Military Injury
Relief Fund (MIRF)

The Military Injury Relief Fund grants a one-time, tax-exempt monetary payment to military service members injured in active service as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States serving after October 7, 2001, and to individuals diagnosed with post-traumatic stress while serving after October 7, 2001.

Please contact the MIRF Program at 1-877-644-6838, opt. 3 with any other questions not addressed below.

How do I apply
for a MIRF grant?

Complete our application.
Please fill out all fields on page 1 and refer to page 2 for documentation requirements, or see our downloadable brochure. You may also pick up an application at your County Veterans Service Office.

Frequently Asked Questions

My spouse and I were injured and received a Purple Heart under Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Can we both apply for MIRF grants?

Yes.

I cannot locate a copy of my DD-214. Where can I get help with this?

Contact your County Veterans Service Office, the phone number can be obtained by calling 1-877-644-6838, opt 1.

Does my DD-214 have to be a certified copy or notarized?

No.

Can I receive the grant more than once?

No. The grant is a one-time award.

How will I know if my application was received?

You will receive a letter or email from the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, MIRF Program.

How much money will I receive from the grant?

The amount of the grant is $500.00.

Are grant amounts based on the income of the applicant?

No, they are not based on income.

Is MIRF grant money considered taxable income?

No. You will not need to report this on your state or federal income tax return.

I no longer live in Ohio, but I was an Ohio resident at the time of my injury. Can I still apply for a grant?

You must be a resident of the State of Ohio at the time of application.

How long will it take to receive my grant?

Allow 6 to 8 weeks for processing. During June and July, delays in processing and delivery can be expected due to the end of the fiscal year. Email MIRF@dvs.ohio.gov or call us at 1-877-644-6838, opt 3 during regular business hours (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday) to inquire about the status of your application.

What if I move while waiting for my MIRF grant? Will my check be forwarded to my new address?

No, checks will not be forwarded. If you move after you have submitted an application, please email your new address to MIRF@dvs.ohio.gov or call 1-877-644-6838, opt 3.

What if there are no funds available when I apply? Will I have to re-apply?

Assuming your original application was approved, you will not have to re-apply.

If I am awarded a grant, can I still receive other services for which I am eligible?

Yes, you can receive other services for which you are eligible.

I am a disabled veteran who served prior to October 7, 2001. Can I apply for a MIRF grant?

No. The MIRF Program was established to provide grant money to military service members injured in active service as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States after October 7, 2001 and to individuals diagnosed with post-traumatic stress while serving after October 7, 2001.

If my MIRF application is denied, is there an appeal process I can pursue?

Yes. If your application is denied, a notice of appellate rights will be sent to you detailing the appeals procedure.

I was injured in Iraq, but was dishonorably discharged. Am I still eligible for a MIRF grant?

No.

I am currently stationed out of state, but my state of legal residence at the time of my injury was Ohio.
Am I eligible for MIRF?

As long as you have maintained your Ohio residency, as stated on your Leave and Earnings Statement, you are eligible.

Who can I contact to find out the status of my MIRF application?

Call us at 1-877-644-6838, opt 3, or e-mail us at MIRF@dvs.ohio.gov at any time.

If my spouse was killed or died as a result of injuries while serving after October 7, 2001 as an active service member of the Armed Forces or was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress while serving after October 7, 2001, can the MIRF grant be applied for on their behalf?

Yes. You will still need to provide all required information with the initial application, including an executor or administrators of the estate of such "eligible individuals," since you'll be applying on behalf of the service member.

What if a veteran was injured while serving in active service as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States after October 7, 2001 or was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress while serving after October 7, 2001 and is now incapacitated or otherwise unable to apply him/herself?
Can MIRF grants be applied for on their behalf?

Yes. You will still need to provide all required information with the initial application, including a Power of Attorney, since you'll be applying on behalf of the service member.

I want to make a donation to the MIRF Program. To whom should I send my donation?

You can do so by making a donation to Military Injury Relief Fund on the Ohio Department of Taxation Income Tax refund, or by writing a check payable to the "Ohio Treasurer of State (ODVS)" and mailing it to:
 
Ohio Department of Veterans Services
Military Injury Relief Fund
P.O. Box 373
Sandusky, OH 44871
MIRF@dvs.ohio.gov