Hawaii is home to thousands of service members and veterans, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the citizens of the state’s 2nd District are represented by someone like them.
First elected to the House in 2012, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, deployed to the Middle East twice as a member of the Hawaii National Guard and she continues to serve as a captain with the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. She’s one of only two female combat veterans to serve in Congress—Representative Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., is the other—and working on behalf of others is what she knows best.
On Patrol asked Gabbard, 33, what motivated her to serve in Congress after returning from war and she responded with words that resonate with many Americans, not just the brave men and women who stepped up to defend their country.
“Anyone who is motivated by a strong desire to be of service, and dedicates their actions in the service of others, can inspire those around them to do the same,” said Gabbard, a member of the USO’s Congressional Caucus.
“By staying focused on and striving to live up to the principles of servant-leadership, always seeking new opportunities and ways to be of service, you will find the focus, strength and courage to persevere, even in the face of naysayers and critics.”
Chad Stewart is the senior editor of ON★PATROL.