Navigation Links
Legion Demands 'Courage' From Legislators in Battle Over Children's Home
Date:5/6/2009

INDIANAPOLIS, May 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Commander of the 125,000-member Indiana American Legion today challenged the Indiana General Assembly to "find the courage to speak and act plainly on behalf of the youngsters at the Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home at Knightstown."

Ralph Tolan called on legislators to "not use the current budget impasse as cover for closing the home" which, under plans announced by the Indiana State Department of Health, would close effective May 23, 2009.

Following an intensive lobbying and communication effort by the Legion and its allied organizations, the ISSCH Alumni Association, and other interested groups and individuals, legislators restored funding for the home for one year to the 2010 budget. That budget now awaits a special session of the General Assembly to iron out areas of concern to Gov. Mitch Daniels.

"I am convinced it has been the governor's intention all along to close the school and let the state pocket the $9.6 million set aside to operate it - an amount equal to less than 1 percent of the total education budget for the state," Tolan said.

The school, without funding for 2009, is set to be shuttered on May 23 because, Tolan said, "as the administration says, there is no budget to operate it. That does not conform with reality: many agencies operate beyond the end of a budget year pending approval of a new budget."

Moreover, Tolan said, the current budget does not expire until the end of the fiscal year on July 31, 2009.

"I hope the members of the general Assembly will find the courage to speak and act plainly on behalf of the youngsters at the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Children's Home at Knightstown, rather than go along with this spiteful plan."

Tolan also reiterated his organization's offer to fully fund and conduct a study of the role and potential of the home, in cooperation with appropriate experts.

"On January 26, 2009, the governor himself asked us to submit a plan for the home's future. We agreed, submitted a preliminary plan, which the governor ignored, and on April 10, 2009, we announced our offer to pay for the study. That offer is still on the table.

"This 'rush to final judgment' is unnecessary, undemocratic, and clearly not in the interest of the youngsters and families served by the ISSCH.

"I can assure you that regardless of the outcome, the 200,000 men and women of The American Legion Family will hold accountable those responsible for the outcome of this matter," Tolan said.

"We are veterans, yes. But we also are citizens. Our legislators would do well to keep that in mind."

Tolan also announced that he is directing members of The Legion Family to renew their email and phone campaign, targeting all members of the Indiana House and Senate.


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Legion
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Fitness Sensation Susan Powter Returns to Her Legions of Fans and Followers with Focus on Whole Body Wellness Program
2. Dr. Rani G Whitfield, M.D. Unveils The Legion of Health
3. American Legion, Department of Indiana Releases Statement Concerning Revelations of Illicit Drug Trafficking at Roudebush VA Medical Center
4. Indiana American Legion to Organize, Launch Opposition to Closing of Childrens Home
5. Legion Attorneys Seek Copy of Health Department Study on Childrens Home
6. Governor Daniels Solicits Legion Recommendations On Childrens Home
7. The American Legion Champions Re-Introduction of Vets Health Care Reform Bill
8. Legion Condemns Governors Non-Response to ISSCH Proposal As Slap In The Face
9. National Autism Association Announces American Legion Child Welfare Grant for Autism Outreach
10. The American Legion Strongly Opposed to Presidents Plan to Charge Wounded Heroes for Treatment
11. Consumers Offer to Pay More to Satisfy Health Demands
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Sourced from the Isbre Springs beneath the 5,000 year old ... purity of just 6 ppm TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) in addition to its excellent ... in several ShopRite and FoodTown stores in NJ and received rave comments from consumers. ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) , ... December 02, ... ... in digitally-enabled care journeys, announced today that it has raised $6.0 million in ... are inspired by Clarify Health’s conviction that patients and their caregivers can receive ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... ... ‘Tis the season for giving! Today, 20 creative teams across the nation ... the Drug Enforcement Administration as part of the National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest. ... decorated their campuses with this year’s Red Ribbon Week theme: “YOLO. Be Drug Free,” ...
(Date:11/30/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Standard Process, Inc. is proud to announce ... of the largest closely held companies headquartered in Wisconsin. This marks the company’s ... Process was awarded the Talent Award for providing outstanding employee benefits. , ...
(Date:11/30/2016)... ... November 30, 2016 , ... The Cronovo Smartwatch, the ... by today’s consumers at an affordable price, is now available on the crowdfunding ... is “a game changer” when it comes to the smartwatch. , "With Cronovo, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/2/2016)... , December 2, 2016 On ... Committee honored excellence in research, development and innovation in ... gala dinner was held in the presence of Sergey ... Russian Federation , Natalia Sanina, First ... Mikhail Murashko , Head of Roszdravnadzor, National Service of ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... British Columbia , December 2, 2016 bioLytical ... den INSTI HIV-Selbsttest, bei den Mitgliedern des Apothekenbundes von Kenia eingeführt. ... ... INSTI HIV Self Test! (PRNewsFoto/bioLytical Laboratories) ...      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161201/444905 ) ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... -- Lianluo Smart Limited (Nasdaq: LLIT ... markets and sells medical devices and wearable sleep ... and international markets, recently attended the 2016 Guangdong ... Forum, co-hosted by the Institute of Interventional Cardiology ... Provincial People,s Hospital and Cardiology Department of Guangdong ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: