Active Military Branch Aid Resources
Marine Corp: www.nmcrs.org
Air Force: afas.org
Coast Guard: cgmahq.org
Space Force: afas.org
Indiana Guard Relief Fund Application: bit.ly/legion-guard-C19
The American Legion Family Support Network:
The American Legion recognizes that families of deployed and activated military personnel face special difficulties and hardships. With the help of the Family Support Network, these families do not have to shoulder this burden alone. Families can request assistance from local American Legion Family members by calling the toll-free number or filling out an online application.
www.legion.org/fsn – 1-800-504-4098
The American Legion Temporary Finanical Assistance Program:
Since its establishment in 1925, The American Legion Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) program has awarded cash grants to minor children of current active duty or American Legion members. These grants help families in need meet the cost of shelter, food, utilities and health expenses, thereby keeping the child or children in a more stable environment. Contact your local American Legion post or department of Indiana headquarters.
www.indianalegion.org - (317) 630-1300
Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs
Military Family Relief Fund COVID-19 Special Application
Indiana Unemployment Application:
Easy-File for Unemployment App:
Stimulus Check Tracking Tool:
DAV’s COVID-19 Unemployment Relief program:
USA.gov Food Assistance:
Find out how to get food in case of an emergency, apply for food stamps and what free or low-cost food programs are available for infants, children and seniors. Learn about rule changes during the coronavirus emergency.
Immediate Food Aid:
If you’re hungry now:
Call the USDA National Hunger Hotline - 1-866-348-6479
Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM Eastern Time.
Meals on Wheels Indy:
(No age restriction. Physician must provide a diet prescription. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify)
mealsonwheelsindy.org - 317-252-5558
USA.gov housing help for veterans who are older, homeless, or who have a disability:
https://in211.communityos.org - Dial 211
2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps Hoosiers across Indiana find the local resources they need:
in211.communityos.org - Dial 211
Indiana Salvation Army centers:
There are a number of locations by county and city. The Salvation Army will have everything from Family Stores to social services for paying bills.
Bartholomew, DeKalb, and Jackson County area
Salvation Army assistance DeKalb County
Dubious and Pike County Salvation Army
Salvation Army Fort Wayne programs
Salvation Army Howard County
Indianapolis and Marion County
Kosciusko County Salvation Army assistance programs
Salvation Army Johnson County Indiana
Assistance from Monroe County Salvation Army
New Albany Salvation Army
Salvation Army programs in South Bend
Tippecanoe County Salvation Army
Vanderburgh County assistance programs
Healthcare / Mental Health
Indiana VA Locations:
State Location List
Indiana County Veterans Service Offices:
The County Veterans Service Offices are a local point of contact for veterans in their county to assist with all veteran issues
NO ONE LEFT BEHIND!
Vet to Vet Assistance:
VA Suicide Hotline – 1-800-273-8255
NVF Lifeline for Vets – 1-888-777-4443
National Suicide Hotline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Stop Soldier Suicide – 1.800.273.8255 #1
Lilly Insulin Value Program:
Anyone with commercial insurance and those without insurance at all can fill their monthly prescription of Lilly insulin for $35
This list will continue to be updated as more aid becomes available.
Check back often.
On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Governor Eric Holcomb activated Indiana National Guard to support state efforts to mitigate the impact of Covid 19 during a national emergency. The Board of the INGRF has approved special grants for Guardsmen who become ill or quarantined because of their service during this emergency.
FAQs - COVID-19 and Charity Gaming
OUR LICENSE IS EXPIRING AT THE END OF MARCH OR APRIL. WHAT DO WE DO? Per Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-09, all annual charity gaming licenses issued by the Indiana Gaming Commission will be automatically extended through Friday, May 22, 2020. This date may change based upon future Executive Orders. Please contact the Charity Gaming Division via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at 317-232-4646 for specific guidance for your organization’s license renewal. Please leave a detailed message, including your name, phone number, and the best time to call.
March 27, 2020
To all concerned:
Since 1937, Hoosier Boys State has enjoyed great success as one of the premier Children and Youth programs sponsored by the American Legion, Department of Indiana. However, this year has brought about a pandemic event unlike anything we have seen in our lifetime. The Coronavirus is a very serious worldwide event that has forced us all to make tough, but responsible decisions.
As the Program Director of Hoosier Boys State, I am speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors. Consulting with Jennifer LaRose, our contact person at Trine University, a mutual decision has been reached. With tears in my eyes, regarding this year’s program, I regret to inform you that:
Hoosier Boys State is canceled for 2020
I have been in contact with Department Commander Allen Connelly and Adjutant John Crosby concerning reimbursements to sponsors as soon as possible. Thanks to all members of the Board, the Enrollment Committee and American Legion Department of Indiana Posts. Also, a very special thanks to our dedicated staff. We will assemble in 2021 to make the 83rd Hoosier Boys State truly “A Week to Shape a Lifetime”. Stay safe and healthy. Good Luck!
Director of Hoosier Boys State
A Program of the American Legion
Indiana Legion Family,
Governor Eric Holcomb has Issued a Directive to “Stay Home”
Governor Eric Holcomb has issued several directives intended to help protect the health and well-being of all Hoosiers and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Find the following links to these directives below:
EO 20-08. Stay at Home
EO 20-09. Continuity of State Operations
EO 20-10. Enforcement Directive Regarding Prohibition of In-Person Dining
EO 20-11. Provisions for carryout consumption of alcohol
Because of Governor Holcomb’s "Stay at Home Order" the Department of Indiana Headquarters Office in Indianapolis will be closed and staff will be working remotely until such time as it is considered safe and appropriate to reopen beginning Monday, April 6, 2020. Should you need to contact the Department of Indiana, regarding a Legion issue that needs attention now and cannot wait:
Contact John Crosby, Department Adjutant at:
Please be assured, our thoughts are with you as your Posts and Districts react prudently to community concerns related to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Last week, a message to all members went out announcing that the 2020 Spring Conference has been canceled. All further meetings scheduled at Department Headquarters in relation to Spring Conference have also been canceled.
No additional information regarding Boy’s State, the baseball tournament, or Department Convention is available at this time and decisions regarding these activities will not be finalized until May.
Veterans’ related information to the Coronavirus pandemic is being compiled on the Department website and updated daily, located at www.indianalegion.org/news. Please find a message from Department Commander Allen Connelly and a Frequently Asked Message Forum below:
Message from Department Cmdr. Allen Connelly
“These are unprecedented times we are facing in our nation’s history. Never before in our lifetimes have we been tested with circumstances that challenge us today. The public health concern surrounding COVID-19, more commonly known as the Coronavirus, has been elevated to a world-wide pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) therefore causing communities, cities, states and federal government to enact emergency actions in order to contain and combat the impact and risks of spreading the virus.
Upon the recommendations of the President of the United States, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and WHO, the actions taken include, but are not limited to, restriction of mass gathering sizes, restriction on unnecessary travel, closure of restaurants and other public gathering spaces, implementation of “social distancing” guidelines and an overall emphasis on personal hygiene and virus/germ abatement actions.
What does this mean for us?
First I want to begin by expressing how proud I am of our American Legionnaires and our entire American Legion Family. It is not in our nature to stand down, to step aside or to remain idle when our way of life, our families and our communities are threatened. However, during this pandemic, we have been instructed to do exactly that, to stand down. By staying home, and by practicing social distancing, you are helping to stem the spread of this deadly virus. By staying home, you are doing the responsible thing for our communities.
I have asked that all of our American Legion Posts close temporarily to comply with the Governor’s orders. We as veterans must set the example in our communities for others to emulate. Our Posts are making a sacrifice every single day that their doors remain closed, a sacrifice to ensure that our elderly, our youth, our families and our communities remain healthy through this.
We are feeling this sacrifice in several ways - besides the obvious financial burden that will surely impact our Posts, our sense of belonging to our veterans’ community is being challenged by this social distancing. We are a community that thrives by coming together. However, we’ve been asked to stay in our homes.
My message to you all is this: We stand together. We stand together because our mission laid out before us, for God and Country, will not cease through this difficult time. Our work is too great to allow for this snapshot in our history to overcome us. While you and your families are taking refuge at home and following the guidance of our nation’s leaders, remember that you belong to the greater good, The American Legion. I am proud of each and every one of our Legionnaires and our Legion Family.
It is currently your Department leadership’s focus to actively search for ways that we can provide assurances to our Posts during this unsure time. We will continue to talk to our elected officials, monitor the CDC, WHO and the White House. As more programs become available to aid our Posts, our members and our communities through this, we will share with you via our Department website at www.indianalegion.org.
Continue to stay strong, thank you for your service, and thank you for being a Legionnaire.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: Do the directives or suggestions to close restaurants/bars affect American Legion Posts since the Post is closed to the public and only open to members and their guests?
A: YES. Governor Holcomb has made it clear that ALL bars, restaurants and clubs must close, including veterans service organizations. We must adhere to these directives and set the standard in our communities as veterans. The Coronavirus does not care what type of ABC license your Post possesses or whether you require guests to sign in. It will spread to those who come in contact with it and the best way to prevent this from spreading is to create distance from others. The directives and suggestions are being given to your community and as a productive partner of your community, you should consider your local authority, your members, and the community as a whole as you respond to directives.
Q: Will my Post be in violation of Constitution and Bylaws if we cancel upcoming meetings?
A: Keeping your members healthy and safe should be your primary concern. Post Constitution and Bylaws dictate the organization and schedules of meetings throughout the year and many Posts include months designated as nomination meetings and election meetings. Many Bylaws do not have allowances for emergency circumstances such as we are experiencing, nor provide accommodations for modern means of communication such as telephone, email or video conferencing. Your executive committees can and should take steps to navigate this obstacle in a manner that keeps the intent of our organization intact and honors the rights of all our members as we get through this pandemic. Your Post will not be penalized for adapting to this unprecedented situation. It may come to pass that elections must be carried out via mail, or other means of digital communication. This could be used as an opportunity to add amendments to Post bylaws that accommodate today’s environment and the future.
Q: Will Department continue to process membership transmittals?
A: Yes, Department Headquarters will continue to process TAL & SAL membership transmittals during this temporary closure. Department mail will continue to be checked once a week and reports will continue to be posted to the Department website at www.indianalegion.org/membership. Online transmittals will be processed as always. If your Post does not currently process online transmittals, this is the perfect time to learn how. Membership can be processed through MyLegion.org in a more timely matter with less potential for human error, duplicates, etc. If you have membership-related questions, please email email@example.com.
Q: Does The American Legion provide National Emergency Fund (NEF) grant money to Posts who have to close down lounge and restaurant operations due to Coronavirus concerns?
A: Simple answer, no. Reason: Post NEF grants are available to Posts who need to recover from a natural disaster in order to restore Four Pillar programs to their community. Since operating a lounge or restaurant is not an essential component of providing these programs and since we are being asked to discontinue events, the need to distribute funds to restore Four Pillar Programs does not exist.
Due to many of our Posts shutting their doors and many people working remotely at home, this could have a disastrous effect on our membership as we approach the final stretch. With everyone home, this is a unique opportunity to take advantage of conducting Buddy Checks on your members. This demonstrates that your Post is concerned about them during this pandemic.
The Department leadership will continue to dialogue with our elected officials as well as the National Headquarters of The American Legion to learn of new programs, grants and opportunities to aid our Posts, members and communities.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP, WNDU) - Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has ordered residents to remain at home except for essential errands in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, mirroring similar orders in other states.
Holcomb said Monday that the order still allows the state's 6.8 million residents to go outside to perform essential tasks, such as to buy groceries and medicine, and makes exemptions for employees of crucial industries.
Holcomb has already delayed Indiana’s May 5 primary election until June 2 and ordered all schools to remain closed until at least May 1.
He has also banned public gatherings of more than 50 people.
Click here for answers to frequently asked questions regarding the stay-at-home order.
Click below to read each executive order.
EO 20-08. Stay at Home
EO 20-09. Continuity of State Operations
EO 20-10. Enforcement Directive Regarding Prohibition of In-Person Dining
EO 20-11. Provisions for carryout consumption of alcohol
From the office of Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb:
INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address today to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The order is in effect from March 25 to April 7.
“The next two weeks are critical if we are to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we must slow the spread. You must be part of the solution, not the problem,” said Gov. Holcomb.
The first positive case of COVID-19 in Indiana was reported on March 6. Since then the number of positive cases has increased on a near daily basis, escalating as the capacity to test has grown. As of this morning, the number of tests completed in Indiana is 1,960, the number of positive cases is 259 and 7 deaths have been reported.
“I’m setting the example by sending state government personnel home to work to the maximum extent possible and closing our facilities to public interaction beginning Tuesday, for at least the next two weeks,” said Gov. Holcomb.
Beginning Tuesday, all state government offices will be closed to in-person public activity until at least April 7. This includes the Government Center complex in Indianapolis and other offices throughout the state, including Bureau of Motor Vehicle branches. State employees will work remotely whenever possible and continue to provide core functions online and by phone. All public safety functions will continue.
In conjunction with the closures, Gov. Holcomb ordered an automatic extension of all state-issued licenses and will advise law enforcement to refrain from issuing citations for a driver’s license or registration that expires during this emergency.
The state, in conjunction with the city and all hospital systems in Marion County, has activated a comprehensive emergency operations center to maximize hospital capacity and provide joint coordination. The center is charged with tracking the inventory of all hospital beds, supplies and personnel as the number of COVID-19 patients grows.
“I am proud of our hospital systems that are participating in the initial phase of this process, Eskenazi Health, IU Health, Franciscan Health, Community Health Network, and Ascension,” said Gov. Holcomb. “Marion County is where we’ve seen the most community spread to date, but we will expand this model to other parts of the state.”
In all, Governor Holcomb issued four executive orders:
EO 20-08. Stay at Home.
EO 20-09. Continuity of State Operations.
EO 20-10. Enforcement Directive Regarding Prohibition of In-Person Dining.
EO 20-11. Provisions for carryout consumption of alcohol.
Links to all executive orders may be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm
The complete text of Gov. Holcomb’s address may be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/3233.htm
Link to the Stay-At-Home Order FAQ may be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/3232.htm
More information may be found at the ISDH website at in.gov/coronavirus and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF) coronavirus emergency application is available now at in.gov/dva and will provide undisrupted assistance to veterans and their families during this National Emergency COVID-19 crisis.
Questions can be answered by calling (317) 232-3910.
INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — On Wednesday, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced low-interest federal disaster loans for small businesses who have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19.
An online application is available here or by calling SBA's Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955.
The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the entire state of Indiana and several counties in adjoining states.
"SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist Indiana small businesses with federal disaster loans. We will be swift in our efforts to help these small businesses recover from the financial impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)," said Administrator Carranza.
"Small businesses, private non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) since Jan. 31, 2020, may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred," said Carranza.
The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private nonprofit organizations is 2.75 percent with long-term repayment options to keep payments affordable.
The deadline to apply Dec. 18, 2020.
“I have been in direct contact with the office of Governor Eric Holcomb regarding the closure of bars, restaurants and clubs across the State of Indiana. Unfortunately this does include American Legion Posts. I expect that all of our Posts and Members will conduct themselves in accordance with the Governor’s directive as our organization, made up of our nation’s wartime veterans, should set the standard for our communities. I will continue to communicate with the Governor’s Office and our local elected officials to learn of possible aid and relief for our local Posts and businesses as our economy begins to feel the impact due to this policy of ‘Social Distancing.’ Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.” – Department Commander Allen Connelly
My fellow Legionnaires,
I’m writing to you in an uncertain time in our nation’s history as the World Health Organization has dubbed the Coronavirus a global pandemic. The health and safety of our membership is my foremost priority as our membership is the lifeblood of our great organization. That is why I have chosen to cancel the upcoming 2020 Joint Spring conference scheduled for Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5 at the Marriott East Hotel in Indianapolis.
For those who have made reservations through the Department American Legion Housing Block, no further action is required. Spring Conference reservations are cancelled directly by the Marriott East Hotel. If you made reservations outside of the Legion block, contact the hotel directly. If you are unsure of which reservation block you are on, contact the Marriott East Hotel to inquire and confirm cancellation at 317-352-1231.
For our 380 Posts, Units and Squadrons across the great Hoosier State, I implore you to adhere to the local guidelines set by our Governor, local elected officials and public health departments regarding closures. As of 2:30 p.m. this afternoon, Monday, March 16, 2020, the Governor has stated that all bars, nightclubs and restaurants are closed through the end of March. This does include our Legion Posts, restaurants and canteens. I have been in direct contact with the Governor’s office to ask for any economic relief from the fallout of these shutdowns and will continue to inquire.
Gov. Holcomb also announced that Indiana will adhere to the federal Centers for Disease Control guidelines which recommends no in-person events of more than 50 people. Keep in mind that our membership is mostly made up of the at-risk age demographic for Coronavirus. I expect that each of our Posts will do the right thing.
In addition the Department Commander Allen Connelly and Leading Candidate for Commander Mark Gullion’s travel calendars have been suspended through March.. This means that all previously scheduled visitation to Post and District functions are hereby cancelled for health concerns.
The Department Headquarters will continue to operate and monitor the ongoing situation. However, the doors of the Department will be closed to walk-ins as of Tuesday, March 17 and will accessible by appointment only. Should you have inquiries or need assistance, you can reach Department staff at 317-630-1300. Stay tuned to www.indianalegion.org for further announcements.
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