VIreland Governor Glenn Youngkin donated his first-quarter salary to a non-profit law enforcement assistance group on Wednesday, fulfilling a promise he made during his gubernatorial campaign of 2021.
The $43,750 was donated to the Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program, which helps police officers and first responders “who have experienced traumatic critical incidents,” according to a press release from Youngkin’s office. It was Youngkin’s first time donating to the organization, and he intends to donate to it again in the future, his office told the Washington Examiner.
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“I am committed to serving our Commonwealth without taking pay because I want to continue to give back to the Commonwealth and help Virginians in any way I can,” Youngkin said.
“I have chosen to donate my salary to the Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program (VALEAP) because of their important mission of assisting law enforcement and first responders who have experienced traumatic critical incidents. 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 Commonwealth,” he said.
VALEAP was established in 2008 and has served “more than 500 officers from more than 60 Virginia agencies and trained more than 150 law enforcement peers to date,” the organization’s website says.
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Youngkin, a Republican, defeated former Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, in the 2021 election.
VALEAP has not yet responded to the Washington Examiner request for comment.