In a unanimous bi-partisan vote, the House Veterans Affairs Committee today approved a bill that would give Iowa veterans time off for Veterans Day.

“After serving our country, veterans have earned the right to a day off in honor of their service,” said State Representative Ray Zirkelbach, D-Monticello, who won approval of the bill and chairs the Veterans Affairs Committee. “This is just one small thing we can do to recognize the service of our men and women in uniform.”

According to the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, Iowa will be the first state in the nation to offer veterans time off on Veterans Day, which is November 11 each year. The date marks the anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I.

The bill, House Study Bill 583, now goes to the full House for debate.