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Governor Youngkin visits Harrisonburg to lend support to law enforcement

Randi B. Hagi

Governor Glenn Youngkin visited Harrisonburg Wednesday afternoon to lend his support to law enforcement officers who've gone through traumatic incidents. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Governor Glenn Youngkin listened to stories of shootings that law enforcement officers have responded to and the emotional toll of their work at a conference of the Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program, or VALEAP, in Harrisonburg, on Wednesday.

Randi B. Hagi

GLENN YOUNGKIN: You sign up to put your life in the way for those that you pledge to serve and protect. And so this is a moment for us to simply say thank you … You know, I think what we know that goes on here at VALEAP is about mental health, which is health.

Youngkin said he was troubled by a political climate that he said paints law enforcement with a broad brush. And to support the organization's efforts, he handed them a check for his first quarter's salary as governor.

YOUNGKIN: The First Lady and I are excited, as I said, to make this first donation to VALEAP. And so today we are going to donate $43,750 to VALEAP. [applause]

At this seminar at Massanetta Springs in Harrisonburg, VALEAP offered a range of therapies and group counseling sessions for law enforcement officers, emergency communications personnel, and their spouses.

Randi B. Hagi first joined the WMRA team in 2019 as a freelance reporter. Her writing and photography have been featured in The Harrisonburg Citizen, where she previously served as the assistant editor; as well as The Mennonite; Mennonite World Review; and Eastern Mennonite University's Crossroads magazine.