County to aid veterans in job search

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*Note: Image used belongs to Winona Whitaker

*Note: Image used belongs to Winona Whitaker

OTTUMWA – Veterans will find help landing jobs locally when Wapello County becomes the 47th county to team up with Home Base Iowa.

HBI acts as a liaison between veterans and businesses to help veterans find employment after leaving the service, Danny Simonson said in a presentation to county Supervisors Tuesday.

Simonson, the veterans representative for Iowa Workforce Development, told supervisors that the goal of HBI is to keep veterans in Wapello County when they return from deployment by connecting them with local employers who can use their specific skills.

Veterans can search for businesses on the HBI website and let businesses search for them.

According to Simonson, 260 veterans have resumes on HBI. Simonson said businesses and communities in HBI counties offer incentives to veterans to look for work in their counties.

In Appanoose County, Honey Creek Resort offers hotel rooms to veterans who visit Appanoose County to search for a job, Simonson said.

Simonson stressed the importance of having a contact person to help vets find information about schools and housing “If they’re not from here and looking to locate here.” The contact person would send information about Wapello County and its resources to veterans requesting information from the website, Simonson said.

Simonson asked supervisors to approve a resolution to make a partnership with HBI official and to actively take part in the program, create a point of contact in the county and encourage businesses to offer incentives and hire veterans.

Supervisor Greg Kenning asked for HBI’s help to link HBI resources to the county’s website, and Supervisor Chair Jerry Parker said the county would need guidance to set up the program in Wapello County.

“We still would want to get more employers involved,” said Simonson, and to add incentives to the packets that veterans receive from participating counties.


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