The Ohio Veterans Bonus is available to veterans who served more than 90 days active duty, not for training, during the periods of the Persian Gulf War and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. For the Persian Gulf, the period is from Aug. 2, 1990, through March 3, 1991; for Afghanistan, from Oct. 7, 2001, through a date to be determined by the President, and for Iraq, from March 19, 2003, through Dec. 31, 2011. Payment can be received for active duty service anywhere in the world during these periods, but is higher for veterans who served in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan or Iraq. Eligible veterans must have been an Ohio resident at the time of their entry into the service, and must be an Ohio resident currently.
The deadline to apply for the in-theater portion of the Ohio Veterans Bonus is as follows based on location:
Theater Location Deadline to Apply
Persian Gulf December 31, 2013
Afghanistan To Be Determined
Iraq December 31, 2014
The bonus pays $100 a month to veterans who served in the Persian Gulf theater, or in the countries of Afghanistan or Iraq, 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 as a result of combat service can receive $1,000, regardless of how much time they spent in combat, plus up to $500 for months of service elsewhere. Family members of those killed in action or who died from disease as a result of their in-theater service can receive a bonus of $5,000 plus whatever the service member was eligible for, up to a total of $6,500.
To apply for the Ohio Veterans Bonus, contact the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office at (419)898-2089, toll free within Ottawa County at (800)610-8872, or visit at 8444 West State Route 163, Oak Harbor.