Veterans call on Iowa lawmakers for benefits, bargaining rights

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BY JAMES Q. LYNCH

Military veterans conducted maneuvers at the Capitol Wednesday, calling for improved benefits for the 230,000 who call Iowa home and protection for the collective bargaining rights of more than one-fifth of Iowa of veterans who hold public sector jobs.
At a rally with Gov. Terry Branstad and legislative leaders, veterans noted their $1.6 million a year in state economic benefits and $449 million a year in federal benefits.
Still, Dan Gannon of the Veterans Affairs Commission said more needs to be done for veterans, who make up 8 percent of the state population.
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