Persian Gulf Bonus

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PROGRAM ENDS AUGUST 31, 2018


On April 24, 2006, House Bill 1820 was signed into law as Act 29 of 2006. This Bill established the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Benefits Act. On Nov. 7, 2006, Pennsylvania voters gave overwhelming approval to a ballot question to fund the program. The bond issue created a fund for the payment of compensation to, or on behalf of, eligible current and former members of the United States Armed Forces, a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces, or the Pennsylvania National Guard. On Oct. 30, 2015, ACT 29 was amended through the enactment of Act 50 extending the application
period to Aug. 31, 2018.

Deadline

The deadline for submitting applications for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Benefits Program is August 31, 2018.

Eligibility

The program allows for compensation to be paid to eligible
service members (current and former) as well as certain surviving
relatives of deceased veterans. In each case, the service
member/veteran must have:

  • Served with the United States Armed Forces, a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces or the Pennsylvania National Guard.
  • Served on active duty service in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the period from August 2, 1990, to August 31, 1991.
  • Received the Southwest Asia Service Medal (SWAM) for the period from August 2, 1990, to August 31, 1991.
  • Been a legal resident of Pennsylvania at the time of active duty service in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the period from August 2, 1990, to August 31, 1991.
  • Been discharged from active duty under honorable conditions, if not currently on active duty.
  • Eligible beneficiaries of deceased veterans include, in the following order of precedence:
    • Surviving spouse.
    • Surviving children.
    • Surviving parents.