Veterans bring skills for leadership, team building and problem solving. They understand strategy and tactics. They have a global perspective, yet can relate to everyday Americans. They are good leaders.
Ed Koch was a member of The Greatest Generation and not just by accident of birth. He was an American patriot who spent a lifetime serving his country and his city. He wanted to make the world a better place, root out corruption and help people. In this, he was an outstanding success.
There are enough real-life struggles of poverty, illness, abuse, so that we need each other in order to create supportive, nurturing communities, not invest in violence or commit ourselves to combative ways of relating.
As a combat veteran myself, I've seen how war has drained our country -- with trillions spent and thousands of lives lost or destroyed by conflict. We need a Senator who, like Senator Inouye and myself, understands this.
Sen. Inouye holds a special place in the hearts of those of us working to support the U.S.-Japan partnership. His story reminds us of our shared history and how far we have come. It is fitting that the senator's last word was "aloha."