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Obama for America Iowa Announces Veterans & Military Families for Obama Steering Committee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elizabeth Purchia   
Monday, 02 July 2012 14:50

Campaign Announces July is Veterans for Obama Month

 

DES MOINES – Today, Congressman Bruce Braley announced the Veterans & Military Families for Obama Steering Committee.  He was joined by two members of the Committee Marc Wallace from Des Moines and Sarah Petersen from Sioux City.

 

The President knows that we owe our veterans and their families the care they were promised and the benefits they have earned. The Steering Committee will engage fellow veterans across the state about the importance of this next election. They will help lay out the choice between President Obama and Mitt Romney’s plans and what they really mean for veterans and their families.

 

“The men and women who serve in our military make incredible sacrifices to keep America free and strong,” Braley said. “President Obama understands that the debt we owe our veterans is more than just gratitude – it’s giving them opportunity and care when they return home.  That’s why he’s worked so hard to jumpstart veterans hiring, improve educational opportunities, and strengthen mental health care for our vets.”

 

President Obama:

·         Kept his promise and ended the war in Iraq. When he took office there were over 140,000 combat troops serving in Iraq; today there are none.

·         Refocused our efforts on dismantling and defeating Al Qaeda, brought Osama bin Laden to justice and began bringing our troops home as we transition security responsibility to the Afghan people.

·         Signed two tax credits into law to encourage businesses to hire unemployed veterans and those with service-connected disabilities.

·         Implemented and improved the most comprehensive educational benefit for veterans since the original GI Bill of 1944.

·         Boosted the Veterans Affairs budget to ensure that as record numbers of veterans enter the VA health system they receive timely access to the highest quality benefits and services.

·         Made it easier for veterans suffering from PTSD to get the benefits he or she needs and every VA medical center provides services for veterans suffering from PTSD.

·         Ended “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Our military is stronger and safer now that patriotic gay men and women no longer have to live a lie in order to defend the country they love.

 

“The President knows that we have a sacred trust with our veterans and their families the care they were promised and the benefits they have earned,” said Petersen. “That’s why he is committed to ensuring that veterans can find work when they return home, receive the health care and benefits they’ve earned and have the chance to get a college education through the post-9/11 GI Bill. As millions of our servicemen and women return home from war, now more than ever we must fulfill our duty to them.”

 

From providing education and job opportunities for our veterans to ensuring they have the health care they deserve, President Obama will fulfill our commitment to our service members.

 

“Veterans know President Obama has their backs – but they’re left to wonder what Mitt Romney would do as Commander-in-Chief,” said Wallace. “Romney doesn’t seem to care about honoring the sacred trust America has with veterans and their families. Judging from his record, policies and promises, he would break that trust. In Romney’s 160-page, 59-point plan for jobs and economic growth, veterans weren’t mentioned at all. Not once.”

·         As Massachusetts governor, Romney cut veterans’ programs by hundreds of thousands of dollars in his first month in office, and he even tried to cut the funding for veterans by more than 11 percent in his first budget.

·         The Congressional Republican budget, which Romney endorsed as "marvelous" would -- if applied across the board -- slash funding for Veterans' Affairs by $11 billion a year

·         Romney suggested privatizing veterans’ health care making veterans use vouchers to buy health care – even though that would leave many veterans unable to pay for the essential health care they earned and need.

As part of today’s Steering Committee launch, the campaign announced that July is Veterans for Obama Month.  Campaign staff and volunteers will show their support at 4th of July parades and events this week.  Additionally, veteran-to-veteran phone banks will be hosted to allow people to share their stories and to share the accomplishments of the Obama Administration in providing for those who serve. Iowa veterans and family members will arrange and host local events and house parties to bring veterans together to celebrate their service, discuss the next election, and get them involved in the campaign. The first event will take place in Polk County on July 19.

 

The members of the Veterans and Military Families for Obama Steering Committee include:

·         Billy Langham, Ames: Retired Air Force Master Sargent who worked in the NSA and spent 15 years overseas; in countries including Italy, Japan, Thailand, Turkey, Korea, and England. Upon returning, he worked in manufacturing and project management.

·         Lucas Beenken, Belmond: Served in the National Guard and used the GI Bill to attend Drake University. During his senior year, Lucas was deployed to Iraq. He went on to complete his Master’s Degree at Drake and was elected to the Wright County Board of Supervisors. Lucas led the Pledge of Allegiance at the President’s grassroots event in Des Moines this May.

·         Art Heyderman, Bettendorf:  Served 3 years active duty, including a tour in Vietnam, and for 27.5 years in the Reserves. Art was a member of Corps of Engineers, working in both research and development and as a nuclear weapon specialist and spent many years as an Army civilian.

·         Will Overstreet, Cedar Falls: A life-long Iowan, Will is a member of the Iowa National Guard.  He was deployed to Afghanistan, and currently is a teacher with the Waterloo School System.

·         Jerry Huffman, Cedar Rapids: Served 20 years in the U.S. Army, serving in many locations including the Aleutian Islands, Japan, Korea, Turkey, and Honduras.

·         Amanda Irish, Coralville: Enlisted in the Marine Corps weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, feeling compelled to serve her country. Amanda is a leader of the University of Iowa Veterans Association and is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in human physiology and pre-medicine.

·         Sam Reno, Des Moines: From 1990 to 1996, Sam served in the United States Marine Corps, assigned to the Rock Island Arsenal Recruiting Command and 4th Marine Division General Support Maintenance Company. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree from Drake University and is a Neighborhood Team Leader for OFA in Northwest Des Moines.

·         Marc Wallace, Des Moines: Served in the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps and the Iowa National Guard.  Marc is a prosecutor in the Marion County Attorney’s Office and the Iowa Public Defender’s Office. In 2008, Marc was the State Chairman of Iowa Veterans for Obama.

·         Ron Healey, Dubuque: Served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971. Ron is retired from Deere & Company and has been working with veterans through the UAW veterans group and the Veterans and Military Families for Progress, which is concerned with suicide prevention and issues facing returning service members.

·         Stan Klein, Lu Verne: In 1965, Stan went to Vietnam on the U.S. Army’s 3rd plane into the country.  He served as a Captain in Vietnam for a year and remained in the Guard Reserve for 23 years. He currently is farming in Northern Iowa.

·         Jake Krapfl, New Vienna: Served in the U.S. Army, seeing two tours of duty in Iraq as a Paratrooper. He is currently an English and writing instructor at Northeast Iowa Community College.

·         Terry Phillips, Riverside: Joined the Navy at 17 in 1965 and was based in Hawaii and served on a number of ships in a communications capacity. Terry returned to graduate from the University of Iowa and started his own business as a contractor.

·         John Pomberg, Salem: Served in the Navy from 1967-1988 in the Tonkin Gulf, Persian Gulf, Southern Atlantic, and Caribbean on air craft carriers and destroyers. John currently works for the Iowa Department of Corrections.

·         Larry Olk, Sheffield: Served in U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1968 in the 2ND Field Forces. Larry is retired from a civilian military career and serves as the Franklin County Democrats Chair.

·         Sarah Petersen, Sioux City: Military wife whose husband served two tours overseas

To learn more about Veterans & Military Families for Obama go to www.barackobama.com/veterans.

 
Loebsack Public Schedule for Tuesday, July 3rd PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Monday, 02 July 2012 14:37

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack is continuing his focus throughout the week on servicemembers, veterans, military families, and veterans services.  Dave will hear firsthand from veterans, meet with military family members and honor the men and women who work so hard to support our troops.

Host Veterans Forum

WHO Congressman Dave Loebsack

WHAT Dave will continue a series of Veterans forums he is hosting throughout Iowa

WHERE Walden Place

2426 Walden Place

Iowa City

TIME 9:30am

 

Visit YMCA Military Kids Camp

WHO Congressman Dave Loebsack

WHAT Dave will have lunch with kids of military families who are participating in the camp

WHERE Camp Abe Lincoln

1624 Front St. (HWY 22)

Blue Grass

TIME Lunch begins at Noon

 

Visit Shelter House

WHO Congressman Dave Loebsack

WHAT Dave will meet with staff to discuss the recent grant the Shelter House received to assist homeless veterans find employment

WHERE 429 Southgate Ave

Iowa City

TIME 2:30pm

 

Attend Red, White and Boom to Present House Resolution Honoring the Arsenal’s 150th Anniversary

WHO Congressman Dave Loebsack

Congressman Bobby Schilling

WHAT Congressmen Loebsack and Schilling will present a copy of House Resolution 720, honoring the Rock Island Arsenal’s 150th Anniversary at locations in Illinois and Iowa

WHERE Schwiebert Park

On the river front between 17th and 20th Streets
Rock Island, IL

6:30 pm

LeClaire Park

400 West Beiderbecke Drive

Davenport

7:00pm

 

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Congressman Bruce Braley Holding Conference Call to Announce Veterans & Military Families for Obama PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America Press Office   
Monday, 02 July 2012 12:39

OFA to Announce that July is Veterans for Obama Month

DES MOINES – Tomorrow, Congressman Bruce Braley will host a conference call to announce the Veterans & Military Families for Obama Steering Committee.  Two members of the Committee Marc Wallace from Des Moines and Sarah Petersen from Sioux City will join Rep. Braley on the call.

The President knows that sacred trust with those who serve and protect our nation. It's a commitment that begins at enlistment, and it must never end -- we owe our veterans and their families the care they were promised and the benefits they have earned.

The Steering Committee will engage fellow veterans across the state about the importance of this next election. They will help lay out the choice between President Obama and Mitt Romney’s plans and what they really mean for veterans and their families.

Members of the committee come from: Ames, Belmond, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Dubuque, Lu Verne, New Vienna, Riverside, Salem, Sheffield and Sioux City.

Monday, July 2

1:00 PM

WHAT: Congressman Bruce Braley will host a conference call to announce the Veterans and Military Families for Obama Steering Committee Members

WHO: Congressman Bruce Braley

Marc Wallace, U.S. Army Intelligence Corps, Iowa National Guard and the 2008 State Chairman of Iowa Veterans for Obama

Sarah Petersen, Military wife whose husband served two tours overseas

 
Two Weeks, Six Bipartisan Accomplishments for Braley PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 02 July 2012 10:01

The Supreme Court’s landmark healthcare decision is dominating headlines across Iowa and the United States today.  Your attention is likely focused on the implications of this historic decision for Iowa and its effect on thousands of Iowans, and rightfully so.

But I wanted to take a break from healthcare for a brief moment to draw your attention to a remarkable series of accomplishments in recent days by Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01).  Even for a representative recognized for his effectiveness, the previous two weeks have been some of the most productive in his Congressional career.

That this string of bipartisan achievements has come at a time of historically bitter division in Washington by a representative in the political minority in Congress makes it all the more impressive.  Simply put, Rep. Braley couldn’t have found success on these measures without effectively bringing people together from both sides of the partisan divide.

They may not be accomplishments that will command bold headlines in newspapers or lead the evening news, but they represent the kind of real progress on issues we need to protect jobs in Iowa for middle class families and veterans, keep our kids safer, and create new economic opportunities.

In the words of our Vice President, it’s is a big… well, you get the idea.

Without further ado, I bring you Braley’s Big Six Bipartisan Accomplishments (of the last 10 days):

BRALEY’S BIG SIX BIPARTISAN ACCOMPLISHMENTS (OF THE LAST 10 DAYS)

1. Better Use of Refrigerator Regulations Amendment. Bipartisan bill introduced May 2012 by Braley and Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03); amendment version unanimously adopted by the US House and added to HR 4480, the Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012, on 6/21/12.  Measure removes burdensome government regulations on refrigerated deli-style display cases that threaten the future of their manufacture in the United States.  Lennox Industries (facilities in Marshalltown, Iowa) makes the deli cases.  More information: http://go.usa.gov/wa8

·         Marshalltown T-R: Braley Helps Remove Red Tape Impeding Manufacturing

2. Kadyn’s Amendment. Bipartisan amendment unanimously adopted by the US House and added to HR 5972, the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Act, on 6/27/12.  Requires the federal government to devote at least $10 million to helping states enforce traffic laws that punish reckless drivers for illegally passing stopped school buses.  More information: http://go.usa.gov/wxe

·         Des Moines Register: Kadyn’s Amendment passes US House

·         KCRG: Kadyn’s Amendment included in Transportation Bill

·         Mason City Globe-Gazette: US House passes Kadyn’s Amendment

3. HR 3524, Disabled Veterans Employment Protection Act. Bill introduced November 2011 by Braley was unanimously approved by the Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity on 6/28/12.  Provides military and National Guard veterans up to 4 weeks of unpaid leave each calendar year for treatment for a service-related injury without fear of losing their jobs.  More information: http://go.usa.gov/vJ0

4. HR 5747, Military Veteran Home Protection Act. Introduced May 2012 by Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD-07).  Braley version introduced and unanimously adopted by Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity on 6/29/12 expands and improves protections from home foreclosures against military veterans and surviving spouses of servicemembers who died while serving our country.

5. HR 4057, Improving Transparency of Education Opportunities for Veterans Act. Introduced February 2012 by Rep. Gus Bilrakis (FL-09). Braley version introduced and unanimously adopted by Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity on 6/29/12 targets aggressive and deceptive marketing to service members and veterans by some educational institutions and provides veterans with standard information about post-secondary institutions to help vets make more informed choices about college.

6. HR 3826, Keeping College Affordable Act. Co-introduced by Braley and others in January 2012, was the first legislative proposal to keep college student loan interest rates low.  Blocks the increase in student loan interest rates by indefinitely extending the low, 3.4 percent interest rate on subsidized federal student loans.  Today, the US House approved in a bipartisan vote a compromise version that keeps student loan interest rates at 3.4 percent for the next year.  More information: http://go.usa.gov/waf

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EXCERPTS: Vice President Biden’s Remarks in Waterloo, Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America Press Office   
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 13:31

DES MOINES -- Today, Vice President Biden will deliver remarks in Waterloo, Iowa.

Below are excerpts of his remarks as prepared for delivery --

 

“Here’s the bottom line:  Bain and their companies made a lot of money facilitating the outsourcing and offshoring of American jobs.

“Yeah, they made a lot of money, but in the process, they devastated American communities.”

“So give Mitt Romney credit:  He is a job creator.  In Singapore.  And China.  And India.”

“As governor, his administration signed a $160,000 a month contract that paid people abroad to help poor people in Massachusetts get food stamps.

“And when the Massachusetts legislature passed a bill saying you couldn’t outsource state contracts overseas...he vetoed it.”

“His whole career, Mitt Romney has looked at the American worker as part of  the problem…

“The president and I see you -- the American worker --  as part of the solution.  ---

“So to all those skeptics -- and to our Republican opponents especially:

“Don’t tell me that America can’t make things anymore…  can’t compete on the world market again…  can’t lead the world again.”

 

 

“You don’t have to look any further than Waterloo.   Look at the John Deere local.  Over the last two years, Deere has added 850 jobs – almost all of them good, union, manufacturing jobs -- and is looking at the highest total employment in 15 years.

“You’re not only making them, you’re exporting them.

“And Romney called the President ‘out of touch’ for encouraging young people – you --  to try to get manufacturing jobs.  ‘Out of touch.’  “Out of touch?

“A perspective president with a Swiss bank account and a retirement account in the Cayman Islands.  Anyone here have a Swiss bank account?   Did you ever think the nominee of a major political party running for President would have a Swiss bank account?  “Talk about out of touch.”

“We will never outsource our way to greatness.

“The greatness of this nation is in the grit and determination of the American people.

“And it’s because of you, our country is coming back.”

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