Kathleen Jabs

3rd Floor Capitol Building
P. O. Box 1475
Richmond, Virginia 23218
Tel. (804) 225-3826
The Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs serves an important two-fold purpose. First, it distinguishes and elevates issues and opportunities for veterans and transitioning service members in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Of primary importance are the employment, health care, and education needs of our veterans. With the Nation's fastest growing veteran population and the greatest number of veterans in the workforce per capita, the Secretariat maintains a particular focus on employment of our newest generation of veterans who have the new and current skills needed here in the Commonwealth.

The Secretariat also leads the Governor's initiatives focused on relationship building with and support of our military and defense installations and the communities surrounding them. Through the Governor's Virginia Military Advisory Council (VMAC) and active Secretariat community involvement, the Commonwealth continues to be an engaged host in support of the military and defense missions in the state.
Secretary Carlos Hopkins
Secretary Kathleen Jabs
Assistant Secretary Jon Ward
Executive Assistant Deborah Dibs
Military Relations Liason Mike Coleman
Department of Military Affairs
8000 Jefferson Davis Highway, Building 430
Richmond, Virginia 23297
Tel. (804) 236-7880
Code Reference:
§ 44-11.1
The Department of Military Affairs plans, coordinates, maintains situational awareness, and employs forces for homeland security and homeland defense in order to respond to any incidents within the Commonwealth and, on order of the Governor, will assist civil authorities in protecting life and property, preserving peace, maintaining order and public safety, and relieving suffering.The agency is comprised of the Virginia National Guard and the Virginia Defense Force.The premier response capability in the state, prepared to support every call to duty from the Commonwealth and the nation, led by a balanced, integrated joint team that is stable, adaptive, and measured by the success of our small units and their leaders.
Department of Veterans Services
101 North 14th Street, 17th Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Tel. (804) 786-0286 ? Fax (804) 786-0302
Code Reference:
§ 2.2-2000
The Department shall be responsible for the establishment, operation, administration, and maintenance of offices and programs related to services for veterans of the armed forces of the United States and their Virginia-domiciled surviving spouses, orphans, and dependents. Such services shall include, but not be limited to, benefits claims processing and all medical care centers and cemeteries for veterans owned and operated by the Commonwealth.
Department of Veterans Services
James Monroe Building, 101 North 14th Street, 17th Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Tel. (804) 786-0286
Fax: (804) 786-0302
§ 2.2-2681
The Joint Leadership Veterans Service Council shall advise the Department of Veterans Services and the General Assembly regarding methods of providing support for ongoing veterans services and programs, and addressing veterans issues on an ongoing basis, recommend issues that may potentially impact veterans of the armed forces of the United States and their Virginia-domiciled surviving spouses, orphans, and dependents, advise the Department of Veterans Services and the Board of Veterans Services on matters of concern to Virginia-domiciled veterans and their eligible spouses, orphans, and dependents, promote and support existing veterans services and programs, recommend and promote implementation of new efficient and effective administrative initiatives that enhance existing veterans services and programs or provide for necessary veterans services and programs not currently provided, and maintain a nonpartisan approach to maintaining and improving veterans services and programs in the Commonwealth.
The Council shall be composed of one representative from each qualifying veterans service organization, 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. Each veterans service organization representative may designate an alternate to attend meetings of the Council in the absence of such representative.

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. Voting members shall be appointed for terms of three years. Appointments to fill vacancies shall be for the unexpired terms. No person shall be eligible to serve for or during more than two successive three-year terms. Each qualifying veterans service organization shall be responsible for recommending a member for appointment to the Council by the Governor. The Council shall annually elect its chairman and vice-chairman from among its members. The Council shall develop and adopt its own charter, and shall develop and adopt a mission and vision statement in consultation with the Department of Veterans Services. A majority of the voting members of the Council shall constitute a quorum.
Three year terms; no more than two successive terms
Gubernatorial Appointees:
  • Term Expires
  • Kevin J. Hoffman6/30/2024
  • Shs'ron D. Martin6/30/2024
  • Richard A. Raskin6/30/2024
  • Daniel E. Karnes6/30/2024
  • Richard Harold Van Norton6/30/2024
  • L. Timothy Whitmore6/30/2021
  • John Jack W. Hilgers6/30/2024
  • John R. Clickener6/30/2024
  • Michael D. Boyle6/30/2021
  • Monti G. Zimmerman6/30/2024
  • William Glenn Yarborough6/30/2024
  • Judith A. Reid6/30/2021
  • Richard A. Shook6/30/2024
  • Mark L. Atchison6/30/2024
  • Terrence M. Moore6/30/2024
  • Preston Curry6/30/2024
  • Denice F. Williams6/30/2024
  • Bill Aramony6/30/2024
  • Jon Robert Ostrowski6/30/2021
  • Richard A. Mansfield6/30/2024
  • John Manning6/30/2022
  • Lauren Augustine6/30/2022
  • Michelle Ramos Domingue6/30/2023
  • Vernon Peters6/30/2022
  • George R. Corbett6/30/2024
  • Robert Barnette6/30/2022
Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs
Post Office Box 1475
Richmond, Virginia 23218
Tel. (804) 225-3826
§ 2.2-2666.1
The Virginia Military Advisory Council is established as an advisory council, within the meaning of ' 2.2-2100, in the executive branch of state government, to maintain a cooperative and constructive relationship between the Commonwealth and the leadership of the several Armed Forces of the United States and the military commanders of such Armed Forces stationed in the Commonwealth, and to encourage regular communication on continued military facility viability, the exploration of privatization opportunities and issues affecting preparedness, public safety, and security.
The Council shall be composed of eleven members as follows: the Lieutenant Governor, the Attorney General, the Adjutant General, the Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, the Chairman of the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on General Laws, or their designees, and five members to be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. Representatives of the major military commands and installations located in the Commonwealth or in jurisdictions adjacent thereto shall be invited by the Governor to represent their command or installation at the meetings of the Council. Any legislative member who is appointed by the Governor shall serve a term coincident with his term of office.
Pleasure of the Governor
Senate Members:
  • The Honorable Bryce E. Reeves, Designee, Chair of Senate General Laws and Technology Committee
House Members:
  • The Honorable Patrick A. Hope, Chair, House Committee on Public Safety
Gubernatorial Appointees:
  • Term Expires
  • Jennifer Jacobs
  • Susan A. Moyer
  • Charles M. Quillin
  • James Albino
Ex Officio Members:
  • The Honorable Justin E. Fairfax, Lieutenant Governor
  • The Honorable Mark R. Herring, Attorney General
  • The Honorable Brian Moran, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security
  • Major General Daniel E. Long Jr., Adjutant General or designee
  • The Honorable Carlos Hopkins, Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs

Information accurate as of December 2021