Governor Mike Pence, Indiana’s U.S. Senators and representatives as well as several other government officials gathered at the Indiana War Memorial today to honor Hoosier veterans. Then, war heroes and marching bands paraded through the streets in honor and remembrance of Hoosiers who have fought for their country.
The message repeated throughout today—the best way to honor veterans is to get them back in the workforce.
Governor Mike Pence says it’s also one of the biggest challenges Indiana faces.
“We’ve got to get this economy going for every Hoosier, but especially for those that have worn the uniform are near to our hearts on Veterans Day and every day,” he says.
American Legion State Commander Ed Trice says capitalizing on the skills and training veterans received in the military is the most effective way to streamline the transition from military to civilian life.
One good example, he says, is legislation that allows veterans to more quickly receive commercial driver’s licenses.
“Truck drivers that come back and have driven semis and stuff while they were in combat zone, they come back and we’ve got legislation passed where they can come out and get their CDL and start driving right now and not have to go the 13 weeks to school to learn how to drive a semi they been driving in a war zone,” he says.
There are nearly a half million living Hoosier veterans. Unemployment among post 9/11 veterans in Indiana is twice the state’s unemployment rate.