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VoteVets.org PAC Endorses Tulsi Gabbard for Congress

By VoteVets.org  |  Press Release
PUBLISHED: January 23, 2012

"Extraordinary woman who will make an extraordinary Member of Congress."

Honolulu, HI - The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org PAC, is announcing its endorsement of Tulsi Gabbard, an Iraq War Veteran, running for Congress from Hawaii.

"Tulsi is really one to watch, this year and beyond," said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org.  "From serving on the city council to the State House of Representatives, to serving Senator Akaka, to volunteering to deploy to Iraq, time and time again, Tulsi has stood up to serve, and has done so with honor and integrity.  She is an extraordinary woman who will make an extraordinary Member of Congress.  We're very proud to endorse her.

Tulsi Gabbard serves as a Councilmember on the Honolulu City Council, representing over 100,000 constituents within the urban Honolulu community.  Previously elected to the Hawai‘i State House of Representatives at the age of 21, Tulsi earned the distinction of being the youngest legislator ever elected in Hawai‘i, and the youngest woman ever elected in the nation.  She withdrew from an easy re-election campaign when she volunteered for an 18-month long deployment to Iraq with the Hawai‘i Army National Guard in 2004; its first major deployment since the Vietnam War.

Upon returning home, she attended the Alabama Military Academy's Officer Candidate School, and became the first female Distinguished Honor Graduate in the academy's 50-year history. Tulsi went on to serve in the U.S. Senate as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Daniel K. Akaka. She advised him on issues relating to veteran affairs, energy and natural resources, judiciary, and homeland security.

After two years in Washington, DC, Tulsi deployed to the Middle East a second time, and served as a Military Police platoon leader. Part of her mission included providing training to the Kuwait National Guard's Counter-Terrorism Team. For this work, she became the first woman ever to receive an award from the Kuwait National Guard.

Tulsi continues to serve in the Hawai‘i Army National Guard, as a Captain and a Company Commander. Her military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, The Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and The Army Good Conduct Medal. She is also a recipient of the German Armed Forces Military Proficiency Badge and the Combat Field Medical Badge.

Founded in 2006, the mission of VoteVets.org Political Action Committee is to elect Veterans to public office, with a focus on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and hold public officials accountable for their words and actions that impact America's 21st century troops and veterans. Though VoteVets.org PAC is non-partisan, candidates it backs must support VoteVets.org's core mission and beliefs.

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