STATEHOUSE (Feb. 10, 2020) – The Indiana House of Representatives and the American Legion, Department of Indiana joined forces at the Statehouse Monday to fill care packages for homeless Hoosier veterans.
According to State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg), the Indiana House of Representatives selected Indiana’s American Legion as their bipartisan philanthropy project for the 2020 legislative session. House lawmakers launched a donation drive at the Statehouse, and collected over 7,000 food and hygiene items for veterans in need. In all, House lawmakers and over 30 members of the Indiana Legion assembled about 250 hygiene kits and 250 emergency food kits at the Statehouse on Monday.
“Homelessness among our veteran population is a serious issue and we hope to create awareness and encourage others to lend a helping hand too,” Frye said. “As chair of the House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee, I spend a lot of time working to best support Hoosier veterans. Our partnership with the American Legion is another great way to help them out.”
House lawmakers collected and donated basic hygiene items and non-perishable food items like canned meat, pasta, soup and breakfast bars. Frye said donations will be distributed via care packages to homeless veterans across Indiana.
The number of homeless veterans increased 6 percent since 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“The American Legion, Department of Indiana, is honored to have teamed up with the Indiana House of Representatives, to help our homeless veterans across this state,” said Allen Connelly, commander of the American Legion, Department of Indiana. “We look forward to continuing our outreach, by working with facilities across the state that have dedicated their efforts to changing the lives of our fellow Hoosier homeless veterans.”
In addition to the donation drive, House lawmakers launched a social media campaign using #HelpHoosierHeroes to raise awareness about veteran homelessness and the resources available to veterans in need.
The American Legion, Department of Indiana is the largest veteran service organization in the state and nation. The Indiana Legion is committed to providing continued service to fellow veterans, their families and communities.
State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) represents House District 67, which includes
all of Ohio and Switzerland counties, as well as portions of Dearborn,
Decatur, Jefferson, Jennings and Ripley counties.
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