Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs

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The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs wants to promote the benefits of hiring veterans, and teach employers to accommodate some of their unique needs. 

A summit on Wednesday is one in a chain of efforts aimed to decrease veteran unemployment.

In 2014, the unemployment rate among post-9-11 veterans was 10 percent, nearly double the state’s overall rate. 

Yet by the end of 2015, the rate among newer veterans dropped to just 1.4 percent. 

Deanna Pugh is the director of employment and education for the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs.

Federal benefits to veterans delayed

Jul 8, 2013

Hoosier veterans may still have to wait months or years before receiving federal benefits despite a state effort to get them into the federal system more quickly.

A law that went into effect this month focuses on training and paying city and county veteran’s service officers to ensure that Indiana veteran’s claims are filed correctly and promptly in the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs system.  The problem is that the Veteran’s Affairs office in Indiana has a back log of about 10,000 claims.