Veterans Affairs Committee


updated VA LOGO (1)The City Council has determined that the City of DeSoto can play an important part in the ongoing efforts to recognize and celebrate veterans within the City.  It has been determined that through appointing a Veterans Affairs Committee, the Committee can assist the Council and other community partners in working towards the goal of educating and celebrating all veterans within our community.

Our Mission:
"The DeSoto Veterans Affairs Committee commits to advocate, educate, and honor the service of community veterans and their families."

  • Committee shall consist of seven (7) Committee members, all of whom shall be appointed by the City Council for a term of two (2) years not serving more than three (3) consecutive terms.
  • Committee shall be solely advisory in nature.
  • Serve as a source of information related to the status, resources, and services available within the DeSoto community to the City's large veteran population.
  • Identify and review the entire range of services currently available to veterans and recommend ways to strengthen such services, including promoting collaboration among Service Providers.
  • Evaluate and recommend programs, policies, and practices designed to alleviate veterans' difficulties in meeting basic needs related to transportation, housing, employment, and other areas affecting veterans in the city.
  • Stimulate awareness among the public and private sector of veterans' full potential and of the importance of veterans' contributions to the sustainability and development of our community.
  • Coordinate and plan the annual City of DeSoto VetFest.
  • Report status of activities to City Council on a semi-annual basis.

Meeting Schedule
The Committee shall meet the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:00PM at DeSoto City Hall.

Staff Representative
Dr. Esther Williams
Assistant to the City Manager

council Representative
Crystal Chism



Darron Daniel
Place 1
Initial Appointment: 3/24
Current Term Expires: 9/25

Terrence Stevens 
Place 2
Initial Appointment: 2/24
Current Term Expires: 9/26

Arthur Hobbs
Place 3
Initial Appointment: 2/24
Current Term Expires: 9/26 

James Henderson, Jr. 
Place 4
*Initial Appointment: 07/20
Current Term Expires: 9/25

Betty Jenkins
Place 5
Initial Appointment: 2/24
Current Term Expires: 9/26

Kelvin Moffit
Place 6
Initial Appointment: 10/22
Current Term Expires: 9/24

Jerome Lacy
Place 7
Initial Appointment: 4/22
Current Term Expires: 9/25


06/10/24 Veterans Affairs Meeting Agenda Agenda
05/13/24 Veterans Affairs Meeting Agenda Agenda
04/08/24 Veterans Affairs Meeting Agenda Agenda
03/11/24 Veterans Affairs Meeting Agenda 3.11.2024 Agenda
02/12/24 Veterans Affair Meeting Agenda February 12, 2024 Agenda
01/08/24 1-8-2024 Veterans Affairs Committee Meeting Agenda Agenda
12/11/23 Veterans Affairs Committee Meeting Agenda Agenda
10/09/23 Veterans Affairs Committee Meeting Agenda 10-9-2023 Agenda
09/11/23 Regular Meeting Agenda
08/14/23 Regular Meeting Agenda
07/13/23 Regular Meeting Agenda
06/12/23 Regular Meeting Agenda
05/08/23 Regular Meeting Agenda
04/10/23 Regular Meeting Agenda
03/13/23 Regular Meeting Agenda
02/13/23 Regular Meeting Agenda
01/09/23 Regular Meeting Agenda

10/20/22 Regular Meeting Agenda
10/10/22 Regular Meeting Agenda
09/12/22 Regular Meeting Agenda
08/08/22 Regular Meeting Agenda
06/13/22 Regular Meeting Agenda
04/11/22 Regular Meeting Agenda
03/11/22 Regular Meeting Agenda
02/17/22 Regular Meeting Agenda
02/10/22 Regular Meeting Agenda
01/10/22 Regular Meeting Agenda

11/01/21 Regular Meeting Agenda
10/14/21 Regular Meeting Agenda
09/13/21 Regular Meeting Agenda
08/09/21 Regular Meeting Agenda
06/14/21 Regular Meeting Agenda
05/10/21 Regular Meeting Agenda
04/15/21 Monthly Meeting Agenda
04/12/21 Regular Meeting Agenda
03/08/21 Regular Meeting Agenda
02/08/21 Regular Meeting Agenda
01/11/21 Regular Meeting Agenda

12/10/20 Regular Meeting Agenda