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At an event in Virginia Beach Thursday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin revealed a plan he says will help care for veterans, advocate for their concerns, connect them with resources, provide them with appropriate care and reduce barriers to their capital and employment opportunities.
âToday I am releasing a series of policy proposals to honor the sacrifice of our military veterans and to make this Commonwealth the best place for our military heroes to pursue the next chapter of their lives,â said Youngkin. “These policies are rooted in my commitment to compete with neighboring states for veterans tax benefits and treatment, to connect veterans more transparently to the many services to which they have access, to create pathways of careers worthy of their skills in all fields. , but especially in areas like law enforcement, education and healthcare, where their leadership and training can benefit so many Virginians, including our children. So, we have to take some action to compete. We have to compete to keep our great veterans here, to stay, work and retire in Virginia. “
Key points of Youngkin’s plan:
- As Governor, Glenn will expedite processing by waiving administrative fees for permits and small business start-up applications for qualifying veterans. This will reduce the barriers to entrepreneurship and allow more of them to enter the market.
- We will eliminate the tax on military retirement benefits.
- We will expand the existing child care subsidy program, which will allow key active-duty caregivers to apply for the program prior to separation and ensure there is no gap in coverage. child care for the first 90 days after the transition.
- We will ensure that veterans receive the benefits they have earned by increasing the number of Veterans Service Officers (VSOs).
- Virginia will develop a digital hub of reference to streamline access and foster collaboration between agencies, sectors and businesses.
- Critical positions will be filled in the Virginia Department of Veterans Services while unnecessary positions will be eliminated to free up dollars and resources.
- The Youngkin administration will eliminate bureaucracy and successfully migrate skilled veterans to law enforcement, education and health care opportunities by reducing bureaucratic burden and creating bridging programs. .
- We will establish a training equivalency for military police and law enforcement, build on the existing Military and Corps Physician (MMAC) program, and develop an approved RN program that enables military physicians to enter the program as second semester students.
- We will foster public-private partnerships with organizations that prioritize and deliver peer-related and mentoring programs for veterans in transition.
âWe can reinvent the way we provide services so that they are easier to access,â Youngkin said Thursday. âAnd we can remove bureaucratic career barriers that match your skills and make the transition to civilian life much easier. And we’ll do all of this to make Virginia the best place for service staff looking to write the next chapter in their lives. “
Youngkin will face Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe and independent candidate Princess Blanding in the general election on November 2.
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