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Resources For Employers And Service Members Affected By Activation And Deployments

FlagsThe U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) has information and assistance available for employers, military personnel from all branches of the Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserves who may be activated for military service or those who have already been activated. 

The uniformed service members and their employers have certain rights and responsibilities under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR) has a web site is available at

Helmets to Hardhats is a program that helps ease the passage into civilian life for military personnel, Guardsmen and Reservists by providing information on great career opportunities, pay, and benefits in the construction industry.

U.S. Small Business Administration
Attention Small Business Owners – If you, or an essential employee, have been called up to active duty, the U.S. Small Business Administration has a key program to help your business deal with this challenge. For more information the Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program visit:

In addition, the SBA has numerous programs and services to assist Veterans and other members of the Military Community in starting or expanding their own small businesses – including its very popular SBA Patriot Express Loan program. For more information, visit the SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development at:

Frequently asked questions and information concerning these rights and responsibilities is available via the internet. The following link will take you to the USERRA resource guide:

U.S. Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) site:

Frequently Asked Questions for Reservists Being Called to Active Duty:

New USERRA Military Service Poster
U.S. Department of Labor officials released a new poster that they require all employers to post at their worksite. The poster is required under the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act (USERRA).

To request assistance within the State of Iowa, contact either Tony Smithhart or Dennis Larson at (515) 281-9061 or use the following e-mail addresses: or

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