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  • 1. South Dakota Department o fVeter ans Affa irs “The Voice for South Dakota’s Veterans”
  • 2. 1944 Governor Sharpe Establishes South Dakota State Veterans Department “The Voice for South Dakota’s Veterans” South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 3. Today the Department is named the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs   State Agency Not Federal “The Voice for South Dakota’s Veterans” South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 4. Larry Zimmerman Department Secretary Vision: The Voice for South Dakota’s Veterans Mission: Advocate for and Provide the Pathway for all Veterans and their Families to Receive the Benefits Due Them “The Voice for South Dakota’s Veterans” South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 5. Department Consists of over 100 Employees Statewide --- In Pierre         Department Secretary Field Office Supervisor Three Field Officers Veterans Bonus Claims Examiner 2 State Education/OJT Managers Finance Manager Public Information Officer Administrative Assistant “The Voice for South Dakota’s Vetera ns” South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 6. Claims Office --- In Sioux Falls      Deputy Secretary/Director of Claims Six Veterans Service Officers One Field Officer Claims Examiner Administrative Assistant Division “The Voice for South Dakota’s Veterans” South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 7. Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home --- In Hot Springs Employs over 80 “The Voice for South Dakota’s Vetera ns” South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 8. SDCL 33A-1-22 States that the Board of County Commissioners of each County in this State Shall Employ or Join with Another County or Counties Officer. in Employing a County Veterans' Currently there are: Service   56 County VSOs 6 Tribal VSOs “The Voice for South Dakota’s Vetera ns” South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 9. SDDVA Personnel are ALL State Employees  Funded by the State CTVSOs are ALL Employees Of and Funded by Their Respective Country or Tribe “The Voice for South Dakota’s Veterans” South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 10. Benefits  Compensation for Service Connected Disability  GI Bill Education Programs  Veterans and Widows Pension  Medical Care  Home Loan Guaranty  DIC for Widows and Children  Burial  SD Veterans Bonus “The Voice for South Dakota’s Veterans” South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 11. Training and Assisting CTVSO  Field Officers have Assigned Territories “The Voice for South Dakota’s Vetera ns” South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 12. State Approving Agency  GI Bill Education Programs  On the Job Training  Apprenticeship “The Voice for South Dakota’s Vetera ns” South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 13. VSO Responsibility  Counseling  Advising  Filing Claims  Documentation “The Voice for South Dakota’s Veterans” South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 14. Outreach/Communication  Veterans Benefit Forums  Veterans Job Fairs  National Guard Unit Meetings  Yellow Ribbon Events  Informational Meetings “The Voice for South Dakota’s Veterans” South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs