Hershman: Legislation enables more veterans, family members to utilize services of Indiana Veterans Home

STATEHOUSE, IN – March 18, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) –From surviving Civil War veterans to the servicemen and women of today’s Global War on Terror, the Indiana Veterans Home in West Lafayette has stood as a respite for Hoosier heroes in their time of need.

Thanks to legislation sponsored by State Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Lafayette), more Hoosiers will now be eligible to utilize the wide variety of services the home offers.

Hershman was a sponsor of House Enrolled Act 1086, which makes several changes to increase usage of the facility.

“I was pleased to sponsor this bill and make this facility available to more Hoosiers who sacrificed some of the best years of their lives to serve their state and nation,” Hershman said. “This opportunity to utilize the state veterans home is the least we can do for people who have done so much for us.”

Tom Applegate, director of the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, said the legislation also allows those Hoosier veterans who have moved out of state an opportunity to come back and use the facility.

“A lot of Indiana residents who retired to Florida and have been gone for several years would have to reestablish their state residency under the old criteria,” Applegate explained. “This opens up residency to anyone who originally entered the service from Indiana, regardless of where their current address is now.”

Hershman said the new law brings two other important changes to the facility:

  • It reduces the state residency requirement from three years to just one year; and
  • It makes disabled or destitute individuals eligible for admission to the Indiana Veterans’ Home, including an honorably discharged member of the armed forces, the spouse of an honorably discharged member of the armed forces or the surviving spouse of an honorably discharged member of the armed forces.

Originally built to house Civil War veterans, the Indiana Veterans Home has operated in the same West Lafayette location since 1896. It is a licensed long-term care facility operated by the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Services available include modern comprehensive health care, residential assisted care and independent living options. On staff at the home are two full-time physicians; a pharmacy director and two full-time clinical pharmacists; two full-time respiratory therapists; part-time dentists; one part-time optometrist; and one part-time podiatrist.

“In addition, the veterans’ home offers several hours of physical and occupational therapy, speech pathology, audiology and other limited medical consultants,” Hershman said.

Consultants are available in pulmonology, immunology, rehabilitation medicine, infectious disease and internal medicine. The home also provides nursing, social, dietary and other important services.
For more information, call (765) 463-1502.

Hershman represents Senate District 7, which includes Carroll, Clinton, Howard, Jasper, Tippecanoe and White counties.

Contact:
Courtney Heiden
Phone: 800-382-9467 or 317-232-9539
Email: cheiden (at) iga.in (dot) gov

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