The Indiana National Guard is teaming up with state and federal agencies to help veterans and their families. The new initiative, called Joining Community Forces Indiana, will work to identify common issues for veterans and provide resources and education for the groups helping them.
In its first year, JCFI will focus on employment and financial readiness issues. Specifically, they will work on connecting veterans and service members to employment resources and events. They will also work to improve veterans’ financial literacy and teach them how to secure immediate financial assistance if they need it.
In addition to the National Guard, the partnership includes Purdue University’s Military Family Research Institute, the Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the Veterans Benefits Administration, and the Veterans Health Administration.
Currently, about 20 groups meet regularly around the state to provide support of their local communities. These include community and business leaders, social service organizations, and veteran service organizations. JCFI plans to add statewide work groups made up of experts who will discuss current efforts, identify gaps, and provide support and education to communities.