Thomas Gasta, Author at HVAF
 

HVAF BLOG

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

 
January 13, 2021

HVAF helps find employment for veterans – like Army veteran Robert

A fresh start… Army veteran Robert came to HVAF because he needed to find a place that helped find employment for veterans. But he didn’t only need a job – he needed clothes, food, and a home. After getting out of jail a few days […]
January 8, 2021

OA Sponsor Shoutout: EdChoice

Written by EdChoice At EdChoice, we work each day to make sure all families have access to the K-12 schooling options that work best for their students.   That includes tens of thousands of military families who sacrifice so much to defend our nation from […]
January 5, 2021
HVAF's Operation Alpha went virtual this year over Zoom

HVAF’s Operation Alpha 2020 raises $80,000!

Despite all of the challenges with 2020 – and thanks to our amazing supporters – HVAF’s Operation Alpha was a HIT!   What is Operation Alpha? Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery’s Founder and CEO, disabled U.S. Marine Corps veteran Travis Barnes, started Operation Alpha in 2014. […]
December 27, 2020

Vet receives AND gives in HVAF’s pantry

Air Force veteran Rashaun served in the military from 2008 to 2014. Now in 2020, he has been coming to HVAF’s food, clothing, and hygiene pantry for the last seven months.   After doing some research online, he found out about HVAF’s services for veterans. […]
December 27, 2020

How HVAF’s Pantry helped Army vet & family

HVAF’s Pantry is full of clothes, hygiene items, and food for all veterans and their families.   Sierra’s Story This offering can be crucial to some veterans who face hard times. Sierra is one of those veterans who found herself in a tough spot last […]
December 27, 2020

SOAR Initiative helps HVAF vet & dog

SOAR Initiative has served Indianapolis’ homeless and their animals since 2014.   An unmet need Angela Hopson began working as a Street Outreach Professional for Horizon House six years ago. As she visited, she saw there was a need not just for the homeless – […]
December 27, 2020

Former homeless veteran becomes homeowner

This last October, Army veteran and HVAF employee Fred moved into his first own home. Thanks to Habitat For Humanity, Fred is now a proud homeowner in Indianapolis!   A long journey   But it hasn’t always been this easy for Fred. Starting at a […]
December 26, 2020

HVAF case managers help residents with COVID-19

COVID-19 has proven difficult for everyone – including Carie.   Before HVAF Carie served in the United States Navy from 1988 to 1992. She said she is proud to be one of the few women to work in a submarine at that time.   After […]
December 25, 2020

HVAF reconnects Air Force Veteran to home + family

As 2020 nears its end, Air Force Veteran Jessica is enjoying this time with at her own apartment with her kids.   But her life has not always looked like this.   Air Force Life + After Jessica served in the U.S. Air Force at […]
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 […]