HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania veterans have just six months left to apply for a cash bonus program to honor their service in Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm.

Veterans have until Aug. 31 to apply for the special one-time payment.

Nearly 11,000 Persian Gulf veterans have applied for the bonus since the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs began accepting applications in 2008.

The bonus pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum, to veterans who served in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from August 2, 1990 to August 31, 1991.

For personnel whose death was related to illness or injury received in the line of duty in Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm, there is an additional $5,000 available to the surviving family.

Service members who were declared prisoners of war may also be eligible for an additional $5,000.

The department encourages any veteran who was previously denied for the bonus to reapply.

Veterans who received a bonus or similar compensation from any other state are not eligible for the Pennsylvania program.

For information on how to apply, visit www.persiangulfbonus.state.pa.us.