Larry D. Zimmerman was appointed Secretary of the SD Department of Veterans Affairs in September 2011.
Secretary Zimmerman serves as the voice for South Dakota’s seventy-five thousand veterans.
and advocates for and provides the pathway for all veterans and their families to receive the benefits due to them.
Secretary Zimmerman attended high school in his hometown of Belle Fourche, South Dakota. He graduated from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Organizational Management. During his military education Secretary Zimmerman attended many schools including the Sergeants Major Academy.
Prior to being selected as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in South Dakota, he served as the State Command Sergeant Major; he also served as Postmaster in Spearfish, Pierre and Sturgis. His career in the U.S. Postal Service spanned 35 years and he held many positions in western South Dakota. Secretary Zimmerman retired from the Post Office on February 1, 2009.
Zimmerman served 29 years in the South Dakota National Guard, retiring in January of 2013. He completed a tour in Afghanistan (OEF) as the Operations Sergeant Major for the nine Northern provinces in that country. Prior to this post, he served as Command Sergeant Major in both the 109th Regional Support Group in Rapid City, South Dakota and the 109th Engineer Battalion in Sturgis along with numerous other positions within the Army Guard. Zimmerman was Active Duty Army from 1973 to 1976 in the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, CO.
Secretary Zimmerman is married to Dyann and they have three daughters, Misty, Crisha, and Lanna, and five grandchildren.
DECORATIONS AND AWARDS:
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/star,
Army Commendation Medal w/1 OLC, Army Achievement Medal w/ 1 OLC
Army Good Conduct Medal, Reserve Component Achievement Medal 5th Award
National Defense 3rd Award, Non Art 5 NATO ISAF Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon w/4
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon
Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/ M device and 20 Year
SD Distinguished Service Award
SD Recruiting Ribbon
SD Service Medal
SD Desert Storm Ribbon