Linn County Veterans Resources

designates CHAMP and City Partners

Linn County

About: Founded in 1839, Linn County is named in honor of Missouri Senator Lewis Linn. Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library. The museum hosts different presentations and exhibits that reflect their culture and history. The city also has over 74 different parks to take advantage of as well as a small island in the Cedar River called May Island. While in Linn County, make sure to check out Palisades-Kepler State Park in the city of Mount Vernon.

Cities: Alburnett, Bertram, Cedar Rapids, Center Point, Central City, Coggon, Ely, Fairfax, Hiawatha, Lisbon, Marion, Mount Vernon, Palo, Prairieburg, Robins, Springville, Walford, Walker

Website: Linn County

Contact: Donald Tyne / 319.892.5160

 

 

An Introduction to HBI Cities

Home Base Iowa logoHome Base Iowa (HBI) Cities provide incentives that stand alone or complement those offered by the county and state. They offer additional resources and discounts for veterans who relocate into these communities. HBI Cities have completed a city council resolution supporting the program, provide an incentive/welcome package, ensure 10 percent of eligible businesses are HBI businesses and have the ability to purchase HBI signs. Click here to see all HBI Cities

Learn more about these cities:

HBI City of Marion

The city of Marion is recognized as a Home Base Iowa communityThe historic Granger House Museum and the annual Marion Arts Festival are a couple of highlights representing what the growing city of Marion has to offer.

Date of HBI Establishment:  November 2014

Website: HBI Marion

Contact: Nanci Young / nanci@medcoiowa.org / 319.743.6300

 

Linn County - Veteran Director

Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Logo

County service offices assist veterans with compensation/pensions, medical care, military records, grave markers and veteran home loans. Some counties may also have dedicated funds to assist with temporary shelter/utilities, food/health supplies, medical/dental, job placement, counseling and transportation. To learn more, visit the Linn County Veterans Office.

The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, with the support of citizens, recognizes and honors Iowa’s veterans and their families by providing the highest quality programs, services and benefits. Each of Iowa’s 99 counties has a Commissioner of Veterans Affairs and a county director. Veterans may wish to utilize the county office as the first point of contact.

 

 

Cedar Rapids IowaWORKS Center Information

Iowa Workforce Development Logo

IowaWORKS Centers are committed to providing quality employment services to all veterans, military service members and their spouses. All veterans and their spouse may be eligible for priority service. Please let a team member know upon check-in of your veteran status. IowaWORKS Centers provide a full range of job/career assistance. Individual services include:

  • Career counseling and job search skills development
  • Help locating employment and Registered Apprenticeship opportunities
  • Academic skill testing and hands-on computer classes
  • Creating resumes/cover letters and interview preparation

Pl​ease visit or contact the Cedar Rapids IowaWORKS Center for more information:

4444 1st Avenue NE, Suite #436
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Phone: 319-365-9474
Email: Region10.Web@iwd.iowa.gov 

 

 

Iowa National Guard Family Services

Iowa National Guard- Warrior and Family Services Branch LogoThe Warrior & Family Services Branch is a Joint Force initiative that provides assistance to all military families, regardless of branch or component, who find themselves beyond the support capability of active duty military facilities or their home units. The Warrior & Family Services Branch acts as a network that allows families to mutually support one another. By providing families with information, resources and support, the program strengthens both the unit and service members. To learn more about these services, visit Warrior & Family Services.

 

 

  Iowa Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR)

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve LogoThe Iowa ESGR team is comprised of approximately 106 dedicated volunteers and three full-time staff members prepared to engage, inform and support employers and reserve component members throughout the state. Iowa has a proud history of outstanding employer support for reserve component members. Today’s team continues this tradition through a strong emphasis on “prevention through education.” To learn more about these services, visit the Iowa ESGR.

 

 

Non-Profit Veteran Support Organizations

This is the American Legion logoThe American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time veteran organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is a community-service organization which has reached nearly three million members, men and women at almost 15,000 American Legion posts worldwide. These posts are organized into 55 departments -- one for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines. The American Legion's national headquarters is in Indianapolis, with additional offices in Washington, D.C. The American Legion Department of Iowa is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.  The Department Service Office is located in the Federal Building in Des Moines, with an additional office located in the VA Medical Center in Iowa City. Visit the Iowa Legion or email: info@ialegion.org.

 

 

Labor Market Information & Future Ready Iowa

Iowa Workforce Development LogoThe Workforce Needs Assessment survey is an annual employer survey conducted by Iowa Workforce Development. Employers are asked to provide information regarding both their current level of employment and their current and expected job vacancies. The goal of the survey is to collect data regarding the demand for workers and the skills required of workers, both statewide and regionally. You can search for and view the Laborshed Report by city or county.

 

For additional help on determining career opportunities in Iowa, visit the Future Ready Iowa website. The site connects job seekers to tools for finding education, training and jobs. It uses Labor Market Information to identify the number of jobs, the average median income and what training is required within a geographically determined distance from the job seeker.

Website features include: Iowa's Career Coach, Career Exploration, Education and Training Opportunities, Financial Resources and Finding a Job

 

 

Linn County Business Partners

County Business Partner logoHome Base Iowa (HBI) Businesses are the centerpiece of the HBI effort. Veterans who have served and are looking for a career in Iowa can research any of the over 1,200 HBI Businesses. Each business has committed to hiring transitioning service members and veterans for semi-skilled and skilled positions in Iowa. 

Many of these businesses actively attend job fairs to recruit veterans. Based on an Iowa Business Council report, the program has already provided over 2,000 jobs for veterans. HBI businesses also provide donations to assist with marketing efforts. View HBI Job Openings throughout the state and HBI businesses in Linn County.

 

 

An Introduction to CHAMPs

Iowa Department of Education LogoIowa provides qualified veterans, their spouses and dependents in-state tuition at Iowa's colleges and universities. Certified Higher Academic Military Partners (CHAMPs) offer premium higher education incentives. In order for institutions to become a CHAMPs partner, at least nine out of 12 criteria in three categories must be met. Categories include transitional considerations, financial considerations and on-campus resources. These higher learning centers often offer on-campus support, consistent credit for military courses and provide special financial considerations. View a full list and learn more about​ all CHAMPs institutions in Iowa.

 

CHAMPs institutions in this county are listed below:

Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College is a CHAMPs partnerLocated in the city of Cedar Rapids, Kirkwood Community College identifies community needs; provides accessible, quality education and training; and promotes opportunities for lifelong learning. Kirkwood Community College is dedicated to helping veterans seek and achieve higher education.

For more information:

Contact: 319.398.5517 / ask@kirkwood.edu

Website:  Kirkwood Community College Veterans Page

Mount Mercy University

Mount Mercy University is a CHAMPs partnerMount Mercy University is a four-year liberal arts University in Cedar Rapids. Mount Mercy is a Catholic University providing student-focused baccalaureate and graduate education in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. As a Catholic university founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Mount Mercy welcomes women and men of all beliefs to join them in their pursuit of baccalaureate and graduate education and service.

For more information:

Contact: 319.363.8213 / webmaster@mtmercy.edu

Website: Mount Mercy University Veterans Page

University of Dubuque

The University of Dubuque has been rated as a “Military Friendly School “by GI Jobs magazine for eight straight years. Over the last fifteen years, the University has invested more than $200 million in campus facilities. UD has 23 NCAA Division III athletic teams. It has a diverse student body with students from 43 states and 22 countries. 95% of students receive financial assistance through $12 million in grants and scholarships. UD’s LIFE program offers accelerated adult degree programs conducted in five-week sessions. Classes are offered on weekday evenings or online and meet once per week for three hours.

For more information:

Phone: 563.589.3366 / rernst@dbq.edu

Website: University of Dubuque Veterans Page

 

Upper Iowa University

Upper Iowa University is a CHAMPs partnerLocated near Volga River in the community of Fayette, Upper Iowa University is home to 900 enrolled students. Upper Iowa University provides student-centered undergraduate and graduate educational programs. Upper Iowa University has an environment in which diversity is respected, encouraged and nurtured.

For more information: 

Contact: 800.553.4150 / info@uiu.edu

Website: UIU Veterans Page