Governor Branstad launched "Home Base Iowa" last November. It serves as a stepping stone to help service members’ transition back into civilian life.
Thursday, the Governor announced Greene County as the first county to adopt the program.
Senior Joe Yoder, knows firsthand how difficult life can be after deployment. “I know guys who were active duty, Marine Corps, army and they`re thinking 'how am in going to provide for my family now?'”
The “Home Base Iowa” initiative helps troops settle into their communities and find a job and a place to live.
The program requires 10 % of local businesses commit to hire veterans. Also communities must have an incentive package to keep veterans in the community.
The community banks in the county will offer a $2,000 relocation reimbursement and waiver closing costs on homes.
Greene County Chamber of Commerce President Ben Yoder says “You have to realize if you make a little expense reduction to make things happen, that money and that profit you get back can be reinvested in the community and it helps the community grow.”
The “Home Base Iowa” bill is also hoping to eliminate taxation on military pensions.