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New law: National Guard members eligible for tuition grants regardless of residence

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New law: National Guard members eligible for tuition grants regardless of residence

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– Any member of the Hoosier National Guard will qualify for the state’s National Guard Supplemental Tuition grant no matter his or her state of residence beginning on July 1. “Most of our armories are close to the border like Terre Haute and Evansville. This means we have a lot of […]

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Military members could cancel services during deployment

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed a bill on Tuesday that would give active duty National Guard members more protections at home during their term. The Service Member Civil Release Act is a state extension of a federal statute that protects military members across the country. The state version would […]

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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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Donnelly pushes legislation to reduce suicide among service members

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly introduced legislation Wednesday that aims to stem the rising suicide rate among service members. The proposed Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014 is named after Indiana National Guardsman Jacob Sexton, who took his own life while home on a 15-day leave from Afghanistan. […]

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New law means tuition breaks for some veterans

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Tuition at state colleges and universities will soon be more affordable for veterans, thanks to new legislation passed by the General Assembly. Senate Enrolled Act 177 grants in-state tuition rates to honorably discharged veterans and active National Guard members from any state. Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, the bill’s […]

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Podcast: Statehouse news for the week ending March 8

Gov. Mike Pence announces furloughs for the Indiana National Guard. The Senate starts work on the state budget. And outside groups are launching ads to support the Common Core and the governor’s tax cut. Those are your Statehouse headlines for the week ending March 8. Listen below as reporter  Darian Eswine brings you the stories.

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State’s largest armory opens in Franklin

By Krista Chittum and Ellie Price The Statehouse File FRANKLIN, Ind. – The largest armory in the state’s history opened Monday in Johnson County to serve as a readiness center for the Indiana National Guard. “The nation’s finest National Guard ought to have the biggest, finest, best designed armory,” said Gov. Mitch Daniels during a […]