About Us

Operation Hire A Hoosier Veteran is a community collaborative effort between multiple government agencies and community organizations with a goal to support Veterans employment goals.  Our career fair is now in its 12th year.  We have been recognized for our success connecting hiring employers with job seeking Servicemembers, Veterans, and their family members.

Current members comprising Operation Hire A Hoosier Veterans are listed below. We welcome new organizations desiring to help us better support Hoosier Veterans and their families.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

VARoudebush VA Medical Center – Provides high quality Veteran focused primary care, specialty care, extended care, and related services. The Medical Center’s Vocational Rehabilitation Team provides therapeutic Vocational Rehabilitation and employment services integrated into the Veterans healthcare with an emphasis on mental health recovery. Our programs include programs Transitional Work Experience, Community Based Employment Services, Supported Employment, and Vocational Assistance.  Service connected disability is not required for Medical Center Vocational Rehabilitation and employment programs.

Web: http://www.indianapolis.va.gov/

Indianapolis Regional Office – The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&, Chapter 31) program helps Veterans with service-connected disabilities prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. VA’s Education and Career Counseling program is a great opportunity for Servicemembers and Veterans to get personalized counseling and support to help guide their career paths, ensure the most effective use of their VA benefits, and achieve their goals.Service connected disabled veterans may receive Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services to help with job training-to inquire, call 1-800-827-1000.

Web: http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/

Operation: Job Ready Veterans

Operation: Job Ready Veterans: Job Ready Veterans™ (OJRV) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preparing service members, veterans, military spouses and caregivers for successful employment by connecting them with employers that seek top quality, well-trained employees. We make a personal connection and assist veterans of all eras and ability levels with their employment and career goals. Our staff provides personalized recruiting assistance to maximize the potential for successful outcomes, ensuring that both the employer and the veteran are provided with support for as long as it’s needed.

The VETS seminar includes complete skills inventories, career interest and work values assessments, résumé services, supportive services, networking strategies, as well as interview preparation and rehearsal sessions. Upon successful completion of the seminar, we provide one-on-one and group career coaching, introductions to appropriate employment opportunities and follow-on customized job placement services. We have successfully placed many of our veteran “Job Ready” clients in high level positions with several employers that recognize the valuable skill sets of our graduates. Once employed, we provide additional retention services to increase the success rate for both the employer and the veteran.

Web: http://www.ojrv.org/ or (317) 982-7781 .

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA)

logo_iotSince its establishment in 1945, the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) has remained focused on aiding and assisting “Hoosier” veterans, and qualified family members or survivors, who are eligible for benefits or advantages provided by Indiana and the U.S. government.

Web: http://www.in.gov/dva/2797.htm

Indiana National Guard

IN National Guard

The Indiana National Guard generates, sustains, and employs fully manned, equipped, trained and expertly led units; while providing premier generating force capabilities in order to defend, protect and secure our communities, states, and nation.

Transition Assistance Advisors

Indiana Transition Assistance Advisors provides a statewide point of contact to assist Servicemembers, Veterans and their Families access to veteran benefits, programs and services, health care services and community resources.

Guard Employment Team

The Employment Engagement Team is a joint initiative of the Indiana National Guard and the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) to coordinate/provide resources and assistance to our Service Members, Veterans and their dependents. Each MACOM has a Contracted Employment Specialist imbedded with Career Counselors.

Web: http://www.in.ng.mil


Indy Society for Human Resource Management

IndySHRM exists to engage human resource professionals by providing comprehensive and up-to-date resources and opportunities to build professional relationships that will enhance their effectiveness as HR leaders. IndySHRM is committed to advancing the human resource profession and the capabilities of all human resource professionals in central Indiana.

Web: http://indyshrm.org/



Indiana Department of Workforce Development

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development has a mission to advance and cultivate economic growth by building a world-class workforce development system in Indiana through partnership and practice. Veteran services in the WorkOne offices are designed to assist Veterans and eligible Spouses to find and secure, suitable employment and make the transition from the military to the civilian workforce.

Web: http://www.in.gov/dwd/WorkOne/


The Military Family Research Institute

The Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) conducts research on issues that affect military and veteran families and works to shape policies, programs and practices that improve their well-being. Founded in 2000, MFRI envisions a diverse support community that understands the most pressing needs of military and veteran families and collaborates to create meaningful solutions for them. This nationally-recognized organization is located within Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

Web: https://www.mfri.purdue.edu/

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) offers employment and training services to eligible veterans through non-competitive Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG) and conducts investigation under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), which protects the employment rights and ensures the reemployment of veterans, reservists and National Guard members after a period of active service and prohibits employment discrimination. Statutorily defined populations of Veterans are entitled to preference in hiring for virtually all federal government jobs and VETS conducts investigations into alleged violations of that preference.

Web: https://www.dol.gov/vets/

The purpose of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is to enforce, for the benefit of job seekers and wage earners, the contractual promise of affirmative action and equal employment opportunity required of those who do business with the Federal government.

Web: https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/

IUPUI Office for Veterans and Military Personnel


The Office for Veterans and Military Personnel (OVMP) is a centralized office designed to provide comprehensive resources to veterans and Veterans Affairs benefit recipients to aid in their overall success as IUPUI students. In addition to providing the required certification for IUPUI student-veterans to receive education entitlement, we also provide advice, guidance, advocacy, and outreach services for our student veteran population. We act as a liaison between IUPUI and the Department of Veterans Affairs while assisting our student veterans in their transition from military to student life. Our team consists of veterans and civilians dedicated to creating a veteran friendly campus.

Web: http://veterans.iupui.edu/

Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation

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Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation’s (HVAF) Employment Program offers veterans the opportunity to rise from homelessness to self-sufficiency by providing a combination of job readiness skills, job placement, and ongoing individualized support. HVAF’s goal is to empower veterans to achieve their career goals. It’s our priority to see our veterans succeed in the workforce. Therefore, veterans are provided with the services they need to find and secure suitable employment and make the transition from the military to the civilian workforce.

Web: http://www.hvaf.org

Homeless Initiative Program

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Helps homeless persons in Marion County reach a level of self-sufficiency consistent with their goals and capabilities for health and social well-being.  HIP provides individuals experiencing homelessness Triage and Outreach services, Intensive Case Management, Employment and Training along with providing medical services at the emergency shelters and in house clinic.


U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Army Reserve Private Public Partnership – The Private Public Partnership Office (P3O) develops, integrates and directs partner relations for the Army Reserve.  P3O partners with not-for-profit (NFP), for-profit (FP) and academic organizations to support the Chief, Army Reserve top priorities and the Army Reserve Mission of providing trained, equipped and ready Soldiers, Leaders and units to meet America’s requirements at home and abroad.

Web: http://www.usar.army.mil/Featured/Private-Public-Partnership/


Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR) – Indiana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (INESGR) is a Department of Defense office, led and operated by dedicated volunteers and staff whose mission is to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and Reserve by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of USERRA, resolving conflicts through mediation and developing initiatives to increase employment opportunities for military service members and veterans

Web: http://www.esgr.mil/in.aspx

Indiana State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

FSSAThe Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) Vocational Rehabilitation Services’ (VR) provides comprehensive, coordinated, effective, efficient and accountable services needed by eligible individuals with disabilities to prepare for, enter, engage in and retain employment consistent with each individual’s strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities and informed choice. The individual will work closely with a VR Counselor throughout the process. Click here for the VR Statewide Location Map.

Easter Seals Crossroads


Easter Seals Crossroads connects qualified veterans who are seeking employment with employers within our community. Our team of qualified employees has experience working with employers and can offer veterans the assistance needed to gain a competitive edge in their job search. We assist veterans who want to secure employment by providing the following: personal career coaching, assistance with resume development, opportunities to network, assistance with job searches, weekly job club with employment-related topics.

Web: http://www.eastersealscrossroads.org/?page_id=338