Governor to Join Historic Signing of National Guard Agreement with Communities of Faith

Gov. Susana Martinez


ALBUQUERQUEGov. Susana Martinez will join with leaders of the New Mexico National Guard, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, and New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services to sign the historic Partners in Care agreement at 10 a.m. today, at the New Mexico National Guard Readiness Center, 600 Wyoming Blvd., in Albuquerque.

NMNG Adjutant General Andrew Salas, Archdiocese of Santa Fe representative The Very Reverend John Cannon, and DVS Cabinet Secretary Timothy Hale join for a historic PIC signing agreement ceremony presided over by Martinez. PIC programs across the country have traditionally been signed by a single church and the National Guard. This will be the first PIC program with a congregation the size of an Archdiocese. 

“Having a caring support system is a crucial part of the bedrock of healthy communities. The Partners in Care initiative provides veterans, military members, and their families faith-based support and services in times of need. In uncertain and difficult times, Partners in Care offers is a partnership that can offer hope,” Martinez said. 

The purpose of this agreement is to provide faith-based support and services to veterans, military members, and their families upon request without discrimination or regard to their religious beliefs. All religious and faith-based communities are welcome to participate in this initiative. Services provided are free of charge and at no obligation to the participants.

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