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

 
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 […]
May 31, 2018

Indianapolis Rotary Club packs backpacks for veterans

As a way to carry out their motto “Service Above Self,” the Indianapolis Rotary Club packed backpacks for Indianapolis’ homeless veteran population. Last year, they packed 144 backpacks, and packed 180 this year! HVAF was also blessed to have Senator Joe Donnelly come to HVAF […]
May 31, 2018

Indy’s Veteran Homelessness Population Down 20 Percent

Each year, on one cold night in January, representatives go out into their community and identify homeless individuals, providing a snapshot of the area’s homeless population. In 2017, 328 homeless veterans were identified. This year, that number dropped by 20 percent to 261. “This is […]
April 30, 2018

Local church donates bike to homeless veterans

While trying to obtain employment and housing, one huge hindrance for a veteran can be means of transportation. Thankfully, Cornerstone Lutheran Church is wanting to change that. In April, the church donated 25 bikes to HVAF, with plans to bring 25 more bikes soon. “The […]
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. […]
April 30, 2018

IU frats “Face Off” for our veterans

Beta Theta Pi, Sigma Chi, and eight other Indiana University fraternities faced off this weekend to benefit HVAF. Face Off For the Forces, which started in 2014, is a lacrosse tournament to benefit military organizations. Beta Theta Pi and Sigma Chi lead the tournament and […]
February 28, 2018

Emmy Hildebrand receives her Black Belt

Last December, Emmy Hildebrand, HVAF’s Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Public Policy, received her Black Belt… her Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, that is. Lean Six Sigma is a methodology that combines two process improvement methods to decrease organizational costs and increase efficiency.   […]
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 […]
January 31, 2018

Indiana Podiatry Group rocks our socks!

For the third year in a row, the  Indiana Podiatry Group has held a sock drive for HVAF. This year, they collected 3,000+ pairs of socks! IPG treats all kinds of feet. They have eight medical offices and two pediatric shoe stores in Central Indiana. “We […]
September 18, 2011

HVAF of Indiana, Inc. joined thousands from around the world for a 3-day veterans reunion

HVAF of Indiana, Inc. joined 5-thousand people in Kokomo, Ind., for the 29th annual Howard County Vietnam Veterans Reunion on September 16-18, 2011. The three-day event featured several bands, speakers, and mini-reunions honoring veterans from all wars with the main focus on those who served […]
October 3, 2011

VETERAN PROFILE: Walter’s Story

Walter, a former Marine, served his country proud in Vietnam. “It was the time of my life,” says Walter. It was a great learning experience. I learned to take life more seriously.” But returning home proved to be difficult for Walter. He was unable to […]
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, […]
October 7, 2011

HVAF of Indiana, Inc. receives housing award

HVAF of Indiana, Inc. received the Blueprint Champion Housing Award from the Coalition for Homeless Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) on October 6, 2011, at the Landmarks Center in Indianapolis, Ind. HVAF was recognized for its work in rehabbing a new apartment complex, Manchester Apartments, which […]
November 1, 2011

Homeless Female Vet Population Rises

“He has changed my life,” Gloria says of her 2-year-old rescue cat named Ginger. Two tours as a Naval aviator left Gloria in a state of anxiety, and war has made her wary of crowds – and even of individuals who got a little too […]
November 5, 2011

A thank-you message on Veterans Day

Today, there are 1,426,713 military service men and women currently on active duty with the four branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Tonight, there are 76,000 military veterans nationwide that will have no bed to sleep in, because they are homeless. Of those homeless veterans, […]
November 12, 2011

Vets struggle to find work after war

Military veterans returning from war are having a difficult time looking for work in this tough economy. 12% of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are currently unemployed. WTHR, the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis, Ind., sat down with a veteran who is currently living […]
November 22, 2011

HVAF of Indiana, Inc. distributes turkeys to homeless veterans

While millions of Americans this week travel near and far to visit family, hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans will be walking into shelters and soup kitchens on Thanksgiving. One woman wants to make sure each veteran has a warm meal. Each year Louise Loyd, […]
November 30, 2011

HVAF of Indiana, Inc. veterans and others picture their perfect holiday gift

UPDATE: Nuvo Magazine features Help Portrait event. Read more by clicking this link! “The power of photography is amazing,” saysChelsea Moore, a local photographer and HVAF of Indiana, Inc. volunteer who joined dozens of volunteers Saturday during the third annual Help Portrait event, held at […]