Bartlett honors Indiana veterans
Today, State Rep. John L. Bartlett (D-Indianapolis) honored Hoosier veterans with the ninth annual Indiana Military and Veterans Legislative Day event. Bartlett, the founding sponsor of the event, has been a champion for Indiana veterans since his election to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2008.
“It's my great honor to recognize the men and women who have risked it all for our country,” Bartlett said in a statement following the event. “As legislators, we all have an obligation to ensure these Hoosier heroes have access to quality health care, veteran's health benefits and other amenities they may need. The saying 'some gave all, but all gave some' is perhaps the most accurate description I've ever heard regarding veterans of the United States military, and the onus is on all of us to give back to them for the sacrifices they so selflessly made for their fellow Americans. Through this program, we connect veterans with resources and give them an opportunity to speak directly to lawmakers about legislation related to veterans' affairs. As a lawmaker, I can't think of a better way to let our veterans know that they are always top of mind.”
State Rep. Renee Pack (D-Indianapolis) is a co-sponsor of the event. Pack is a veteran of the United States Army, having served in active duty from 1986-1991, and in active reserves from 1991-1994. Sen. Michael Crider (R-Greenfield) is also a co-sponsor of the annual event and serves as the ranking member on the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and The Military.