As we gather with family and friends to celebrate the founding of our nation, let us lay aside our differences and remember what it means to be an American. Independence Day serves as a reminder that our freedom and prosperity are owed to the brave men and women who lay their lives on the line for our country.
On July 4, 1776, 13 American colonies declared independence from the King of England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. This was a remarkable occurrence, not only because a small rag-tag group of colonists declared their independence from the most powerful empire in the world, but also because of the exceptional ideas that the revolutionaries espoused.
The Founders claimed that all men are created equal, and that their unalienable rights include life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. For those men and women, these rights were worth fighting and dying for, and they secured for us a country to live and prosper in freedom.
Today, it is our men and women in uniform who are the guardians and protectors of that freedom. The greatness of our republic is founded in their selfless sacrifice, and on the Fourth of July, and every day, we honor and remember their service to our nation.
Indiana is home to almost 500,000 veterans who all face certain challenges of military service, from multiple deployments separating family members to recovering from the mental and physical hardships of military service.
That’s why this session, I supported legislation to help our service members and veterans. We owe it to them to help and care for their families with the same dedication that they have to protecting and safeguarding homes.
To encourage our veterans to live, work and retire in Indiana, a new law will phase in an income tax exemption for military retirement pensions and increase property tax exemptions for veterans with disabilities. We also passed a law where veterans and surviving spouses have the option to indicate their status on their state identification and driver’s licenses, or permit applications. The state will use this information to contact them about helpful resources. Another new law will help recognize our country’s heroes by ensuring Indiana’s Disabled Hoosier Veteran license plates are updated to include the insignia of the veterans’ branch of service.
This Independence Day, please thank a service member and think of the heroes who put their lives on the line to protect ours, and take a moment to read the words of our Declaration of Independence and reflect on its importance. Let it be a reminder to you of the blessings bestowed upon us to live in this country. As always, contact my office with any questions or input at 317-232-9643 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75,
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.
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