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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. Click here to download the application.

Military Injury Relief Fund (MIRF)

The Military Injury Relief Fund (MIRF) is a program that provides a one time payment to veterans of Iraq and/or Afghanistan who sustained injury or disease while serving in the combat area.  The payment is tax free, and varies year to year.  The program runs from July 1 through June 30 of each year.

Ohio Bonus Program

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 are eligible for $100 per month served on active duty in the following locations and/or theaters within the date frames shown.

  • Iraq , from March 19, 2003 through December 31, 2011. (Deadline to apply is December 31, 2014)
  • Afghanistan , from October 7,2001 to a date to be determined.

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.

Application is easy and can be done on line. WE RECOMMEND YOU CONTACT US FOR AN APPOINTMENT!!

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.

We need your help to identify every veteran or active duty member who is eligible for this bonus. The taxpayers of Ohio recognized that we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to those who have served during these periods. Please help us make sure that no veteran who should receive this bonus goes unidentified. Remember—we don’t have that magical list of all veterans and their service dates. We depend on those of you who read this to help us out.  Once again—PLEASE—help us get our veterans their bonus!

Job and Family Services

The primary function of the veterans program is to assist eligible veterans, including disabled veterans, campaign veterans, and other veterans and eligible persons in alleviating unemployment and underemployment. Policies and programs are implemented to increase opportunities for veterans to obtain employment, job training, intensive services and assistance in employment and training programs.

The department assures veterans are treated with courtesy and respect at all offices and that veterans are given priority of service in referrals to job openings and other services. Local Veterans’ Employment Representative (LVERs) specialists provide business outreach services and educate One-Stop partners on veteran’s issues. Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists provide intensive services and outreach to those veterans who are unable to obtain employment through regular One-Stop Core Services.

For more information about us please click on the menu on the left. Contact Information: 1 (888) 296-7541, Option #5

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 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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