Veteran Services

Starke County Veterans Officer

Contact your county Veterans Service Officer to help fill out claims, answer questions and serve as your advocate with the VA.

In Starke County contact:

Mark Gourley

53 East Mound Street

Knox, IN 46534

574-772-9132 or 574-249-0415

Email address:

Office Hours

Monday, 8:00am – 4:00pm (available by appointment during other times)

The Veterans Service Office is in the annex building, which is just north of the courthouse. Easy to find, you just walk straight in, the Veterans Service Office is to the right, just past the canteen.

Agency Functions

Assist veterans and their dependents will all benefits available to them, such as compensation, pension, death pensions, burials, home loans, eligibility, hospitalization, education, tax abatement, admission to veterans home and many others.

If you're having issues with the VA, you can also call Sharon Christophel in Jackie Walorski's field office. Her telephone number is 574-204-2645.


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