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January 10, 2022 Virtual Indiana Military Veterans Legislative Day

HELPING INDIANA MILITARY VETERANS BRING IDEAS TO LAW

Legislative write-ups
for 2022

These are all items that are being worked on this session that involve Veterans. The listing here does NOT constitute an endorsement by any Veteran organization.

"Ask the Question"

  • Requires the Indiana veterans' affairscommission to provide veterans with a list of: (1) services available to veterans inIndiana; (2) state agencies that offer servicesto veterans in Indiana; and (3) the telephone numbers, Internet websites, and addresses of the agencies that offer services to veterans.
  • Requires the office of the secretary offamily and social services, the department of education, the commission forhigher education, the department of workforce development, and the professionallicensing agency (agencies) to include in an application for a benefit,financial assistance, a service, or a professional credential questions asking:
    "Have you or anyone in your family served in the armed forces of the United States".
  • Please send a message to your legislator if you support this legislation.

Funding for Veterans through IDVA

  • Provides funding for projects dedicatedto help Indiana’s veterans through IDVA programs.
  • Revenuefor the fund to come from proceeds from electronic gaming terminals inCongressionally Chartered Veterans Service Organizations facilities.
  •  Legislationwill strictly limit number of video gaming machines allowed in each facility.
  • Annually funds remaining in fund will be transferred to the MilitaryFamily Relief Fund.
  • Revenue from terminals will be split between IDVA Services Fund, facility where terminals reside, and equipment provider.
  • The facility portion of revenue must follow Charity Gaming rules for how funds areused.
  • Please send a message to your legislator if you support the legislation

Exempt all military pay from Indiana income tax

  • Currently only military retirement pay is exempt.
  • Please send a message to your legislator if you support the legislation.

Individually Unemployable Veterans Property Tax  

  • Provides a Property Tax Exemption at 100%rate for veterans who are classified as “individually unemployable” by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs regardless of their service connected disability rating.
  •  Pleasesend a message to your legislator if you support the legislation.

Veterans' property tax deduction

  • Eliminates the assessed value cap (currently$200,000 assessed property value) that applies to the property tax deductionfor a veteran who: (1) has a total disability; or (2) is at least 62 years ofage and has at least a 10% disability.
  • Please send a message to your legislator if you support the legislation.

 Renter's tax deduction for disabled veterans

  • Providesa renter credit for a disabled veteran who would qualify for the property taxcredit for disabled veterans except for the fact that the disabled veteranrents living quarters.  
  • There are limits based  on “renters deduction”which maxes out at $3,000.  This disabledveteran renters deduction is calculated by taking the “renters deduction andmultiplying it by the disabled Veteran’s disability rating.
  • Credit reduces the Adjusted Gross Income of Disabled Veteran’s State Income Taxes.
  •  Please send a message to your legislator if you support the legislation.  

Guard and Reserve Employer tax abatement credits   

  • Provide Employer tax abatement credits as a means to help offset costs associated withemployees' Guard or Reserve activities and reinforce employer support.
  • Credit only applies when Guard or Reserve Service Member is mobilized.   
  • Credit is calculated at 50% of base hourly rate of Businesses employee who is theService Member at employers business.
  • Please send a message to your legislator if you support the legislation.

State Reserve Tuition Supplement Program

  • Creates a Reserve Tuition Supplement Program (COMPO 3) to match the existing NationalGuard Tuition Supplement Program (COMPO 2) within existing state tuitionsupplement programs.
  • DoesNOT seek an appropriation.
  • Require applicants to take the CLEP test (through the military) prior to applicantsattendance at state institute of higher education.
  •  Please send a message to your legislator if you support the legislation.  

County Veteran Service OfficerEligibility requirements

  • Requires a County Veterans Service Officer be a veteran.
  • Requires applicants for CVSO positions have at leasta 6 month residency.
  • Please send a message to your legislator if you support the legislation.

Daily entrance fee for State Parks.

  • Waive daily entrance fee at all Indiana State Parks for disabled Indiana Veterans.
  • Please send a message to your legislator if you support the legislation.

Women Veteran License Plate

  • Creates a specialty license plate that identifies the purchaser is aWoman Veteran and includes their branch of service insignia.
  • Designates the revenue from the specialty plate go to the IndianaDepartment of Veterans Affairs for the Women Veteran program created in 2014 bythe Indiana General Assembly.
  • Please send a message to your legislator if you support the legislation.

Resolution: Women Veteran Recognition Day

  • Creates and established a resolution designating June 12, 2022 as Women VeteranRecognition Day.
  • Please send a message to your legislator if you support the legislation.

Resolution:Catastrophically Disabled Hunting Season

  • Veterans and Hoosiers in general are outdoor people and hunters.
  • Please help us to get the topic of a catastrophically disabled hunting seasondiscussed in summer study committee so that in the future we might have acatastrophically disabled hunting season paired with our youth hunting season.
  • And so that those that have a love for hunting, but have experienced alife altering event might still be able to enjoy hunting in Indiana.
  • Please send a message to your legislator if you support the legislation.
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Partners

Air Force Association, Indiana  

Air Force Association, Chapter 150  

American Legion, Department of Indiana

American Legion Post 64, Kenneth N. Dowden Wayne    

AMVETS, Department of Indiana  

AMVETS Post 99, Louie V. Hider

BG James L. Bauerle, USA, Ret.

DAV, Department of Indiana

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs

Indiana Veteran Service Officer Association (IVSOA)

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Indianapolis Chapter

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), White River Chapter

National Guard Association of Indiana

Operation Job Ready Vets

Reserve Officers Association (ROA), Chapter 7

VFW, Department of Indiana

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