Youngkin announces meeting date for veterans survivors task force

The first meeting of the Preserving Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Task Force will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. June 10 at the War Memorial in Richmond, Governor Glenn Youngkin announced Friday.

The task force was established to address recent changes made by the General Assembly to the Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program (VMSDEP).

I am proud that so many Virginians, especially the many veterans who have already reached out to volunteer on behalf of our military families and all Virginians, are coming together to offer solutions to help preserve and sustain this important program for the future,” Gov. Glenn Youngkin said in a news release. “The Task Force will give stakeholders a venue to provide important information on the program, express their concerns and offer feedback on implementation guidance and suggestions for changes.”

The release states that General Assembly members have been invited to formally participate in the task force.

Virginians can provide feedback to the Task Force ahead of the June 10th meetingby emailing

According to the release, the Task Force will be co-chaired by Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Craig Crenshaw, a retired Major General in the United States Marine Corps, and Secretary of Education Aimee Rogstad Guidera. Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears, Attorney General Jason Miyares, and their offices will participate in the Task Force’s work.

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WPD career preview camp

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Curious about pursuing a career in law enforcement, firefighting, or the military?

Join Winchester Police Department for a Career Preview event where you can gain valuable insights!

Engage in hands-on scenarios and gain firsthand knowledge about the responsibilities and rewards of serving from local police, fire, and military professionals.

Secure your spot by registering in advance!

Participants must be between the ages of 13-18 years old, registration opens on Tuesday, May 7th.

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Governor Youngkin recommits to Virginia vets

Governor Glenn Youngkin repeated his commitment to Virginia’s veterans with the celebration of  the extended tax-exemptions for military retirement pay through Virginia state budget.

After enacting a state tax exemption for military retirement pay in 2022, this expanded benefit will apply to all military retirees regardless of age and takes effect beginning January 1, 2024.

The Governor noted that after commendable years of service and sacrifice, our Virginia veterans deserve the best treatment.

Youngkin went to say he is working to make Virginia the number one state in America for veterans and military retirees to live work and raise a family.

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Community Safety Fair

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Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Bright Futures Frederick-Winchester are coming together for a community safety fair.

The event is held at James Wood Middle School today from 11 am to 3 pm.

This is a great chance to interact with first responders, law enforcement, and military members, check out some of their equipment, and learn some important safety tips.

The Frederick County Sheriff departments K9 team, Winchester Fire and Rescue Drones and Shenandoah Electric will have demonstrations.

Winchester Medical Center will provide hands-on CPR lessons.

There will also be food and craft vendors, music, a Kids Zone, and a dunk tank featuring some community leaders. 

Make sure to bring a nonperishable good for the food drive which will benefit Bright Futures.

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