Veterans who live in Iowa have both public and private sector resources. Home Base Iowa has IowaWORKS Veteran Representatives which provide eligible veterans with access to job listings, guidance with drafting resumes and interview assistance. They also help place veterans in state and federal employment/training programs. Additionally, Home Base Iowa uses Veteran Service Officers placed in each of Iowa’s 99 counties as a point of contact for veterans and their families.
On the private sector side, Home Base Iowa businesses want to hire veterans. Over 1,200 Iowa businesses have pledged to hire 7,500+ veterans over the next five years. These businesses actively attend job fairs to recruit veterans for employment. Based on an Iowa Business Council report, the program has provided over 2,000 jobs for veterans. Private-sector fundraising is crucial for Home Base Iowa marketing efforts. To date, Iowa businesses have contributed over $1.2M. These funds help increase awareness for veterans and transitioning service members and help connect them directly with Iowa employers.
Links to Veteran Resources
IowaWORKS Veteran Employment Services
Iowa is committed to providing quality employment services to veterans at our IowaWORKS Centers. Veteran Representatives, who are all honorably discharged service members, coordinate all services provided to eligible veterans within the IowaWORKS system.
Iowa Department of Education (Veterans & Military Education)
Our goal is to ensure that every veteran, reservist, and eligible person has a full and fair opportunity to reach his or her full potential in whatever educational direction they choose. Our role is to ensure that quality instruction and ethical administration is provided for every veteran/eligible person and reservist who enters an approved educational or training program in the state of Iowa.
State of Iowa Veteran Benefits
The state of Iowa offers a broad range of state benefits to veterans and retired military. They include exempting retirement pay from state taxes, offering in state tuition to veterans and their families, home ownership assistance and much more.
Iowa National Guard and Reserves
Protecting America's freedoms at home and abroad and securing our homeland has been your mission in life. You have been committed to serving your country and community. Put your military education and skills to work with the Iowa National Guard. Learn about exciting new career opportunities in a variety of enlisted career fields. The National Guard offers more job options than any other branch of military service.
Iowa Veteran Medical Center and Clinics
The VA Central Iowa Health Care System operates a Veterans Health Administration medical facility in Des Moines, with Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Mason City, Fort Dodge, Knoxville, Marshalltown and Carroll. The medical center provides acute and specialized medical and surgical services, residential outpatient treatment programs in substance abuse and post-traumatic stress and a full range of mental health and long-term care services, as well as sub-acute and restorative rehabilitation services and a domiciliary.
Iowa Department of Veteran Affairs
The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs 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 and their families should visit their county Veteran Commissioner or Director to receive personalized assistance.
Veterans Benefits and Service Guide
A comprehensive guide for federal, state and local veteran programs/benefits.