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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 […]
February 28, 2018

Keith Caldwell: Giving back what HVAF gave him

In 2005, Army veteran Keith Caldwell found himself homeless. He was dealing with  addiction and lost everything. Moving from Crawfordsville to Indianapolis, Keith  first went to Wheeler Mission, where he was sent to HVAF to get into one of the transitional supportive houses.  For two […]
April 30, 2018

Army vet Kevin: “I’m glad HVAF is around”

Last September, Army veteran Kevin E. was homeless, as he was living in his vehicle. That same month, his life was changed. He found out his 12-year-old grandson did not have a place to live anymore, and he would need to gain custody of him. […]
June 30, 2018

From homeless to homeowner: How HVAF helped Ray overcome veteran homelessness

After returning from two years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps, Ray Lay began struggling with service-related mental health issues. Eventually these issues would lead to and be compounded by substance abuse, incarceration, and finally homelessness. Seeking a new start, Ray moved to Indianapolis at […]
August 31, 2018

‘I’m not going through it alone’ How helping Navy homeless veteran was team effort

After graduating from high school, Vincent decided he wanted to fight for our country, and he joined the United States Navy. “I wanted to do something better with my life,” he said. From 2007-2011, Vincent was in active duty. But due to missing his child’s […]
September 30, 2018

‘HVAF gave me hope’ How our case managers housed a homeless veteran in 24 hours

In 2011, Lianna Spencer enlisted in the United States Air Force. After serving for two years, Lianna got out and went back to her home in Arizona, where she went back to school and work. She also spent one year on the reservation taking care […]
January 31, 2019

‘I’m so happy to be with HVAF’ Homeless Navy veteran lands job thanks to HVAF

In 1990, Jimmy Potts joined the United States Navy. Starting at the Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois for his training and education, Jimmy went on to serve for six years— being a part of Desert Shield and serving for eight months in Iraq for […]
February 28, 2019

‘I don’t know where I would have ended up without HVAF” How HVAF saved homeless veteran

In 1990, 17-year-old Antonio Johnson enlisted in the United States Navy soon after he graduated from high school. During his time in the Navy, he traveled around the world twice, served on two aircraft carriers, and supervised his fellow shipmates. After he got out of […]
March 29, 2019

How HVAF helped Marine veteran overcome addiction

In 1968, Troy Rivers enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served for four years. When he got out of the military, he said he had zero guidance. This led him to getting mixed up with the wrong crowd. Several times throughout the years […]
May 6, 2019

HVAF is helping Army vet set, accomplish goals

In 1985, right after high school graduation, Pamela Coleman decided to enlist in the U.S. Army. She wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps, and be able to grow as a person. Pamela served for six years as a military police officer. She said her […]