What you need to know
Indiana has folks all over the state trying to make Indiana the best home for veterans in the nation. We have compiled just a few of the key veteran benefits and resources you need to know about if you are considering the move. Be sure to check out the Veteran Cast podcast for a look behind the curtain at some great organizations!
The mission of the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs is to assist Hoosier Veterans, service personnel, their dependents and/or survivors in obtaining every benefit and advantage due them under the laws of the State of Indiana and the United States. The Department works with a network of certified County Veteran Service Officers who are there to assist with information and the preparation of paperwork at no cost.
Below are some of the key state benefits available. Click on the benefit titles to learn more or visit www.in.gov/dva.
Provides free or discounted college tuition for children that of disabled veterans that joined the military while living in Indiana or have lived in Indiana for at least 5 years before using the benefit.
Provides free tuition for children of veterans that entered active duty while living in Indiana and received the Purple Heart Medal.
There are several property tax deductions that range from $12,480 to $24,960. The amount of deduction depends on a number of criteria including disability status, wartime service, and property value.
Indiana resident veterans that have received a service-connected disability rating can purchase a hunting and fishing license for a reduced rate.
In Indiana, we truly honor our vets through a new mortgage program under Governor Eric Holcomb’s Next Level Veterans initiative. The Honor Our Vets homebuyer program offered by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) is specifically designed to keep and welcome qualified active duty, veterans and retired military personnel to the state.
The Honor Our Vets program is the most affordable way to buy your first or next home. It takes the popular benefits of the VA loan and combines it with up to $5,000* in incentives that can be used towards relocation expenses, closing costs and towards the down payment of your new home.
About VA Loans
A Veterans Administration (VA) home loan helps Service members, Veterans, and eligible surviving spouses become homeowners. As part of their mission to serve you, VA provides a home loan guaranty benefit and other housing-related programs to help you buy, build, repair, retain, or adapt a home for your own personal occupancy.
Private lenders provide VA home loans, and through the Honor Our Vets Program, it is done through IHCDA’s participating lenders. The VA guarantees a portion of the loan, enabling the lender to provide you with more favorable terms.
How do I apply?
- Find an IHCDA participating lender to see if you qualify.
- A homebuyer education course (Framework) is a great way to learn the steps to borrowing and buying a new home. It is required for anyone taking advantage of the Honor Our Vets Program.
*The $5,000 is reimbursable by participating Indiana employers.
Operation: Job Ready Veterans™ (OJRV) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing veterans, service members and military families for successful employment by connecting them with employers that seek top quality, well-trained employees. We make a personal connection and assist veterans of all eras and ability levels with their employment and career goals.
OJRV was founded in 2007 as the Crane Learning and Employment Center for Veterans with Disabilities – with a focus on helping veterans find employment at Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, located in Southwest Indiana.
As the organization grew to serve veterans in Central Indiana, the group changed its name to the Career Learning and Employment Center for Veterans (CLEC). CLEC is a 501(c)3 organization. In 2012, the organization opened the program to all veterans and moved its headquarters to Indianapolis. In 2013, CLEC adopted the d/b/a, Operation: Job Ready Veterans, to more clearly communicate our mission.
Veterans Employment Transition Seminar (VETS)
Transitioning from the military to the civilian workforce can be challenging.
The VETS seminar includes complete skills inventories, career interest and work values assessments, résumé services, supportive services, networking strategies, as well as interview preparation and rehearsal sessions. Upon successful completion of the seminar, we provide one-on-one and group career coaching, introductions to appropriate employment opportunities and follow-on customized job placement services. We have successfully placed many of our veteran “Job Ready” clients in high-level positions with several employers that recognize the valuable skill sets of our graduates. Once employed, we provide additional retention services to increase the success rate for both the employer and the veteran.
Our mission is simple: to pair the right veteran with the right employer in the right position.
Seminars are held regularly at our Headquarters in Indianapolis, and other locations around the state. Our courses are also available in the Chicagoland area.
Who We Serve
We provide employment training and transition assistance services to
veterans, service members and military families at no cost to the participant.
Veterans that received an other than dishonorable discharge
Members of the National Guard or Reserve
Military family members
Employment Transition Assistance
We provide employment transition assistance and customized job placement services to clients allowing them to achieve their employment and career goals.
Specialized services are tailored for our clients who need alternative or additional training, including:
Pre-Employment Training and Placement Coaching
Transition Plan Development
Interview Preparation and Coaching
Utilizing Social Media
Working with Recruiters
Learn more and register for seminars at here.