Gillespie Rolls Out Plan for Veterans

Jul 17, 2017

Republican candidate for governor, Ed Gillespie, right, talks with former Republican Lt. Gov. candidate Glenn Davis, left, at a polling place on primary election day.
Credit Steve Helber / AP

Republican candidate for Governor Ed Gillespie was in Norfolk today, unveiling a suite of proposals to help Virginia’s veterans.


About 12-percent of Virginians are veterans. And with that number concentrated in the Greater Hampton Roads area, it’s no surprise Gillespie chose Norfolk to unveil his proposals.

Many of his suggestions are doubling-down on things Virginia already does: like encouraging companies to connect with and hire veterans.

Gillespie also pledged to give in-state tuition to all members of the Virginia National Guard, as well as continue support for the two new veterans care centers the state is currently building.

When they were first proposed, those care centers were also supported by Gillespie’s opponent, Democrat Ralph Northam -- who was a state senator at the time. Northam is a veteran, he was an army doctor during Desert Storm.


This report, provided by Virginia Public Radio, was made possible with support from the Virginia Education Association