(STATEHOUSE) March 26, 2009 - All Indiana Purple Heart recipients would be eligible for tuition and fee exemptions at state educational institutions if a bill passed unanimously today by the Indiana House of Representatives gains final approval by Gov. Mitch Daniels.
Rep. Rich McClain (R-Logansport) co-sponsored the bill in the House of Representatives.
Last year, the Indiana General Assembly created a law allowing Purple Heart recipients who served on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, to apply for the tuition and fee exemption. Senate Bill 39 will expand those eligible for the exemption to include all veterans who have received a Purple Heart. The exemption has been available to the children of these veterans for many years, and they will retain eligibility under Senate Bill 39.
"Purple Heart recipients have done so much for our country through their service and dedication," said Rep. McClain. "The least we can do is provide them with the opportunity to attend a state university to further their education.
"After serving in the Navy, I was able to attend Purdue University on a GI bill. I feel honored to be able to give that same opportunity to someone else."
If Gov. Daniels signs the bill into law, it will become effective July 1, 2009.
Those interested in tracking this and other bills that have survived the journey to the governor's desk can visit http://www.in.gov/gov/billwatch.htm.
Contact Rep. McClain by e-mail at h24@IN.gov, by phone at 1-800-382-9841 or by mail at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.