The Commission on Military and Veterans Affairs met on August 23 to discuss the needs of Hoosier service men and women returning from conflict abroad and heard testimony from the Indiana National Guard and the Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
View the Indiana National Guard’s presentation here.
Download the Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs presentation here.
The Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard, R. Martin Umbarger, presented the commission with an Indiana National Guard deployment update and an overview of the programs currently in place supporting Indiana’s service men and women.
The Indiana National Guard currently employs 14,738 soldiers and airmen with 64 readiness centers, two aerial gunnery ranges, one intelligence wing and one air base. Approximately 580 Guardsmen are currently deployed in Germany, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Middle East and around the United States. Over 3,200 soldiers are scheduled to deploy within 18 months.
From the Indiana National Guard's Family Assistance brochure, a map of current (green) and planned (red) Family Assistance Centers.
The Indiana National Guard and the Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs have taken action and put programs in place to provide assistance to veterans throughout their service. Indiana has 13 Family Assistance Centers around the state providing services, programs and assistance locally. Resources are also available for crisis intervention, including suicide prevention. The National Guard has realigned their focus to put emphasis on decentralizing suicide prevention efforts and including members of a soldier’s unit and community to assist with the Guard’s effort.
The committee hopes to visit the Indiana National Guard’s Camp Atterbury, a joint maneuvers training center, and the Indiana Veterans’ Home in the future. Interim committees must make recommendations for legislation for the 2012 legislative session by November 2011.
The General Assembly annually convenes interim study committees and permanent commissions to conduct in-depth research and analysis of issues affecting the state. Most study committees must complete their work by November 1. Recommendations from these committees are often the basis for future legislation. More information about committee topics, schedules and agendas is available online at www.in.gov/legislative/interim.