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Grassley extends deadline for Iowa Veterans Fellowship program

Helping VeteransFrom Press Release

 

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) today announced an extended deadline, now April 15, for a new fellowship program in his state offices for Iowans with recent military service.  Grassley encourages these veterans to consider and apply for the program.

“This program will help these veterans gain experience working with the public and providing constituent services,” Grassley said.  “It’s a good opportunity for the candidates to build a resume and make new contacts.  It’s also a good opportunity for my office to have more eyes and ears devoted to serving our veterans in Iowa.  I appreciate the experiences and expertise that returning service members can offer to help identify needs and challenges that veterans face integrating back into their communities.  My staff and I try our best to serve veterans, but there’s always room to make sure we’re doing everything we can.”

Grassley would like to have two fellows in his Veterans Fellowship Program, one in Des Moines and one in Cedar Rapids.  The candidates can expect to meet with veterans and service organizations on Grassley’s behalf, including visiting with County Veterans Service Officers, the National Guard, the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown and Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics across the state.  The fellows also will have the opportunity to learn more about working in Grassley’s state offices, as they will assist with constituent correspondence and casework.

“I encourage interested Iowans with recent military service to visit my website or offices for an application,” Grassley said.  “The program has tremendous potential, and I’m eager to get it started.”

The application is available on www.grassley.senate.gov on the main page.  Hard copies are available in Grassley’s Iowa offices in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Sioux City and Waterloo.

Grassley successfully has pressed for the increased hiring of veterans at the Internal Revenue Service.   After the recent Veterans Affairs waiting list scandal, he contributed to legislation, ultimately enacted, to make it easier to remove senior officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs for poor performance.

Grassley has worked to improve mental health services for veterans.   He co-sponsored the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act, given unanimous Senate approval earlier this month.  The legislation builds on the Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act, enacted in 2007.  The Omvig Act, a bipartisan bill that Grassley co-sponsored as the lead Senate Republican, was named after an Iraq War veteran from Iowa who committed suicide in 2005.  It sought to improve mental health services for veterans and reduce the incidence of suicide.