Lukan Appointed Director of Iowa Dept. of Veterans Affairs

A New Vienna native who most recently served as the state’s drug czar has been appointed to a new position by Governor Kim Reynolds.

Steve Lukan has been appointed as the executive director for the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs.

Lukan is a veteran himself. Right after graduating from Beckman High School, he served four years in the U.S. Navy, earning four promotions and obtaining the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and Navy Achievement Medal. Lukan says appreciation for the military has always been important to him and his family.

While serving as a state representative for Delaware and Dubuque counties, Lukan championed the creation of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and enacted legislation to help disabled veterans through the establishment of the Veterans Trust Fund.

As the new VA director, he tells KMCH News Director Janelle Tucker that he is looking into proposing a few changes to some of the existing laws, but wants to get settled in to his new position before releasing details.

Lukan replaces Jodi Tymeson, who announced her retirement last month. Meanwhile, Dale Woolery fill in for Lukan as interim director of the Office of Drug Control Policy.