James Brown, 2018 Five Star Medal Honoree
James Brown is the Director of the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. He is the former Command Sergeant Major of the Indiana National Guard. He has served with high distinction as a Parachute Infantryman and a Long-Range Surveillance Operator for over 40 years in the United States Army and Indiana National Guard. He served in major combat zones from Vietnam to the current Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns. He is highly decorated, receiving such honors as the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart Medal with oak leaf cluster, and Bronze Star Medal with “V” device for valor in combat with an additional two bronze oak leaf clusters. He is married to his wife, Cheryl, and together have six children and nine grandchildren.