About Our Veterans Council"Strength in Unity"
Established September 04, 1985, by Executive order 1985-80
The Veterans Council of Duval County, or VCDC, was chartered to unify the Veteran’s organizations of Duval County, Florida, providing solidarity in communications of the veterans’ viewpoints and a means for disseminating information on the issue before local, state, and national legislative bodies that affect veterans, their families, and surviving spouses.
Click on the Button below to go to the page to submit inputs to the Council for any Veteran or Military Servicemember in Need; all Member Organizations will be notified of their need.
Who We Are
Our Council Officers
Our Veterans Council Officers are voted into two (2) year terms by the Council Members. Here are our 2022-2024 VCDC Officers:
Rich joined the VFW at Post 3767 in his hometown of Hubbard, Ohio in 2009 as a life member. After retiring from the US Navy after 23 years, he upgraded to Bronze Legacy VFW Life Membership and transferred to the Greater Beaches VFW Post 3270 in Jacksonville Beach, FL, where he served as Post Commander for 2 years, earning All-American and All-State Post Recognition, and is currently serving as a Post Trustee. He served as the VFW FL District 6 Surgeon 2021-22, and is currently the District 6 Junior Vice Commander. Rich has been recognized as a VFW National Chief of Staff in 2019-20 and 2021-22 and as a VFW National Aide-de-Camp in 2020-21, and served the VFW Department of Florida as the Membership Director for the 2021-22 year. He served in the US Navy (1994-2017) and retired as a Fire Controlman Chief Petty Officer. He served on five Guided Missile Destroyers, a Fleet Commander Staff, and two Afloat Training Groups. He lives with his wife Kristy, step-daughter Baylee (both VFW Auxiliary Members) and daughter Reyanne in Jacksonville, FL and is a licensed Realtor and Military Relocation Professional serving Northeast Florida. He is also a life member of Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
1st Vice Chairman
2nd Vice Chairman | Membership Coordinator
Immediate Past Chairman
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to join the VCDC?
We welcome all veterans’ service organizations, active duty or reserve component military servicemembers, military or retired military associations, and quasi-veteran’s organizations, including organization and individuals that advocate for, or are friends of veterans, or any honorably discharged veteran, whose interest is the welfare of Veterans and their families, to join us.
When are the monthly meetings?
Our monthly meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7pm/1900. If there is a special meeting, the Council will notify all Members of the date and time via email.
Where are the monthly meetings?
All monthly meetings will be held at the American Legion 137 “Moon Building”, located behind the Post and their swimming pool. If the monthly meeting will be held somewhere else, the Council will notify all members via email. The address of American Legion 137 is:
How can I join the Veterans Council of Duval County?
Fill out the membership form located HERE. Print out the membership form and bring it with you when you attend the next monthly meeting, and present the filled out membership form along with your annual dues to the Treasurer or 2nd Vice-Chairman/Membership Coordinator. The Council Members will make a motion to accept you as a member. You can also email the form HERE prior to attending your first meeting.
What areas are included in Duval County?
Jacksonville, Mayport, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach, and Baldwin, Florida.
Where can I find all applicable documents for the VCDC?
We have our Executive Orders, Constitution, Standing Rules, as well as meeting agendas, minutes, and audio files on our Documents page. Click HERE to go there!.