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Indiana Veterans Agency Adopts Relief Fund Rules

By Brandon Smith, IPB News | Published on in Family Issues, Government, Military, Statewide News
The Indiana Statehouse. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
The Indiana Statehouse. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Hoosier military veterans who want money through the Military Family Relief Fund will now have rules to govern how – and whether – they can get those emergency grant dollars for family support expenses.

The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs’ adoption of the policy comes after years of work – and recent controversy that led to the resignation of agency head James Brown.

Media reports showed Brown approved Military Family Relief Fund disbursements to department employees for more than the program’s cap – while military veterans outside the agency were cut off at the limit.

The new rules – which would take effect next month – would likely prevent agency leaders from repeating those sorts of actions.