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NM National Guard to sign agreement with archdiocese

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The New Mexico National Guard plans to sign an agreement today with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe that will provide free, faith-based support to Guardsmen, veterans and their families upon request.

The voluntary agreements, known as “Partners In Care” agreements, are available to all faith-based communities and allow soldiers to receive services without regard to their religious beliefs, according to Guard officials.

“These are communities at their best,” said Lt. Col. Quentin Collins, the state Guard’s chaplain. “It is only the beginning of more great partnerships with other congregations to come.”

Under the agreement, Archdiocese officials will provide the state Guard with a current list of support services offered, as well as a congregational points of contact for information, referrals and support. The Guard agrees to provide training and information to congregations as needed to ensure the partnership’s success.

Guard officials said religious communities are uniquely equipped to provide faith-based support to Guard soldiers, veterans and their families in times of crisis, stress and need, and that “Partners In Care” agreements are a way to tap into those resources.

The signing is planned for 10 a.m. today at the Guard’s Readiness Center, 600 Wyoming NE.

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