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Politicians show support for veterans

April 25, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

WASHINGTON - A trip to Washington, D.C. had to have an air of politics for area World War II veterans on the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight Tuesday.

Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, all joined their fellow Iowans at the World War II Memorial.

"This is one of the most important parts of my job to honor the incredible sacrifice these veterans of the greatest generation did for our country," Braley said.

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Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, talks with Roger Vreeland at the World War II Memorial. Also pictured are veterans Rufus Kruse, far right, and Roger’s father Don Vreeland, second from right.

Loebsack said he spends time with World War II and other veterans in Washington when he can.

"I am just here to honor them and thank them for their service," Loebsack said.

Grassley shook hands and took plenty of photos with the veterans. He said the World War II veterans helped keep America free.

"We owe them a great deal because Hitler was never able to invade New York City," Grassley said.



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