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Bartels recipient of Distinguished Public Service Award

Bartels recipient of Distinguished Public Service Award Bartels recipient of Distinguished Public Service Award

The American Legion, Dept. of Indiana, has named State Rep. Stephen Bartels, R-Eckerty, the 2021 recipient of the Distinguished Public Service Award.

Bartels received the award July 10 during the American Legion, Dept. of Indiana’s 102nd annual Department Convention at the Marriot East Hotel in Indianapolis.

The award honors state legislators who went above and beyond to work with the American Legion and other veteran organizations to accomplish great things during the 2021 Indiana General Assembly legislative session.

“Rep. Bartels authored House Bill 1264, a bill which changed qualifying requirements for grants from the Military Family Relief Fund,” said American Legion Commander Allen Connelly. “Many more needy veterans will find themselves eligible due to changes this bill made to current law.”

The Military Family Relief Fund is designed to assist Indiana veterans and their legal dependents who experience financial hardship. This emergency grant may be used for needs such as housing, utilities, food, medical services and transportation assistance, which have become difficult to afford.

“Lawmakers made sure that more of our struggling Hoosier veterans will qualify for financial assistance,” Bartels said. “We must extend a hand to those who serve our nation when they need our help.”

Bartels retired with the rank of major from the Indiana National Guard, having served four years enlisted and 18 years commissioned. He serves as a member of the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety committee in the Indiana House.

The annual convention is where the governing body of the American Legion, Dept. of Indiana convenes to set policies and priorities for the department. Learn more at