Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin said during a Wednesday interview that he wants to make the Old Dominion "the most military-friendly state in America."
Youngkin made the remark during an on-air discussion with radio host Hugh Hewitt.
"I think families and military spouses are going to see a much different approach from this administration," Youngkin explained. "One of the things that we know is that they have a substantially different stress on them than a normal family."
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"We have to support it," Youngkin continued. "That's why we want Virginia to be the most military-friendly state in America, for active military and our veterans, because [1-in-11] Virginians is a veteran."
Youngkin emphasized the upside to making sure veterans are taken care of: It will result in more veterans staying in the commonwealth after their military service is finished to "build their next chapters."
"It makes our communities better," he added.
I joined @hughhewitt to talk about how we are going to make Virginia the most military-friendly state in America. Our Veterans & their families make our communities better, & I will ensure that our administration’s agenda meets their needs as they choose to call Virginia home. pic.twitter.com/t50USkJURn— Glenn Youngkin (@GlennYoungkin) December 1, 2021
Youngkin defeated Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe in the 2021 gubernatorial election last month.
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In the days following the election, Youngkin convened with current Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, to initiate the transition of power. Youngkin thanked Northam for his cooperation in the transition period.
"We've got a lot of work to do," Youngkin said. "Day one is going to come fast, and on day one, we need to go to work, so I appreciate [Northam's] willingness to be so helpful as we head towards this next stage in Virginia's future."