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Video & story: Raytheon to create 250 new jobs in Indy

Gov. Pence announces 250 new jobs at Raytheon from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced the creation of 250 new Indiana jobs on Monday at Raytheon’s facility in Indianapolis. Pence said jobs in technology and defense are helping Indiana’s job market expand. “We’re currently witnessing major players in […]

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Bill offers help to veterans suffering PTSD, traumatic brain injuries

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana House Health and Public Safety committee passed a bill Wednesday that would create a recovery program to help Hoosier veterans suffering from brain injuries. House Bill 1615, which was authored by Rep. Dennis Zent, R-Angola, would establish the Veterans Recovery Program and Fund for five years. The […]

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Guest column: The man that makes the magic hat

By Mary Beth Schneider Special to TheStatehouseFile.com My father has a magic hat. And it has this amazing power to transform him out of invisibility. It is the World War II veteran’s cap I bought for him last year to wear while he went with Indy Honor Flight and 69 other veterans to Washington D.C. […]

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Bill would name Evansville-based P-47 the official state warbird

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana could have another state symbol added to its list after Senate Bill 370 passed the Veterans Affairs & the Military committee on Tuesday. SB 370, authored by Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville, makes the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt the official warbird of Indiana. The P-47 was the only war aircraft […]

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Women’s veterans bill moves to House for consideration

By Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that requires the director of veterans’ affairs to designate a coordinator for the Hoosier women veterans program passed the full Senate unanimously. Senate Bill 424 authored by Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville, would change the language in the current state law from saying that the office “may” appoint the […]

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Video & story: Veterans visit Statehouse for Military and Legislative Day

By Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 200 people filled the Statehouse on Tuesday for Indiana’s inaugural Military and Legislative Day. Prior to the Gov. Mike Pence’s speech, many veterans testified at meetings, including the Veteran Affairs and Military Committee. Senate Bill 298, authored by Sen. Amanda Banks, R-Columbia City, would allow private employers […]

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Veterans, military day to take place Tuesday at Statehouse

By Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Current and former service members will gather Tuesday at the Statehouse for the first ever Military and Veteran Legislative Day. The event will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Rep. John Bartlett, D–Indianapolis, helped organize the event and is interested in making it happen annually during the legislative session. “In […]

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Donnelly’s military suicide legislation signed into law

Staff reporter TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – President Barack Obama has signed a provision authored by Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly into law that’s meant to prevent military suicides by requiring mental health assessments for all service members. The Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014 is part of the national defense bill and is named for […]

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Amanda Banks takes over Senate seat – for now

Indiana Sen. Amanda Banks sworn into office from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Amanda Banks officially stepped into her husband’s Senate seat Tuesday, taking the oath from Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush as her husband serves in Afghanistan. Jim Banks, who was reelected in November, will miss the 2015 session due […]

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Donnelly bill aimed at preventing military suicides could pass this week

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill aimed at preventing suicides among military members is expected to pass the U.S. Senate this week. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., authored the Jacob Sexton Military Prevention Suicide Act of 2014 because he believes the U.S. military needs to improve its mental health screening system. “This will be […]