Working for Veterans in NWI and beyond

"To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.” - Abraham Lincoln.

Mission

South Shore Friends of Veterans (SSFoV) provides immediate assistance to Veterans and Veteran families as they navigate daily challenges. Our relationships with Veteran experts and credible Veteran service organizations provide the necessary tools for the continued success of our American Heroes. SSFoV raises funds to provide grants to not-for-profit organizations who serve our Veterans' needs.

Part of helping Veterans is serving their families and the dedication to “not forgetting.” SSFoV will assist in memorial events that allow communities to come together and remember our Fallen Heroes.

How can you help?

Donate

Make a donation to the SSFoV via Porter County Community Foundation or by calling us at 219-629-0594.

Get Involved

If you know a Veteran in need, we are here. You can simply reach out to us— no matter the issue.

Remember this important phone number

This is the Veteran Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255. Every day, 22 Veterans take their own life. Save this number in your phone—it could save a life.

History of SSFoV

Our desire to help Veterans and Veteran families began in 2011 when a group of golfers joined forces to fundraise for Folds of Honor. Donations have reached $225,000 to date. Over time, this team established additional events to assist the many Veteran organizations in Northwest Indiana.

In 2019, the South Shore Friends of Veterans Fund was set up with the Porter County Community Foundation. This fund supports the aspects of our mission. Grants are provided from this fund that directly benefit local Veteran needs.

SSFoV Board of Directors

Our board consists of Veterans and community leaders wanting to better the lives of our Veterans and their families.

2020 Board Members

Bob Carnagey
Bob Carnagey, US Army Vietnam Veteran, President of SSFOV

Bob served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam for 13 months, from February 1968 - March 1969. During his career, Bob was a high-tech sales manager. Bob has two grown sons, Jay and Craig, and two granddaughters, Madison and Kenedi.

Spiro Olympidis, Indiana National Guard - Veteran Iraqi Freedom, Executive Vice President of SSFOV

Spiro is a longtime Valparaiso, IN resident and businessperson. He served in the Valparaiso-based Indiana Guard 713th Combat Engineers, with a 2005 deployment to Iraq.

Spiro Olympidis
Jose Cuadra, Indiana National Guard - Veteran Iraqi Freedom

Jose is a staff member of the Department of Veteran Affairs. He served in the Valparaiso-based Indiana Guard 713th Combat Engineers, with a 2005 deployment to Iraq.

Jose Trujillo, Indiana National Guard - Veteran Iraqi Freedom

Jose, of ArcelorMittal, served in the Valparaiso-based Indiana Guard 713th Combat Engineers, with a 2005 deployment to Iraq.

Caleb Key, Executive, Boulder Bay Realty

Caleb is a longtime Valparaiso, IN resident, businessperson, and Veteran advocate.