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. Doug Gutwein (R- Francesville) 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.
"It's a privilege to support legislation that helps our veterans," said Rep. Gutwein. "As a veteran that had the privilege of serving alongside many Purple Heart recipients, I know full well how great the sacrifice they've made for our country really is. This is the least we can do to show our gratitude."
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.