More than 150 Veterans and Military Family Members from Across Virginia Endorse Terry McAuliffe For Governor - Terry McAuliffe

More than 150 Veterans and Military Family Members from Across Virginia Endorse Terry McAuliffe For Governor

As Virginia’s 72nd Governor, Terry McAuliffe Prioritized Veterans’ Needs, Fought Veteran Homelessness, Built New Vets Care Centers and Launched Cyber Vets Virginia

MCLEAN, VA – More than 150 veterans and military family members from across Virginia today endorsed Terry McAuliffe for governor, citing his strong record of support for veterans and military families. Under Terry’s leadership as governor, Virginia became the first state in the nation to functionally eliminate veteran homelessness. Terry worked closely with the General Assembly to secure state funding to build two new veterans care centers, including the first veterans care facility in the Hampton Roads region. Terry also created the first-in-the-nation Military Medics and Corpsmen Program, which allows former military medics to work in Virginia’s health systems and help fill much-needed gaps. And he also launched Cyber Vets Virginia, a program to connect veterans with cyber security training and skill development in Virginia. During Terry’s administration, he and his wife Dorothy McAuliffe made supporting military families a priority, securing new funding for school divisions to support military children and directed the Department of Education to develop guidelines for military families with students in special education programs. 

While Glenn Youngkin has opposed President Biden’s American Rescue Plan which includes $17 billion in funding to help veterans, including $14.5 billion for veterans’ health care, mental health care, suicide prevention and other issues, Terry will always work to improve the health and welfare of Virginia’s veterans. As Virginia’s next governor, Terry will increase suicide prevention efforts and invest in new opportunities for transitioning service members and their families. Terry’s plans will strengthen the military workforce and increase educational opportunities for service members and their families–starting with breaking down barriers that prevent military spouses from transferring their occupational and professional licenses. 

“As a Navy veteran and the Chair of the Virginia Military and Veterans Caucus, I have been incredibly proud to endorse and support Terry McAuliffe for governor. Terry did incredible work as Virginia’s 72nd Governor to improve the health and welfare of our veterans,” said Delegate David Reid (Loudoun County). “Terry has worked tirelessly to support Virginia’s veterans and under Terry’s leadership, Virginia will continue to strengthen and champion our service members, our veterans, and their families.”

“I am honored and humbled to have the support of so many veterans who have dedicated their lives to protecting our country and this Commonwealth. The empowerment and quality of life for veterans and their families is personal to me as the proud son of U.S. Army Captain Jack McAuliffe and proud father of U.S. Marine Captain Jack McAuliffe,” said Terry McAuliffe. “While Glenn Youngkin opposed the American Rescue Plan, which included billions of dollars to help veterans, I firmly believe we need to provide more resources and help for our veterans. As governor, my administration will continue to address the underlying causes of housing instability and homelessness for our veterans, and to provide support for Virginia veterans who are facing even tougher times as a result of this pandemic.”

Terry has released 17 detailed plans to strengthen Virginia’s education systemand dramatically increase teacher pay, help secure Virginia’s economicrecovery from COVID-19, reform our criminal justice system, ensure Virginians have access to regular nutritious meals, address the broken, predatory system of prescription drug pricing, confront the gun violence epidemic, make Virginia the best state in the nation for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health Care (STEM-H) and computer science education, tackle the housing crisis in the Commonwealth and invest in Virginia’s workforce in the post-COVID economy, ensure Virginians have access to high-quality, affordable health care, tackle climate change and secure Virginia’s clean energy future by 2035, lift up Black Virginians as the Commonwealth rebuilds from the COVID-19 pandemic, further advance LGBTQ+ rights, create a flourishing rural economy, support entrepreneurial ecosystems and tackle rising costs and meet the health care needs and make higher education more affordable.

Terry McAuliffe’s coalition of support now includes over 150 veterans and military family members:

Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), Navy veteran, Norfolk

Senator John Edwards, Marines veteran, Roanoke

Senator John Bell, Air Force veteran, Loudon

Delegate Dan Helmer, Army veteran, Fairfax

Delegate David Reid, Navy veteran, Loudon

Delegate Don Scott, Navy veteran, Portsmouth

Delegate Clint Jenkins, Army veteran, Suffolk

RD Huffstetler, Marine Corps veteran, Charlottesville

Claire Russo, Marine Corps veteran, Albemarle

Ravi Chaudhary, Air Force veteran, Arlington

Tonya Venyke James, Marine Corps veteran, Prince William County

Terron Sims II, Army veteran, Arlington

Donna Price, Navy veteran, Albemarle County

Sam Mosley, Army veteran, Campbell County

Robert Merryman, Marine Corps veteran, Campbell County

Frank Merryman, Army veteran, Campbell County

John Dennis Vincent Sr., Army veteran, Campbell County

Daniel Tuck, Air Force veteran, Lynchburg

Derek Kitts, Army veteran, Christiansburg

Linda Hughes, Air Force veteran, Nelson County

William “Bill” Hughes Jr., veteran, Nelson County

LeRoy Helferstay, Navy veteran, Campbell County

Gerald Jackson, Air Force veteran, Campbell County

Betty Zieger, Navy veteran, Amherst County

Bob Wandrei, Navy veteran, Bedford

Michael Shetley, Army veteran, Campbell County

Reagan Flaherty Sampson, Coast Guard veteran, Bedford

Jeremiah Sampson, Army veteran, Bedford

Donna Plunkett StClair, Army veteran, Bedford

Mack Brooks, Army veteran, Alexandria

Patrick Foreman, Marine Corps veteran, Stafford

Anthony Gitalado, Army veteran, Spotsylvania

Mahlon Nichols, veteran, Bedford

Nigel Goulding, Air Force veteran, Bedford

Danny Childress, Army veteran, Suffolk

Tom Christian, Air Force veteran

Jerry Rex Long, veteran, Arlington

Nancy McPherson, Coast Guard veteran, Chesapeake

Naveed Shah, Army veteran, Springfield

Max Hall, Army veteran, Fauquier

Dick Hendrix, Navy veteran, Bedford

Rev. Cozy Bailey, Marine Corps veteran, Dumfries

Gary Smith, Marine Corps veteran, Fredericksburg

Wonda Morton, Army veteran, Hampton

NaKisha King, Navy veteran, Hampton

Bishop J. McLeod, Army veteran, Hampton

Whalan McDew, Army veteran, Hampton

Neva Beierle, Air Force veteran, Hampton

Shamika Lewis, Army veteran, Hopewell

Thomas Oakley, Army veteran, McLean

Deborah Rodriguez, Army veteran, Montclair

Jeanne Capello, Navy veteran, Boydton

Larry Christopher Brantley, Navy veteran, Temperanceville

Korman Kenyetta Butler, Navy veteran, Virginia Beach

Ralph Warren Anderson, Navy veteran, Portsmouth

Dewayne Tyrone Atkins, Navy veteran, Chesapeake

Isaac Jordan Baker II, Marine Corps and Army veteran, Suffolk

Franklin Delane Cogdell, Marine Corps veteran, Virginia Beach

Juanita Vermel Coleman, Navy veteran, Henrico

James William Connally, Air Force veteran, Annandale

Francisco Capayas Contreras, Navy veteran, Virginia Beach

Gary George Denette, Navy veteran, Portsmouth

Buddy Dingle, Army veteran, Newport News 

Marshall Sol Duny, Navy veteran, Virginia Beach

Cabiness, James Darnell II, Air Force veteran, Christiansburg

Paige Dewitt Cherry, Army veteran, Portsmouth

Samuel Chisholm Jr, Army veteran, Gainesville

Charley Conrad, Navy veteran, Arlington

Tyre Nelson III, Navy veteran, Chesapeake

David Durham, Navy veteran, Fredericksburg

John Miller, Navy veteran, Hampton

Ernest Robinson, Marine Corps veteran, Stafford

Deloise Evans, Air Force veteran, Manassas

Rudy Burwell, Army veteran, Arlington

Clyde Croswell, Marine Corps veteran, Berryville

Keith Wilson, Navy veteran, Charlottesville

Mark Teel, National Guard veteran, Arlington

Andrea Jackson, Army veteran, Waynesboro

Charles Clifton Jameson, Army veteran, Culpeper

Stanley Maurice Jenkins, Army veteran, Stafford

Harry Joseph Foxwell, Army veteran, Fairfax

Leroy Gilbert, Army veteran, Fairfax Station

Jeffery Leroy Glenn, Marine Corps veteran, Chesapeake

Elton Silvester Hairston, Air Force veteran, Martinsville

Cornelius Charles Hayes Jr, Navy veteran, Virginia Beach

Aran Hegarty, Marine Corps veteran, Falls Church

Richard Wayne Holland, Air Force veteran, Suffolk

Julian Cary Houseman Jr., Army veteran, Henrico

Robert Haley, Air Force veteran, Reston

Linwood Jones, Navy veteran, Virginia Beach

Richard Leo Klass, Air Force veteran, Arlington 

Donald M. Langshaw, Army veteran, Woodbridge

Phillip Abijah Lee, Army veteran, Newport News 

Isaac Asburry Lyons, Army veteran, Pulaski 

Geoffrey S. Keenan, Navy veteran, Charlottesville

John Allen Rosenthall, Army veteran, Alexandria

Clint Andre Samuel, Navy veteran, Virginia Beach

Willard Childs Smith, Navy veteran, Virginia Beach

Raymond Keith Smith, Army veteran, Fairfax

Sandra Elaine Welch, Army veteran, Woodbridge

Barbara Irene Wells, Army Reserve and Air Force veteran, Virginia Beach

Ivey Williams, Army veteran, Danville

Richard Francis McGrain Jr., Air Force veteran, Charlottesville

John Andre Panneton, Marine Corps, Virginia Beach

Robert Austin Patton II, Navy veteran, Chesapeake

Walter Alvin Price III, Air Force and Army veteran, Christiansburg

Marvin A. Rawls, Army veteran, Norfolk

Thomas P. Reel, Air Force veteran, Norfolk

Rodeaster Robinson Sr., Army veteran, Stafford

Joanna Jessica Strong, Air Force veteran, Norfolk

Carl Leslie Sublett Sr., Army veteran, Manassas

Andrew Robert Taylor, Navy veteram, Yorktown

Hasan Kalem Zarif, Marine Corps veteran, North Chesterfield

Kelvin Manurs, Army veteran, Fairfax County

Butch Bracknell, Marines veteran, Norfolk

Ken Williams, Navy veteran

Trudy Berry, Air Force veteran, Green Bay

Herb Kemp, Air Force veteran, Herndon

James Leroy Belton, Army veteran, Virginia Beach

Wendell Lavelle Bruce, Army veteran, Roanoke

Herb Jones, Army veteran, New Kent

David Ashe, Marines veteran, Virginia Beach

Missy Cotter Smasal, Navy veteran, Virginia Beach

Alison Mayhew Tuck, Military family member, Lynchburg

Karen Merryman, Military family member

Loretta Merryman, Military family member

Katie Eksten Gomez, Military family member

Claire Henline, Military family member

Dianne Spradlin Nichols, Military family member

Mary Wells, Military family member

Kenny Allen Boddye, Military family member

Joshua Howell, Military family member

Gloria Smith, Military family member

Annette Kelley, Military family member

Eileen Huey, Military family member

Salvatore Abbate, Military family member

Jane Whitfield, Military family member

Retha Ann Brehon, Military family member

Margo Horner, Military family member

Stephanie Himel-Nelson, Military family member

Taylor Miller, Military family member

Carol Scott, Military family member

Kimberly Hayes Pollard, Military family member

Nicole Russell, Military family member

Phyllistine Mosley, Military family member

Sandra Stiner Lowe, Military family member

Charles Calvin Walker Jr., Military family member

Monica Melissa Plummer, Military family member

Gaylene Kanoyton, Military family member

Andrea Overweg, Military family member

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