"Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million Americans across the country including over 27,000 people in #Hawaii, making it the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.
"1 in 3 people has diabetes or prediabetes in Hawai‘i. Our kūpuna, minorities, Native Hawaiian population, and those with a family history are most at risk for diabetes, and we can do more to help.
"Across the country, Community Health Centers (CHCs) provide essential healthcare for more than 27 million people. In Hawai‘i, our 12 CHCs serve about 150,000 people, including those in low-income, rural, and underserved communities.
"Each year, more than 15,700 children in the U.S are diagnosed with cancer.
"Nurses are the heart of our healthcare system, providing life-saving care with empathy and compassion in the most trying and stressful situations.
"Small businesses are the heart of our economy and communities, in Hawaii they make up over 99% of businesses and employ nearly 270,000 people.
"#Hawaii leads the country in clean energy innovation and usage. Today, 15% of our state’s power comes from solar and wind. Now, we’re pioneering research into clean energy technologies to harness energy from ocean waves. We must continue to invest in green technologies that will transform our existing energy infrastructure.
"In Hawai‘i, caring for and respecting our planet not only improves our own health and environment, it also strengthens our communities. We are fortunate to have a home where innovative projects to achieve these goals thrive because of the love and support from the community.
"Small non-farm businesses in Kalawao and Maui counties are eligible for low‑interest federal disaster loans up to $2 million to offset economic losses caused by the drought in Maui County. More info: bit.ly/2iSewt9" - TG
"The effects of climate change disproportionately devastate coastal and low-lying communities not only in the United States, but also around the world.
In The News
Stop arming terrorists.
That sounds like something you couldn’t really argue against. Who would argue for arming terrorists?
By: U.S. Congressman Tom Garrett (VA-05)
We, members of the Syrian American community, wholeheartedly support Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s courageous fact-finding trip to Syria in January. With this trip Rep.
The lives of millions of Syrians have been destroyed by a horrific war that has killed hundreds of thousands and forced millions to flee their homeland. I went there last week to see and hear directly from the Syrian people.
Tulsi Gabbard has had a banner year.
Originally published in the Honolulu Star Advertiser: https://www.staradvertiser.com/2016/12/30/hawaii-news/new-federal-law-to-protect-keiki-in-service-ohana/
Originally published in the LA Times: https://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-child-abuse-military-20161229-htmlstory.html
Child abuse in the military: Failing those most in need
In September 2011, Army Sgt. 1st Class Crispen Hanson’s commander at Ft. Bliss ordered him into a military treatment program for child abusers.
By Salah Zakkour
As Syrians, we stand with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard to end the war in Syria, and support her “Stop Arming Terrorists” bill (HR 6504) as the most effective way to bring an end to five years of suffering and bloodshed in our country.
Originally published in the Garden Island: https://thegardenisland.com/news/local/military/wwii-filipino-vet-to-receive-highest-civilian-award/article_15de57c0-8c5c-5549-9e1a-386100087ae7.html
WWII Filipino vet to receive highest civilian award
The island’s last surviving Filipino World War II veteran will soon receive the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Originally published by Hawaii News Now: https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/34068451/wwii-filipino-vets-to-be-recognized-with-congressional-gold-medal-under-new-law
President Obama signs law to recognize WWII Filipino vets
The president has signed into law a measure that will award Filipino veterans of World War II the Congressional Gold Medal.