STATEHOUSE (July 6, 2020) – State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) encourages veterans and Indiana companies to sign up for INvet's next-generation website that connects service members directly with Hoosier businesses.
INvets.org is a free resource for veterans to interact and find the most current information about job opportunities available in health care, logistics, manufacturing and tech, and other high-demand industries throughout the state. Bartels, a member of the House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee, said the program provides details about the skills required, with links to education and training partners that offer the training, credentials or degrees needed.
"After serving in the military for many years, I understand the challenges of returning to civilian life and then jumpstarting another career," Bartels said. "INvets is a great resource to connect veterans and their families with employment opportunities that capitalize on the skillsets they offer. It's also common that these positions will provide necessary trainings for veterans to continue advancing, earning a higher income over time."
Bartels said when service members leave the military, almost half deal with a period of unemployment. As businesses resume operations after closure and reduced production due to COVID-19, more than 100,000 in-demand jobs are still available throughout Indiana.
To sign up for the INvets program, veterans should visit www.INvets.org. Once a service member completes their profile on the website, Bartels said their information is directed to participating companies. Employers who sign up for INvets have free access to upload company information, job opportunities and review veteran profiles. Since INvets launched, more than 150 companies and over 1,000 veterans have participated.
Bartels said additional resources are available through the Military Family Relief Fund COVID-19 Emergency Assistance program, which is designed to help military families experiencing financial hardship. This grant can be used on a case-by-case basis by families for up to two months of household needs such as food, housing, utilities, medical services, child care and other essential family support. To access the MFRF application, visit www.in.gov/dva/.
State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) represents House District 74,
which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.
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