State Sen. Sue Glick (R-LaGrange) gathered with fellow lawmakers on May 15 at a ceremonial bill signing held by Gov. Mitch Daniels to celebrate three of Indiana’s newest support initiatives for military families: House Enrolled Act 1059, House Enrolled Act 1065 and House Enrolled Act 1116.
· HEA 1059 – co-sponsored by Glick – extends the eligibility period for full-time military and National Guard members and their dependents to receive assistance from the state’s Military Family Relief Fund from one year to three years after their active duty service ends. The Indiana Division of Veteran Affairs reports over $700,000 in grants have been awarded to almost 300 families since the fund was activated in 2007.
· HEA 1065 – also co-sponsored by Glick – allows a court, upon petition of a parent who has received military deployment orders, to delegate all or part of his or her parenting time during deployment to someone who has a close relationship with the child. The new law also allows parents to participate in custody hearings electronically if military service prevents them from being there in person.
· HEA 1116 – sponsored by Glick – waives professional license training requirements for military members who have learned and practiced the necessary skills during their service time. The law additionally requires state colleges and universities to award credit to members of the military who complete courses that are a part of military training, meet national standards and fit within the school’s role, scope and mission.
“The passage of these bills is a small way can honor those who have sacrificed so much for our country, state and community,” Glick said. “Even though we still face a struggling economy, today we can celebrate the continued financial support of military families and help veterans make a smoother transition into the workforce.”