NEW MISSION: State Targets Veterans

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The day after Veterans Day Gov. Terry Branstad focused in on the problem of getting veterans back to work when they leave the service.

Thousands of Iowans are returning from war. Hundreds of thousands of others could leave the military in the next few years as budget cuts reduce the size of active duty Americans. Governor Terry Branstad thinks those retiring veterans could help fill a need in the state, no matter where those veterans live now.

“They’re the kind of people we want in Iowa, people who will make good neighbors, people who will coach our little leaguers, who will be community leaders, who will be our hard-working colleagues and who will become part of the fabric of our state,” Branstad said.

Home Base Iowa is a public-private partnership that tries to connect veterans with jobs in the state. The plan will eventually have a website and will try to raise $6 million in private funds to market Iowa jobs.

Former congressman Leonard Boswell and Casey`s General Stores CEO Bob Myers will co-chair the Home Base Iowa effort.

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