Virginia Governor Youngkin donates first quarter salary to non-profit law enforcement assistance program

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Republican Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin announced Wednesday that he is donating his first quarter salary to a group that provides support to first responders struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Youngkin will donate his first quarter salary, which is $43,750, to the Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program, an organization that, according to its website, is “dedicated to assisting law enforcement officers and first responders who have experienced traumatic critical incidents in the line of duty or in their personal lives.”

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Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin speaks before signing executive actions at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia, U.S., Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. Youngkin, former co-CEO of Carlyle Group Inc., is the first Republican elected to office since 2009. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Youngkin’s announcement fulfills a campaign promise to donate his $175,000 governor’s salary to charity after a long career in investment banking that saw him rack up a reported net worth of $300 million. of dollars.

“I am committed to serving our Commonwealth without accepting salary because I want to continue to give back to the Commonwealth and help Virginians in any way I can,” Youngkin said in a statement. “I chose to donate my salary to the Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program (VALEAP) because of their important mission in assisting law enforcement and first responders who have experienced traumatic critical incidents.”

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Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin speaks to members of the media Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin speaks to members of the media Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Youngkin added, “This reaffirms my continued commitment to supporting our men and women in law enforcement with mental health resources, training and equipment to ensure we serve those who protect our communities across the country. Commonwealth.”

VALEAP was created in 2008 following the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech University that left 32 dead and 17 injured.

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin works in the Old Governor's Office on Capitol Hill Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Richmond, Va.

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin works in the Old Governor’s Office on Capitol Hill Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Richmond, Va.
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“The organization has served more than 500 officers from more than 60 Virginia agencies and trained more than 150 law enforcement peers to date,” the group’s website states.

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