HIRING VETS: Branstad Signs Home Base Iowa Act

“We reach out to veterans to let them know there is no better place to work, live, and raise a family than in the great state of Iowa,” said Governor Branstad.

On a day of recognition for the men and women who serve our county, a bill was signed making it easier for veterans to get ahead upon completion of their service.

Branstad signed the Home Base Iowa Act into law Monday morning at the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum at Camp Dodge.

The bill, which received bipartisan support in the legislature is designed to help veterans get quality private sector jobs and keep more of their military pensions.

Home Base Iowa allows private companies to give veterans preference in the hiring and promotion process and gives credit to veterans for their military experience when applying for work related licenses.

Home Base Iowa also fully exempts military pensions from state income tax and makes it easier for veterans to earn college credit for their military experience.

Skip Timmons, a veteran, says the bill is a win-win for veterans and their future employers.

“Rifleman, technician, pilot, whatever the case may be, it’s all going to help them in civilian life,” said Timmons.

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