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.

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)

Military and Veteran Families

The Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University
and eXtension's Military Families Learning Network invite you to attend the webinar:

How to Help Military & Veteran Families:
Some Answers to Your Questions

Monday, October 7, 2013 @ 2:00pm ET

Every community in America is home to veterans and/or service members and their families. Communities and advocacy groups support our troops through various efforts. Now, targeted resources are available for professionals and community groups that are motivated to help those who have served our nation.

USDA/DoD Extension Military Partnership, in collaboration with the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) and the National Military Family Association, have created an 11-part series of publications called "How to Help Military & Veteran Families." These publications provide a wealth of information for medical and legal professionals, neighbors, faith-based organizations, teachers, and others seeking to help veterans, service members and their families. Each issue is filled with evidence-based guidance.

This is the first in a series of webinars to help you and your colleagues learn more about the How to Help publications. More information about the webinar can be found at:

We will be sending you more information about this webinar shortly. In the meantime, you can review the first How to Help issues and tell others about this upcoming webinar. Please feel free to share this email with your partners, collaborators and colleagues.

Thanks for all you do for veterans, service members and their families.

Featured Monroe-Owen County Military Support Network Sponored Events:

Community Military/Veteran Events:

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

9:00AM - 1PM

Lawrence County Fair Grounds - 1126 US Hwy 50 West Bedford, IN 47421

9:00AM - 11:00AM - Veterans ONLY - 11:00AM - 1:00PM Open to the Public

See attached flyer for more details (PDF 302.17 KB)


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

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program

VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 Creates New Benefit for Unemployed Veterans

Congress passed, and the President has signed into law, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans. The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are working together to roll out this new program on July 1, 2012.

For a factsheet detailing all the facets of the VOW program click here

For a factsheet detailing all the facets of the VRAP program click here

To see Frequently Asked Questions about the VRAP program click here

To qualify, a Veteran must:

The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. Participants may receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty program (currently $1,473 per month). DOL will provide employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of the program. VA will begin accepting applications online by May 15, 2012 at

Participants must be enrolled in a program of education approved for VA benefits offered by a community college or technical school. The program must lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certificate, and provide training towards a high demand occupation.

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)