Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs

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Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency overview
Formed1944 (1944)
JurisdictionGovernment of Louisiana
Agency executive
  • Joey Strickland, Secretary

In 1944, the Louisiana Office of Veterans Affairs was created to provide local services to Louisiana Veterans and their families. As the number of Veterans in the state grew, so did the need to expand programs and services to support their needs. Thus, in 2003 the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) was established as a cabinet-level department of the State of Louisiana with the mission to provide comprehensive care and quality service to Louisiana’s Veterans and their families with regard to health care, education, disability benefits, long-term care, and burial honors.

LDVA is responsible for the oversight of the five Louisiana Veterans Homes, the four Louisiana Veterans Cemeteries (with the fifth cemetery currently under construction), and the 64 parish service offices.

LDVA operates many veterans programs, including the Military Family Assistance Fund and the Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal Program.

Veterans Homes[edit]

Veterans Cemeteries[edit]

Parish Service Offices[edit]

For a list of Veterans Parish Service Offices, please visit https://www.vetaffairs.la.gov/locations/

Veterans Programs[edit]

  • Military Family Assistance Fund
  • Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal Program
  • State Approving Agency


  • Lindon Dalferes (1924–1944)
  • Joe Darwin (1944–1948)
  • Joseph F. Colsan (1948–1952)
  • Lloyd E. Hatley (1952–1956)
  • David J. Bell (1956–1959)
  • Emil J. Bourg Jr. (1959–1960)
  • Hal A. Burgess (1960–1964)
  • L.L. "Dick" Staggs (1964–1973)
  • Percy A. Lemoine (1973–1980)
  • John L. McGovern (1980–1984)
  • Cleo C. Yarbrough (1984–1988)
  • Printice A. Darnell (1988–1992)
  • Ernie P. Broussard (1992–1996)
  • John Caulking (1996–1998)
  • Joey Strickland (1998–2004)
  • Major-General Hunt Downer (2004–2008) First Secretary
  • Lane Carson (2008–2013)
  • David LaCerte (2013, interim)
  • Rodney Alexander (2013–2014)
  • David LaCerte (2014–2016)
  • Joey Strickland (2016–present)