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Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs

DVA > Empowering Military and Veteran Families Initiative (EMVFI) Empowering Military and Veteran Families Initiative (EMVFI)

Are you in need of a hand up?

The new EMVFI program offered through IDVA is available to assist military service members and their immediate families to proactively become self sustaining and encourage strong family bonds.

As a service member, there are many available resources that can be utilized specifically for you. However, the rest of the family is often overlooked. This program ensures that the loved ones who have supported you are also receiving the care they may be in need of.

In order to have and maintain strong family bonds throughout and after military life, all family members need to have support from one another as well as have the skills to be self-sustaining.

We are here to help you embark on a new journey geared toward personal and professional strengths.



The EMVFI program objectives are to:

  • Provide assistance for childcare so that low-income families may look for employment, be able to maintain a job or attend classes.
  • Help parents to become self-sustaining by promoting life enrichment training, career preparation and advancement, in addition to sustaining healthy martial relations.
  • Educate individuals in family planning and parenting with the goal to reduce unplanned pregnancies before marriage and to provide valuable parenting skills.
  • Encourage and maintain two-parent families through premarital counseling and marriage retreats.

To qualify you must have a dependent child, however, if there is no dependent, we can guide you to the appropriate advisor for further assistance. Please fill out and sign the application below. Send in completed application with required documentation listed by fax, mail or in office.

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs
302 W. Washington Street, Suite E-120
Indianapolis, IN  46204


Phone: 317-232-3910
Fax:  317-232-7721
Application (PDF)


Meet the team:

Program Director: Adryanne Bonner

Case Managers:
Arely Rosario
Andrew Schwier
Melissa Kellams
Financial Management Team:
Pat Hillebrand
Lynn Dickey
For more information, please call 317-232-3910


FAQ's  (PDF)