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Bonus Facts

  • Eligible Veterans are encouraged to begin the process by completing the online bonus application. Veterans will see that most of their questions probably are answered in the short application process. They will quickly learn what information is required and what documentation is needed to support their bonus application.

    Applications are available at www.veteransbonus.ohio.gov, or at any of Ohio’s 88 County Veterans Services Offices. Or call (877) OHIO VET to receive a handwritten application. In most cases, applying online is the simplest and fastest option.

  • To apply for the bonus, Veterans go to www.veteransbonus.ohio.gov and complete the online application form.

    Please note an application is not complete until it is printed, signed and mailed along with required supporting documentation through the U.S. Postal Service. The signed application must be signed in the presence of a Notary Public "notarized" or witnessed by an Ohio Clerk of Courts "acknowledged" and mailed to:

    Ohio Veterans Bonus
    P.O. Box 373
    Sandusky, OH 44871
  • The applicant’s signature on all bonus applications must either be “notarized” by a notary public or “acknowledged” by the clerk, or deputy clerk, of the courts of common pleas which are located in all 88 Ohio counties. Notaries public often are found in banks and auto dealerships and usually will perform notary services for their customers free of charge. In addition, the Ohio Attorney General’s assistants at regional offices in Toledo, Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Youngstown will notarize the Veteran’s signature at no cost to the Veteran.
  • Remember, Veterans should not sign the bonus application until they appear before a Notary Public or at the office of the clerk of courts of common pleas.
  • A Veteran is any person who wears or ever has worn a uniform of the United States Armed Forces. (This includes Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and Ohio National Guard or Reservist.)
  • Veterans may be eligible for a bonus if they served within the United States Armed Forces on active duty anywhere in the world for purposes other than training beginning on October 7, 2001.
  • To be eligible for a bonus, a Veteran must have been an Ohio resident at the start of active duty service and when he or she applies for the bonus.
  • To be eligible for a bonus:
    • The Veteran must have been separated from the United States Armed Forces under honorable conditions
    • or...
    • Active duty service member remains in active service
    • or...
    • After active duty service, the Veteran remains in any reserve component of the United States Armed Forces, including the Ohio National Guard.
  • Eligible Veteran or Active duty service member may receive $100 for each month (up to a maximum of $1,000) spent on active duty service in the following locations during these specified dates:
    • Afghanistan since October 7, 2001. Eligible Veterans can apply for a bonus for up to three years after the President declares an end to U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.
    • The maximum benefit for in-country (Afghanistan) service is $1,000.
  • Eligible Veterans serving on active duty (except active duty for training only) anywhere else in the world during the above specified dates may receive $50 a month up to a maximum benefit of $500.
  • Partial months of service during the compensable period will be paid at the rate of 1/30 of the monthly rate per day served.
  • Veterans or Active duty service members may receive a bonus of up to a maximum of $1,500 for all eligible service during the compensable periods.
  • Eligible Veterans who were discharged medically or retired medically as a result of injuries or illness sustained in Afghanistan service, can apply for a $1,000 bonus, regardless of their length of service in country. In addition, these veterans may also apply for $50 for each month of active duty, anywhere else in the world service, up to a maximum of $500.
  • Family member(s) of deceased veterans may be eligible for:
    • A benefit of $5000, if the service member lost his or her life as a result of injuries or illness sustained in Afghanistan service, plus whatever bonus the Veteran had earned per month, up to a maximum bonus of $6,500
    • or...
    • The same benefit the deceased Veteran would have received if the Veteran’s death was not the result of injuries or illness sustained in Afghanistan service, up to a maximum bonus of $1,500.
  • Family member(s) of a Veteran missing in action (MIA) or a prisoner of war (POW) may be eligible to receive $5,000 if the veteran was designated missing in action or a prisoner of war by the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • Family member(s) in the following order of precedence may be eligible to apply:
    1. spouse, if no spouse.
    2. child or children, if no child or children.
    3. parent(s) or person(s) legally acting as a parent for a least one year preceding commencement of service in the United States Armed Forces. No other family members are eligible for the bonus.
  • Bonus applicants should receive a bonus payment approximately four to six weeks upon receipt of a completed and correct application.
  • The Ohio Veterans Bonus is not subject to state or federal income taxes.
  • For National Guard and Federal Reserve Component veterans, "Active Duty for purposes other than training" includes Title 32 - Active Guard/Reserve (AGR) and Active Duty Operational Support (ADOS) time served in support of National Guard or Federal Reserve Component operations. For example, those serving as full-time National Guard recruiters are Active Guard/Reserve, and would be serving on active duty for purposes other than training. A human resource specialist serving in that capacity on a two-year temporary basis while a unit's regular human resources specialist is deployed is an example of ADOS time which counts as active duty for purposes other than training.
  • By law payments for Ohio Veteran Bonuses will be made by warrants issued by the State of Ohio. Warrants are very similar to checks and are processed through the Federal Reserve system. However, they are ultimately presented to the State of Ohio for payment rather than a financial institution. The state warrants will be very similar in appearance to a check except that they will not have a bank name present on the face of the warrant.
  • Veterans with specific inquiries may call (877) OHIO VET ((877) 644-6838).