Our government is designed to be one of the people, for and by the people. This means we must be active participants in our government. This Election Day, voter turnout surpassed the turnout in 2014. Thanks to all who exercised their civic duty, supported their beliefs and took advantage of the right to vote – a right that has been fought for by brave men and women throughout our country’s history. This month, with the observance of Veteran’s Day, we honor the service and sacrifice of these individuals who have risked their lives.
Indiana is home to almost 500,000 veterans, and there are a variety of programs and resources available to support these Hoosier heroes. The Next Level Veterans program helps connect veterans to career training opportunities and housing information. Many service men and women face a period of unemployment when they leave the military and enter back into civilian life. Next Level Veterans helps bring vets together with public and private organizations in the area looking to fill open positions. There is also a homebuyer program specifically designed to aid active duty and retired military personnel in the home buying process. More information can be found at in.gov/veterans.
The Indiana Veteran Owned Small Business Program works to secure contracts between the state of Indiana and veteran business owners. The purpose of the program is to increase business opportunities and build partnerships with Indiana veterans and their small businesses. The Indiana Department of Administration works to make at least 3 percent of state contracts with veteran-owned companies, so if you’d like to learn more about requirements and the application, visit in.gov/idoa and click on “Indiana Veteran Business Program.”
County veteran service officers are helpful resources for local veterans. These individuals are trained and accredited, and are available to provide assistance with questions about compensation and pension, health care, education and training, and more. Visit in.gov/dva and click “County Veteran Service Officers” to find contact information for the county veteran service officers in our area.
This Veterans Day, thank a service member and think of the heroes who put their lives on the line to protect ours. Their service and dedication to our country deserves our recognition and respect. 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.