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Dinniman Reminds Persian Gulf Veterans to Apply for Bonus Program
HARRISBURG – April 18, 2018 – State Senator Andy Dinniman is reminding veterans of the Persian Gulf conflict that they may be eligible for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Bonus Program.
“The Gulf War may seem like a long time ago, but we cannot forget the service and sacrifice of the brave men and women who stepped forward to answer the call of duty in defense of our nation and the cause of freedom,” Dinniman, who serves on the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said. “This is one small way we can say thank you to them and their families. I encourage all potentially eligible veterans to apply as the deadline is about four and a half months away,”
The deadline to apply for the bonus program is August 31, 2018.
The one-time bonus program pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum. For those whose death was related to illness or injury received in the line of duty in Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm, there is an additional $5,000 available to the surviving family. Service members who were declared prisoners of war may also be eligible for an additional $5,000.
Veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf from August 2, 1990 to August 31, 1991 are eligible for this bonus program. They must have served with the U.S. Armed Forces, a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Pennsylvania National Guard. Veterans applying must have been a legal resident of Pennsylvania during the time of their active duty and have been discharged from active duty under honorable conditions.
The program also is open to eligible spouses, children and parents of deceased veterans. \
In addition, officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs are encouraging veterans who were previously denied the bonus to reapply to have their claims reviewed again.
Over the last decade, about 9,500 Persian Gulf Conflict veterans have applied for and received a bonus for their war efforts. Individuals who received a bonus or similar compensation from any other state are not eligible for the Pennsylvania program.
The program was originally established by Act 24 of 2006 and Pennsylvania voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot question to fund it later that year. In 2015, the program was extended for three years through the passage of Act 50.
More information on the program, eligibility criteria, and application instructions are available through persiangulfbonus.pa.gov.