Posts Tagged ‘ Veterans & Service Members ’

Dems: Providing a final resting place for all veterans

March 30, 2016

A change being signed into Iowa law today will give all veterans the respect and final resting place they deserve. HF 2266 helps solve a problem that goes unnoticed by many: the unclaimed remains of veterans who died alone—whether away from family, without family or homeless.   The bill, unanimously approved by the Legislature, will allow…

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Dems: Peace of mind for deployed parents

February 28, 2016

Deployed service members worried about the welfare of their children should be assured they will not face a court battle over custody and visitation during deployment.   To ease their concerns, the Senate approved SF 2233, the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act. It establishes a process for service members and non-deploying parents to…

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Dems: Iowa National Guard is stronger than ever

February 1, 2016

Major General Timothy Orr addressed lawmakers on January 27 in his annual Condition of the Guard.   Thousands of Iowa National Guard soldiers and airmen have served in combat and support roles in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 14 years. Today, 40 percent of the Guard’s force is combat veterans, the highest number in…

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Dems: Iowa veterans deserve our support

January 24, 2016

Veterans from across Iowa visited the State Capitol on January 20 for the annual Veterans Day on the Hill. We welcomed them to the Senate and listened to their concerns and ideas. They had a full schedule of activities, including a special ceremony in the rotunda honoring their service. In addition they had the opportunity…

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Dems: 3 new laws help vets in need

November 10, 2015

Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11—a time to honor those who have served our country and made great sacrifices in their military duty. At the Statehouse, we’re always looking for ways to thank our veterans. Some have major needs because of their service, and it’s our responsibility to help. This year, we: Ensured a full…

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Dems: 3 new laws help vets in need

November 10, 2015

Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11—a time to honor those who have served our country and made great sacrifices in their military duty. At the Statehouse, we’re always looking for ways to thank our veterans. Some have major needs because of their service, and it’s our responsibility to help. This year, we: Ensured a full…

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Dems: Tailoring education & training to veterans

November 9, 2015

There is plenty we can do to help our veterans in their transition to civilian life, including going to college, getting job training and transferring their military skills to today’s work world. Colleges and universities award educational credits to veterans for military education, training and experience. This year, we expanded this benefit to National Guard…

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Dems: Protecting veterans from scams

November 8, 2015

Iowa veterans and their families can be targeted by scams and disreputable businesses that promise to help them with VA benefits, pensions, investments and special offers. Our veterans deserve to know all the services, benefits and programs they qualify for — and how to receive them. That’s why we approved consumer protections requiring that private…

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Dems: Deadline approaching for DAV Tax Credit

June 24, 2015

A change to the Disabled Veteran Homestead Property Tax Credit (HF 616) was approved by the Legislature this spring and signed into law late last week. The change makes applications for the tax credit retroactive to January 1, 2014. Applications must be received by the county assessor’s office no later than the close of business…

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Dems: 2015 Session Highlights

June 5, 2015

This year, Senate Democrats fought to provide greater economic security for Iowa families by standing up for workers and investing in skills training, job creation and the best educational opportunities from preschool through college. While we hoped to accomplish much more, we ultimately chose compromise over gridlock. We balanced the state budget in a fiscally…

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