Veterans Support Matt

Veterans Support Matt LoPresti

Matt with his father-in-law, uncles, and close family friends – all vets of foreign wars. Left to right: Edward Miyasato. Army Ret. (Korea), James “Archie” Miyachi, Air Force Ret. (Korea), Norman Kawamoto. Army Ret. (Korea), Jose` “Joe” Saromines. Army Ret. (WWII), Randy Javar. Army Veteran (Vietnam), Steve J. Avilla. Coast Guard, Ret. (Korea & Vietnam), Ruben Malig. Coast Guard, Ret. (Korea & Vietnam).

  • Rep. LoPresti touring the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) with daughter Nina and Grandpa Steve Avilla (US Coast Guard Ret.)

    As Chair of the House Committee on Veterans, Military, and International Affairs Matt introduced HB 2697, which became law, convening a biennial statewide veterans summit bringing together veterans from across the state to share ideas and address relevant issues.

  • Matt will continue to urge the Federal Government to grant the long delayed and wrongfully denied veteran benefits to Filipino veterans who fought in World War II, like his Uncle Joe (pictured above).  He introduced HCR109 (2018) in cooperation with the Filipino Caucus. The legislature passed this resolution urging the U.S. President and Congress to grant the full benefits to Filipino WWII veterans.
  • Matt is a dedicated supporter of the U.S. Armed Forces & their families and is a firm believer in the doctrine of preserving peace through strength.
  • Matt supports additional VA facilities in Hawaii and allowing veterans to see doctors of their choice to reduce wait times and improve medical care.
  • Matt is a member of the Navy League and the Sons of the American Revolution.  He serves as liaison to the Joint Venture Education Forum which helps military students in Hawaii public schools.

With legislators, State DOD officials, veterans groups, and concerned citizens attending Governor David Ige’s bill signing of HB 2697 (soley sponsored by LoPresti) enacting a statewide biennial veterans summit

Matt in the Central Pacific observing flight operations aboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)

Matt in the Central Pacific
observing flight operations aboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)

“I was honored to be part of the US Navy’s “Distinguished Visitor” program where I had the honor of spending a couple of days at sea with Carrier Strike Group 3 aboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) where I had a first hand opportunity to interact with our service men and women at work. Observing flight operations as well as landing and launching off a US carrier during maneuvers was an amazing experience that deepened my respect and commitment to our service members and their families.  Every day served away from their families is a sacrifice they make to protect our way of life.”

Matt placing a lei at the annual Memorial Day service held at historic ‘Ewa Field

Matt placing a lei at the annual Memorial Day service held at historic ‘Ewa Field

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