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Things to know about Ohio vet bonuses, eligibility

Things to know about Ohio bonuses for vets who served during Iraq and Afghanistan war eras

Posted on July 12, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on July 12, 2014 at 11:17 a.m.

Here are some things to know about Ohio bonuses for veterans serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan war eras:

— Eligible veterans may receive $100 for each month spent on active duty in the countries of Iraq and Afghanistan, up to a maximum of $1,000.

— Eligible veterans on active duty and serving anywhere else during the compensated periods may receive $50 a month, up to a maximum of $500.

— Veterans medically discharged because of injuries received in combat can receive $1,000, plus up to $500 for months of service elsewhere.

— Family members of veterans killed in action or who died from injuries or illness received in Afghanistan or Iraq service in the specified war zones may be eligible for a $5,000 bonus and whatever bonus the veteran earned per month, up to a maximum $6,500.

— Bonuses are not subject to state or federal income taxes.

— Bonus applications are available online at www.veteransbonus.ohio.gov or at any of Ohio’s 88 county Veterans Services Commission offices.

— Veterans may call 1-877-OHIOVET for paper applications and to determine documentation needed to support applications.


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