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Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

Senator Amanda Ragan
From Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City –

Veterans from across Iowa came to the State Capitol to meet with legislators and enjoy a full schedule of activities, including a special ceremony in the rotunda honoring their service.

They also had the opportunity to meet Brig. Gen. William DeHaes of the Iowa National Guard; Brig. Gen. Jonathon McColumn, Commanding General of the 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, U.S. Army Reserve; Commandant Jodi Tymeson of the Iowa Veterans Home; and members of the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs.

The commitment of Iowans to serve our country has always been strong, which is why veterans make up a higher proportion of our population than they do in many other states.

In Iowa, we have made it a priority to thank those who’ve served and sacrificed. We want Iowa to be a great place for veterans and their families, to become the home of returning service members, and to offer the education, job opportunities, health care and quality of life they deserve.

Recent successes include:

  • Protecting the parental rights of military members while they’re deployed.
  • Making sure all veterans get a proper funeral with military honors and a final resting place.
  • Investing in improvements at our military and veterans’ facilities.
  • Ensuring service-disabled veterans who own their own business are “targeted small businesses” eligible for low-interest loans, grants and consideration when the state seeks bids for goods and services.
  • Establishing a “one-stop shop” to access information on veterans’ preference for public employment.
  • Requiring disclosures by private providers who charge a fee to help veterans access their benefits.
  • Authorizing a veteran designation on Iowa driver’s licenses and identification cards for honorably discharged U.S. military veterans.

Mason City listening post:
January 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Mason City Public Library, 225 2nd St SE
Sen. Amanda Ragan and Rep. Sharon Steckman will host a legislative listening post at the Mason City Public Library

Gary Wattnem of Mason City is a member of the Iowa Commission on Veterans Affairs. He works to maintain and strengthen Iowa’s leadership when it comes to helping and honor veterans. I want returning service members to make Iowa their home, and to make Iowa a more attractive place where veterans and their families can receive the education, job opportunities, health care and quality of life they deserve.
Floyd County Supervisor (and former State Representative) Mark Kuhn was at the Statehouse to discuss funding for new mental health services in North Iowa. Also greeting him were Senators Janet Petersen and Pam Jochum.
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