IN Purple Star
Indiana Purple Star
The Indiana Purple Star School Designation from the Indiana Department of Education honors schools that have displayed a significant commitment to service members, veterans, and students and families connected to our Nation’s Military. Scroll below for a variety of resources for those connected to our Military.
Veteran Assistance Programs
Click the Program Names below to learn more about these organizations and to go to their website.
- Must have Honorable Discharge
- Must have 12 months of qualifying military service.
- Must have served during a national conflict or war time period.
- Does Serve Guard Members
- Up to $2500 (one time assistance)
- Must be facing a financial hardship as a direct result of your military service connected injuries or illness.
- Must have VA Disability
- Can Assist up to $5,000 (pays directly to creditor. Will not pay to applicant)
A qualifying Veteran is defined as a member of the United States armed Forces serving on Federal Orders current under Title 10, OR Veteran possessing an up-to-date membership in the American Legion.
- DD214 / Proof of Service
- A letter of Hardship (provided by Case Manger or Social Worker)
- Emergency Assistance only (Disconnection or Eviction Notice)
- Proof of Financial Request of Two separate non-profit groups.
- Can assist up to $2,000
- Provides assistance to Disabled Service Members, Veterans, and their Families.
- Will assist with Rental Assistance, Groceries, Utilities, Clothing, Mortgage, Auto Payments, Auto Repair, Child and Dependent Care, Dental, Vision, Home Items, Food Assistance, Home Repair, Other.
- Will provide assistance with Disability Claims, Service Dog Assistance, Raise in Discharge Status, Access to Health Care, PTSD Treatment, Military Record Request, Appeals to VA Decisions, etc. Must Apply Online.
- Provides financial assistance for overdue bills, repairs, auto payments, child and dependent care, Dental, food assistance, medical, moving and relocation, rent and mortgage, travel and transportation, utilities, home repairs, Vision.
- Must have actively served post 9/11 and suffered a post 9/11 wound, illness. or iniurv in the line of duty.
- Must have a Honorable or General Under Honorable Conditions Discharge.
- Can help Active and Deployed Service Members and Families. Must Apply Online
- Financial and Advocacy Assistance to post — 9/11 Active Duty Military Personal, Veterans, and their Families.
- Can assist with Mortgages, Utilities, Rent, etc.
- Must be requested by a Social Worker or Case Manager
- Honorable Discharge
- Months Active Duty
- Letter of Need from Case Manager or Social Worker
- Rent or Utilities
- Only up to $500 (lifetime)
(Military Heroes — Emergency Financial Assistance)
- Must be OIF/OEF Veteran
- Must have VA Disability Rating
- Honorable Discharge
- Must be facing a short-term (1-2 months) financial setback.
- Provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 combat wounded, critically ill, and catastrophically injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
- Website has sections including information on the below mentioned, and many more.
- Service Member and Family Support
- Housing Assistance (repairs / updates to make handicap accessible)
- Needs Based Financial Support due to long hospitalizations or rehabilitation.
- Service Dog Programs
- Transition Programs
- Vet 2 Vet Support
- Education and Career Assistance
- Apprenticeship Programs
Women Veterans Only
- H.O.M.E. — Housing Outreach Mentorship Encouragement Program
- Provides transition housing, on-site case management, food, clothing, transportation, child care subsidy/assistance, employment support, and other essentials.
- Must have an Honorable or Under Honorable Conditions Discharge.
- Must be willing to adhere to terms of the Resident Agreement and 2Year Plan for Independence.
- S.A.F.E. — Saving Assessment and Financial Education Program
- Proof of Veteran Status
- Copies of Bills that you need assistance with.
- Military ID (if Reserve or Guard)
- Assist wounded Service member/DisabIed Veterans.
- Must be an Indiana homeowner.
- Own only one home, and currently reside in that home.
- Have a past-due mortgage payments because of an involuntary employment-related financial hardship (such as a previous job layoff that occurred on or after Jan. 1, 2015).
- Be able to make current mortgage payments, but unable to pay past due balance.
- Meet additional eligibility requirements based on income.
American Addiction Centers (AAC)
- Treatment Options for PTSD and Addiction [americanaddictioncenters.org] provides information on the signs of PTSD, substance abuse and its connection to PTSD, a look at military and veterans with PTSD, and how to get help.
- Veterans’ Mental Health Issues [veteranaddiction.org] discusses a range of veteran health concerns such as depression, PTSD, anxiety, and substance abuse with interesting statistics related to each.
- Veteran Drug & Alcohol Rehab [americanaddictioncenters.org] gives statistics of U.S. veterans with substance addiction, how mental health and chronic pain affect addiction, and additional support groups for veterans.
- Virtual Support and online addiction meetings
Active Military Branch Aid Resources
The American Legion Family Support Network:
Families can request assistance from local American Legion Family members by calling the toll-free number or filling out an online application.
The American Legion Temporary Finanical Assistance Program:
These grants help families in need meet the cost of shelter, food, utilities and health expenses, thereby keeping the child or children in a more stable environment. Contact your local American Legion post or department of Indiana headquarters.
Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs
Military Family Relief Fund COVID-19 Special Application
Indiana Unemployment Application:
Find out how to get food in case of an emergency, apply for food stamps and what free or low-cost food programs are available for infants, children and seniors. Learn about rule changes during the corona virus emergency. Click for information on Free Food Programs
Immediate Food Aid:
If you're hungry now:
Call the USDA National Hunger Hotline - 1-866-348-6479
Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM Eastern Time.
Meals on Wheels Indy:
(No age restriction. Physician must provide a diet prescription. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify) meaisonwheelsindyorg - 317-252-5558
USA.gov housing help for veterans who are older, homeless, or who have a disability.
2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps Hoosiers across Indiana find the local resources they need:
Healthcare / Mental Health
STATE LOCATION LIST
Indiana County Veterans Service Offices:
The County Veterans Service Offices are a local point of contact for veterans in their county to assist with all veteran issues. https://www.in.gov/dva/2370.htm
NO ONE LEFT BEHIND!
Vet to Vet Assistance:
VA Suicide Hotline - 1800-273-8255
NVF Lifeline for Vets - 1-888-777-4443
National Suicide Hotline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Stop Soldier Suicide - 1800-273-8255 #1