Deadline for Persian Gulf Veterans’ Bonus Approaching

The deadline for Pennsylvanians who served in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations — including Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm — to apply for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans’ Bonus is quickly approaching, according to Senator Randy Vulakovich, Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

The bonus program was set originally set to expire in 2015 before the enactment of Act 50 of 2015, a measure Senator Vulakovich supported that extended the application period to August, 31 2018.

The bonus pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum. For personnel 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.

Approximately 9,500 Persian Gulf veterans have applied for the one-time cash bonus program since the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) began accepting applications in 2008. The DMVA is encouraging veterans who were previously denied the bonus to reapply to have their claims reviewed again.

Applications and more information are available online at www.persiangulfbonus.state.pa.us.

Contact:  Nate Silcox             (717) 787-6538 or nsilcox@pasen.gov.

More information about state issues is available at Senator Vulakovich’s website, www.senatorvulakovich.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SenatorRandyVulakovich.