Discharge from the armed services is, by definition, a life-changing experience, so the state of Arkansas has launched a one-stop website of resources, HomeBase Arkansas.com, both to ease the transition from military to civilian and to support its veterans.
The aim, according to information made available by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), is to support veterans and transitioning service members as they find a permanent place to call home as they transition out of service, by connecting them with available opportunities in Arkansas.
“Our veterans, retired military service members, and active duty service members all bring a variety of skills and experiences that are unique to military service,” said Gov. Asa Hutchinson in announcing the launch of the initiative to promote the state as the “Place to Call Home” for military families. “They enhance a community in ways that no others can.”
Home Base Arkansas fills the state’s aim to support veterans and transitioning service members as they find a permanent place to call home as they transition out of service by connecting them with available opportunities in Arkansas. It also bridges the gap between skilled service members and Arkansas employers seeking qualified workers.
“Whether they are current members, transitioning to civilian life,” added state Department of Commerce Secretary and AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, “or looking to retire here, we want them to know about the many educational and employment opportunities that Arkansas can provide them.”
Home Base Arkansas provides information about military benefits, employment, education, and relocation resources in the state, including tax exemptions, licensure portability, housing, and more. The Workforce Connection job database allows military personnel to identify available positions throughout the state based on skills transferable from the service to civilian employment.
In addition to the website, Home Base Arkansas has a representative, Brad West, available to discuss advantages of living in the state. West is contracted to attend Transition Assistance Program briefings to provide more information on living and working in Arkansas.
The Military One Source consultant for Arkansas is Joanna Murray Terpening, who may be reached at (501) 322-0202 or via email at Joanna.murrayterpening@ militaryonesource.com.
Other resources include:
Veteran Readiness and Employment Coordinator Daniel Cook of the Little Rock regional office of the federal Department of Veterans Affairs. Cook’s phone numbers are (501) 370-3843 or (501) 370-3780; his email is Daniel.Cook1@va.gov.
Northeast Arkansas Soldier and Family Readiness Specialist Simone Baldwin, whose office is located in the state National Guard Armory at 6109 CW Post Road in Jonesboro. Her phone numbers are (501) 212-7080 (office) or (501) 413-3210 (cell).