Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Congratulates Service Member Graduates, Honors Veterans of Foreign Wars

Leading up to Veterans Day Week, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard spent the day recognizing the service, sacrifice, and accomplishments of active duty service members and veterans of foreign wars at events on Oʻahu.

tulsi-11416This morning, she delivered congratulatory remarks to 48 men and women currently serving in the Army, Navy, and Air Force who just earned their degrees in higher education. She then presented the graduates with honorary certificates. The congresswoman connected with the service members, sharing her own experiences of earning her bachelor’s degree in challenging conditions while serving on her Middle East deployment.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard delivered keynote remarks to over 300 veterans at the Annual Western Region Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary Conference. She thanked them for their service and sacrifice and spoke strongly about her commitment to fight for the benefits and care that they were promised, have earned, and deserve. She highlighted the recent atrocities in the DOD’s attempts to “claw back” bonuses received in good faith by California National Guardsmen. She applauded veterans continuing their mission of service even after they lay down the uniform as they enter the civilian workforce, take on new leadership and mentorship roles, and volunteer in their communities.

tulsi-11416a“There are too many misperceptions that persist with regards to post-traumatic stress or other challenges that some of our brothers and sisters are dealing with as they make this transition from the military to civilian world,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a twice-deployed Major in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard.

tulsi-11416c“We need to change this culture to one in our society where employers and leaders in our community go first to our veterans to employ them, to serve in positions of leadership, to make a difference in our communities, recognizing that our brothers and sisters in uniform are the best equipped to lead, knowing what it means to be a member of a team, to make decisions under pressure, to put service before self, and to always stay focused on the mission—never accepting failure, never accepting defeat.

tulsi-11416b“Ensuring that each of you, my brothers and sisters in arms, get the respect that you deserve, that you get the care, the services, and the benefits that you have earned through your service and that you’re entitled to, and that you are honored and recognized for the sacrifices that you and your loved ones have made for your country—this is what guides the work that I do every day in Congress.”

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