OJRV Attends the 9th Annual
Indiana Military & Veterans Legislative Day
9th Annual Indiana Military & Veterans Legislative Day
On Tuesday, January 10, OJRV staff members Mike Espinda, John Zeigler, Aaron Shaw, and Board Secretary Dorothy Simpson-Taylor attended the 9th Annual Indiana Military & Veterans Legislative Day (IMVLD) held at the Indiana State House in Indianapolis.
IMVLD began in 2013 as the brainchild of Indiana State Representative John L. Barrett and a group of volunteers from nonpartisan, nonprofit veteran service and military organizations. Today it is co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of Indiana legislators and serves as an opportunity to bring together the military, veterans, and state legislators to enhance communication and networking.
In particular, the day allows legislators to communicate important information regarding upcoming veteran-specific legislation moving through the General Assembly and foster meaningful conversation on the topics most important to veterans and those working in the veteran-service sector.
Tuesday’s event included Senator Michael Crider and House Representative John L. Barret as well as special guest speaker SFC Sammy L. Davis, a Medal of Honor recipient.
“As an organization that has worked with Indiana’s veteran population since 2007, we are encouraged by events like IMVLD,” said OJRV Executive Director Gene Anderson. “When those who make the policy show a willingness to listen to those who are most affected by it, we will always show up to lend our voice and our support.”
In addition to hearing the formal presentations, attendees had the opportunity to meet with their legislators to voice concerns, propose ideas, and ask questions about upcoming legislative efforts as well as meet other members of the Indiana veteran service and military sectors. Events like IMVLD enhance communication and understanding, which leads to an increased ability to serve the veterans OJRV works with every day.
For more information about the Indiana Military & Veterans Legislative Day, visit their website.