Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed James Verwey of Valley City to a three-year term on the Administrative Committee on Veterans Affairs (ACOVA). Verwey, one of three people appointed to the committee who is from this area, is a Vietnam War Veteran who retired as a command sergeant major after serving over 36 years in the Army to include the North Dakota National Guard.
Verwey was nominated by the Veterans of Foreign War. While on the ACOVA they will serve on several subcommittees which serve the Veterans of North Dakota. The ACOVA is responsible for organization, policy and general administration of all veterans affairs in the state of North Dakota. The ACOVA also oversees the expenditures of the Post War Trust Fund interest earnings, legislative laws concerning veterans, North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs and the governing board of the Veterans Home. The ACOVA is comprised of 15 voting members, each appointed by the governor, nominated by the five major veteran organizations in the state. Each year, the governor is to appoint one member from a list of two names submitted by the following veteran organizations: American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS and Vietnam Veterans of America. The committee is also comprised of three nonvoting members who are to serve in an advisory capacity - the North Dakota Adjutant General, the Center Director of the Federal Veterans Affairs, and the executive director Job Service North Dakota.
Members currently serving on the ACOVA include Murray Strom of Steele. The 15-member Committee will hold their next meeting Sept. 5 in Steele.