Veterans Encouraged to Get Involved
To the Editor:
Palo Alto County Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will hold the 1st Annual Salute to Veterans Friday Aug. 5, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. with a Hog Roast Dinner and a silent Auction to honor all Veterans of Palo Alto County.
My letter is to encourage all eligible Veterans of all Wars to get involved in our Palo Alto County VFW Post 2295 and Legion Posts. Many VFW and Legion Posts are struggling because of deceased members about 250 in Palo Alto County in the last 15 years. A few of the Veterans issues that VFW and American Legion member have supported were the: Veterans Home at Marshalltown, Iowa was completely restored (now a city within a City); Iowa Veterans Trust Fund $50 Million from gambling revenue.
The Department of Defense asked the States to pass ten new laws for Veterans which included taxes, health care, Education, Home loans and Job opportunities etc. Iowa was the first state to do this.
The Gold Star Military Museum located at Camp Dodge is one of the best in the U.S. Supported by Veterans organizations. The Battleship Iowa is located in Los Angelo’s Calif… The restoration was paid for by the State of Iowa and Veterans organizations and private donations. Admission is free for tours for all Iowans with identification. Iowa’s Veterans Cemetery at Van Meter, Iowa is supported by the State of Iowa and Veterans groups.
Aging Veterans need to contact local Veterans affairs office for information on a Benefit called Aid and Attendance and Housebound for Improved benefit. Known as A&A. Governor Branstad’s New Home Based Program is administered through Iowa Lakes Community College.
Iowa’s share of the cost of the World War II Monument in Wash. D.C. was paid for by Veterans Organizations and the State of Iowa.
Just some information on benefits to Palo Alto County Vets: Information from our County Veterans office is as follows. We have 718 Vets. In Palo Alto County which receive over $5 M. in various benefits from the Federal Government:. Nineteen disabled Palo Alto Co. Vet’s receive from the State of Iowa $26,236.00 in property Tax Benefits. Palo Alto Co. Veterans also receive Military credit of $8,676.72 in Homestead Exemption.
My reason for writing this letter is to get all eligible Veterans in Palo Alto County to get actively involved in their local American Legion Post and Palo Alto County VFW. We need help for Military Funerals, Memorial Day Services, Flag Raisings and Patriotic Events.
Come One Come All to our First Annual Salute our Vets FREE Pork Barbecue on Aug. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. at our Palo Alto County Post Home Hwy 4 and 18 West in Emmetsburg.
Bob King, State Veterans Affairs Director will be our Guest Speaker.
(signed) Jack Kibbie
Former VFW Commander