Senate GOP Proposing Expanding Military Family Relief Fund
Senate Republicans are proposing expanding the Military Family Relief Fund to include combat veterans who served before 9-11.
The General Assembly created Indiana’s Military Family Relief Fund in 2006 to help post-9-11 combat veterans and their immediate families who are struggling financially. The fund subsidizes food, housing, utility, transportation and medical bills. And this session, Columbia City Republican Senator Jim Banks wants to expand it to cover all veterans who’ve seen combat – which he says will particularly help Vietnam vets.
“The veterans who often deserve and need the most help," says Banks. "They’re all mostly senior citizens at this point.”
The fund currently has about a one-point-five million dollar balance. But this might not cover an increase in demand. To cover that, Buck Creek Republican Senator Brandt Hershman says proposed legislation would add a new feature to Hoosiers’ tax forms.
“This would allow a new provision in which you could donate portions of your tax refund to go to support Hoosier veterans and the Military Family Relief Fund," he says.
The program is now primarily funded through military license plate fees, including the Support Our Troops plate.