Democratic State Rep. Connie Pillich, of suburban Cincinnati, wants the state to use income tax returns to help locate veterans who are eligible for Ohio bonuses and make sure they don't miss out on their money.
In 2009 Ohio voters approved a $200 million bond issue funding bonuses for eligible veterans of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq war eras. But there has been concern that thousands still may not know about the money.
The Ohio legislator and state treasurer candidate says her bill would provide space on Ohio income tax returns for taxpayers to indicate whether they, their spouses or dependents were active duty military during the bonus periods.
The terms of service, names and addresses would be forwarded to the Department of Veterans Services to help reach the eligible veterans.