Veterans en Lawmakers hope to boost veteran-owned businesses <p></p><p>A Republican state senator wants each state agency to set aside 10% of its contracts each year for veteran-owned small businesses, a move supporters say the will help reduce veteran unemployment.</p><p>Governor Mike Pence signed an executive order his first day in office establishing a goal of procuring three percent of state contracts for veteran-owned businesses.&nbsp;</p><p>Proposed legislation would expand that to 10%, something American Legion state commander Richard Jewell says could help reduce veteran unemployment, which is double the state rate.</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 18:37:10 +0000 Brandon Smith 10202 at Legislators push for job placement for veterans <p></p><p>If job creation is priority No. 1 for lawmakers this session, job placement for veterans seems to be priority 1-A, with new legislation aimed at getting servicemembers back to work.</p><p>The unemployment rate for younger veterans – those of the post 9/11 era – is considerably higher than the rate for average Hoosiers.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:48:59 +0000 Brandon Smith 9184 at