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The Langley Crier
Winter 2016

Veteran’s Corner


On Friday, December 16, Governor Terry McAuliffe released his budget for FY17/18 to the General Assembly finance committees. The budget of interest for Virginia’s veteran and active duty population is assigned to Admiral John Harvey, USN Retired, the Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs. This Secretariat is responsible to identify and manage issues and opportunities for Virginia’s veterans, members of the US Armed Forces, and their families. Of primary importance are the areas of workforce development, health care, and educational needs.

Veterans image 150pxAs Virginia is home to the Nation’s largest percentage of veterans under the age of 25, the largest percentage of women veterans, and the highest veteran participation rate in the labor force, the Secretariat maintains a particular focus of leveraging the leadership skills and abilities of these individuals and finding and leading our newest generation of veterans on the path to employability. 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.

Of interest to AFA members is the provision of $610,128 to fund 34 new positions in the Virginia Veteran and Family Support (VVFS) program This will enable the Department of Veterans Services to change its method of administering the program that monitors and coordinates behavioral health and rehabilitative services for veterans, Guardsmen and Reservists not active in federal service, and their families. This issue is the top Legislative Initiative of the Joint Leadership Council (JLC) and VA AFA is the primary JLC sponsor for this initiative.

The Governor’s budget also includes an initiative to establish a Virginia Veteran Entrepreneurship Grant Fund with a request for $900,000 to provide funding to award grants to organizations that assist veterans in starting new businesses.

How can you get involved? Glad you asked … by directly supporting this and the other JLC legislative initiatives with your state delegate or senator. A more detailed discussion on the seven JLC initiatives for the 2017 General Assembly session and a position paper on each initiative can be found on the Veterans Affairs page at http://www.va-afa.org.

Veterans Corner is submitted by Bart Barton, State VP for Veteran Affairs and the State AFA Representative to the Joint Leadership Council (JLC) of Veteran Service Organizations. For questions about the JLC or to make input, contact Bart Barton at hbartonjr@verizon.net.



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