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Lifetime of service

February 5, 2013

inouyeAOA Washington office staffers pay final respects to Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) on Dec. 20 as his body lie in state within the rotunda of the United States Capitol.

A World War II hero and Medal of Honor recipient, Sen. Inouye was also a longtime champion of optometry.

Sen. Inouye first represented Hawaii in the U.S. House and then served nine terms in the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Inouye devoted years of his career to pressing for a greater health care role for America’s doctors of optometry.

More recently, Sen. Inouye was one of the most influential lawmakers to urge U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to define the AOA-backed pediatric vision care essential health benefit as a comprehensive eye exam and materials – what he knew it needed to be for the nation’s children.

The AOA salutes his lifetime of service.

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