BERLIN — Presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard will be holding a town hall meeting this Friday from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Northland Restaurant and Dairy Bar on Riverside Drive.

With two tours of duty in the Middle East, the Democratic U.S. representative from Hawaii is the first female combat veteran to run for president.

She is presently a major in the Army National Guard.

Gabbard advocates for ending the United States’ involvement in regime change wars and using the money to invest in health care, education, rebuilding the physical infrastructure and protecting the environment. She supports a national health-care plan but would allow a role for private plans.

Gabbard’s website states she would tackle climate change by ending subsidies to big fossil fuel and agricultural business corporations, ban offshore drilling and seek to create jobs by investing in renewable energy.

She calls for universal access to a college education and for the country to resolve student debt.

Gabbard said she supports the second amendment but believes in responsible common-sense gun safety reform.

Gabbard is also the first Samoan American and Hindu member of Congress.

The congresswoman will also be speaking at the Coos County Democrats Truman Dinner at the Mountain View Grand ballroom in Whitefield Thursday night.

To RSVP for the Berlin town meeting, go to tulsi2020.com.

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