Governor Mike Pence Thursday signed legislation that will extend the state benefits members of the armed services and their families receive.
Established in 2006, Indiana’s military family relief fund uses money from the sale of Hoosier Veteran and Support Our Troops license plates to provide financial support for members of the armed services and National Guard, and their dependents.
Funds can be used to pay for food, housing, medical care, transportation and education. Since 2012, benefits were available to each family for a maximum of three years. The legislation signed by the governor, removes that limit.
Speaking at the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis, Pence says the passage of this law builds on his administration’s previous accomplishments for veterans.
“Earlier in our administration we sought to find additional resources for job training,” Pence says. ” We also had worked tirelessly through the department of veterans’ affairs to ensure that all of those who have served are able to access the benefits that they’ve earned. We also set a state procurement goal of 3 percent for veteran-owned businesses, and we established higher education tuition breaks for veterans.”
The new law calls on the Veterans Affairs Commission to establish annual payout limits, subject to approval by the budget committee.