Veterans Day is Monday, November 11th, and it’s a good time to thank and remember all of those who have served. First recognized in 1919, the date commemorates the end of fighting in World War I when an armistice took effect between the Allied nations and Germany at 11 am on November 11, 1918.
Around Iowa, there are various ceremonies and celebrations for Veterans Day. In addition to ceremonies at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter, Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Des Moines, and the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, there are events across the state. The full list is here: https://va.iowa.gov/events/2013-11-06_vet_events.pdf.
In addition, several public transit agencies will be offering free rides to veterans to thank them for their sacrifice. Some systems are extending free rides to veterans’ family members. To find out if your local transit system is participating, please go to http://www.iowadot.gov/transit/transitveterans.html.
During the 2013 legislative session, the Iowa Legislature continued their commitment to honoring veterans, service members, and their families.
To help veterans who can’t receive brain injury services from the Veterans Affairs agency, the Iowa Legislature expanded the list of covered services paid by the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund to include screenings for a service connected traumatic brain injury.
The Legislature also created 25 non-resident deer and 25 non-resident turkey hunting licenses to be available to non-Iowa veterans who were disabled during active duty or current service members who were disabled while on active duty. The new licenses will enable them to participate in a hunt that is conducted by an organization that provides hunting experiences in Iowa for persons with a disability.