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Time running out for some Ohio veterans' bonuses

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Veterans who served in Iraq during the war only have a few months left to claim Ohio bonuses of up to $1,500. And state officials are expanding efforts to reach potentially thousands of veterans who may miss out by not applying.

The Ohio Department of Veterans Services is releasing public service announcements about the bonuses this week. They also have been spreading the word through postcards, social media and veterans groups.

Ohio voters in 2009 approved a $200 million bond issue to fund bonuses for veterans of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq war eras. The Persian Gulf-era application period ended last year. Veterans who served within Iraq's borders from March 19, 2003, through Dec. 31, 2011, have until the end of this year to apply.

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