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State of Ohio Benefits

Ohio War Orphan Scholarship Program

Ohio provides the Ohio War Orphan Scholarship Program, which provides financial grants to the eligible children of some Ohio veterans.  Although this program does not provide total cost for education, many who receive its benefits are also eligible for educational assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Military Injury Relief Fund (MIRF)

The Military Injury Relief Fund (MIRF) is a program that provides a one time payment each year to veterans of Iraq and/or Afghanistan who sustained injury or disease while serving in the combat area.  The payment is tax free, and varies year to year.  The program runs from July 1 through June 30 of each year.  Applicants must complete an entire package the first year; once the initial application is approved, subsequent applications are much simpler.

Ohio Persian Gulf Bonus Program

Eligibility is limited to those who were Ohio residents when they began their service, and are Ohio residents as of the date of application.

Eligible veterans are eligible for $100 per month served on active duty in the following locations and/or theaters within the date frames shown.

               

            Afghanistan , from October 7,2001 to December 31, 2014.  Applications must be filed not later than December 31, 2015.

           

Eligible veterans who served on active duty, EXCEPT ACTIVE DUTY FOR TRAINING, in any other location except those listed above, are eligible for a payment of $50 per month for each month served on active duty.     

Veterans may receive a combined bonus of up to $1,500 for in theater and non-theater service combined.

In addition, any veteran who was medically discharged or medically retired due to combat incurred disability is entitled to the full $1,000 payment, and may also receive $50 per month for their non-theater service.

The family of a veteran who was killed in action in theater, or subsequently died of wounds, is eligible for a payment of $5,000 plus the entire bonus for which the veteran would be eligible, up to a maximum of $6,500.  The family of a veteran who death was not the result of injuries or illness incurred in the Persian Gulf, Iraq, or Afghanistan may receive the bonus the veteran earned under the rules shown, up to a maximum of $1,500.

Application is easy and can be done on line.  WE RECOMMEND YOU CONTACT US FOR AN APPOINTMENT!!

While the process is simple, it requires supporting documentation and the application must be notarized, which can be done in our office.  You will need your DD 214 for each period of service, your Ohio driver’s license or tax return to prove residency, and you have to complete a form W-9, which we have in the office.

We need your help to identify every veteran or active duty member who is eligible for this bonus.  The taxpayers of Ohio recognized last November that we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to those who have served during these periods.  Please help us make sure that no veteran who should receive this bonus goes unidentified.  Remember—we don't have that magical list of all veterans and their service dates.  We depend on those of you who read this to help us out.  Once again—PLEASE—help us get our veterans their bonus!

Other Benefits

The Ohio Promise is an educational program that allows any veteran to attend any state supported school in the State of Ohio and pay in-state resident rates.

The State of Ohio provides several benefits to totally disabled veterans, to include free license plates, hunting and fishing licenses, and others.  Purple Heart veterans may obtain Purple Heart license plates for motorcycles, trucks, or cars.

 Property tax exemptions for those veterans rated 100% service connected.  This does NOT include veterans being paid 100% for individual unemployability - the rating MUST be a 100% schedular rating.