Indiana Veterans Affairs head resigns

SCSM James Brown said goodbye to his fellow Indiana National Guard troops in a retirement ceremony March 3, 2013, as he slides into his new, civilian role as director of Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs. (DVIDS Photo/Staff Sgt. Les Newport)

INDIANAPOLIS — The head of Indiana's Department of Veterans' Affairs resigned Friday.

Director James M. Brown led the IDVA during two administrations following a distinguished military career where he was awarded three Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts for his service in Vietnam and Afghanistan, according to a press release from the governor's office.

“Sgt. Maj. Brown is a good man with a distinguished service record,” Gov. Holcomb said in the release. “I am grateful for his longstanding service to our state and country.”

Brown has held several leadership positions in the U.S. Army and the Indiana National Guard. In his civilian capacity, he has 25 years of small business ownership and managed a transportation company. He has served as director since February 2013 and his resignation is effective Dec. 28, 2018.

His resignation letter read, in full:

"After six years of service to the State of Indiana and the Department of Veterans Affairs, I have decided to submit my resignation for the best interest of Department and the Commission. This allows the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs to move forward with new leadership. With your approval my last working day in the office will be Friday, December 28th 2018.

"It has been my honor and privilege to serve Hoosier Veterans and their Families."

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