Military and Veterans Affairs Committee (MVAC)

Understanding the Needs of Veterans and Service Members in Arlington

Arlington County’s Military and Veterans Advisory Committee (MVAC) is interested in hearing from members of the military, veterans, and their families who live and/or work in Arlington about types of programs, services, and resources that could be helpful. Click here to participate so that we can explore programs and services that may better serve our Veteran and Active Military Community.

Lt. Col. Mark Paolicelli, Vice-Chair of MVAC, highlights the importance of completing the questionnaire to help in understanding the needs of veterans and service members in Arlington:


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Charge of the MVAC

The Arlington County Military and Veterans Affairs Committee has been established to:

  1. Support and strengthen the relationship between local active duty and civilian military commands, the local veterans community, Arlington County government, County residents and the local business community;
  2. Coordinate and utilize Arlington County Government and Community resources in support of the local military community in carrying out their missions;
  3. Develop, implement and maintain initiatives and programs that provide the Arlington community with an opportunity to recognize and honor the service to our country provided by our military members and their families, including, but not limited to Memorial Day and Veterans Day;
  4. Work with the USS Arlington Community Alliance to serve as the County Liaison with the USS Arlington and her crew; and
  5. Serve as the chief County Liaison for the Vietnam War Commemoration.

Resources for Veterans and Active Military in Arlington


The MVAC meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. All meetings of the Committee are open to the public. MVAC meetings are usually held virtually or in Room 311 of the Bozman Government Center (2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201) but can move to another location as determined by the committee. Please review the agenda for location. View MVAC Meeting Agendas and Minutes here.


Colonel Joseph Simonelli, U.S. Army (Ret.), Arlington County Resident, Chair
Lt. Col. Mark Paolicelli, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), Honorary Arlington Resident, Vice-Chair

Manuel Sam Wong, VFW Post 3150
Dan Donahue, American Legion Post 139
Bob May, American Legion Post 85
DeWanda Mintz, American Legion Post 194
Lynne Porfiri, Arlington County Manager's Office
Wayne Vincent, Arlington County Police Department
Dulce Carrillo, Arlington Public Schools
Lt. Col. John Dexter, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
Kim Klingler, Columbia Pike Partnership
Bonnie Carroll and Kelly Shaul, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
Aimee Stoddard, Serving Together
Kevin Reardon, USS Arlington Community Alliance
J. Roger Camp, Northern Virginia Council, Navy League of the United States
Matthew J.  Steger, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
Glenn Yarborough, Association of the United States Army
Santya Lanman, Rosslyn BID
Richard Lane, Veterans Law Project, Legal Service of Northern Virginia
Annabella Riccio, USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore
Candace Vanderwater, Volunteers of America Cheasapeake
Dick Winter, George Washington Chapter AUSA
Jay E. Kalner, Vietnam Veterans of America
Timothy M. MacArthur, M-VETS (Mason Veterans)
Rich Brune, Fleet Reserve Association
Pete Davis, Blinded Veterans Association
Nancy Springer, VFW Post 3150
Bill Kelly, VFW Post 3150
Samara Alexander, Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Mark Wisdom, Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG)
Allison Finkelstein, Arlington National Cemetery
Dirk Casson, Grant Thornton Veterans and Allies Business Resource Group
Katie M. Spinazzola, Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS)
Tiana Joyner, Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas
Mark Rado, VII Corps Desert Storm Veterans Association Representative
Jacqueline Matlock, Military Child Education Coalition
Amanda Woodyard, Military Child Education Coalition
Memphis Gold, Memphis Gold Blues
Tina Leone, Ballston BID
Aaron Miller, Arlington County Manager's Office

Allison Stewart (ret), Arlington County resident
B. Leon Sanders, Arlington County resident
Peggy Tadej, Northern Virginia Regional Commission
Vonzell Mattocks, Northern Virginia Regional Commission
Cathleen Pearl, Military Women’s Memorial

Philip “PJ” Dermer, Terra Search

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