National Commander's Bio
LARRY A. POLZIN
Disabled American Veterans
Larry A. Polzin, a service-connected, Vietnam-era veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps was elected National Commander of the 1.2 million-member Disabled American Veterans (DAV) at the organization's 2012 National Convention in Las Vegas, Nev.
A native of Flagler, Colo., Mr. Polzin enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1961 after graduating from high school. Following basic training, he served as a member of the 1st Marine Division, 1st Engineer Battalion, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; and Marine Barracks, U.S. Naval Station, San Diego. He served in the Marine Corps until disability retirement at the rank of Corporal in 1966.
Mr. Polzin joined the professional staff of the DAV as National Service Officer at the Los Angeles National Service Office, in 1972. His NSO career, which included promotion to Assistant Supervisor, spanned more than 25 years of service to disabled veterans and their families, before his retirement in 1998.
A DAV member since 1971, Mr. Polzin is a life member of Chapter 73 in Woodland Hills Calif., where he has served as Commander and in a variety of other Chapter offices and appointments. He also served as the Department of California Junior and Senior Commander, before being elected Department Commander in 1996. He was elected National 1st Junior Vice Commander through National Senior Vice Commander commencing at the organization's 2007 National Convention.
Mr. Polzin is actively involved in veterans’ issues at local, state and national levels. His service has included Chairman of the Department of California Finance Committee, National Executive Committee and various National Interim Committees.
Mr. Polzin and his spouse, Judy, reside in Sylmar, Calif. They have two married sons, a granddaughter and grandson.
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