Reminder: Time is running out for eligible Ohio veterans to claim bonuses

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — State officials are reminding veterans who served in Iraq during the war that time is running out to claim Ohio bonuses of up to $1,500.

The Ohio Department of Veterans Services says the application deadline for those who served in Iraq is Dec. 31.

Ohio voters in 2009 approved a $200 million bond issue to fund bonuses for veterans of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq war eras. The Persian Gulf-era application period ended last year.

Veterans who served within Iraq’s borders from March 19, 2003, through Dec. 31, 2011, have only until year’s end to file their applications.

Others who have served in Afghanistan or elsewhere since Oct. 7, 2001, can continue to apply after Dec. 31. No deadline has been set for that bonus period.

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