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Sen. Delph: Committee to Hear Bill on Veterans’ Treatment Pilot Program


STATEHOUSE (Feb. 6, 2017) – State Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel) will present Senate Bill 454, which addresses treatment plans for veterans on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 9 a.m. in the Senate Chamber. The bill includes the creation of a lottery scratch-off game with revenue going directly into a veterans’ treatment fund. The fund would provide free treatment for veterans with traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder.

One of the treatments included in the bill is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Josh Spiedel, a former Columbus North basketball player, sustained an extensive traumatic brain injury and benefitted from HBOT. After more than 50 HBOT treatments, Spiedel is now a student at the University of Vermont and trains with their basketball team.

Spiedel’s mother, medical professionals and veterans groups will be at the committee meeting testifying in favor of SB 454.


Tuesday, Feb. 7, 9 a.m.


State Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel)

Lisa Spiedel, Josh Spiedel’s mother

Medical Professionals familiar with HBOT
Veterans groups


Lisa Spiedel, medical professionals and veterans groups will join Sen. Delph and members of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and The Military to testify on SB 454


Senate Chamber, Indiana Statehouse
200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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Sen. Delph added the committee will also hear Senate Bill 517 authored by Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette). More information on this bill can be found here.


A high-resolution photo of State Sen. Mike Delph is available by clicking here.

Contact: Natalie Russell, Press Secretary