Marshalltown is home to the third largest state Veterans home in the United States. Representative Bruce Braley is introducing the Putting Veterans First Act which will help support the number one priority of Veterans Home.
"Even though the Iowa Veterans Home is a state agency," Braley says, "it depends on federal funding to take care of the veterans who live there."
And the bill would put veterans first when it comes to the budget. According to Braley, "we'll make sure that every aspect of the Veterans Administration, funding systems, gets set a year a head of time." That way paying for veterans affairs will be, automatically, put first in the appropriations process.
The legislation was created, especially, after concerns with the recent government shutdown. Braley expressed that this was a concern brought to his attention the most during those 16 days. With Veterans under a microscope, highlighted by multiple Honor Flights. The welfare of Veterans has become a priority at the time for Braley.
"Many of the concerns expressed to me," according to Braley were from the vets who," were afraid the shut down would have delayed the disability payments, of veterans administration healthcare benefits, and other types of person needs that the Veterans Administration pays for." And that include through state agencies like the Iowa Veterans Home.
According to the Iowa Veterans Home
website, they operate the largest Medicaid program in the state. The Putting Veterans First Act is only in it’s beginning stages.
--By 1230 KFJB Reporter Katherine Fritcke