Iowa governor signs law providing military family benefits

DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a bill into law that expands the availability of grant funding for seriously injured veterans to provide money so that family members may be with the veteran during a lengthy recovery.
The bill, which lawmakers passed unanimously, also allows the spouse of an active duty soldier to get expedited professional licensing in Iowa if the spouse was licensed in another state and the requirements were substantially the same.
At Reynolds’ invitation U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson attended the bill signing Friday at the 132nd Wing Iowa Air National Guard base in Des Moines.
She says allowing spouses who must frequently transfer from one state to another to get licensed in professions including financial planning, health care and real estate is an important priority for military families.