Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to Perform Annual Hawaiʻi Army National Guard Duty

June 14, 2020
Press Release
Honolulu, HI—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), who has served as a Soldier in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard for over 17 years and is a veteran of two Middle East deployments, will conduct a portion of her annual training duty from June 15-19.  She will be returning to Washington, DC for Congressional hearings and votes on June 23, 2020. 
“National Guard and Reserve service members across the country balance their family responsibilities, a civilian career or school, and their service commitment to our nation at least one weekend a month and two weeks per year. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve alongside so many who give so much,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
While on duty, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s congressional staff will continue to work on behalf of residents throughout Hawaiʻi — through individual constituent casework, coordination with authorities, and on-the-ground efforts — as well as in Washington, D.C. fighting to bring relief resources to the people of Hawaiʻi.
Background: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has served in the Hawai‘i Army National Guard for 17 years, and is a highly-decorated veteran of two Middle East deployments. She has participated in multiple joint-training exercises with countries such as Japan and Indonesia. She has been activated twice in recent years in response to natural disasters and community crises in Hawaiʻi. In November 2014, Rep. Gabbard was activated and served in Hawaiʻi National Guard efforts as an eruption of Kīlauea lava flow headed toward Pāhoa on Hawaiʻi Island. In May 2018, as lava erupted from fissures throughout Lower Puna neighborhoods, Rep. Gabbard again served in uniform to provide support to a community facing the loss of homes, schools, and livelihoods. 
Since the early days of the coronavirus crisis, Rep. Gabbard and her team have been hard at work to bring Federal dollars to support the people of Hawai’i, fighting for more masks and PPE (personal protective equipment) for Hawaii’s healthcare professionals, and advocating for free mass testing capabilities across the state and country. She is keeping Hawai‘i residents updated regularly through e-newsletters and town hall events. Read about how she is fighting for families, frontline essential workers, to prevent the virus spread, and help the economy survive and recover from this crisis by visiting her COVID-19 resource webpage.
About Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is serving her fourth term in the United States House representing Hawai‘i’s Second District, and serves on the House Armed Services and Financial Services Committees. She previously served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Homeland Security Committee. She was elected to the Honolulu City Council in 2010, and prior to that at age 21, was elected to the Hawaiʻi State Legislature in 2002, becoming the youngest person ever elected in the state. Tulsi Gabbard has served in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard for 17 years, is a veteran of two Middle East deployments, and continues to serve as a Major. Learn more about Rep. Tulsi Gabbard...
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