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Video & story: Veterans, lawmakers clash over bills – many, many bills

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – At the Indiana Statehouse there are bills to give property tax breaks and hunting permits to veterans. There’s legislation to pay for specialized treatment for soldiers who come home suffering from post-traumatic stress. And there are proposals to help the children of disabled veterans go to college. “All of […]

Commentary: Hoosier veterans and the fight to be heard

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Commentary: Hoosier veterans and the fight to be heard

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Midway through our on-air conversation about the way Indiana state government treats veterans, retired Lt. Col. Ron Martin cuts through it. Gov. Mike Pence and the members of the Indiana General Assembly, Martin says, “love to give veterans pats on the back.” He cites a ceremony in which, in […]

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Bill allows hiring preferences for veterans

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would give private employers the ability to give preference to veterans in the hiring process passed a House committee unanimously on Tuesday. SB 298 is identical to a House bill that has already passed and moved to the Senate. Both bills aim to lower the unemployment […]

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Kenley: Slower-than-expected tax revenue warrants cautious spending plan

Sen. Luke Kenley shares his thoughts about writing the budget from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate’s budget architect said he might be a bit more restrained with spending in his version of the next two-year budget because the state has not been meeting its revenue projections for the current […]

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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 […]