Remembering those who gave all
As Memorial Day approaches, we salute those who’ve worn the uniform and remember that freedom comes at a cost. Whether they were family, friends or Iowans we never knew, they served for all of us.
This Memorial Day, there are many ways to pay tribute to these patriots. Fly the flag, visit a veterans monument or take a quiet walk through your local cemetery, where flags mark the graves of those who served.
Although the Iowa Veterans Cemetery is not hosting its annual event this year, the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs will have a Virtual Memorial Day ceremony at 8 a.m., Monday, May 25. Get complete details and RSVP: Virtual Memorial Day from the Iowa Veterans Cemetery.
Constructed with federal funds, the State owned-and-operated Iowa Veterans Cemetery is completing its 12th year of operation. It is maintained by the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs and located 10 miles west of Des Moines along I-80 near Van Meter. It is a beautiful place to visit and full of history, any time you want to learn more about Iowans’ sacrifices.
No matter where we are on May 25, we can join in the annual National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. A Congressional resolution, passed in 2000, asks all Americans to pause and in their own way, observe a moment of respect to honor those who gave their lives for our country.
RETURNING TO SESSIONThe Iowa Legislature will resume the 2020 session on Wednesday, June 3. We suspended the session in March in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
When the Legislature gets back to business, I will be focused on:
- Protecting the health and safety of all Iowans.
- Ensuring the short-term and long-term well-being of the Iowa economy.
- Passing a balanced state budget.
In next week’s newsletter, I’ll update you on ways to follow what’s happening when the Legislature reconvenes and how to offer your input on bills.
Stay tuned to senate.iowa.gov/democrats for the latest information.
Coronavirus Impact SurveyThank you to all who have completed the Coronavirus Impact Survey that I've posted about over the last week. Your responses will help guide the discussion as the Legislature assesses the impact of the pandemic, the response to it, and the needs of Iowans and communities.
If you haven’t taken the survey yet, please fill it in to let me know how the coronavirus pandemic has affected you. All responses are welcome and encouraged, so please share the survey with other Iowans. It should take no more than 1-2 minutes.
I’ll update you on the survey results in next week’s newsletter.
NEWS YOU CAN USE
Take small biz survey
The Iowa Economic Development Authority is encouraging businesses and organizations to complete a survey on Iowa’s economic recovery and growth.
Results from the 8-14-minute survey will help in developing potential resources for businesses and organizations. The deadline to complete the survey is 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29.
Find the survey at uni.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eEvflFbz3FG5iBf
Home Energy Assistance deadline extended
Applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program are being accepted at local community action agencies through June 30. LIHEAP assists eligible households with a portion of their utility bill. Find your community action agency and learn how to apply for assistance.
Be counted in CensusSo far, Iowa has the third-best response rate for the 2020 Census, with 66% of Iowa households completing it. That’s good news, but it means that one in three households still haven’t been counted.
Census numbers are the driving force for almost $9 billion in federal funds that come to Iowa each year. This money helps pay for emergency services, food banks and critical needs in times of crisis, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.
If you haven’t completed the 2020 Census yet, you’ve probably received several reminders in the mail. Fill in the hard-copy census survey that was sent to you and return it postage-paid, or go to 2020census.gov and submit your response online in a few short minutes.