Letter to the Editor:
There is a man who was born on a farm close to Brooklyn, Iowa. His dad saw active duty in WWII in the South Pacific. His dad was part of the battle at Iwo Jima and was there when the flag was raised. When his dad died, his mom was given the traditional U.S. flag. This man took that flag back to Iwo Jima on Mount Surabachi because it was at way to honor his dad and his dad's service. The man loved his dad, and at least in part because of that love and pride, he felt a great passion to help veterans. He was elected to office, this is what he has done for our veterans so far:
August 26 he introduced the Combat Veterans Back to Work Act that was passed into law in November 2011. This act is credited for Iowa Guard's unemployment rate dropping from 25% to 10% and their national unemployment dropping from 9.9% to 7.8%.
He took on the Pentagon to get overdue back pay of $200 per day. This went to 3,548 Iowa National Guard.
He introduced the Andrew Connoly Veterans Housing Act. Connoly was disabled, and this bill provided money so disabled vets' homes could be adapted so they could live comfortably in them.
On January 19, 2011, he helped introduce the Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act to repeal a tax on veterans' disability pay if they receive a military pension.
He sponsored the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act to help make medical payments timely. It became law in October 2009.
He co-sponsored Military Retirees Health Care Protection Act to fight against increase in premiums and co-pays for TRICARE.
In November 2009 he introduced Compensation for Combat Veterans Act to eliminate the red tape that can prevent injured vets from getting disability benefits.
He introduced the Post 9/11 Vets Educational Assistance Act to expand education benefits for vets. This became law in 2008.
He got rid of the middle man in appeal submissions so that those whose claims were wrongfully dismissed could have a simplified appeals process.
He is co-sponsor of the Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act which ensures that vets' widows receive full payment and requires the court to inform why any claim is dismissed.
He has much more he wants to do, and hopefully, he will have a chance to do it because he will fight for our veterans as they fought for us. My husband was a Purple Heart recipient, and I will honor his service and all veterans and their service by casting my vote for a champion for veterans - Representative Bruce Braley. I believe he has just begun the fight.