The ultimate Indiana veteran guide

From gym memberships to health-care services, to hunting and fishing license exemptions and free passes to state parks, the new online guide details state and federal benefits alike for those who have served the nation in uniform, and their families. In some states, different benefits are available for veterans with service-connected disabilities. American Legion Past National Vice Commander Doug Haggan, a service-connected disabled veteran, said he discovered a few years ago that more benefits were available to him in Indiana than he realized.

​“For instance, if you’re 10 percent disabled in Indiana, your kids can go to a state school for free,” he said.

“The more I hunted, the more I found." Haggan said state veterans benefits are not always well promoted. “Disabled or not disabled, there are many different benefits, but no one is there to hand the information off to you. A lot of people don’t know, for instance, they can often go to state parks for free for the weekend, or at discounted rates.” His discovery in Indiana led him to look at all U.S. states, and he began to assemble a database of different veterans benefits, by state. “It was a big undertaking, but it was well worth the effort,” he said. “I hope people use it.” ​

​Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs

Since its establishment in 1945, the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) has remained focused on aiding and assisting "Hoosier" veterans, and qualified family members or survivors, who are eligible for benefits or advantages provided by Indiana and the U.S. government. Indiana owes a great debt to its veterans, past and present, for their personal sacrifices and dedicated service. 75 Hoosiers (2 still living) have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in testimony to their courage and sacrifices. ​ Today, Indiana is home to nearly 550,000 veterans. 52,000 veterans and survivors collect disability compensation or pension payments. There is no greater honor than to serve those who have given so much.

​We hope that you will find our web site user friendly and helpful in providing information about veteran benefits, activities, and organizations. Please feel free to contact this office or one of the 91 County Service Officers listed in our Directory who are ready to serve you in your home county.

24 Hour Veterans Crisis Line 800-273-8255 Press 1


Operation Job Ready Vets Indiana Jobs for Veterans Employment Veterans Service Center National Guard Employment Network Education & Employment Services Military CDL Skills Waiver Program Indiana Workforce Development Veteran Business Enterprise Veteran Owned Business Resources Helmets to Hardhats America's Job Bank Small Business Development Center U.S. Department of Labor Vet Jobs

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State Benefits

Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF) Military Family Relief Fund Application Veteran License Plate Application Form Peddlers, Vendors, or Hawkers License Disabled Veterans' (DAV) Hunting & Fishing License Active Duty Fishing License Exemptions Hunting & Fishing License Prices Military CDL Skills Waiver Program Driver license renewal for U.S. military personnel Military-provided motorcycle safety courses Easy plate renewal Disabled Hoosier Veteran License Plate Gold Star Family License Plate Indiana's Military License Plates Golden Hoosier Passport for State Parks Peddlers, Vendors, or Hawkers License Property Tax Deductions Property Tax Deduction Form Justice for Vets Stateside Legal Help ​Veterans Justice Outreach


My Computer Career Resources for Student Veterans Scholarships & Financial Aid Military Friendly Online Colleges Aviation Institute of Maintenance Indiana Wesleyan University Indiana College of Sports & Medical Massage Education & Employment Services GI Bill Post 9/11 GI Bill TUITION and FEE EXEMPTION Tuition and Fee Exemption for Purple Heart Recipients High School Diploma Program for WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam Veterans Application for Tuition and Fee Exemption for Child of a ​Disabled Veteran Affordable Indiana Colleges and Money Saving Resources

Indiana Veterans Home

Indiana Veterans Home West Lafayette

Indiana Veterans Cemetery

For Burial Assistance contact “Indiana Funeral Care” POC is David Ring 317-636-6464

Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Madison IN Marion National Cemetery Marion IN Indiana State Soldiers' Home Cemetery West Lafayette New Albany National Cemetery New Albany IN Crown Hill National Cemetery Indianapolis IN

VA Disability Claims Assistance

Accredited American Legion service officers are specially trained to provide expert assistance, free of charge, to veterans and their families. While the majority of a service officer’s work involves application for VA disability benefits, these compassionate professionals also provide information, referrals and resources on education, employment and business, death benefits and other important topics. Documents that may help support a VA disability claim If possible, have the following ready when you make your call:

  • DD Form 214 (Issued at separation)

  • Service medical records (outpatient), dental records, entrance and separation examination reports

  • Inpatient hospitalization records (private or military)

  • Private outpatient medical records (if applicable)

  • Personnel file

  • Line of Duty (LOD) investigation reports

  • Overseas or temporary duty (travel) orders

Separating personnel should ensure that all of the information (including awards, overseas time, campaigns, RE code, etc.) on the DD 214 is correct before signing. Uncorrected errors may cause problems in the future when applying for VA and other benefits. Find a Service Officer Near You

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