Message From Secretary Zimmerman
The primary mission of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs is to advocate with purpose and passion for South Dakota’s veterans and link them to superior services, benefits, and support. Our team is at the forefront of the most demanding challenges confronting our state’s veterans and their families, regardless of what era they served in.
Over the past four years, U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expenditures have accounted for over $400 million annually to South Dakota’s economy. Although those numbers are impressive, there are many eligible veterans in South Dakota who are not taking advantage of the many federal and state benefits and services available to them as a result of their military service. Our goal is to close this gap.
Our team has developed a resource manual to educate veterans on the benefits and resources that are available. The "Welcome Home Book" can be found by clicking here on Welcome Home.
As is the case with all of our state agencies, our people truly make a difference. For the team at the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA), it truly is a privilege and an honor to serve our veterans and their family members. Our team labors tirelessly to ensure that the State of South Dakota preserves our reputation as “a veteran friendly state.”
Larry Zimmerman, Secretary
South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs