Governor: No Plans to Close Iowa Veterans News, Sports, Jobs

In response to the news that a protocol document for the facility’s closure had been sent to the Iowa Veterans Home staff not long after the resignation of former Commander Matthew Peterson, a spokesman for Governor Kim Reynolds shut down rumors of the impending closure of the facility. the facility on Saturday afternoon.

Alex Murphy, the communications director for Gov. Reynolds, said there are “no plans of any kind” to shut down IVH, explaining that the document in question, a copy of which was sent anonymously to the Times Republican, was required by the federal government for compliance. He then made a statement on behalf of the governor.

“There are no plans to close the Iowa Veterans Home. The document in question is nothing more than a policy required by the federal government and in no way indicates closure of IVH,” the statement reads. “It is irresponsible for Senate Democrats not to do their research and contact our office for the facts before going straight to the media with a false rumor, creating undue concern for the employees, veterans and their families at IVH. ”

AFSCME Council 61, the union that represents IVH workers, issued a press release on Sept. 13 asking the governor for answers about plans for the future of the Marshalltown facility, which will house approximately 400 veterans and employ more than 900 people. has.

Rep. Sue Cahill, a Marshalltown Democrat who sits on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said she was “very surprised” by Peterson’s departure and worried about continuity with the potential for a third commander in the span of about 14 months. .

“This raises a few question marks that make me say, ‘How does this affect our veterans, (and) how does this affect our staff?’ “I’m very concerned about our workforce in this leadership vacuum. We seem to have a pattern here,” she said.

sen. Jeff Edler (R-State Center), who represents Marshall County and is a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, had not responded to a request for comment at the time of going to press.


Contact Robert Maharry at 641-753-6611 extension. 255 or

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