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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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IDs for veterans’ surviving spouses would make it easier to provide benefits

By Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation to make it easier to identify the spouses of deceased veterans passed out of a House committee Wednesday by a unanimous vote. Sen. Michael Crider, R- Greenfield, said that Senate Bill 382 would allow a surviving spouse of a veteran to request veteran status on his or her […]

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Veterans, legislators join forces for special day

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For three years, retired U.S. Army Col. James Leonard has worked with Rep. John Bartlett, D-Indianapolis, to fill the Statehouse with Hoosier veterans for one day during the legislative session. “We’ve got about 48,000 veterans that reside in Indiana, and we’re about the fourth largest in terms of deployment […]

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Q&A: Meet Sen. John Crane, ready to learn and lead

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com  This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly-elected members of the Indiana House and Senate. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity. INDIANAPOLIS ­­– Sen. John Crane, R-Avon, hopes to bring a variety of issues to the table, but his primary goal is getting know to […]

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Pence celebrates Veterans Day with Hoosiers in Indiana

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com EDINBURGH, Ind. — Just days after being named vice president-elect, Gov. Mike Pence came back home again to Indiana and visited Camp Atterbury to celebrate Veterans Day Friday. Joined by members of the Indiana National Guard and the Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Pence met with Hoosier veterans from across the […]

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Candidates focus on veterans as election nears

By Adrianna Pitrelli and Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As Indiana celebrated the dedication of the new Bicentennial Plaza Saturday, candidates from both parties took advantage of the extra traffic in downtown Indianapolis. Candidates for governor, John Gregg and Eric Holcomb, as well as those in the Senate race, Evan Bayh and Todd Young, appeared […]

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Indiana State Museum requests photos for Veterans Day mural

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum wants Hoosiers to submit photos of veterans and active military personnel for a special Veterans Day exhibit. The photographs will be used in a mural at the museum. They also will be posted on the museum’s Facebook page. “We hope to honor the men and women […]

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Veterans suit up for 12th annual Governor’s Motorcycle Ride

  By Jackson Hughes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— More than 100 bikers suited up and took off Friday for the 12th annual Governor’s Motorcycle Ride and for retired Army veteran Mike Palmer, it was familiar territory. “I started doing Ride with the Governor with Mitch Daniels,” said Palmer. While the annual Governor’s Motorcycle Ride has been a […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Process in place to help unclaimed veterans have a proper funeral

By: Jackson Hughes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­­— Fallen Hoosier heroes are now more likely to be properly laid to rest, even if they are unclaimed, thanks to a new law. The General Assembly passed Senate Bill 145 earlier this year and will take effect July 1. Sen. Jim Banks, R-Colombia City, co-authored the legislation and said the […]

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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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