Interestingly, Dykstra also aids in giving veterans from earlier wars, like World War II, the medals they should have received. In that era of the 1900s, several times veterans never received their due medals because of medal rations. Dykstra gets to be a part of finally handing them the medal they have earned and deserved, and it’s one of the aspects of his job that he enjoys the most.
“The backlog for claims is getting better, but it’s not progressing at the rate everyone wants it to,” he commented.
Dykstra continues to work toward helping his fellow veterans in his position in Braley’s office in Cedar Rapids. His goal is moving forward.
“Continuing to get out there and meet with vets as issues pop up,” he said.