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IWD to host event on supporting female veterans


Iowa Workforce Development will host an event at Camp Dodge to highlight the contribution of Iowa female veterans on Friday as part of Women’s Veterans Month. The event will honor their past service and highlight ways Iowa businesses and communities can support women veterans in today’s workforce. Speaking at the event will be Lt. Commander Keriki Purkiss and a panel discussion moderated by IWD Director Beth Townsend. Remarks from Gov. Kim Reynolds and Sen. Joni Ernst will also be played through a prerecorded video message. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates there are more than 15,000 female veterans in the state. “With the right support, the dedication of service and hard work embodied by women veterans is very translatable to civilian life in a new career,” Townsend said. “Many programs are available to help with new careers, and the demand for skilled workers has never been higher in Iowa. We look forward to a celebration of all that women veterans represent and the ways we can support their future.” The event, held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Camp Dodge Pool Pavilion, is open to the public, but registration is required.

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