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Lonnie Wangen

Lonnie Wangen
Commissioner (NDDVA)
4201 38th Street SW
Suite 104
Fargo, ND 58104-7535
Office Hours: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, Monday-Friday (excluding holidays)
4201 38th Street SW Suite 104
Fargo, ND 58104
Work Phone: (701) 239-7165
Fax: (701) 239-7166

Military Service

Branch of Service: National Guard
Company/Division: ARMY
Conflicts Served: Iraq

ACOVA or Coordinating Council Affiliation


  • American Legion
  • American Veterans
  • National Association of County Veterans Service Officers
  • North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Vietnam Veterans of America

Education, Awards and Committees 

Bachelors Degree in Business

Masters in Management

Masters in Business Administration

Masters concentration in Human Resources

President of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA) 2014-2015

2015 recipient of the NASDVA "Iron Mike" award

Commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by Steve Beshear- Governor of Kentucky in 2015 

2012 recipient of the American Legion's "Department Commanders's Award"

Serves on:

MCMC or Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit committee

Workforce Development Council-ND Governor Appointed

NASDVA Executive Committee

Congressman Cramer' Veterans Advisory Committee

ND Statewide Aging Collaborative

37-18-04. Duties of commissioner: It is the duty of the commissioner to coordinate agencies or instrumentalities of the state set up to render service and benefits to returning veterans; to have charge of and implement programs and benefits authorized by statute; to assist or represent veterans or their widows, administrators, executors, guardians, or heirs, in processing claims; to advise and assist veterans in taking advantage of the provisions of the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944 [Pub. L. 78-346; 58 Stat. 291], or any similar or related measures afforded by the federal government; to provide counties with recommended qualifications and standards for county veterans' service officers; to assist counties with training of county veterans' service officers; to provide county veterans' service officers with educational materials; to assist county veterans' service officers in the performance of their duties; to disseminate information; and to do any and all things necessary and proper for the purpose of carrying out the intent and purposes of this chapter.

News About Lonnie Wangen

On October 1, 2015, Veteran Affairs Commissioner Lonnie Wangen was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel the highest title of honor bestowed by the commonwealth of Kentucky honoring those who have dedicated their lives to civic service. Commissioner Wangen was nominated for this award as a result of his dedication to the service of veterans on a national level through his involvement in many organizations.