The Department of Veterans Services offers a range of services for veterans and their family members—from assistance with filing benefits claims to certifying educational programs. DVS operates two long-term care centers and three veterans cemeteries.

The Department’s Virginia Veteran and Family Support (VVFS) Program helps veterans return to their communities through local services and support.

The Department’s Board of Veterans Services is responsible for monitoring the welfare of Virginia's veterans and setting policies to enhance veteran services across the Commonwealth. 

The Joint Leadership Council (JLC) consists of representatives of the majority of veterans service organization in the Commonwealth.  It advises the Department of Veteran Services on matters of concern to veterans and their families. The Council is active in identifying veterans’ needs and advocating in support of veterans issues that may be remedied through appropriate legislation or by other means. 

The Virginia War Memorial is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s monument to honor the memory of Virginia’s men and women who demonstrated a willingness to serve and fight to defend our way of life from World War II to the present.

Commissions and Councils

Commission on Military Installations and Defense Activities
By means of Executive Order 11 Governor McAuliffe continued the Commission on Military Installations and Defense Activities to continue to identify and recommend actions that the Commonwealth can take to support our military and defense installations and activities, and surrounding communities. 

Executive Summary Growing the Military Mission in the Commonwealth

Growing the Military Mission in Virginia

Virginia Military Advisory Council (VMAC)
Established under the Code of Virginia, the VMAC was created as an advisory council to the Governor and executive branch of state government to maintain a collaborative, communicative, and coordinating relation between the Commonwealth and the leaders of each military installation located in Virginia.  The VMAC holds quarterly meetings to explore issues impacting quality of life for service members and their families, relations between the installations and surrounding civilian communities, as well as effects of encroachment. 

Click here to view the minutes and presentations from the VMAC meetings: