Porter County Veterans Service Office

Porter County Veterans Service Office Assisting veterans and their family members in applying and receiving all federal, state, and local Please like, follow and share with other military veterans.

Our mission is to assist veterans and their eligible family member to apply and receive all rightful veterans’ state and federal entitlements, and provide veterans information or other assistance as required.

Are you a veteran who does not have dental insurance coverage and reside in Lake, Porter and Laporte Counties? The North...
03/13/2023

Are you a veteran who does not have dental insurance coverage and reside in Lake, Porter and Laporte Counties? The Northwest Indiana Dental Society and Indiana University Northwest are offering FREE basic dental screening on Saturday, April 22nd. At this one day event, they will do a dental screening, including exams and x-rays. You will then be referred to a local dentist who will perform the necessary general dental procedures at NO COST. YOU MUST REGISTER BEFORE APRIL 15th! You can register by calling (219) 334-7552. You will also need to bring your discharge papers (DD214) and Driver's License.

12/22/2022

All Porter County Government Offices & Courts Will Be Closed As Of Noon Today, December 22nd because of the forecasted blizzard conditions. FYI...County government offices will also be closed on Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26 for Christmas.

Edwin See, the new director of the Veterans Affairs office, understands firsthand how important it is for veterans to re...
11/17/2022

Edwin See, the new director of the Veterans Affairs office, understands firsthand how important it is for veterans to receive their benefits. As a retired police officer and a veteran himself, See is passionate about his work and is dedicated to his mission of encouraging veterans to come and receive their benefits.

“When a veteran gets benefits from disability or from a pension, their chances of becoming homeless go down to almost nothing. It allows them to take care of themselves. They’re able to pay for rent, food, and clothing,” said See.

The Porter County government is made up of many wonderful departments, but one of the county’s best-kept secrets is the Veterans Affairs Office, a group of hard-working individuals striving to make...

Porter County Veteran Services Office Manager/Assistant CVSO Paulina Huffman and Auditor Vicki Urbanik show the new NACo...
03/19/2022

Porter County Veteran Services Office Manager/Assistant CVSO Paulina Huffman and Auditor Vicki Urbanik show the new NACo/AIC Flag Collection Box in the County Admin Building.

Free Indiana Women Veterans Wellness Retreat Rooms available at $96 for Friday and/or Saturday nights.
03/11/2022

Free Indiana Women Veterans Wellness Retreat
Rooms available at $96 for Friday and/or Saturday nights.

Women Veterans Wellness Retreat Registration DVA Women Veterans Current: Women Veterans Wellness Retreat Registration Online Form - 2022-women-veterans-retreat

Great story on our Portage VSO Jeff Imhof!
03/08/2022

Great story on our Portage VSO Jeff Imhof!

Jeff Imhof joined the Army at 24 years old to fulfill a lifelong dream to serve in the military. The events of September 11, 2001, which occurred during Imhoff’s senior year of high school, made him...

03/07/2022
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03/02/2022

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VA will propose certain rare cancers be added to presumed service-connected list Veterans Benefits Administration sent this bulletin at 03/01/2022 06:30 PM EST Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Dear Veteran, The Department of Veterans Affairs will propose adding certain rare....

02/18/2022

Due to weather conditions, all Porter County Government Offices & Courts will open on a TWO HOUR DELAY on Friday, February 18.

02/17/2022

Because of developing ice and snow conditions and their impacts on our roads and streets, all Porter County Government Offices & Courts will be closed as of Noon today, February 17th.

02/14/2022

AgrAbility and the Farmer Veteran Coalition have teamed with the Arthritis Foundation to present a webinar entitled
Veterans: Navigating Agricultural Careers and Arthritis on Feb 17th at 12 pm ET

Registration for the webinar is at

Veterans: Navigating Agricultural Careers and Arthritis. Online registration by Cvent

Not an official endorsement but for general information.
02/14/2022

Not an official endorsement but for general information.

02/14/2022

Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Event
Wednesday 16 MAR 22
Valpo Public Library1-4pm

We are VERY proud to have Paulina on our team! Porter County veterans are in good hands!
02/04/2022

We are VERY proud to have Paulina on our team! Porter County veterans are in good hands!

As a Dutch native, Paulina Huffman never pictured herself as a member of the United States military. Though her interest in serving began while she was in high school, she assumed her citizenship...

02/03/2022

Porter County Veterans Treatment Court is in need of new mentors. Contact Bob Carnagey at 219.629.0594 or [email protected]. Veterans helping veterans.

02/03/2022

All Porter County Government Offices and Courts will be closed again on Thursday, February 3rd. This decision was based on the most recent road condition update noted below. The safety of our employees is our highest priority. In addition, we are following the input from the Highway Department by keeping hundreds of vehicles off of the roads in the morning. We urge the public to also stay off the roads if possible. Here is today’s 4:45 PM update from the Highway Department:

“The Porter County Highway Department is reporting that we have received over a foot of snow and it continues to fall. Plus, forecasts indicate that we should expect another 4 to 6 inches of snow overnight. In addition to the snowfall, they are facing challenges. Winds are causing severe drifting, especially in the open rural areas. Visibility is currently less than a quarter mile. They are still struggling to keep main roads and thoroughfares cleared. They have been unable to do pass throughs in subdivisions, and are unable to predict when, or if, they will be able to do subdivision plowing. It may be tomorrow morning before they can get into the subdivisions. They are asking that the residents in subdivisions and residential areas to please understand the challenging circumstances and be patient.

The Highway Department is urging the public to stay off the roads if at all possible.

At 6:00 PM, they will have to pull the main crew off the roads so they don’t exceed the maximum 12 hours as required by US Department of Transportation rules. The main crew will be spending the night in the 10 staging locations throughout the county getting some sleep and, if necessary, responding to emergency situations. A partial crew will be deployed at 6:00 PM and will only be focusing on keeping main roads and thoroughfares passable overnight.”

02/02/2022

Due to the Winter Storm Warning and the forecasted conditions, all Porter County Government Offices and Courts will be closed on Wednesday, February 2nd.

Wonderful article about our recently retired VSO Jim Atkinson, who continues to serve our veteran community.
01/06/2022

Wonderful article about our recently retired VSO Jim Atkinson, who continues to serve our veteran community.

Jim Atkinson grew up in a small town near Valparaiso and graduated from Boone Grove High School. He has a wife of 52 years, six children, and eight grandchildren. “I grew up on a small farm just...

Of informational value. Please note that this is for National Parks, not Indiana State Parks.
12/20/2021

Of informational value. Please note that this is for National Parks, not Indiana State Parks.

An Indiana Dunes employee's suggestion led to military veterans getting hundreds of thousands of free National Park passes nationwide.

12/14/2021

The Porter County Board of Commissioners is seeking input from Porter County citizens regarding the investment of the $33,096,666 allocated to Porter County under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) of 2021. For more information, and/or provide comments, please visit https://www.porterco.org/1840/American-Rescue-Plan-Public-Input

12/07/2021

On December 15th, 1-2PM ET, VA and community experts will be here to answer your questions on benefits, claims, and peer-to-peer support services. Type your questions in now! You can ask questions to the following people: » - Director, Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs » - Supervisor, VBA » ...

Of interest to VA caretakers.Caring for a loved one or even for others is a very noble deed. While it can be very reward...
12/02/2021

Of interest to VA caretakers.

Caring for a loved one or even for others is a very noble deed. While it can be very rewarding, it could also involve a lot of stressors. If the stress of caregivers goes unnoticed, it eventually takes a toll not only on their physical health but their mental wellness as well. Learning to recognize the signs and symptoms of burnout is very important to prevent things from going out of control and begin improving the situation between the caregiver and the person being cared for.

This guide we are sharing offers information on symptoms of caregiver burnout as well as practical tips to avoid them. You will also find some relevant statistics on caregiver burnout and a caregiver can do self-check if he/she is experiencing a burnout.

Caring for others can be deeply rewarding; however, the task comes with great responsibility. The demands that come with caregiving can limit social activities and prevent caregivers from maintaining their own health and wellness. When this state of self-neglect reaches an intolerable level, you’l...

VA Travel Pay Reimbursement Update:This must be true:You’re traveling for care at a VA health facility or for VA-approve...
11/24/2021

VA Travel Pay Reimbursement Update:

This must be true:

You’re traveling for care at a VA health facility or for VA-approved care at a facility in your community.

And at least one of these must also be true. You:

Have a VA disability rating of 30% or higher, or

Are traveling for treatment of a service-connected condition, even if your VA disability rating is less than 30%, or

Receive a VA pension, or

Have an income that’s below the maximum annual VA pension rate, or

Are traveling for a scheduled VA claim exam (also called a compensation and pension, or C&P, exam), or

Are traveling to get a service dog, or

Can’t afford to pay for your travel, as defined by our guidelines

More information on the website.

VA travel pay reimbursement through the Beneficiary Travel program pays Veterans back for mileage and other travel expenses to and from approved health care appointments. Find out if you're eligible, and how to request reimbursement.

11/19/2021

VA Secretary Denis McDonough said if a link is established, veterans could begin applying for benefits by the end of 2022.

11/15/2021

2021 Toys for Tots

DISTRIBUTION WILL BE SATURDAY DECEMBER 18TH FROM 9AM-2PM AT THE PORTER COUNTY EXPO CENTER (EXPO EAST) IN VALPARAISO.

YOU MUST PREREGISTER AND BRING YOUR VALID INDIANA DRIVER'S LICENSE FROM EITHER PORTER, STARKE, OR JASPER COUNTIES WITH YOU TO DISTRIBUTION.

LAST DAY TO REGISTER IS DECEMBER 14TH, 2021.

Thank you to the Food Bank of NWI and Rep. Frank Mrvan for the 8 NOV 21 Veterans Food Drop in Valparaiso.
11/12/2021

Thank you to the Food Bank of NWI and Rep. Frank Mrvan for the 8 NOV 21 Veterans Food Drop in Valparaiso.

11/11/2021

Your VSOs wish you all a happy and safe Veterans Day.
Thank you for stepping up to wear the uniform.

11/10/2021

The Porter County Veterans Service Office is working hard to make sure veterans throughout the county have the help they need with any matter regarding their time serving our country. Director of...

11/09/2021

Operation Holiday Funding assistance from the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs.

https://www.in.gov/dva/files/Operation-Holiday-Program-App-11.pdf

Help for non-profits funding veterans' events.
11/05/2021

Help for non-profits funding veterans' events.

Event Sponsorship Program (ESP) DVA Current: Event Sponsorship Program (ESP) The IDVA Event Sponsorship Program (ESP) is dedicated to providing sponsorship dollars for veteran-oriented events across the state. The ESP will provide up to $500 in sponsorship money for an event the applicant is hosting...

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11/04/2021

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11/01/2021

Nearly 30% higher likelihood of testicular cancer and roughly 25% for skin and prostate cancer, according to the military’s most comprehensive study yet.

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155 Indiana Street Rm 103
Valparaiso, IN

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Telephone

+12194653587

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It’s almost that time again! Ride over to Cruise Nights, hosted by our friends at Harley-Davidson of Valparaiso, beginning July 10 from 6-9 p.m. Cruise Nights will be held every Friday night through September 4, and will feature: live music, food and beer.

They’ll also be collecting a donation of $5 per car or bike that goes toward the charity of that week to support that organization. Lakeshore PAWS Hilltop Neighborhood House Porter County Veterans Service Office

There is no need to register your car/bike, they will start letting cars park around 5 p.m.
Take a veteran to dinner and demonstrate your appreciation for his/her service. Tickets are $20 and can be obtained at any 1st Source Bank location in Valpo or online. All tickets must be purchased before November 1st. No tickets will be sold at the door. Last two years have been "sell outs" with all 400 seats being sold. It is the largest veterans dinner in Porter & Laporte Counties. Dinner, cash bar, speaker, and every veteran will be recognized by name at the event. Date: Wed. Nov. 6th, Time: 5:30-8:30 pm. Place: Old Town Banquet Center in Valpo. Feel free to share this info. It has been made public.
https://allevents.in/…/valparaiso-kiwanis-a…/200017994682604 #