The Northwest Indiana Military Support Network Guide is designed to help those Veteran and Military Families who are in need of assistance in Northwest Indiana (Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Starke and Marshall Counties) Throughout its pages you will find both Veteran specific agencies and information along with local non-profits who help to serve those in need.
Download the full guide here:
Northwest Indiana Military Support Network Guide
A condensed sheet with military/veteran focus information can be viewed below, and also downloaded as a PDF. This information was provided by the Adam Benjamin VA Clinic.
Northwest Indiana Military "How Can I Help" One Pager
To Help a Veteran in crisis:
- Call the 24 hour Crisis Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 option 1
- 1-844-MyVA311 provides a seamless, unified experience for Veterans when they don’t know what VA number to call
- One website - Vets.gov – Lets Veterans discover, apply for, track and manage the benefits they’ve earned
- For information about benefits, call the VBA Hotline: 1-800-827-1000 Monday-Friday 8am-9pm EST
(Call back service may be available after hours)
VA Facility Locator
VA facilities including additional state and local resources
Veterans Employment Services Office (VESO)
Helps Veterans and transitioning Military Service
Military Skills Translator, Resume Builder and Federal Job Search functions
Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
TAP may include:
Transition from Service briefings and assistance
Health Care Benefits or Application Questions
Mental health care (including Veteran-specific treatment for PTSD, TBI care, etc.)
A wide variety of specialty care
Inpatient and outpatient pharmacy
Long term care and support
Note: For basic information and an easy to understand eligibility quiz with digital resource links go to: http://explore.va.gov/
Provides basic information to Veterans and their families and directs them to the latest online information and application sites. The site’s video gallery holds Veteran Testimonial videos about health care.
Access to Patient Medical Information
My HealthVet is VA’s online personal health record system designed to help VA patients manage their healthcare records and notes from medical providers
Blue Button allows you to share info between VA and non VA providers.
Women Veteran Support
The women Veterans Health Program addresses health care needs of women Veterans to ensure that timely, equitable, high-quality, comprehensive health care services and available and provided.
Women Veterans Call Center: 1-855-VA-Women (829-6636)
Rural Veteran Support
The VA office of Rural Health helps rural Veterans access medical care through VA facilities
Mental Health Support
Authoritative mental health information and resources for Veterans and their families.
Where to get help
Veteran (Vet) Center Information
Vet Centers provide:
Individual and group counseling
Discharge upgrade information
Community, social service and
VA benefits assistance referrals
Information available at: 1-877-WAR-VETS (927-8387)
Burial and Memorial Benefits Information
VA offers Veterans and their dependents:
Burial and honoring services, including gravesites and grave liners
Maintenance of national cemeteries
Headstones, markers, and presidential memorial certificates
Note: VBA manages additional memorial benefits
Application and benefit information about both BVA and NCA managed memorial benefits available at
Benefits Information & Eligibility Questions
Basic information abut programs, eligibility, links to online application sites, testimonial videos, and an easy to understand eligibility quiz with digital resource links are available on http://explore.va.gov/
A hardcopy and online handbook is available for benefits and qualification information
Further benefits and eligibility information is available at ebenefits.va.gov
Benefits Applications & Claim Questions
Information, forms and phone numbers are available online for Veterans and their dependents
Links to online application sties and other online resources where Veterans can get answers are on http://explore.va.gov/
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Information
The VR&E program provides:
Assistance in finding employment with programs such as vocational assessments, counseling, education/stipends related to employment and employment planning.
Education and Post- 9/11 GI Bill Benefits
The post-9/11 GI Bill pays higher education tuition, housing, and stipends for Veterans, service members or their dependents
Eligibility-served at least 90 days on active duty after 9/10/2001
An important starting point -GI Bill Comparison Tool
Pension benefits descriptions, eligibility, and application forms are available online.
Basic info, forms and links to resources for Veterans Pensions, Survivors Pension and Special Monthly Pension for Veterans on http://explore.va.gov/
Program for Veterans and other beneficiaries who, due in injury, disease, or due to age, are unable to manage their financial affairs
Apply for benefit or to become a fiduciary for a Veteran
Insurance and TSGLI/SGLI Questions
Veterans are eligible for:
Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance (S-DVI), Service members’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI), Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI), and /or Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI), SGLI Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI), Service members’ Group Life Insurance Disability Extension (SGIL-DE), Family Service members’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI).
Dependency & Indemnity Compensation for Veteran’s Dependents
Dependents may be awarded tax-free benefits for:
Death During military service or post-service related to a service-connected disability
Death after extended period of 100 percent disability Note: Links and information to VA benefits and services available on http://explore.va.gov//
DIC is just one of many benefits available to this group.
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