The Iowa Business Council today announced that its members have collectively set a goal of hiring 2,500 veterans over the next five years to support Gov. Terry Branstad's Home Base Iowa initiative. The council is made up of business executives from around the state, and its member companies employ nearly 250,000 people in all 99 counties. The Home Base Iowa initiative aims to match military veterans with companies in the state, with the goal of helping support veterans and increasing the state's workforce.