PIERRE – The top-enlisted member of the South Dakota National Guard should become the first official secretary of the state’s new Department of Veterans Affairs, a legislative panel agreed Friday.
Larry D. Zimmerman of Rapid City has been state command master sergeant and was awarded a Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan. He was appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to head the new department and began duties Jan. 9 but needs approval from the state Senate to stay on.
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