Vets find jobs and well-being

KIMT News 3 - Veterans in our area are finding support through legislation and healthcare.

They’ve served our country, and now Iowa Governor Terry Branstad hopes new legislation can pay them back.

The Home Base Iowa bill would, among other things, help streamline the paperwork process for Iowa veterans who want to get jobs in a career like teaching.

Those currently serving say, their military skills often transfer over to many kinds of jobs.

“We always go through this major downsizing of the military and were experiencing that now and there’s such a tremendous talent pool and skill set of the soldiers that are coming off of active-duty that we want to draw them to Iowa,” said Commander Sergeant Major Rachel Fails.

Today in Mason City, Sgt. Maj. Fails is speaking with employers on how they can benefit from veteran talents, but it’s just one of the many ways she says Iowa is serving, those who have served.

“We want veterans to come out that can’t get to the Des Moines area and that’s why we have the mobile service van,” said Jennifer Oliver, Senior National Service Officer with the nonprofit, Disabled American Veterans group.

Those with the mobile service van drive from county to county helping veterans better understand the health benefits they earned by serving in the military.

“We provide professional claims work to injured veterans, ill veterans, their families and dependents. So basically that means if they need help filing a claim through the VA that’s what we do,” said Oliver.

“We want the values that we’ve instilled by service in the military. The training that they’ve been provided and the discipline, that work ethic that they have to the service in the military. We want that in Iowa for our employers and our communities,” said Fails.

Veterans are invited to be there as Governor Branstad signs the bill into law.

That will happen at Camp Dodge in Johnston, on Memorial Day.

Iowa is one of many states set to sign veterans aid legislation into law this year.

Last week, the Minnesota House passed a bill to help veterans who are trying to get police jobs in the state.

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