More than 60,000 U.S. military veterans live in the Indianapolis metro region of Marion County. Many vets, especially seniors that are 65 years of age or older, can benefit from federal and state government programs and services. Options include financial assistance, continuing education and job training, and membership in local chapter organizations that provide supportive services to those that served. Here’s an overview of the many excellent resources available for vets that reside within the Indianapolis area.
The Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center (VAMC) is a tertiary care facility that provides acute inpatient services as well as outpatient healthcare for veterans. The medical center, which is located at 1481 West 10th Street, is easily accessible by public transportation routes provided by Indy Go. The medical center administers an onsite volunteer ride service that provides transportation for veterans to the VAMC.
The City of Indianapolis Veteran Services manages a wide range of programs and services for vets administered in partnership with several community organizations. The H.O.M.E. Program for Veterans at Risk for Homelessness is a preventative service that helps vets who are homeless or have the potential to become homeless. Highlights of the H.O.ME. Program includes housing assistance, medical care, educational programs, and employment training.
The City of Indianapolis also maintains a Veteran Resource Center on their site that provides local vets with access to information about benefits, programs, services, and relief funding assistance. Highlights of the resource center include state and federal forms that can be downloaded and printed off along with the option to complete applications online. Information about continuing education opportunities is also available.
The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) administers a variety of statewide programs to help vets. Beneficial services include employment assistance that provides veterans with job training and placement in conjunction with local Indiana Workforce Development Offices. Vets receive counseling and testing services to help identify appropriate job opportunities.
Additional services provided by the IDVA include the High School Diploma Program that helps vets that entered the military to serve before graduating. Veterans that were honorably discharged from a branch division of the U.S. armed forces are eligible to apply for the diploma. Other benefits administered by the IDVA include property tax deductions, tuition and fee exemptions, special motor vehicle license plates, and resident veteran hunting and fishing licenses.
National service support organizations include the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), which has eight post locations within the Indianapolis metro area. Vets can benefit in many ways by joining the VFW, perks of which include discounted rates on a variety of services and merchandise. Membership rewards include travel services, financial services, insurance, medical services, and more.
The American Legion has more than 50 area chapter posts within the Indianapolis metro area to provide vets with easy access to the many supportive programs and activities offered by the organization. Membership comes with many rewards including help in applying for benefit programs, career assistance, continuing education, community support, and homeless veteran outreach assistance.
The Veterans Day Council of Indianapolis oversees a variety of community events to honor those that served in the military during times of war. This nonprofit organization recognizes Indianapolis vets by sponsoring a Veterans Day Service followed by a parade and a banquet. The service features a musical prelude followed by guest speakers, a laying of wreaths, and a flyover by members of the Indiana Air National Guard.
For more information on the Aid & Attendance Benefit and to learn how it can help pay for assisted living, please visit VeteranAid.org.
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