Veterans http://iowapublicradio.org en Iowa Lawmakers Disagree on Flexible Funding for Education http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-lawmakers-disagree-flexible-funding-education <p>The state cost per student in Iowa’s K-12 public schools is over six thousand dollars per year - increasing steadily over the past couple decades.</p><p>The Iowa legislature is supposed to set the amount of state aid for K-12 school budgets more than a year in advance. Schools say they need the budget in advance so they can plan teacher salaries, but republican law makers are hesitant to plan the budget too far ahead.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:54:40 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Clay Masters 35739 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Lawmakers Disagree on Flexible Funding for Education Iowa Veterans' Stories in Washington D.C. http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-veterans-stories-washington-dc <p>For Veterans Day, join host Ben Kieffer&nbsp;as he travels to Washington D.C. with more than 80 Iowa veterans. &nbsp; The Eastern&nbsp;Iowa Honor Flight sent veterans of World War Two and the Korean War to the nation's capital to visit memorials and to get a tour of the city. &nbsp;Hear ceremonies, sounds, and stories—emotional and lighthearted.</p><p></p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:56:33 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 31938 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Veterans' Stories in Washington D.C. Iowans In War http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowans-war <p>From the notable case of the Sullivan brothers in World War II, to the lesser known but significant involvement in the Civil War, Iowans have a long history of fighting for their country. Today on River To River, we close &ldquo;Iowa Week&rdquo; with an account of Iowa&rsquo;s military history, from the Civil War, to current-day conflicts.</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 19:29:58 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 29761 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowans In War Cedar Rapids job fair focuses on veterans http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cedar-rapids-job-fair-focuses-veterans <p>Nationally, unemployment rates for veterans are in decline, but the highest rates of joblessness are suffered by soldiers most <a href="http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130322.htm">recently returned from deployment.</a></p><p>Back home, finding a job can be a challenge--whether it be finding the right words for a resume, or getting re-certified for the civilian equivalent of a military job.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 21:48:46 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 27776 at http://iowapublicradio.org Cedar Rapids job fair focuses on veterans Connecting Military Identity To PTSD & Running RAGBRAI http://iowapublicradio.org/post/connecting-military-identity-ptsd-running-ragbrai <p>Studies estimate that at least one in every five veterans experiences post-traumatic stress disorder after returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, guest host Emily Woodbury talks with two Iowans working to change that statistic.</p><p>Steven Lancaster, an assistant professor of psychology at Drake University, discusses his new study on how a soldier's "military identity" affects their likelihood of experiencing anxiety or depression.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 20:05:14 +0000 Emily Woodbury 27161 at http://iowapublicradio.org Connecting Military Identity To PTSD & Running RAGBRAI The Human-Dog Connection http://iowapublicradio.org/post/human-dog-connection <p>Marine Sgt. Ross Gundlach and a military service dog, a golden lab named Casey, faced more than 150 missions together in Afghanistan, sweeping roads for bombs in the south Helmand Province. Today on River To River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Sgt. Gundlach about his experience and reunification with Casey in Iowa earlier this month. Also, anthropologist Matt Hill of the University of Iowa, on what makes our relationship with dogs so unique.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 20:11:08 +0000 Emily Woodbury, Sarah Boden & Ben Kieffer 21706 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Human-Dog Connection Creativity In Post-Military Life http://iowapublicradio.org/post/creativity-post-military-life <p>Host Charity Nebbe&nbsp;explores art created by veterans in their post-military lives. We hear examples of poetry from Hugh Martin, winner of The Iowa Review's Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans. &nbsp;Also, we hear journalism and creative non-fiction from Randy Brown. &nbsp;And the music and military reflections of Lem&nbsp;Genovese.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 20:47:35 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 20517 at http://iowapublicradio.org Creativity In Post-Military Life Veterans Home Leadership Questioned http://iowapublicradio.org/post/veterans-home-leadership-questioned <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At least one state senator is calling for the person in charge of the Iowa Veterans Home in </span>Marshalltown<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to step down so a more thorough investigation can be conducted. This follows repeated complaints over management of the Veterans home. The Senate Veterans Affairs committee held a meeting Monday &nbsp;to hear testimony. Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports.</span></p> Tue, 07 May 2013 00:18:36 +0000 Clay Masters 20343 at http://iowapublicradio.org Veterans Home Leadership Questioned Team Rubicon and Regional EPA administrator Karl Brooks http://iowapublicradio.org/post/team-rubicon-and-regional-epa-administrator-karl-brooks <p>When Veterans return from active duty, transitioning back to civilian life is challenging. Team Rubicon puts veterans back on the front lines, responding to disaster, and renewing their sense of purpose.<br><br>Today on "River to River" we speak with the founders of Team Rubicon, Jacob Wood and William McNulty. They will be at Grinnell College next week to receive the $100,000 Grinnell Prize.<br><br>We'll also talk to Regional EPA administrator Karl Brooks. We'll ask him about the President's renewed focus on climate change in his recent State of the Union address.<br>&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 20:50:05 +0000 Ben Kieffer 15882 at http://iowapublicradio.org Team Rubicon and Regional EPA administrator Karl Brooks Notable Iowa Veterans and Michael Merzenich http://iowapublicradio.org/post/notable-iowa-veterans-and-michael-merzenich <p>William Schaefer, professor emeritus of photography talks about his exhibit showcasing some of Iowa’s notable veterans, which is currently on display at the Gold Star Military Museum at Camp Dodge in Iowa. Then, Captain Dan Grinstead of the Iowa Army National Guard is one of the veterans featured in the exhibit and he shares his story of his decision to enlist later in his life.</p><p>Doctor Michael Merzenich, a professor emeritus at the University of California at San Francisco, talks about the human brain how it works and how it can recover from injury.</p><p></p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 19:08:06 +0000 Ben Kieffer 10631 at http://iowapublicradio.org Notable Iowa Veterans and Michael Merzenich Veterans' Stories in "Telling: Des Moines" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/veterans-stories-telling-des-moines <p>For those of us who haven't served in the military, it's hard to imagine what it must be like. A new theatrical performance called, "<a href="http://www.tellingdesmoines.org/" target="_blank">Telling: Des Moines</a>" gives Iowa veterans and change for them to share their stories and gives the audience and opportunity to understand the experience.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 17:32:57 +0000 Charity Nebbe 10477 at http://iowapublicradio.org Veterans' Stories in "Telling: Des Moines" Notable Iowa Veterans http://iowapublicradio.org/post/notable-iowa-veterans <p>A new photo exhibit&nbsp;honors living Iowa veterans&nbsp;at the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge. Most Iowans will recognize many of them.&nbsp;Exhibit opens to the public on&nbsp;Nov. 9th.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 10283 at http://iowapublicradio.org Notable Iowa Veterans Veterans' Transitions to Civilian Lives http://iowapublicradio.org/post/veterans-transitions-civilian-lives <p>It’s a transition that isn’t all that easy: military veterans often have a tough time leaving the front line and moving back into life on a college campus or a job back home.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:09:50 +0000 Dean Borg 8609 at http://iowapublicradio.org Veterans' Transitions to Civilian Lives Being a Veteran in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-veteran-iowa <p></p><p>All this week we've been hearing what it's like being a Veteran in Iowa. Our reports from Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard have highlighted many facets of the lives of former soldiers: the mental anguish of war, concerns about health care, and the drive lure young veterans into military organizations. Today we wind up our week-long focus on veterans in Iowa with conversations about many of these topics.</p> Fri, 27 May 2011 18:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard & Ben Kieffer 27814 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being a Veteran in Iowa: TEE Tournament http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-veteran-iowa-tee-tournament <p></p><p>This week, Iowa Public Radio has been taking a look at what it means to be a military veteran in the state. So far this week, Rob has told us about health care as it affects veterans, the mental anguish they experience after war, the drive to lure young veterans into military organizations, and an all-veterans band. Now we meet a veteran whose life was changed – but not ruined – by an accident he suffered while he was an army sergeant.</p> Fri, 27 May 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 27813 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being a Veteran in Iowa: Mental Health http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-veteran-iowa-mental-health <p>This week, Iowa Public Radio has been taking a look at what it means to be a military veteran in the state. Today, Rob Dillard examines the mental problems that sometimes beset veterans after they serve their country. Many turn to booze and drugs to fight off the demons that haunt their dreams after fighting during wartime. Thousands of them wind up on the streets or in homeless camps after they fail to reconnect with family and friends. Rob sees what’s being done in Iowa to help these troubled veterans.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 May 2011 09:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 13135 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being a Veteran in Iowa: Veterans Band http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-veteran-iowa-veterans-band <p>This week, Iowa Public Radio has been taking a look at what it means to be a military veteran in the state. Iowa Public Radio reporter Rob Dillard has met with military service organizations and health-care providers in an attempt to uncover issues that face many veterans on their return to civilian life. Now, he takes on a lighter topic. Rob has found a bunch of Iowa veterans who are in the entertainment business – tooting horns, pounding drums and bringing joy to audiences statewide.</p> Wed, 25 May 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 27812 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being a Veteran in Iowa: Service Organizations http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-veteran-iowa-service-organizations <p>This week, Iowa Public Radio has been taking a look at what it means to be a military veteran in the state. Today, reporter Rob Dillard talks with members of military service organizations. Nationwide, these groups have struggled to maintain membership levels in recent time. Some of the smaller chapters are in danger of disappearing altogether. In Iowa, however, Rob found they continue to play an important role in the social lives of many veterans and their families.</p> Tue, 24 May 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 27811 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being a Veteran in Iowa: Health Care http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-veteran-iowa-health-care-0 <p>Over the next five days, Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard will be asking the question, “What does it mean to be a military veteran in the state?” The U.S. Census pegs the number of veterans in Iowa at more than 245-thousand. Ask many older veterans what their top concern is, they’ll tell you health care. A third of Iowa’s former service members are aging baby boomers, who served during the Vietnam era. Another 30 percent fought in World War Two or Korea and are growing frailer by the day. Rob tells us access to health care is a major focus for veterans’ groups and hospitals.</p> Mon, 23 May 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 27810 at http://iowapublicradio.org