COLUMBUS -- Eligible military veterans who served during the Persian Gulf War era only have a few more weeks to claim Ohio bonuses of up to $1,500.
Ohio voters in 2009 approved a $200 million bond issue to fund bonuses for veterans of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq war eras. The Persian Gulf-era application deadline is Dec. 31.
Iraq War veterans have another year, until December 31, 2014 to apply. No deadline has been announced for Afghanistan War and all veterans who served after October 7, 2001.
Eligible next of kin of those who were killed in action or died of disease as a result of in-theater service also can apply for the Ohio Veterans Bonus.
Almost $59 million has been paid to over 70,000 veterans and family members to date.
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