Iowa lawmakers OK bills that would help veterans

Iowa lawmakers have approved legislation that would help veterans transition into life after military service.

Members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee unanimously approved three bills Monday that would help veterans more easily obtain occupational licenses or own a home.

The first bill would appropriate $2 million for research on how military skills apply to existing occupational license requirements. It would also further market efforts to attract veterans to Iowa. The second bill would give credit to veterans for those skills when trying to obtain a license.

The third bill would increase the current appropriation for the Military Homeownership Assistance Program by $900,000.

The bills are now up for debate on the House floor. Republican Rep. Dwayne Alons, who heads the committee, says the unanimous support displayed is encouraging.