Bartels: Letís make a difference for veterans

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Friday, January 24, 2020

This session, the Indiana House of Representatives is joining forces with the Indiana Legion to collect and distribute hygiene and food items to homeless veterans. Our goal is to assemble 500 care packages for the Indiana Legion to distribute statewide to veterans in need, and there are opportunities for everyone to help in this effort.

Many veterans are struggling to make ends meet, with some not having a place to call home. In fact, Indiana has seen a 6 percent increase in the number of homeless veterans since last year, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Of the 572 homeless Indiana veterans recorded this year, 529 were living in shelters and 43 were on the streets, according to HUD. Clearly, there is more we can do to assist these service members. 

The American Legion is the nation’s largest and most influential veterans service organization, recognized as the leading voice to help those who have served in uniform receive health care and disability benefits they earned through military service. The Indiana Legion is committed to providing continued service to fellow veterans, their families and communities, regardless of membership.

I know firsthand that there are veterans struggling in our community. Here in Southern Indiana, I serve on the board of directors for Southern Indiana Veteran Living and Rehabilitation Facility (SIVLARF), a shelter for homeless veterans. We are creating a tiny home village, located in Leavenworth, to get vets off the streets and into homes. To get involved, please like and follow us on Facebook.

To support our House donation drive and help our Hoosier heroes visit to learn more. The American Legion is also accepting monetary donations. Checks can be made payable to the American Legion Department of Indiana, and mail it to 5440 Herbert Lord Road, Indianapolis, IN 46216. In the memo section, write “Homeless Veterans Donation Drive.”

Please consider how you can help our homeless veterans. To those who served, thank you.


State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) represents House District 74,
which includes all of Crawford and Perry counties and portions of Dubois, Orange and Spencer counties.
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