The citation of the JAVA award, read by Lieutenant Janelle Kuroda, USN, a US Navy legal officer, referred to Senator Akaka's distinguished service of 14 years in the House of Representatives and 22 years in the US Senate, including his chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs which produced "an unmatched record of new laws affecting veterans health care and compensation benefits.
enumerated other highlights of the Senator's distinguished legislative career, such as his
creation of the Office of Minority Veterans in the US Department of Veterans Affairs
(DVA), contribution to the establishment of Hawaii's first DVA medical center at the Tripler Army Medical Center
in Honolulu, support of the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act and support for the creation of the MIS Historic Learning Center in San Francisco by the National Japanese American Historical Society