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Gabbard Honored for Support of National Service

February 10, 2015, 11:01 AM HST
* Updated February 10, 11:05 AM
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Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard will be recognized today, Feb. 10,  for her support of national service with the Outstanding New Member Award by Voices for National Service.

The presentation of the award will be done in Washington, DC at the 12th Annual Friends of National Service Awards, sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, CSX, Bain Capital, Sankaty Advisors, and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Field LLP.

“Congresswoman Gabbard is passionate about civic engagement, and has consistently sought opportunities to serve the nation and ensure a brighter future for all citizens. We are thrilled to welcome Congresswoman Gabbard to Congress, and look forward to working with her for years to come,” said Voice for National Service President AnnMaura Connolly.

The selection process for honorees was based on recognition and support for national service as a solution to some of the nation’s most pressing challenges.

“It’s the greatest privilege to have an opportunity to be of service to the people of Hawai’i and our nation,” said Congresswoman Gabbard. “I learned from a young age the importance of doing my best to be of service to others, and to live aloha – this is what motivates me every day. Every day, I am encouraged and inspired to see the many examples of people all across Hawai’i and the country making a positive impact as they strive to be servant-leaders in their own work and lives.”

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In addition to Congresswoman Gabbard, a bipartisan group of advocates will also be honored,  including Governors Terry Branstad (R-IA) and Rick Snyder (R-MI), Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Patty Murray (D-WA), Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY), Jonathan Lavine of Bain Capital, and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson.

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Each award winner has helped to raise public awareness of national service and elevate national service as a legislative priority.

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