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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, September 15, 10 a.m., Virginia War Memoria, 621 S. Belvidere St, Richmond
  • Thursday, December 15, 10 a.m., Virginia War Memoria, 621 S. Belvidere St, Richmond

For more information, please contact:

  • Denice Williams, JLC Chair                                                                                                                                    757-538-3535    or
  • Claudia Flores, DVS Director of Policy & Planning                                                                                     804-212-8928    or
  • Steven Combs, DVS Chief Deputy Commissioner                                                                                    804-221-3602   or


Veterans Service Organization/ Board/Department JLC Representative/Member as of 09/15/2022 JLC Alternate Representative as of 09/15/2022

Air Force Association

Richard Shook

Marc Boswell

Air Force Sergeants Association

Richard Mansfield

John R. Cooper

American Legion

William Aramony

Bill Feasenmyer


Richard Van Norton, Jr.

Jay L. Marts

Association of the U.S. Army

Glenn Yarborough

Faye Earley

Disabled American Veterans

Denice Williams

Lisa Gregory

Fifth Baptist Church Veterans Ministry

Thad A. Jones

Fleet Reserve Association

Sha'ron (Marty) Martin

Christopher J. Murray

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

Jack Hilgers

Rich Rinaldo

Marine Corps League

John Clickener

David L. Jennings

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

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

Perry Taylor

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Rick Raskin

Joanne Smith

Vietnam Veterans of America

George Corbett

Charles Montgomery

Virginia Army/Air National Guard Enlisted Associated

Carl Holcomb

Virginia National Guard Association

Kevin Hoffman

Women Marines Association

Ann Crittenden

Wounded Warrior Project

Jose Ramos

Jeremy Villanueva

Chairman of the Board of Veterans Services (ex officio)

Michael Dick

Chairman of the Veterans Services Foundation (ex officio)

Paul F. Haughton, Jr.

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

Daniel Gade

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