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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.

2022 Meeting Schedule:

All meetings are open to the public.  Meeting location (in-person) or Zoom instructions (virtual) will be announced approximately two weeks prior.

  • Thursday, January 13, 2022 JLC Day at the General Assembly (Virtual) in three Zoom sessions.  Morning (General Assembly) session 8-11 a.m.  Afternoon (Executive branch) sessions 1:30-2 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m.  NOTE:  this is an “information only” conference and not a regular business meeting.  Contact Claudia Flores at Claudia.Flores@dvs.virginia.gov for meeting information.  Please specify the session(s) you wish to attend.
  • Thursday, May 12, 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, July 14, 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, September 15, 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, December 15, 10 a.m. 

For more information, please contact:

  • Denice Williams, JLC Chair                                                                                                                                    757-538-3535    or  tommi113@charter.net
  • Claudia Flores, DVS Director of Policy & Planning                                                                                     804-212-8928    or    claudia.flores@dvs.virginia.gov
  • Steven Combs, DVS Chief Deputy Commissioner                                                                                    804-221-3602   or    steven.combs@dvs.virginia.gov

Members

Veterans Service Organization/ Board/Department JLC Representative/Member as of 01/15/2022 JLC Alternate Representative as of 01/15/2022

Air Force Association

Richard Shook

Marc Boswell

Air Force Sergeants Association

Richard Mansfield

American Legion

William Aramony

Rick Oertel

AMVETS

Richard Van Norton, Jr.

Association of the U.S. Army

Glenn Yarborough

Faye Earley

Disabled American Veterans

Denice Williams

Lisa Gregory

Fleet Reserve Association

Sha'ron (Marty) Martin

William Ashton

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

Lauren Augustine

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

Jack Hilgers

Rich Rinaldo

Marine Corps League

John Clickener

Military Officers Association of America

Monti Zimmerman

John Down

Military Order of the Purple Heart

Mark Atchison

James Cuthbertson

Military Order of the World Wars

Vernon Peters

Alvin Chandler

Navy Mutual Aid Association

Michelle Domingue

Meredith Burns

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Preston Curry

Reserve Organization of America

Terrence Moore

David Sitler

Roanoke Valley Veterans Council

Dan Karnes

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Rick Raskin

Harold Sayles

Vietnam Veterans of America

George Corbett

Charles Montgomery

Virginia Army/Air National Guard Enlisted Associated

Robert Barnette

Carl Holcomb

Virginia National Guard Association

Kevin Hoffman

Chairman of the Board of Veterans Services (ex officio)

Michael Dick

Chairman of the Veterans Services Foundation (ex officio)

John Lesinski

Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (ex officio)

Daniel Gade

JLC Budget Update December 17, 2021 (Virtual - information briefing)

ANNUAL REPORTS - five most recent reports posted. Prior reports available on request

Recordings of electronic meetings

An audio or video recording of the electronic meetings held on November 20 and December 16, 2020 is available on request