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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: Regular business meeting
    Date/Time: October 21, 2015 at 10 a.m.
    Location: American Legion Building, 1708 Commonwealth Avenue, Richmond

For more information, please contact:

Meeting schedule for 2015

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


Veteran Service Organization JLC Representative Alternate

Air Force Association

Harold Barton

Jeff Platte

American Legion

Richard Oertel

Dale Chapman


Richard Mansfield

Association of the U.S. Army

Robert Sempek

Tom Stephen

Disabled American Veterans

Curtis Jennings

Fleet Reserve Association

William Ashton

Abe Zino

Korean War Veterans Association

Tim Whitmore

Leo Ruffing

Legion of Valor of the U.S., Inc.

Robert Herbert

Rich Rinaldo

Marine Corps League

John Prendergast

John Clickener

Military Order of the Purple Heart

James Cuthbertson

Mark Atchison

Military Order of the World Wars

Bill Barrett

Bill Townsley


Stu Williams

Vic Pena


Dan Dennison

Chip Moran

Navy Seabee Veterans of America

Glenn Rodriguez

Frank Driscoll

Non-Commissioned Officers Association

Jon Ostrowski

Randy Reid

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Terry Labar

Reserve Officers Association

David Sitler

Terrence Moore

Roanoke Valley Veterans Council

Perry Taylor

Dan Karnes

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Dan Boyer

Tom Gimble

Vietnam Veterans of America

Charles Montgomery

George Corbett

Virginia Army/Air National Guard Enlisted Associated

Robert Huffman

Robert Barnette

Virginia National Guard Association

Adam Provost

Women Marines Association

Marie Juliano

Chairman of the Board of Veterans Services

Don Kaiserman

Chairman of the Veterans Services Foundation

Brad Antle

Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services

John L. Newby II


  • JLC 2016 Initiative Summary, July 15, 2015

    The JLC adopted eight initiatives for consideration by the Governor and General Assembly for the 2016 session.  Position papers for each initiative may be found below.


  • JLC 2016-01

    RECOMMENDATION:  That the Governor and General Assembly continue state support for the Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia veterans care center construction projects by appropriating additional state funding to complete the construction of both centers.

  • JLC 2016-02

    RECOMMENDATION:  That the Governor and General Assembly support funds to provide continued improvement to training, services, compensation, facilities, and equipment for DVS Benefits Services’ staff in the FY17/18budget.

  • JLC 2016-03

    Recommendation:  That the Governor and General Assembly support increased funding for Virginia Veterans and Family Support services as a priority in the development and approval of the FY17-18 budget.

  • JLC 2016-04

    Recommendation:  That  the  Governor  and  General  Assembly  authorize  three additional  positions for  the Virginia  War Memorial  in the FY17/18 budget and appropriate the necessary funding for these positions and other requirements.

  • JLC 2016-05

    RECOMMENDATION:  That the Governor and the General Assembly change the eligibility for in-state tuition to include all members of the Virginia National Guard and the Reserve components, thus recognizing their service to the Commonwealth and treating them equality to the active components and veterans.

  • JLC-2016-06

    RECOMMENDATION:  That the Governor and General Assembly increase the state income tax subtraction level for members of the Virginia National Guard from $3,000 to $5,000 per year.

  • JLC 2016-07

    RECOMMENDATION:  That the Governor and General Assembly:

    A.) Remove the requirement that a veteran’s disability rating be combat related. Instead, a permanent disability rating of at least 90%, plus satisfaction of the other requirements currently in the Code, would qualify a veteran’s spouse or child for VMSDEP benefits, and

    B.) Evaluate whether funding from other programs above could potentially offset the increased cost to the VMSDEP.

  • JLC 2016-08

    RECOMMENDATION:  That the Governor and General Assembly promote development, approval, and budgeting of secure procedures to permit the electronic return of absentee ballot by overseas uniformed military voters.