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Military and Veterans

Did you know nearly 40% of Iowa employers prefer to hire veterans (Home Base Iowa)? Greater Des Moines (DSM) is dedicated to the continued support of active military and courageous veterans. From job resources to relocation assistance, DSM is an inclusive place for local servicemen and women — whether veterans, activity duty military or reservists. Companies like Wells Fargo, Bankers Trust and Nationwide have pledged their companies to provide welcoming amenities and resources for their veteran employees. In fact, in 2015 Principal — which is headquartered in DSM —  was recognized by Diversity Journal among the Top 25 Most Influential Companies for Veteran Hiring.

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What The Partnership Provides to Military and Their Families

The Partnership’s role in assisting servicemen and women is to help the region become ambassadors for inclusion. Leadership in service translates to leadership in business.

  • Trailing Spouse Job Assistance – The Partnership can assist with spouse job placements. Find more info on the talent development resources page.
  • Community Tours for Relocating Families – Community tours are available for families moving to DSM. Find more info on the talent development resources page.
  • Relocation Assistance – The Partnership has all the info you and your family need to help ease your move. Learn more and request a packet of information about DSM to be delivered directly to you on the relocate here page.
  • Welcome to DSM USA Receptions – Attend a Welcome to DSM USA reception to meet other residents new to the region. Find more info on The Partnership’s events page.
  • Career Center – The Partnership’s Career Center is a resource for candidates to search and apply for career opportunities. Find more info on the find a job page and post your resume today!

Additional Services for Vets and Military

In DSM, there are several resources available for uniformed heroes. This comprehensive list focuses on inclusive organizations, specifically for military persons.

Military and Veterans in DSM USA

Bunker Labs DSM — Bunker Labs’ mission is to ensure the military-connected community has the network, tools, and opportunities they need to start their own business. We exist to close the ecosystem access gap for the military-connected community, which we do by providing an array of programs that connect, equip and inspire the entire community of entrepreneurs regardless of where they are on their journey. Twenty-five percent of transitioning service members want to start a business and they need places inside their community where they can connect with the people, resources, and support they need to start and grow their businesses. We’re here for them, and we do it all for free!

Home Base Iowa — With several Home Base Iowa (HBI) communities within The Partnership’s service area, this one-of-a-kind program provides veterans and transitioning service members and their families with HBI resources, including employment, education and/or continued service.

As of August 2017, two more local communities received HBI community designations, including Madison County and the City of Winterset, joining Polk, Dallas, Jasper, Marion and Warren counties as HBI communities and CHAMPs, or Certified Higher Academic Military Partners. CHAMPs offer higher education incentives to servicemen and women and their families.

Veteran Employment Services — Veterans can connect with local Iowa WORKS Centers for employment and career planning services.

ESGR – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves — This Department of Defense program assists in the resolution of conflicts between service members and their civilian employers arising from an employee’s military commitment.

Iowa American Legion — Along with placing high importance on quality of life for children and teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship, caring for veterans and their families is of the utmost importance to the American Legion family.

Iowa Veterans of Foreign Wars — The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is responsible for improving VA medical centers services for women veterans, expanding education benefits to active-duty service members, developing the Veterans Administration, a national cemetery system and contributing to volunteerism in the community. VFW in Iowa has been helping veterans since 1921.

Department of Labor VETS — VETS serve America's veterans and separating service members by preparing them for meaningful careers, providing employment resources and expertise and protecting their employment rights.

VA Central Iowa Health Care — Operating a Veterans Health Administration in DSM, the VA Central Iowa Health Care System provides medical/surgical services, post-traumatic stress treatment and rehabilitation services.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) serves as a foundation for serving and honoring America’s veterans. Services for veterans include assistance with benefits, education, home loans, insurance and health resources and jobs. For family members and spouses, the VA assists with CHAMPVA (family members insurance), burials and memorials.

Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs – Benefits, Resources — Recognizing and honoring Iowa’s vets and their families, the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs and Iowa Veterans Cemetery provides benefits and support to service members through partnerships with Iowa Veterans Home, the Iowa Workforce Veterans Employment Division, the Iowa National Guard and others. Learn more about state benefits — from homeownership assistance and property tax exemption to tuition assistance and scholarships — as well as additional resources available for you.

Veterans Center – Counseling Services — Counseling services are authorized for a three-year period beginning on the date of a Veteran’s return. These services are available to Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation New Dawn (OND) and their immediate families.

Federally Employed Women — Federally Employed Women (FEW) is a private organization founded after Executive Order 11375, which added sex discrimination to the list of prohibited discrimination, was issued. Although E.O. 11375 was important, there were women who wanted to ensure there would always be an organization dedicated to promoting equality for women in the federal workforce. FEW is a way for military women to play a leadership role in promoting legislation and communicating and advocating for women’s issues in an ever-changing government infrastructure.

Camp Dodge — Camp Dodge is the Iowa National Guard base in DSM and offers many amenities including veteran's affairs, facility rental, Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, youth programs, family support resources and more.

For a comprehensive list of resources available to veterans, active duty military and reservists in DSM, The Partnership sponsors INclusion magazine which includes a guide of available tools and programs.