DAV names Banks legislator of the year

Pictured from left to right are: Ensign Alan Tio; Rear Adm. Thomas Hill, Retired; Lt. Shawn Kennedy; State Sen. Jim Banks; Ensign Matt Deitchle; Capt. John Kizer, Retired; Capt. Tom Billings, Retired; Ensign James Updike; Capt. Jack Carrington, Retired; Ensign David Richardson

INDIANAPOLIS (WANE)- The Disabled American Veterans recently presented Columbia City state Senator Jim Banks with its Legislator of the Year award.

Banks received the award for his efforts to establish the Indiana Veteran Recovery Program and Fund during the Indiana General Assembly’s 2014 session, a Senate spokesman said.

Banks’ legislation directs the Indiana State Department of Health to further study the implementation of programs for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries.

The measure passed the legislature unanimously and was signed into law by Governor Mike Pence in March.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Disabled American Veterans,” Banks said. “This organization is focused on advocating for the betterment of all Hoosier veterans. I look forward to working with them in the future.”

Banks, himself a reserve officer in the U.S. Navy, will be deploying to Afghanistan for eight months in early September.

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