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Careers & Jobs

U.S. Business Administration If you are a veteran or service-disabled veteran, SBA has resources to help you start and grow your small business. From creating a business plan to finding your first customer, we’re here to help you succeed. http://www.sba.gov/veterans 700,000 plus Open Jobs from Recruit Military – http://www.recruitmilitary.com/amvets Hire Veterans – www.hireveterans.com Get Hired – www.in.ig.mil/GETIRED – 1-800-237-2850 ext 72690 VA for Vets Job Opportunities at Career Development Program – http://www.vaforvets.va.org Speedway is seeking for Customer Service Representatives as well as Manager Trainees in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Market – Send your resume to lafeminella@speedway.com Hiring Full Time Agents for Combined Insurance www.combinedinsurance.com www.veteranrecruiting.com Corporate American Support You – casy.msccn.org www.hireourheroes.org Job Resources at www.vetfriends.com Students, TEMP & Summer Work – www.usajobs.gov/studentjobs VA Employment ( Including Nursing ) – www.vacareers.va.gov Employment Information for Veterans – www.vaforvets.va.gov Federal Employment – www.usajobs.gov Jobs at Lowes – click here Various Job Openings at NIPSCO / NiSource –click here Customer Service and Management Training, Speedway LLC –click here, or send resume to: nmkarlson@speedway.com. American Jobs for America’s Heroes For more information call: 201-513-0379 Some Northwest Indiana companies consistently employ returning vets: http://indianaeconomicdigest.com/main.asp?SectionID=31&SubSectionID=199&ArticleID=67337 Jobs for Vets: www.vetjobs.com Iron Workers 395: www.ironworkers395.com Helmets to Hard Hats (Your free source for construction trade careers) www.helmetstohardhats.org All Federal Employment www.usajobs.gov Career One-Stop Centers (Department of Labor) Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) counselors provide career and employment support for military service and family members at state employment offices 1-877-348-0502 http://www.CareerOneStop.org Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (DOL/VETS) Frances Perkins Building 200 Constitution Ave, NW Washington D.C. 20210 1-866-4-USA-DOL http://www.dol.gov/vets Employment Coordination Program For more information visit the Employment Coordination Program: SGT Holly J Horned Northwest Employment Coordinator 1-800-237-2850 www.in.ng.mil/gethired Employment Information for Veterans www.vaforvets.va.gov Federal Jobs: www.usajobs.opm.gov Hammond INnovation Center Veterans interested in entrepreneurship http://www.hammondinnovates.com/Pages/default.aspx Hero to Hire Program ESRG is working to help veterans get jobs https://h2h.jobs/ Hire Heroes USA Hire Heroes USA is dedicated to creating job opportunities for US military veterans and spouses through personalized employment training and corporate engagement. 1-866-915-4376 http://www.hireheroesusa.org Hire Veterans Jobs for America’s vets http://www.hireveterans.com/ Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (CAA) (Department of Defense) Provides funding for licensing and credentialing training programs that provide portable careers for military spouses http://www.CAA.MilSpouse.org MILSpouse (Department of Labor) Comprehensive resources that provide support, information and referrals for military spouses seeking portable careers and employment opportunities http://www.MilSpouse.org Students, TEMP & Summer work www.usajobs.gov/studentjobs VA Homefront For help with housing, jobs, health care, education and other Veteran benefits 1-877-424-3838 www.va.gov/homeless Vet Friends http://www.vetfriends.com/ VetCentral http://vetcentral.us.jobs/vet_index.asp?stype=moc VA Employment (Including Nursing) www.vacareers.va.gov Warriors to Work Program Job search for wounded warriors transitioning to civilian jobs 1-877-TEAM-WWP http://www.wtow.WoundedWarriorProject.org Job Source- For future or current information contact: (219) 510-5330, ext. 204: http://www.indiana105.com/index.php/test-front-page/43717-free-jobs-workshop-for-region-veterans.html VA for Vets VA for Vets is a comprehensive career development program that helps Veterans launch or advance their civilian careers at VA. From dynamic job searches and professional development and deployment lifecycle support- there is comething for every Veteran at VA for Vets P: 1-855-VA4Vets www.VAforVets.gov Veterans Retraining Assistance Program http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm Zip Recruiter https://jobs.ziprecruiter.com/candidate/search

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Female Vets Assistance

Day Spring Women’s Center Helping women transition from surviving to thriving. P: 219-510-5432 F: 219-462-6993 www.dayspringvalpo.org 1005 N. Campbell Street Valparaiso, IN 46385 Department of Women Affairs P: 202-461-6193 www.va.gov/womenvet eBenefits website www.ebenefits.va.gov Minority Veterans program coordinator Every healthcare facility, regional office and national cemetery: www.va.gov/centerforminorityVeterans/ The Caring Place Inc. 24 hour toll free crisis line P: 219-464-2128 F: 219-548-5848 www.thecaringplacenwi.org 3107 Cascade Drive Valparaiso, IN 46383 United States Department of Labor Women’s Bureau Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness: A Guide for Service Providers http://www.dol.gov/wb/trauma/ Women’s Health Services Formerly Women Veterans Health Strategic Health Care Group www.womenshealth.va.gov Womens Veterans Call Hotline P: 1-855-829-6636 Women Veterans 1-202-461-1070 Women Veterans www.publichealth.va.gov/womenshealth WVCs at every VA regional office: www.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp?isFlash-1

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Financial Resources

All Federal Employment www.usajobs.gov American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Financial calculators, tips, recommendations and personal finance referrals http://www.FeedThePig.com American Red Cross 600 chapters nationwide provide financial applications for the Military Relief Societies that may be hours away from those who need assistance. Tragedy Assistance Program Support (TAPS) services are also provided 1-800-REDCROSS 1-800-733-2767 1-800-257-7575 (Español) http://www.RedCross.org Apprentice or On-The-Job Training Programs For Veterans, National Guard, Reservists & Eligible Dependents. If you are eligible for GI educational benefits and have a prospective employer who is willing to place you in a apprenticeship or On-The-Job training program, contact: P: 1-800-400-45230 Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education (AFCPE) Offers fellowships for military spouses to attain the Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) certification 614-485-9650 http://www.afcpe.org Calumet College of St. Joseph Transition to Teaching/ Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) http://www.ccsj.edu/academics/graduate/ttot/index.html Career Counseling 1-800-827-1000 Career One-Stop Centers (Department of Labor) Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) counselors provide career and employment support for military service and family members at state employment offices 1-877-348-0502 http://www.CareerOneStop.org CDL Rule Change The Bureau of Motor Vehicles changed its rules last month to waive the drive skills test for commercial driver’s license applicants who completed an approved military driver training program and operated a truck as a regular duty. A written test is still required. http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/bmv-makes-it-easier-for-veterans-to-get-truck-driver/article_aeae597c-1adc-520a-8418-fcc715bf086f.html Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) Recommends how to choose a financial planner, set financial goals and get started on a financial plan. CFP maintains a financial planner database Http://www.cfp.net/learn http://www.cfp.net/search Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (DOL/VETS) Frances Perkins Building 200 Constitution Ave, NW Washington D.C. 20210 1-866-4-USA-DOL http://www.dol.gov/vets Education Benefits www.gibill.va.gov Education 1-888-442-4551 Employment Coordination Program To post employment opportunites on our Indiana National Guard Website http://www.in.ng.mil/gethired 1-800-237-2850 ext:72690 Employee Benefit Research Institute/American Savings Education Council (EBRI/ASEC) Financial Educational Savings Resource Center, calculators educational materials, Choose To Save Public Service Campaign and retirement planning resources 202-659-0670 http://www.ebri.org http://www.ChooseToSave.org Employment Information for Veterans www.vaforvets.va.gov Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Ms. Elizabeth Ransom, CTR Program Support Manager Indiana 317-247-3241 www.esgr.mil Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) 1555 Wilson, Blvd, Suite 200 Arlington VA 22209-2495 1-800-336-4590 http://www.esgr.mil ESGR Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Ms. Elizabeth Ransom, CTR 317-247-3241 www.esgr.mil Federal Jobs www.usajobs.opm.gov Feds Hire Vets www.fedshirevets.gov Financial Aid for Military Spouse Education Scholarships, grants and educational assistance programs for military spouses http://www.dantes.doded.mil/Dantes_web/library/docs/counselorsupport/FOSSM.pdf GI Bill Eligibility and Benefits VA Regional Office 1-888-442-4551 Hammond Innovation Center 5246 Hohman Avenue Hammond, IN 46320 Director of Business Builder’s Programs: Sue Anderson 219-750-1200 www.hammondinnovates.com Hero to Hire Program ESRG is working to help veterans get jobs https://h2h.jobs/ Hire Heroes USA Hire Heroes USA is dedicated to creating job opportunities for US military veterans and spouses through personalized employment training and corporate engagement. 1-866-915-4376 https://www.hireheroesusa.org/ Hire Veterans Jobs for America’s vets http://www.hireveterans.com/ InCharge Institute of America Military Money Magazine, no-cost/ reduced-fee debt elimination programs and “Military Money Minute” Radio Broadcasts 1-800-565-8953 http://www.InChargeFoundation.org http://www.MilitaryMoney.com Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs Employment Assistance Toll Free: 1-844-480-0009 website: www.in.gov/dva email: vetemployment@dva.in.gov Indiana National Guard Coordination Program National Guard Armory 2501 E 15th Avenue Gary, IN 46402 Phone: 317-247-3300 Institute of Consumer Financial Education Online educational programs and printed materials that promote savings, provide tips for better spending and advice for credit use 619-239-1401 http://www.Financial-Education-icfe.org Marine Corps League Help for wounded marines, scholarships, awards, health and comfort items, youth programs and veterans medical center activities 1-800-625-1775 or 703-207-9588 http://www.MCLeague.org Military Family Research Institute, (MFRI) Purdue University Hanley Hall, Room 210 1202 W. State Street West Lafayette, IN 47907 765-496-3403 mfri@purdue.edu Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (CAA) (Department of Defense) Provides funding for licensing and credentialing training programs that provide portable careers for military spouses http://www.CAA.MilSpouse.org MILSpouse (Department of Labor) Comprehensive resources that provide support, information and referrals for military spouses seeking portable careers and employment opportunities http://www.MilSpouse.org National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) Military Family, Money and Mobility pamphlet, web-based training for DoD financial educators, Project Financial Independence for mobilized members of the National Guard and Reserve and enlisted members of active duty forces and free financial counseling from certified professionals 303-741-NEFE http://www.nefe.org http://www.SmartAboutMoney.org National Military Family Association (NMFA) Scholarships, rights and benefits education, deployment and family support, camps, retreats, news, updates and excellent fact sheets http://www.nmfa.org Navy League of the United States Scholarships, youth mentoring programs, awards, Navy League Hiring Center for veterans, employment opportunities, education programs and outreach 1-800-356-5760 or 703-528-1775 http://www.NavyLeague.org Operation Job Ready Veterans Offers week-long seminars for veterans looking to their job search www.jrv.org Porter County AmeriCorps Partnership Earn While You Learn – It’s like a paid internship! P: 219-464-3583 E: deb@unitedwaypc.org Public Library List A list of Public Library resources along with other resources http://www.publiclibraries.com REALifelines (Department of Labor) Offers support for wounded, ill, injured, and disabled service members, search engine for civilian careers, an online resume-writer, and a military-to-civilian skills translator 202-693-4700 1-877-USA-JOBS http://www.HireVetsFirst.gov/REALifelines Scholarships for Military Children Scholarships for military children regardless of service member’s status http://www.MilitaryScholar.org Society of Human Resources (SHRM) Veteran’s resume assistance HR Representative: Cyndi Harbin Email: charbin@nbcoatings.com Students, TEMP & Summer work www.usajobs.gov/studentjobs Transition Assistance Advisors (TAAs) Personal finance, transition assistance and benefits information. Veterans benefits counseling, information, assistance and community referrals. www.turboTAP.org U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service (CSREES), financial education research, resources, online tools and scheduled events http://www.csrees.usda.gov/financialsecurity VA Employment (Including Nursing) www.vacareers.va.gov VA for Vets VA for Vets is a comprehensive career development program that helps Veterans launch or advance their civilian careers at VA. From dynamic job searches and professional development and deployment lifecycle support- there is something for every Veteran at VA for Vets P: 1-855-VA4Vets www.VAforVets.gov VA Homefront For help with housing, jobs, health care, education and other Veteran benefits 1-877-424-3838 www.va.gov/homeless VetCentral http://vetcentral.us.jobs/vet_index.asp?stype=moc Vet Friends http://www.vetfriends.com/ Veterans Green Jobs http://www.veteransgreenjobs.org Wall Street Warfighters Foundation Paid training for Wall Street Careers 1-888-439-3935 info@wallstreetwarfighters.org Warriors to Work Program Job search for wounded warriors transitioning to civilian jobs 1-877-TEAM-WWP http://www.wtow.WoundedWarriorProject.org WorkOne Northwest Indiana 3522 Village Circle Gary, IN 46408 219-981-4100 www.gotoworkonenw.com Zip Recruiter https://jobs.ziprecruiter.com/candidate/search

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Health Resources

Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) 1-800-581-9437 Army Wounded Warrior Program Support programs for wounded soldiers who incurred an injury or illness after 10 September 2011 or in support of the Global War on Terror (GWOT) http://www.aw2portal.com/Default.aspx Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) 1-800-237-1336 Blinded Veterans Association Field Service Program, Volunteer Services Program and Scholarship Program 2-800-669-7079 http://www.bva.org Call Center for Homeless Vets For vets that maybe losing there home and in need of immediate assistance from VA P: 1-877-424-3838 www.va.gov/homeless/national callcenter.asp Deployment Health & Family Readiness Library Online deployment cycle support resources written in “plain English.” http://deploymenthealthlibrary.fhp.osd.mil Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 17, Hammond, Indiana Commander Tom Cooper 219-922-8782 Email: capncoop@aol.com Foreign Medical program 1-888-820-1756 Health Care 1-877-222-8387 Health Care Eligibility www.va.gov/healtheligibility Indiana Veterans Behavioral Health Network, IVBHN Focus on support/increased access (for veterans in rural areas) to veterans’ behavioral health services. Provided at the Roudebush VA Medical center http://www.ivbhn.org Joint Family Resource Center (JFRC) No-cost, on demand, confidential counseling and referral services, educational programs and materials to support command sponsored deployment, personal finance and transition programs. Command leaders should call: 1-888-256-9920 http://jfsap.mhf.dod.mil/request Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment 1-877-4USMCWW / 1-877-487-6299 Mental Health www.mentalhealth.va.gov Military & Family Life Consultant Program Supporting Service Members and their families Joyce Smith, LMFT 317-605-9575 My Healthy Vet www.myhealtheVet.va.gov National Suicide Prevention Hotline A free 24 hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 1-800-273-TALK (8255) http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org Pets Empowering Patriots A service dog therapy program with PTSD, TBI, and/or other disabilites http://empoweringpatriots.org/ Prosthetics www.prosthetics.va.gov PTSD and TBI on the rise http://www.truth-out.org PTSD – Brain Injury Survivor’s Guide http://www.braininjuryguide.org PTSD and Dogs http://www.cnn.com PTSD and Relationships http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/family/ptsd-and-relationships.asp Rapid Resolution Therapy For more information, contact: Michael Cortina, MSW, LCSW, LCSW, LCAC, Certified RRT Director – Outpatient Services South A division of Regional Mental Health Center 8555 Taft Street Merrillville, IN 219-972-0131 http://www.army.mil/article/44335/rapid-resolution-therapy/ Readjusting Counseling Services 107 E. 93rd Ave Crown Point Indiana 219-739-5633 www.vetcenter.va.gov Health issues 1-800-749-8387 Pets N Vets An innovative dog training class for Returning Veterans with PTSD Phone: 219-996-4770 219-756-7035 219-956-4723 www.dunsdogtrainingclub.com Star behavioral Health Providers http://www.starproviders.org Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) 1-800-829-4833 VA Healthcare 1-877-222-VETS (8387) http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility Brochure download http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/library/pubs/healthcareoverview VA Homefront For help with housing, jobs, health care, education and other Veteran benefits 1-877-424-3838 www.va.gov/homeless Vet Center Services readjustment counseling, PTSD, AODA, Job counseling & Referral, Benefits counseling & Referral, Individual/Couples/Family and group therapy Bereavment counseling, Community education outreach, Service connected disability claims on Thurs: 9-11am and Wed: 8am-1pm P: 219-736-5633 Veterans Affairs Health Care Program Primary care, specialized care and related medical and social support services http://www.1.va.gov/HEALTH/index.asp Wounded Warrior Resource Center 1-800-342-9647 http://www.WoundedWarriorResourceCenter.com Wounded Warrior Resources Ensures wounded, ill or injured receive support throughout all phases of recovery. www.warriorcare.mil Yellow Ribbon Fund Volunteers of Walter Reed and Bethesda Medical Centers help injured service members enjoy their community through outreach activities and services 240-223-1180 http://www.YellowRibbonFund.com

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NWI Veterans Village

Homeless Veterans Housing

NWI Veterans Village is a Permanent Supportive Housing program specifically for veterans battling homelessness. The property contains 44 single, multi-family units. All apartments are fully furnished, including all major appliances. There are no utility charges, electricity and water services are included. Free laundry machines are available for residents on all three floors. We offer free Internet service in our computer lab, as well as a weight/fitness room, community room/cafeteria, rooftop patio and urban garden. NWI Veterans Village is an LIHTC Section 42 Federal Housing First program. Rental charges are determined on an individual basis, and may not exceed 30% of a renter's annual income. The annual income limit for qualified applicants is currently set at $30,600. We provide a variety of Permanent Supportive Services, including on-site VA case management, informational presentations, community events, pantry supplies, counseling services, rental assistance, NA meetings, etc. Please call 219-951-0460 to make an appointment.

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Volunteers of America

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program

A nationwide program focused on assisting veterans who are homeless or at-risk of losing housing into meaningful employment.

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Portage Township YMCA

Honoring Your Service

Whether you are active duty, deployed, or a military veteran, we offer membership discounts for all military situations. Please see the Member Services Desk for details.

Monday - Friday
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Housing Resources

Broadway Area Community Development Corporation Building Dreams of Hope Sharron Liggins – Board President 1085 Broadway Suite 201 Gary, Indiana 46402 Office: 219-882-8950 Fax: 219-882-8946 Email: sliggins@broadwaycdc.com www.broadwaycdc.com Descending Dove Ministries, Inc P: 219-887-3683 E: pastoremmett@sbcglobal.net DoD’s Homeowner Assistance Program To assist eligible service members & federal citizen homeowners who face financial loss when selling their primary residence homes in areas where real estate values have declined because of a base closure or realignment announcement http://www.hap.usace.army.mil/ Fisher Houses and Programs Temporary housing on the grounds of major military or VA medical centered for families and caregivers of individuals admitted to the hospital, Caring Bridge Program status updates, scholarships for children and spouses, Hero Miles (free airline tickets for family members of an OIF/OEF ill or injured service member) and Newman’s Own organizational grants http://www.Fisherhouse.org Freddie Mac Works with mortgage lenders to help people get lower housing costs and better access to home financing. CreditSmart curriculum materials materials help consumers build and maintain better credit, make sound financial decisions and understand homeownership. http://www.freddiemac.com/creditsmart/ Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program Jesse Brown VA Medical Center 820 S. Damen Ave. Chicago, IL 60612 P: 312-569-8387 Home for Our Troops Build or adapts homes for handicapped accessibility at no cost to veterans 508-823-3300 1-866-7 TROOPS http://www.HomesForOurTroops.org Homeless Veterans 1-877-424-3838 Homeless Veterans Hotline Veterans can access trained counselors via the Hotline 24 hours per day, 7 days a week P: 1-800-273-8255 Homeless Veterans Outreach Coordinator United States Department of Veteran Affairs Indianapolis Regional Office P: 317-916-3470 E: marion.clinkscales@va.gov Hope for Homeowners Provides FHA insurance to certain approved lenders who agree to refinance into FHA loans http://www.hud.gov/hopeforhomeowners Hope NOW Hope NOW is an alliance between HUD approved counseling agents, servicers, investors and other mortgage market participants that provide free foreclosure prevention assistance 1-888-995-HOPE http://www.hopenow.com HUD (Housing and Urban Development) Hope for Homeowners Assistance Program Provides housing, educational materials and help for homeowners at risk for foreclosure 1-800-225-5342 http://www.hud.gov Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Phone: 312-569-6929 Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network/ The Hardest Hit Fund P: 1-877-GET-HOPE www.877gethope.org National Coalition for Homeless Veterans http://nchv.org/ North Township Trustee Emergency Housing Frank J. Mrvan 5947 Hohman Avenue, Hammond IN 219-932-2530 Porter County Housing Opportunities 2001 Calumet Ave, Valparaiso IN 46383 219-548-2800 ext.: 209 406 Franklin, Michigan City IN 46360 219 814-4687 ext.: 209 http://www.portercountygiveday.org Safe Haven http://www.asafehaven.org/ The National Center for Homeless Vets For Homeless Veterans who are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness. 24/7 hotline 1-877-4AID-VET VA Homefront For help with housing, jobs, health care, education and other Veteran benefits 1-877-424-3838 www.va.gov/homeless Veterans Life Changing Services President & Executive Director Lorese Wesley a 501c3 not for profit organization 501 West Ridge Road Gary, IN 46408 219-455-6689 office lwesley@veteranschangingservices.com www.veteranslifechangingservices.org Webb House, Inc. Center for Homeless Veterans P: 219-980-4681 E: webbhouseinc@yahoo.com

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WorkOne - Gary

Government
Job Seeker Services

Veterans of the military receive priority service and priority matching to new job postings on indianacareerconnect.com. WorkOne has Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS) that provide one-on-one assistance with employments needs, including disabilities and barriers to employment. WorkOne also has Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVERs) who conduct outreach to employers and engage in advocacy efforts with hiring executives to increase employment opportunities for veterans, encourage the hiring of disabled veterans, and generally assist veterans to gain and retain employment.

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WorkOne - Hammond

Government
Jobseeker Services

Veterans of the military receive priority service and priority matching to new job postings on indianacareerconnect.com. WorkOne has Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS) that provide one-on-one assistance with employments needs, including disabilities and barriers to employment. WorkOne also has Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVERs) who conduct outreach to employers and engage in advocacy efforts with hiring executives to increase employment opportunities for veterans, encourage the hiring of disabled veterans, and generally assist veterans to gain and retain employment.

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Legal Assistance

Indiana Legal Services, Inc. Ron Gyure Phone: 317-829-3082 Polli A. Pollem Attorney at Law Phone: 317-631-9410 ext.2295 Polli.pollem@ilsi.net http://www.indianajustice.org Hammond Office Serving: Jasper, Lake, Newton, and Porter counties Phone: (219) 853-2360 Intake: Tues 9-11am (housing issues) Wed 1-3pm (general, NO housing or family issues) Thurs 9-11am (family issues) Merrillville Office Serving: Jasper, Lake, Newton, and Porter counties Phone: (219) 738-6040 / 888-255-5104 Intake: Mon & Wed 9-11am (walk-ins) Tues & Thurs 9-11am (phone) LAMP Lawyers Assisting Military Personnel legal resource from the American Bar Association http://www.americanbar.org/portals/military_lawyers.html Lawyers for Warriors Lawyers Assisting Military Personnel legal resource from the American Bar Association http://www.americanbar.org/portals/military_lawyers.html Legal Services On Military Bases Legal professionals provide no-cost legal assistance services, including confidential help with housing and foreclosure issues, wills, powers of attorney, advanced medical directives and advice regarding policies and laws that help and protect service members (e.g. Relocation Policies, EESA, SCRA, HERA). For the office nearest you, visit DoD’s Locator Service 1-800-342-9647 http://www.MilitaryInstallations.dod.mil Porter County Veterans Court For more information, contact: Jackie Algozine, Case Manager PACT, INC. 207 Brown Street Valparaiso, IN 46383 219-462-1436, ext. 13

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Service Members, Veterans & Family

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Pets N Vets

Nonprofit
Therapy Dogs for Veterans

American Kennel Club (AKC) member organization Experienced trainers who have obtained numerous AKC obedience degrees and other AKC dog competition degrees, including AKC therapy dog titles Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluators Courses are tailored to various levels of training for each individual's specific needs Team oriented, fun and supportive environment Track record of achieving outstanding results Established in 1954 and incorporated in 1955 Convenient location in Hebron, IN

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NWI Veterans Action Council

VA Benefits & Services

Wartime Veterans Pension www.nvf.org/lifeline-for-vets Military OneSource www.militaryonesource.com VA Home Page www.va.gov Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA) 1-800-733-8387 CHAMPVA www.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/forbeneficiaries.asp Caregiver Support 1-855-260-3274 www.caregiver.va.gov Bereavement Counseling 1-202-461-6530 Deployment Health & Family Readiness Library Online deployment cycle support resoures written in “plain English.” http://deploymenthealthlibrary.fhp.osd.mil Post Deployment Care Management OEF/OIF/OND Combat Care Management Team Jesse Brown VA Medical Center www.chicago.va.gov Returning Service Members www.oefoif.va.gov Education Benefits www.gibill.va.gov GI Bill Eligibility and Benefits VA Regional Office 1-888-442-4551 Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs Employment Assistance Toll Free: 1-844-480-0009 website: www.in.gov/dva email: vetemployment@dva.in.gov VA Homefront For help with housing, jobs, health care, education and other Veteran benefits 1-877-424-3838 www.va.gov/homeless Call Center for Homeless Vets For vets that maybe losing there home and in need of immediate assistance from VA P: 1-877-424-3838 www.va.gov/homeless/national callcenter.asp Health Care Eligibility www.va.gov/healtheligibility Mental Health www.mentalhealth.va.gov My Healthy Vet www.myhealtheVet.va.gov Prosthetics www.prosthetics.va.gov PTSD and Relationships http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/family/ptsd-and-relationships.asp Readjusting Counseling Services 107 E. 93rd Ave Crown Point Indiana 219-739-5633 www.vetcenter.va.gov VA Healthcare 1-877-222-VETS (8387) http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility Brochure download http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/library/pubs/healthcareoverview Vet Center Services readjustment counseling, PTSD, AODA, Job counseling & Referral, Benefits counseling & Referral, Individual/Couples/Family and group therapy Bereavement counseling, Community education outreach, Service connected disability claims on Thurs: 9-11am and Wed: 8am-1pm 107 East 93rd, Crown Point, Indiana 46307 P: 219-736-5633 Services Provided: – Combat Support – Vietnam Support – Core Education – Spouse Support – GWOT Support – Combat Medie Support – MST Survivor Support Veterans Affairs Health Care Program Primary care, specialized care and related medical and social support services http://www.1.va.gov/HEALTH/index.asp Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program Jesse Brown VA Medical Center 820 S. Damen Ave. Chicago, IL 60612 P: 312-569-8387 Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Phone: 312-569-6929 Homeless Veterans Outreach Coordinator United States Department of Veteran Affairs Indianapolis Regional Office P: 317-916-3470 E: marion.clinkscales@va.gov General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Citizen Information Center Call center and free publications 1-800-FED-INFO http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov http://www.ConsumerAction.gov Home Loan Guaranty www.homeloans.va.gov Home Loans 1-888-244-6711 http://www.benefits.va.gov/HOMELOANS/contact_rlc_info.asphttp://www.benefits.va.gov/HOMELOANS/contact_rlc_info.asp Veteran’s Benefits http://www.va.gov/explore/ VA Benefits www.eBenefits.va.gov VA Benefit Payment Rates www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/rates VA Forms http://www.va.gov/vaforms/form_detail.asp?FormNo=21-526 VA Vet Centers www.vetcenter.va.gov Military HOMEFRONT DoD programs, polices, news, and events www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil www.militaryinstallations.dod.mil Military Family Relief Fund – IDVA Emergency Grants http://www.in.gov/dva/2329.htm Department of Veterans (VA) Insurance programs that specifically provide insurance benefits for veterans and service members who may not be able to get insurance from private companies because of the extra risks involved in military service or a service connected disability http://www.Insurance.va.gov Life Insurance www.insurance.va.gov Life Insurance 1-800-669-8477 Minority Veterans program coordinator Every healthcare facility, regional office and national cemetery: www.va.gov/centerforminorityVeterans/ Department of Women Affairs P: 202-461-6193 www.va.gov/womenvet United States Department of Labor Women’s Bureau Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness: A Guide for Service Providers http://www.dol.gov/wb/trauma/ Women’s Health Services Formerly Women Veterans Health Strategic Health Care Group www.womenshealth.va.gov Women Veterans 1-202-461-1070 Women Veterans www.publichealth.va.gov/womenshealth WVCs at every VA regional office: www.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp?isFlash-1 Calumet Park Cemetery and Funeral Chapel Veteran Benefits P:219-769-8803 www.calumetparkcemetery.com Burial and Memorial Benefits www.cem.va.gov Headstones and Markers 1-800-697-6947 Memorial Certificate Program www.cem.va.gov/pmc.asp Presidential Memorial Certificate Program 1-202-565-4964 National Cemetery Scheduling Office 1-800-535-1117

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Veterans, Service Members & Family

NWI Veterans Action Council

Vet Service Organizations

American Legion – Become a Member https://www.members.legion.org/CGI-BIN/lansaweb?webapp=EDMS+webrtn=DMSINTRO+ml=LANSA:XHTML+part=TAL+lang=ENG AM Vets Salutes our Women Veterans P: 1-877-726-8387 www.amvets.org Airman and Family Readiness Flights http://www.AFCrossroads.com American Legion Heroes to Hometowns program, veteran affairs services, family support centers, general assistance, reunions and awards http://www.legion.org/homepage.php http://www.Legion.org/national/contact America Supports You Connects military service members and families to organizations that provide a wide range of support, assistance, adaptive equipment, scholarships and other helpful resources http://www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil American Veterans Motorcycle Riders Association Chapter 14, Schererville, IN Board of Directors: Richard S. Eleczko 219-796-7125 Email: Webtrucker1@gmail.com Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 17, Hammond, Indiana Disabled Patriot Fund Board of Directors: Jeff Ficaro Phone: 312-296-3646 Email: ficarojd@yahoo.com www.disabledpatriotfund.com Indiana Family Assistance Centers Josie Bates Family Assistance Specialist 2501 E. 15th Ave. Gary, IN 46402 Office: 317-247-3300 ext: 88053 josephine.m.bates.ctr@mail.mil Indiana Patriot Guard Riders www.inpatriotguard.org Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America http://iava.org/ Military Family Relief Fund IDVA, emergencies and grants http://www.in.gov/dva/2329.htm Military OneSource Helping MIlitary and Veteran Families www.miltaryonesource.mil National Guard Family Program Supporting the National Guard and Reserve National Guard http://www.GuardFamily.org Reserve Components http://www.DefenseLink.mil/ra 1-888-777-7731 or 703-607-5414 Patriot Rovers Service Dogs for Veterans http://www.patriotrovers.org/ United Services Organization (USO) USO centers, internet and email access, libraries, reading rooms, recreational activities, regional veterans services and family services 1-888-484-3876 or 703-908-6400 http://www.uso.org VA Vet Centers www.vetcenter.va.gov Yellow Ribbon Foundation Food, clothing, shelter, medical assistance and education for veterans 1-888-99-4VETS http://www.YellowRibbonFoundation.com Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Ms. Elizabeth Ransom, CTR Program Support Manager Indiana 317-247-3241 www.esgr.mil Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) 1555 Wilson, Blvd, Suite 200 Arlington VA 22209-2495 1-800-336-4590 http://www.esgr.mil Marine Corps League Help for wounded marines, scholarships, awards, health and comfort items, youth programs and veterans medical center activities 1-800-625-1775 or 703-207-9588 http://www.MCLeague.org National Military Family Association (NMFA) Scholarships, rights and benefits education, deployment and family support, camps, retreats, news, updates and excellent fact sheets http://www.nmfa.org Navy League of the United States Scholarships, youth mentoring programs, awards, Navy League Hiring Center for veterans, employment opportunities, education programs and outreach 1-800-356-5760 or 703-528-1775 http://www.NavyLeague.org Blinded Veterans Association Field Service Program, Volunteer Services Program and Scholarship Program 2-800-669-7079 http://www.bva.org Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment 1-877-4USMCWW / 1-877-487-6299 Army OneSource www.MyArmyOneSource.com Military One Source 24/7 call center. You name it! We can help! 1-800-342-9647 http://www.militaryonesource.mil/those-who-support-community-partners www.militaryonesource.com Porter County Veteran Service Office North County Government Complex 3560 Willowcreek Road Portage, IN 46368 Phone: 219-465-3587 Fax: 219-759-8243 Email:istanko@porterco.org By Appointment Only Air Force Aide Society (AFAC) 1-800-769-8951 http://www.afas.org American Legion, Dept. of Indiana Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) Contact your local American Legion Post for application and assistance Army Emergency Relief (AER) http://www.aerhq.org Coast Guard Mutual Assistance 1-800-881-2462 http://www.cgmahq.org Coast Guard Work Life Program http://www.uscg.mil/worklife 1-800-872-4957 or 202-475-3654 Federal Recovery Coordination Program 1-877-732-4456 Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) 1-800-654-8364 or 703-696-1481 http://www.nmcrs.org VFW- To find a post http://www.vfw.org/oms/findpost.aspx Unmet Needs Program toll free number: 866-789-6333 email: unmetneeds@vfw.org website: www.vfw.org/unmetneeds

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Veterans, Service Members & Family

US Department of Veteran Affairs

Government
Veteran Affairs

Get answers to your questions about VA benefits and services. Explore our FAQs and other resources, send us a question online, or contact us by phone.

Please call (800) 698-2411 for hours of operation.
Veterans, Service Members & Family

AMVETS

Veteran Job Services

AMVETS has made a long-term economic impact by providing assistance, jobs, and services to veterans and their communities for more than 70 years.

Please call (301) 459-9600 for hours of operation.
Veterans, Service Members & Family

Adam Benjamin Jr VA Outpatient Clinic

Government
Veteran Medical Care

Adam Benjamin Jr's Primary Care and Specialty Care, offers a wide spectrum of Mental Health Services, which include Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, PTSD and Addictions Treatment. In addition, ABJ offers Patient Education Classes for Pain, Diabetes, Nutrition and Weight Management among others. Other specialties available are Optometry Department, Optical Department, Rehabilitation Medicine, Audiology, Women's Health, Laboratory , Radiology, Pharmacy, Social Work Services and Podiatry for Veterans in Northwest Indiana and surrounding areas. Handicapped Accessible: full and easy access for all veterans. Personal Care: Highly qualified primary care providers, specialty care referrals to the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Laboratory: Blood drawing services available. Prescriptions: Routine prescriptions processed through the mail or My HealtheVet or by the pharmacy on the premises. Shuttle Services are available three times daily in both directions.

Please call (219) 662-5000 for hours of operation.
Veterans, Service Members & Family

Porter County VSO

Government
Veteran Services

Porter County Veteran Services Officer

Please call (219) 465-3587 for hours of operation.
Veterans, Service Members & Family

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 23 of Michigan City

Veteran Support

We are a canteen to provide food, drinks, for our members.There is a chapter, auxiliary, and junior auxiliary.

Please call 219-872-0244 for hours of operation.
Veterans, Service Members & Family

Moral Injury Repair Support Group

Nonprofit
Veteran Support

Please call (219) 464-4911 for hours of operation.
Veterans, Service Members & Family

Veterans Life Changing Services

Nonprofit
Veterans Services

Temporary Housing: Veterans who qualify may receive transitional housing for 120 days to one year. Services are available for substance free veterans prepared for our following admissions criteria as: 1. Veterans 18 and over are eligible 2. Veterans must be certified as homeless 3. Veterans must be drug and alcohol free for 30 days 4. Veterans must be willing to follow and abide by all program rules and service planning 5. Veterans must be willing to work or enroll in an educational institution/program Housing includes room and board, three hot meals, a stable environment and transportation will be provided to those Veterans who need to be transported to search for jobs or have medical appointment in Crown. Point, Indiana or Illinois. A clothes closet and laundry room is also available to our clients. Services: We are currently providing individual therapy, small group therapy, resocialization counseling, financial management training, independent living, vocational rehabilitation planning, scheduled drug and alcohol intervention, assistance with policies and procedures for acquiring veterans benefits, educational assistance and transportation. Our case management staff includes: LCSW, Intake Coordinator, Task Instructors and Interns. VLCS Mental Health Clinic is located at 501 W. Ridge Road, Gary, IN 46408. VLCS also offer service to the entire Veteran Community. You do not have to be a resident to receive our service. Spiritual Guidance is also offer to our clients to help them rebuild their lives. Vocational - Veterans may receive job readiness training in various areas. some of these areas may include life skill development, construction, and computer technology. Supportive Housing Housing Stabilization: Room and board, a stable environment and transportation will be provided to those Veterans who qualify for permanent housing status.

Please call (219) 455-6689 for hours of operation.
Veterans, Service Members & Family