Things to know about Ohio vet bonuses, eligibility

 

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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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