Ohio has taken a step forward to help alleviate some of the financial stress which inevitably arises from a line of duty death. Ohio Senate Bill 296 extends benefits to the families of law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty for a longer period of time.
As with any law, the language is overly complicated, but essentially, families are now entitled to receive benefits for 33 years, instead of 25, and benefits are also extended to those who participate in the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP).
Although nothing can completely fill the void of a lost loved one, a more certain financial future can prevent unnecessary stress during a truly difficult time. Read more about Senate Bill 296.
-Michael J. Myers, Esq.