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

December 17, 2021

#12VetsOfChristmas Day One: Army Veteran Robert J

This story is part of HVAF’s annual tradition: 12 Vets of Christmas, where each day we are featuring a veteran whose life has been positively changed because of the essential services and programs HVAF provided in 2021.   Serving in the 70’s In 1977, Robert […]
December 13, 2021

Navy veteran Bianca enjoys her WFH life, via HVAF’s Veterans Villa!

After the Navy Like many veterans, Bianca struggled with transitioning out of the military.  “After getting out of the Navy, it was weird as far as trying to get a job and finding a place to live,” Bianca said, who served from 2012-2014.  COVID-19 & HVAF’s blessings […]
December 13, 2021

HVAF helps Air Force vet graduate coding school & move on to Fortune 500 company

Life after war After Lucas received his honorable discharge from the United States Air Force, he didn’t find life easy.  “Over the years, it’s been hard finding my place in what I wanted to do,” Lucas said. “I’ve done everything from truck driving, manager, bartender, […]
December 7, 2021

Air Force Veteran Sam isn’t alone anymore, thanks to HVAF

A few years ago, Air Force veteran Sam felt very alone. “I didn’t have the ability to ask for help,” Sam said. “I had to fend for myself, and I have trouble doing that.” Thankfully, he isn’t alone anymore. Earlier this year, Sam moved into […]
December 6, 2021

12 veterans graduate from first VetWorks graduation

Twelve veterans are even closer to achieving their dream career! HVAF’s VetWorks is a multi-phase, collaborative workforce development program for veterans. The program equips and trains veterans in order to obtain and maintain good and promising jobs. These veterans participated in an internship focused on […]
November 30, 2021

2 veterans receive new cars on Giving Tuesday!

Christmas came early for two special veterans! Our partners at Geico gave veterans, Romello and Kyle, new cars today on this global day of charitable giving. Hear from Army Veteran Kyle: Kyle first came to HVAF in July because he needed a place to live. […]
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 […]