About Kevin Zimmerman

To know me, is to know where I've come from ...
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I was born in Toledo, Ohio, to Oscar and Verna Zimmerman on February 4, 1960. My father was a native of Newbern, Tennessee, and my mother was from Toledo, Ohio. I was the youngest of 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Construction work brought my father to Toledo. My mother worked hard cleaning homes and working in restaurants. Dad had a quiet demeanor and was the primary provider. My mother was the disciplinarian and was known to speak her mind. They both were driving forces behind us being all of what God called us to be. They were great parents that provided very well. We never needed for anything. I note this because their ability to do so much with so little has taught me the valuable lessons that I apply to this day. I have one biological daughter Niesha and I also have 3 additional children, Michael, Donovan and Tiffany. They all now have beautiful families of their own. In our home the word “step” had no place. Love was something that was genuinely given and received as if I were their natural father and they were my natural children.

I graduated from Toledo Central Catholic High School in 1978 and went on to attend Tennessee State University. I was elected and served as Freshman Class Representative. The birth of Niesha compelled me to leave TSU and join the US Army in November, 1980. I retired in January, 2000, after serving 20 years. One of my greatest achievements is when I became a two time recipient of The Soldiers Medal and making American and US military history. The Soldiers Medal is the highest award given by Congress for an act of bravery conducted while our nation is not declared at war.

A Time For Everything; The Kevin Zimmerman Story, Second edition earned the prestigious distinction of becoming a permanent part of American history when it was accepted into the library and archives of the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C. The book became a permanent part of US military history when it was accepted into the US Army’s Department of Military Medicine Museum, San Antonio, Texas.
The Lord God “IS” to me. Jesus Christ is my savior and my redeemer.

The work that I have completed, along with my book, created the opportunity to host a weekly talk show on the Artist First Radio Network. We are proud to announce that we have over 100,000 listeners worldwide. The Kevin Zimmerman Show plays every Thursday from 9 p.m. till 10 p.m. CST. The show is dedicated to U.S. Service Members and their families but is applicable to all, providing wholesome information, inspiration and entertainment.

I currently reside in Dallas, Texas, with my wife MaryAnn where I continue to work in helping my fellow Service Members.

My Vision

Knowing the miracles that happened in my life I understand the much needed commitment to advocate for my fellow service members, past, present and future. Having deployed on multiple occasions into hostile environments and living through the after affects of doing so, I know the need to keep Service Member issues in the forefront of our communities nationwide. It is my unyielding mission to call upon every community to access every available resource until an alternative found to help our service members reduce the military suicide rate, reduce military sexual assaults, reduce the number of veterans experiencing homelessness and to provide better after service support for their transition from the military to civilian life. In September 2001, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll was conducted and showed that 67% of America predicted that combat troops would be fighting somewhere in the world for at least the next 20 years. Since then we have been fighting the war on terrorism several years. 12 1/2 years since September 2014. The commitment to fight this war has been shouldered by 1% of America.That is how many citizens have joined the all volunteer Armed Forces. The duration of time we have spent fighting this war has called for our Service Members to go on multiple deployments. The results have taken a heavy toll on them. The military suicide rate has reached its highest numbers in our nations history. Military sexual assault's have increased and the lack of obtaining gainful employment after their transition from military to civilian life has complicated matters even more.

Military Veteran

US Army (Ret)
US Army (Ret)

Kevin joined the U.S. Army in November 1980, and served for 20 years. Prior to retiring, he obtained one of our nation’s highest honors, where he is one of few who has received multiple Soldier’s Medals in the history of the U.S. Army. The Soldier’s Medal is the highest award given by Congress for an act of bravery when our nation is not declared at war. He received two Soldier’s Medals for walking through two land mine fields to rescue others while serving as a combat medic in Bosnia-Herzegovina, which led to the inspiration for his book.

Public Speaker

Events & Conferences
Events & Conferences

Kevin is passionate about empowering other to succeed. His goal is to inspire his audience and impart within them that they are fully capable to make their dreams come true. Kevin speaks at leadership conferences, government agencies, college/university graduations, and has even appeared in television interviews, just to name a few. Some of his recent speaking engagements
include:

  • The Social Security Administration
  • The Dept. of the Army, Dept. Of Mental Health Graduation
  • The U.S. Air Force Dental Tech Graduation
  • The Empowered To Empower You; Businesses Paying It Forward Conference

Talk Show Host

Radio Show
Radio Show

The Kevin Zimmerman Show on the Artist First Radio Network is Kevin’s talk show that airs every fourth Thursday of each month and reaches over 100,000 listeners around the world. The show is committed to our U.S. Service Members and their families but is applicable to all. He carries the mantle, advocating nationally on their behalf, speaking with advocates, leaders, entrepreneurs, and authors nationwide.

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