We all know a brave friend, community or family member who has fought for our country. We owe so much to these upstanding, honorable people who chose to risk their lives to keep us safe. Each of our many Hoosier veterans deserve our respect and support for all they have done for us here in Indiana and for our country.
Indiana’s American Legion aims to help retired military members by addressing the rising number of homeless veterans. They offer significant help to our Hoosiers veterans by connecting them to resources, and offering free benefit claims processing and advocacy that awarded Hoosier veterans $85 million in claims last year alone.
In the last year, our state saw a 6% increase in veterans without permanent housing. This session, the Indiana House of Representatives is partnering with the Indiana Legion to help veterans who do not have a place to call home. As part of our partnership, House lawmakers are collecting food and hygiene items with a goal of creating 500 emergency food and hygiene kits for homeless veterans. The kits will be assembled at the Statehouse, and the Indiana Legion will distribute them across the state.
Our community can support the cause by dropping off donations at the Statehouse outside the House Chamber on the third floor, or making checks out to the American Legion Department of Indiana. Checks should include the memo, “Homeless Veterans Donation Drive” and be sent to the Indiana Legion at 5440 Herbert Lord Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46216. Needed items include shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrushes, canned food with a ring-pull, pasta and sauce, and snacks.
Donating to local Legion posts is a great way to support our veterans. For Hancock County residents, this includes a location in Greenfield on Center Street and in Fortville on Merrill Street. In Madison County, there is a location in Pendleton on West State Road and in Lapel on Main Street. These posts can provide Legionnaires Insurance Trust, Honor and Color Guards, temporary financial assistance, and veteran benefits assistance to retired military members.
I’m excited for this opportunity to work with the Indiana Legion to help our Hoosier veterans, and I encourage our community to join in these efforts. To learn more about this partnership, visit www.IndianaHouseRepublicans.com/HelpHoosierHeroes. For questions or input on supporting our veterans, please contact me at 317-232-9651 or H53@iga.in.gov.
State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) represents House District 53,
which includes portions of Hancock and Madison counties.
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