Archdiocese pledges support to N.M. National Guard

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is declaring its full support to the New Mexico National Guard.

Guard officials say representatives from the military and the church will sign a "Partners in Care" agreement Monday at the New Mexico Guard Readiness Center in Albuquerque.

Gov. Susana Martinez is expected to preside over the event. Archbishop Michael Sheehan, Brig. Gen. Andrew Salas and Department of Veteran Services Secretary Tim Hale will be signing the agreement.

The Partners in Care program will establish faith-based free support to members of the New Mexico National Guard, as well as their families and any veterans.

Officials say similar programs across the country involve a church, but rarely an archdiocese.

The agreement will state that all guard members can participate, regardless of their religious beliefs.

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