For immediate release:
April 11, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - Governor Mike Pence has signed into law legislation sponsored by State Representative Shelli VanDenburgh (D-Crown Point) that coordinates services for veterans at Indiana educational institutions.
Senate Enrolled Act 115, which mirrors VanDenburgh’s House Bill 1134, would require state universities with at least 200 enrolled veterans to provide a centralized office for veteran services. The office would provide admissions, registration, and financial administration services, as well as accommodations for disabled veterans. The institutions also must provide academic and counseling services.
"Often, returning veterans come home and enroll in college to pursue their dreams, but have a difficult time navigating campus and learning the ropes," said VanDenburgh.
"Many are unaware of the scholarships and services available to them. This bill gives Hoosier vets a place to go to have their questions answered and their needs met.
"This bill helps both veterans and universities," she explained. "The veterans can further their education to get higher paying jobs, which will help lower our veteran unemployment rate. It also helps universities, because they will see a higher success rate among their veteran students. These men and women are determined students who can use the unique skills they learned in the service to help them succeed."
A representative of the seven state universities in Indiana rose in support of this bill and commented on the need to support Hoosier veterans.
"Providing Hoosier veterans with better access to a college education will help them be more successful and will improve our workforce," said Pence. "I applaud the General Assembly for passing Senate Enrolled Act 115 to help the brave men and women who made sacrifices to protect our freedom improve their lives through education."