Veterans

Cindy believes we owe no greater debt than to the men and women, and their families, who have served our country.  

In Congress, Cindy will continue to fight to make sure Washington takes care of all of our veterans and their families. She will look at policies to ensure that veterans have the skills they need for good-paying jobs and access to quality, affordable health care.

For more information concerning work and views related to Veterans issues, please contact our office.

 

 

More on Veterans

June 30, 2021 Press Release

Today, President Joe Biden signed Rep. Cindy Axne’s (IA-03) bipartisan legislation to expand mental health care for rural veterans into law.

The Sgt. Ketchum Rural Veterans’ Mental Health Act, named in memory of Iowa veteran Brandon Ketchum, establishes new Rural Access Network for Growth Enhancement (RANGE) programs through the VA and supports additional research on rural veteran mental health care needs.

June 24, 2021 Press Release

Today, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to approve Rep. Cindy Axne’s (IA-03) bipartisan legislation to expand mental health care for rural veterans. The legislation now heads to the desk of President Biden for his signature.

May 18, 2021 Press Release

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to advance Rep. Cindy Axne’s (IA-03) bipartisan legislation to expand mental health care for rural veterans.

May 5, 2021 Press Release

This week, the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Sen. Jon Tester of Montana and Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas, introduced Rep. Cindy Axne’s (IA-03) legislation to expand mental health care for rural veterans in the U.S. Senate.

April 15, 2021 In The News

Brandon Ketchum's family is grateful to Iowa's members of Congress, who have not forgotten the tragic way he died almost five years ago.

All four of Iowa's U.S. House members are supporting the "Sgt. Ketchum Rural Veterans’ Mental Health Act," which was discussed in a hearing Thursday.

April 13, 2021 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) led the entire Iowa House delegation in honoring the memory and service of Sergeant Brandon Ketchum of Iowa with the introduction of bipartisan legislation named in his honor that would expand access to mental health care for rural veterans.

In 2016, Sgt. Brandon Ketchum of Davenport died by suicide after he was denied access to mental health services related to his battle with post-traumatic stress disorder at a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facility in Iowa.

February 26, 2021 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced her intention to vote for the American Rescue Plan, a comprehensive relief bill aimed at helping Iowans in need and accelerating efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

The legislation includes an extension of enhanced unemployment benefits, a new round of direct payments, expansions of the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit, and direct relief to help Iowa’s renters, homeowners, small businesses, schools, and child care providers.

February 17, 2021 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) and Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough to urge expanded availability of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines for veteran caregivers.

December 28, 2020 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) joined a bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives to override the presidential veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21).

The bipartisan legislation, which includes a 3% pay raise for servicemembers and other provisions championed by Rep. Axne, passed with over 300 votes in the House and 84 votes in the Senate earlier this month.