Gutwein’s bill helping veterans could soon be law

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Tuesday, April 9, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 9, 2019) – State Rep. Douglas Gutwein’s (R-Francesville) legislation notifying Hoosier veterans of important resources could soon be signed into law.

Under Gutwein’s legislation, questions regarding the status of veterans and surviving spouses would be included on applications for driver’s licenses and permits, and state identification cards. Gutwein said the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs would then be able to access this information to connect with veterans and their families when promoting outreach programs.

“Our veterans have sacrificed a great deal to protect our country,” Gutwein said. “When they come home, it is up to us to provide them with helpful programs and resources. By asking two simple questions on these applications, we can identify more veterans and offer additional support.”

Under this legislation, the IDVA could request and verify the names of those who have indicated their veteran status to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Gutwein said this cross-information sharing would add a measurement for accountability that could be helpful in preventing fraudulent veteran claims.

House Enrolled Act 1268 passed the House and Senate, and is now eligible for action by the governor. For more information, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) represents House District 16, which
includes all of Pulaski County and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.
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