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Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations

The mission of the Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations (the JLC) 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 JLC is composed of one representative from each qualifying veterans service organization (VSO), to be appointed by the Governor, and the Commissioner of the Department of Veterans Services and the Chairmen of the Board of Veterans Services and the Veterans Services Foundation or their designees, who shall serve as nonvoting ex officio members.

VSO representatives are nominated by their organization and appointed by the Governor.

Qualifying veterans service organizations shall be (i) composed principally of and controlled by veterans of the United States Armed Forces, (ii) a registered nonprofit organization in good standing, incorporated for the purpose of promoting programs designed to assist veterans of the armed forces of the United States and their eligible spouses, orphans, and dependents, and (iii) active and in good standing with its parent national organization, if such a parent organization exists.

Each veterans service organization representative may designate an alternate to attend meetings of the Council in the absence of such representative.

Veterans service organizations are encouraged be a part of the JLC in support Virginia’s veterans and their families.

2020 Meeting Schedule:

All meetings begin at 10:00 a.m., and are open to the public.

  • Wednesday, April 29:  CANCELLED
  • Wednesday, July 22, Virginia War Memorial, 621 S. Belvidere St., Richmond
  • Wednesday, October 21, Virginia War Memorial, 621 S. Belvidere St., Richmond
  • Wednesday, December 16, Virginia War Memorial, 621 S. Belvidere St., Richmond

For more information, please contact:

  • William (Bill) Ashton, JLC Chairman                                                                                              540-455-9343    or
  • Steven Combs, DVS Chief Deputy Commissioner                                                                             804-786-0294   or

October 21, 2020 meeting


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 Church Veterans Ministry

John Manning

Thad Jones

Fleet Reserve Association

William Ashton

Jeffrey Gilmartin

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

Lauren Augustine

Korean War Veterans Association

Tim Whitmore

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

Robert Herbert

Rich Rinaldo

Marine Corps League

Jim Barrett

Bruce Steeley

Military Officers Association of America

Monti Zimmerman

John Down

Military Order of the Purple Heart

James Cuthbertson

Mark Atchison

Military Order of the World Wars

Vernon Peters

Hans Mumm

Navy Seabee Veterans of America

Mike Boyle

Non-Commissioned Officers Association

Jon Ostrowski

Tyrone Anderson

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

Rick Raskin

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

Michael Dick

Chairman of the Veterans Services Foundation

John Lesinski

Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services

John Maxwell

2020 and 2021 JLC INITIATIVES

  • Summary Matrix of 2020 JLC Initiatives

    On October 16, 2019 the JLC adopted six initiatives for consideration by the Governor and General Assembly for the 2020 session. Position papers for each initiative were developed and submitted.  The attached document summarizes the actions taken on each initiative.

    JLC Initiatives for the 2021 General Assembly session will be adopted at the October 21, 2020 meeting, after which position papers will be submitted to the Governor and General Assembly.