JOBS FOR VETS: Iowa Companies Helping Out

Governor Branstad announced there will be more opportunities for veterans returning home from serving overseas.

The Iowa Business Council signed up with the Home Base Iowa Initiative adding 20 more companies to the program including Casey’s General Store.

The Iowa Business Council committed to hire 2,500 veterans over the next five years.

At Casey’s General Store, hiring veterans is nothing new.

“I for one recognize the great skill set that these veterans have,” says Casey’s General Store CEO Bob Myers.

Myers should know, he spent 22 years in the Army and served in Vietnam.

He says the skills a veteran acquires while serving translate well into a solid employee.

“The leadership qualities they have, their sense of duty, their discipline, their integrity, and all of those are critical components and I would say that sets them apart,” says Myers.

They are skills Jay Soupene demonstrated when he was hired on as Casey’s Director of Store Operations.

“It was a good fit, it was a good opportunity to come here,” says Soupene.

Soupene spent 20 years in the Army and served two tours to Iraq before retiring.

However, he admits the transition from military to civilian life can be a challenge.

“It`s quite an adjustment it really is, things actually move in some ways slower, particularly in corporate America.  It was quite a sharp learning curve coming in here and understanding the culture,” says Soupene.

Luckily, companies like Casey’s and others with the Iowa Business Council are recognizing the talent veterans can bring to the workforce.

“Our military veterans have such a wide range of skill set, they`re easily adaptable to the task that we have here within the company,” says Myers.

And that’s good news for veterans here at home.

“I don`t think veterans have a good prospective of just how prepared they are, I tell them if you`re successful in uniform you will be successful on the civilian side.  I’ve been fortunate to be in an organization with great people, it`s been a wonderful transition for me,” says Soupene.

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