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$750K Raised for Military Families and Veterans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Angie Taylor   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 14:46

In April, Hardee’s launched its Stars for Heroes in-store fundraiser benefiting military charities, including The Mission Continues and USA Cares. Thanks to your readers’ generous donations, we’re happy to announce more than $750K raised thus far (by CKE Restaurants - Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s) to assist military families and veterans.

To participate, restaurant guests donated $1 in support of military charities. For each $1 donation, guests received a commemorative “Stars for Heroes” cut out to personalize and place on display in the restaurant; in addition, they received restaurant coupons valued at more than $10 to use toward future purchases.

While the in-store fundraiser has concluded, consumers are able to continue backing the nation’s military communities through a special donation page housed on the Stars for Heroes Facebook page (

More information about Stars for Heroes is available here: Thanks again to you and your readers for the support! I look forward to sharing additional news with you about Hardee’s future military fundraising efforts.

Loebsack, Branstad Discuss Importance of Iowa’s Air Guard During House Hearing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 14:34
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today discussed the importance of ensuring the 132nd Fighter Wing remains based in Des Moines with Gov. Terry Branstad.  The Governor testified before the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee hearing that focused on the Air Force’s proposed reductions.  As the only Member of Congress from Iowa on the House Armed Services Committee, earlier this year, Loebsack successfully included a bipartisan amendment in the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prevent cuts to the National Guard personnel and aircraft in Iowa and across the nation.

“Today’s hearing helped further highlight the critical role the National Guard plays in our state’s and nation’s security and I am pleased Governor Branstad could join us,” said Loebsack.  “As a member of the Armed Services Committee, I’ve been successfully fighting against the proposed cuts to the 132nd.  Our country has invested in the training and experience of the Airman with the 132nd who are some of the most experienced, most cost effective, and best performing in the country.  These Airmen have served our state and country with great dedication.  Going forward, I will continue to work on a bipartisan basis with the Governor to ensure that the Air Force’s proposal does not move forward.”


Loebsack questions Gov. Branstad:

Loebsack welcomes Gov Branstad to the hearing:

Governor Branstad's Testimony Regarding Importance of National Guard PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 14:21

All – Please find Gov. Branstad’s testimony to the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Readiness regarding the importance of the National Guard, which just concluded, attached to this email.

Additionally, below are the letters referenced in the governor’s testimony:

DOD Response letter:

Co-Chair letter to Secretary Carter

Co-Chair letter to AF

Letter to Secretary Panetta

Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor Sgt. James Skalberg Jr. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 14:16

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad is ordering all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2012, until 8 a.m. on Monday, July 16, 2012 for Sgt. James Skalberg Jr., 25, originally of Emerson.

Sgt. Skalberg was killed in Afghanistan, while serving on active duty in the U.S. Army, on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 when an improvised explosive device detonated near the vehicle he was driving. He was one of two soldiers killed in the explosion.

The governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. H.R. 692, signed in 2007, requires federal government agencies in the state to comply with the governor’s executive order that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a member of the Armed Forces.

Flags will be at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

Sgt. Skalberg is survived by his wife, Jessica Skalberg; his son, Carter Skalberg; his parents, James and Kelli Skalberg Sr.; sister, Spring Skalberg; and grandparents Bonnie and John Stephens and Karen Brewer.

Visitation for Sgt. Skalberg will be held from 4-8 p.m., Friday, July 13 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1101 Summit St., Red Oak, with the family present. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 14, also at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. A graveside service will follow at the Emerson Cemetery (directly west of Red Oak at the junction of Iowa Highways 34 and 59).

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to the Carter Skalberg Education Fund, 705 E. Corning St., Red Oak, Iowa 51566.

The U.S. flag flown over the state Capitol on the day of the funeral will be presented to Sgt. Skalberg’s family at a later date, along with a proclamation honoring him.


Loebsack Takes Iowa Veterans Concerns to VA Secretary; Works to Pass Important Veterans Legislation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 13:33

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack recently met with leaders of the Veterans Administration (VA) and told them the concerns he heard firsthand from Iowa’s Veterans, military family members, and Veterans service providers.  Last week, Loebsack hosted a series of Veterans Forums across Iowa in order to give Veterans an opportunity to speak with the Congressman and seek assistance from his office.  In a meeting with Ms. Joan Mooney, Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs and Mr. Danny Pummill, Executive Director, Compensation & Pension Service, Veterans Benefits Administration, Loebsack presented them with a letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki of the top concerns he heard from Iowa Veterans, including disability claims, VA health care and job training.  A copy of the letter can be found here.

“Last week, I met with Iowa Veterans, military family members, and Veterans service providers across eastern and southeastern Iowa,” Loebsack wrote. “I strongly urge you to take my constituents’ concerns into account as you work to improve VA services.  I look forward to continuing to work with you to ensure that every person who has served our nation in uniform receives the care, benefits, and respect they deserve.”

This week, two pieces of legislation, which directly impact Veterans and their families, passed the House of Representatives with unanimous bipartisan support.  Loebsack was a strong supporter of both the Veterans COLA and Veterans Skills to Jobs Acts.  The Veterans COLA Act increases the amounts paid for veteran’s disability compensation and to their survivors for dependency and indemnity compensation by the same amount as the Social Security cost of living adjustment.  The Veterans Skills to Jobs Act requires federal departments to help Veterans transition to the civilian workforce by taking the skills and experience they acquired through their military service into account when determining what training and certification requirements they must meet for federal licenses.


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