Vigo County lawmakers: INvets launches enhanced program to match veterans with careers

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Thursday, August 20, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 20, 2020) — Vigo County legislators encourage veterans and Indiana companies to connect through INvet's next-generation website.

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. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) 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 military veterans have abilities and a work ethic that any business could benefit from," Heaton said. "Despite the pandemic, there are still thousands of Hoosier jobs available in growing industries, and INvets is a great resource in connecting them with our heroes who served."

State Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) 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.

"Returning to civilian life after military service can be stressful, especially with finding a new line of work," said Borders, who serves on the House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee. "INvets is an excellent tool for matching veterans with rewarding careers."

To sign up for the INvets program, veterans should visit www.INvets.org. State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) said once a service member completes their profile on the site, 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.

"Finding work can be one of the biggest challenges for veterans transitioning to civilian life," Morrison said. "To have a resource that connects them with in-demand careers and any additional training they may need makes this adjustment that much easier."

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 Heaton (R-Terre Haute) represents House District 46,
which includes portions of Clay, Monroe, Owen and Vigo counties.
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State Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) represents House District 45, which includes
all of Sullivan County and portions of Vigo, Greene, Knox and Daviess counties.
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State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) represents House District 42,
which includes all of Vermillion County and portions of Clay,
Fountain, Parke, Vigo and Warren counties.
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