STATEHOUSE (July 12, 2016) – State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) recently received the American Legion Distinguished Public Service Award for her work on behalf of Hoosier veterans.
Mayfield championed a new law increasing access to programs benefiting veterans by including the military service of those who do not currently meet federal criteria.
The federal definition of a veteran is a service member who has completed 180 days of continuous active duty service and did not receive a dishonorable discharge.
Mayfield said this means if a member of our military serve a 179 days, was sent home for a week and then deployed again, they wouldn’t be considered a veteran or qualify for veteran benefits under federal law.
“This new state law, which took effect July 1, establishes and expands the definition of a ‘Hoosier veteran’ under Indiana Code,” Mayfield said. “Now, any Hoosier who has served in a reserve component of the armed forces or National Guard and has completed the training can qualify to use state programs dedicated to veterans.”
Mayfield was recognized at the 98th American Legion Department Convention held in Indianapolis.
“It is my honor to help those who have so bravely served our country,” Mayfield said. “I greatly cherish this award even though it’s our veterans who deserve our highest recognition.”
Rep. Mayfield (R-Martinsville) represents portions of Morgan and Monroe counties and is the Asst. Majority Floor Leader. She serves as a member of Ways and Means and Insurance committees.
NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Attached and below is a picture of State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) with fellow lawmakers receiving the Distinguished Public Service Award.