Gov. McAuliffe proposes new support for services for veterans

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced a new budget proposal which will seek to provide a total of $13 million in services for military veterans.

McAuliffe announced the budget proposals at Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth Friday afternoon.

The services will reportedly include education and workforce programs, and improved access to health and financial supports.

“Virginia is home to nearly 800,000 veterans and their families, and we have a responsibility to honor their service and empower them to lead successful civilian lives,” said Governor McAuliffe, speaking at Tidewater Community College.

The Governor also announced a $2.43 million bond package to expand the Virginia War Memorial and to construct two new care centers in Hampton Roads and in Northern Virginia.

On Friday, Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs John Harvey stated, “By investing in key services and pathways to successful careers, we can honor the men and women who stepped forward to keep us safe and benefit from the enormous contributions they can make to our economy.”

McAuliffe’s veteran budget proposal includes $7.8 million to assist with veteran’s transition back into civilian life, for $4 million to help veterans and families access support services and $1.1 million for outreach initiatives.

 

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