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Secretary Larry D. Hallof The North Carolina Department of Military & Veterans Affairs

Larry D. Hall is currently serving as the Secretary for the North Carolina Department of Military & Veterans Affairs. Secretary Hall represented Durham County, North Carolina’s 29th District in the House of Representatives, since 2006 and he led House Democrats since 2012. Born and raised in his district and a student of public schools, Secretary Hall earned a B.S. with Honors in Political Science and Business from Johnson C. Smith University and a J.D. from the School of Law at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon undergrad graduation, he was commissioned as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. A decorated officer, Secretary Hall served 16 years in the United States Marines and Marine Corps Reserves and served in the support of the Operations in the Middle East in Lebanon and Iran. Secretary Hall has been awarded the Navy Achievement Medal, the Marine Corps Reserve Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and a Meritorious Unit Citation from the United States Marine Corps. He served as a Rifle Platoon Commander, Weapons Company Executive Officer, Training Officer, Battalion Area Security Officer, Staff Judge Advocate, Communications Security Officer and Logistics Officer. Secretary Hall also served as Legal Officer and was formerly Commandant for the Marine Corps League Detachment, which assists Marines transitioning from active duty to civilian life in locating employment, housing and educational opportunities for their families.

Secretary Hall is an active member of the community. He has served as an Executive Committee Member and Economic Committee Chairman of the Durham Branch of the NAACP, as Secretary and Chairman of the Durham Business and Professional Chain, and served on the Durham Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He has also served as Executive Officer of the Young Marines Program, Board Chairman of the Durham Companions Mentor Program, and as an instructor and training officer teaching youth leadership, discipline, custom, courtesies, and traditions of the Marine Corps.

Secretary Hall’s service to North Carolina continues to be merited, receiving the NAACP’s President’s Award, Equality in Legislation Leadership Award, and Excellence from the Courtroom to the Capital Community Service Award. Secretary Hall has been featured multiple times in Governing magazine and has been honored as a Champion of NC Working Families, a 100% Environmental Champion, and a Defender of Justice for his commitment to safeguarding voting rights, expanding opportunities throughout the state for individuals and communities of low incomes, and protecting vulnerable families and members of the military from predatory lending.

As House Democratic Leader, Secretary Hall served on the state’s Economic Development Board, the state’s Innovation Council, The North Carolina Courts Commission—Chairperson, The Duke Medical Center Advisory Board, the Homeland Security, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee—Chairman, and has been inducted as a Toll Fellow by the National Conference of State Governments. He was elected to the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) 2015 Board of Directors to devise and execute nationwide election strategy in state legislatures. Secretary Hall also is Chair of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus Foundation.

Assistant Secretary Martin Fallsof The North Carolina Department of Military & Veterans Affairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secretary Larry D. Hall has appointed Colonel (US Army, Retired) Martin Falls as the Assistant Secretary for Veteran Affairs.  Falls is a native of Hickory NC and lifelong citizen of North Carolina where he graduated high school and Lenoir Rhyne University. He joined the US Army in 1982 as a Private advancing to the rank of Sergeant and was accepted into Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning GA.  He graduated as the Distinguished Honor graduate and commissioned a 2LT in the Infantry.  Mr. Falls is a distinguished Graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advance Course, Combined Arms Service Staff School, Command and General Staff College and the Air War College.  Throughout his career, he held numerous positions to include successful command tours at the Company, Battalion and Brigade level.  He held numerous Senior Staff positions to Include Army G-1 Personnel Officer culminating as Brigade Commander.  He held positions in three branches; Infantry, Armor and Engineer.  Mr. Falls is a combat veteran of Iraqi Freedom and retired in 2012 with over 30+ years of service. 

After military service, Mr. Falls worked as a Manpower Management Analyst for the U.S. Army prior to his employment with NCDVA.  Mr. Falls has an extensive personnel and leadership background as demonstrated by his assignments throughout his career.  While working with the North Carolina Division of Veteran Affairs, he held positions as District Service Officer, Region I Manager, Chief Operations Officer for the State, Deputy Director, and now Assistant Secretary of Veteran Affairs.