The director of the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs has resigned. Jim Brown submitted his resignation following an investigation by the Indianapolis Star, which reported complaints about Brown’s alleged misappropriation of funds from the Military Family Relief Fund.
The publication reports department employees received more than the $2,500 cap for assistance, and also received the money more quickly than veterans who applied for funding. Brown told the Star that some employees received more than the cap, but said he had made the same exception for other veterans as well.
In a statement Friday, Governor Eric Holcomb said, "Sgt. Maj. Brown is a good man with a distinguished service record. I am grateful for his longstanding service to our state and country."
Brown led the IDVA through two administrations after a decorated military career in which he was awarded two Purple Hearts and three Bronze Stars for his service in Vietnam and Afghanistan. He held numerous leadership positions in the Indiana National Guard and U.S. Army.
Brown served as director since February 2013 and his resignation takes effect December 28.