Veteran Affairs Office
Your Boone County Veterans Affairs Office is ready and eager to serve you. If no one is in the office when you call, please leave a message with your name, phone number and a brief description of what your call is regarding and your call will be returned within 24 hours. Appointments are recommended. If this is an emergency, you may call the Boone County Commissioners’ Office at 765-483-4492 and request that they contact the county Veterans’ Service Officer.
Services & Resources
About Veterans Affairs
The primary function of the service officer is to assist veterans, their dependents, and survivors, in obtaining the state and federal benefits to which they may be entitled. In that capacity, the service officer will help with the completion of federal and state applications for those benefits. The service officer can set up benefit briefings with veterans and their families to explain all that is available. For those individuals who are unable to travel, home visits can be arranged.
Veterans have an immense number of services and programs available to them. However, navigating through them can be overwhelming due to constantly changing conditions. The Boone County Veterans’ Officer can assist veterans and others with all of these programs / services. The following programs and services are but a few with which the VSO can provide assistance:
Burial Claims (federal and county)
- Burial in a National Cemetery
- Burial marker requests
- Burial flag
- Presidential and Governor’s memorial certificates
- Burial allowances
- Survivor pensions (aid and attendance).
- Non-service connected pension (aid and attendance).
- Other benefits
- Application for educational benefits
- Application for vocational programs
- Applications for apprenticeship OJT (On the job training).
- Survivors and Dependents Assistance
- Application to veterans home (West Lafayette Indiana).
- Access to VA Medical Center
- My Health @ Vet
- Replacing discharge papers
- Requesting other military records
Other Available Programs / Services
- Filing for disabled veterans tax abatement program
- Reduced-fee hunting and fishing licenses for Disabled Veterans (DAV)
- Special veterans license plates
- Applying for military family relief fund and other financial assistance
About Michael G. Spidel
Michael G. Spidel is currently the Boone County Veterans Service Officer and serves as a Paramedic for Witham Health Services in Lebanon.
Michael (Mike) graduated from Lebanon Senior High school in 1980 and entered the United States Navy later that summer. He served on submarines and ultimately earned the rank of IM2 PO Rank E5. Mike was Honorably Discharged in 1986 and returned to Lebanon where he served on the City of Lebanon Fire Department as a firefighter from 1987 to 2013.