Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, Sen. Brian Schatz, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announced Wednesday that Hawaii will receive more than $1 million to expand and improve the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe.
The funds come from a grant administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The grant will help the state provide enhanced service for nearly 80,000 veterans and their families by adding a family room addition at the administration building, a new restroom building, new storage areas at the committal shelter and associated infrastructure improvements.
"Our nation’s veterans have served and sacrificed for our freedoms, and it is our duty to see they are not forgotten. A critical part of that duty is ensuring the families of veterans can honor their loved ones’ legacies at a dignified final resting place. These kinds of investments will help protect the legacies of our veterans for generations to come,” said Hirono, a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.
“Today’s grant will give our community an opportunity to pay respect in peace to the men and women that lost their lives fighting to protect our country,” said Schatz. “I thank Secretary Shinseki and the Department of Veterans Affairs for their work in honoring our veterans. I will continue the tradition of working hand-in-hand with the entire Hawai’i delegation to ensure that all veterans are given the utmost gratitude and honor for the sacrifices they have made for the American people.”
“Our veterans have sacrificed greatly for our nation, and it is our duty to ensure their legacies are properly honored. I understand firsthand the contributions our women and men in uniform make every single day, all around the world. We must not forget their service and sacrifice. This investment by the VA will help ensure that our veterans will have a final resting place that offers the dignity they deserve,” said Gabbard, who also currently serves as a Military Police Captain in the Hawaii Army National Guard.