Pa. House votes to extend Persian Gulf veterans’ bonus

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania veterans may get more time to apply for a cash bonus program that honors their service in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

Legislation that would extend the Persian Gulf Veterans’ Bonus Program for three more years passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Tuesday.

House Bill 175 is awaiting a vote in the Senate and the signature of Governor Tom Wolf.

The bonus pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum, to veterans who served in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from August 2, 1990 to August 31, 1991.

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.

Recipients must have been a legal resident of Pennsylvania at the time of active duty service and honorably discharged.

Without legislation to extend it, the deadline will be Aug. 31.

To apply for the bonus, visit www.persiangulfbonus.state.pa.us.

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