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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.

2021 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.

  • Friday, April 16, 10 a.m.  Virtual Meeting
  • Tuesday, June 29, 10 a.m.  Virtual Meeting
  • Wednesday, August 25, 10 a.m.  Virginia War Memorial, 621 S. Belvidere St, Richmond VA 23220
  • Thursday, December 16, 10 a.m. Richmond Times-Dispatch Building, 8460 Times Dispatch Blvd, Mechanicsville, VA 23116

For more information, contact:

  • Michael Dick, BVS Chairman                                                                                                                                 434-987-5216    or    shortwall@gmail.com
  • Claudia Flores, DVS Director of Policy & Planning                                                                                     804-212-8928    or    claudia.flores@dvs.virginia.gov
  • Steven Combs, DVS Chief Deputy Commissioner                                                                                   804-786-0294    or    steven.combs@dvs.virginia.gov

 

If you are a veteran of the Armed Forces, including the Virginia National Guard or a Reserve Unit and a resident of Virginia and interested in serving, please visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website for more information and the application form: https://www.commonwealth.virginia.gov/va-government/boards-and-commissions/

Please do not send resumes or nominations to DVS. 

Members

Name City Position

Michael Dick, Chair

Earlysville

Retired Colonel, U. S. Marine Corps

Thurraya S. Kent, Vice Chair

Annandale

Retired Captain, U.S. Navy

Victor Angry

Woodbridge

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

Carl Bedell

Arlington

Attorney; U.S. Army veteran

Senator John Bell

Broadlands

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

Carl F. Bess, Jr.

Norfolk

Retired Colonel, U.S. Air Force

Paige Cherry

Portsmouth

DHS - Coast Guard; U.S. Army veteran

Jenny Dye

Blacksburg

Licensed Professional Counselor and Senior Staff Counselor, Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center, Virginia Tech

Mario Flores

Fairfax

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

Delegate Hyland (Buddy) Fowler

Ashland

General Assembly of Virginia

Delegate Dan Helmer

Fairfax Station

General Assembly of Virginia, U.S. Army veteran

James O. Icenhour, Jr.,

Williamsburg

Retired Major, U.S. Air Force

John Lesinski

Washington

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

Senator Mamie Locke

Hampton

General Assembly of Virginia

Delegate Kathleen Murphy

McLean

General Assembly of Virginia

Kathy Owens

Virginia Beach

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

Senator Bryce E. Reeves

Spotsylvania

General Assembly of Virginia, U.S. Army veteran

Delegate Marcus Simon

Falls Church

General Assembly of Virginia, U.S. Army veteran

John M. Maxwell

Richmond

Commissioner, Virginia Department of Veterans Services, U.S. Navy Retired Captain

Denice Williams

Suffolk

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

Jack Lanier

Richmond

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

Linda Schreiner

Richmond

Chairman, Virginia War Memorial Foundation Board

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