Memorial Day is a time to honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our country and the freedoms we enjoy today. Our appreciation for those who have dedicated their lives to defending the blessings of liberty is boundless.

While we can never repay the debt owed, we must also thank our veterans for their service. A new law will phase in a full income tax exemption for military retirement pensions and survivors’ benefits over a four-year period. House Republicans hope to encourage our veterans to live, work and retire in Indiana.

There are approximately 400,000 veterans living in Indiana, but many are unaware of the resources available to them. Under another new law, questions regarding the status of veterans and surviving spouses will be included on applications for driver’s licenses and permits, and state identification cards. The Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs will be able to access this information to connect with veterans and their families when promoting outreach programs.

Another new measure calls for more oversight for Indiana’s Military Family Relief Fund to ensure transparent and equitable distribution of money. The fund is a dedicated account that receives money through donations and the purchase of veteran license plates like “Support the Troops.” Emergency grants through the fund may be used by military families to assist in food, housing, utilities, medical services and transportation expenses.

As you enjoy Memorial Day weekend, please join House Republicans in remembering our fallen service members and families who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

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