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Braley Urges House Panel to Probe Reports of Banks Charging Vets Illegal Home Financing Fees PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Friday, 14 October 2011 10:12

Braley writes Veterans Affairs Committee leaders to request Congressional inquiry 

 

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) urged leaders of the House Veterans Affairs Committee to launch a probe into allegations that banks and mortgage companies have been charging veterans illegal home financing fees, potentially defrauding veterans and taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars.

A whistleblower lawsuit unsealed this month in Atlanta federal district court alleges that several banks and mortgage companies, including Bank of America and J.P. Morgan Chase, intentionally concealed attorney’s fees they charged to applicants of home loans backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  VA rules explicitly prohibit lenders from charging attorney’s fees or settlement closing costs on these types of loans.

“If a bank intentionally preyed on veterans who’ve put their lives on the line for this country just to pad their profits, that’s beyond the pale,” Braley said.  “These allegations raise serious questions about the scope of possible fraud.  A staggering number of veterans could have been impacted by this alleged scam.  These reports warrant a prompt and thorough investigation by the Veterans Affairs Committee.”

 

Reports indicate that over the last 10 years, more than 1.2 million VA-backed loans have been made to veterans.  Up to 90 percent of those loans might have been affected by the alleged fraud.

Braley made the request for a probe in a letter to House Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Jeff Miller and Ranking Member Bob Filner.

A scanned copy of his signed request can be found at the following link: http://go.usa.gov/9kU

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Monday in Marshalltown: Braley to Honor Heroic Actions of Master Sgt. Todd Eipperle PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 11:50

Marshalltown resident awarded Bronze Star for bravery in Afghanistan

 

Washington, DC – On Monday in Marshalltown, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) will honor the heroic actions of Master Sgt. Todd Eipperle in an event at Marshalltown’s Iowa Veterans Home.

On July 9th, Eipperle was stationed in Afghanistan with the Iowa National Guard when a rogue Afghan security officer opened fire on his unit.  When the gunman opened fire on the truck of Sgt. First Class Terryl Pasker of Cedar Rapids, Eipperle ran to confront him, returning fire and killing him.  Eipperle, who was shot in the hip and knee during the gunfire, saved the lives of several troops with his heroic actions.  Pasker lost his life in the attack.

Eipperle was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroism in a ceremony in Marshalltown on September 17th.  Eipperle also earned the Purple Heart for his wounds.

Monday October 10, 2011

10:00am  Event Honoring Master Sgt. Todd Eipperle

Marshalltown Iowa Veterans Home

Mallory LRC

1301 Summit St.

Marshalltown, Iowa

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In new window Print all Expand all Collapse all Fireside Knitters Finish Afghan Blankets for Wounded Warrior Project Tonight PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Hart   
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 15:44

The Fireside Knitters meet weekly for good conversation, fun, and knitting for a cause.  Tonight the group is going to put the final additions on afghan blankets they have been working on.  Placing stars on the blankets is the final step before sending them to the Wounded Warrior Project.  The group will begin placing the stars on the blankets tonight, Tuesday, October 04 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fairmount Branch Library.

Fireside Knitters has met in front of the fireplace at the Fairmount Branch Library since the library opened in 2006.  During this time, the knitters have worked hard on providing for others while enjoying camaraderie amongst a group that anyone can become a part.  The group has supplies or you can bring your own.  You don’t even have to know how to knit.  There are plenty of people at the fireplace on Tuesday nights that are willing to help you get started and show you all of the steps into becoming a professional knitter.

For more information on this or any of the hundreds of programs offered at the Davenport Public Library, call Steve Hart at 563.326.7832 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
America’s Family Coaches Presents Military Marriage Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Angela Ten Clay   
Monday, 03 October 2011 13:48

DES MOINES, Iowa, October 3, 2011 In the fall of 2010, Iowa faced its largest deployment since World War II, with over 2,800 soldiers deployed. Imagine being separated from your spouse and family for months or years, and then returning after so much time has passed and readjusting. For the men and women in our military in Iowa, these difficulties are a reality.

In response to this large deployment and the return of many of our troops, America’s Family Coaches is hosting a Military Marriage Conference October 7-8 at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel. Military personnel are invited to bring their husband or wife to the event where they will be pampered with a one-night hotel stay, meals, marriage resources, entertainment by a comedian and marriage teaching sessions by Dr. Gary & Barb Rosberg.

Internationally known marriage experts Dr. Gary & Barb Rosberg and their non-profit organization, America’s Family Coaches, have created a pipeline of resources to strengthen military marriages before, during and after deployment. Through a network of military chaplains in 17 states, the Rosbergs are providing resources offering ongoing hope, encouragement and support to deployed soldiers as well as their families at home.

Over the past few years, generous donors have provided more than 16,000 free resources for military families. The impact of these resources has been so significant that chaplains have specifically identified and requested resources for more people nationally, as sponsorships become available.

Military couples can register for the event and learn more at www.TheGreatMarriageExperience.com. Major sponsors are still needed to underwrite this event so couples can attend for only $20. To make a donation, visit the website or call 515.334.7482 ext. 7006.

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Braley Urges Administration to Protect Military Families Hurt by Foreclosure Crisis PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 03 October 2011 11:08

For months, Braley has fought to keep Iraq, Afghanistan vets from losing their homes

 

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) joined a group of lawmakers to urge the Obama administration to take more aggressive action to protect military families who are at risk of losing their homes due to foreclosure.

Military homeowners have faced unique challenges during the recession.  Military families who would otherwise be current on their mortgages are often forced to move because the military requires them to do so.  Due to the housing downturn, military families are often unable to sell their homes quickly at prices that will enable them to pay off their mortgages, and they cannot generate enough rental income to cover mortgage payments until housing prices return to normal values.  Many of these families are also forced to make ends meet with lower housing allowances at their next duty stations, and they often lose the incomes of non-military spouses while they try to find new employment in their new community.

“In service to our country, military families are required to move from place to place, and base to base,” Braley said.  “The recession has left many military families underwater in homes that are no longer worth what they used to be.  Then, when duty calls, these families don’t have the option to wait around for the economy to recover.  They have to move.

 

“That’s why it’s our duty to help them.  I’m urging the Obama administration to immediately review the scope of these problems and adjust foreclosure prevention programs to address military families’ unique challenges.”

Braley joined six members of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee in urging the Obama administration to comprehensively review the problems of military homeowners and develop specific programs to address their needs as quickly as possible.  A copy of their letter is attached.

Today’s action is the latest step Braley has taken to protect military families facing foreclosure.

In May, Braley introduced the Protecting Veterans’ Homes Act to protect veterans from being foreclosed on by banks and give servicemembers returning from deployments time to get their finances in order before facing foreclosure.

On September 8th, the Protecting Veterans’ Homes Act was approved by the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee with bipartisan support.

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