Indianapolis, IN (March 10, 2020) – Operation: Job Ready Veterans (OJRV) is pleased to announce it has received a $69,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA).
The IDVA selected 13 organizations to receive nearly $1 million to help end homelessness among Indiana’s veteran population. Through the Grants for Veterans Services (GVS) program, the IDVA awarded grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 to assist at-risk veterans with housing, skills, education, health care, and employment. The IDVA will also assist grant recipients in their outreach efforts to veterans and their communities.
“We look forward to partnering with organizations statewide that work tirelessly to end veteran homelessness,” said IDVA Director Dennis Wimer. “The GVS program allows us to recognize the critical services these organizations provide to our veterans.”
The IDVA’s generous support will allow 83 underemployed or unemployed veterans to complete the Veteran Employment Transition Seminar (VETS) and have access to ongoing job search assistance and placement support. Of this funding, 10 percent will be intentionally dedicated for homeless veteran attendees. 74 disadvantaged veterans and nine homeless veterans will receive the benefit of this vital job-readiness opportunity and lasting employment support. VETS is a five-day, interactive seminar that provides the tools, strategies, and networking connections that allow unemployed and underemployed veterans and family members to reengage in the workforce at the appropriate level. The VETS course includes career interest and work value assessments, interview preparation, networking strategies, resume services, skills inventories, supportive services, and tactics for coping with change.
“We feel honored the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs supports our mission and has provided funding to help us grow our veteran outreach even further. The grant funding will be absolutely life-changing to many veterans in the state of Indiana,” said OJRV Executive Director Gene Anderson.
The GVS program was created through an act of legislation designed to provide funding for organizations that serve veterans. GVS funds may only be used to provide services to veterans who reside in the state of Indiana; served in any branch of the U.S. armed forces, its reserves, or the National Guard; and received a discharge for service under honorable conditions in the form of a DD-214 or National Guard Bureau (NGB) Form 22.
The full list of GVS recipient organizations and more information can be found here.
About Operation: Job Ready Veterans (OJRV)
Operation: Job Ready Veterans (OJRV) is an Indiana-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing veterans, service members, military spouses, and their dependents for entry into the workforce. OJRV focuses on transition, job readiness, and career placement, providing employment readiness training and specialized job placement to personnel from all military branches, service eras, and ability levels. The nonprofit’s mission is to bridge life’s transitional gaps for veterans, service members, and their families by empowering them to meet their individual education, employment, and career goals.
About the Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs
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.