News for Immediate Release
Aug. 29, 2014
Harrisburg – The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs reminds
Pennsylvania Veterans that they have until Aug. 31, 2015 to apply for a special
one-time payment to honor their service and sacrifice if they served on active
duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990 – Aug. 31,
“The one year countdown has officially begun, so we’re renewing our efforts
to spread the word of this bonus to Pennsylvania’s veterans of Operations
Desert Shield or Desert Storm,” said Brig. Gen. Jerry Beck, Deputy Adjutant
General for Veterans Affairs. “Even if a Veteran already applied for the bonus,
but was denied, we encourage them to reapply. We are reviewing all
denials prior to the sunset of the program.”
New applications are required to reopen a claim.
More than 10,500 Persian Gulf Veterans have applied for the one-time cash
bonus program since the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs began
accepting applications in 2008.
The bonus pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members,
up to a $525 maximum. For personnel whose death was related to illness or
injury received in the line of duty in Operations Desert Shield or Desert
Storm, there is an additional $5,000 available to the surviving family. Service
members who were declared prisoners of war may also be eligible for an
In each case, the service member must have:
- Served with the U.S. Armed
Forces, a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Pennsylvania
- Served on active duty in the
Persian Gulf theater of operations during the period from Aug. 2, 1990
until Aug. 31, 1991, and received the Southwest Asia Service Medal.
- Been a legal resident of
Pennsylvania at the time of active duty service.
discharged from active duty under honorable conditions, if not currently
on active duty.
“I encourage everyone to share this information with friends or family members
to help ensure that every Persian Gulf War Veteran from Pennsylvania receives
this well-deserved benefit,” Beck added.
Individuals who received a bonus or similar compensation from any other state
are not eligible for the Pennsylvania program.
For detailed instructions on how to apply, visit www.persiangulfbonus.state.pa.us.
Media contact: Joan Z. Nissley, 717-861-8720