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Persian Gulf vets have one year left to apply for state bonus

| Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, 5:18 p.m.

Veterans who were on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations between Aug. 2, 1990, and Aug. 31, 1991, have one year left to claim a state bonus, according to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

The application deadline is Aug. 31, 2018 and detailed instructions are available online .

The bonus pays $75 per month up to a maximum of $525 to veterans. Another $5,000 is available to surviving family of a veteran whose death was related to illness or injury received in the line of duty in Operation Desert Shield or Operation Desert Storm.

To qualify, a veteran has to have been a legal resident of Pennsylvania at the time of his or her active duty service and has to have received the Southwest Asia Service Medal. Unless the veteran is still in the military, he or she has to have been discharged under honorable conditions.

More than 9,000 Persian Gulf veterans have received the bonus.

Brian Bowling is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1218, or via Twitter @TribBrian.

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