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Young: A hand up for Hoosier veterans
Start Date: 7/10/2013 All Day
End Date: 7/10/2013
Entry Description

Statehouse Update

By Indiana State Senator Richard D. Young Jr. (D-Milltown)

Word Count: 429

Like many Hoosiers, my Independence Day weekend was filled with family and friends, gathered for afternoon picnics and evenings lit by fireworks. On July Fourth we celebrate the founding of our country, a country built on the promise that hard work and resolve pays off.  We also remember those who have answered the call to serve our nation. For those men and women, we must ensure that those who have sacrificed so much have an opportunity to pursue their dreams.

Too often, servicemen and women – grappling with a transition back to civilian life – are unable to pursue college or career training. The impact is daunting. Nearly 1 and 4 post-9/11 veterans are without jobs and the unemployment rate among young male veterans (18-24 years old) who served in recent conflicts was over 29 percent in 2011. That’s nearly 40 percent higher than young, non-veteran males of the same age.

With this in mind, one of my priorities during the recently adjourned General Assembly was to develop an initiative that would pool the resources and guidance returning veterans need to succeed. The ‘Combat to College’ Program, a measure I authored, gears a number of services to the specific needs of Hoosier servicemen and women attending state universities. The new law ensures that state universities will provide a hub for veterans that will handle admissions processing, class registration and financial aid assistance. The act also requires academic guidance and counseling specifically designed for disabled veterans and those working through post-traumatic stress disorder to be made available. In addition, the program allows public universities to develop a framework to convert military training and skills into related postsecondary credit. 

New laws simplifying in-state tuition requirements and streamlining the application of military skills toward job training also became law this legislative session. As a result, qualified veterans are eligible for the resident tuition rate for undergraduate courses upon enrolling in a state educational institution not later than 12 months after discharge or separation from the U.S. Armed Forces or Indiana National Guard.

Service members who received medical training and meet certain requirements may now be issued a license or certificate. The Emergency Medical Services Commission can also issue a temporary practice certificate or provisional license while the military service applicant is satisfying certain requirements.

By recognizing the challenges our returning servicemen and women face, I will continue to work to remove roadblocks and encourage veterans to harness their unique skills and training.

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.

Sen. Young represents Senate District 47 which encompasses portions of Crawford, Dubois, Harrison, Orange, Perry and Washington counties. For more information on Sen. Young, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business, call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/s47.


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