[r44] Legislation to aid active military and their families passes out of the House (1/27/2012)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Start Date: 1/27/2012
End Date: 1/27/2012
STATEHOUSE – Legislation that extends the eligibility window for deployed soldiers and their families to receive grants from the Military Family Relief Fund passed out of the House today with a unanimous vote. The legislation, House Bill (HB) 1059, was authored by Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle).

Rep. Baird’s Military Family Relief Fund legislation would extend the application deadline from one to three years for the Military Family Relief Fund. The extension gives a larger window of time for active military to evaluate if they are in need of the funding.

“If you have been in combat, it takes awhile to adjust to civilian life. When active military return to their families, it may take longer than a year to adjust to life at home. This legislation allows that cushion of adjustment time,” said Rep. Baird.

The fund is completely funded through sales of ‘Hoosier Veteran’ license plates, ‘POW-MIA’ license plates and ‘Support Our Troops’ license plates.

“I want these funds to be accessible to those who are truly in need of it and this legislation provides an opportunity for us to help returning military,” said Rep. Baird. “We are trying to do everything we can to support our active troops and their families. This is one more way to give them the support they deserve.”

Currently, the Military Family Relief Fund is only offered within the year an active duty military member returns home. The grant is worth up to $5,000 per year through the fund. Because the end date for receiving benefits is extended from one year to three years under the new legislation, the grants will still be up to $5,000 per year but military and their families could receive up to $15,000 if they receive the grant for three years.

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Rep. Jim Baird represents District 44 which includes all of Putnam County and parts of Clay, Parke and Vigo Counties. Rep. Baird is a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

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