Joint Executive Council of Veterans Organizations

JECVO provides a central point in which 27 Veterans Organizations and Veterans-Support Organizations, with approximately 60 representatives, gather at one time.   Most of JECVO's efforts are directed toward legislation that affects Kentucky Veterans and/or their dependents.  Overall, JECVO has a good success record for their legislative efforts.  JECVO representatives attend the General Assembly sessions and committee meetings that address Veterans affairs/issues in proposed legislation. 

JECVO affords veterans organizations and the KY Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) a great opportunity to disseminate information. The KDVA Commissioner provides a Status Report at most meetings on KDVA activities and projects.   Meetings are every other month, except for monthly meetings when Kentucky's General Assembly is in session.

Member Organizations

Air Force Association (AFA)

Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA)

American Legion (AL)

American Veterans (AMVETS)

Armed Forces E-9 Association (AFE9A)

Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA)

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)

Forty & Eight Association (40&8)

KY Veterans Hall of Fame Foundation (KVHOFF)

Korean War Veterans (KWVA)

Ladies Auxiliary Military Order Purple Heart (LAMOPH)

Marine Corps League (MCL)

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)

Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH)

National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS)

Navy Leagues of the United States (NLUS)

Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA)

Operation Stand Down (OSD)

Owensboro-Daviess County Veterans (OCDV)

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)

Pearl Harbor Commemorative Association (PHCA)

Task Force Omega KY (TFO)

United Auto Workers Association (UAW)

Veterans Memorial Park of Kentucky (VMPK)

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)



Chairman Richard Quire (VFW) 502-655-1052,

Vice-Chairman Denzil Lile (AL) 270-234-6678,

Secretary Kathy Mattingly (MCL) 859-734-0500,

Finance Officer Bobbie Smith (AL), 270-756-9066,

Chaplain Brent Kelly (VFW), 502-548-7099,

Legislative Officer Carlos Pugh (VFW), 502-545-1539,                       

Legal Counsel Richard Eisert (PVA), 859-272-2150,

Public Affairs Officer  Dave Jarrett (DAV), 270-765-6340



Internal AffairsMichael Sparks (DAV), 859-988-0333,

Legislative:   Carlos Pugh (VFW),

Finance:    Bobbie Smith (AL), 270-756-9066,


Mission Statement

The mission of this organization shall be to unite the existing veteran organizations within the state for the purpose of improving services and/or benefits for Kentucky veterans and their families. By working together in a cohesive and purposeful manner, the organization seeks to utilize the power and influence of speaking with one voice to advance issues of common interest.



Meetings will be held every other month beginning at 10:00 AM local time with time and place for the next meeting to be determined and announced prior to adjournment of each meeting. JECVO will meet monthly in Frankfort during legislative sessions.

Organization Address

Joint Executive Council of Veterans Organizations of Kentucky (JECVO)
PO Box 98
Harned, Kentucky 40144-0098


KDVA Presentations to JECVO

April 6, 2016 [PDF 5 MB]
February 3, 2016 [PDF 5 MB]

October 4, 2015  
[PDF 3.8 MB]

August 6, 2015  [PDF 1.6 MB]

May 15, 2015 [PDF 200 KB]

March 4, 2015 [PDF 400 KB]
New JECVO Officers

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The Joint Executive Council of Veterans Organizations elected new officers October 7. From left to right above: Outgoing Chair  - Larry Arnett
New Chairman - Michael Sparks, DAV
Vice Chair - Commander Quire, VFW
Legislative Liaison - Carlos Pugh, VFW

February 4 Meeting Photos
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Chairman Larry Arnett and Legislative Office Carlos Pugh present plaque to Rep. Tanya Pullin thanking her for her outsanding service to veterans.

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Rep. Pullin presents legislative pins to Chairman Arnett and Legislative Officer Pugh.
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KDVA Commissioner Henry makes presentation to JECVO.
JECVO Meeting Schedule
10/5/16  AL Post 113            Elizabethtown
12/7/16  AMVETS Post 61    Louisville