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Freedom Salute Ceremonies for Milan-Based Battalion Recognize Unit for Service in Egypt PDF Print E-mail
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Written by readMedia   
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 16:18

MILAN, IL (08/02/2011)(readMedia)-- Approximately 440 Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery Regiment in Milan will be recognized Aug. 6 and 7 by the National Guard Bureau Freedom Salute Campaign for their sacrifice and service while they deployed to Sinai, Egypt. Three separate ceremonies will take place to honor the Soldiers with the battalion.

The Soldiers mobilized in May 2010 as part of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), and returned home to their families May 14, 2011. The international peacekeeping force oversees the terms of the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

"Our Soldiers did an outstanding job accomplishing their mission," said Lt. Col. Maurice Rochelle of Flossmoor, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery commander. "There were no major accidents, incidents or casualties during our deployment and we succeeded in every facet of our mission. I am proud of the work these Soldiers have done representing Illinois and their families should be proud of them as well."

The Milan-based 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery Regiment includes the Forward Support Company, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery in Milan; Headquarters, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery in Milan; Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery in Milan; Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery in Macomb and Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery in Galesburg.

While the mobilization included units from northwest Illinois, Soldiers are from all areas of Illinois.

The Freedom Salute Campaign is one of the largest Army National Guard recognition endeavors in history. It is designed to publicly acknowledge Army National Guard Soldiers and those who supported them while deployed.

Date Unit Location Time Approx. # of Soldiers

Aug. 6 Battery B Macomb Armory, 135 W. Grant St.; Macomb 10 a.m. 90

Aug. 6 Battery C Galesburg Armory, 362 N. Linwood Road; Galesburg 2 p.m. 90

Aug. 7 Headquarters, Battery A, Forward Support Company Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave.; Rock Island (Centennial Hall) 10 a.m. 250

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Braley Fights for Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alexandra Krasov   
Monday, 01 August 2011 09:38

Bill benefitting home passes unanimously

Washington, DC – Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) co-sponsored and championed a bill to help the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. With Rep.Braley’s help, the bill passed unanimously out of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health. The bill will help the Iowa Veterans Home and similar veterans’ homes across the country provide care to millions of elderly and disabled veterans.

“This bill will help us ensure that our veterans are getting the care they deserve – not just in Iowa, but all over the country,” said Rep. Braley. “The men and women who served this nation deserve the best care we can possibly provide. That’s why I’m proud to co-sponsor this bill which supports the veterans home in Marshalltown that cares for so many of our national heroes.”

David Worley, who serves as Commandant of the Iowa Veterans Home and oversees operations, said the bill is an important step for Iowa veterans.

“This bill will be a big boost for the Iowa Veterans Home,” said Commandant Worley. “It’ll give us the resources we need to care for our elderly veterans, and as we see many more young men and women coming back from battle, this bill will help us provide our returning veterans with the services they need.”

Rep. Braley will continue fighting to pass the bill through the full Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

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Braley Statement on Injured Iowa Solider PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alexandra Krasov   
Thursday, 28 July 2011 12:29

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement after the U.S. Army Reserve reported that Staff Sgt. Richard Billmeyer of Epworth was seriously injured in Afghanistan:

“My thoughts and prayers are with Richard and his family. As he begins his recovery, I hope he knows we’re all pulling for him. My heart goes out to all the brave young men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country.”

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More Than $200,000 to Iowa from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 12:42

WASHINGTON - Senator Chuck Grassley today announced that Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. has received a $242,655 Homeless Prevention Grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. 

The funds are distributed through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program.  They are not earmarks determined by Congress.  Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. can use the funds to provide services to approximately 125 households in Scott County, Iowa and Rock Island County, Illinois.  Services include case management, assistance in obtaining VA and/or public benefits, and temporary critical financial assistance.

“We owe a great deal to the men and women that serve our country.  These funds can help veterans who find themselves in a tough situation get back on their feet,” Grassley said.

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Braley Announces $242,655 for Davenport Veterans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alexandra Krasov   
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 14:00

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) announced a $242,655 grant award for Davenport, Iowa through the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. The grant will go to the Humility of Mary Shelter to serve over 100 homeless and at-risk veteran families in Scott County.

“This grant is an important step towards making sure our veterans get the care and services they need,” said Rep. Braley. “No veteran or their family should be out on the street – but right now, it’s a tragic reality and one we must work to fix as quickly as possible. That’s why I’m proud to announce this grant for the Humility of Mary Shelter – and that’s why I’ll keep fighting to make sure our veterans, and their families, get the care and services they need.”

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