They will also work to help resolve various issues facing veterans, including finding a permanent solution to homelessness, facilitating access to transportation and mobility and compensation and pension benefits from the Department of Veteran Affairs. Schmidt and Stevens, who can be reached at 317-327-8387, will spend most of their office hours out in the community, bringing services and information directly to veterans within Marion County.
Schmidt enlisted in the Marine Corps while in high school, then served as a member of the security forces in Southwest Asia and as an infantry squad leader with 1st Battalion 7th Marines. Upon returning to Indiana, he attended Ball State and started getting involved in the community.
Over the past decade he has been involved in numerous special events throughout the city while working in hospitality and tourism. Bryan said he is passionate about his new role and looks forward to his continued community service as a veteran services officer. Stevens is a Marine Corps veteran who served with the 3rd Battalion 7th Marines Weapons Company.
He was trained as an infantry rifleman and served three combat tours in Iraq from 2003-06. Stevens later joined the Marion County Sheriff’s Department and spent two years there before moving to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, medically retiring in 2015 after being shot in the line of duty in 2013. He most recently served as director of operations at Trinity Security.