When veterinarians have to treat animals on the farm, or away from their office, current law requires them to register with the Department of Justice first, and then register for each place they use powerful medicines.
Happy Independence Day!
I hope for an America that continues to celebrate the foundational principles of freedom.
Young Iowans are the future of our state. One of my most important duties as your Representative is to ensure that the voices of young Iowans are heard and that we act to not saddle our youth with higher energy costs. I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet and talk to some fantastic young leaders over the years and this year has been no exception.
Iowa 4-H programs continually serve as a positive impact in the lives of students. I learned many valuable lessons as a member myself.
Iowa's Future Farmers of America (FFA) gives young students agriculture education that many schools no longer provide in their normal curriculum. FFA's mission to provide agriculture education and promote careers in farming are invaluable to America.
To observe Memorial Day is to call to mind the collective memories we share of those Americans who sacrificed everything for our country and our freedom. These individuals were everyday Americans – our friends, our family and our neighbors – who took on extraordinary challenges and made the ultimate sacrifice.
They did it because it was right. They sacrificed because they wanted a brighter future for every single one of us. They did it because they knew in their hearts that the United States of America – this great experiment born in liberty and justice – was worth giving everything they had.
If we don’t remember them, who will?
Iowa’s proud history is full of heroes who served our country stretching all the way to the earliest days of our state. Every major America conflict of the 20th and 21st centuries has born witness to ordinary Iowans making extraordinary sacrifices. On Memorial Day, I think it’s appropriate to take a few moments to recall some of these great patriots who fell in the line of duty.
Merle Hay is a name familiar to virtually everyone who has lived in the Des Moines area for any length of time because of the road and landmarks that have been named after him. Hay grew up in Glidden and served in the trenches of France after the U.S. entered the Great War. In the early morning of November 3, 1917, German forces raided Hay’s trench. He fought valiantly with his bayonet in the dim light provided by flares, but, when the Germans withdrew, it was discovered that Hay was among three American casualties.
Darrell B. Lindsey, a native of Jefferson, led a formation of 30 B-26 bombers on a mission to destroy a strategically important enemy-held railroad bridge in France two months after D-Day in 1944. His bomber encountered fierce anti-aircraft fire, and his right engine took a direct hit before the bombing run could be completed.
Lindsey continued to lead the formation toward the target. Only after the bombing run had been completed did he order the crew of the aircraft to parachute to safety. With no regard for his own life, he held the doomed plane in a steady glide long enough for the rest of the crew to jump. Before he could evacuate, however, the gas tank exploded and his plane crashed. He was awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor for his selfless heroism.
Sergeant First Class Junior D. Edwards, an Indianola native was also awarded a posthumous medal of honor. After serving in World War II, he later re-enlisted in 1947. His platoon was ordered to defend a strategically vital high ground in Korea in early 1951. The platoon was forced out of its position by withering enemy machine-gun fire. Edwards individually charged the hostile position with grenades three times. His third charge enabled his platoon to regain its vital position on the high ground, but the final daring assault also resulted in Edwards taking mortal wounds. Without his heroic sacrifice, an entire corps of South Korean troops likely would have been captured by communist forces.
Then there’s 2nd Lieutenant Robert J. Hibbs, a graduate of Cedar Falls High School and the State College of Iowa. Hibbs received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Vietnam. While commanding an ambush patrol in a dense jungle area, Hibbs learned that a wounded American soldier was stranded between the two opposing forces. Although he was near safety, he refused to leave a man behind. Hibbs and another of his comrades attempted to rescue the stranded soldier. While his partner dragged the wounded man back toward friendly lines, Hibbs laid down suppressing fire. He was eventually struck down and succumbed to mortal wounds.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jaime Jaenke died in June 2006 when her Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb in the Al Anbar province in Iraq. A native of Iowa Falls, Jaenke was the first Iowa woman to lay down her life in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Army Sergeant Brent Maher, of Honey Creek, Iowa, made the ultimate sacrifice in April 2011 when the vehicle he was traveling in struck an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Both Jaenke and Maher left behind young children. Their stories remind us that the families of fallen servicemen and women must also bear a heartbreaking burden and are equally deserving of our thanks.
While we remember and honor the fallen Iowans I’ve just mentioned, we must also note that the pain that many veterans go through does not end on the battlefield. Their sacrifices can follow them and their family the rest of their lives.
The ones that support our veterans deserve a special thanks. Most of us continue to thank a uniformed soldier for his or her service. We also must thank a spouse, parent, child or sibling for their great sacrifice. Often times it is the family member that must continue to hold the memory of their fallen loved ones. This burden can follow family for a long time and that is the purpose of a Gold Star.
This Memorial Day, I want to take a moment to remind you what a Gold Star represents.
The U.S. Army has created a wonderful resource—not tied to any particular non-profit or advocacy group—to help explain the gold star to the public through a series of public service announcements and video vignettes. I invite you to visit www.goldstarpins.org to learn more.
No one has done more for the cause of freedom than those who gave up their lives in the service of our nation. Veterans died because they selflessly assumed the responsibility of defending the United States of America. Because of that, it’s our responsibility to make sure they are never forgotten. It is also our responsibility to continue to provide for veterans and their families that carry the scars of battle for a lifetime.
Because if we don’t take the time to remember and care for our veterans and families, who will?
2217 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Tom Latham came to Washington with a vision of changing the way Washington works and changing the work that Washington does. Latham, a ten-term Republican, has represented the people of Iowa since January of 1995.
Latham, 65, knows the Iowa traditions of hard work, community service, and strong values very well because it is where he was born, raised, and educated. He grew up and raised his family near Alexander, Iowa, a town of 168 people. He is a farmer and a small business owner. Tom, along with two of his brothers, ran Latham Seeds, the family seed company that his father started in 1947. Today, the company is operated by Congressman Latham’s niece and nephews, making them the third generation of the family to run the company.
Congressman Latham and his wife, Kathy, have three adult children: Justin, Jennifer, and Jill. They also have one granddaughter, Emerson, and four grandsons named Jack, Keaton, Mason and Carson.
Since his very first day in Congress, Tom Latham has been dedicated to the ideals of change in Washington. His Iowa values and common sense are a testament to the work he strives to accomplish, such as the promotion of individual liberty, economic opportunity, personal responsibility, and a smaller and smarter federal government.
Latham, the Dean of Iowa’s delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives, has established himself in Washington as a champion of fiscal responsibility. One Iowa newspaper proclaimed that Latham is “a fiscal conservative who not only talks the talk but walks the walk when it comes to spending he controls.” His work in Congress has also been noted with awards and recognition by several budget, taxpayer, senior, agriculture, small business, and anti-government waste advocacy groups.
He is Iowa’s only member of the House Appropriations Committee, considered to be one of the most influential in Congress. Through his work on the committee, Latham has provided significant support for Iowa’s homeland security first-responders, law enforcement, the Iowa National Guard, transportation projects, agriculture, environmental and public education initiatives, health care, community, and economic and small business development. Congressman Latham serves as the chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. He also serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security.
Tom Latham believes in this country and her people. He sees a great future in a nation that protects individual freedom and responsibility over that of an intrusive federal government that spends beyond its means. Congressman Latham believes if we hold to these values, America’s greatest days are yet to be seen.
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