Providing Programs and Services for Military Members and Families

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is proud to serve and offer programming for the over 120,000 veterans and military service members in Central Indiana. Our vision is to be a leader of veteran wellness and provide opportunities for veterans and military service members to connect and engage with each other and their communities. Additionally, our easily accessible facilities at the YMCA serve as a safe place for veterans and military service members to feel welcome and part of a larger community.

Through community based partnerships and programs, the YMCA works hard to provide services that meet the needs and interests of all veterans and military service members. The OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA, which opened in 2018, is the first YMCA in the country to feature a VA Health Clinic inside the facility, providing veterans with access to crucial physical and mental health resources. Additionally, in 2021, the Benjamin Harrison YMCA was able to offer 30 free memberships to local veterans experiencing homelessness due to a generous donation from Old National Bank.

Read on to learn more about programs and services available to veterans and military service members in Central Indiana.

  • All YMCA of Greater Indianapolis locations offer a 20% subsidy off regular Association-wide membership rates for veterans, military service members and their families who do not otherwise qualify for a Y membership through DOD Military Outreach Initiative / Title 10 (outlined below).  For this 20% subsidy, proof of service is required, and therefore military memberships cannot be completed online. Please stop by or contact your local YMCA so we may assist you with your membership. (Please note: This subsidy is not available on already subsidized single location rates.)


  • Title 10 Personnel: In partnership with the Armed Services YMCA and the Department of Defense, the Y is proud to offer memberships and respite child care services to eligible military families and personnel to give them extra support during this difficult period. It’s our way of giving back to those who dedicate themselves to serving our country.


Join us at the Memorial Day Hero Challenge as we honor our fallen heroes by completing a Hero Workout that bears their name. Register as an individual or a group, and choose from a variety of Hero Workouts designed for all skill and fitness levels. Learn more about the Hero Workouts available and register today!

The Memorial Day Challenge is more than a test of physical ability. It bridges the gap between the body and the mind, and gives us the chance to do more than just remember our soldiers. It allows us to sweat, suffer, and grieve for our fallen heroes one rep at a time.

The challenge will take place on 5/30 starting at 8:30am at the Avondale Meadows YMCA. Tickets are $35/person and includes event participation, t-shirt, and challenge patch. All proceeds support YMCA veteran and military programming.


Experience camp like never before at the Flat Rock River YMCA Camp with this special week of camp exclusively for children of veterans or active military service members, including the Reserves and National Guard.

Operation Flat Rock is a full week of traditional overnight summer camp that includes everything that the beautiful Flat Rock River YMCA Camp has to offer, like kayaking, horseback riding, archery, zip line, and so much more! Check out our website for a full list of activities or give us a call to learn more at (765)525-6730.

We are proud to offer Operation Flat Rock at a subsidized rate to all military families, made possible through Y-USA grant funding and donations to the Flat Rock Annual Campaign. Additionally, these generous donations allow us provide families with a 3 rate pricing structure during registration to select a fee that is affordable.

RATE A: $300*
RATE B: $200*
RATE C: $100*

*Made possible by donations to the Flat Rock Annual Campaign.


Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana:

Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI) is an acute care rehabilitation hospital for inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. RHI specializes in brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, and comprehensive medical rehabilitation for injuries or illnesses resulting in loss of function. RHI is a community collaboration between Indiana University Health and St. Vincent.

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs:

The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) has remained focused on aiding and assisting Hoosier veterans and qualified family members or survivors, who are eligible for benefits or advantages provided by Indiana and the U.S. government.

Veteran Health Indiana:

Indianapolis VA Medical Center provides acute inpatient medical, surgical, psychiatric, neurological, and rehabilitation care, as well as both primary and specialized outpatient services.

Operation Job Ready Vets:

Operation: Job Ready Veterans™ (OJRV) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing veterans, service members, and military families for successful employment. We make a personal connection with veterans of all eras and ability levels, by assisting with transition, job readiness, and career placement. Our goal is that all clients achieve their employment and career goals.

Roudebush VA:

Indianapolis VA Medical Center provides acute inpatient medical, surgical, psychiatric, neurological, and rehabilitation care, as well as both primary and specialized outpatient services.

Every one of us can pitch in to keep veterans and their families strong. Our efforts at the YMCA blend the best community programs with specialized services for veterans and active military. Your financial support allows us to serve more and deepens our impact on the military community.

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