Veteran Service Officer

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*Disclaimer: The VSO does not speak for or represent the DoD in any way.

Warren County Veterans Service Officer:
Derek Puterbaugh


14 Railroad St
Williamsport, IN 47993


By appointment, please call or email.

VSO Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. Assisting in filling out veteran benefits claims.
  2. Advising, educating and helping veterans on what benefits they may be eligible for from federal, state and local government.
  3. Representing Veterans in VA hearings.

Sergeant Derek Puterbaugh military Biography:

Derek Puterbaugh is a combat veteran who served in the USMC from 1989 to 1995.  Derek was a 0352/0331 TOW Gunner and Machine Gunner.  After boot camp in San Diego, Derek was stationed in Marine Barracks 8th and I in Washington D.C. as a ceremonial drill marine for the Commandant of the Marine Corps.  During this time Derek did “shots” at Arlington National Cemetery, Tuesday night parades at the Iwo Jima Memorial, and Friday night parades at the Commandant’s grounds.

In November of 1990 Derek was sent to 1st LAI BN and flew to Riyadh, Saudia Arabia to join them in Desert Shield.  Assigned to Alpa Company 1st LAI BN Task Force Shepard this unit was involved in the Battle of Khafaji and was this first unit to take the Kuwaiti International Airport back from the Iraqis.  After combat ended, Derek transitioned back to Camp Pendleton with 1st LAI BN.  Later Derek’s unit was deployed to Long Beach, CA after the acquittal of the LAPD officers from the Rodney King beating verdict and riots had ensued.

In 1992 many LAI BN TOW gunners were reassigned to different line companies across the FMF.  Derek was sent to 3/9 BN at Camp Margarita where he joined a Combined Arms Team and where he became an 0331-machine gunner.  Late that year his battalion deployed to Somalia to help stop the civil war and provide security for famine relief.

Derek elected to not re-enlist in 1994 and was released from active duty with an Honorable Discharge in March 1995.

Derek became Warren County’s Veteran Service Officer in November of 2022.  He is also the Veteran Service Officer of American Legion Post 52 in Attica.

Derek is accredited to be a service officer from the American Legion, VFW, and the IDVA.

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