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Jasper County Veterans Affairs brings more than $1M to the county

Commissioner Mike Naber looks over a proposed plan for the Newton Union Cemetery during the Jasper County Veterans Affairs meeting on Wednesday.
Commissioner Mike Naber looks over a proposed plan for the Newton Union Cemetery during the Jasper County Veterans Affairs meeting on Wednesday.

The Jasper County Veterans Affairs held its monthly meeting Wednesday to discuss business including the results of the Federal GDX (Geographic Distribution of VA Expenditures).

The GDX report is a breakdown of the amount of money that comes into Jasper County to cover compensation and pension, insurance and indemnities and medical care.

“Which means we have increased in a year $1.157 million what’s coming into Jasper County ... That’s our justification for being here. That’s a lot of money extra we’ve got pouring into the county,” Kurt Jackson director of Jasper County Veterans Affairs said.

“We got a lot of vets moving into the area ... With us being a county that’s going after those folks and getting them those benefits is also a benefit to the county to bring good folks in,” board commissioner Jerry Nelson said.

The next substantial part of the meeting was spent discussing the proposed veteran section V-3 at the Newton Union Cemetery.

Jackson said the cemetery is running out of space for veteran plots within the cemetery and the proposal would create more space.

“For veterans, they are going to be out of space for the veterans section within a couple two or three or five years,” Jackson said.

Jackson mentioned they are trying to plan ahead for 50 years of growth at the cemetery and how the architects have to aim to accommodate that.

“The city runs the graveyard they just ask us for our input because we are veterans,” Jackson said.

In other business:

• The Veterans Stand Down that will be occurring in Des Moines on Sept. 5-8 was discussed. The stand down is a service that allows for veterans or others to receive services that might not be available to them otherwise such as meals, clothing, dental and job leads. In the packet was an email from John Connett who was asking if anyone would like to volunteer.

• The Fourth quarter FY 2018 - 2019 report for the board of supervisors was discussed and approved to go ahead and submit.

The next meeting VA board will be Aug. 14.

Contact Dustin Teays at 641-792-3121 ext. 6533 or dteays@newtondailynews.com

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