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Iowa bill grants benefits to more veterans

DES MOINES, Iowa — More veterans would be eligible to receive financial assistance when purchasing a home under a bill approved by the Iowa Senate.

The Senate unanimously approved a measure Monday meant to expand eligibility requirements for veterans seeking grants through the Military Homeownership Assistance Program. The legislation, which coincides with Gov. Terry Branstad's initiative to better support veterans in Iowa, now goes to the House.

Current law limits grant eligibility to veterans who served beginning on or after Sept. 11, 2001. The bill would extend eligibility to veterans who served during the Persian Gulf conflict, beginning Aug. 2, 1990, and ending April 6, 1991.

Democratic Sen. Jeff Danielson says expanding eligibility would hopefully further the program's success.

Similar legislation being considered in the House would allocate more money to the program.
 

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