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Veterans Support Council, Inc.

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 Advise for Finding Help

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Advise on Finding Help

Finding Help: In order to find service providers with the goods and services you may need, you will first need information on where you can find those service providers.  You will need information from sources such as; VSC's Website (this site), CHIP's Handbook for Help, or calling 2-1-1, plus you will need access to a phone and/or Internet services.  If you do not have access to the internet, you can visit any library and use one of their computers with internet service.  If you cannot use a computer and/or type, most libraries have staff on hand that will help you.  Please don't be afraid to ask for help.

Goods & Services: When calling service providers for help, it is recommended that you call more than one service provider for the goods and services you think you need. Usually, no one service provider can provide you or your family with everything you need. It is recommended that you consult with an experienced counselor, support coach, mentor, case manager, or Veterans Service Officer (VSO) from one or more of the below service providers that regularly works with Veterans and active Military personnel, ExOffenders or the Homeless. By having one of them interview you, they can better help you determine what goods, services, programs, or benefits you may need and/or be entitled too.

Groups of Goods & Services
There are eight major groups of goods and services available to help Veterans, ExOffenders, and those experiencing Homelessness that can help them secure; what they need, what they are entitled to, or to transition (ReEnter) back into society.  We have found that almost everyone needs more help than they think they need.  Below are some reminders and/or suggestions.

1. Addictions & Abuse

  • Drug Counseling & Treatment
  • Alcohol Counseling & Treatment
  • Anger Management
  • Mentoring Programs
  • 12 Step Programs
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Self Esteem Classes
  • Recovery Groups
  • Inpatient / Outpatient
  • Sex / Pornography
  • Nicotine
  • Gambling
  • Food (overeating)

2. Education

  • Adult Continuing Education
  • Resume Preparation
  • GED / HSE Classes
  • Trade / Technical Schools
  • Colleges / Universities
  • Entrepreneur Training
  • Financial Literacy Classes
  • Scholarships / Grants
  • Life Skill Training

3. Employment / Jobs

  • Career Placement
  • Resume Preparation
  • Basic literacy skills
  • Character Building
  • Workshops / Retraining
  • Transitional Jobs
  • Second Language
  • Don't overlook or underestimate Temp Services with Full / Part-Time Temporary Jobs

4. Medical & Health Care

  • Medical Treatment
  • Immediate Care / First Aid
  • Medication / Prescriptions
  • Short-Term Care
  • Long-Term Care
  • Inpatient / Outpatient
  • Immunization Shots
  • Disability Assessment
  • AIDS / HIV Testing & Treatment
  • Wellness Treatment

5. Housing

  • Shelters (short-term)
  • Transitional (mid-term)
  • Supportive (long-term)
  • Hotels / Motels
  • Houses / Apartments
  • Rent / Buy
  • Safe Havens
  • Subsidized
  • Rent / Utilities Assistances
  • Every Veteran should have a safe and stable place to call home

6. Mental Health

  • Counseling / Treatment / Support for; Depression, Schizophrenia, Anxiety,
    PTSD
  • Anger Management Treatment
  • Inpatient / Outpatient

7. Supportive Goods
     (Basic  Goods)

  • Meals (prepared)
  • Food (unprepared)
  • Clothing, Work
  • Clothing, Casual 
  • Furniture
  • Household Items
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Over the Counter Medicine
  • Cell Phone
  • Transportation - Ride Share Programs, Gas Cards, Bus Passes

8. Supportive Services
     (Basic Services)

  • Case Management
  • Legal / Tax
  • Insurance: Health, Auto, Life, Homeowners
  • Food Stamps
  • Driver’s License
  • State ID / Real ID
  • Military ID / DD-214
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Mailing Address
  • E-Mail Address
  • Internet Availability
  • Mentoring
  • Faith-Based
  • Parole / Probation
  • Family / Child / Infant
  • Veterans / Homeless / ExOffender Outreach


For Medical or Physical Emergencies:

  • If you or someone you are helping is hurt or in imminent danger, please get to a phone and dial 9-1-1 for immediate help.
  • If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, or facing a crisis, dial 2-1-1 in Indy or 1-(866) 211-9966 for immediate help.
  • If you are a victim of domestic violence dial 1-(800) 332-7385 in Indy for help.

For Non-Emergencies:

  • If you are a Veteran, or a family member of a Veteran, in search of information on how to get goods or services you/they may need, you can dial 2-1-1or contact one of the Service Providers or Veterans Organizations listed on our "Resources" page.
  • Cellphone users in Marion County may now dial 3-1-1 to reach the non-emergency line for IMPD and other Marion County dispatchers. The non-emergency phone number for callers using landlines is (317) 327-3811.

Please Note:

  • VSC & MACV are not providers of any financial assistance or direct services other than Information and Referrals on where to get goods, services, programs, and benefits for Veterans, Military, and their Families.


Disclaimer:

  • This is a private website that is NOT affiliated with the U.S. government, U.S. Armed Forces or the U.S. or Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • We reserve the right to monitor the content of this website and regret that some recommended resources may not be accepted for one reason or another. 
  • The information and organizations listed on this website do not necessarily mean that we endorse their information and/or their resources.  We have done our best to include information and resources that could contribute to and benefit our Veterans, the Military Community, and their Families.

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