Rep. Mahan: Supporting our veterans

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, October 16, 2015 1:05 pm

Throughout my time as a state representative and as a leader in our community, I have witnessed the struggles many of our veterans have faced in regards to their health and employment. In turn, I have worked to provide these men and women access to the resources they need and deserve.

 With the unemployment rate for post 9/11 veterans at over 10 percent, I was proud to be part of a bipartisan effort to provide more opportunities for veterans to gain private-sector employment. The voluntary veterans’ preference policy, passed during the 2015 legislative session allows private employers to preference those who have actively served in the military, naval or air services for hiring, promotion and retention.

 In addition, the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) is an excellent resource for Hoosier veterans seeking to establish a post-service career path and find support dealing with mental and physical disabilities. Their website provides links to employment opportunities, educational resources, benefits and other helpful information. To learn about the many resources the IDVA has to offer and find volunteer opportunities, visit their website at www.in.gov/dva.

 Another organization that is working hard to show their support, particularly for senior, World War II and terminally ill veterans, is Indy Honor Flight. This non-profit organization was created to honor Indiana service men and women by providing transportation to Washington, D.C., so that they can visit our nation’s war memorials. The next Honor Flight will be held on Oct. 31, and I encourage veterans to take advantage of this opportunity. To find out more information or to fill out an application, please visit www.indyhonorflight.org. Volunteers and monetary donations are also welcome and can make a difference in the life of a Hoosier hero.

 I am proud to support our service men and women for all that they do for our country. As we approach Veteran’s Day, there is no time like the present to reflect on the difficult job our military is tasked with and seek opportunities to show our appreciation. To get involved, businesses can become Veteran Opportunity Partners, offering career opportunities to our men and women in uniform when they return home. If you or a veteran you know is in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at 317-232-9509 or email me at h31@iga.in.gov.

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