[r47] New law provides financial assistance to Indiana military families (3/13/2014)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Start Date: 3/13/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AM

New law provides financial assistance to Indiana military families

STATEHOUSE — Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 352, co-sponsored by State Representative John Price (R-Greenwood), was signed into law by Governor Mike Pence on Thursday at the Indiana War Memorial. The new law provides financial assistance to veterans and their families.

“I support our men and women in uniform, and this bill will help Hoosier veterans following their duty,” said Rep. Price. “Active servicemen and veterans risk everything for our country, and they deserve a hero’s welcome when they return, including the support of our state. This is a great way to keep this objective.”

SEA 352 allows veterans and their families to apply for Indiana’s Military Family Relief Fund any time after their service, instead of only within a three-year period. The fund, established in 2007, is financed through the sale of the “Support Our Troops” license plate as well as the “Hoosier Veteran” license plate.

“By opening up the pool of veterans who can apply, we’re providing help to those who don’t experience financial issues just a couple years after service, but much later as well,” said Rep. Price. “This shows everyone just how much Indiana recognizes the needs of Hoosier veterans.”

The Military Family Relief Fund provides financial assistance to military families for needs such as food, housing, utilities, medical services, transportation and other essential family support expenses which have become difficult to afford.

SEA 352 will go into effect on July 1, 2014.