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Statehouse Update: Veterans continue to be a top priority for this state lawmaker
Start Date: 10/16/2013 All Day
End Date: 10/16/2013
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All too often, our servicemen and women face economic, educational and medical challenges upon returning home that make it difficult to make use of their unique skills, training and leadership qualities. As a member of the Commission on Military and Veterans Affairs, we have been striving to recognize these challenges and ensure no Hoosier veteran is left behind.

Over the past several years, the Indiana General Assembly has made it a priority to enact legislation that provides much-needed assistance to Hoosier veterans and provide the resources they need to succeed. However, after hearing testimony from military and veteran affairs’ experts, much more needs to be accomplished on behalf of those who sacrifice so much so we may remain safe back at home.

Testimony revealed that Indiana is ranked 46th in the United States in delivering VA disability compensation and pension dollars. Many of our underserved veterans reside in rural areas. The Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs reported that the vast majority of Indiana counties are below the federal average in VA disability compensation and pensions. One of the biggest reasons for this is the fact that the County Veterans Service Offices’ (CVSO) structure, established in 1945, needs to be adjusted to meet the needs of veterans in the 21st Century. I believe by adding more staff and resources, along with improved training and performance efforts, we can reach our most vulnerable veterans in every county and effectively deliver their benefits. 

Additionally, post-9/11 veterans face an unemployment rate of nearly 25 percent, and another 15 percent of post-9/11 veterans are underemployed. More needs to be done to curb this unfortunate trend, such as applying military training toward job training, and ensuring an easier transition for veterans to attend college. We know that many of those serving in the military complete college courses online, and at several different institutions of higher learning. One of the legislative recommendations suggested is that these credits should be allowed to be completely transferrable and applied toward the completion of a college degree at a state university.

There are many common sense approaches to address the challenges facing our returning servicemen and women. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the General Assembly to advance legislation that will benefit Hoosier veterans and their families.

As always, I’d like to hear your thoughts and ideas on the issues that matter most to you. Please contact me at (800) 382-9467 or s47@iga.in.gov.

Contact Information:
Name: Elise Shrock
Phone: 317-232-9496
Email: eshrock@iga.in.gov
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