[76] Honoring Hoosier Heroes at Home and Abroad (11/8/2011)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Start Date: 11/8/2011 All Day
End Date: 11/8/2011
Honoring Hoosier Heroes at Home and Abroad

George Washington once said, “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by the nation.”

The president was right. Honoring veterans is not just important, but our duty. Our veterans bravely answer the call of duty to protect and serve, and they deserve our respect, honor, and recognition. On Veteran’s Day this Friday, say thank you to servicemen or women and take a moment to reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

You can also say thank you to a soldier currently serving, by participating in the Hoosier Cheer for Our Heroes card and letter campaign. There are two ways to send a card.

You can mail a card or letter directly to the Lt. Governor’s office at Office of the Lt. Governor Becky Skillman, c/o Hoosier Cheer Our Heroes, 200 West Washington Street, Suite 333, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or send a card by visiting enGreet’s website at: http://www.engreet.com/

I know we can never do enough for our veterans, but I will continue to work on legislation that supports the military and their families.

A couple bills that I worked on addressing veteran’s issues were:

• House Enrolled Act 1109 enables an individual to put their veteran status on their driver’s licenses or ID card.
This bill was needed to create a uniform identification system for veterans because this will allow them to easily obtain applicable benefits such as housing programs, financial assistance and education benefits as well as discounts offered at various retailers and restaurants.

• Senate Enrolled Act 577 protects disabled Hoosier veterans and ensures that their children can further their education. The bill was very important to me. The countless number of sacrifices military men and women make is astounding, and we must protect their welfare.

Indiana House Republicans have a publication dedicated to our Hoosier Veterans. This publication outlines benefits and useful information helpful to veterans. To view this publication, please visit my website at www.in.gov/h76 and click publications or email me at h76@in.gov to request a veteran’s publication be mailed to you.

I hold the service of our men and women in uniform in the highest regards as it is paramount to the prosperity of our country. Thank you to all of the veterans who have fought for our country and God bless.