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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 21, 2016 at 10 a.m.
    Location: American Legion Building, 1708 Commonwealth Avenue, Richmond

For more information, please contact:

Meeting schedule for 2016

  • January 14
  • April 22
  • July 13
  • October 12
  • December 21

Members

Veterans Service Organization JLC Representative Alternate

Air Force Association

Harold Barton

Jeff Platte

American Legion

Richard Oertel

Dale Chapman

AMVETS

Richard Mansfield

John Cooper

Association of the U.S. Army

Robert Sempek

Tom Stephen

Disabled American Veterans

Curtis Jennings

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

Jim Barrett

Military Order of the Purple Heart

James Cuthbertson

Mark Atchison

Military Order of the World Wars

Bill Barrett

Bill Townsley

MOAA

Frank Wickersham, III

Don Kaiserman

NAUS

Dan Dennison

Chip Moran

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

Pat Webb

Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services

John L. Newby II

2017 JLC INITIATIVES

  • 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.

  • 2016 JLC INITIATIVES
  • JLC 2016 Initiative Summary, December 18, 2015

    The JLC adopted twelve initiatives for consideration by the Governor and General Assembly for the 2016 session.  Position papers for each initiative may be found below.

     

  • JLC 2016-01

    RECOMMENDATION:  That the Governor and General Assembly continue state support for the Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia veterans care center construction projects by appropriating an additional $29.3 million in state funding to complete the construction of both centers.

  • JLC 2016-02

    RECOMMENDATION: That the Governor and General Assembly 1) increase the Benefits Services division’s budget by $903,000 (GF) in FY17 and $1,324,000 (GF) in FY18, and 2) increase staffing levels by seven positions in FY17 and nine positions in FY18, to complete the three-year plan to strengthen and expand the DVS Benefits Services division.

  • JLC 2016-03

    RECOMMENDATION: That the Governor and General Assembly appropriate an  additional $2,147,591 (GF) and authorize 39 new positions for VVFS in FY17 to convert VVFS to an all-state employee workforce. FY18 funding should be $98,831 (GF) above FY17 levels.

  • JLC 2016-04

    RECOMMENDATION: That the Governor and General Assembly appropriate an additional $509,985 (GF) in FY17 and $800,235 (GF) in FY18, and authorize three additional positions, to ensure that the Virginia War Memorial has the resources necessary to accomplish its dual mission of honor and education.

  • JLC 2016-05

    RECOMMENDATION: That the Governor and General Assembly pass legislation to extend to 501(c)(19) Veterans Service Organizations the exemptions provided for501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations.

  • JLC 2016-06

    RECOMMENDATION: That the Governor and General Assembly authorize three positions and appropriate $400,000 (GF) in FY17, continue at these levels in FY18, and pass the legislation necessary to assist former military medics and corpsmen in continuing to use their skills learned in the service and to place them on a path to careers in Virginia health care industry.

  • JLC-2016-07

    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.

  • JLC 2016-08

    RECOMMENDATION: That the Governor and General Assembly appropriate the funding necessary to establish dedicated Veteran Advisors and Resource Centers on Virginia Community College System campuses to coordinate and centralize campus efforts to aid veterans in transitioning from military service and achieving success on campus.

  • JLC 2016-09

    RECOMMENDATION: That the Governor and General Assembly take the legislative and/or budget actions necessary to allow local courts to establish a Veterans Docket under the supervision of the Virginia Supreme Court.

  • JLC 2016-10

    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.

  • JLC 2016-11

    RECOMMENDATION:  That the Governor and General Assembly:

    A.) Remove the requirement that a veteran’s disability rating be combat related. Instead, a permanent 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, and

    B.) Evaluate whether funding from other programs above could potentially offset the increased cost to the VMSDEP.

  • JLC 2016-12

    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