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Director of the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs

Charles T. "Tom" Applegate, the Director of the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels in February, 2005, to head the Department which trains Indiana's county veterans' service officers and administers state veterans' benefits for Hoosier veterans, their dependents and survivors.

Prior to his appointment, Tom was the Huntington County Veterans' Service Officer from 1995 until 2005 and served two terms as the President of the Indiana Veterans' Service Officers' Association.

He retired from the military in 1995, as a First Sergeant, after serving 17 years as a full-timer (Active Guard-Reserve) with the Indiana Army National Guard, and 8 years of active duty with the U.S. Air Force.

Tom is a member of the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, American Veterans (AMVETS), AFA Chapter 143 in Fort Wayne, an associate member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the founder of Purple Heart Chapter 692, Huntington, Indiana, named in honor of his father, Charles L. Applegate, a deceased World War II veteran.

In July, 2005, he was named the recipient of the Samuel Jones Pioneer Award, an award given by the citizens of Warren, Indiana in honor of persons who have devoted much of their lives to the service of other individuals.

As the Director of the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Tom is responsible for the training and certification of Indiana's 91 county veterans' service officers. He oversees the operation of the Indiana Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Madison, Indiana, and is a member of the boards of the Indiana Veterans' Home in Lafayette, Indiana and the Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home in Knightstown, Indiana. He is the Governor's primary advisor on veterans affairs, is the main contact for Hoosier legislators on legislative matters concerning veterans and he is the Governor's liaison to State veterans' groups and organizations.

He is married and lives with his wife of 45 years, Louise, in Indianapolis, and has two children, Charles Jr., Huntington, Indiana, and Brenda Tackett, Warren, Indiana. Tom and Louise have four grandchildren.