Larry D. Kay joined the Missouri Veterans Commission as Deputy Director in September of 2006 and was promoted to Executive Director in August 2008.
He was born in California, Missouri on June 4, 1961 and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Westminster College, a Master’s Degree in Health Services Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Master’s of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
In his civilian career, he has over 30 years of experience in healthcare leadership focusing on strategic planning, operational leadership, team building and communications. He has specific backgrounds in emergency services, acute care, skilled nursing care and clinic leadership and operations.
As the Executive Director of the Missouri Veterans Commission, he is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the Commission and its three core programs with 1,750 full time staff and an annual budget of over 125 million dollars. This includes six Missouri State Veterans Cemeteries, seven Missouri State Veterans Homes with 1,350 beds and the Veterans Services Program responsible for bringing in over 1.6 billion dollars to Missouri’s economy annually.
In his military career of over 31 years, Kay is a combat Veteran of Desert Storm serving as the Executive Officer for the 1267th Medical Company (Air Ambulance) 1990-1991. The mission of his air ambulance company was aerial evacuation of wounded, transportation of critical medical supplies and aerial search and rescue in the combat zone. He is qualified in both the Huey and Blackhawk helicopters and has served in Command positions from Platoon thru Brigade and Task Force levels.
Deployed in January, 2008, Kay’s final military assignment was as Commander, Multinational Task Force - East in Kosovo. As the Senior United States Army Commander in the Balkans, he was responsible for the deployment and performance of a Brigade-size Combat Team to include Active duty, National Guard and Reserve Airmen, Marines and Soldiers from seven states and six partner nations in support of NATO Peacekeeping operations. Kay retired from the Missouri National Guard in September of 2010 at the rank of Brigadier General.
He and his wife, Karen, reside in Boonville, Missouri. They have three children and one grandchild.