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2021 Virtual Indiana Military Veterans Legislative Day

HELPING INDIANA MILITARY VETERANS BRING IDEAS TO LAW

Legislative Write-Ups

Women Veteran Recognition Day

  • The Federal Department of Veterans Affairs created the "I Am Not InvisibleCampaign" to highlight the Service of women veterans because it is often overlooked and women who serve are Invisible.
  • The creation of Women Veteran Recognition Day is a day to recognize the Service and accomplishments of women who served.
  • Recognizing and learning about other women veterans and their experiences may also help women in their journey.
  • If civilians and more veterans are aware and reminded of the service of women and Women Veterans, then there is a strong likelihood that in the future our Service will not be Invisible.
  • The Women's Armed Services IntegrationAct was enacted June 12, 1948 and allowed women to serve permanently in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and AirForce.
  • There are many women veterans whom we respect and look up to, Women Veterans in our military history who we need to learn more about. Strong women who proudly served.  
  • Although this is being sought by women veterans, We don’t want Women Veteran Recognition Day for us or our service, We want it for all women who are seeing or served.
  • Those women paved the way for future Service by women.
  • The creation of Women Veteran Recognition Day is a day to recognize the Service and accomplishments of women who served.
  • In2020 the Indiana General Assembly passed House Concurrent Resolution 62designating June 12th, 2020 as Women Veteran Recognition Day. It passed unanimously and every member of the Indiana General Assembly was added as aCosponsor. This year, women veterans are again seeking legislation creatingWomen Veteran Recognition Day on June 12th in Indiana.

Resolution:  Buffalo Soldier recognition

  • On July 28, 1866, after the conclusion of the Civil War, African American men were allowed to serve in join segregated units of the United States Army; by an act of Congress.
  • Comprised of former slaves and former black Civil War soldiers, Buffalo Soldiers made up9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments and were the first African Americans to serve in the United States Army during peacetime.
  • Buffalo Soldiers have made many significant military contributions to the history of the United States, and have fought to preserve and protect our Nation; they fought shoulder to shoulder with their white counterparts.
  • Native Americans in the Midwest nicknamed the9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments “Buffalo Soldiers” for their bravery and courage, as well as the jackets of buffalo fur that they wore during the cold winter months.
  • Buffalo Soldiers rode alongside TheodoreRoosevelt's Rough Riders in Cuba during the Spanish-American War and were some of the very first park rangers.
  • Buffalo Soldiers were subjected to racial prejudice, but continued to serve honorably.
  • Over 200,000 African-Americans served in WorldWar I and more than 1 million served in World War II earning a reputation for being courageous and daring.
  • During World War II, members of the BuffaloSoldiers formed into famous units, including the famed Tuskegee Airmen and the Fighter “Red Tails” Group.
  • Over the course of the Buffalo Soldiers' existence, 23 men received the highest military distinction, the CongressionalMedal of Honor, more than any other regiment.
  • Please ask your legislator to support recognizing the Buffalo Soldiers’ legacy and their contributions to theNational Park System legacy, military history in the United States.
  • Please let your legislators know that you support this resolution authored by Senator Melton (S3).

HB1352 Disabled veteran's hiring preferences (actually the“Ask the Question”.

  • Requires the Indiana veterans' affairs commission to provide veterans with a list of:
  • (1) services available to veterans in Indiana;
  • (2) state agencies that offer services to veterans in Indiana; and
  • (3) the telephone numbers, Internet web sites, and addresses of the agencies that offer services to veterans.
  • Requires the office of the secretary of family and social services, the department of education, the commission for higher education, the department of workforce development, and the professional licensing agency (agencies) to include in an application for a benefit, financial assistance, a service, or a professional credential questions asking:
  • (1)"Have you served in the armed forces of the United States or their reserves, in the National Guard, or in the Indiana National Guard?".
  • (2) "Are you the surviving spouse of someone who served in the armed forces of theUnited States or their reserves, in the National Guard, or in the IndianaNational Guard?".
  •  Provides that the applications must state that the applicant has the option to decline to answer the questions. Requires the agencies to keep the information submitted in a database and to share the information with the Indiana department of veterans' affairs. Allows the Indiana department of veterans' affairs to use the shared information to develop outreach programs for veterans and their Currently our Indiana code does not give a disabled veteran preference for those jobs, only jobs that require an examination receive the preference.
  • Please help by asking your legislator to supportRep. Speedy's (H90) bill to make sure all state jobs off the Disabled Veteran Preference.

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 season discussed in summer study committee so that in the future we might have a catastrophically disabled hunting season paired with our youth hunting season.
  •  And so that those that have a love for hunting, but have experienced a life altering event might still be able to enjoy hunting in Indiana.
  • Please send a message to your legislator that you support this legislation.

HB1104 & SB91  Hyperbaric oxygen treatment pilot program.

  • One of the most important missions facing all of us at this time in history is caring for our combat wounded returning home from their deployments, and fighting another battle, the battle to regain their quality of life sacrificed in service to our country. 
  • This battle is the support and resources to treat the Iraq and Afghan Signature Wound—Traumatic BrainInjury / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as the silent wound of theWar on Terror. 
  • Per studies by Rand Corporation and validated by a study done by Ball State University the cost to state and federal government of not treating (or ineffective treatment) is estimated at between $36K and $60K per year.  
  • 35% of Vietnam Veterans and 30%of Gulf War Veterans suffer from TBI, PTSD, or both per the Rand CorporationStudy of 2008.
  • The most important outcome will be our Guardians of Freedom get their lives back, and their families will get them back.  
  • Removes a provision that requires the state department of health to request proposals concerning hyperbaric oxygen treatment from certain geographic areas ofIndiana.
  • This bill will extend the pilot thru June 30, 2025.  
  • It will eliminate a needless performance clause imposed on hyperbaric oxygen treatment providers.  
  • And most importantly, the bill directs the state Health Department to seek moreproviders semiannually.
  • Please send a message to your legislator that you support this legislation by Senator Jim Tomes (S49)  and Representative Denny Zent (51).

HB 1251 Educational costs exemption.

  • Provides that an applicant is not eligible for educational costs exemptions for any courses taken by the applicant after the applicant has sufficient credit hours to obtain a baccalaureate degree from a state educational institution.
  • Repeals a provision that limits the educational costs exemption amount for a person whose parent enlisted or initially served in the armed forces after June 30,2011, based on the percentage of the parent's disability rating.
  • Makes conforming changes.
  • Please send a message to your legislator that you support the legislation by Representative Ryan Lauer (H59).

SB18 Disabled Veteran’s RentalDeduction  and HB1063 Renter's tax deduction for disabled veterans.    

  • Provides a renter credit for a disabled veteran who would qualify for the property tax credit for disabled veterans except for the fact that the disabled veteran rents living quarters.  
  • There are limits based on age, disability rating, and other credits awarded.  
  • Please send a message to your legislator that you support the legislation by Senator Susan Glick (S13) and RepresentativeMike Alyesworth (H11).

SB93 Tuition charges for veterans.

  • This act provides “In state tuition rates” for out-of-state veterans and children of out of state resident veterans who receive and use the GI Bill or other benefits earned from military service.
  • Please send a message to your legislator that you support the legislation by Senator Phil Boots (S23).

SB 11 Collection of veteran status information  & HB 1355.

  • Directs State Agencies that face the public to ask if the caller served or is serving in the Armed Forces of the United States.  If so, the Agency is to offer to caller additional information on possible assistance.
  • Please send a message to your legislator that you support the legislation by Senator Dennis Kruse (S14) and RepresentativeMike Speedy (H90).

Resolution encouraging Indiana Congressional Delegates to address getting the VA Medical Centers that support Indiana Veterans to be added to the Compassionate Care Pilot treating with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

  • The 'signature wounds' of lraq and Afghanistan are Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and are significant health issues for Indiana Veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom(OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND).
  • Congress passed and former President Trump signed the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019, S785.  This bill calls for, among significant improvements to mental health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, partnerships with non-federal government entities to provide [SEC.702] Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to Veterans and studies on the use of such therapy for treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and
  • A January 2012 study published by the Journal of Neurotrama found that: application of a lower-pressure protocol of 40 HBOTs at 1.5 ATA to a 16-subject cohort of military subjects with blast-induced chronic PCS and PTSD was found to be safe... as a group the subjects experienced notable improvements in symptoms… Sixty-four percent of the patients on psychoactive and narcotic prescription medications were able to decrease or eliminate use of these medications.
  • Israel completed their Hyperbaric Oxygen Trials last January at Asaf Harofeh Medical Center and Tel Aviv University suggest that hyperbaric oxidative treatment (HBOT) should be employed to repair the brain from … traumatic brain injuries (TBI). …The team illustrated and analyzed the dramatic improvements in brain function and quality of life following two months of HBOT treatment, in 74 participants, 6-36 months after the (insult), whose condition was no longer improving prior to the treatment. Yet, the neurological functions and life quality of almost all the patients (over 95%) were significantly improved after the HBOT sessions. Analyses of brain imaging (by SPECT scans) showed that the treatment led to an increase in brain activity in brain locations with neurons that stayed alive but did not have sufficient energy (blood supply) to function (generate firing of signals).
  • As it stands now, there are veterans who pay out of pocket for this treatment, and Indiana has several providers capable of providing hyperbaric oxygen therapy throughout the state.
  • Therefore, the Indiana General Assembly strongly urges the Indiana Congressional Delegation to urge the Veterans Administration to add the VA Medical Centers that support Hoosier Veterans be added to the Center for Compassionate Innovation (CCI) that provides HBOT currently to veterans with TBI-PTSD.
  • And to strongly encourage these Medical Centers to contract with these providers to become a “Preferred Provider” of HBOT for existing FDA approved on-label services and off-label services.
  • The VA should pay for treatment to these providers who have contracts for services under the “meaningful use” contract between them.

SB 90 - Electronic gaming in veterans' service organizations and SB 276 Video Gaming Terminals.

  • Provides funding for projects dedicated to help Indiana’s veterans.
  • Revenue for the fund to come from proceeds from electronic gaming terminals in Congressionally Chartered Veterans Service Organizations facilities.
  • Legislation will strictly limit total number of video gaming machines allowed in the state.
  • Annually funds remaining in fund will be transferred to the Military Family Relief Fund.
  • The legislation limits the total number of video gaming terminals allowed in the state, excluding licensed casinos.
  • Revenue  from terminals will be split with a third for Veteran Services Fund, facility where terminals reside, and equipment provider.
  • The facility portion of revenue must follow Charity Gaming rules for how funds are used.
  • Please send a message to your legislator that you support the legislation by  SenatorTomes (49) and Senator Glick (S13).

HB1264 Veterans Support & SB 316 Military andVeterans Matters.

  • Bill intends to clarify and expand the eligibility criteria to the Military Family Relief Fund.  
  • Allows discharges except dishonorable discharges to be evaluated for being include in eligibility.  
  • Charges 15%administration fee against the annual fund receipts.
  • Please send a message to your legislator that you support or are against the legislation byRepresentative Bartels (H74) and Senator Garten (S45).

HB1039 Purple Heart license plate

  • Allows the surviving spouse of a Purple Heart recipient to obtain or retain a Purple Heart specialty license plate.
  • Please send a message to your legislator that you support or are against the legislation by Representative  Judy (H83).

HB1071 Expeditionary veterans license plate.

  • Establishes the expeditionary veterans license plate.
  • Please send a message to your legislator that you support the legislation by Representative Aylesworth (H11).

HB1085 Eligibility for National Guard Supplemental Grant

  • Provides that theNational Guard tuition supplement program may be used by a scholarship applicant for graduate credits.
  • Please send a message to your legislator that you support the legislation by Representative Heaton (H46).

HB1122 Veterans' property tax deduction.

  • Eliminates the assessed value cap that applies to the property tax deduction for a veteran who: (1) has a total disability; or (2) is at least 62 years of age and has at least a 10% disability.
  • Please send a message to your legislator that you support the legislation by Representative Van Natter(38).

HB1174 Taxation of military personnel deployed overseas.

  • Provides that for a member of the armed forces deployed or stationed outside of the United States, the individual's tax rate for the income attributable to that military service is1.62% (instead of 3.23%).
  • Please send a message to your legislator that you support the legislation by Representative Klinker (H27).

HB1242  Access to military records.

  • Provides that any person may request the discharge records of a veteran if the veteran has been discharged for at least 62 years.
  • Please send a message to your legislator that you support or oppose the legislation by Representative Ellington (H62).

HB1346 Income tax exemption for veterans at least 78 years of age.

  • Provides a tax exemption from adjusted gross income for an individual who is at least 78 years of age and has served in the military during a time of war
  • Please send a message to your legislator that you support or oppose the legislation by Representative Tony Cook (H32).

HB1355 Collection of veteran status information.

  •  Requires the family and social services administration, the department of education, the commission for higher education, and the professional licensing agency (agencies) to include the following questions in an application for a benefit, financial assistance, a service, or a professional credential:
  •  (1) "Have you served in the armed forces of the United States or their reserves, in theNational Guard, or in the Indiana National Guard?".
  • (2) "Are you the surviving spouse of someone who served in the armed forces of the United States or their reserves, in the National Guard, or in the Indiana National Guard?".
  • Provides that the applications must state that the applicant has the option to decline to answer the questions.
  • Requires the agencies to keep the information submitted in a data base and to share the information with the Indiana department of veterans' affairs.
  • Allows the Indiana department of veterans' affairs to use the shared information to develop outreach programs for veterans and their families.
  • Please send a message to your legislator that you support or oppose the legislation by Representative Speedy (H90).

HB 1335 Video gaming terminals.

  • Authorizes wagering on video gaming terminals in certain establishments.
  • Establishes a licensing structure for participants in video gaming.
  • Imposes a video gaming wagering tax of 30% of adjusted gross receipts.
  • Please send a message to your legislator that you support or oppose the legislation by Representative Judy (H83).

HB1392 Licensure of military spouses.

  • Amends the law concerning provisional occupational licenses for spouses of active duty members of the armed forces assigned to Indiana to eliminate a provision under which a military spouse applying for a provisional license is required to submit to a national criminal history background check.
  • Provides instead that a military spouse applying for a provisional license must be determined by the appropriate board not to have a disqualifying criminal history if a national criminal history background check is required for the regulated occupation for which the military spouse seeks a license.
  • Please send a message to your legislator that you support or oppose the legislation byRepresentative Zent (H51).
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