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The Commission consists of seven (7) members appointed by the Governor. Members of the commission must be honorably discharged veterans who have at least six months service in the armed forces of the United States and are citizens of the United States and Indiana. Not more than two members of the commission may be active members in the same veterans' organization or members of the same political party. Vacancies in the commission must be filled by the governor, and the appointees shall serve for the remainder of the term of office of the original appointee. Each member of the commission before entering upon the member's duties shall take and subscribe an oath that the member will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Indiana and will faithfully discharge all the duties devolving upon the member as a member of the commission.
The governor shall consider the following when making appointments:
(A) Membership in:
(i) a veterans association established under IC 10-18-6; or
(ii) a veterans organization listed in IC 10-18-8-1.
(B) Service in the armed forces of the United States (as defined in IC 5-9-4-3) or the national guard (as defined in IC 5-9-4-4).
(C) Experience in education, including higher education, vocational education, or adult education.
(D) Experience in investment banking or finance.
The governor shall designate one (1) member to serve as chairperson of the board.
Current members of the Commission are:
Stephen R. Wise - Chairperson
Les Compton - representing AMVETS
Jim Koutz - representing The American Legion
Terry Bruning - representing the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Joe Carroll - representing the Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Other persons serving on the Commission will be:
Members currently serving under the above rule are:
Tom Applegate - Director, Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs
MG R. Martin Umbarger - Adjutant General - Indiana National Guard
MG Umbarger's designee is:
COL (Ret.) Roger Peterman
State Senator Mike Delph
State Senator Frank Mrvan
State Representative Scott Reske
State Representative Cindy Kirchhofer
Legislative members appointed under this subdivision are nonvoting, advisory members and must serve on a standing committee of the senate or house of representatives that has subject matter jurisdiction over military and veterans affairs.
Additionally, representing the Attorney General's Office and serving as the legal advisor for the Commission is Jason Thompson.
The commission may adopt rules necessary to obtain benefits under present and future enactments of the Congress of the United States concerning veterans' affairs, and enter into on behalf of the state contracts or agreements with the government of the United States to receive benefits under present and future federal enactments concerning veterans' aid and benefits. A contract or agreement entered into under this Indiana Code must first be approved by the governor and attorney general.
At least one regular meeting of the Commissioners must be held per quarter and that meeting is open to the public. Meetings are generally held on the 2nd Friday of January, April, July and October. Exact dates and locations will be posted on the Calendar.
Duties of Commission; management of fund