Many Ohio veterans are entitled to bonuses for active-duty service during the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, and also stand to gain from a recent Executive Order by Governor John Kasich, but application deadlines apply for some of the benefits.
Tax-free Ohio Veterans Bonuses are available to those who served more than 90 days in active duty during specified periods (training excluded), were Ohio residents when they entered service and are current Ohio residents. Service anywhere in the world is recognized, with larger bonuses for those who served in combat theaters.
Persian Gulf War: Eligible service period is Aug. 2, 1990, through March 3, 1991. Deadline to apply is Dec. 31, 2013.
Iraq War: Eligible service period is March 19, 2003, through Dec. 31, 2011. Deadline to apply is Dec. 31, 2014.
Afghanistan War: Eligible service period began Oct. 7, 2001 and remains open. No application deadline has been established.
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