AG briefs JLC on legislative initiatives for General Assembly

Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, updates members of the Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations on the Virginia National Guard and discuses the Va. Guard's legislative initiatives for the 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly Jan. 16, 2015, in Richmond Va. The JLC provides a vehicle for veterans service organizations like the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars to collaborate with the Department of Veterans Services on meeting the needs of Virginia’s veterans. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, updates members of the Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations on the Virginia National Guard and discuses the Va. Guard’s legislative initiatives for the 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly Jan. 16, 2015, in Richmond Va. The JLC provides a vehicle for veterans service organizations like the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars to collaborate with the Department of Veterans Services on meeting the needs of Virginia’s veterans. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

RICHMOND, Va. — Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, updated members of the Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations on the Virginia National Guard and discuses the Va. Guard’s legislative initiatives for the 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly Jan. 16, 2015, in Richmond Va. The JLC provides a vehicle for veterans service organizations like the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars to collaborate with the Department of Veterans Services on meeting the needs of Virginia’s veterans.

“The JLC plays a key role in shaping the legislative conversation about military and veterans issues in the Virginia General Assembly, and this was a great avenue to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the Virginia National Guard and its role in supporting the Governor and the entire commonwealth as well as federal missions,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “It is important from them to know what our Soldiers and Airmen are need of so they can better support them and their families.”

For more information about the JLC, visit http://www.dvs.virginia.gov/dvs/joint-leadership-council-veterans-service-organizations/.

The Virginia Department of Military Affairs sponsored four bills for the 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly:

HB 2121 ~ In-state tuition; members of the Virginia National Guard.

Introduced by: T. Montgomery “Monty” Mason

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:
In-state tuition; members of the Virginia National Guard. Provides that any member of the Virginia National Guard residing in Virginia shall be eligible for in-state tuition at a public institution of higher education.

Read more: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=151&typ=bil&val=hb2121

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HB 1597 ~ Virginia National Guard; nonjudicial punishment.

Introduced by: Richard L. Anderson

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:
Virginia National Guard; nonjudicial punishment. Subjects servicemembers of the Virginia National Guard to nonjudicial punishment pursuant to the Manual for Courts-Martial. The bill provides that when nonjudicial punishment is to be imposed by a commanding officer of the rank of major or above, service members shall not be allowed to demand trial by court-martial in lieu of nonjudicial punishment; however, servicemembers shall retain all appeal rights available.

Read more: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=151&typ=bil&val=hb1597

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SB 930 ~ Virginia Military Family Relief Fund; benefits for state active duty missions.

Introduced by: Janet D. Howell

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:
Virginia Military Family Relief Fund; benefits for state active duty missions. Allows members of the Virginia National Guard and Virginia residents who are members of the reserves of the United States Armed Forces to receive benefits from the Virginia Military Family Relief Fund for missions in support of Virginia civil authorities for periods in excess of 30 days.

Read more: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=151&typ=bil&val=sb930

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SB 931 ~ Veterans identification card; definition of veteran.

Introduced by: Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr.

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:
Veterans identification card; definition of veteran. Defines “veteran” for the purposes of issuance of a veterans identification card as a Virginia resident who has served honorably in the United States armed forces, reserves, or Virginia National Guard.

Read more: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=151&typ=bil&val=sb931

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