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

November 17, 2021


Thanks to our amazing sponsors & attendees – HVAF raised more than $131,000 at Operation Alpha 2021! That’s about $50,000 more than what was raised last year! What is Operation Alpha? Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery’s Founder and CEO, disabled U.S. Marine Corps veteran Travis Barnes, […]
November 17, 2021

Marine Veteran receives “new to him” electric scooter from late Marine Veteran

Providing a new service Thanks to increased donations at the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, HVAF staff could continue to meet the growing demand for services and assistance in such an uncertain time. Our case managers utilized funds to pay for hotel stays for veterans. […]
November 16, 2021

Check out HVAF’s new informational video!

We are pleased to showcase HVAF’s newest informational video! This video includes the latest stats, information on our programs, and testimonials from veterans and staff. Share this with your family, friends, and co-workers so they can support their #HoosierHeroes. Also, we would like to thank […]
November 3, 2021

Happy Veterans Day: Honoring #TeamHVAF Veterans

In honor of Veterans Day coming up, we want to honor those on #TeamHVAF who served our country ❤️   TRANSITIONAL PRESIDENT BRIAN 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐡 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐧? Army (Indiana Army National Guard)   𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐞? I enlisted as a […]
October 20, 2021

Meet Team HVAF: RRH Case Managers Erin & Paul

What is RRH? HVAF – Helping Veterans And Families – provides many programs & services for homeless & at-risk veterans and their families. One program is Rapid Rehousing. This program is short-term rental and utility assistance for those who are currently homeless or facing eviction. […]
October 12, 2021

From HVAF resident to volunteer: Army veteran Gene’s story

Living at White River Five years ago, Army veteran Gene B. found himself homeless. “I got kicked out of my house,” Gene recalled. “So I went down and lived at the river.” After his tent caved in due to snow and ice, he decided to […]
October 7, 2021

Message from the Transitional President: October 2021

SOME THOUGHTS on RETIREMENT. No one should be surprised I chose this topic. “Retirement” is something we’ve all heard of, but it doesn’t occupy much of our thoughts and generally seems abstract and far away. The military usually (always?) retires service members long before their […]
September 22, 2021

Meet Team HVAF: Volunteer & Donor Relations Coordinator Ben Dube

MEET BEN Q: What do you do at HVAF? A: My job here at HVAF is the Volunteer and Donor Relations Coordinator. What that means is I work with individuals and organizations in our community to come to help our veterans by having them come […]
September 22, 2021

PRESS RELEASE: HVAF President & CEO Brian Copes to retire, Emmy Hildebrand named first female HVAF CEO

MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION: Lauren Carpenter | Marketing & Communications Coordinator HVAF – Helping Veterans And Families 317-951-0688 lvcarpenter@hvaf.org   HVAF President & CEO Brian Copes to retire, Emmy Hildebrand named first female HVAF CEO FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Indianapolis, IN — HVAF – Helping Veterans And […]
September 20, 2021

“Without HVAF, I wouldn’t be where I’m at now.”

“If it weren’t for this place, I probably wouldn’t be where I am at now.” After years of drugs and alcohol, Army veteran Michael S. knew he needed to make a change. A few years ago, while working at the Living Room Lounge, a fellow […]
September 16, 2021

Hoagies & Hops raises $700 for veterans

A tasty competition Every year, HVAF participates in many community events that benefit our veterans. One of our favorites? Hoagies & Hops’ hoagie eating contest! On September 11, 17 locals participated in the fifth annual contest – where 100 percent of the proceeds benefitted HVAF! […]
September 14, 2021

116 Indy veterans attended annual Stand Down

In the midst of a pandemic, veterans need our help more than ever. Thankfully, HVAF could host Stand Down – an annual event that provides goods, services, and resources for veterans. Last week HVAF held the event for the 16th time (!!) at the Indiana […]
September 7, 2021

Marine Vet needed a job… 2 days later – he was hired!

In November 2020, Marine Corps veteran Bill reached his lowest point. He didn’t have electricity, water, or gas in his house. And he didn’t want to continue living. After spending a few days at the VA Hospital, they encouraged to receive support at HVAF. He […]
September 7, 2021

A Message from the President & CEO: September 2021

SOME THOUGHTS on AUGUST 31, 2021. I want to say the remarks which follow are more practical than political as it’s not my place to advocate or argue beyond what’s best for the veterans we serve but… this moment seems a bit different and so […]
August 31, 2021

New data shows increase in homelessness among Indy’s Veterans

Below are thoughts from HVAF’s VP for Strategy, Emmy Hildebrand, regarding the annual Point In Time (PIT) Count results: Many effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were immediately known in March of 2020…  Lockdown.  Lost jobs. Schools closed. Many more are only now coming into focus—including […]