil War; however, these other war bonuses are now closed.