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Monroe-Owen County Military Support Network (MOMSN)

MOMSN 2012 Committee The Monroe-Owen County Military Support Network (MOMSN) Committee

The Monroe-Owen County Military Support Network (MOMSN) works collaboratively to keep up-to-date on current resources, share expertise and information, and raise awareness of local need for service members, veterans, and their families, and includes community partners from academic institutions, employment services, Indiana National Guard family groups, veteran's organizations.
MOMSN members have addressed challenges faced by service members and veterans in areas including health care coverage, transportation, and veteran homelessness, as well as networking to ensure all eligible service members and their families are aware of and able to access their military benefits.
The MOMSN is sponsored by the Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross and meets the 4th Thursday of every month at noon at the American Legion Post 18 on West Third Street in Bloomington. Each one hour, working lunch session features a special resource presentation, and issues discussion time.

If you are interested in attending, please contact the Service to Armed Forces Coordinator at the American Red Cross at (812) 332-7292 or for more information or to join this group. Follow on Twitter/RedcrossinBloom for more information on the Red Cross Service to Armed Forces programs.

Featured Monroe-Owen County Military Support Network Sponored Events:

Veteran Field Guide for Government Shutdown

The Department of Veterans Affairs has released a field guide to let veterans know what services will and won't be impacted during current federal government shutdown.

The guide, which can be viewed here, also includes a list of still-active contact phone numbers for VA services, as well as a listing of suspended phone lines. VA call centers and hotlines will cease to function during the shutdown.

Check out the American Legion Website for more information

Veterans Crisis Line

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs urges groups and individuals nationwide to stay alert for signs of suicide risk in the veterans they care about. If you're concerned about the veteran in your life, lending a hand doesn't have to be hard. Just talking about it opens the door to finding support. The Veterans Crisis Line can help.

The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that veterans and their families and friends can access any day, any time. Trained professionals at the Veterans Crisis Line-many of them veterans themselves-are ready to listen, providing free, confidential support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their loved ones with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. For free, confidential support call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1,

Please share this flyer with your family, friends, and community. Sucide Prevention Month for Our Veterans (PDF 33.30 KB)

Battlemind to Home V Symposium

The goal of the Battlemind to Home V Symposium is to reduce community reintegration barriers for returning service members and their families by increasing community knowledge and awareness of challenges faced and the supports available from a collaborative perspective.



Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - Thursday, August 21, 2014
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Eastern Time Zone


Indianapolis Marriott East
7202 East 21st Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46219
(317) 352-1231

Additional Information

Please note that the targeted audiences for the symposium are community service providers. For example: educators, criminal justice/law enforcement, community health care, local/county officials, faith-based services, behavioral health providers.

Registration is not available to VA employees at this time. If you are a VA employee, please contact Robin Paul, regarding your interest in the Battlemind to Home Symposium.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to email the symposium coordinator, Karin Gillund at Thank you and we hope to see you at the Battlemind to Home V Symposium.

Please click on the link below to be taken to the Battlemind to Home webpage. From there you will be allowed to register by selecting the "Register Here" button at the bottom of the page. Also, feel free to pass along this invitation to any colleagues. We ask that all interested parties register for the event no later than July 11.

Click here to register for Battlemind to Home V Symposium!

Presented by:
Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
Department of Veteran Affairs Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Indiana National Guard
Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University

With support from:
Lilly Endowment Inc.

2014 CHALENG Survey on Veteran Homelessness

The CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment Local Education and Networking Groups) 2014 survey is open to all homeless and formerly homeless veterans and community partners! Giving the VA your feedback as a community stakeholder allows us to better serve those veterans experiencing homelessness in our areas. Please click on the link to take the short survey. This can impact the funding and services that are available to veterans in your community, in the hopes of enhancing the continuum of care for this population. Please pass along to any other individuals or organizations that you think may be interested.


Vet to Vet Bloomington

Vet -to-Vet is endorsed by the VA, but is not part of the VA. Their groups do not exist to discuss or attain a disability rating. Veterans are there to learn about theirselves, their problems, and how they affect other people in their lives. They are here to help each other deal with problems adjusting to life after having been in combat or other military trauma. More information can be found at

Vet to Vet Bloomington Brochure (PDF 63.76 KB) & Vet to Vet Bloomington Flyer (PDF 71.78 KB)

Comprehensive homeless vets guide available

American Legion On Call

Click here to find out more about the American Legion programs

We Hire Heroes job listing can be found at this link provided by WorkOne in Bloomington

FREE training for Veterans

* Short term training at no cost to Veterans.

* One day active duty with other than dishonorable discharge

Inquire about the VWIP Program Bloomington WorkOne

contact Cheryl 812-331-6000 ext 6741

Veteran Work Progam flyer (PDF 95.33 KB)

Free Academic Support for Military Students: Department of Defense Program

The program is provided by the Department of Defense and gives all Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve members-and their dependents-free access to professional tutors 24 hours a day, seven days per week.

Please see flyer for more details Free Academic Support for Military Students: Department of Defense Program (PDF 70.50 KB)

Preserving Veteran's Oral Histories Project

Please join Area 10 Agency on Aging and Veterans History Project as they collect stories for veterans, their families, and future generations.

If interested contact Rebecca Nunley at (812) 876-3383 ext. 523 or email or contact Ron Burkhart at (812) 336-2950, email

Preserving Veteran's Oral Histories Project Flyer (PDF 855.14 KB)