Barrar Reminds Veterans of the Persian Gulf War about Available State Bonus
11/9/2011
ASTON – With Veterans Day approaching, Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) is reminding veterans who served on active duty during the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War that a monetary bonus is still available from the state for those who have not yet applied.

“This program has been open for several years now and more than half of eligible veterans still have not applied,” said Barrar, majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. “I urge those men and women who have earned this bonus to get their necessary paperwork together and submit it to the state.”

Pennsylvania established the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans’ Bonus program for veterans who served on active duty, including mobilized National Guard and Reserve personnel, between Aug. 2, 1990, and Aug. 31, 1991. Qualified veterans can receive $75 for each month of active duty service in the Persian Gulf Conflict theater of operation, with a $525 maximum bonus limit. Veterans who received a Southwest Asia Service Medal and were legal residents of Pennsylvania at the time of their service also are eligible for the benefit. The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs administers the bonus program.

An additional bonus of $5,000 is available to surviving families of those killed in action during the same period.

The program was established by Act 29 of 2006, and funding for the bonus was approved overwhelmingly by voters as a ballot question during the 2006 General Election.

During the five years the program has operated, nearly 10,000 veterans have received a bonus; however, it is estimated that nearly 20,000 eligible Persian Gulf veterans have not applied for the state bonus program. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31, 2015.

More information about the program, including eligibility guidelines and an application is available at SteveBarrar.com. Barrar also posts information about his legislative priorities at Facebook.com/RepBarrar.

State Representative Steve Barrar
160th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Nicole Wamsley
nwamsley@pahousegop.com
717.783.8063
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