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Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations

The Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations provides a vehicle for veterans service organizations to collaborate with the Department of Veterans Services on meeting the needs of Virginia’s veterans. The Joint Leadership Council is open to one representative from each qualifying veterans service organization in Virginia that chooses to participate. Additional organizations will be added as certification documents are submitted. All veterans organizations are encouraged to join this initiative to support Virginia’s veterans and their families, by contacting the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Upcoming Meetings

  • May 2, American Legion Building, Richmond, VA
  • July 25, American Legion Building, Richmond, VA
  • October 17, TBD
  • December 19, TBD

For more information, please contact:


Veterans Service Organization JLC Representative Alternate

Air Force Association

Harold Barton

Thomas Wozniak

American Legion

Richard Oertel

Dale Chapman


Richard Mansfield

John Cooper

Association of the U.S. Army

Robert Sempek

Tom Stephen

Disabled American Veterans

Curtis Jennings

Dan Miller

Fifth Baptist Veterans Ministry

Kenneth B. Shelton Sr.

Thad Jones

Fleet Reserve Association

William Ashton

Abe Zino

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

David Schneider

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

Don Kaiserman

National Association of Uniformed Services

Dan Dennison

Chip Moran

Navy Mutual Aid Association

Craig Cressman

Karen Jeffries

Navy Seabee Veterans of America

Glenn Rodriguez

Frank Driscoll

Non-Commissioned Officers Association

Jon Ostrowski

Rhonda Killmon

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Raymond Kenney

Preston Curry

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 Huffman

Robert Barnette

Virginia National Guard Association

Adam Provost

Mike Anliker

Women Marines Association

Marie Juliano

Chairman of the Board of Veterans Services

Jim Icenhour

Chairman of the Veterans Services Foundation

Rich Schollmann

Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services

John L. Newby II


  • Summary Matrix of 2018 JLC Policy Initiatives

    The JLC adopted six initiatives for consideration by the Governor and General Assembly for the 2018 session.  Position papers for each initiative may be found below.


  • 2017-01 Residency Requirement of Surviving Spouses - Constitutional Amendment, 2nd Res.

    RECOMMENDATION:  That the 2018 General Assembly pass resolutions HB71/HJ6 identical to the one passed by the 2017 General Assembly (HJ562), thereby continuing the process to amend Virginia’s Constitution to provide parity for surviving spouses of 100% disabled veterans and those Killed in Action.

  • 2017-02 Electronic Return of Voted Ballots by Overseas Military

    RECOMMENDATION: That the Governor and General Assembly enact legislation and provide budget support of a pilot program for the electronic return of absentee ballots by Virginia’s deployed military service members to enfranchise their voting privileges.

  • 2017-03 VECRP Microloans

    RECOMMENDATION: That the Governor and General Assembly enact legislation to establish a Veteran Entrepreneur Capital Resources Program, and provide budget support in the amount of $1,000,000 in FY19 and $1,000,000 in FY20 for the microloan fund and 1 FTE to administer the program, beginning January 1, 2019.

  • 2017-04 Tax Exemption for 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 250% of the federal poverty level for a four-person household, who have not already claimed another exemption.

  • 2017-05 VMSDEP Requirements

    RECOMMENDATION: That the Governor and General Assembly remove the requirement that a veteran’s disability rating be combat related and within an armed conflict. 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.

  • 2017-06 Increase Guard Income Tax Subtraction

    RECOMMENDATION:  That the Governor and General Assembly increase the state income tax subtraction level for members of the Virginia National Guard from $3,000 to $5,000 per year.

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