Northeast Indiana lawmakers: INvets launches enhanced program to match veterans with careers

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

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 7, 2020) – Area lawmakers encourage veterans and Indiana companies to sign up for INvet's next-generation website that connects service members directly with Hoosier businesses.

 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. Denny Zent (R-Angola) said the program provides details about the skills required, with links to education and training partners that offer the training, credentials or degrees needed.

"As a veteran, I understand some of the challenges that can come up when returning to civilian life," Zent said. "Searching for a job can be stressful, but INvets is solely dedicated to helping our service members find a worthwhile career right here in Indiana. Employers in high-demand industries can also benefit by hiring those who have bravely served our country."  

State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) 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.

"Indiana has a rich and proud history of Hoosiers serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, and they deserve to be honored, remembered and respected," Smaltz said. "As a small-business owner, I've had the pleasure of hiring and working with many veterans. I've never regretted that decision and can testify to their work ethic. I urge other business owners to do the same."

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. David Abbott (R-Rome City) 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.

"No matter how long you served and regardless of when that service ended, if you are a veteran, INvets will work with you," Abbott said. "Not only are the resources and tools offered to veterans, but also to their spouses. With a vast pool of employers already plugged in, and of course they are always seeking more, this truly is an opportunity that shouldn't be overlooked."  

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. David Abbott (R-Rome City) represents House District 82, which includes all of Noble County and portions of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.

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State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) represents House District 52, which includes all of DeKalb County, and portions of Steuben and Allen counties.

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State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) represents House District 51, which includes most of LaGrange and Steuben counties.

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