AIEA – Following the recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs that they will be furloughing more than 7,000 workers and will not be answering phones during the shut down, Mark Takai released the following statement:
“For nearly twenty years, I’ve championed the cause of my fellow veterans, and have been a bipartisan voice in the Hawaii House of Representatives. I am truly outraged by the rank partisanship in Washington that is now causing real pain to our families and particularly our veterans. These men and woman wore America’s uniform and many put their lives on the line for freedom. There are currently more than 700,000 outstanding disability claims pending at the VA, and while the VA will process some claims during this time, they will not make progress on the monumental backlog that exists. Equally disheartening is the $6 million dollars in cuts that Speaker Boehner and House Republicans voted for last week. There are fewer veterans serving in Congress now since anytime after WWII, and our voices are needed now more than ever. I urge Speaker Boehner to stop hurting our veterans and pass a clean spending resolution now.”
Takai is a 19-year member of the Hawaii State House. Takai serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans, Military, and International Affairs, and Culture and the Arts. He is also a Lt. Colonel in the Hawaii Army National Guard. In 2009, Takai deployed with the Hawaii Army National Guard to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
K. Mark Takai is a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard. Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not express or imply endorsement by the Hawaii Army National Guard, the Department of the Army, or the Department of Defense.