Iowa is committed to providing quality employment services to all veterans at our IowaWORKS Centers through Home Base Iowa (link is external), Iowa’s one-of-a-kind program that connects veterans and transitioning service members to career opportunities. Submit your resume through the Home Base Iowa website (link is external) to be connected to an IowaWORKS Center. Learn more about Home Base Iowa by reading this article (link is external)written by SHAZAM, a Home Base Iowa business that is committed to hiring veterans.
To search for job opportunities in Iowa, visit the Iowa Workforce Development Veterans’ Work in Iowa (link is external) website.
Veteran Representatives, who are all honorably discharged service members, coordinate all intensive services provided to eligible veterans within the IowaWORKS system. They work with eligible veterans and clients of Veterans Administration Vocational Rehabilitation to:
- comprehensive assessments of skill levels;
- development of an individual employment plan;
- develop job interviewing and resume writing skills;
- individual career planning services;
- help place eligible veterans in federally-funded employment and training programs;
- monitor job listings from federal agencies and federal contractors to ensure veterans get priority service in referral to these jobs; and
- provide intensive services to meet the employment needs of eligible veterans.
These services provide veterans with the necessary information needed to find and secure suitable employment. These services can also help veterans make the transition from the military to the civilian workforce easier.
To qualify for services you must registered with your local IowaWORKS Center and meet the following:
- is a disabled or special disable veteran who is entitled to compensation from the VA;
- is currently homeless or at risk of becoming homeless;
- an offender;
- a recently separated service member who has been unemployed for 27 or more weeks in the previous 12 month;
- is lacking a high school diploma or equivalent certificate; or
- is low-income as defined by WIOA.
If you are a post 9/11 era veteran there is a program offering enhanced re-employment services, the program is called Veteran’s Gold Card (link is external).
NOTICE: On March 17, 2015, the 2015 Iowa General Assembly unanimously passed House File 414 (link is external). This bill requires that private individuals or businesses offering to assist veterans to receive their benefits for a fee must give all prospective clients a written statement disclosing that veterans may apply for these same services at no charge through a local service organization or county veterans affairs offices. Before entering into an agreement or contract, the veteran must sign a veterans disclosures.