Thomas Gasta, Author at HVAF of Indiana, Inc.
 

HVAF BLOG

Check out our latest stories, events, and the best part of the job: our success stories.

 
September 24, 2020

U.S. Army Veteran Starts Fresh

U.S. Army Veteran Craig Browder joined the Army when he was finishing high school. “The day I graduated (High school) in 1990 was the day that Sadam Hussein invaded Kuwait and we all wondered if we would get deployed,” said Browder. He served in the […]
August 14, 2020

Army Veteran Thrives in New Job

Shane Baker served in the Army as a Sargent and a Flight Engineer for 6 years, serving in both Afghanistan and South Korea. Following his service, he struggled and faced legal trouble. In order to move forward and improve his life, he needed work. Shane […]
July 9, 2020

Indycar Team Donates Car to Support Hoosier Heroes

Indianapolis, IN– Arrow McLaren SP, alongside team sponsor Vuse Vapor, presented a wheelchair-accessible van to the HVAF of Indiana Inc. (Helping Veterans and Families) on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The van was presented at the IndyCar Experience at the Dallara INDYcar Factory near the Indianapolis […]
June 12, 2020

2020 Patriotic Season

You can celebrate the 2020 Patriotic Season by joining us in support of the Hoosier Heroes in our community in need of housing assistance, employment & legal support, and basic necessities. We are dedicating this season of patriotism honoring those who have made incredible sacrifices […]
May 15, 2020

Honoring our Frontline Workers

Thank you to our Frontline Workers!  As we continue to face an unprecedented pandemic, our frontline workers of case managers and outreach staff have continued to diligently work hard for our veterans. While circumstances are uncertain and pre-cautions are in place, our staff are still going above and beyond to […]
May 4, 2020

HVAF of Indiana, Inc. Responds to Urgent COVID19 Need through #GivingTuesdayNow, encouraging others to participate

HVAF of Indiana, Inc. is responding to meet the needs of homeless and at-risk veterans by participating in the global #GivingTuesdayNow campaign. #GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the […]
April 14, 2020

COVID-19: An update on serving our Hoosier Heroes during this pandemic.

As we close in on a full month of the COVID-19 pandemic in Central Indiana, we wanted to provide an update on how we’ve been able to serve our Hoosier Heroes and meet increased demands caused by this public health crisis. We remain committed to […]
March 25, 2020

UPDATED: Pre-Cautions regarding COVID-19

As a human services organization, we are considered an essential business and will continue to operate and serve our veterans. That being said, we as an organization are taking precautions to ensure the health and safety of those we serve as well as our staff […]
March 13, 2020
COVID-19 Precaution

Precautions Regarding COVID-19

  As an organization whose goal is to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families, it is our highest priority to protect both clients and staff to make sure that we limit any possibility of continuing the spread of the Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19.  With […]
August 2, 2017

HVAF Outreach Coordinator reaches veterans in need

This month, we’re highlighting the work of outreach coordinator, Rodney Jackson. Rodney first heard of HVAF through a volunteer coordinator, and has worked with HVAF for two years. He spends his days delivering essentials like hygiene products, as well as food and water to homeless […]
August 2, 2017

Volunteer spotlight

Keith C. is a former client of HVAF who now volunteers here. He served our country from 1985 – 1995 and struggled with drug addiction after completing his service in 1995. He first heard of HVAF from an outreach coordinator at one of the homeless […]
August 2, 2017

Legal help goes a long way for veterans at HVAF

Matt Gaudin is our legal go-to guy here at HVAF, and will be celebrating his one year anniversary with us this September. He helps veterans maneuver the legal system and has been able to get their driver’s license back, expunge old criminal records and has […]
August 2, 2017

Veteran receives employment assistance at HVAF

Eddie planned to go to college and play football after high school, but a combination of things quickly changed his mind. Edde instead joined the Marine Corps and served from 1982 – 1985 as a Marine Guard in Concord, CA. Several members of Eddie’s family […]
July 31, 2017

A harvest that goes a long way in the lives of homeless veterans

Big thanks to everyone from Defense Finance and Accounting Service – DFAS and Brandywine Creek Farms who came on Saturday, July 29 to help harvest tomatoes. It’s reported that over 800lbs of tomatoes were picked and donated to us. We are very thankful!
July 5, 2017

Veteran in Boone County gets relief from HVAF

Charles has always known that he wanted to travel the world. That was the main reason he joined and served the U.S. Navy from 1979 – 1983. Spain and Greece were some of his favorite locations, but he enjoyed being able to travel in general. […]
July 5, 2017

Veteran improves quality of life with help from HVAF

  Ronald didn’t necessarily plan on joining the military. He received a football scholarship from IU and enjoyed the party scene IU Bloomington offers. Ronald says he enjoyed the party scene a little too much. As a result, he lost his scholarship and had to […]
July 5, 2017

Employment partnership helps veterans at HVAF

Jonathan Hunter first heard about HVAF through its Employment Specialist, Kevin Hillman. The two met at a job fair and chatted for a little bit. Jonathan was looking for more employees at Two Men and a Truck, and Kevin knew of veterans looking for a […]
May 23, 2017

Homeless veteran gets help with housing

Earl at HVAF “The first time I realized I wanted to protect and serve my country was in High School. I was in ROTC, but my grades were suffering. The Army was my ticket out. Also my uncle, Cecil, served in WWII and drove the […]