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Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations

The mission of the Joint Leadership Council is to provide advice and assistance to the Governor, General Assembly and the Department of Veterans Services (DVS) on matters of concern to the veterans community and provides a conduit of information to and from the veterans service organizations on policy and legislation, pending and enacted, as well as information on existing services.

The Joint Leadership Council is open to qualifying veterans service organizations in Virginia. VSOs and their representatives are appointed by the Governor. Each member VSO is allotted one representative and one alternate. All veterans organizations are encouraged to join this initiative to support Virginia’s veterans and their families, by contacting the Secretary of the Commonwealth. All meetings are open to the public.

Upcoming Meetings

  • April 17, Dept. of Military Affairs HQ, Richmond, VA
    • All JLC 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 3. She will respond with a request for information needed for a background check. That information must be provided NLT April 4.
  • July 24, American Legion Building, Department of Virginia, 1708 Commonwealth Ave., Richmond
  • October 16, American Legion Building, Department of Virginia, 1708 Commonwealth Ave., Richmond
  • December 18, American Legion Building, Department of Virginia, 1708 Commonwealth Ave., Richmond

Previous Meetings


For more information, please contact:


Veterans Service Organization JLC Representative Alternate

Air Force Association

Thomas Wozniak

James Merchant

American Legion

Richard Oertel

Dale Chapman


John Cooper

Rich Mansfield

Association of the U.S. Army

Michael Flanagan

Robert Sempek

Disabled American Veterans

Denice Williams

Thomas Wendel

Fifth Baptist Veterans Ministry

Kenneth B. Shelton Sr.

Thad Jones

Fleet Reserve Association

William Ashton

Jeffrey Gilmartin

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

Lauren Augustine

Korean War Veterans Association

Tim Whitmore

Leo Ruffing

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

Robert Herbert

Rich Rinaldo

Marine Corps League

John Clickener

Jim Barrett

Military Order of the Purple Heart

James Cuthbertson

Mark Atchison

Military Order of the World Wars

Bill Barrett

Bill Townsley

Military Officers Association of America

Frank Wickersham, III

Rich Anderson

Navy Mutual Aid Association

Craig Cressman

Meredith Burns

Navy Seabee Veterans of America

Glenn Rodriguez

Frank Driscoll

Non-Commissioned Officers Association

Jon Ostrowski

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Preston Curry

Raymond Kenney

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 Barnette

Carl Holcomb

Virginia National Guard Association

Kevin Hoffman

Fallon Martin

Women Marines Association

Judy Reid

Marie Juliano

Chairman of the Board of Veterans Services

Jim Icenhour

Chairman of the Veterans Services Foundation

Frank Finelli

Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services

John L. Newby II


  • Summary Matrix of 2019 JLC Policy Initiatives

    On October 17, the JLC adopted seven initiatives for consideration by the Governor and General Assembly for the 2019 session.  Position papers for each initiative may be found below. Previous year’s initiatives are available upon request.


  • JLC 2019-01 Increased State Active Duty (SAD) Pay

    RECOMMENDATION:  That the Governor and General Assembly appropriate $50,000 to ensure that all Virginia National Guardsmen are paid at least at the E6 rate.

  • JLC 2019-02 Income Tax Subtraction for Certain Low-Income 100% Disabled Veterans

    RECOMMENDATION: That the Governor and General Assembly approve an individual income tax subtraction for 100% service-connected disabled veterans with a federally adjusted gross income, not exceeding 150% of the federal poverty level for a four-person household, who have not already claimed another exemption.

  • JLC 2019-03 Electronic Ballot Return by Overseas Military

    RECOMMENDATION:That the Governor and General Assembly enact legislation and provide budget support of a pilot program at the Virginia State Board of Elections for $100,000 and funding for one FTE, for a limited pilot program for the electronic return of absentee ballots by Virginia’s deployed military service members.

  • JLC 2019-04 Personal Property Tax Relief for Certain Disabled Veterans

    RECOMMENDATION:That the Governor and General Assembly approve legislation creating a standardized, statewide personal property tax exemption for one vehicle for 100% service-connected, total and permanent disabled veterans.

  • JLC 2019-05 Free Tuition for Virginia National Guardsmen

    RECOMMENDATION: That the Governor and General Assembly provide budget support of approximately a $1 million increase in the annual State Tuition Assistance program for a pilot program to cover the estimated 3.5% of Guardsmen seeking a degree who are not currently completely covered by federal and state tuition assistance.

  • JLC 2019-06 VMSDEP

    RECOMMENDATION:  That the Governor and General Assembly remove the requirement that a veteran’s disability rating be combat related.  Instead, a permanent service-connected 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.

  • JLC 2019-07 Phased-in System for Partial State Tax Exemption for Military Retirement Income

    RECOMMENDATION: That the Governor and General Assembly support changes to the current Virginia tax laws for a phased in system to reduce state tax on military retirement income up to $40,000, for retirees 65 years of age or older.

JLC Conference at the General Assembly