The West Virginia Veterans’ Council is a nine-member body made up of residents of the state who have been separated under honorable conditions from the Armed Forces of the United States whose service was during a time of war as defined by the laws of the United States.
The West Virginia Legislature created the Veterans Council to advice the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Assistance on general administrative policies of the Department – and to advise the Governor and Legislature with respect to legislation affecting veterans and their families.
Where feasible the council should include members who served during the following eras – two members from World War II or the Korean War, two members from the Vietnam war, one from the first Gulf War, and one from the second Gulf War or Afghanistan War.
Members (As of March 2019)
Randall Bare, Acting Chairman – Sandyville, Jackson County – Vietnam War
Randall L. Bare served in the United States Marine Corps from February 1968 until he retired in July 1988 as a First Sergeant. His service included a tour in Vietnam in 1969 and Beirut, Lebanon, in 1984. He served as the West Virginia commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars from 1999 to 2000. He also represented Virginia and West Virginia from 2004 to 2006 as a VFW National Council Administration member. Additionally, he is a member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, Marine Corps League and Vietnam Veterans of America.
Kenneth Boggs – Afghanistan
Kenneth Boggs is a seasoned veteran with more than 20 years of service in the U.S. Army and West Virginia National Guard, with multiple deployments to places such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, and Afghanistan. His postings include tours as Executive Officer - Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Target-Acquisition Squadron; Joint Operations Officer - Kandahar, Afghanistan; Command Officer, 92nd Engineer Battalion; and Commanding Officer - West Virginia National Guard 111th Engineer brigade. He is the Vice President, Strategy & Operations for N3 in Charleston, West Virginia. He has served as a member of the Salvation Army Poverty Alleviation Board and is a member of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System Council.
Mary Byrd – Nitro, Kanawha County – Vietnam War
Mary Byrd served in the United States Air Force and retired in 1977. Her assignments included Strategic Air Command Headquarters, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, and Osan Air Base Korea. She is a member of the Women Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion.
James DeCarlo – St. Albans, Kanawha County – Korean War
James DeCarlo joined the United States Army as an Infantryman in 1952 and served until 1954, after which he continued to serve in the Army Reserves until 1961. He attained the rank of Master Sergeant prior to his final discharge. Decarlo served as Executive Director of the West Virginia Consumer Finance Association from 1998 until 2008. He is the President of the Korean War Veterans Association, a position he has held since 2006.
Cedric Greene – Charleston, Kanawha County – Gulf War
Cedric Greene joined the United States Marine Corps in 1985, where he served until he retired as a Gunnery Sergeant in 2005. His duty locations include commands on both the East and West coasts of the United States and Japan. He was the recipient of the Navy Commendation Medal. Greene Served as the Administrative Chief for the Marine Reserve unit in Cross Lanes, West Virginia, and for the Marine recruiting stations in Charleston and Hurricane, West Virginia.
Jack Gerrard – Vietnam War -
Jack Gerrard served in the United States Air Force from 1964 until 1968 and was deployed to Vietnam from 1964 until 1968. He served as a Department Commander in the American Legion, the national Committee for Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation and served as a Chaplain for the American Legion. Additionally, he is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and serves on the Harrison County Honor Guard.
Bill Harris – Glen Easton, Marshall County – World War II
Bill Harris served in the United States Navy on Destroyer Escorts in both the Pacific and European theater of operation. He had achieved the rank of Petty Officer First Class prior to his discharge at the end of his two-year enlistment.
Woody Williams – Ona, Cabell County – World War II
Hershel Woody Williams, of Quiet Dell, Marion County, joined the Marine Corps in 1943. He served in the South Pacific theater where he participated in the Second Battle of Guam and the Battle of Iwo Jima. He was presented the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman on October 5, 1945.