Mike Gronstal, from Council Bluffs, has been the Senate Democratic Leader since 1997. First elected to office in 1982, Gronstal served one term in the Iowa House (1983-85), and is currently in his seventh term in the Senate. He is the State Democratic Leader in the Iowa Senate and has been a lifelong advocate for public education and smart politics.


We are fortunate to have Mike Gronstal represent us, our students, our schools and our profession. In the current political climate it is vital that you understand that we need YOU. Your time, your talent, and--eventually--your treasure will be needed to make sure that we reverse the trend of legislators who are willing to sell out our children for corporate tax cuts.

Iowa honors veterans, servicemembers and their families

Veterans Day is Thursday, November 11. I join all Iowans in thanking those who’ve served and defended our country.

Our veterans and servicemembers have made tremendous sacrifices—a powerful reminder that freedom comes at a cost. For that, they deserve our respect and appreciation.

Here in Iowa, our support for veterans, soldiers and their families has made our state a national leader.

The Iowa Veterans Council called a recent legislative session the best for Iowa veterans and servicemembers since the 1950s. And this year, Iowa became the first state to approve 10 measures that the U.S. Department of Defense says would do most to improve the quality-of-life for our military (

Other recent accomplishments for veterans include:
** Expanding the veterans Homeownership Assistance Program to help those who’ve served buy a house.

** Helping veterans go to college by providing more than $3 million in student aid this year and more than $13 million over the last four years.

** Expanding the Iowa Injured Veterans Grant Program, which helps servicemembers injured in the line of duty.

** Helping disabled veterans who own and operate small businesses get state contracts.

** Expanding outreach to disabled veterans about federally funded job-training opportunities and new job-training programs.

** Strengthening services to veterans by establishing a spot for advocates familiar with veterans’ issues on two state mental health policy panels.

** Improving medical services by requiring Iowa insurance to cover substance abuse and mental health treatment for Iowa veterans.

On November 11, please take a moment to thank the veterans you know for their service.

New Web page helps veterans locate services

A new online resource will help our veterans, soldiers and their families better navigate the services available to them at the state and federal government levels, and through nonprofit groups and advocacy organizations.

The site,, includes a variety of information and contact details for:
** State help through Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs.
** Education & employment assistance.
** Heath care services.
** Support services & crisis intervention.
** Veterans service organizations.

For further information, or if you are unsure where to turn, call the Iowa Veterans Info Line at 1-800-838-4692.


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