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Ralston honored, pushes injured soldier funding


Lawmakers in Washington want to make life easier for our Iowans on a Mission, men and women injured in combat.

Sergeant Ian Ralston is paralyzed from the neck down after an explosive went off while he was in Iraq. It cost $70,000 to renovate his home to accommodate the equipment he uses to live every day. The upgrades were paid for by donations.

Congressman Bruce Braley honored Ralston Friday. A piece of legislation he's introduced in Washington would expand grant programs to remodel homes for injured vets. It passed the House, but it still being considered in the Senate.

"The purpose of these grants is to give you a beginning to try and find the necessary funding to adapt a home, make it more accessible to whatever the disability of that veteran might be" said Braley.

"This bill will be great for vets that can come home to a family and add to their house, make that more liveable for the vet," said Ralston.

Ralston plans on moving from the Waterloo area, and a new home will have to be renovated as well.

On Friday, Ralston was also interviewed for the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project.
The oral history interview will be preserved forever in the Library of Congress in Washington.

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