Persian Gulf War veterans are reminded that an important deadline is falling just after the holiday. Applications for the Ohio Veterans Bonus for Persian Gulf era veterans must be submitted no later than Dec. 31.
Veterans eligible to receive the Persian Gulf War portion of the Ohio Veterans Bonus could have served anywhere in the world for at least 90 days active duty, not for training, between Aug. 2, 1990 and March 3, 1991. The amount of the bonus is higher for service in the Persian Gulf theatre. Eligible veterans must have been a resident of Ohio when they entered the military and must be a resident at the time they apply.
The bonus continues past Dec. 31 for veterans of the Iraq War, who have until Dec. 31, 2014 to apply. It also continues for the veterans of the Afghanistan War and all veterans who served after Oct. 7, 2001. No deadline has been announced for these veterans.
Specific criteria and deadlines for all eras of service:
Military service of more than 90 days active duty, not for training, anywhere in the world during the following time periods:
• Aug. 2, 1990 through March 3, 1991- Persian Gulf, deadline to apply is Dec. 31, 2013.
• Oct. 7, 2001 through a date yet to be determined- Afghanistan
• March 19, 2003 through Dec. 31, 2011- Iraq, deadline to apply is Dec. 31, 2014.
Contact the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office at 419-898-2089 or visit 8444 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor to apply.