Hirono Receives Meritorious Service Award
The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) recently awarded Sen. Mazie K. Hirono its 2018 Meritorious Services Award. NCHV is an advocacy, resource, and technical assistance center for community-based homeless veteran service providers, which includes Hawaiʻi’s US VETS at Barbers Point. A member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Hirono received the award for her years of work in helping to end veteran homelessness.
“I thank the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans for this special honor and for all they do to ensure veterans have access to necessary resources and a permanent, stable roof over their heads,” Sen. Hirono said. “I look forward to continuing my close partnership with NCHV and organizations like US VETS in Hawaiʻi as we work together toward ending veteran homelessness in our state and across the country.”
NCHV also honored Sen. Hirono in 2016 with its Public Policy Award, which recognizes an elected official for creating or changing policies in an effort to end veteran homelessness. In its award citation, NCHV credited Hirono for reversing a proposed $49 million cut from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Laborʻs Grant and Per Diem program (GDP), which gives grants to community organizations that provide transitional housing and supportive care for homeless veterans. Last year, the GPD program funded over 100 supportive housing beds at US VETS Barbers Point.
Hirono is the first individual to receive both NCHV’s Public Policy and Meritorious Service awards.