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Other Valuable Military & Veteran Information

Our country’s military men and women, along with our distinguished veterans, have a great deal of information available to them via the web.  Below are a number of different links that may be helpful to anyone interested in the various branches of the United States Military and the additional services and functions they can provide.


Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Trademarks U.S. Coast Guard
Naval History and Heritage Command Underway U.S. Department of Defense
Navy Office of Community Outreach Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society U.S. Marines
Navy Personnel Command (NPC) U.S. Air Force
Navy SAPR U.S. Army U.S. Navy

Services & Resources

About Veterans Affairs

The County Veterans’ Service Officer (VSO) works under the direct supervision of the Director of the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA), although the VSO is appointed and paid by the county. The service officer must have served at least 6 months of active military service in the armed forces. The service officer must attend an annual training conference, normally conducted in June, to receive update training and to re-certify as competent as a service officer. 

Click here to see Bio for Mike Spidel

 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
  • Disability Claims
    • Survivor pensions (aid and attendance).
    • Non-service connected pension (aid and attendance).
    • Other benefits
  • Education Programs
    • Application for educational benefits
    • Application for vocational programs
    • Applications for apprenticeship OJT (On the job training).
    • Survivors and Dependents Assistance
  • Health Care
    • Application to veterans home (West Lafayette Indiana).
    • Access to VA Medical Center
    • My Health @ Vet
  • Military Records
    • 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

Boone County Veterans Service Officer

 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.

 Mike can be reached at the Veterans Service Office at 765-483-4480 or via email at [email protected].

Our Office Hours

Mon-Fri  8am-4pm


127 W. Main Street, Suite 311

Lebanon, IN 46052


Mike Spidel

Veteran Affairs Service Officer


Phone: 765-483-4480

Fax: 765-483-6028

[email protected]

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