STATEHOUSE – During an awards ceremony today, State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle), along with other elected officials, received the American Legion, Department of Indiana’s Distinguished Public Service Award. Hosted by the Indiana American Legion, the branch’s Commander Richard Jewell presented Rep. Baird with the award honoring him for his exceptional devotion and dedication to serving Hoosier veterans.
“I’m very grateful and humbled to receive the Distinguished Public Service Award,” said Rep. Baird. “As a veteran, I understand the challenges our war heroes face and know it can be difficult transitioning from military service to civilian life. This past session, I again had the privileged opportunity to address various veteran concerns, and in the future, I will continue to work to make Indiana the best place for our selfless heroes to live and raise a family.”
Rep. Baird joined Indiana’s Legion members during their 95th annual Department Convention in Indianapolis. The organization has over 100,000 members that work to unite and serve veterans in their local communities. Additionally, the department works to distribute information on veterans’ benefits, concerns and helpful resources to benefit both active and prior-service members and their families.
Endorsed by the department’s Legislative Committee, the award was presented to Rep Baird for his support and work to benefit veterans during the past legislative session – specifically for sponsoring Senate Enrolled Acts (SEAs) 177 and 564. Both laws went into effect on July 1, which expand college opportunities for Hoosier veterans and assist veteran-owned, small businesses.
“I want veterans to know that we are committed to providing them with every opportunity to succeed in their civilian affairs,” said Rep. Baird. “Hoosier veterans have sacrificed so much for our state and nation, and one way we can show our gratitude for their incredible service is by continuing to make Indiana the best place for them to live.”