Remembering Those Who Serve
The mission of the Commission of Veterans Affairs was shared with those attending the Veterans Day program in Emmetsburg last Monday.
“As we honor those who have served, we need to be vigilant about caring for our veteran community,” said Kate Myers, current chair person of the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs. “At every one of our commission meetings we hear from people who spend their days making life better for veterans. If you are a veteran needing assistance, or know of one who is, there is help available.”
Myers told the crowd that the Commission represents the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, American Legion, Military Order of the Purple Heart, AMVETS, the Iowa National Guard, as well as the Reserve?Officers Association.
She talked about the Iowa Veterans Home, Iowa Veterans Trust Fund and the Iowa Veterans Cemetery.
The Iowa Veterans Home opened its doors to Iowa veterans and their spouses in 1887 as the Old Soldiers Home.
“I believe the home is the fourth largest Veterans Home in the United States,” said Myers. “The home has more than 600 residents and more than 1,000 employees.”
The Iowa Veterans Trust Fund was created by the state legislature, with funding coming from the sale of Iowa lottery tickets. Since December 2007, the interest from the fund has been distributed to the state’s veterans in need, including dental and durable medical equipment.
The Iowa Veterans Cemetery is located in Dallas County, west of Des Moines. The cemetery is available to all veterans, their spouses and dependent children. To date, the cemetery has had close to 1,770 burials.
“Caring for our veterans is the very least we can do fot those who have given so much for the freedoms we all enjoy,” Myers said.