STATEHOUSE (March 3, 2014) —State Sen. Jim Banks’ (R-Columbia City) legislation to assist Hoosier veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury passed the House of Representatives today by a unanimous vote.
“It’s our duty as a nation to care for our veterans, both when they’re at home and overseas,” Banks said. “Half of our country’s veterans with PTSD never seek treatment, and with as many as 5,000 veterans committing suicide every year, we must do all we can to ensure these men and women get the help they need. Through this legislation, I believe Indiana will set a national standard for veterans care that other states will hopefully follow.”
As amended, Senate Bill 180 would establish several programs to create and fund services for veterans with these conditions, including:
The legislation would also direct the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to further study the implementation of these types of programs. The ISDH would be required to review the following topics:
SB 180 now returns to the Senate for further consideration. State Rep. Dennis Zent (R-Angola) is the bill’s House sponsor.