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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 […]
August 24, 2021

“Working with Kiara is like working with a friend.”

Where it all began Two years ago, HVAF Veteran Workforce Development Director Kiara met Army National Guard veteran Geraldine (Gerrie). After hearing her story, Kiara knew HVAF’s Workforce Development department could help her. One week later, they met in her office and talked through Gerrie’s […]
August 18, 2021

Meet Team HVAF: Andrea Carlile

My name is Andrea Carlile and I am the Community Engagement Coordinator at HVAF. I connect community organizations, corporations, and individuals, striving to develop partnerships and continued support. I also raise awareness about the needs veterans face and how HVAF provides programs and services to […]
August 17, 2021

A Message from the President & CEO: The Situation in Afghanistan

The following is a message from HVAF President & CEO Brian Copes (who served in Afghanistan): My thoughts and prayers are with my fellow veterans and service members who served in Afghanistan. I want to affirm for our veterans and service members; and their families, […]
August 10, 2021

A Message from the President & CEO: August 2021

WHAT ABOUT AUGUST? I’m an almanac and astronomy guy and so I know we’re in “the dog days of summer” but… why are they called that? Well… since you asked, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac (Dog Days: What Are the Dog Days of Summer? […]
August 10, 2021

3rd HVAF veteran receives Habitat home!

For the third time since 2019, one of HVAF’s veterans has had the opportunity to become a first-time homeowner. Thanks to Habitat for Humanity! A long time coming This time, the opportunity came for Marine Corps veteran Troy. We first met Troy in 2008 – […]
July 23, 2021

HVAF Board Member serves Indy’s veterans through Veterans Court

Every Friday morning, you can find HVAF Board Member David Certo at Marion County Superior Court 12 in Indianapolis. In 2015, Judge Certo established a Veterans Court in Indianapolis. According to the Indianapolis Government website: IVC provides a specialized court docket that focuses on veterans’ […]
July 21, 2021

Meet Team HVAF: VetWorks Team!

A few months ago, HVAF received a $4.7 million grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc. for the Veteran Workforce Development Team. The grant is being used to launch a workforce development program dubbed VetWorks: Veterans Workforce Renewing Knowledge and Skills. It serves as a multi-phase, collaborative […]