The Ohio Department of Veterans Services says since August, more than 33,500 veterans and their families have received $27.3 million through the Ohio Veterans Bonus. The bonus, approved by Ohio voters, is available to veterans who served more than 90 days of active duty during the early 1990s Persian Gulf War or the more recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
But Tom Moe, director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, said many veterans - perhaps 100,000 or more - who are eligible have not applied.
"These are people who voluntarily stepped up and served our country in a time of war," Moe said, "and the bonus is a great way for Ohio to say thanks."
The Ohio Veterans Bonus continues a tradition of bonuses to reward Ohio veterans that dates back to the Civil War.
Veterans who want to apply can call (877) OHIO VET (644-6838) toll-free, visit Seneca County Veterans Service Commission, 920 E. CR 20, or visit www.veteransbonus.ohio.gov.
If you served during these wars, please accept the bonus; you've earned it.