Legislation helping Hoosier veterans signed into law
STATEHOUSE (March 22, 2016) – In a new law signed today by Gov. Mike Pence and authored by State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville), National Guard members will qualify for veteran-assistance programs.
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’s law establishes and expands a definition for “Hoosier veteran” under Indiana Code referencing state programs for veterans.
“Some veterans have served 179 days, came home for a week, then returned to service,” Mayfield said. “They can do this repeatedly and never be considered a veteran. This law allows any Hoosier who has served in a reserve component of the armed forces or in the National Guard and completed the training to be considered a veteran.”
Indiana is home to the second-largest National Guard in the nation. According to Mayfield, as many as 100,000 Hoosier men and women serving in the guard have never been placed on active duty and are not considered a veteran even though they are prepared to make the greatest sacrifice for our country.
Mayfield said this new law will help guard members receive assistance from their local veteran service officer and qualify them for state programs, veterans’ employment preferences, veteran-owned business opportunities and any future legislation concerning veterans.
This new law will take effect on July 1, 2016. For more information on this law visit www.iga.in.gov.
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 Gov. Mike Pence as he signs House Enrolled Act 1313 into law to help Hoosier veterans.