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VoteVets Endorses Kahele for Congress

HONOLULU, HI – The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets PAC, is today endorsing the 19-year combat veteran aviator; current lieutenant colonel with Hawaii Air National Guard, United States Air Force; and current State Senator Kai Kahele to be the next Member of Congress from the 2nd Congressional District in Hawaii.

“Now more than ever, we need people in Congress who combine leadership, experience, smarts and a commitment of service to others and there is no better example of this than Kai Kahele,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War veteran and Chairman of VoteVets. “Kai understands the critical needs of our veterans, including access to healthcare and mental health services, and will be a champion for veterans and the people of Hawaii in Congress. Kai has answered the call to serve time and time again and we are proud to endorse him as once again he is stepping up to serve this nation.”

Kahele is a decorated 19-year combat veteran aviator with multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2005. He has flown 108 combat sorties, logged 3,075 hours of military flight time, commanded C-17 combat missions and is the recipient of the Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal. He has previously been named Pacific Air Forces Guard Officer of the Year and Hawaii Air National Guard Officer of the Year. Currently, Kahele is on state active duty with the Hawaii Air National Guard for Hawaii's COVID-19 response efforts.