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Gabbard to serve 2-week tour with Hawaii Army National Guard in Indonesia


    U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard appeared in Iowa in July.

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is leaving the presidential campaign trail for two weeks to fulfill her annual service commitment to the National Guard with a tour in Indonesia.

Gabbard, a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard, will resume her campaign activities on August 25th.

“I love our country. I am grateful to be able to serve our country and the American people in many ways, including as a soldier,” Gabbard said in a news release. “And so, while some people are telling me, ‘Gosh, this is a terrible time to leave the campaign. Can’t you find a way out of it?’ That’s not what this is about. I look forward to joining my fellow soldiers for a joint-training exercise with the Indonesian military, focused on counterterrorism and disaster response.”

Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has served as a soldier in the Army National Guard for more than 16 years and deployed twice to the Middle East — in Iraq from 2004-2006 and Kuwait from 2008-2009, according to her campaign.

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