Weekly Insights: Veterans Council of Indian River County
According to Indian River Indicators, 11.9% of adults in Indian River County are veterans, compared to 8.6% of all adults in Florida. Of the 15,000 veterans living in Indian River County: 88% are age 65+, 34% are disabled, 24% are unemployed, and 5% live in poverty.
Veterans Council of Indian River County strives to support all Indian River County veterans and their families while raising awareness of veteran needs and their contributions to society. One of the Veterans Councils programs is the Upward American Veterans Committee (UAV) which provides emergency basic living expenses to honorably discharged United States military veterans and their families in need. This program steps in when other sources of support are not available. UAV assists with urgent needs such as utility bills, rent, medical expenses or groceries.
Weekly Insights works in conjunction with Indian River Indicators. Indian River Indicators was launched in June 2021 and originated after the completion of the 2019 Indian River Community Needs Assessment. It provides key data and information about our community that is updated annually and can be used to support and sustain proven programs. It can also be used by community leaders to develop policy, promote promising practices and inspire innovation that can lead to solutions to persistent community challenges. Indian River Community Foundation holds informational sessions on the first Tuesday of every month at 4pm via Zoom to introduce the community to this new resource. Please email Director of Philanthropy, Chiaka Nwosu at email@example.com to attend a session.
To learn more visit www.ircommunityfoundation.org and click “Indian River Indicators” or contact a member of the Community Foundation’s team at 772.492.1407.