For Immediate Release
Contact: Kerry Koonce: (515) 281-9646
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Iowa Workforce Development Offers Many Services for Veterans
Mason City, Iowa – From job search assistance to information about employment and training programs, Iowa Workforce Development offers many services for veterans.
“We are pleased to serve the Iowa veterans who gave of themselves to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today,” said Elisabeth Buck, Director of Iowa Workforce Development.
Eligible veterans can receive assistance for a productive job search or gain access to job listings through IWD’s electronic data base. They can also receive assistance with job interviewing and résumé writing skills.
Veteran Representatives through Iowa Workforce Development monitor job listings from federal agencies and federal contractors to ensure that veterans get priority service in referral to these jobs, and work closely with clients of V.A. Vocational Rehabilitation.
After meeting with Joe, a disabled veteran, veteran representative William Stuflick partnered him with the Ticket to Work program through social security disability. Joe was surprised to learn that he could go back to work without losing the benefits of the social security insurance program. Within hours of meeting with Stuflick, Joe was given an employment plan.
Within a week, Joe was contacted by an employer and after an interview was offered the job. With his new job and ongoing social security benefit, Joe’s income and quality of life have improved dramatically. With a new sense of purpose and self-worth, Joe feels like he is a contributing member of the community in North Iowa.
This is just one example of the personalized service Iowa veterans receive from Iowa Workforce Development. For more information, contact the Mason City center at (641) 422-1524.