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Mark Takai on Homeland Security

 

 


Tax credits for companies that hire veterans

In the Hawaii House I have been pushing for tax credits for companies that hire veterans and worked closely with the Chamber of Commerce to ensure our local military bases remain strong. I passed an initiative to improve the education of military children that has won national awards.

I created the Hawaii Medal of Honor and established a task force to help non-profit providers get homeless vets off the streets--building a network of care to help these vets.

I helped create the Veterans Court, which focuses exclusively on vets by bringing together state social services and the VA to help these vets adjust back into society and navigate the courts.

Our vets went to bat for us; let's go to bat for them. They are our new "greatest generation," so let's give them a chance to build our future. I also think it is wrong that some in Congress have proposed cutting critical services like assistance to homeless vets, suicide prevention programs and job training assistance.

Source: 2014 Hawaii House campaign website, MarkTakai.com , Nov 4, 2014

Cut defense responsibly, not across-the-board

The mindless across-the-board cuts are hurting our military installations, our veterans, our students, our most impoverished citizens and our small businesses. It is an absurdity that will continue haunting us unless we send less partisan legislators like me with the experience in finding common ground to Washington.

I will work with both sides of the aisle to develop a sensible plan to balance the budget. I will work to protect those in our society who are most vulnerable.

We must make responsible, reasonable cuts to defense spending like unchecked defense contracts for weapons and other equipment the military does not need. As a member of the military, I have the first-hand knowledge needed to ask the right questions and push for better oversight of waste in runaway military contracts, while still protecting our military men and women and making sure they are well equipped and supported.

Source: 2014 Hawaii House campaign website, MarkTakai.com , Nov 4, 2014

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