grace linkA woman with St. Joseph ties is stepping down as the executive director of the Missouri Veterans Commission for a new role at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans commissioners accepted Col. Grace Link’s resignation, which is effective May 31, during an executive session meeting on Tuesday night and appointed Missouri Veterans Commission Deputy Director Ryon Richmond as the interim executive director effective June 1.

Link graduated from Missouri Western State University with a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology. Read more at