Dubuque County Veterans Resources

designates CHAMP and County Partners

Dubuque County is recognized as a Home Base Iowa communityDubuque County

About: Founded in 1834, Dubuque County is located along the Mississippi River, where the states of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin meet and was named after Julien Dubuque, the first European settler in Iowa. Visit the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, explore Eagle Point Park or the Mines of Spain or take a trip up the cliffs on the famous Dubuque Fourth Street Elevator.

Also in Dubuque County, Dyersville is home to the infamous Field of Dreams. While there, checkout the St. Francis Basilica Cathedral and National Farm Toy Museum.

Dubuque Veterans Memorial Plaza is the Tri-States area's crown jewel when it comes to honoring veterans. The plaza commemorates 12 U.S. military conflicts ranging from the War for Independence up to military action in Iraq and Afghanistan. A six-ton granite globe sits as the centerpiece and a Vietnam War era Huey Cobra helicopter hovers above the memorial. As a Home Base Community, Dubuque County has a strong commitment to veteran job placement, health care and education.

Date of HBI Establishment: November 2014

Home Base Iowa Incentives: Dubuque County Veteran Incentives

Cities: Asbury, Balltown, Bankston, Bernard, Cascade, Centralia, Dubuque, Durango, Dyersville, Epworth, Farley, Graf, Holy Cross, Luxemburg, New Vienna, Peosta, Rickardsville, Sageville, Sherrill Worthington, Zwingle

Website: Dubuque County Home Base Iowa

Contact: Kristin Dietzel / 563.557.9049



Dubuque County - Veteran Director

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County service offices assist veterans with compensation/pensions, medical care, military records, grave markers and veteran home loans. Some counties may also have dedicated funds to assist with temporary shelter/utilities, food/health supplies, medical/dental, job placement, counseling and transportation. To learn more, visit the Dubuque County Veterans Office.

The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, with the support of citizens, recognizes and honors Iowa’s veterans and their families by providing the highest quality programs, services and benefits. Each of Iowa’s 99 counties has a Commissioner of Veterans Affairs and a county director. Veterans may wish to utilize the county office as the first point of contact.



Dubuque IowaWORKS Center Information

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IowaWORKS Centers are committed to providing quality employment services to all military service members and their spouses. All veterans and their spouse may be eligible for priority service.  Please let a team member know upon check-in of your veteran status. IowaWORKS Centers provide a full range of job/career assistance. Individual services include:

  • Career counseling and job search skills development
  • Help locating employment and Registered Apprenticeship opportunities
  • Academic skill testing and hands-on computer classes
  • Creating resumes/cover letters and interview preparation

Please visit or contact the Dubuque IowaWORKS Center for more information: 

680 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Dubuque, IA 52001
Phone: 563-556-5800 or 866-227-9874
Email: Region1.Web@iwd.iowa.gov



Iowa National Guard Family Services

Iowa National Guard- Warrior and Family Services Branch LogoThe Warrior & Family Services Branch is a Joint Force initiative that provides assistance to all military families, regardless of branch or component, who find themselves beyond the support capability of active duty military facilities or their home units. The Warrior & Family Services Branch acts as a network that allows families to mutually support one another. By providing families with information, resources and support, the program strengthens both the unit and service members. To learn more about these services, visit Warrior & Family Services.



  Iowa Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR)

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve LogoThe Iowa ESGR team is comprised of approximately 106 dedicated volunteers and three full-time staff members prepared to engage, inform and support employers and reserve component members throughout the state. Iowa has a proud history of outstanding employer support for reserve component members. Today’s team continues this tradition through a strong emphasis on “prevention through education.” To learn more about these services, visit the Iowa ESGR.



Non-Profit Veteran Support Organizations

This is the American Legion logoThe American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time veteran organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is a community-service organization which has reached nearly three million members, men and women at almost 15,000 American Legion posts worldwide. These posts are organized into 55 departments -- one for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines. The American Legion's national headquarters is in Indianapolis, with additional offices in Washington, D.C. The American Legion Department of Iowa is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.  The Department Service Office is located in the Federal Building in Des Moines, with an additional office located in the VA Medical Center in Iowa City. Visit the Iowa Legion or email: info@ialegion.org.



Labor Market Information & Future Ready Iowa

Iowa Workforce Development LogoThe Workforce Needs Assessment survey is an annual employer survey conducted by Iowa Workforce Development. Employers are asked to provide information regarding both their current level of employment and their current and expected job vacancies. The goal of the survey is to collect data regarding the demand for workers and the skills required of workers, both statewide and regionally. You can search for and view the Laborshed Report by city or county.


For additional help on determining career opportunities in Iowa, visit the Future Ready Iowa website. The site connects job seekers to tools for finding education, training and jobs. It uses Labor Market Information to identify the number of jobs, the average median income and what training is required within a geographically determined distance from the job seeker.

Website features include: Iowa's Career Coach, Career Exploration, Education and Training Opportunities, Financial Resources and Finding a Job



Community Employment Resources

Access Dubuque Jobs 

Job seekers can use AccessDubuqueJobs.com as a free, 24/7 virtual job fair. The website, with desktop and mobile options, allows users to search current job opportunities, apply for positions online, post their resumes, and gather information about prospective employers.

Opportunity Dubuque

Opportunity Dubuque is a nationally-recognized job training program developed in response to local employers’ needs for a skilled workforce. Through this initiative, individuals complete industry certifications to upgrade their skills or launch their careers.  Since 2012, Opportunity Dubuque has trained and employed hundreds of individuals in advanced manufacturing, transportation, and information technology careers. New for 2016, Opportunity Dubuque is offering additional certifications in culinary foundations, information technology, and construction and restoration. If you would like to learn more about this unique training opportunity, and how it may be provided at no cost to you, please contact Kristin Dietzel, Vice President of Workforce Solutions for Greater Dubuque Development, at 563-557-9049 or by email.



Dubuque County Business Partners

County Business Partner logo Home Base Iowa (HBI) Businesses are the centerpiece of the HBI effort. Veterans who have served and are looking for a career in Iowa can research any of the over 1,200 HBI Businesses. Each business has committed to hiring transitioning service members and veterans for semi-skilled and skilled positions in Iowa. 

Dubuque County has developed the Greater Dubuque Region Skills Gap Report in partnership with the Greater Dubuque Development and Northeast Iowa Community College. The report identifies workforce and skill shortage occupations in the Greater Dubuque area. It highlights which occupations are projected to have the greatest number of openings by 2025 in the region. The report also identifies the skills and educational requirements for these positions.

Many of these businesses actively attend job fairs to recruit veterans. Based on an Iowa Business Council report, the program has already provided over 2,000 jobs for veterans. HBI businesses also provide donations to assist with marketing efforts. View HBI Job Openings throughout the state and HBI businesses in Dubuque County.



An Introduction to CHAMPs

Iowa Department of Education LogoIowa provides qualified veterans, their spouses and dependents in-state tuition at Iowa's colleges and universities. Certified Higher Academic Military Partners (CHAMPs) offer premium higher education incentives. In order for institutions to become a CHAMPs partner, at least nine out of 12 criteria in three categories must be met. Categories include transitional considerations, financial considerations and on-campus resources. These higher learning centers often offer on-campus support, consistent credit for military courses and provide special financial considerations. View a full list and learn more about​ all CHAMPs institutions in Iowa.


CHAMPs institutions in this county are listed below:

Northeast Iowa Community College

Northeast Iowa Community College has been recognized as a Military Friendly School for 2016 and has held this distinction for several years. Additionally, Military Advanced Education (MAE) has awarded the College the designation of a Top School in its 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges and Universities. Students who have served in the military, or are the spouse or dependent of a veteran, may be eligible for veteran's education benefits while enrolled in an approved program of study at NICC. 

For more information:

Contact: Sheila Becker / 800.728.7367 ext. 295 / beckers@nicc.edu

Website: Northeast Iowa Community College Veterans Page



University of Dubuque

The University of Dubuque offers unparalleled support to our student veterans. Our commitment to our Nation’s service-members and veterans dates to World War II with the Navy’s V5/V12 programs, continuing to the present day with a vibrant Army ROTC Eagle Detachment, and a veteran support group for those studying on campus. In addition, for the past 15 years the University of Dubuque has purposefully encouraged Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) graduates living overseas to join our community.

For more information:

Contact: Rick Ernst / 563.589.3366 / rernst@dbq.edu

Website: University of Dubuque Veterans Page