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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.

2022 Meeting Schedule:

All meetings are open to the public.  Information on meeting location (in person) or how to attend virtually (on-line meetings) will be posted approximately two weeks prior to the meeting.

  • Thursday, April 7  (Cancelled)
  • Thursday, June 23 (Cancelled)
  • Thursday, August 25, 10 a.m.
  • Friday, December 16, 10 a.m.

For more information, contact:

  • Michael Dick, BVS Chairman                                                                                                                                 434-987-5216    or
  • Claudia Flores, DVS Director of Policy & Planning                                                                                     804-212-8928    or
  • Steven Combs, DVS Chief Deputy Commissioner                                                                                   804-786-0294    or


If you are interested in serving on the Board of Veterans Services, please visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website for more information on how to apply:

Please do not send resumes or nominations to DVS. 

Members as of 06/22/2022

Name City Position

Michael Dick, Chair


Retired Colonel, U. S. Marine Corps

Thurraya S. Kent, Vice Chair


Retired Captain, U.S. Navy

Victor Angry


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

David Ashe

Virginia Beach

Attorney, Alperin Law. Colonel, USMCR

Delegate Jason Ballard


General Assembly of Virginia
U.S. Navy veteran

Carl Bedell


Attorney; U.S. Army veteran

Senator John Bell


General Assembly of Virginia, U.S. Air Force veteran

Carl F. Bess, Jr.


Retired Colonel, U.S. Air Force

James M. Byrne


Veteran Marine

Delegate Mike Cherry

Colonial Heights

General Assembly of Virginia, U.S. Air Force veteran

Paige Cherry


DHS - Coast Guard; U.S. Army veteran

Mario Flores


United States Army Congressional Defense Fellow, U.S. Army veteran

Delegate Hyland (Buddy) Fowler


General Assembly of Virginia

Joyce Henderson


Retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army

James O. Icenhour, Jr.,


Retired Major, U.S. Air Force

John Lesinski


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

Senator Mamie Locke


General Assembly of Virginia

Delegate Kathleen Murphy


General Assembly of Virginia

Kathy Owens

Virginia Beach

President, Beach Development Group; Retired Commander U.S. Navy

Senator Bryce E. Reeves


General Assembly of Virginia, U.S. Army veteran

Susan Vervaet Riveland


Freelance Writer; U.S. Army veteran

Melissa Watts


Director of Procurement, Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority

Daniel Gade (ex officio)


Commissioner, Virginia Department of Veterans Services, U.S. Army Retired Lieutenant Colonel

Denice Williams (ex officio)


Chair, Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations, U.S. Marine Corps veteran

Jack Lanier (ex officio)


2nd Vice Chair, Veterans Service Foundation, U.S. Army veteran

Rick St. John (ex officio)


Vice Chair, Virginia War Memorial Foundation Board

Materials for the August 25, 2022 Meeting (to be added as available)

Recordings of electronic meetings

An audio or video recording of the electronic meetings held on June 10, September 16, November 13, and December 17, 2020, and the meetings held on April 16 and June 29, 2021 is available on request