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Written by Hawkeye Caucus   
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 14:54

As a petty officer second class in the Navy, it was Adam Connell’s job to successfully board ships being used for arms smuggling, drug trafficking, and other nefarious activities in South America and the Persian Gulf.

To get from his frigate to a 200,000-ton supertanker commandeered by pirates and other bad guys took telescopic hook ladders, precision timing, and lots of nerve, especially since the ships were sometimes traveling abreast at speeds of 25 knots.

But the distance Connell had to travel from ship to ship pales in comparison to the cultural gap he’s had to bridge transitioning from almost five years of military life to campus life as a nursing student at the University of Iowa.

Fortunately, Connell, a sophomore working on his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, found a range of services the UI offers to make the transition to college for veterans a bit easier financially, academically, and even socially.

Connell enrolled in the first-ever meeting of the College of Education class “Life After War: Post-Deployment Issues,” designed exclusively to help veterans examine their military experiences, while honing study skills. He got a work-study position in the UI Veterans Service Office, which offers veterans access to computers and tutoring, through a collaborative program between the UI and the VA Hospital in Iowa City. And he met other veterans through the UI Veterans Association.

QUOTE/UNQUOTE

Adam Connell: “The support offered through the UI Veterans Association really helped me out a lot. I was able to hang out with people who speak the same language as I do. And it was just good having camaraderie again, something I took for granted when I was on active duty.”

DID YOU KNOW?

Iowa and Texas are the first two states being used as test beds for a pilot Hero to Hired program that connects veterans with employers eager to hire them, using a website and mobile app. The UI is helping direct veterans to the service, which will add four additional states in 2013, and is working to get listed on the H2H website as an institution seeking veteran job applicants.

FYI

Learn more about some of the many ways the UI is helping veterans succeed at http://now.uiowa.edu/2012/04/giving-veterans-helping-hand

 
UI gives veterans safe harbor PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Military & Veterans News
Written by Hawkeye Caucus   
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 14:54

As a petty officer second class in the Navy, it was Adam Connell’s job to successfully board ships being used for arms smuggling, drug trafficking, and other nefarious activities in South America and the Persian Gulf.

To get from his frigate to a 200,000-ton supertanker commandeered by pirates and other bad guys took telescopic hook ladders, precision timing, and lots of nerve, especially since the ships were sometimes traveling abreast at speeds of 25 knots.

But the distance Connell had to travel from ship to ship pales in comparison to the cultural gap he’s had to bridge transitioning from almost five years of military life to campus life as a nursing student at the University of Iowa.

Fortunately, Connell, a sophomore working on his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, found a range of services the UI offers to make the transition to college for veterans a bit easier financially, academically, and even socially.

Connell enrolled in the first-ever meeting of the College of Education class “Life After War: Post-Deployment Issues,” designed exclusively to help veterans examine their military experiences, while honing study skills. He got a work-study position in the UI Veterans Service Office, which offers veterans access to computers and tutoring, through a collaborative program between the UI and the VA Hospital in Iowa City. And he met other veterans through the UI Veterans Association.

QUOTE/UNQUOTE

Adam Connell: “The support offered through the UI Veterans Association really helped me out a lot. I was able to hang out with people who speak the same language as I do. And it was just good having camaraderie again, something I took for granted when I was on active duty.”

DID YOU KNOW?

Iowa and Texas are the first two states being used as test beds for a pilot Hero to Hired program that connects veterans with employers eager to hire them, using a website and mobile app. The UI is helping direct veterans to the service, which will add four additional states in 2013, and is working to get listed on the H2H website as an institution seeking veteran job applicants.

FYI

Learn more about some of the many ways the UI is helping veterans succeed at http://now.uiowa.edu/2012/04/giving-veterans-helping-hand

 
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to Host Event in Iowa on Helping Veterans Find Work; Discuss Presidential 'To Do List' to Assist Local Veterans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Communications   
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 14:54

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2012 - TOMORROW, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack will meet with Iowa veterans to discuss a key component of President Obama's Congressional "To Do List": The need to honor our commitment to veterans by passing legislation creating a Veterans Jobs Corps, to help hire returning service members to serve their communities.

 

Secretary Vilsack will highlight military service by men and women from rural America, and discuss some of the work USDA is doing right now to provide economic opportunity for veterans, particularly the more than 6 million who live in rural areas.

 

Friday, May 25, 2012

10:45 a.m. CDT

 

WHAT: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will host a media availability immediately following a roundtable discussion with Iowa veterans on President Obama's Congressional "To Do List": employment for returning service members.

 

WHERE: Boline-Manfredi VFW Post 9662

1309 NE 66th Ave

Des Moines, Iowa

 

 
Loebsack: Iowa Air Guard’s 132nd to Welcome President; Again Prove Why They Are Second to None PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 14:00

Air Force One will land at the Iowa Air Guard Base

 

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement on the eve of President Obama’s visit to Iowa.  The President will arrive aboard Air Force One at the Iowa Air Guard’s 132nd Fighter Wing base in Des Moines.  Earlier this year, the Air Force announced a proposal to retire the 132nd’s F-16’s and eliminate 378 positions.  Since that announcement, Loebsack has been working as the only member of Congress from Iowa serving on the House Armed Services Committee, to stop the Air Force’s proposal.  Loebsack’s bipartisan initiative to prevent the elimination of Air National Guard positions and the retirement or transfer of Air National Guard aircraft, including the F-16’s based in Des Moines, was approved by the House of Representatives last week as part of the annual defense policy bill known as the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.

 

“Iowans are proud of the 132nd’s work and now the President will be able to see why.  When it comes to hard work and performance, Iowa’s 132nd Fighter Wing is truly second to none.  The plan to eliminate Iowa Airmen’s positions and retire their aircraft was short sighted for both taxpayers and national security.  I am proud to have worked to stop this proposal and to fight for the men and women of the Iowa National Guard who have served our country and our state with great dedication and honor.”

 

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In Iowa’s Interest: Protecting Veterans on the Battlefield and at Home PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 13:52

By Senator Tom Harkin

Honoring veterans this Memorial Day will take on many forms.  Some Iowans will attend a parade or local celebration; some may fly an American flag in their yard or lay a wreath in remembrance of the fallen.  Each is a symbolic effort to thank the servicemen and women who have given of themselves to protect and serve our great country. And as we honor their sacrifices, so too do we recognize the contributions of their families, who remain active members of our communities while their loved ones serve in harm’s way.

In my mind, honoring those who volunteer to wear our nation’s uniform is something we can do throughout the year to ensure that the door is open for our returning service members to continue to serve their country.  The successful reintegration of our returning heroes is critically important to rebuilding America's middle class, one of the great challenges of our time.  

To that end, my office is working to ensure veterans have access to education benefits, health care, and other services to ensure they are successful both on and off the battlefield.

Protecting Military Education Benefits – As a veteran and recipient of the original GI Bill benefits, I understand how critical this assistance is for returning veterans’ success.  For that reason, I am working to protect these benefits against low-quality for-profit colleges that overpromise, overcharge, and under-deliver to our veterans, using slick marketing campaigns to recruit them in order to profit off their education benefits.  In fact, data collected by the Senate HELP Committee shows that these benefits may be aiding some schools that otherwise would struggle to meet federal rules.

Legislation I have introduced will ensure that taxpayers’ investment in federal assistance for college students is used to educate and support students, rather than being wasted on advertising, marketing, and recruitment.  The Protecting Financial Aid for Students and Taxpayers Act will maximize federal student aid by prohibiting the use of Pell Grants, federal student loans, the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, and other federal education funds for such practices, similar to a current law that bans the use of federal higher education dollars for lobbying.  In addition, I have worked on a bipartisan basis on legislation aimed at providing every veteran who receives educational assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with the counseling services needed to make informed decisions about their education.

Tele-town halls – My staff is now conducting tele-town halls regularly with Iowa veterans to hear firsthand about what returning veterans are experiencing in their day-to-day activities.  In everything from concerns with federal agencies, to identifying support at local Vet Centers, to providing staff contacts in Iowa and Washington, D.C.; my office can be of assistance.  In fact, we have heard from a number of returning veterans who were not aware of the health care access at these centers, including mental health assistance.  To participate in one of the town halls or to learn more, please visit harkin.senate.gov or call any of my offices.

Obtaining medals – I continue to hear from veterans about service medals that have not been awarded. My office has helped countless veterans and their families obtain medals.  Please contact any of my offices to inquire about this service. My staff is happy to assist any constituent to receive the recognition they have rightly earned.

A PDF version of the column is available by clicking here.

 
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