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Veteran affairs advocate Larry Helm passes away

Published On: Jun 21 2013 11:13:40 AM HST
Updated On: Jun 21 2013 10:14:24 PM HST
Larry Helm

Larry Helm

MOLOKA'I, Hawaii -

A Vietnam War veteran and advocate for island veterans has passed away.

Larry Helm passed away after a lengthy bout with cancer.

A long-time community activist and Moloka'i native, Larry was a strong supporter of veterans affairs and recently endorsed Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard for her bid to the House of Representatives.

Rep. Gabbard shared these words upon learning of Helm's passing. "I am deeply saddened to learn of Uncle Larry Helm's passing.  He spent his entire life fighting battles in service to our country, our communities, and our selfless veterans, and he fought courageously in his final battle with cancer.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this terribly difficult time. Uncle Larry's absence will be felt among the entire Moloka'i community, and across the state."

She added that she plans on fulfilling Helm's dream of opening a veterans center on Moloka'i.

According to Helm's facebook page he is survived by his wife of 46 years, Barbara.

The Helm's were struck with tragedy in 1989 after losing their daughter Natalie when Aloha Island Air Flight 1712 crashed, killing all 20 people aboard.

Larry was also the brother of George Helm,  a legendary activist,  Hawaiian musician and falsetto vocalist.

His daughter Nichol wrote an inspiring summary of his life in a column  in May when he was in the midst of his battle with cancer. Read that here.

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