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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.”



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 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.

Illinois Guardsmen Represent United States at NATO Summit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Army Staff Sgt. Jaime L. Witt, 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 12:35

Representing one's nation at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Three Illinois Guardsmen received that opportunity by participating in the opening ceremony of the NATO Summit in Chicago May 20.

The Illinois Guardsmen, Army Capt. Oluwatoyin Hines of Chicago, Senior Airman Michael D. Citchens of Peoria, and Tech. Sgt. Jacob Curtis of Fairview Heights represented U. S. Armed Services in a color guard who performed for the Heads of State during the opening of the international conference. Military representatives from all 28 nations in NATO participated in the opening ceremony, which featured drill and ceremony, the playing of Taps and Reveille.

Curtis with the 126th Security Forces Squadron at Scott Air Force Base and 2011 Air National Guard Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, served as the primary U.S. military representative, while Citchens and Hines served as alternates.

"To be selected to be the person to represent our entire nation's military was an honor," he said. "I felt privileged and I couldn't image all of the military men and women who gave their lives, while I was up there representing them to show NATO leaders who we are."

Citchens, an integrated avionics specialist with the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, said he appreciated the experience.

"I can't really put it into words," he said. "It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I'm grateful to be a part of something of that magnitude. Being in the same room as the leaders of the 28 nations of NATO was indescribable."

Hines, a chaplain with the 108th Sustainment Brigade in Chicago works full-time as the Wounded Warrior chaplain for the Illinois Army National Guard and said she was honored to have been selected to participate.

"It was powerful to be able to connect with other servicemembers internationally," Hines said. "It made me perceive my job as a chaplain differently. It made me more patriotic for our country."

All three Guardsmen were selected a month before the summit took place.

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Written by Move America Forward   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 12:34
In an amazing story showing his faithfulness and dedication to the troops, actor and 4-time Troopathon participant Gary Sinise is making news again from his astounding level of dedication to our American troops.

Cpl. Joshua Benjamin "J.B." Kerns (USMC)..., lost both his legs below the knee as well as his right arm below the elbow during combat operations in Afghanistan while the then 21-year-old Marine was serving his third combat tour of duty in "The 'Stan" as that nation is referred to by Marines.

In an Associated Press article via Fox News, Sinise promised J.B. that a benefit concert scheduled on March 31st by Sinise's "Lt. Dan Band" would help raise money to construct a "smart home" for the wounded warrior.

Unfortunately, Sinise had to postpone the gig due to an automobile accident he was recently involved in.

True to his word, the concert is back on for this upcoming Thursday.

Sinise, who has raised millions of dollars to aid wounded military vets and first responders, was quoted by the AP:

"These are young guys that have ...given a lot for their country and they're going to have to go for the rest of their lives with a real challenge.

We're trying to do as much as we can for as many of them as possible."


These brave troops are deployed in some of the most dangerous provinces in Afghan war zone, including Sangin and Helmand Province.

Updating our progress towards reaching our goal, it looks like we have raised enough funds to support 411 of our 800 Marines. That means we're more than half-way to our goal! 

This is an amazing outpouring of support! But we have to keep the momentum going and get all the way to our goal! 

We have already collected enough to help over half of our Marines, however there are still  389 Marines out there who need YOU to sponsor a care package for THEM! Please Help today!

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