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Rep. McDermott delivers invocation at legislature

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Abercrombie’s Refusal to Help Veteran’s Secure Home Loans Makes National News

Honolulu, HI – Sept. 2, 2013 – A story invoking Governor Abercrombie’s war-protestor past, has surfaced on Breitbart.com, a conservative online news service.  The story details the problems created by the Abercrombie administration regarding Hawaii’s veterans unable to obtain VA loans or refi’s on homes that use catchment systems.  This affects over 60,000 homes, mostly on the Big Island, and directly impacts about 4,500 Island veterans.

(Click on image to visit Brietbart Website)

(Click on image to visit Brietbart Website)

Representative Bob McDermott has been attempting to rectify this situation for months, working with the Administration and Veterans Administration.

Despite repeated pleas, letters, emails and phone calls by State Representative Bob McDermott (Ewa Beach),  Abercrombie has declined to give the Veterans any relief or even meet with the Marine Officer Veteran McDermott to discuss the issue.  McDermott said, “the Governors lack of action leads me to believe that he is either incompetent or does not care about our Veterans.”

With the return of Neil Abercrombie to power, the long-time campus anti-military activist, Hawaii’s veterans seem to be once again getting deliberately shoddy treatment.  While the governor may no longer be hanging returning vets in effigy, he is quite definitely hanging up their ability to get their VA loans.

State Representative Bob McDermott said, “The Abercrombie administration has refused to fix this situation after nearly two and a half years of inaction.  I personally delivered the Regional Director of the VA to the Governor’s office with a proposed solution, yet no movement.   All it takes is action by our Governor, yet he is AWOL on the issue.  Not a surprise as a book can change its cover, but not its contents.”

McDermott further stated, “Gov. Abercrombie’s Administration created this problem, now he REFUSES to fix it.  Just like during the Vietnam War, he is once again sticking it to the Veterans.  It is my hope that this reminder of the past will spur him to action to help the veterans, those who have sacrificed so much for us all, including him.  I have tried to work with him for 5 months, yet to no avail.  This deliberate lack of performance by the Governor, considering his past as a rabid war protester, is breathtakingly sad.   I urge the Governor to pick up the phone and get this fixed with the same fervor he used to pick up protest signs.”

 

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McDermott participates in anti-speeding program

Bob and his wife, Utu, urge drivers to slow down

Bob and his wife, Utu, urge drivers to slow down

Representative Bob McDermott joined with Ewa Police officers to conduct a CTAP anti-speeding program. CTAP stands for Community Traffic Awareness Program. At the request of Ewa residents, who were alarmed by the growing level of accidents on specific stretches of road, Rep McDermott worked with Sgt. Darryl Evangelista to set up a series of driver awareness events.  Bob’s wife, Utu, son and nephew were all out early in the morning on July 1st to help warn drivers to slow down…and arrive alive. Bob & friends were back out the afternoon of July 8th and have two more CTAP events planned in the future.

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Rep. McDermott holds press conference on impasse with VA loans

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McDermott make his point with the news media

Representative McDermott blasts Abercrombie administration’s obstruction of VA loans.

Arbitrary ruling by Department of Health blocks VA loans for up to 60,000 affordable Big Island homes for Hawaii’s Veterans.

 HONOLULU – June 20, 2013 –Today Representative Bob McDermott held a press conference at the State Capitol to outline his efforts to work with the Abercrombie administration to alter an arbitrary DOH (Department of Health) ruling posted on their Website that blocks VA loans to homes with rainwater catchment systems.

“We tried working with Gary Gil at the DOH and Blake Oshiro at the Governor’s Office for over sixty days,” explained Rep. McDermott.

“Everyone seemed to understand the situation, but absolutely nothing was done to correct the problem.”

McDermott was first apprised of the problem by VA loan administrators who pointed out that the policy statement on the DOH Website was causing the VA to balk at home loans and re-fi’s for thousands of homes with catchment systems.  They were also concerned that other lenders such as Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac might follow suit paralyzing mortgage lending for a huge segment of the Big Island real estate inventory.

According to McDermott the problem has a simple solution.  Just change the Website copy.

“This isn’t a law, or an official rule,” said McDermott.  “it is just something…an opinion…that some nameless bureaucrat put up on the Website that has become de facto policy.”

READ MORE: StarAdvertiser story

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McDermott hosts Waikiki Rotary at Capitol

Rep's McDermott and Ward pose with members of the Waikiki Rotary in the Governors ceremonial office.

Rep’s McDermott and Ward pose with members of the Waikiki Rotary in the Governors ceremonial office.

Members of the Waikiki Rotary were given a tour of the Capitol by Representatives Gene Ward and Bob McDermott. The group met with the Representatives to discuss the legislative process and specific issues that relate to business in Hawaii.

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Rep. McDermott’s Legislative Update

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