mission of the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs is to assist Hoosier Veterans, service personnel, their dependents and/or
survivors in obtaining every benefit and advantage due them under the laws of the State of Indiana and the United States.
The Department works with a network of certified County Veteran Service Officers who are there to assist with information
and the preparation of paperwork at no cost.
With funding from the U.S. Department of
Labor, Veterans' Employment and Training Service, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development provides services to Hoosier
Veterans. Through the Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP), and the Local Veterans' Employment Representative (LVER)
Program, Workforce Development Offices throughout the State are equipped to assist Hoosier Veterans with their transition
from the service to civilian life. The DVOPs specialize in tailored training and job placement opportunities for veterans
with service-connected disabilities. LVERs coordinate services provided veterans including counseling, testing, and identifying
training and employment opportunities. Contact the nearest Indiana Workforce Development Office and ask for the location of
the closest veteran's representative.
A Hoosier Golden Passport
provides unlimited admission to all Indiana State owned parks, recreation areas, reservoirs, forests, historic sites, museums,
memorials and other Department of Natural Resource (DNR) facilities. The pass is good for one calendar year. Persons eligible
for a Disabled American Veteran license plate under IC 9-18-18-1 may purchase the Hoosier Golden Passport at DNR facilities
around the State. If you have Disabled American Veteran plates on the vehicle simply drive to the gate and the attendant will
sell you the Hoosier Golden Passport. If you do not have the plate but believe you are eligible you will be given a form to
request the plate, which you must send to the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs for verification. Former Prisoners
of War will receive their Hoosier Golden Passport in the mail after their plates are issued. If you do not receive yours in
a reasonable time, or have other plates on your vehicle but are entitled to POW plates, contact the Department of Natural
Resources at 1-800-622-4931.
School Diploma Program for WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam Veterans Veterans who served
between: April 6, 1917 and November 11, 1918 (World War I) December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946 (World War II) June 27, 1950 and Jan 31, 1955 (Korea) or Aug 5, 1964
and May 7, 1975 (Vietnam) may apply to the Indiana Department
of Veterans' Affairs for issuance of an high school diploma. Veterans must have: Attended public or nonpublic high school in Indiana
prior to military service been a student in good standing and
not graduated or received a diploma because of leaving high school for military service and been honorably
discharged from the armed forces of the United States.
Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery
The Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery opened for internments
on December 1, 1999. The Cemetery is located adjacent to the Madison State Hospital and Clifty Falls State Park in Madison,
Indiana. Any Hoosier veteran eligible to be buried in a national cemetery will be eligible for burial in the Cemetery. The
spouse of an eligible veteran will also be eligible to be buried there. For an application for burial contact the Indiana
Department of Veterans Affairs. To schedule an interment contact the Cemetery Superintendent at 1415 North Gate Road, Madison,
IN 47250, 812-273-9220/FAX 812-273-9221. Ref: IC 10-5-25.
Each County Auditor is authorized to pay up to an amount not
to exceed $100 for the burial of a veteran or the veteran's spouse, and to pay up to $100 for the setting of a federal headstone.
Veterans must have received an honorable discharge, and an application must be filed with the county auditor in the county
of residence. Ref: IC 10-5-3-1.
Motor Vehicle License Plates
Indiana currently has
the following license plates available to eligible veterans:
Hoosier Veteran Plates:
Any resident of the State who was honorably separated from the
active Armed Forces can purchase a Hoosier Veteran license plate. Simply take your DD-214 or your Discharge Certificate to
your local BMV office and request the special plate. There is a $15 charge for the Hoosier Veteran plate.
Disabled Veteran Plates:
Disabled Veteran plates are the same as handicap plates in the
State of Indiana. These are strictly limited to those individuals who have a serious mobility impairment
due to a service-connected disability. Applications may be obtained from either the BMV or the Indiana Department of Veterans
Affairs. The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs must verify the veteran's eligibility. Ref: IC 9-18-18-1, IC 9-18-18-2.
Ex-Prisoner of War Plates:
The POW license plate is available to all ex-prisoners of war
or to the surviving spouse of a deceased POW. Applications for these plates are available from the Indiana Department of Veterans
Affairs. The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs must verify the eligibility of the applicant. Ref: IC 9-18-17-1.
Purple Heart Plates:
Any Hoosier Veteran who has received the Purple Heart Medal is
authorized to have these special license plates. Applications may be obtained at the BMV or from the Indiana Department of
Veterans Affairs. The veteran must present official documentation of the award, and the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs
must verify the veteran's eligibility. Ref: IC 9-18-19-1, IC 9-18-19-2, IC 9-18-19-3.
Support Our Troops Plates
Effective January 1, 2007, this special plate with a yellow ribbon
is now available for purchase by all Hoosiers, whether or not they are a veteran. Most of the proceeds from this plate will
go into the Military Family Relief Fund.All plates may be purchased
through the mail or at your local license branch. All plates except the Hoosier Veteran plate must be applied for through
the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. The Hoosier Veteran plate does not require the completion of an application form,
as do the other veteran plates.
Crime To Call Yourself A Veteran
Pretending to be a military veteran to obtain a discount or other benefit not only is considered wrong by most Americans,
it also now is a crime in Indiana.
Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed into law Tuesday,
March 22, 2016, House Enrolled Act 1179, sponsored by state Rep. Chuck Moseley, D-Portage, making "stolen valor"
a misdemeanor crime punishable by a $5,000 fine or up to one year in jail.