We owe a great debt to our military service members of past and present. However, some veterans today struggle to meet their most basic needs like having a safe place to call home. In fact, Indiana has seen a 6 percent increase in the number of homeless veterans in the last year, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In order to give back to those who have served and protected our country, House Speaker Brian C. Bosma and House Democratic Leader Phil GiaQuinta announced a partnership between the Indiana House of Representatives and the American Legion Department of Indiana during the 2020 legislative session. As part of the collaboration, lawmakers and House staff are collecting much-needed hygiene and food items. In February, legislators will assemble hygiene and emergency food kits at the Statehouse, which the Indiana Legion will distribute to veterans in need across the state.

To help spread awareness for the number of Indiana veterans without a place to call home, legislators and the Indiana Legion also launched a social media campaign using #HelpHoosierHeroes.

Hoosiers who wish to make a donation can find a list of most-needed items at IndianaHouseRepublicans.com/HelpHoosierHeroes. Donations can be dropped off outside the House Chamber on the third floor of the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

The Indiana Legion is committed to providing continued service to fellow veterans, their families and communities. For more information about the programs and services available for Hoosier veterans, visit IndianaLegion.org.