Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Supports Bill to Fund Veteran Treatment Courts in Hawai’i, Nationwide

“This legislation is an example of some of the long overdue reforms needed in our criminal justice system, and honors our veterans and their sacrifice by providing them with the care and treatment they need”

Hilo Veterans Day Parade Participants. Pictured above are some team members of the Big Island Veteran’s Treatment Court

February 13, 2018 Press Release
Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), co-chair of the Congressional Post 9/11 Veterans Caucus, announced support today for bipartisan legislation to authorize federal funding for veteran treatment courts in Hawai‘i and across the United States. The Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act (H.R. 4345) would provide federal grants to state, local, and tribal governments to establish new veteran treatment courts and maintain current programs, like the Big Island Veterans Treatment Court. More than 15,000 veterans nationwide have received support through veteran treatment courts.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said:
“In Hawai‘i and across the country, veteran treatment courts are helping veterans who are dealing with substance addiction and have committed nonviolent crimes get treatment and get their lives back on track. Through high-intensity supervision and a network of support that includes veteran-to-veteran mentorship, job and housing support, employment assistance, treatment and counseling, and more, veteran treatment courts are ensuring that they get the care and services needed to heal, and putting them on a path to success. I’ve met veterans in Hawai’i who have graduated from this program, and who tearfully share how this program has literally saved their lives. This legislation is an example of some of the long overdue reforms needed in our criminal justice system, and honors our veterans and their sacrifice by providing them with the care and treatment they need.”

Background:

The Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2017 establishes a program within the Department of Justice to provide grants, training, and technical assistance to help state, local, and tribal governments maintain existing veterans treatment courts. The bipartisan legislation also provides federal resources for the establishment of new treatment courts.

H.R. 4345, the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2017 is endorsed by numerous servicemembers and veterans organizations including American Legion, AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans, National Military & Veterans Alliance, American Logistics Association, American Military Retirees Association, American Military Society, American and Navy Union of the USA, American Retiree Association, Association of the US Navy, Military Order of Foreign Wars Military Order of the Purple Heart, Military Order of World Wars, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, The Flag and General Officers Network, The Independence Fund, The Retired Enlisted Association, Society of Military Widows, Vietnam Veterans of America.

 

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Paddles in 8th Annual Wounded Warrior Regatta; Honors Gold Star Families

Honolulu, HI—This morning, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard joined wounded warriors, Gold Star families, and Hawaiʻi’s veteran community in paddling in the 2017 Na Koa Wounded Warrior Canoe Regatta off the shores of Fort DeRussy. First launched in 2009, the annual regatta assists recovering troops through the healing power of Hawaiʻi’s waters, and has grown to include an annual veterans job fair and scholarship program for Gold Star families as part of the event. This year’s race included teams from the Wounded Warrior Project, Team RWB, Team Rubicon, Access Surf, The Mission Continues, TAPS, and other VSOs, along with a wounded warrior team from Australia.

Read More

 

Gabbard-Backed Bill to Expand, Extend GI Bill Signed Into Law

Honolulu, HI—Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), co-chair of the Post 9/11 Veterans Caucus, released the statement below after legislation she helped introduce to improve and extend GI Bill education benefits for veterans, their surviving spouses and dependents was signed into law today. The legislation passed both the House and Senate unanimously, and is widely supported by veteran and education advocacy organizations, including Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the Enlisted Association of The National Guard of The United States, the American Council on Education, the Association of American Universities, the STEM Education Coalition, and others.

“Every single day, roughly 500 veterans are transitioning from military life to civilian life, joining the more than 2.9 million veterans who have returned home since 9/11 alone. We have a responsibility to ensure that our troops and veterans are set up for success in the 21st century economy when they lay down the uniform and transition to civilian life. This bipartisan legislation enhances existing benefits, expands eligibility, eliminates bureaucratic barriers, and empowers our troops, veterans and their dependents to get the quality education they’ve earned and deserve. More than 7,000 Hawaiʻi veterans used their earned education benefit to open the door to new opportunities for them and their families last year, and this law will help our next generation of service members to further build on this progress,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

… 

 
Registrations
Please login to view this page.
Please login to view this page.
Please login to view this page.