STATEHOUSE (Jan. 8, 2020) – The Indiana House of Representatives and the American Legion Department of Indiana are joining forces this legislative session to help homeless Hoosier veterans.
House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and House Democratic Leader Phil GiaQuinta (D-Fort Wayne) teamed up with officials from the Indiana Legion on Wednesday at the Statehouse to launch a donation drive to collect much-needed hygiene and food items.
“Our hearts go out to Hoosier veterans who selflessly served and protected our country, and yet struggle to meet their most basic needs like a safe place to call home,” Bosma said. “This session, our goal is to give hope to struggling veterans, and remind them that they have not been forgotten. We are proud to partner with the American Legion Department of Indiana, the largest veteran service organization in the state and the nation, to draw attention to this critical issue and support their efforts to change lives.“
“While the number of veterans experiencing homelessness has been trending down across the country, there was a 6% increase in 2019 of homeless veterans in Indiana,” GiaQuinta said. “We need to do a better job of helping veterans who are chronically homeless access the resources they need to get back on their feet. Helping our homeless veterans is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue, it’s an American issue. I’m pleased to join with Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma to support veterans experiencing homelessness by donating the necessary resources to the state’s American Legion.”
The Indiana House of Representatives is collecting hygiene and food items like shampoo and conditioner, shaving cream and razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, canned meat, fruit or soup, pasta and sauce, crackers, and peanut butter. In February, lawmakers have a goal to assemble 500 hygiene and emergency food kits at the Statehouse, and the Indiana Legion will distribute the kits to veterans in need across the state.
“The needs of our Hoosier veterans grow every day, especially within the veteran community’s most vulnerable, our homeless veterans,” said American Legion Department of Indiana Commander Allen Connelly. “Working together with the Indiana House of Representatives, we hope to highlight these needs and services, and recruit more people and assistance to help change lives within the Hoosier veteran community.”
In addition to the donation drive, House lawmakers launched a social media campaign using #HelpHoosierHeroes to raise awareness for the number of Indiana veterans without a place to call home.
The Indiana Legion is committed to providing continued service to Hoosier veterans, their families and communities. Learn more at www.IndianaLegion.org.