Pennsylvania residents who served in the 1991 Persian Gulf War are eligible for cash bonuses under a program announced April 14. Surviving family members of veterans killed in the war also are eligible.
The state's Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Bonus pays eligible veterans $75 for each month (up to seven months or $525) of active duty they served in the Gulf War Theater. GIs who were declared a prisoner of war, died on active duty or died as a result of a service-connected condition can qualify for an additional benefit of $5000.
To be eligible for the one-time benefit, veterans must have:
* Served in the U.S. Armed Forces, a Reserve Component or the Pennsylvania National Guard.
* Served on Active Duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations between Aug. 2, 1990-Aug. 31, 1991, and received the Southwest Asia Service Medal.