Elkhart County lawmakers: INvets launches enhanced program to match vets with careers

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Friday, August 7, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 7, 2020) – Area lawmakers encourage veterans and Indiana companies to connect through INvet's next-generation website.

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. State Rep. Doug Miller (R-Elkhart) said the program provides details about the skills required, with links to education and training partners that offer the training, credentials or degrees needed.

"This resource is available to all veterans and their families regardless of age or length of service," Miller said. "Indiana is one of the most veteran-friendly states in the nation, and we have so much to offer these brave men and women. INvets can be a launching point to help them find success here."

State Rep. Christy Stutzman (R-Middlebury) said when service members leave the military, almost 50% 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.

"Our veterans already made so many sacrifices protecting our country and we are forever grateful for them," Stutzman said. "On top of a strong work ethic, these Hoosiers learned many skills while serving that will also benefit them in a number of high-demand fields like health care, logistics, manufacturing and technology."

To sign up for the INvets program, veterans should visit www.INvets.org. Once a service member completes their profile on the site, State Rep. Curt Nisly (R-Milford) 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.

"Changing or starting a new career can be stressful, but INvets' dedicated team can help veterans take their next steps toward civilian employment," Nisly said. "Now is the perfect time to get started and take advantage of free tools and resources offered online, from help with resumes to making professional connections."

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/.

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State Rep. Doug Miller (R-Elkhart) represents House District 48, which includes portions of Elkhart County.

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State Rep. Curt Nisly (R-Milford) represents House District 22, which includes portions of Kosciusko and Elkhart counties.

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State Rep. Christy Stutzman (R-Middlebury) represents House District 49, which includes the eastern portion of Elkhart County.

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