STATEHOUSE - State Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) has been recognized locally for his work on Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 577 that protects the rights of disabled Hoosier veterans and ensures their children continue to receive benefits to continue their education.
"Protecting our military's welfare for the countless number of sacrifices they have made for us is very important to me both personally and as a legislator," said Rep. Dermody. "I have always held their service to this country in high regard. When I first saw the initial draft of the bill that might have decreased the support for their children's education, I was upset and knew that something had to be done to amend that language. "
Rep. Dermody received a certificate of appreciation for his work on SEA 577 locally from the American Veterans (AMVETS) Ladies Auxiliary #911, AMVETS Post 911, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9423 and VFW 9423 Ladies Auxiliary.
"I was glad that I was able to work with my fellow legislators and veterans groups to ensure that the children of disabled veterans will continue to receive the benefits they need to further their education," said Rep. Dermody.
Under SEA 577, the disabled veteran must have been an Indiana resident at the time of their enlistment for their child to be eligible for the financial aid. The award recipient must also maintain a GPA of 2.5 or greater during their postsecondary education and may continue to receive the award until they are 32 years old.
SEA 577 also requires the Commission for Higher Education (CHE) to maintain records of students attending a college or university under a Higher Education Award. It also requires the postsecondary institutions to provide the CHE with student data requested by the CHE necessary to maintain the provisions of the Higher Education Award.