Gen. Orr noted for the first time since 2002, our Iowa soldiers are no longer serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. When the general announced this during his Condition of the Guard speech, it received a hearty applause. I also wish to applaud the efforts of our volunteer Guard troops who have served and continue to serve. Gen. Orr was correct when he said our Guard is the most proficient in the history of our state.
The general also raised concerns about the transitions the Guard will face in 2014. As a legislator, I believe it is important to be mindful and supportive of our troops as they transition from war into civilian life, and as they deal with constrained resources. Gen. Orr said our guard troops have not faced such challenging transitions since World War II.
Senate Republicans proudly stand by our troops. After all, they are there for Iowans in our times of need when disaster strikes, or when they bravely answer the call for deployment around the world. The Legislature must be ready to show the same respect when called upon in the Guard’s time of need.
Please join me for our legislative forum at the Chariton Valley Planning office located at 308 N. 12th in Centerville at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.
Sen. Ken Rozenboom