Colonel (USA, Ret.)
Col. Roger Dimsdale (Ret.) has a distinguished military career of more than 30 years in the United States Army. After entering the service as an enlisted solider, Dimsdale worked his way up the ranks to eventually command at every level, including command of three companies, a battalion and a brigade. Among the nation's most highly decorated Vietnam veterans, Dimsdale holds awards and decorations that include the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, two Purple Hearts and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He also has been awarded the Department of Veteran Affairs Meritorious Service Award and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. Dimsdale brings extraordinary experience and leadership in dealing with wounded veterans. In November 2007, he was appointed as the chief of staff of the Wounded, Ill and Injured Senior Oversight Committee within the Department of Defense (DoD). He then served as the executive director of the VA/DoD Collaboration Service. In this capacity, he was responsible for oversight of Department of Veterans Affairs activities involved with wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. Dimsdale currently serves as senior vice commander of the nation’s oldest veterans service organization, the Legion of Valor. Membership in the Legion of Valor is granted to recipients of the nation’s two highest awards for valor, the Medal of Honor, and the Distinguished Service Cross. In this capacity, Mr. Dimsdale represents the membership in national discussions pertaining to care of veterans with a particular emphasis on OEF/OIF returnees and serves as a member of the Veterans Day National Committee.