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Military Family Support

Marion Community Schools is committed to meeting the needs of all of our students, including the unique educational and social-emotional needs of military-connected children. 
MCS is grateful to all of those who are serving or have served in the military, and we aim to offer support to them and their families. We know that frequent moves, family separations through deployments, and reintegration can present unique challenges to military families.

School resources

Please review the links below for military-connected families.
At MCS, military service members and their immediate family members who meet the minimum qualifications for job openings within the school will be guaranteed a job interview.
>> Click here to contact Col. Gary Blagburn, our district liaison for military families
The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved the following resolution at their May 14, 2024, regular meeting:
WHEREAS, today over one million Americans are bravely serving in the United States Armed Services. More than 19,000 Hoosiers have actively served their nation away from home; and
WHEREAS, over 20,000 children in the State of Indiana are members of military families; and 
WHEREAS, students who have parents in the military may experience six to nine different schools during their K-12 education; and
WHEREAS, frequent moves, family separations through deployments and reintegration issues present unique challenges to military families; and 
WHEREAS, Marion Community Schools is committed to meeting the unique needs of all students, especially those of military youth, therefore be it
RESOLVED, Marion Community Schools offers our gratitude and support for all military personnel, their families, and veterans;
RESOLVED, Marion Community Schools will establish a trained point of contact Marion High School to support military families; 
RESOLVED, Marion Community Schools will make every effort to connect military families with the resources they need. 
Passed on April 24, 2024, by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees: President Robert Todd Nicholson; 1st Vice President Serafina Salamo; 2nd Vice President Alan Beck; Secretary Chuck Griffin; and members Dana Gault, Brooke Thomas, and Richard Hart
The Marion High School JROTC conducts a community observance of Veterans Day. More information will be provided each year when it is available.
Other school buildings may have additional veteran recognition. Please contact your student's school office if you would like to inquire about this. Click here for contact information.
The MHS JROTC has been recognizes as one of the best in the nation. The program is open to students across Grant County. 

Community resources

Please review the links below for military-connected families.
The Grant County Veteran Service Office (GCVSO) is responsible for assisting veterans, their spouses, any dependents, and survivors with information and assistance concerning veterans' benefits at the federal and state levels. They offer a full range of services, including assisting veterans and survivors with applications for various benefits and more.
The mission of the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) is to support, serve and advocate for the Indiana veteran community, including veterans, family members, caregivers, friends, organizations, and providers that touch veteran lives in some way.  
The Northern Indiana VA health care system's Marion VA Medical Center, provides primary care and specialty health services, including rehabilitation services, mental health care, nutrition counseling, hospice and palliative care, pain management, and more. 
The National Veterans Foundation (NVF) is a non-governmental organization that serves as a vet-to-vet lifeline for a wide variety of resources and assistances.
If you or someone you know is having a crisis or harmful thoughts/actions, please call the Veterans Crisis Line: dial 988 then press 1. You can also text to 838255 or chat online. All means of correspondence are confidential and anonymous.
Our Military Kids is a nonprofit offering extracurricular activity grants to children of deployed National Guard, deployed Reserve, or post-9/11 combat wounded, ill, or injured veterans in treatment.
Military OneSource is a Defense Department funded program that connects military families to information, answers and support to help them reach their goals, overcome challenges and thrive.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has various resources available for military-connected families, as well as helpful information for the general public. 

Honoring those who serve

Marion Community Schools wants to honor our employees who are serving or have served in the military. 
The following employees are seen in the slideshow above, unless noted otherwise:

  • 1st Lt. Adriana Aleman, Indiana National Guard Signal Officer; English/Language Arts teacher at McCulloch Junior High; former MHS JROTC cadet, Class of 2018

  • Col. Gary Blagburn, National Guard and active duty; MHS JROTC support specialist and MCS liaison for military families
  • Lt. Col. David Farlow, U.S. Army; MHS JROTC Senior Army Instructor, Raider Team Coach, and Marksmanship Coach

  • Paul Getts, U.S. Air Force; teacher at Allen Elementary * 

  • Jamie Hiatt, U.S. Marine Corps, Operation Iraqi Freedom; MCS bus driver *
  • Kevin Seavers, U.S. Army and Indiana Air National Guard; MCS bus driver; MHS Class of 1979 *
  • Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith, U.S. Army; MHS JROTC Army Instructor

  • Henry Paul Taylor, Vietnam War veteran; MCS bus driver

  • Warrant Officer Patricia Thompson, U.S. Navy; Grant Regional Adult Education staff

  • Sgt. Michael T. Waymire Sr., U.S. Marine Corps, Vietnam era veteran; lead custodian at Riverview Elementary School; MHS Class of 1970 
* No photo provided