Joint Leadership Council of
Veterans Service Organizations

The Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations provides a vehicle for veterans service organizations to collaborate with the Department of Veterans Services on meeting the needs of Virginia's veterans. The Joint Leadership Council is open to one representative from each qualifying veterans service organization in Virginia that chooses to participate. Additional organizations will be added as certification documents are submitted. All veterans organizations are encouraged to join this initiative to support Virginia's veterans and their families, by contacting the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Upcoming Meetings

Meeting: The next regular meeting of the Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations
Date/Time: October 15, 2014 at 10 a.m.
Location: American Legion Building, 1708 Commonwealth Ave, Richmond

For more information, please contact:

Steven Combs
(804) 786-0294

Meeting Schedule for 2014

March 19
May 21
July 16
October 15
December 17


Veteran Service Organization JLC Representative Alternate
Air Force Association Harold Barton Jeff Platte
American Ex-Prisoners of War George Coker  
American Legion Brett Reistad Dale Chapman
AMVETS Richard Mansfield John Sabatini
Association of the U.S. Army Don Kaiserman Robert Sempek
Disabled American Veterans Allan McCroskey Curtis Jennings
Fleet Reserve Association Abe Zino Jeffrey Gilmartin
Korean War Veterans Association John Edwards Tim Whitmore
Legion of Valor of the U.S., Inc. Rich Rinaldo Jack Murray
Marine Corps League John Prendergast Bruce Steeley
Military Order of the Purple Heart Pete Fairchild James Samuel
Military Order of the World Wars Bill Barrett Bill Townsley
MOAA Stu Williams Vic Pena
NAUS Chip Moran Dan Dennison
Navy Seabee Veterans of America Glenn Rodriguez Frank Driscoll
Non-Commissioned Officers Association Matthew Dailey Richard Schneider
Paralyzed Veterans of America David Coffield  
Reserve Officers Association Carmen Gentile Kelly Niernberger
Roanoke Valley Veterans Council James Clem Dan Karnes
Veterans of Foreign Wars Tom Gimble Dan Boyer
Vietnam Veterans of America George Corbett Charles Montgomery
Virginia Army/Air National Guard Enlisted Associated Robert Huffman Robert Barnette
Virginia National Guard Association Shawn Otto John Velleca
Women Marines Association Marie Juliano  
Vice Chairman of the Board of Veterans Services Johnny Johnson  
Chairman of the Veterans Services Foundation Rich Schollmann  
Commissioner of Veterans Services John L. Newby II  

2015 JLC Initiatives

On July 16, 2014, the Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations (the JLC) adopted six initiatives for consideration by the Governor and General Assembly for the 2015 session.  A summary of the initiatives and supporting position papers is listed below.

JLC 2015-01 – Hiring, Training, and Retention of DVS Claims Agents:  the JLC recommends that the Governor and General Assembly support the recruitment, hiring, training, and retention of Benefits Section staff by increasing the DVS Benefits Services section budget in FY16.

JLC 2015-02 – Virginia Wounded Warrior Program:  the JLC recommends that Governor and General Assembly support the delivery of mental health and rehabilitative services for Virginia veterans, Guardsmen, Reservists, and family members through continued and increased funding for the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP) in the FY16 budget.

JLC 2015-03 – Virginia War Memorial:  the JLC recommends that the Governor and General Assembly authorize five additional positions for the Virginia War Memorial in FY16 and appropriate the necessary funding for these positions.

JLC 2015-04 – Virginia Homeless Veterans Programs:  the JLC recommends that the Governor and the General Assembly support the further reduction of veteran homelessness by approving additional funding in FY16 for:

  1. Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to support increases in general statewide homeless prevention, rapid re-housing, and permanent supportive housing funding to help veterans living in rural areas and/or ineligible for VA services.
  2. DHCD for development of a statewide homeless data warehouse system to permit a better understanding of the needs of veterans accessing mainstream homeless services.
  3. DVS/VWWP to add three new Housing Resource Specialist (HRS) positions in order to expand coverage to Roanoke and Northern Virginia, and to add a second HRS position in Hampton Roads.
  4. DVS/VWWP to add one position to work with the criminal justice system to facilitate statewide coordination of federal, state, and community resources.

JLC 2015-05 – Alternate Revenue Sources for Veterans Programs and Services:  the JLC recommends that the General Assembly and the Governor approve the establishment of a veterans’ lottery as part of the Compact with Virginia’s Veterans to supplement the General Fund’s support of approved veteran’s requirements, with any residual lottery funding reverting back to Education.

JLC 2015-06 – Veterans Care Centers:  the JLC recommends that the Governor and General Assembly continue state support for the Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia veterans care center construction projects and continue certification of the availability of 35% state funding to match the federal grant funds, thereby maintaining both projects on the VA Priority List Group 1.

Annual Reports

JLC 2013 Annual Report (124KB)
JLC 2012 Annual Report (106KB)
JLC 2011 Annual Report (62KB)
JLC 2010 Annual Report (120KB)
JLC 2009 Annual Report (78KB)
JLC 2008 Annual Report (67KB)
JLC 2007 Annual Report (76KB)
JLC 2006 Annual Report (211KB)
JLC 2005 Annual Report (456KB)
JLC 2004 Annual Report (322KB)

Meeting Minutes

DRAFT Minutes July 16, 2014 (107KB)
Minutes May 21, 2014 (107KB)
Minutes March 19, 2014 (251KB)
Minutes December 18, 2013 (274KB)
Minutes October 16, 2013 (287KB)
Minutes August 14, 2013 - JLC-BVS Roundtable (35KB)
Minutes July 17, 2013 (356KB)
Minutes May 22, 2013 (216KB)
Minutes March 20, 2013 (162KB)
Minutes December 19, 2012 (322KB)
Minutes July 11, 2012 (1mb)
Minutes May 23, 2012 (412kb)
Minutes March 28, 2012 (175kb)
Minutes December 20, 2011 (275kb)
Minutes November 9, 2011 (275kb)
Minutes July 13, 2011 (275kb)
Minutes May 18, 2011 (346kb)
Minutes March 23, 2011 (121KB)
Minutes December 21, 2010 (165KB)
Minutes October 21, 2010 (165KB)
Minutes July 21, 2010 (380KB)
Minutes April 21, 2010 (100KB)
Minutes December 22, 2009 (77KB)
Minutes October 14, 2009 (1.02MB)
Minutes August 12, 2009 (158KB)
Minutes May 20, 2009 (323KB)
Minutes March 25, 2009 (307KB)
Minutes December 18, 2008 (52KB)
Minutes October 15, 2008 (248KB)
Minutes August 13, 2008 (61KB)
Minutes May 14, 2008 (73KB)
Minutes March 13, 2008 (70KB)
Minutes December 19,2007 (69KB)
Minutes October 10,2007 (64KB)
Minutes August 8,2007 (48KB)
Minutes May 16, 2007 (37KB)
Minutes March 14, 2007 (50KB)
Minutes Dece,ber 21, 2006 (104KB)
Minutes October, 2006 (83KB)
Minutes August 9, 2006 (75KB)
Minutes May 17, 2006 (71KB)
Minutes March 15, 2006 (59KB)
Minutes September 14, 2005 (67KB)
Minutes July 13, 2005 (52KB)
Minutes May 11, 2005 (51KB)
Minutes February 23, 2005 (43KB)
Minutes January 11, 2005 (24KB)
Minutes December 7, 2004 (46KB)
Minutes September 7, 2004 (48KB)
Minutes June 21, 2004 (62KB)
Minutes March 16, 2004 (54KB)
Minutes October 15, 2003 (23KB)
Minutes December 16, 2003 (25KB)
Minutes September 25, 2003 (82KB)

JLC Conference at the General Assembly

Minutes January 9, 2014 (28KB)
Minutes January 10, 2013 (28KB)
Minutes January 12, 2012 (28KB)
Minutes January 13, 2011 (20KB)
Minutes January 18, 2010 (20KB)
Minutes January 19, 2009 (15KB)
Minutes January 14, 2008 (20KB)

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