U.S. MILITARY AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS
We recognize the Armed Forces on Oʻahu and their families sacrifice to serve and defend our country and help us in time of need. We welcome, honor, and support all Americans who want to serve our military is strongest when we support and embrace our nation's diversity and we will continue to fight for their equal rights and recognition. We believe people of all races, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions should be honored for those that choose to service our country and that efforts to protect our troops from sexual predators within service branches should be supported.
We further recognize that our country has a sacred, moral responsibility to keep faith with all our veterans and wounded warriors. Therefore, we support programs that provide responsive and timely healthcare and mental health services, with particular focus on post-traumatic stress and substance abuse issues. Additionally, we support efforts to assist veterans in their reintegration to society through educational benefits and job training, ending chronic homelessness, and combat suicide.
The military controls nearly one quarter of the land on Oʻahu,we have strong concerns regarding the containment and reduction of both active military land holdings and personnel presence. We support the protection of our ʻaina and encourage the continuation of efforts to coordinate military activities with impacted communities, advocating for the military to restore any damaged aina and limit destruction by military usage, weapons testing, training and "war games' to prevent long-term degradation and harm to our cultural and community assets, and encourage state agencies to take these factors into consideration when creating lease agreements.