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This year is a crucial deadline for Ohio veterans that served in Iraq
2014 is the last year for veterans who served in Iraq from 2003-2011 to apply for Ohio's Veteran Bonus

Jo Ingles
Mckinney wants all eligible veterans to receive their bonuses before the end of the year.
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In 2009, Ohio voters approved a ballot measure that provides bonuses for people who have served in the U.S. military since 9/11.

Mike McKinney of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services says it’s important to get the word out so that all eligible veterans can get that money.

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“More than 81,000 veterans and eligible family members have received over $65.6 million from the Ohio Veteran’s Bonus. But there’s a very important deadline that I’d like to make everyone aware of. This year is the last year for veterans who served in Iraq between March 2003 and December of 2011 to apply."

McKinney says the bonuses are worth up to $1,500.

He says eligibility for the program is based on military deployment, residency and service records. The agency’s phone number is 1-877- Ohiovet or go to the website at

Here's an extended interview with McKinney: 

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