November 2, 2020
In November we will be highlighting the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) for our Money Monday series. Established in 1945, the IDVA has remained focused on assisting Hoosier veterans and qualified family members or survivors, with obtaining state and federal benefits.
As veteran communities and benefits evolve, the IDVA is dedicated to customizing communication to reach every veteran and family category or group. The IDVA staff creates, coordinates and participates in direct outreach events for veterans and their families across the state daily.
Thanks in part to key partnerships with the Indiana National Guard, the Department of Workforce Development and many other veteran organizations, IDVA continues to increase the number of veterans placed in jobs, receiving state and federal benefits and attending tailored events to advance their ability to live, work and thrive in Indiana.
Let’s learn more about some of IDVA’s programs!
The Indiana Veterans Home
The Indiana Veterans Home (IVH), located in West Lafayette, IN, provides short-term rehabilitation services for Hoosier veterans and spouses. The facility was created in 1896 as an independent living, long-term nursing care, short-term rehabilitation or memory care for veterans. Residents can enjoy newly renovated care units, beautiful grounds and gardens, a library and media center, an on-site chapel, transportation services and much more. Today, IVH provides quality care for more than 160 veterans and their spouses.
Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery
The Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery is located in Madison, Indiana and was established in 1995 with a total of 45 maintained acres and 110 acres total in the cemetery. Each year there are roughly 200 interments with a total of nearly 2,000 interments currently in the cemetery. This service is free of charge for all eligible service members and their families.
Military and Family Relief Fund
The Military and Family Relief Fund (MFRF) is an emergency grant that can be used by Hoosiers and their families for needs such as food, housing, utilities, medical services, transportation and other essential family support expenses which have become difficult to afford. The MFRF is designed to assist military families that are experiencing financial hardship, funds to get back on their feet. Grants are determined on a case-by-case basis and may be awarded as a one-time emergency grant of $2,500 or less.
This has been especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic. The MFRF COVID-19 emergency grant may be used by families for up to two months of household needs such as food, housing, utilities, medical services, childcare and other essential family support which has become difficult to afford due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the past year, 154 MFRF grants and 81 MFRF COVID-19 grants have been awarded to Hoosier families.
Federal and State Veterans Benefits
IDVA works with a network of accredited County Veteran Service Officers (CVSOs) who are experts on all federal and state benefits qualification, preparation and application. IDVA has six District Service Officers (DSOs) who live in their district and are dedicated to supporting the CVSOs. The DSOs provide in-house training, specialty claims assistance and support for the claims management system. Veterans are encouraged to visit their CVSO regularly, as all benefits programs change regularly. CVSOs and DSOs help veterans to access local community benefits and programs as well. This unique partnership of state and county government helps ensure veterans receive the best and most details assistance possible. To find a CVSO, visit their website.
To learn more about IDVA’s facilities and programs to assist Hoosier veterans visit their website: in.gov/dva.