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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 […]
October 6, 2011

Eli Lilly and Company volunteers turn courtyard into a relaxing setting

Albert Camus, a French novelist once said “Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present,” and that is proving to be true as volunteers lend their time and talent to help homeless veterans in Indiananapolis, Ind. On Wednesday, October 6, 2011, […]
January 26, 2012

HVAF of Indiana, Inc. Volunteer Spotlight

A longtime supporter of veterans’ causes, Becky O’Conner dedicates much of her personal time to giving back. “My father was a veteran and I have a lot of respect for his service to our country,” says Becky. Becky has been a member of Auxiliary Post […]
February 3, 2012

Couple reunites at HVAF of Indiana, Inc.

Joel and Candy reunite under one roof  Joel, a U.S. Army veteran, and his fiancé Candy were near homeless. Running out of money and hope, Joel was sleeping on his son’s couch. They were madly in love and newly engaged but living apart. HVAF of […]
June 15, 2012

Zach Day hikes Appalachian Trial to benefit homeless veterans

  Zach Day, 26, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, began an adventure of a lifetime — and it’s all for a good cause. He will spend the next five months hiking 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail on behalf of the Hoosier Veterans […]
August 25, 2012

HVAF of Indiana, Inc. featured in United Way of Central Indiana simulcast

Ralph and his daughter Lakin with RTV6’s camera crew Ralph, a U.S. Air Force veteran who overcame substance abuse and homelessness and then regained custody of his young daughter, is an HVAF success story that will be featured at 7:30 p.m. on September 4 on […]
August 27, 2012

HVAF of Indiana, Inc. competes for $250,000 in Home Depot Foundation Contest

This month HVAF of Indiana, Inc. is participating in a national competition that could earn us $25-thousand dollars to renovate a Newton House, a facility that is home to four previously homeless veterans. Sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation’s Aprons in Action, winning the monthly […]
December 13, 2012

Volunteer spotlight: IUPUI students gather thousands of items for homeless veterans

IUPUI graduate students Adriene Tynes and Erin Braun visited HVAF of Indiana, Inc. on a cold evening that left them thinking about veterans without coats, gloves or sweaters. They then learned  that up to 500 homeless military veterans were living on the streets of Indianapolis, they […]
July 8, 2013

HVAF Case Manager featured in Indy Star story

HVAF Case Manager Abby Hardin escorted soldiers through the deserts of the Middle East. She guarded ammunition and bombs. She handled lethal weapons. But finding a job was a new battle. On Sunday, July 7, Indianapolis Star reporter Laura Newberry interviewed Abby for a story […]
July 17, 2013

Groups partner to offer legal services to HVAF veterans

Many veterans who served in combat zones are confronting legal problems such as child custody, employment and homelessness. Now through a new partnership with Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, HVAF will provide legal services to its veterans. This has the potential to become a model for […]