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Board of Veterans Services

The Board of Veterans Services is responsible for monitoring the welfare of Virginia’s veterans and setting policies to enhance veteran services across the Commonwealth.

Board of Veterans Services Meeting Schedule:

    Meetings dates for 2019 are:
  • Thursday May 2    Place: Dept. of Military Affairs (Virginia National Guard) HQ, 8000 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Building 430, Richmond, VA
    • All BVS meetings are open to the public, however due to security at DMA HQ, any members of the public wishing to attend must email Carrie Ann Alford No Later Than April 25. She will respond with a request for information needed for a background check. That information must be provided NLT April 26.
    • Remote access location: 1123 Crest Ln., McLean, VA 22101
  • Thursday, August 22    Place: Virginia Veterans Cemetery (Amelia Cemetery), 10300 Pridesville Rd., Amelia Court House, VA
  • Thursday, November 14    Place: Virginia War Memorial, 621 S. Belvidere St., Richmond, VA

 

  • For more information, contact: Carrie Ann Alford, DVS Policy Director, 804-225-4716 or carrieann.alford@dvs.virginia.gov

Members

Name City Position

James O. Icenhour, Jr., Chairman

Williamsburg

Chairman, Board of Veterans Services; Retired Major, U.S. Air Force

Victor Angry

Woodbridge

A is For Angry LLC; Retired Command Sergeant Major, ARNG

Carl Bedell

Arlington

Attorney; U.S. Army veteran

Carl F. Bess, Jr.

Norfolk

Retired Colonel, U.S. Air Force

Paige Cherry

Portsmouth

DHS - Coast Guard; U.S. Army veteran

John Cosgrove

Chesapeake

General Assembly of Virginia, U. S. Navy Reserves veteran

Michael Dick, Vice Chair

Earlysville

Retired Colonel, U. S. Marine Corps

Delegate
Gordon Helsel

Poquoson

General Assembly of Virginia, U.S. Army veteran

Susan B. Hippen

Virginia Beach

Retired Master Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy

Nick Kesler

Fairfax

U.S. Navy Reserves

M. Lyla Kohistany

Alexandria

President/Co-Founder, PROMOTE; U.S. Navy veteran

Tammi Lambert

Woodbridge

U.S. Army veteran

John Lesinski

Washington

Executive VP Colliers International, Retired Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps

Delegate Jason Miyares

Virginia Beach

General Assembly of Virginia

Delegate Kathleen Murphy

McLean

General Assembly of Virginia

Senator Bryce E. Reeves

Spotsylvania

General Assembly of Virginia, U.S. Army veteran

Efrain "Frank" Reyes, Jr.

Fredericksburg

Program Manager, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren (NAVSEA); U.S. Navy veteran

Julie Waters

McLean

Attorney, U.S. Army Reserves

VACANT

Citizen Member

John L. Newby II

Richmond

Commissioner, Department of Veterans Services

Frank Wickersham

Warrenton

Chair, Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations

Frank Finelli

McLean

Chairman of the Veterans Services Foundation

Board of Veterans Services Meeting Minutes