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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: Conference at the General Assembly
    Date/Time: January 15, 2015 at 9 a.m. (morning session); 1 p.m.(afternoon session)
    Location: General Assembly Building (morning), State Capitol (afternoon), Richmond
    For information about attending the conference, please contact Jack Hilgers at or call (804) 382-3715.
  • Meeting: Regular business meeting
    Date/Time: March 8, 2015 at 10 a.m.
    Location: American Legion Building, 1708 Commonwealth Ave, Richmond

For more information, please contact:

Meeting schedule for 2015

  • January 15
  • March 18
  • May 20
  • July 15
  • October 21
  • December 16


Veteran Service Organization JLC Representative Alternate

Air Force Association

Harold Barton

Jeff Platte

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. (Revised December 18, 2014)

  • JLC 2015-01 DVS Benefit Services PDF

    DVS Veterans Service Representatives and Benefits Offices:  the JLC recommends that the  Governor and General Assembly support the hiring, training, and retention of Department of Veterans Services (DVS) Veterans Service Representatives, the addition of representatives in understaffed locations, and the building of needed service capacity at Benefits Offices, by approving an additional $1,750,000 (GF) in FY2016

  • JLC 2015-02 Virginia Wounded Warrior Program PDF

    Virginia Wounded Warrior Program:  the JLC recommends that the Governor and General Assembly support the continued delivery of critical core behavioral health, rehabilitative, and supportive services for Virginia veterans, Guardsmen, Reservists, and family members by appropriating an additional $281,000 (GF) for the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP) in FY2016.

  • JLC 2015-03 Virginia War Memorial PDF

    Virginia War Memorial:  the JLC recommends that the Governor and General Assembly authorize $161,000 (GF) (partial-year funding) and three new positions for the Virginia War Memorial in FY2016; two additional new positions in FY2017 (for a total of five); and full funding of $404,000 (GF) for all positions in FY2017.

  • JLC 2015-04 Homeless Veterans 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 FY2016 for:

    • Governor and the General Assembly support the further reduction of veteran homelessness by approving additional funding in FY2016 for.
    • $1 million (GF) for the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to support increases in general statewide homeless prevention, rapid rehousing, and permanent supportive housing funding.
  • JLC 2015-05 Alternate Revenue Source 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 Veterans Care Centers PDF

    Veterans Care Centers:  the JLC recommends that the Governor and General Assembly increase the state funding commitment for the Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia veterans care center construction projects, and, once the higher state commitment is approved, that DVS request increased federal grant funding for the two projects.