Hagåtña, Guam – Governor Lou Leon Guerrero issues the following statement in response to remarks made by a local doctor against some of our island’s veterans.
“Dr. Vince Akimoto made a number of derogatory statements in the media earlier this week regarding veterans living on our island. Akimoto’s remarks were completely inappropriate and particularly disrespectful as they were uttered just a few days before we are set to celebrate and honor veterans for their courage and sacrifice.
For all the freedoms they fought to defend, our veterans deserve our appreciation, our support, and our respect. Many of the liberties we enjoy today are a direct result of their sacrifice, and I do not condone his sad and twisted attacks on the character of our veterans. It is weak, wrong, and offensive to attack the personal character of an everyday citizen, let alone our heroes, in their moments of honesty and vulnerability, regardless of their political views.
I’m disappointed that Dr. Akimoto thinks a white coat entitles him to not only hate on ideas but also hate on the veterans who support them.”
Governor Leon Guerrero reached out directly to Dr. Akimoto on Thursday to demand that he issue an immediate public apology to every veteran in our community who has been harmed by his remarks.