Iowa House OKs bill to support veterans

Veterans would receive various tax and job benefits under a bill overwhelmingly approved by the Iowa House.

In a 94-2 vote Wednesday, the House passed a measure that combines several of Gov. Terry Branstad's initiatives intended to attract veterans to Iowa and to support those already in the state. The legislation now goes to the Senate.

The bill exempts military pensions from state income tax, permits companies to offer preferential treatment to veterans in hiring decisions, and gives veterans credit for military experience when obtaining an occupational license. All provisions had been considered separately at the committee level.

Republican Rep. Matt Windschitl, of Missouri Valley, says moving forward with these efforts is a small step to better support those who have served the country.