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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

  • Meeting: Regular business meeting
    Date/Time: December 20, 2017 at 10 a.m.
    Location: American Legion Building, 1708 Commonwealth Ave., Richmond

For more information, please contact:

Meeting schedule for 2017

  • January 12
  • March 8
  • May 31, at the National DDay Memorial, Bedford, VA
  • September 6
  • December 20


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

Karen Jeffries

Craig Cressman

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 2017 JLC Policy Initiatives

    The JLC adopted seven initiatives for consideration by the Governor and General Assembly for the 2017 session.  Position papers for each initiative may be found below.


  • 2017-01 Virginia Veterans and Family Support Program

    RECOMMENDATION: That the Governor and General Assembly change the Code of Virginia to revise the charter of the VVFS; release $393.494 (GF) to DVS in FY17; authorize 21 new positions in FY17; and appropriate and additional $700,000 (GF) in FY18 to convert VVFS to an all-state employee service delivery structure.

  • 2017-02 Virginia War Memorial

    RECOMMENDATION: That the Governor and General Assembly appropriate an additional $100,000 (GF) in FY18, to ensure that the Virginia War Memorial has the resources necessary to accomplish its dual mission of honor and education.

  • 2017-03 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.

  • 2017-04 In-state Tuition for Reserve Components

    RECOMMENDATION:  That the Governor and the General Assembly change the eligibility for in-state tuition to include all members of the Virginia National Guard and the Reserve components, thus recognizing their service to the Commonwealth and treating them equality to the active components and veterans.

  • 2017-05 Virginia Veterans Entrepreneurship Grant Program

    RECOMMENDATION: That the Governor and General Assembly approve legislation creating the Virginia Veteran Entrepreneurship Grant Pilot Program under the Department of Veterans Services and appropriate $900,000 (GF) per year in FY18 and FY19 to award grants to companies that provide entrepreneurship training to veterans. Also, that the Board of Veterans Services (BVS) continue its work on veteran entrepreneurship and develop additional recommendations for consideration.

  • 2017-06 VMSDEP

    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.

  • 2017-07 Electronic Ballot Return

    RECOMMENDATION:  That the Governor and General Assembly promote development, approval, and budgeting of secure procedures to permit the electronic return of absentee ballot by overseas uniformed military voters.

JLC Conference at the General Assembly