PIERRE – The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs has selected Erin Bultje to serve as the executive director of South Dakota Joining Forces.

Bultje will provide program development, oversight and coordination for the Joining Forces Initiative. She will enhance the state’s ability to meet the behavioral-health care needs of its service members, veterans and their families by increasing access to appropriate care, closing gaps, building the system’s capacity, increasing interagency communication and building collaboration.

“Military personnel, veterans and family members deserve an entity to help them locate the assistance they need," said Larry Zimmerman, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs.

Bultje, an Army Veteran with five years of active duty service, served overseas as part of the 1st Armored Division out of Wiesbaden, Germany. After her tour of duty, she received her Associates of Arts degree in Radio/Television Broadcasting and then her Bachelors of Science in Business Management.

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Bultje can be reached at erin.bultje@state.sd.us or 605.295.8180.

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