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 April 2022)
Randall Bare, Acting Chairman – 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 – Kanawha County. 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.
Jack Gerrard – Harrison County. Vietnam War. Jack served in the United States Air Force from 1964 until 1968 and was deployed to Vietnam. He served as a Department Commander in the Americal 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.
Hershel "Woody" Williams – Cabel County. Woody 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. Following his military service, he served as a Veterans Service Representative for the federal Depaeretment of Veterans Affairs for 33 years. In 2010, Williams founded the Hershel "Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation. The nonprofit builds "Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments" in communities throughout the country, provides scholarships to eligible Gold Star Children, sponsors outreach programs and events and educates communities about the sacifices Gold Star Families have endured.
Kim Wolfe – Cabel County. Kim served two tours of duty ijn the United States Navy in Vietnam. He is the former Mayor of Huntington, West Virfginia and former Sheriff of Cabell County, West Virginia. Prior to that, Wolfe had been with the Huntington Police Department for 26 years. Wolfe graduated from Marshall University, having studied Criminal Justice Administration, with additional training from Northwestern University. He serves on the United States Anti-Terrorist Advisory Council, and on the Advisory Committee for the National Task Force on Community Preparedness and Response.
Corrina Boggess – Putnam County. Corrina served as a commissioned officer in the Army and Army Reserves. Her postings include Battalion Commander 376th Personnel Services Battalion, Tikrit, Iraq, and Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel - Office Chief, Army Reserve in Washington D.C., from which she retiered as a Colonel. Boggess serves as the 2021 - 2022 Senior Vice Commander, Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of West Virginia. She is also a National Legislative Committee Member and has held several other elected positions and committee memberships within and on behalf of that organization. Corrina is an Asociation of the United States Army Life Member and served on the National Advisory Board of Directors for that organization from 2000 until 2003. She is also a Reserve Officers Association and American Legion member. Col. Boggess received a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University, master of Arts from the University of Phoenix, Master of Science of the US Army War College and a Doctor of Executive Leadership from the University of Charleston
Lew Tyree – Kanawha County. Leqw served as a commissioned offier in the US Army Reserves. During his 30-year career, his postings include Platoon Leader, Company Commander, Battalion Commander, and Group Commander as well as a number of staff positions such as, Battalion and Group Executive Officer, and Deputy Chief of Staff for the 99th Readiness Division. Tyree Was a managing General Partner in Dues, Tyree & Hicks Attorneys at Law - Specializing in a broad range of legal services, to include real estate, domestic relations, and criminal law. Later he served as HOuse Council and Senior Director of Loan Origination and Development for the West Virginia Housing Development Fund and the Acting Vice President of University Advancement for West Virginia State University. He also serves as the Veterans Committee Chairperson for the Charleston Chapter of the NAACP.
James W. Runyon – Kanawha County – James Runyon served in the West Virginia National Guard for more than 30 years. He had nbumerous command assignments, the last of whicxh was Commander, 77th Brigade Troop Command, as well as Human Resource Assignments, including the organization's Human Resource Officer, responsible for managing both the Army and Air National Guard's diverse full-time fore. His last assignment prior to retirement was as Chief of the Joint Staff. Runyon is Human Resources Director for Flaherty Legal, a litigation firm with several offices throughout West Virginia. Runyon is also the West Virginia State Director of Selective Service, a member of the Charleston Catholic High School Advisory Council, a member of the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network Organizational Management Committee, and the President of the Board of Directors at ABLE Families - a non-profit agency serving children and families in Mingo County
Adam Truex – Ohio County. Adam served as a Cryptologic Technician in the US Navy's Cryptologic Warfare Community. He retired honorably at the rank of Chief Petty Officer after 21 years of combined service on active and reserve duty. Adam is the Assistant Executive Director for the Ohio Mid-Eastern Regional Education Service Agency (OME-RESA), where he leads the agency's business and service operations in support of 56 school districts throughout 13 counties within Southeast Ohio. Adam has now served for over two years on the Helping Hero's Board of Directors, and also serves as the treasurer for the Northern Panhandle Veterans Council (NPVC). Adam earned h is bachelor's degree in Business Leadership Administration, and his master's degree in Organizational Leadership from West Liberty University, where he is also an Adjunct Professor for the School of Professional Studies.