Today, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad proudly announced Iowa is among three states to be designated an All★Vet State by Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
"We are honored to be named an All★Vet State and to be in such good company," said Governor Branstad. "This designation is a true testament to our unwavering support of veterans and their families. We are dedicated to making Iowa a home for the nation's returning heroes."
The All★Vet States initiative was created to highlight the incredible opportunities, services, and support being offered by states to attract and hire transitioning service members and military spouses. By showcasing the benefits and opportunities important to veterans and their families, a state can help influence a transitioning service member's decision-making process in bringing their skill sets and revenue to that state.
Michigan and Tennessee also received the All★Vet State designation.
"Iowa has worked aggressively to be a top destination for our nation's veterans and military spouses," said Eric Eversole, executive director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes program. "We are thrilled to work together through our All★Vet States initiative to help Iowa highlight the many economic and educational opportunities for the men and women who have served our country."
This designation comes on the heels of Governor Branstad's announcement of the creation of the Home Base Iowa program. Home Base Iowa was founded to serve as a comprehensive source for job services and information about Iowa for veterans. On March 13, Greene County was designated the state's first Home Base Iowa Community. To date, Iowa businesses have set a goal of filling 2,900 jobs in Iowa with veterans through the Home Base Iowa initiative.
"Many thanks to the individuals guiding the Hiring Our Heroes program and their hard work in assisting veterans and their families," said Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. "We are so proud to be designated an All★Vet State and will continue to serve our nation's brave servicemen and women to the fullest extent."