WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley has a veterans fellow based in his Cedar Rapids office. Nathan Peterson is available to help fellow veterans and help bring their concerns to Grassley’s attention.
“I’m glad to have Nathan available to meet with veterans and join in community events with service organizations,” Grassley said. “All over Iowa, I hear about health care concerns or trouble getting earned benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Nathan is putting his eyes and ears to work on this cause. As a veteran himself, he has the insight and experience to be able to do a great amount of good.”
Peterson was born and raised in Des Moines. He was in the Marine Corps for eight years. Peterson is studying at the University of Iowa and hopes to pursue a career in law. He and his family live in Iowa City.
Grassley launched his veterans fellowship program in 2015 to help provide an opportunity for those with recent military service and to serve as a liaison between his office and veterans.
Peterson can be reached at CRVeteransFellow_Grassley@grassley.senate.gov or (319) 363-6832.
Grassley has a long record of legislation and oversight to improve veterans services. Most recently, he has been focused on getting the Department of Veterans Affairs to fix the Veterans Choice program, which Congress approved to allow veterans to receive health care outside of the VA when services aren’t available in a timely fashion or when outside options are better for the veterans. The agency botched the program rollout and after Grassley weighed in, pledged to fix it.
Grassley is a cosponsor of legislation to make it easier for the VA to remove or demote employees based on poor performance or misconduct.