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Amanda Banks jumps back into politics, takes her husband’s Senate seat – temporarily

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. – Amanda Banks is not your typical stay-at-home mother. Before Amanda and her husband, Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, had children, she loved working on public policy for various organizations. But, since her first daughter’s birth in 2009, her days have been less political. Until now. With her […]

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Long-time National Guard leader to retire next spring

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Adjutant General Martin Umbarger will retire in May after 45 years of service with the Indiana National Guard. “There comes a time in everyone’s life and career to pass the ‘colors of leadership’ onto the next generation,” Umbarger said in a public letter to soldiers and others. “This is […]

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Veterans invited to share their stories for national project

INDIANAPOLIS – Veterans can have their stories memorialized as part of the Veterans History Project during an event Aug. 25 in Fishers. U.S. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, will host the program from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hamilton East Public Library. The Veterans History Project is […]

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State sends 5,000 books home with state fair attendees

INDIANAPOLIS – State education officials and the Indiana National Guard gave away more than 5,000 new and donated children’s book to Hoosier families through the course of the Indiana State Fair. The Department of Education hosted the giveaway in cooperation with the guard’s Books and Boots program. “Through the Hoosier Family of Readers, the department […]

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Grants available for groups to bring humanities to veterans

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The nonprofit Indiana Humanities is offering funding for new programs dedicated to serving veterans. Organizations and agencies providing – or interested in providing – humanities-based programming to veterans are encouraged to apply. The projects can be based on history, literature, language, philosophy, archaeology, law, ethics, comparative religion, and theory, […]

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Sen. Banks to take leave for deployment to Afghanistan

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Sen. Jim Banks announced Tuesday plans to take a leave of absence from the state’s General Assembly to deploy to Afghanistan in his role as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Banks’ deployment will last almost eight months, beginning Sept. 5, and will cause him to miss […]

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Donnelly, Petraeus seek to help soldiers with financial issues

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly brought Holly Petraeus – who advocates for service members – to Indianapolis to tell members of the Indiana National Guard they are not alone as they face financial challenges in their lives. The pair met with groups of veteran service officers, local citizens, and with […]

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Video & story: WWII ‘iron men’ get their name on Columbus bridge

Iron Men of Metz honored in Columbus with memorial bridge from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com COLUMBUS, Ind. – A group of veterans who liberated the French city of Metz in World War II were honored in Bartholomew County on Friday when a bridge was named in their honor. Eight of the surviving […]

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30 Laws: Assistance program for veterans to expand

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that will mean more assistance for veterans who have served in the military or National Guard during a time of national conflict after Sept. 11, 2001 will go into effect July 1. Senate Bill 352, authored by Sen. Allen Paul, R-Richmond, expands the military family relief fund […]

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30 Laws: Law clinics will help vets with disabilities

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana veterans could have more access to legal help when a state law takes effect July 1. The legislation – passed earlier this year by the General Assembly – allows the state’s law schools to create clinics that will allow students to guide veterans through the disability claims process. […]