Today, at an event held in Richmond, 100 veterans endorsed Jody Wagner for Lt. Governor, citing her commitment to fighting for Virginia’s veterans and military families. Also at the event, Wagner unveiled her “Contract with Virginia Veterans,” a detailed set of policy proposals aimed at aiding Virginia veterans and their families.
Wagner said “I’m deeply honored to have the support of these 100 veterans, all of whom have given so much for our Commonwealth and Nation. Their sacrifices have helped to preserve and strengthen our fundamental freedoms and rights, and I strongly believe that it is our duty to ensure that they receive the help and support that is so deeply deserved. As Lt. Governor, I will work with these veterans, with current active duty personnel, and with members of both parties to ensure the needs of veterans in Virginia are met in the coming years. The military plays a critical role in the Commonwealth, anchoring our economy while providing hundreds of thousands of jobs. The next Lieutenant Governor must work to continue strengthening that relationship, and I will fulfill the duties of the office by attending the meetings of the Virginia Military Advisory Council.”
The Virginia Military Advisory Council is comprised of active duty commanders at Virginia military installations, as well as elected officials from both parties. The Commission plays a critical role in maintaining the close relationship between the Commonwealth and the military. Though the Lieutenant Governor is a member of the Council, Bill Bolling has failed to attend a single meeting for which minutes are available.
Wagner’s “Contract with Virginia Veterans,” which is available here, contains six specific policy ideas, including:
- -Establishing two additional veterans care facilities in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia
- -Fully funding the Wounded Warriors Program
-Emphasize the Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations
-Implement the “TurboVet” portal
- -Ensure in-state tuition for the children of service members
- -Make the Southwest Virginia Cemetery a reality