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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Veterans affairs trust. Provides a $150,000 death benefit for a member of the national guard or a reserve component who dies while on military duty, beginning September 11, 2001. Appropriates a sufficient amount from the state general fund for the death benefit. Establishes the veterans' affairs trust fund to finance certain benefits and services to eligible veterans and to fund veteran related projects authorized by the veterans' affairs commission. Funds the trust fund by: (1) taxpayer designation of all or part of a state income tax refund; (2) a quarterly allocation of 0.5% of the surplus revenue in the lottery's administrative trust fund; (3) donations; and (4) appropriations or other amounts provided for the fund. Provides that benefits available to eligible veterans from the fund include: (1) tuition reimbursement; (2) temporary emergency aid grants for subsistence and health care; (3) personal loans; (4) an assistance program for veterans in need of services; (5) retraining grants; (6) allocations to the state armory board for use by the military department of the Indiana ceremonial unit in rendering appropriate military honors at state functions and veteran funeral services; (7) grants to veterans associations, veterans organizations, and memorial corporations; and (8) grants to county service officers to improve services to veterans. Requires the department of veterans' affairs to establish a program to reimburse a medal of honor awardee who is a resident of Indiana for participating in patriotic and other official events. Appropriates a sufficient amount from the state general fund to reimburse medal of honor awardees.