Issue 1 Would Extend Benefits To Veterans

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From WLWT.Com

CINCINNATI – Nov. 3., Ohio voters will decide whether certain veterans should receive a stipend from the state.

Issue one is a proposal for Ohio to take on $2 billion in debt in order to be able to provide a one-time stipend of up to $1,000 for veterans of any war after 1990.

Alicia Peace fought in the Gulf War and works at the Clermont County Veterans’ Service Commission. She wants her comrades to get the benefits that she believes they deserve.

"World War II, Korea, Vietnam … They all received war time bonuses and I think that should continue," said Peace.

     

Veterans organizations understand that the issue has been flying under the general public’s radar and although there is no formal opposition to the issue, the League of Women Voters points out that voters might not want to take on more debt during a time of financial crisis.

The amount of the one-time stipend would depend on the amount of time during a conflict that each veteran served. Some families would also be eligible for a death benefit of up to $5,000.

"It would show appreciation to Ohio veterans for serving the country," said Peace.

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