Missouri Veterans Commission Commissioners
The Missouri Veterans Commission shall be composed of nine members. Two members shall be members of the senate, one appointed by the president pro tem of the senate and one appointed by the senate minority floor leader, two members shall be members of the house of representatives, one appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives and one appointed by the house minority floor leader, and in appointing such members, preference shall be given to current or former members of the military and their spouses, parents, and children. Members appointed from the house of representatives and the senate shall be appointed for a two-year term or until a successor is appointed and may be reappointed to the commission. Five members, who shall be veterans appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, for a four-year term; except that initial appointments to the commission shall consist of two veterans to serve four-year terms, two veterans to serve three-year terms, and one veteran to serve a two-year term. In addition, the chair of the Missouri military preparedness and enhancement commission or the chair's designee shall be an ex officio member of the commission.
Dr. John Buckner
Dr. John Buckner is a Colonel (Ret) in the United States Army. He is a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Reserve Officers Association, and the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. Dr. Buckner has received numerous military awards from his service, including the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Medic Badge. He is a general surgeon at the Ferrell Duncan Clinic at CoxHealth in Springfield. Dr. Buckner holds a medical degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Jose Dominguez
Dr. Jose Dominguez is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, with service in the Missouri National Guard and the United States Army Reserves. He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Reserve Officers Association. Dr. Dominguez received the Meritorious Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, and the Combat Medic Badge. He is a surgeon at the Ferrell Duncan Clinic at CoxHealth in Springfield and serves as a reserve deputy for the Greene County Sheriff’s Office. Dominguez holds a medical degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine.
Meredith Knopp served as a Captain in the United States Army. She is a member of the Women's Army Corps Veterans Association and the Association of the United States Army. She is a co-founder of HEROES Care, a non-profit that provides support for veterans and their families. She is the President and CEO of the St. Louis Foodbank. She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Michigan State University and has studied at Cambridge University.
Tim Smith served as a Sergeant in the United States Army. He is an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran. His military awards include: Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (3); the USA/USAF Presidential Unit Citation; the Meritorious Unit Commendation; the National Defense Service Ribbon; the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; and the Army Service Ribbon. He is the owner and founder of Patriot Commercial Cleaning. He has been recognized as the Veteran Business Owner of the Year in Missouri and has hired over forty veteran employees. Smith holds a bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Missouri - St. Louis and a master's degree in social work from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.
Representative Chuck Basye
Rep. Chuck Basye represents (District 47 in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2014.
In addition to his legislative duties, Rep. Basye is retired from the Federal Aviation Administration. He served as an air traffic controller in Kansas City and Columbia, MO from 1984-2014. Rep. Basye served in the United States Marine Corps from 1976-1980.
Rep. Basye currently resides in Rocheport with his wife, Rhonda. They have three children, Randy, Robert, and Tim; and six grandchildren.
Representative Robert Sauls
Representative Robert E. Sauls represents the Eastern part of Independence in Jackson County. (District 21) He is a fourth generation resident of Independence, MO and currently lives there with his son, Jackson. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2018. He currently serves on the House Veterans Committee. Representative Sauls also currently serves as the Assistant Staff Judge Advocatee in the USAF Reserves.
Senator Jill Schupp
Senator Schupp serves District 24 and lives in the St. Louis area. She is a member of Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. She is founder of the Missouri Veterans History Project.
Senator Rick Brattin
Senator Brattin was elected in 2020 to serve the 31st Senate District. His is a former member of the Missouri House of Representatives and the former Cass County Auditor. Senator Brattin served in the United States Marine Corps for six years.
In addition to his legislative duties, Senator Brattin owns and operates a construction company. He and his wife Athena reside in Harrisonville with their five children.