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Governor Youngkin donates first quarter salary to law enforcement support organization

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin traveled to the Valley on Wednesday to announce that he will donate his first quarter salary to an organization that supports law enforcement and first stakeholders.

The organization, Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program (VALEAP), provides mental health resources to law enforcement and first responders, especially after traumatic events.

Wednesday’s donation was nearly $44,000. Youngkin spoke at VALEAP’s conference, the Post-Critical Incident Seminar.

The Governor said he chose VALEAP for his first donation because he wanted to help people protecting the Commonwealth’s vital mental health resources.

“I am so disturbed by the political climate that has developed around these incredible heroes, all of you, who have chosen to protect us,” Youngkin said.

During his speech, he talked about where he was earlier in the day – attending the funeral of deceased Henrico officer Trey Sutton. He also talked about supporting Blue and how he’s urging state lawmakers to move the budget forward, so he can seek more funding for law enforcement.

“Not all of you can fight the massive increase in violent crime. You can’t fight the increase in drug trafficking without the necessary resources,” Youngkin said.

Youngkin said he would donate his salary quarterly, and he said on Wednesday that there are many worthy organizations in the Commonwealth.

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