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Ohio State Benefits

Ohio War Orphan & Severely Disabled Veterans’ Scholarship

Ohio provides the Ohio War Orphan & Severely Disabled Veterans Scholarship Program (60% service connected), 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) grants a tax-exempt monetary payment to military service members injured in a combat action as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States serving after October 7, 2001, and to individuals diagnosed with post-traumatic stress related to a combat action while serving after October 7, 2001.  The payment is tax free, and varies year to year.  The program runs from July 1 through June 30 of each year. Can I apply more than once for a MIRF grant? Yes! Per a change to the parameters on the program outlined in the Ohio Administrative Code that was approved Feb. 28, 2023, eligible veterans can apply up to three times for this compensation.

Ohio Bonus Program

Are you an Afghanistan Era veteran? The Ohio Veterans Bonus program offers a bonus for military service between October 7, 2001 and August 30, 2021. Once a veteran has received $500 for service anywhere in the world or $1,000 for service in a designated country, or the maximum $1,500 bonus, the veteran is not eligible for additional funds, even if they served in multiple conflicts. Applications for the Bonus will be accepted for three (3) full years following the end of the Afghanistan conflict, which means the program will cease on August 30, 2024.

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 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, Iraq, or Afghanistan may receive the bonus the veteran earned under the rules shown, up to a maximum of $1,500.

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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.

Job and Family Services

If you’re transitioning to civilian life or have previously separated from service, Ohio offers many benefits designed to assist you and your family. You’ll find a wealth of information, including lists of veteran-friendly employers, top careers for veterans, federal and state benefits and tools like the Military Skills Translator that will help you locate that next career.

Ohio Means Jobs

Transitioning to civilian life can be challenging. Veterans in Ohio have an edge in finding their next career. Find tools to help you succeed in your job search.

Other Ohio 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 two free license plates, hunting and fishing licenses, and others.  Purple Heart veterans may obtain Purple Heart license plates for motorcycles, trucks, or cars.

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