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Often overlooked, one important duty I have as your representative in Congress doesn’t involve votes on the House floor or hearings in a committee. Constituent service is how I serve Iowans by helping them navigate the federal bureaucracy and deliver results and solutions to the problems individuals are having with their federal government.
Our veterans deserve the best. When servicemembers return home, we owe them a deep debt of gratitude and so much more. In Congress, I'm working to make sure we are paying back that debt whenever possible.
I hear from many veterans who have been exposed to toxic burn pits. Many servicemembers who were part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom were exposed to burn pits during their time in service to our nation. When they returned home, they were left to battle a wide range of negative conditions, some of those have been fatal.
Iowa Congressman David Young and Congressmen Gus Bilarkis (FL-12), Raul Ruiz (CA-36), and Peter Welch (VT-AL) introduced the Protection for Veterans Burn Pit Exposure Act of 2018 (H.R. 6582) to deliver care to veterans suffering from their exposure to burn pits.
Iowans know our seniors provide a strong foundation in our communities. Whether parents or grandparents, friends or neighbors, our seniors across the country impart life lessons and wisdom. They continue to contribute lifetimes of experience - as teachers, doctors and nurses, servicemen and women, business owners, mentors - and more to make our nation great.
As our loved ones age, it’s our responsibility to make sure they are able to live well and as independently as possible by ensuring they have access to the information and resources they need.
There’s a lot going on. And as the news media goes through its reporting cycles and posts headlines, sometimes important issues before Congress get lost and don’t get the coverage they deserve.
Last week, two bipartisan bills (which could affect you or someone you know) were signed into law, and recently 14 bipartisan veterans bills were passed in the House of Representatives.
At the end of this week, in cemeteries across the United States, flowers and small American flags will mark the final resting places of those who served our country. The flag is placed as a tribute to their service on the day all Americans set aside to remember their sacrifice, Memorial Day.
Time goes by quickly, months have passed since the New Year has come in and it’s already Spring. As I travel around the Third District, folks share with me how they and their families are benefiting from the new tax relief law, how their businesses - small and large - are feeling freer from burdensome regulations, and how they are feeling optimistic about the future.
For more than 200 years, in communities across the country, brave and selfless women and men have stepped up to serve our country by donning the uniform and putting their life on the line for the love of country. When these servicemembers return home, we owe them a deep debt of gratitude and so much more. In Congress, we work to make sure we are paying back that debt whenever possible.
Iowa Congressman David Young today announced dates and locations for the 2018 Iowa Veterans Care Fairs.
While there are numerous organizations and government agencies in Iowa whose goal is to assist veterans, sometimes accessing all of these resources can be overwhelming for veterans and their families.
An elected official’s most important duty is listening to and speaking with the folks who he or she represents. Not only do I travel to and visit every one of the 16 counties in the Third District every month, I also hold a Coffee with My Congressman public forum and have multiple open office hours sessions with my bosses – the folks of Iowa’s Third District - every year in each county throughout the district. So far this month, I've already held 14 town hall forums throughout the district - from Milo in Warren County to Riverton in Fremont County.