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30 Laws in 30 Days: Veterans and spouses to receive preference for employment, training

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 26th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — The state is using a new law to thank veterans for their service by giving service members and their spouses preferential treatment for employment and training. […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Simplyfing the business application process for veterans

By Jackson Hughes TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 19th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1.  INDIANAPOLIS­­ — Veterans who want to start a business in Indiana could open their doors faster when a new law goes into effect next month. “Essentially, I wanted to […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Impersonating a veteran to be a misdemeanor

By Jackson Hughes TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 18th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS ­­— Impersonating a veteran in order to receive a discount or any other benefit is soon to become a crime. “It is sad to know that […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Working to get veterans the benefits they’ve earned

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com  Editor’s note: This is the tenth in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – For Vern Kahl, a five-year Navy veteran, the way the state government handles veterans care and benefits has been very frustrating. When Kahl, 64, came […]

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History project aims to preserve stories from our nation’s veterans

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly announced Monday that his office will host a Veterans History Project event to collect the stories of our nation’s heroes. The Veterans History Project is an effort by the Library of Congress to preserve the historic experiences of those who served in the military by recording […]

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Q&A: Meet Rep. Chris Judy, focused on veteran’s issues and funding education

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. Meet Rep. Christopher Judy Age: 36 Hometown: Whitley County Party: Republican Occupation: General Motors, Automobile Industry INDIANAPOLIS – For Rep. Christopher Judy and his wife, being separated for an extended period of time […]

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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. […]