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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: December 18, 2014 at 10 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
    Location: American Legion Building, 1708 Commonwealth Ave, Richmond

For more information, please contact:

Meeting schedule for 2014

  • March 19
  • May 21
  • July 16
  • October 15
  • December 18


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


Richard Mansfield

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


Stu Williams

Vic Pena


Chip Moran

Dan Dennison

Navy Seabee Veterans of America

Glenn Rodriguez

Frank Driscoll

Non-Commissioned Officers Association

Matthew Dailey

Jon Ostrowski


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


  • Summary PDF

    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.

  • JLC 2015-01 PDF

    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 PDF

    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 PDF

    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 PDF

    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:

    • 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.
    • DHCD for development of a statewide homeless data warehouse system to permit a better understanding of the needs of veterans accessing mainstream homeless services.
    • 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.
    • 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 PDF

    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 PDF

    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.