Southside lawmakers: INvets launches enhanced program to match veterans with careers

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Wednesday, August 12, 2020 9:52 am

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 12, 2020) – Southside Indianapolis lawmakers encourage veterans and Indiana companies to connect through INvet's next-generation website.

"Indiana continues to be the best in the Midwest for the cost of doing business," said State Rep. Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis). "As more employers choose the Hoosier state to set up shop, more jobs become available, and veterans possess unique skillsets that put them in a great position to step into these high-demand, high-wage careers."

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

"Our state is forever grateful for the sacrifices America's veterans make for us," Sherman said. "When they return home, we should make it simple to continue life outside the military. INvets is an easy first step for job seekers to connect with employers or training opportunities."

State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) 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.

"The brave Hoosiers who serve and protect our nation gain valuable skills that can be applied to careers within our community," Kirchhofer said. "With thousands of available jobs throughout the state, there are opportunities for service men and women to transition to a high-paying career when they return to civilian life."

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. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) 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.

"We continue to take steps to support veterans who choose to make Indiana their home," Behning said. "Employers throughout the state want to hire highly skilled individuals who have a strong work ethic, and our military men and women are strong candidates."

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. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 91,
which includes portions of Hendricks and Marion counties.

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State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) represents House District 89,
which includes portions of Marion County.

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State Rep. Dollyne Sherman (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 93,
which includes portions of Marion and Johnson counties.

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State Rep. Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 90,
which includes portions of Marion County.

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