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Lonnie Wangen

Lonnie Wangen
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 58104-7535
Work Phone: (701) 239-7165
Fax: (701) 239-7166

Military Service

Branch of Service: National Guard
Company / Ship / Flight or equivalent: ARMY
Conflicts Served: Iraq (OIF/OND/OIR)

ACOVA or Coordinating Council Affiliation


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


  • American Legion National Accreditation Training 2009
  • National Association of Country Veteran Service Officers 2010
  • Training, Responsibility, Involvement and Preparation of Claims (T.R.I.P.)
  • National Veterans Legal Services Program Basic Training
  • VA Privacy and Information Security Awareness-Annual
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA)
  • National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs Winter and Fall

Member of Veterans Organizations

American Legion




VVA Associate member



Team Red White and Blue


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:

VA Secretary Veterans Rural Health Advisory Committee VRHAC

Administrative Committee on Veterans Affairs ACOVA

ND Veterans Legislative Council NDVLC

ND Military Academic Advisory Council

MCMC or Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit committee

Workforce Development Council-ND Governor Appointed

NASDVA Executive Committee

VALOR Advisory Board

Congressman Cramer' Veterans Advisory Committee

ND Statewide Aging Collaborative

Task Force for Veterans Affairs

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.