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Veterans Support Council, Inc.

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The next VSC Monthly Networking Meeting we will be at the Marriott-East at 21st & Shadeland Ave on Tuesday the 19th of March 2024 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM ..... These are in person meetings only, no more Zoom meetings ................... Everyone is always welcome ....................


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What We Have Done Lately

                   
2022 Carmel 4th of July Parade  Don Hawkins, Representative Renee Pack Lisa Wilkien  2023 Prayer Breakfast  2023 POW / MIA Day   Sammy Davis with a bunch of old Vietnam Vets  Senator Sandlin, Heather Harvey & Don Hawkins at Jill's Vietnam Veterans Day event  Richard Leirer's Dinner with Don Hawkins, Judy King & SGM Alan Thomas (NGAI)  Parade  Parade  Don Hawkins, Jerry Morgan, Dave Sassman. Jennifer Highwood & Amanda Deering  WW II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Iraq War Veterans - Four Generations  WW II Roundtable Veterans  Prayer Breakfast at the Indiana Roof Ball Room    Representative Pack & Sammy L Davis  Kathy Griffin, Don Hawkins & Laura McKee  Fred Bishop & Crew  Tom Harris' church honoring Don Hawkins  500 Pipers at our Marine Corps Ball  Marine Color Guard at the Marine Corps Ball  Celebrating Women Veterans     


What We Are All About

VSC seeks to Partner with Veteran Service Organizations and Community Service Providers that offer help, support, and benefits to our Veterans, Military, and their Families.  We help them secure the vital resources they need and are entitled to for their service to our country.

VSC also Promotes Awareness of All Veterans Issues, encouraging Communities, Veteran Service Organizations, Service Providers, and Media Outlets.  We encourage them to get more involved in helping inform our Veterans and Military Community on where they can get goods, services, programs, and benefits available in their communities.

  • VSC's website lists local, state, and federal organizations that offer Veterans, Military, and their Families; the goods, services, programs, and benefits they have earned.
  • VSC Partnered with MACV in 2014, making VSC the official sponsor, fundraiser, and promoter of the annual Mayors' Veterans Appreciation Day event that was renamed in 2023 as the Hoosier Heroes Apprecation Day event.
    • Starting in 2023, Hoosier Heroes Veterans Appreciation Day event will invite Veterans Service Providers, Veterans, Military, and their Families from all 92 Indiana Counties to participate with us at the White River State Park in Downtown Indy.
  • VSC is looking to Partner with other Communities and Veteran Service Organizations to better serve and support our Veteran and Military population.
  • VSC is an Indiana networking organization made up of Veteran Service Providers, Veteran-focused, and Veteran owned business that meets monthly to plan on how to better serve our Veteran and Military community

Together, VSC's mission is to better serve and inform our Veterans, Military Community, and Government Officials.


Upcoming VSC Events:
Check out the Indiana War Memorial's website at www.indianawarmemorials.org
Indiana War Memorial | 911 Memorial | Veterans Memorial Plaza
Medal of Honor Memorial | 
American Legion Mall | USS Indianapolis

Hoosier Heroes Appreciation Day (HHAD)
(Formally, the Mayors' Veterans Appreciation Day)

Our New Veterans, Military & First Responders Event
HHAD Events Saturday the 17th of August 2024 &
  HHAD Faith & Family Festival the 18th of August 2024
 at White River State Park in Downtown Indy

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VSC Monthly Networking Meetings meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the IN Veteran Center, 777 N Meridian St in Indy, at 1:00 PM


Calendar of Upcoming Veterans Events (Dates to Remember)

Indiana Military & Veterans Leglislative Day at the State House - Scheduled for January 2024
Memorial Day - the last Monday of May
Is a day to remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in our military
Indepencence Day - When we celebrate the birth of our Nation - 4th of July
Patriot Day - Remembering 9/11- September 9th, 2001 | 9/11 in Indy
Indiana 9/11 Memorial - Honoring those who perished on 9/11
Vietnam Veterans Reunion in Kokomo, Indiana - Mid September
National POW/MIA Recognition Day - 3rd Friday in September
Hoosier Heroes Appreciation Day - 3rd Saturday in August 2024
Veterans Day  (originally known as Armistice Day)  - 11th of November
Is a day to show appreciation to those who have served in our military and are still living
Indiana Veterans Day Parade - Friday, 10 November 2023
Help Support Indiana's Military & Veterans by purchasing Military License Plates from IN's BMV

We Remember These Days Because of Those Who Served
& Those Who Gave Their Lives Serving Our Country.
 
Independence Day - 4Jul (Commemorating our Declaration of Independence)
National Vietnam War Veterans Day
- 29Mar
(1955-1975)
National Military
Appreciation Month -
May
V-E Day
- 8May
Armed Forces Day
- 3rd Saturday in May
Memorial Day
- Last Monday in May
D Day
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6 Jun
Women Veterans Day
- 12Jun
National Korean War Veterans' Armistice
Day -
27Jul
(1950-1953)
V-J Day
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15Aug
Veterans Day
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11Nov
Afghanistan War
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???
(2001-2021)
National Desert Shield & Desert Storm
Memorial Day -
???
(1990-1991)
Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) (11Sep 2001–present)
World War I (28Jul 1914 to 11Nov 1918) World War II (1Sep 1939 to 2Sep 1945)

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Logo

Attention Vietnam Veterans 
If you served during the Vietnam War from 1955 to 1975, you are entitled to the FREE "Gift."  To receive your FREE "Gift," please visit www.VetsGift.com.

This project collaborates with the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) & Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans (WHVV).  This Indiana Vietnam Veterans "Gift" is an outreach program to honor and give thanks to those Indiana Vietnam Era Veterans who served our great country.
Indiana DVA Logo

list of VA Medical Centers & Clinics Issuing the COVID-19 Vaccine to Veterans  

On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no Soldier behind. As a Nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no Veteran behind"..... | Dan Lipinski said it, and VSC and its Partners thrive to keep that pledge!


After You Help Support Us
World War II Picture Vietnam Picture Iraq Picture Afghanistan Picture
We Want to Welcome You Home & Thank You For Your Service
Thank You Veterans Child Holding Flag Family Holding Thank You Sign Woman Waving Flag
Then, We'll Help Support You
Operators Helping Veterans Counselor Helping a Veteran Veteran Service Officer Helping a Veteran Job Fair Classes for Veterans

VSC & MACV Events 


Awards & Achievements 

Don Hawkins receiving the Jefferson Award

Dr. Doty Taylor receiving the Jefferson Award

Press conference when the city approved FREE InndyGo bus passes for Veterans

Don Hawkins Accepting Certification of Appreciation from Mayor Hogsett

VSC's Monthly Networking Meetings
VSC meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
Check the MACV Page for dates, times & locations.
Everyone Is Always Welcome.
VSC Members Upcoming Events
Click Here to Visit our Dropbox, it contains our Members Folders w/ their Events, Brochures, Flyers & Applications.
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VSC's Current Fundraiser
Our 10th Anniversity Comeumorative Challenge Coin is now on sale, plus you can make a one-time or monthly donations by visiting our Donate Page.
Support Our Sponsors
Please support our Sponsors listed below.  To visit our Sponsor's Website just click on their Logo
.  They would appreciate hearing from you.

 Words to Live by:
AMERICA is the Land of the Free, Because of the Brave
 

All Gave Some, Some Gave All  

Honor-Courage-Commitment Peace through Strength Attitude is Everything
Freedom Is Never Free God-Family-Country Duty-Honor-Country
Honor Before Glory Believe in Yourself Service Before Self
Be All You Can Be Trust But Verify Integrity First
Never Give Up Stay Strong Aim High

"Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." - John F. Kennedy


"There is NO LIMIT to the amount of good you can do if you don't care who gets the credit." - Ronald Reagan


"A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt


"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."  - Winston Churchill


   Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord" - Psalm 33:12 

U.S. Department of Defense - Your Military

U.S. Flag Etiquette & Rules
for Displaying Our Flags
Betsy Ross, The
American Flag w/Flag Facts
How To Properly Display
Military Branch Flags

Army
Army

U.S. Army flag

Army Logo
Display 1st

Army


Marines
Marines

U.S. Marine Corps flag

Marine Corps LogoDisplay 2nd

Marines


Navy
Navy

U.S. Navy flag

Navy Logo

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Navy


Air Force
Air Force

U.S. Air Force flag

Air Force LogoDisplay 4th

Air Force


Space Force
Space Force

U.S. Space Force flag

Space Force Logo
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Puppy & Kitten


Coast Guard
Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard flag

Coast Guard LogoDisplay 6th

Coast Guard


Merchant Marines
Merchant Marines

U.S. Merchant Marine flag

Merchant Marine LogoDisplay 7th

Merchant Marines



Army
Reserve
 
Army Reserve Logo

Marine
Reserve
 
Marine Corps Reserve Logo

Navy
Reserve
Navy Reserve Logo

Air Force
Reserve
Air Force Reserve Logo

Coast Guard
Reserve
 
Coast Guard Reserve Logo

Army National
Guard
National Guard Logo

Air National
Guard
Air National Guard Logo


Don's Suggestions of the Day and Everyday:
Always Try to Be the Person Your Dog Thinks You Are!


Don't Let Your Past Determine Your Future, Your Current Choices Do That!


On a Personal Note:
“Of everything I've done in my life, being a United States Marine (Vietnam Veteran 66-68) has turned out to be one of the best things that has happened to me.  I feel that serving our country with pride and honor made me more respectful of our God, our Country, my Family, Friends, Coworkers, and Fellow Veterans.  Hopefully that has made me a better and more productive person” - Don Hawkins


This Website is Dedicated to all the Men, Women and Animals that Have Served Our Great Country.


For more information on these Warrior Walls, click on picture to go to McFarland Studio's

For Medical or Physical Emergencies:

  • New -  dial 988 - By dialing 988 your call will be immediately routed to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
    • The current Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) is always available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, even after 988 is launched nationally.,
  • If you or someone you are helping is hurt or in imminent danger, please get to a phone and dial 9-1-1 for immediate help.
  • If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or facing a crisis, dial 2-1-1 in Indy or 1-(866) 211-9966 for immediate help.
  • If you are a victim of domestic violence, dial 1-(800) 332-7385 in Indy for help.

For Non-Emergencies:

  • If you are a Veteran, or a family member of a Veteran, in search of information on how to get goods or services you/they may need, you can dial 2-1-1 or contact one of the Service Providers or Veterans Organizations listed on our "Resources" page.
  • Cellphone users in Marion County may now dial 3-1-1 to reach the non-emergency line for IMPD and other Marion County dispatchers. The non-emergency phone number for callers using landlines is (317) 327-3811.

Please Note:

  • VSC is not a provider of any financial assistance or direct services other than Information and Referrals on where to get goods, services, programs, and benefits for Veterans, the Military, and their families.

Disclaimer:

  • This is a private website and is NOT affiliated with any U.S. government or U.S. Armed Forces agencies.
  • We reserve the right to monitor the content of this website and regret that some suggested or recommended resources may not be accepted for one reason or another.
  • The information and organizations listed on this website do not necessarily mean that we endorse their information, data, or their resources.  We have done our best to include information and resources that benefit our Veterans, the Military Community, and their Families.

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