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Home Base Iowa Draws Veterans to Quad Cities

Home Base Iowa

Iowa and local officials want veterans to settle in the state after they leave the military.

Home Base Iowa is partnering with the Quad Cities Chamber to help veterans and their families find jobs and housing. That includes travel reimbursement for job interviews, and up to $3,000 in incentives for veterans who buy homes in Scott County.

Emily Codling, from the chamber, says the most valuable resource from Home Base Iowa is its veteran-specific job website.

"Our local businesses have been able to have this new pipeline of reach to veterans, to have them see the jobs that are available in our region with those businesses, and then also those businesses to see those veterans who are looking for jobs that match the skills that they need."

Every year, 200,000 service members transition back to civilian life. And Codling is glad local businesses see the value in their skills.

"People who are in the military and people who are retiring from the military really do bring a great work ethic. We obviously know that they work well with others and they bring a great level of integrity and loyalty to a business. And there are really valuable skills for employers."

Home Base Iowa was founded in 2014, and started working with the Quad Cities Chamber in August. More information is at HomeBaseIowa.gov.

Aaryan Balu first set foot in audio journalism at WTJU Charlottesville and WRIR Richmond, and now works as WVIK Quad Cities NPR's Fellowship Host.