James Cunningham was elected Chairman of the Texas Coalition of Veterans Organizations in January, 2016.
Since his retirement from SBC Communications in November 2000, He has maintained an active participation in the Alamo Chapter of the Military Officers Association, in San Antonio. In doing so, has had the jobs of Personal Affairs Officer and Executive Vice President. During that period, in addition to his Chapter duties, he participated in the Texas Council of Chapters – MOAA becoming the Secretary of the organization and then its President. As a result of this involvement, He has become heavily involved with the non-partisan legislative advocacy of both the State and National MOAA where it concerns taking care of the Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve and Retired military personnel and their dependents. Working with other Veterans Legislative leaders, "I like to think that we have been instrumental in assisting with the passage of legislation benefiting these groups, particularly at the State level."
The work that he has done over the years has brought him to the point were he is heavily involved as the Chairman of the Alliance for Veterans and Families, which is beginning its important life and project in San Antonio/Bexar County.
He served as the Vice Chairman of the Texas Coalition of Veterans for the State of Texas. Representing over 35 Veterans Service Organizations before the Legislature. He also is involved with the Texas Veterans Commission, serving on the Communications Committee, chaired by Lt. General Rick Sanchez
John served as Director of the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) from January 21, 1991 to December 31, 2010 when he retired.
John entered the U. S. Army in 1969 and served two years, one of which was in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged as a Specialist E-5. After returning from military service, he was hired by the Texas Employment Commission as a Veterans’ Placement Specialist. He was promoted to Interviewer, Site Manager, and then served as the Local Office Veterans Employment Representative for the Port Arthur Texas Employment Office.
John received a degree in Business Management from East Texas Baptist University and was selected as the Outstanding Senior Business Student in 1969.
John was hired by VETS in May of 1974 and served as an Assistant State Director in the Lubbock, Houston, and Austin offices. While serving in Houston, he was selected by the Mayor as the Vietnam Veteran of the Year in 1979. VETS promoted John to State Director in 1991 and he has served in that position until his retirement. He is a recipient of the Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award 2000 and 2001. He was the recepient of the Golden Eagle Award for federal service in 2010. He received the Distinguished Partner of the Year Award in 2013 from the Texas Veterans Commission.
John has served on numerous committees and task forces at the national level for the Department of Labor. He was responsible for designing and developing new methodologies for conducting reviews and tracking production. He is responsible for the coordination and direction of individual staff assignments, monitoring performance production, and interface with public and private organizations on behalf of veterans. In his position, he was the Grant Officer Technical Representative for the Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG) as well as a number of competitive grants. John was also responsible for all Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and Veterans’ Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) investigations in Texas.
John is a Life Member of Chapter 56 of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), a Life Member of Post 12117, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) a virtual Post. He has been a member of The American Legion for over 40 years and is currently a member of Travis Post 76 in Austin. John has served as the Department Veterans Preference Chairman on the VA&R Commission for over 25 years and is a Past State Commander of the Department of Texas. He has served on the National Legislative Commission and VA&R Commission.
William "Bill" West was elected as the TCVO Secretary/Treasurer in January 2011. He currently serves as the State Adjutant for The American Legion, Department of Texas and is invaluable in his position in the TCVO.
Bill served in the U.S. Army from 1982-1993 as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic working his way up to Company Motor Sergeant for an Engineer Company, with assignments at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, Fort Polk, LA, Fort Hood, TX and two overseas tours in Germany. His military awards include Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.
Bill is a Paid Up For Life Member of George Johns Post 447, Round Rock, Texas. He has served as a State Adjutant since his appointment in 1998; he was hired as the State Adjutant for the Department of Texas in 2006. He has served in numerous positions within The American Legion to include – Post Commander, Post Adjutant, Department Membership Chairman, Department Public Relations Chairman and on the National Public Relations Commission.
Bill is a graduate of The American Legion's National Legion College in 2001, In 2014 he served as a group facilitator and instructor for the National Legion College.
Morgan Little was elected Chairman of the Texas Coalition of Veterans Organizations in January, 2010. He is a retired 30-year Navy Reserve Captain with broad command experience during his 15-year ship repair career and OPerational EVALuation command experience in Chemical & Biological Warfare. Morgan’s military career included service in Vietnam, the Cold War, and Bosnia.
Morgan has over 35-years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry where he has designed and conducted clinical studies and statistical analyses for new human and animal drugs. These were submitted to the Food and Drug Administration, Bureau of Veterinary Medicine, Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
He has authored many papers and presentations, and holds multiple software copyrights on clinical software. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics, a Master of Science in Animal Science and Statistics from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Rider University. Morgan has held positions in various organizations, particularly the Reserve Officers Association, where he was National Vice-President Sea Services. He also served as president of the Austin Military Service Coalition.