[r89] New laws provide additional assistance to military families (5/17/2012)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Start Date: 5/17/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/17/2012

STATEHOUSE—State Representative Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) applauded the Governor’s recognition of pro-military legislation at the Statehouse today. Rep. Kirchhofer serves on the House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee.

“I support the efforts we made this session to provide our military personnel with as much support as we can,” said Rep. Kirchhofer. “These new laws will deliver stronger assistance to our servicemen and women at home and abroad.”

House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1059 extends eligibility from one year to three years for Indiana’s military families to draw assistance from the Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF). An applicant must meet eligibility requirements to obtain financial assistance, which can be applied to food, housing, utilities, medical services and transportation.

HEA 1065 allows a parent who has received military deployment orders to delegate their parenting time to a person who has a close relationship with their child if the court determines that it is in the child’s best interest.

HEA 1116 requires state educational institutions to award educational credit to members of the military who are enrolled in a state educational institution and successfully complete specified courses that are related to their military duties while serving in the armed forces.

“Generations of my family have served our country proudly,” Rep. Kirchhofer said. “Our communities benefit from their strength and sacrifice, so we – as a community – are proud to support them.”

More information is available on the Indiana Department of Veteran’s Affairs website at www.in.gov/dva/.

All three laws are effective July 1, 2012.

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Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer serves House District 89. She is the Vice Chair of the Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation and serves on the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety and Insurance Committees.

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