HOSA Remembers Senator Daniel Inouye (HI)

 
The United States Congress and the entire country mourn the loss of a war hero and devoted public servant.
 
Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye, the second-longest serving senator in U.S. history, the most senior member of the Senate and third in line to the Presidency, passed away Monday at the age of 88.
 
Inouye is remembered as a man who valiantly defended his country, and spent the rest of his life working to make the country he loved even better. 
 
Inouye broke barrier after barrier throughout his career. He was the first Congressman to represent Hawaii, and he was the first American of Japanese descent to serve in either House of Congress. He played key roles in congressional investigations of the Watergate and Iran-Contra scandals.
 
On the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor, 17-year-old Inouye was one of the first Americans to handle civilian casualties in the Pacific War. He had taken medical aid training and immediately went into service as head of a first-aid team. 
 
As a freshman in pre-medical studies at the University of Hawaii, he would enlist in the U.S. Army’s highly decorated 442nd Regimental Combat Team, whose members had petitioned the government to serve in the military. He would eventually be given the role of platoon leader and served in Italy, where he was severely wounded in an attack and lost his right arm.
 
While Inouye had to abandon plans to become a surgeon, he later spent much of his political career helping those in the health related fields.
 
In his native Hawaii, he helped provide opportunities for students to pursue careers in nursing, social work and public health through the John A. Burns School of Medicine.
 
Inouye also became a champion of HOSA-Future Health Professionals. This past summer, HOSA students met with Inouye’s office for a briefing on the Senate and updated his military nurse fellow, Scott Johnson, on all the work HOSA is doing across the nation. Johnson also participated on the panel discussion during the Capitol Hill Ideas Meeting in September and addressed questions from students about health care literacy.
 
The high level of engagement between Inouye’s office and HOSA is just one example of his dedication to working for the greater good.  He will forever be remembered as a friend to HOSA, a man with great moral and physical courage, a legislator who forged bipartisan consensus, and as his colleagues have said, a “giant of the Senate.” 

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