There are over 33,000 women veterans that reside in Indiana. They have served in every war period, including World War II, and 1,087 of them are military retirees. Today there are 2,335 women on active duty (most current information is as of 30 November 2011), not including the Indiana National Guard or who are members of a Reserve unit.

Women veterans are often unaware of the benefits and services available to them. There is a website for all veterans to go to get information on Indiana veteran services and benefits. That website is

Jeanette Gibson is the program director for Women Veterans and she is asking for all women veterans to sign up for the Hoosier Woman Veteran Registry which can be found at the above website or you can come and see me in my office and we can sign you up to receive information on Women Veteran Issues. Jeanette Gibson's direct phone line is 317-232-3919. Jeanette says they are planning a Women's Veteran Conference next year in April 2014.

If you have any questions on veteran benefits give me a call or make an appointment to come and see me. You can reach me at the following address and phone numbers: 110 West South Boulevard, phone 765-361-4133 or my cell at 765-401-0432, My office is located behind the Armory in Crawfordsville in what use to be called the Old Highway Building now called the South Boulevard offices.

Joe Ellis is the Montgomery County Veteran's Service Officer. Ellis can be reached in the County Office Building, 110 W. South Blvd., Crawfordsville, IN 47933; by email at; by landline telephone at 361-4133; or by cellphone at 765-401-0432.