|Ohio Is Paying Veterans $1,000 Bonus|
Information about how to apply for the bonus, and other requirements, is available here on the Ohio Division of Veterans Services website. Veterans needing information can also call toll‐free, 1‐877‐OHIO VET (1‐877‐644‐6838).
The Ohio Veterans Bonus continues a tradition of bonuses to reward Ohio veterans that dates back to the Civil War; however, those other war bonuses have expired. The latest program was formally launched in August 2010. Officials have said it takes about eight weeks to process a bonus request. Data about the bonuses paid to date show 4,543 have been awarded in Franklin County (Columbus) , where $3.6 million has been paid, the most in the state. In Hamilton County and Cincinnati, there are 1,898 vets who have gotten $1.57 million. Many more are eligible for the cash. The numbers so far show the Cincinnati area hasn't been a hotbed of wartime service -- Dayton, Cleveland, Canton seem to have a higher percentage of veterans getting bonus payments. Perhaps, local officials are doing a better job getting the message out. Summit County (Akron) has almost as many claimants as Hamilton County.