Veterans aid office to offer local assistance

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Johnson County veterans and their families needing financial assistance or facing homelessness no longer will have to travel to Indianapolis for help.

Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation, which helps veterans and their families who are facing eviction or are homeless in central Indiana, will begin sending an employee to Johnson County to help residents and families. The foundation provides veterans with money for utilities and rent or a place to live if they have nowhere else to go.

Transportation is a challenge for many veterans and their families. By having the employee come to the community, the group hopes to be able to help more people, foundation marketing director Debra Des Vignes said. An employee from the foundation will travel to the county once a week to meet with any veterans in need of assistance. The employee will work with veterans on budgeting, finding a job, getting benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or affording a place to live.

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