Honolulu (April 7, 2014) – Military veteran organizations, Gold Star families, and key military and civilian officials were invited to the bill signing of HB2071 and HB1770 by Governor Abercrombie, held on Monday, April 7 at 12:00 p.m. in the Governor’s Ceremonial Room at the State Capitol. The bills were introduced by Rep. Mark Takai (D-Aiea), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans, Military, and International Affairs, and Culture and the Arts.
HB2071 designates the last Sunday in September as “Gold Star Family Day.” Rep. Takai stated, “Gold Star Family Day honors the family, friends and colleagues of the fallen who have sacrificed, who themselves have paid a price to preserve our freedoms that we enjoy today.” He added, “This day honors those who have given selflessly to their Nation and its citizenry and to their loved ones who remain.”
HB1770 requires notation of veteran status on state driver’s licenses and identification cards if desired by the applicant. “Through implementing this measure, veterans are able to disclose their status in a convenient manner. This not only improves efficiency but enables veterans to be recognized for their service, thus bestowing upon them the honor and respect they so deserve,” Takai said.
Invited guest speakers included Gold Star Fathers David Brostrom and Allen Hoe. Brostrom lost his son, First Lieutenant Jonathan Brostrom when enemy forces attacked an outpost with small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades in Wanat, Afghanistan. Hoe lost his son, First Lieutenant Nainoa Hoe to sniper fire while leading a foot patrol through Mosul, Iraq. First Lieutenant Jonathan Brostrom was 24 years old and First Lieutenant Nainoa Hoe was 27 years old.
“As members of the Legislature, we are in the unique position to insure the relationship between the military and our various communities remains healthy and continues to grow in positive ways,” Takai stated. “Working together we can and must provide the strong support our men and women in uniform deserve,” Takai added.