Veterans of Persian Gulf conflict have one year to claim benefit

Written by Radio Pennsylvania | Sep 10, 2017 10:17 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- State officials are trying to get the word out about a benefit for veterans that expires next year. 

Pennsylvania veterans who served in the Persian Gulf Conflict between August 2, 1990 and August 31, 1991 and earned a Southwest Asia Service Medal, are eligible for a special benefit program.

State Representative Ryan Mackenzie wants his constituents to know the details of the one-time bonus.

The bonus pays 75-dollars per month for qualified, active-duty service members, up to a maximum of 525-dollars.  For personnel whose death was related to illness or injury received in the line of duty in Operation Desert Shield or Operation Desert Storm, there is an additional 5,000-dollars available to the surviving family," Mackenzie said.

Applications for the bonus are due by August 31st of next year.

Since 2008, more than 9,000 Persian Gulf Conflict veterans have applied for and received a bonus.

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