HVAF Happenings
June 2019
Autumn Rush: Why it's a "rewarding experience" to serve fellow vets
In 1980, Autumn Rush enlisted in the United States Army as a medic.

“I grew up in a town where there weren’t a lot of jobs available, and I didn’t go to college right out of high school,” Autumn said. “So I decided to join the military.”

For four years, Autumn served in Germany-- where she supported tankers and was out in the field a lot.

After getting out of the military, Autumn went to school and received degrees in accounting and surgical tech. Years later, she moved to Indianapolis.

Last February, Autumn started volunteering at HVAF. She comes in every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to help HVAF staff, as well as her fellow veterans. Some of her duties include helping in the pantry, answering the phone at the front desk, sending out thank you letters, and working in the Community Center.

“I came HVAF because I wanted to help fellow veterans and assist them in things that they need,” Autumn said.

As of recent, Autumn spends most of her volunteer time in the Community Center-- where she makes coffee for the veterans who hang out there, as well as listen to their stories.

“Working in the community center, I helped a veteran that was homeless and didn’t have anything to eat. I filled his pockets with food, fed him a sandwich, and sat there and talked with him. He was lonely as well,” Autumn said. “There are a lot of veterans who come in here and each one has a different story. And listening to their stories is encouraging and I like helping them.”

Autumn said she thinks others should volunteer at HVAF because of all of the resources and help they give out to veterans in need.

“It’s nice to know that there are opportunities out there for the veterans,” Autumn said. “It’s a rewarding experience to help veterans at HVAF.”

Warrior 110 Journey Starts Next Week
The Warrior 110 will consist of the two Veterans beginning their trek northward at Graystone Performance, owned and operated by Smith in downtown (New Albany) on July 1st and concluding at The Mint, co-owned and operated by Alvey in (Franklin, IN) on July 5th. 

Smith and Alvey will take up the challenge of walking 110 miles through the hills of southern Indiana in less than 5 days to raise funds in support of HVAF and their efforts to combat veteran homelessness in Indiana. The trek has a second, and equally important mission, and that's to raise public awareness about the variety of challenges many Veterans face, including post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, and the epidemic of Veteran suicide that many face in our nation today. 

For further information, contact:
Brian M. Alvey:
Adam Smith: 
Show Appreciation to Indy's Mayors
For more information, contact Don Hawkins:
317-917-0500 |
HVAF receives HUGE surprise from WISH-TV
After a day of volunteering at our Manchester Apartments, WISH-TV wanted to help our veterans out even more. They went above and beyond with generous donations.. check it out below!
Check Out Our Amazon Wish List
We have created a profile on Amazon so you can see what our greatest needs are at the moment.

This is such an easy and convenient way to see what we need for our pantry, and purchase immediately. You can even have it shipped directly to our headquarters!

Easy AND it helps our veterans... what a win, win!
Old National Bank stopped by to present us with a check
Carmel American Legion hosted its annual BBQ for our veterans
We were featured on IndyStyle for Hoagies & Hops' annual fundraiser
White t-shirts
Underwear NEW (all sizes)
Shaving cream
Peanut butter
Canned Meat
Saltine Crackers
Body wash