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Pvt. Brianne Thomas Graduates Training
Applications Available For Gulf War Bonus

Pvt. Brianne Thomas Graduates Training

Army National Guard Pvt. Brianne M. Thomas has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC.

Brianne  is the daughter of Julie Thomas, Montrose, and sister of Shane Wolf, Susquehanna. She is a 2007 graduate of Susquehanna Community High School.

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Applications Available For Gulf War Bonus

HARRISBURG – Rep. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) is encouraging Pennsylvania residents who served in the Persian Gulf War in 1990-91 to apply for a $75 per month bonus for up to $525 from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The program was made possible by the enactment of Act 29 of 2006 and the overwhelming support of Pennsylvania voters during the November 7, 2006, general election.

Bonuses will be awarded to current and former members of the United States Armed Forces, a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces or the Pennsylvania National Guard. Both living veterans and families of deceased veterans are eligible.

To qualify, veterans must have served in active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the period from August 2, 1990, to August 31, 1991, and received the Southwest Asia Service Medal, and must have been a legal resident of Pennsylvania at the time of active service.

Eligible beneficiaries of deceased veterans include, in the following order of precedence, surviving spouse, surviving children and surviving parents. The amount of the compensation is based upon the number of months the individual served on active duty.

An additional one-time benefit of up to $5,000 may be awarded if the service member was declared a prisoner of war at any time during the period of qualifying service or the service member died in active service or as a result of service-connected wounds. The program is being administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA).

When applying, individuals should send copies of original documents as paperwork will not be returned. The DMVA estimates that applications should take six to 10 weeks for processing. The deadline for applications is August 31, 2015.

Additional information is available at the lawmaker's district offices and her Web site.

Major's offices are at Route 706 Lake Montrose, RR 7 Box 7186, Montrose, PA 18801 (telephone: 570-278-3374) and 130 N. Bridge Street, Tunkhannock, PA 18657 (telephone: 570-836-5888). Info is also available at her website,

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