State Sen. Daryl Beall, (D-Fort Dodge) said working on behalf of the state's veterans is a labor of love and the right thing to do.
The Iowa Veterans Council noticed Beall's work, and honored him with a special award Tuesday in the Whitehill Chapel at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.
Presenting the award were Daniel J. Gannon, commissioner of the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs and Dave Thornburg, state commander of the Disabled Veterans.
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Daniel J. Gannon, left, of the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs, shakes the hand of State Sen. Daryl Beall, D-Fort Dodge, center, while Dave Thornburg, State Commander, Disabled American Veterans, looks on after the two presented Beall an award for his work on behalf of the state’s veterans Tuesday in the Whitehill Auditorium at the Iowa Veterans Home.
Gannon and Thornburg cited Beall's exemplary leadership in helping pass the full homestead exemption credit for 100 percent disabled veterans, and exempting military retirement pay from Iowa income taxes. Both were top 2014 legislative priorities by the IVC and other veterans advocacy groups.
"You are looking at a guy who went the extra mile to get the full homestead exemption bill passed," Gannon said. "That was special to us, that Beall and others in the legislature cared. So thank you very much for supporting us."
Beall chairs the Veterans Affairs Committee at the statehouse.
"One of the neatest things about the Veterans Affairs Committee is that it is the least partisan of all committees in the legislature," Beall said. "That is because there is not a Democrat way or Republican way to treat our veterans ... there is a right way. Every bill ... and I work closely with the ranking member ... there have been approximately 90 which have come out of our committee in the last eight years unanimously, and every one but one, have passed the Senate unanimously. We are serving the people who served us."
Beall was elected in 2010 to his third four-year term in the Iowa Senate, and represents district 5, comprised of Calhoun, Humboldt, Pocahontas and Webster counties.
"I want to thank you for this award ... and I accept it on my behalf of my colleagues," Beall said. "And I want to thank you for your service to our country."