Representative Hanabusa believes that taking care of our veterans is the most solemn obligation that our federal government has. The men and women who have made extraordinary sacrifices for their country are entitled to our nation’s support and services, as well as to our gratitude. Representative Hanabusa will continue to fight for veterans in Hawaii and around the country so that they can receive all that they have earned.
Representative Hanabusa is committed to protecting and expanding programs and services that help provide veterans with quality health care and with any services they might need in order to transition back to civilian life. She is a fierce supporter of the GI Bill, which provides every returning servicemember with the chance to obtain a college education. She also continues to support legislation that would help make veterans career-ready by encouraging employers to provide free on-the-job training to veterans and by providing businesses with tax credits for hiring unemployed or injured veterans. Key veterans’ legislation she has supported includes:
H.R.2115: Filipino Veterans of World War II Family Reunification Act, which exempts children of certain Filipino World War II veterans from the numerical limitations on immigrant visas and for other purposes.
H.R. 333: Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act, which permits retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability rated less than 50 percent to receive concurrent payment of both retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation, to eliminate the phase-in period for concurrent receipt, to extend eligibility for concurrent receipt to chapter 61 disability retirees with less than 20 years of service, and for other purposes.
Representative Hanabusa will continue to do everything possible to recognize, respect, and honor our veterans and their service.
One of Representative Hanabusa’s top priorities is the safety and security of our nation. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Representative Hanabusa also sits on the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee and the Strategic Forces Subcommittee. The Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee has oversight over Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force programs, and the Strategic Forces Subcommittee oversees our nation’s nuclear weapons, ballistic missile defense, national security space programs, and Department of Energy national security programs. This Subcommittee is responsible for ensuring our nation is properly prepared for any future missile or nuclear attack.
Representative Hanabusa will continue to advocate for our troops and their families, both during and following their military service. As the men and women of our armed services put their lives on the line to fight for this country and its freedoms, they must have the training, resources, and equipment necessary to ensure their readiness and safety. Our troops must be prepared to “fight tonight” anywhere in the world, but this country must also be prepared to help them transition back to normal life when they return home.
Hawaii will continue to play a pivotal role in confronting the challenges of the 21st century, as our state is the lynchpin for America’s strategic rebalance – economically, diplomatically, and militarily -- to the Asia-Pacific region. By 2020, approximately 60 percent of our nation's Navy and Air Force assets will be committed to the Pacific.
Camp H.M. Smith, located in Representative Hanabusa’s District on the island of Oahu, is Headquarters of the United States Pacific Command, America’s largest and oldest Unified Combatant Command: 380,000 U.S. military and civilian personnel are assigned to the USPACOM area of responsibility, which stretches from waters off the west coast of the United States to the western border of India, and from the North Pole to Antarctica. More than 50% of the world’s population lives in the 36 nations that comprise the Asia-Pacific region. Critically, Hawaii is the only place in the world where all of the component commanders – those service military Flags and General Officers assigned to a Combatant Commander – are geographically co-located together. This proximity helps Representative Hanabusa better understand and effectively advocate for our nation's Hawaii-based military needs and resources.
Hawaii’s physical location between the west coast of the United States and Asia is also an important asset for our military. Many of our most pressing geopolitical and security challenges are located within the region -- North Korea’s unpredictable quest for nuclear weapons, China’s land reclamation activities and land claims in violation of international law, Russia’s resurgence and aggressive expansion, human trafficking and piracy in Southeast Asia, and many more. Hawaii is the first line of defense for the U.S. Mainland and an ideal forward deployment point to engage with the rest of the region. Representative Hanabusa will advocate for thoughtful and pragmatic defense investment in Hawaii and will push for legislation that helps our military maintain its qualitative edge and keep all Americans safe.