Ellington, Borders: INvets launches enhanced program to match veterans with careers

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Thursday, August 20, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 20, 2020) – State Reps. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) and Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) 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. Ellington said the program provides details about the skills required, with links to education and partners that offer the training, credentials or degrees needed.

"Switching careers after military service can be daunting for some of our veterans, but their skills and discipline are easily transferrable to the private sector," Ellington said. "Often, knowing where to start a job search is the most difficult part. That's why INvets is a useful resource for matching them with great jobs in growing industries."

Ellington 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.

To sign up for the INvets program, veterans should visit www.INvets.org. Once a service member completes their profile on the site, Borders 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.

"Returning to civilian life after military service can be stressful, especially with finding a new line of work," said Borders, who serves on the House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee. "INvets is an excellent tool for matching veterans with rewarding careers."

Borders 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/.

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State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) represents House District 62, which includes
portions of Greene, Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties.
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State Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) represents House District 45, which includes
all of Sullivan County and portions of Vigo, Greene, Knox and Daviess counties.
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