Iowa launches website for vets

Iowa launches website for vets
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (left) recently briefed the Legion on the newly launched, veteran-friendly "Home Base Iowa" initiative. (Photo by Craig Roberts)

On Dec. 17, the office of Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad announced the launch of a state-sponsored website designed to entice veterans to relocate to the Hawkeye State. The website, www.homebaseiowa.org, is being described as a "one-stop shop to match veterans with employers" and what are being called "home base" communities in Iowa.

Iowa is facing a shortage of qualified workers in several key areas, most especially the manufacturing and agribusiness industries. State lawmakers, according to Branstad, are also working on measures to streamline the civilian licensing and credentialing of appropriately trained and experienced former servicemembers and their spouses. Meanwhile, the state’s board of regents will be asked to grant in-state tuition status to veterans attending state schools, regardless of the length of time they have resided in Iowa.

Branstad, an Army veteran and longtime member of The American Legion, briefed the Legion's Veterans Employment & Education Division Director Joe Sharpe and Deputy Director Mark Walker on the Home Base Iowa initiative during a recent visit to Washington.

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Jerry Reich

December 20, 2013 - 6:44pm

Well, I don't see any offers. Maybe this work plan in Iowa isn't really legit. Oh, I forgot to add, I am VERY health and energetic

Jerry Reich

December 19, 2013 - 9:54pm

I have extensive experience in welding, machining, industrial maintenance, electrical, and supervision in all these categories. I can not work in central WI, there are huge numbers of applicants for the few jobs our lying governor claims to have created. If I moved to Iowa, could you guarantee me a job paying 150% of minimum wage? If so, I will abandon the house I built with my own hands and come to you. By the way, I am 75 years young, an Army veteran, American Legion Chaplain, and head deacon in my church. Reply here

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