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Home Base Iowa Update

November 11, 2014

This year as we celebrate Veteran’s Day it is important to reflect back on honor and support our nation’s heroes. Since the program was first announced in November 2013, Home Base Iowa has been working to support our nation’s veterans and has taken steps to prove Iowa’s commitment to service members is stronger than ever.

Home Base Iowa is non-profit, public-private partnership that works to attract and retain servicemen and women, veterans and military spouses to Iowa. By pairing our nation’s veterans with targeted resources used to help them find jobs, communities and stay connected with the military, Iowa has in turn helped to recruit some of the country’s finest talent to the state.

Since the program’s enactment in July 2014, 495 veterans have been hired and Iowa employers have pledged more than 5,000 jobs to military men and women. Iowa companies and communities have also worked to further their commitment to veterans by becoming designated Home Base Iowa Businesses and communities.

There are currently over 200 designated businesses and four counties throughout the state who have received this designation and more than 60 additional counties are hoping to do the same. A more recent addition to the program was announced in late October and will help Iowa colleges and universities better serve and educate veterans.

The Home Base Iowa Certified Higher Academic Military Partner (CHAMP) program will provide an opportunity for Iowa’s colleges and universities to become CHAMP certified and will offer established guidelines for schools as they strive to meet the needs of veterans on campus.

For certification, schools must meet certain criteria and provide on-campus veteran resources, show additional support for the service member’s transition and provide additional financial resources. Upper Iowa University, Mount Mercy University and Des Moines Area Community College have all received designation for the program, with many more schools across the state vying for the same.

This component to the state’s veteran initiative is one more way Iowa is working to attract veterans and ensuring service members a smooth quest in receiving higher education, finding a career and calling Iowa home. Iowa is well on its way to become one of the nation’s top military friendly states. Efforts seen from businesses, schools and communities across the state are guaranteeing veterans experience a seamless transition from combat into civilian life. For more information on Home Base Iowa, visit



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