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Partnership to help area veterans

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Good news for area veterans, finding housing and transportation could get easier.

Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa is joining forces with the Black Hawk County Veterans Affairs Office to help veterans.

Many veterans in Waterloo do not have a roof over their heads. For those people needing an immediate home Goodwill has leased a four bedroom home in the area.

"Dozens of men and women are experiencing difficulty adjusting to everyday life following their active service," according to Veterans Affairs Executive Director, Kevin Dill. Transportation and housing rank at the top of the barriers to independence experienced by vets. "We are anxious to partner with Goodwill Industries to address these two concerns," said Dill.

This partnership's main goal is to help with that transition.

David Boyd, Goodwill President and CEO said that agency is committed to easing barriers for veterans. "We have provided transportation, vocational, and residential services to persons with disabilities for decades. Adding this population to our service delivery model is a logical step and will play a small role in helping close an existing service gap in our community."

The veterans can also learn the steps of getting a job including writing resumes and interviewing techniques.

"These services and more will be available to our deserving veterans," added Boyd.

Both agencies hope to grow these services throughout the cedar valley in the coming months.

The program will begin Monday.

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