PHOTOS: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Meets with Kailua Kūpuna, Welcomes in New School Year with Boys and Girls Club
Today on Oʻahu, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) met with the Kailua Seniors Club at Kailua District Park to talk story with community kūpuna, hear their concerns, and share the services the congresswoman’s office provides to help constituents with federal agency casework. In response to a concern raised by several seniors about the fact that Medicare does not currently cover hearing aids, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard shared details about a bill she cosponsored, the Seniors Have Eyes, Ears, and Teeth Act (H.R. 3308), which would expand Medicare coverage to include eyeglasses, hearing aids, and dental care. She also talked about her work on the House Armed Services Committee to ensure that U.S. servicemembers get the care and services they earn, her work to prevent harmful spending cuts to the Post 9/11 GI Bill and how she successfully passed legislation restoring access to healthcare for veterans in rural communities. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s amendment to reverse a decision by the Pentagon disproportionately impacting veterans access to Tricare in rural communities passed under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last year.
The Kailua Seniors Club is one of more than 35 senior clubs island wide on Oʻahu that meet weekly for business meetings, community service projects, and more.
The Congresswoman later welcomed in the new school year with more than 100 keiki at the Boys and Girls Club Windward Clubhouse in Kailua. After touring the club house facilities and classrooms, the congresswoman kicked off the new “SMART Girls” program that began today which is focused on guiding and empowering young women 8 to 17 toward developing healthy attitudes and lifestyles, staying fit, developing positive relationships, and more. The congresswoman answered questions from the girls about how she got started in public service, how she splits her work between Washington DC and each of our islands in Hawaiʻi, how to overcome shyness, what she’s working on in Congress, and much more.
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