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Senator Randy Head: Supporting Our Veterans

February 26, 2019
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Senator Randy Head 2018The heroes who serve in our Armed Forces risk their lives and health to preserve American ideals, and they deserve the utmost respect when they return home.

Indiana legislators are committed to making Hoosier communities more accommodating to those who served our country, and we are considering several measures this session that would benefit veterans and their families.

One proposal would require the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles  to provide parking placards to disabled veterans who are eligible for the disabled Hoosier veteran plate. With this placard displayed, veterans could not be charged a fee for parking in a metered space.

Another proposed effort would increase funding to pay for county service officers and require counties with more than 2,500 veterans to hire an additional part-time county service officer, giving veterans better access to the support and services they need.

An additional measure  would require the Indiana National Guard  adjutant general to facilitate and oversee state-sponsored term life insurance for National Guard members. This change would improve access to life insurance for veterans and their families as well as help make veterans more aware of this program.

Finally, senators are also working to extend Indiana’s program that provides hyperbaric oxygen treatments to veterans with traumatic brain injuries for an additional year. This is part of an ongoing pilot program that evaluates the effectiveness of this treatment and collects data to see if this could benefit more veterans.

To learn more about legislation authored this session that would improve the lives of past and present service members and their families, click here.