Career of serving others draws to a close

Jodi Tymeson (see story)

She is going to be missed. By the soldiers she had the privilege of serving with over 33 years, by the many veterans and their families, and by all the lives she touched during her storied career. Jodi (Lingren) Tymeson, a small town girl who chose to follow in her father’s footsteps, retired from the Army National Guard in 2007, served 10 years in the Iowa House of Representatives, and now will be retiring from her final career position as Executive Director of Veteran Affairs, her last day being this Friday.

In a news release, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds acknowledged Tymeson’s contribution. “I am grateful for Gen. Tymeson’s tireless advocacy for Iowa’s veterans and their families,” Gov. Reynolds said. “Her leadership is what was needed to ensure every veteran receives the benefits they deserve, and her service will leave a lasting impact on our state.”

Tymeson says she is excited to spend more time with all generations of her family. She and her husband John, who make their home in Madison County near Winterset, will be planning more visits to Oklahoma and Florida where their daughters Erin and Amanda live with their families. Her retirement also frees up more time to spend with their three grandsons.

Read more in the Nov. 15 issue of The Ogden Reporter.

PHOTO ID: Iowa VA Executive Director Jodi Tymeson, announced her retirement from the Department Thursday, Oct. 26. Tymeson was the first female to be promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in the Iowa National Guard. She is the daughter of Laverne and Joan Lingren of Ogden.