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Thomas Eshelman

Thomas "Tom" Eshelman
President of the Commission
American Legion

Thomas "Tom" M. Eshelman serves the Franklin County Veterans Service Commission representing the American Legion (AL). He served in the United States Air Force from 1965 to 1971 and the United States Army Reserves from 1977 to 1978, receiving the National Defense Service Medal.

He is involved with veterans' affairs and is currently a life member of American Legion (AL), Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). He has served on numerous Executive Board positions. Also, serving on the Memorial Day Parade Committee and the American Legion Riders. He actively volunteers at the Columbus VA Ambulatory Care Center and the Chillicothe Medical Center as well as several other civic activities.

Commissioner Eshelman is retired and has served on the Veterans Service Commission since 2015. Commissioner Eshelman's term will expire in 2020.

Jeffrey D. Noble

Jeffrey D. Noble
Vice President of the Commission
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

Jeffrey D. Noble serves the FCVSC as the designee of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. From 1966 to 1991 he was on active duty in the U.S. Army and completed one tour in Vietnam (1968-1969) as a gun ship pilot, gun team leader and Division Staff Officer with the 9th Infantry Division. Jeff holds lifetime membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, Vietnam Veterans Association, Military Officers of America Association and the Association of the United States Army. Jeff is currently and has been for the last 6 years the Commander of L/CPL Wesley G. Davids Post 800 Dublin, American Legion.

After retiring from the Army, Jeff joined Huntington Banks for 14 years as a Vice President in Commercial Banking . Since his retirement from Huntington he has been deeply involved in Veterans activities in Dublin, organizing their Memorial Day and Veterans Day events, working with Dublin Schools to find Delegates for Buckeye Boys State and Buckeye Girls State and developing two or three annual fund raising events to support Veterans causes. He was appointed to complete a term on the Commission in 2015 and his term will expire in 2021.

Dennis M. McCarthy

Dennis M. McCarthy
Secretary of the Commission
American Veterans (AMVETS)

Dennis M. McCarthy serves the FCVSC as the designee of AMVETS. He is a Principal for The Military Experts, a consulting firm based in Columbus, Ohio. Commissioner McCarthy is a retired Marine Corps Lieutenant General whose 41 years of active and reserve service were interspersed with over 20 years of private law practice. Prior to his retirement in 2005, he commanded eight Marine Corps or Joint organizations, including the 3rd Marine Division. He began his military service in combat in Vietnam, and concluded it in overall command of the Marine Corps Reserve. In 2009 he was appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate to serve as Assistant Secretary of Defense. In 2013 he was appointed by the President to the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force. He served as the commission's Chairman. He received B.A. from the University of Dayton and a J.D. from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. He and his wife have two sons who are veterans.

Michael E. Kehoe

Michael E. Kehoe
Member of the Commission
Vietnam Veterans of America

Michael E. Kehoe serves the FCVSC as the designee of the Vietnam Veterans Association and Purple Heart recipients. From 1968 to 1971 he was on active duty in the U.S. Army and completed one tour in Vietnam as a platoon leader and company commander in the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile). Lifetime memberships in the Vietnam Veterans Association, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars are held by Mike. He also volunteers on Columbus Rotary’s mentorship program to veteran students at The Ohio State University, has been an active participant in veteran activities in Dublin including the development of the Veterans Park/Memorial and numerous events with the ROTC component at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Other civic involvement has included board of directors tours with the Columbus Chamber, Columbus Symphony, Columbus Urban League, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship and the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges. After forty years with AT&T, he retired in 2012 as a Vice President of AT&T Ohio. He was appointed in 2014 for a term which will expire in 2019.

Merle Pratt

Merle Pratt
Member of the Commission
Disabled American Veterans

Merle serves on the Commission as the representative of the Disabled American Veterans. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994 as a YNC (E-7). Merle retired from the Ohio Attorney General's Office in 2009 as the Director of Constituent Services.

Merle was the State Commander of AMVETS Department of Ohio from July 2009 to July 2010. Besides being a member of DAV Chapter 3, he is also a member of AMVETS Post 89, American Legion Post 82, VVA Chapter 670, MILVETS, Eagles Aerie 2252, Elks Lodge 2700, Moose Lodge 1427 and is a 32nd Degree Mason. Merle is also a Kentucky Colonel and Tennessee Squire.

In 2004, Merle received the AMVETS National Silver Helmet Award for the Civil Servant of Year; also known as the Veterans Oscar. He has received the 1999 MILVETS' Trustee of the Year Award and the 2011 CSM Jake Brewer Leadership Award. In 2015, Merle was selected as the AMVETS Department of Ohio's AMVET of the year.

Merle continues to advocate for Veterans and the Military as the State Legislative Chairman/Lobbyist for AMVETS Department of Ohio. He was appointed in 2012 and his term will expire in 2017.

Robert (Buck) Bramlish

Robert (Buck) Bramlish
Executive Director of the Commission
Ohio Army National Guard (OHARNG)

Director Bramlish assumed the role of Executive Director of the Franklin County Veterans Service Commission (FCVSC) in February 2016. Buck served 34 years in the Ohio Army National Guard (OHARNG), enlisting in 1982, promoted to Staff Sergeant in 1986, commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1989, promoted to Colonel in 2011 and retiring this year, as the Director of Army Operations for the OHARNG. His military career culminated with a 2015-2016 deployment to Iraq, returning this past January and beginning his new career with the Franklin County Veteran Service Commission.

Buck graduated from Bowling Green State University, and earned master's degrees from Trident University and The Army War College. He is married to Debbie and has two children, Reagan and Jake.


Robert "Buck" Bramlish

Assistant Director
John C. Warrix

Administrative Officer
Angela M. Cline

Administrative Assistant
Anna M. Henry

Administrative Secretary
Sharon F. Gardner
Nicole R. McCabe

Administrative Specialist
Karen J. Kish

Fiscal Specialist
Barry J. Roberts

Team Leaders
Laurie A. Kline
Jascha L. Vissman

Veterans Benefits Specialists
Deborah M. Ball
Diana M. Burford
Jeffrey L. Conley
Joseph G. Fridley
Veronda D. Hanks
John K. Harris
Gerald I. Higdon
Jeremy D. Johns
Doreen M. Lafferty
Moyo C. Mitchell
Luke N. Morrison
Patrick M. Nekoranec
Chardon S. Truitt