The 10th Annual Mayors' Veterans Appreciation Day event has been re-scheduled to the 26th of September 2020. Click on the "Mayors Event" Page for further details
U.S. Space Force: The Department of Defense forwarded a Space Force proposal to Congress, on March 1, 2019, calling for a service that would fall under the Air Force in the same way the Marine Corps falls under the Department of the Navy. The proposal also included the designation of a new position: undersecretary of the Air Force for space, a civilian position that would answer to the secretary of the Air Force and oversee U.S. Space Force. Officials estimated the creation of a new service would cost $2 billion over five years, and require 15,000 personnel.
On Aug. 29, 2019, the Pentagon activated U.S. Space Command, a new U.S. combatant command led by Air Force Gen. John "Jay" Raymond, intended to serve as a precursor to U.S. Space Force. The Pentagon had a U.S. Space Command from 1985 to 2002, but it had a far more limited scope and was not a geographic combatant command.
National Vietnam War Veterans Day: Please remember, in November 2017, President Trump marked Veterans Day and the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War by meeting with U.S. veterans in Vietnam. Americans now celebrate Vietnam Veterans Day annually on March 29 thanks to a measure signed into law by President Donald Trump in 2017. The holiday, officially known as National Vietnam War Veterans Day, was made official by Trump through the "Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017," and encourages Americans to display the U.S. flag in honor of Vietnam veterans. 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration Day Website.
Blue Water Navy Benefits: As of Jan. 1, 2020, VA extends benefits to Veterans who served offshore of the Republic of Vietnam, or in the Korean Demilitarized Zone during a certain time period, are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides, such as Agent Orange. Click here to learn what the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act means for you.
FORT HARRISON's PX & COMMISSARY: If you're a veteran with a VA service-connected disability rating, a former prisoner of war, or a Purple Heart recipient, the exchange, recreation facilities, and commissary on the base will be opening their doors to you starting in 2020. That includes the PX, commissary, and other retail stores on base, in addition to morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) facilities, such as golf courses, bowling areas, campgrounds, and lodging facilities. If you're already enrolled in the VA health system, you should already have the ID card you need to get access to base, which is called the Veteran Health Identification Card. If not, you can apply online or call (877) 222-8387.
MAYORS EVENT 2020: The 10th Annual Mayors' Veterans Appreciation Day event has been set for Saturday the 8th of August 2020 - Event dates set for the next five years: Veterans Support Council, Inc. (VSC) has signed a multi-year package with the Marion County Fairgrounds to hold its Mayors' Veterans Appreciation Day event at the Fairgrounds for the next five years. All dates will be on the 2nd Saturday of August from 2020 through 2024.
FREE BUS PASSES FOR INDY VETERANS: Starting July 18, 2018, all Veterans living in the Indianapolis Metro areas are eligible to ride the IndyGo buses for FREE. To register, veterans must complete the enrollment process in person at the Julia Carson Transit Center, 201 E Washington Street. Veterans must fill out an application (provided in both English and Spanish), provide proof of eligibility, and have a photo taken at the Transit Center Customer Service desk. Visit IndyGo's Press Release for additional information
Two New VSO's for Marion County: Starting November 1, 2018 Indianapolis hired two new Veterans Service Officers (VSO's) that will be serving our Veterans community in all of Marion County. View rtv's Channel Video
COMING SOON: VSC's website will soon have a complete database of goods, services programs, and benefits available to Veterans, the Military and their Families. The database will be broken down into over 400 topics such as; housing, employment, clothing, food, health care, education, help with addictions, help with mental illness, etc.