March News For You

March 2019 E-Newsletter

Lake County Spotlight


Operation Combat Bikesaver

Are you looking for a different way to spend time with your peers? Then Operation Combat Bikesaver (OCB) may be the place for you! OCB workshops were started to help veterans work through PTSD, TBIs and depression to be together in a place with a familiar comradery, fun environment and, through time, restore a motorcycle with the guidance of skilled instructors. 

Want to learn more about this Hot Rod Therapy?
Check out their website, Facebook page and watch Mike Rowe's Returning The Favor video.

South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail

During the Civil War, there were over 200,000 Hoosiers who took up arms to fight for the Union and now, hundreds of those men have been buried along the South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail. The drop-down list on the site also provides information on those who are interred there. 

The Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project has ensured that the headstones have been restored and modified with Union shields and Grand Army of the Republic medallions. 

While much work has been done, the efforts on this project need continued funding. You can pay your respects by going along the trails or donating to this cause.

Don't Miss Out!




Explore VA health services, meet northwest Indiana employers with employment opportunities, and local Veteran service organizations to assist with your needs.


1. Registration

2. Employment Assistance
(prior to meeting with and interviewing for employment)


Click to see how you can participate through donations or summer fundraiser

The Spirit of Christmas

In addition to the help that is provided throughout the year to veterans, The Indiana Blue Star Salute Program greatly enhances the lives of veteran families in need during the Christmas holiday.
Over the past few years, IDVA has attended The Spirit of Christmas and has seen how phenomenal and life changing this event is for the families involved. On their special Christmas day, household needs are provided for, children receive gifts, food is in abundance, Santa & Mrs. Claus fly in on a Huey, there's face-painting, and childhood characters entertaining the young children. On this day, the families have a sense of relief, and it's because of these types of fundraisers and donations from companies and individuals.


We are hosting our 6th Annual Salute to Veterans Golf Outing to support Helping Hands For Freedom - MidwestHelping Hands for Freedom - HHFF, a 501c3 dedicated to supporting the families of the fallen, wounded, and deployed. This event is open to the public. Both companies and general public can make monetary or raffle donations. Please contact Mr. Aichele at with the subject line as the event name or register through our Facebook event page.

What's Coming Next?

Vets Helping Vets!

If you're looking for a way to assist veterans, or need assistance yourself, keep an eye out for our "Donation Motivation" article in the next few months. If you're unable to make a monetary contribution, there is a "Volunteering" section on our Veterans Resource Hub.



Gold Mile Volunteer

The month of May in Indianapolis is a celebration of the world’s largest single-day sporting event – the Indianapolis 500. Beyond that, the 500 Festival also embraces a very important holiday in the midst of its festivities – Memorial Day and a weekend to remember the sacrifices made by Indiana men and women who perished while serving in the armed forces. On May 24th, the 500 Festival Memorial Service will take place at the Indiana War Memorial.
Want to Support and Honor the Families of our Indiana Fallen Heroes? Then visit for more information on how to participate!
Please share this with all your family, friends and co-workers! All are invited to participate.



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Bricks of Honor Ceremony for Vietnam MIAs

March 29th is National Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day

What: Bricks of Honor Dedication, National Vietnam War Veterans Day, honoring Indiana’s 51 Vietnam War missing in action veterans
When: 11:30 a.m. to noon March 29 (rain date April 1)
Where: Soldier and Sailors Monument, Monument Circle north quadrant, Indianapolis
RSVP requested: If you plan to attend, please email Janet Shelton at
Hosted by: Caroline Scott Harrison Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Parking: There is limited handicapped and motorcycle parking available at the monument


Hoops for Troops
Military Appreciation

Purchase discount tickets to the MARCH 14 & APRIL 5 Pacers games using the links below and entering the promo code.

Code: Militaryappreciation2019 

Learn How To Handle Your Money (March 30 - April 6)


Through Money Smart Week, you can learn how to better manage and expand your personal finances from fiscal experts.

Learn what's available and when near you through the Money Smart Even Search.


Veterans Money Smart Week Expo - Apr 4, 2019
Lake County Area
Jesse Brown VA Medical Center 820 S. Damen Ave, Chicago IL, 60612



Honor A Hoosier Veteran

WWII veteran, Bethel Killman, pictured above, is turning 100 years old on March 17th! 

Mr. Killman has been diagnosed with heart valve problems with limited time remaining from his diagnosis.

There will be birthday party for him on St. Patrick's Day at the Hardy Cafe on Main Street in Scottsburg.

All are welcome to join at 2PM that day, but if you can't make it and wish to express your "Best Wishes", you can find more information and his address here.