Ohio veterans bonus program runs out of cash with three years left

The clock is ticking for veterans of the war in Afghanistan to apply for up to $ 1,500 in bonuses before the program closes in three years at the end of 2024.

In 2010, Ohio voters approved the sale of up to $ 200 million in bonds to fund a bonus payout program to thank veterans, but the money is running out and many veterans have not applied yet.

The Ohio Department of Veteran Services estimates that there are 32,000 Afghanistan veterans in Ohio. The state has received about 19,000 bonus applications, but a veteran can apply multiple times.

Government officials are looking for ways to pump an additional $ 2.7 million into the program so qualified veterans can get the money. Exactly where the money will come from has not yet been determined.

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