In accordance with Chapter 9A, Article 1, as amended, The West Virginia Code provides that there shall be a Veterans Council consisting of nine members who must be citizens and residents of this state and who have served in and been honorably discharged or separated under honorable conditions from the Armed Forces of the United States and whose service was within a time of war as defined by the laws of the United States.
Where feasible, two members of the council shall be veterans of either WWII or the Korean Conflict, at least two members of the council shall be veterans of the Vietnam era, at least one member shall be a veteran of the first Gulf War and at least one member shall be a veteran of the Afghanistan or Iraqi Conflicts. The members of the veterans’ council shall be selected with special reference to their ability and fitness to effectuate the purposes of this article. If an eligible veteran is not available or cannot be selected, a veteran who is a citizen and resident of this state, who served in and was honorably discharged or separated under honorable conditions from the Armed Forces of the United States and who served during any time of war or peace may be selected. The secretary and such officers, assistants and employees as the secretary considers advisable, shall administer the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance.
It is the duty and function of the Veterans’ Council to advise the secretary on the general administrative policies of the department, to select, at their first meeting in each fiscal year commencing on July 1, a chairperson to serve one year, to advise the secretary on rules as may be necessary, to advise the Governor and the Legislature with respect to legislation affecting the interests of veterans, their widows, widowers, dependents and orphans and to make annual reports to the Governor respecting the service of the department. The secretary has the same eligibility and qualifications prescribed for members of the Veterans’ Council. The secretary ex officio shall maintain all records of the Veterans’ Council.
Current Members (as of June 2014):
Harrison Gilliam, Chairman - Huntington - Cabell County - Iraq & Afghanistan
Randall Bare, Former Chair - Sandyville - Jackson County - Vietnam
Miles Epling, Former Chair - Point Pleasant - Mason County - Vietnam
Mary Byrd - Nitro - Kanawha County - Vietnam Era
James DeCarlo - St. Albans - Kanawha County - Korean
Cedric Greene - Charleston - Kanawha County - Gulf
Bill Harris - Glen Easton - Marshall County - WW II
Woody Williams - Ona - Cabell County - WW II
James McCormick - New Haven - Mason County - Iraq
Council Meeting Minutes
Upcoming meetings are tentatively scheduled for:
- October 13, 2015 -- Huntington VA Medical Center
- January 14, 2016 -- 1:00pm - Governor's Conference Room
- April 12, 2016