Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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November 5, 2013

Honoring our veterans

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Indiana veteran-owned small businesses (VOSMs) are now eligible for the small business set aside procurement policy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for post- 9/11 veterans in Indiana is around 20 percent. This high number will be addressed because not only will veteran business owners now be put to work, but veteran business owners tend to hire other veterans as well. With an estimated number of 71,000 veteran-owned and partially veteran-owned small businesses in Indiana, there are plenty of opportunities for Indiana to contract with them for business.

My office also has resources available for veterans. If you visit my web page, www.in.gov/h55, under Media Room, there is a publications tab where you will find a Veterans Guide with information about veteran benefits in Indiana. You can also call my office at 317-232-9850 and request a copy be sent to your home.

Veterans come from all walks of life and serve in many different capacities. Not only are they the men and women who served overseas in heavy combat, they are those who run communications, work in military hospitals and protect citizens at home. They face natural disasters and clean up after terrorist attacks. They bring peace to wartime countries and protect the innocent from harm. They end oppression and liberate nations from tyranny. Veterans, young and old, leave the safety of their homes and are witness to terrible violence, cruelty and the worst sides of humanity.

My deepest gratitude goes to all those in any branch of the armed forces. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Rep. Ziemke represents portions of Rush, Fayette, Franklin, Ripley and Decatur counties.

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