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Veterans Will Receive Free Dental Care at Nearly 450 Aspen Dental Practices

Thousands of veterans will receive free dental care on Saturday, June 24th, when doctors and their teams from nearly 450 Aspen Dental-branded practices in 35 states open their doors for Aspen Dental’s National Day of Service – an event that is expected to be the largest single-day oral health initiative…

Veterans Choice Program (VCP) Phone Line IMposter

It has come to VA’s attention that a phone line has been set up by an unknown party to potentially “mimic” the VCP phone line. This imposter phone line may be intended to reach Veterans who inadvertently dial the VCP number incorrectly.The phone line established to “mimic” the VCP phone…

Beat Boot Camp 5k Saturday May 6th

Beast Boot Camp 5K | Hometown Happenings Saturday, May 6th, 9 am (Registration 7:30 am) Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court Street, Crown Point Register Online. Mail In Form. Please “like us” on Facebook Designed & Staffed by US Marines, participants face Marine Corps military boot camp exercises along a 5k…

Photographic War Memorial in NWI

We are honored and humbled to be able to host the Remembering Our Fallen War Memorial from Wednesday, October 26 – Wednesday, November 2.  Remembering our Fallen is a nationally touring photo-display honoring military service members who have died from wounds suffered in a war zone since Sept. 11, 2011. …

Veterans Appreciation Day Parade & Concert

The City of Hammond celebrates its 3rd annual Veteran Appreciation Day parade on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. in Hammond’s 5th and 6th districts. The parade route travels from Olcott Avenue, down 173rd street and ends at the Hessville Park Veteran Memorial. Some of the parade participants include members…

Local Veteran to be Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2016

State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) announces that Lowell resident James Chancellor will soon be inducted into the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame. Chancellor, 66, is a U.S. Army combat veteran who served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. As a door gunner he received a Purple Heart and…

Purple Heart for WWII Veteran from Muncie

Donnelly Helps Secure Purple Heart for WWII Veteran from Muncie Medal award comes more than 70 years after the battlefield injury   ** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ** Wednesday, September 21, 2016   Contact: Donnelly_Press@Donnelly.Senate.Gov Phone: 202-224-0972   Muncie, Ind. – Today, Muncie resident and World War II veteran Junior Howell…

Union workers have ‘wings on their backs’

MERRILLVILLE — When Gino Iussig fell in his home and broke his leg recently, his family didn’t know what to do. Even before the accident, it was difficult for the World War II veteran, 93, and his wife, Joyce, to go outside of the home they’ve shared for more than…

presenting a check for the Hammond Veterans Build

from left to right – Dan Klein, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of NWI; Dawn Michaels, Development Director of Habitat for Humanity of NWI; Jim Chancellor, Vice Chair of Northwest Indiana Veterans Action Council; Dave Whitworth, Hessville Eagle Riders.  Hessville Eagle Riders presented NWIVAC and Habitat a check for…

Strack and Van Tils donates to the Council

Front row: representative from Strack & Van Tils; Chris Bengtson, Strack & Van Tils CFO; Kathy Kazmierczak, incoming chair of NWIVAC; Michael Sparber, retiring chair of NWIVAC; Victor Baker, NWIVAC board member; Gene Kessler, NWIVAC Treasurer.  Back row: sales manager from NWI Times; Jose Terrazas, NWIVAC board member; Mary Morstadt,…

US Military Allstars Interview

Jim Chancelor interviews Second Lieutenant Brian Merrigan from the US Military Allstars Baseball Team. This 4th of July The Us Military Allstars Baseball Team came to play against the Oilmen from Whiting Indiana. This game was designed to help collected donations for the Northwest Indiana Veterans Council.

Appreciation Certificate to our Chairman

On 4th of July the Northwest Indiana Action Council was scheduled to delivered a certificate of appreciation to the Oilmen Baseball team’s owner Don Popravak and also a certificate to the US Military All-Stars Baseball Team, at the same time behind the scenes the executive committee were preparing to give…

Strack & Van Til Partners with NWIVAC

Strack & Van Til has partnered with making change® in a point-of-purchase campaign in 12 of its stores in the greater Chicago area to benefit Building Homes for Heroes® – which brings mortgage free housing to injured veterans nationwide. As part of the month-long initiative, making change will coordinate the…

Breakfast backs Veterans Build effort

SCHERERVILLE – A U.S. soldier fights out of love for “the American family,” Guy Gruters told those gathered Friday at the annual Veterans Build Breakfast. Gruters, a former pilot and POW in North Vietnam, was the special guest and speaker at the breakfast, held at Patrician Banquets and co-sponsored by…

Wartime Veterans Pension

The VA provides a non-service-connected pension (click here for the payment rate tables) for wartime veterans with low incomes and who are over 64 years old, or to wartime veterans who are totally and permanently disabled for reasons not related to their military service. The pension is intended to provide…

Students rehab Habitat house

HAMMOND — A veteran is going to get a new house for what it cost to rehab it. The work is thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana, the Hammond Area Career Center, North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan and dozens of other people who donated to the cause. Mrvan…

Donnelly Calls For Answers on Veterans Issues

Senator expresses concern to federal contractor about reports that Hoosier vets are having trouble accessing services. As part of ongoing efforts to improve the Veterans Choice Program and address issues faced by some Northwest Indiana veterans, today, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly expressed concern and asked questions of Health Net Federal…

Combined Insurance Hiring Full-Time Agents

Combined Insurance is hiring full-time agents to sell supplemental products using a business-to-business sales approach. Agent positions being filled are full-time W2 status(not 1099 or contract), with medical benefits, paid training, company provided iPad, company provided leads including existing customers and a base subsidy for the first 2 weeks in…

A+ Certification Class, IT Career Training Program

The A+ Certification class is the first step in pursuing a position in the IT career field. An information technician (IT) is responsible for both installing and maintaining computer hardware, software, and networks. During this 8-week course, student will cover topics such as PC Hardware, Operating Systems, Mobile Devices, and…

Senate “Servicemember and Veteran Mental Health Care Package” Bill

The Senate today passed military mental health provisions from U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly’s “Servicemember and Veteran Mental Health Care Package “(“Care Package”) as a part of this year’s national defense bill.  The Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed the Senate with bipartisan support, 71-25. Serving on the Senate…

Vets Attend Job Fair, Learn About Career Options

by Gregory Tejada, Chicago Post-Tribune When Willie Jones served in the military, she gained technical skills in finance that later enabled her to get a job with the Federal Reserve Bank, and then in the private sector with the Bank of America. But Jones, of Gary, no longer works in…

Helping Homeless Veteran Families

by Lu Ann Franklin, NWI Times HAMMOND | Eliminating homelessness among America’s military veterans will take community efforts and partnerships, according to the chairman of the NWI Veterans Action Council. That kind of effort by the 63 members of the Hessville Eagle Riders raised $5,000 during the group’s fifth annual charity…

First Veterans Build Home Dedicated

April 06, 2015 12:00 am  •  Times Staff MERRILLVILLE | Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana and the NWI Veterans Action Council partnered  in January, 2014 to provide housing for low-income local veterans in Lake County.That dream comes true this week, when the first Veterans Build home in dedicated in…

Without Help, Navigating Benefits Can Be Overwhelming

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America’s troops where they live. We’re calling the project “Back at Base.” This story is Part 2 of a three-part series about veteran benefits (Part 1 / Part 3). The latest data from…

What Military Leadership Can Teach a Civilian World

This article was originally published as sponsor-generated content on POLITICO as part of the editorial series, Lessons from Leaders, presented by Bank of America. This Veterans Day, as we pause to remember and thank the service members who have sacrificed for their fellow Americans, we should also take a moment…

10 Things the Military Won’t Tell You

1. We’re losing manpower and buying power After fighting two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. government faces a new threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (more commonly known as ISIS). This comes at a time when the military’s annual budget is not expected to grow….

Donnelly: ‘Sexton Act is Law’

President Obama signs Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act into law as part of annual national defense bill Indianapolis, Ind. —U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly welcomed his signature legislation, the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014, being signed into law today by President Obama as part of the national defense bill.  The…

About Us

The Northwest Indiana Veterans’ Action Council is a committee that seeks both to coordinate services provided to active service members and veterans and to promote awareness of new initiatives on their behalf. The Northwest Indiana Veterans Council is comprised of community leaders, both veterans and non-veterans, dedicated to improving the…

Top 10 Reasons to Hire the Guard and Reserve

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Top Ten Reasons to Hire Members of the Guard and Reserve Please take the time to view ESGRs Fact Sheet Number 7. Share and spread the word! http://www.ong.ohio.gov/outreach/employers/FactSheet7[1].pdf

A Message from Our Chairman

Message from the Chairman:   Greetings! My name is Michael Sparber and I am honored to be the Chairman of the NWI Veterans Action Council. Thank you for taking the opportunity to view our website. You will find information on our NWI Veterans Action Council, such as our mission statement,…