McNamara: Thanking those who served


Veterans Day is Saturday and a great time to recognize the service, courage and sacrifice of the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces.

Thank you to all veterans who have protected this great state and country. 

I hope you join me in taking a moment to recognize their sacrifices, and the sacrifices of their families.

If you’re a veteran in need or know one, there are many resources and services available to help. The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs offers benefit information for Hoosier veterans and their families. There’s also career training and opportunities to connect to employers through Indiana’s Next Level Veterans initiative.

The Military Family Relief Fund helps those who may be struggling to pay for essentials like housing, utilities and food. Its Operation Holiday Program provides $200 for holiday meals plus $300 per dependent child for eligible veterans this holiday season. 

Veterans in crisis should call 988, then press 1 for immediate and confidential assistance, or text 838255 or chat online with a responder who is ready to help.