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[s49] Full Senate Passes Tomes’ Bill to Aid More Struggling Hoosier Military Families

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 24, 2012) — Hoosier military families are one step closer to receiving more financial assistance during economic hardships, thanks to Senate passage of legislation co-authored by State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville).


Senate Bill 31 passed the full Senate today by a vote of 50-0 and now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration. This bill would extend the eligibility period for Indiana service members and their families to receive monetary assistance from the Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF) from one to three years. SB 31 would also allow Indiana National Guard members activated for state duty to receive emergency assistance.


“This bill is a great way to provide support to our troops and their families,” Tomes said. “We have to remember it’s not just the Hoosier men and women serving who are making sacrifices for our freedom, but also their spouses and children. As a veteran, myself, I salute these strong individuals for their dedication to our state and nation.”


MFRF dollars may be used by soldiers’ families who cannot afford basic needs that include food, housing, utilities, medical services and transportation.


Tomes is also co-author of Senate Bill 253, which passed the full Senate last week and is aimed at helping veterans apply skills learned while serving in the military to jobs back home.  He is a Vietnam War veteran and commander of Wadesville VFW Post 6576.

To listen to an audio statement, click here.