St. Joseph County lawmakers: INvets launches enhanced program to match veterans with careers

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

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 7, 2020) – State Reps. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) and Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) encourage veterans and Indiana companies to connect through INvet's next-generation website. 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. DeVon said the program provides details about the skills required, with links to education and training partners, credentials or degrees needed.

"Veterans often return home from service uniquely equipped with several skills needed in the workforce," DeVon said. "However, transitioning to civilian life and making connections can be a struggle, and many veterans just need a little extra support to help them launch a second career. INvets is there to provide assistance and offer key resources, not only to service members, but also their families."

DeVon 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 Once a service member completes their profile on the site, Wesco 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.

"As Hoosiers, we have a duty to provide support and opportunities to our veterans who risked their lives in service to our nation," Wesco said. "They deserve every chance to build on their success beyond their years of service to our nation, and INvets can help."

According to Wesco, 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


State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) represents House District 5, which includes portions of St. Joseph County.

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State Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) represents House District 21, which includes portions of Elkhart and St. Joseph counties.

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