Tulsi Gabbard, along with other women of the U.S. House or candidates for U.S. House, spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Tuesday.
Gabbard was one of three women from Hawaii to speak at the convention on Tuesday. Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth and President Barack Obama's sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, also spoke at the convention.
The U.S. House women were led by Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Gabbard spoke about being a combat veteran and knowing the costs of war.
"The sacrifices made by troops and military families are immeasurable. These days it's often women in uniform," said Gabbard. "Such heroes and patriots need and deserve leader who truly understand and care about their hardships and will fight for them."
"The Democratic women of the House standing here will honor the service and sacrifice of our troops to move America forward," said Gabbard, as she ended her speech.
Gabbard is running against Republican Kawika Crowley for the Second Congressional race for the U.S. House.
Tonight on KITV4 News, we will have more on Hawaii's presence at the Democratic National Convention at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
The following is a transcript of Gabbard's speech at the DNC:
Aloha. I’m Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for Congress in Hawai'i, and a Captain in the Army National Guard. When I stepped down from the State Legislature, where I served, and headed to a war zone, I joined a long, proud, line of Americans who sacrificed to make us the land of the free, and the home of the brave. As a combat veteran, I know the cost of war. The sacrifices made by our troops and military families are immeasurable. These days, it's often women in uniform - moms, wives, even grandmothers - who deploy and leave their families behind. Such heroes and patriots need and deserve leaders who truly understand and care about their hardships, and will fight for them. Leaders like President and Michelle Obama, and Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden… the strongest advocates our military families could ever have. The Democratic women of the House standing here will honor the service and sacrifice of our troops to move America forward. Aloha. Mahalo!