American Legion honors State Rep. Jim Lucas

American Legion honors State Rep. Jim Lucas

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Tuesday, July 17, 2018

STATEHOUSE (July 17, 2018) – State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) on Saturday received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the American Legion Department of Indiana for his work on behalf of Hoosier veterans.

The Legion is a community created by veterans committed to the welfare of service men and women and their families. Members serve on local, state and national levels, working on issues like veteran affairs and rehabilitation, employment and education.

“Veterans deserve a voice,” Lucas said. “I understand the sacrifices that these men and women make for our community, state and country. It is important they have an advocate at the Statehouse who understands what they have experienced.” 

Lucas, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and Legion member, is a leader in trying to bring medical cannabis to Indiana. This is a major issue for veterans and is supported by the Legion and over 80 percent of its membership.

Lucas also supported a new law this session requiring state colleges and universities to provide military students a tuition refund, tuition credit or the opportunity to re-enroll if they are called to active duty. To make it easier for veterans to qualify for educational assistance, benefits they receive for their service will not be considered when determining their eligibility for needs-based financial aid.

For more information about career training and homebuyer programs for Indiana veterans, visit www.in.gov/veterans.

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State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents House District 69, which includes

portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.

 

Pictured: State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) accepts the Distinguished Public Service Award on Saturday, July 14, 2018, from the American Legion Department of Indiana for his work on behalf of Hoosier veterans. From left to right: The American Legion Department of Indiana Legislative Committee Chairman Kenny Cooper, Lucas and the American Legion Department of Indiana Past State Commander Marty Dzieglowicz.