State / Territory Benefits - Iowa

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Summary: Iowa offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Veterans Employment Assistance, War Orphans Education Aid, Special Vehicle License Plates, as well as Hunting, Fishing license and State Park privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

State Taxes:

Property Tax Exemptions: Reduces a Veteran's assessed home value for property by $1,850.
Eligibility: Must have served on active duty during a period of war or for a minimum of 18 months during peacetime.

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Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before September 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.

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Disabled Veteran's Homestead Tax Credit: This legislation provides 100% exemption of property taxes for Veterans with a permanent service-connected disability rating of 100%, or a permanent and total disability rating of 100% based on individual unemployability.  Surviving Spouses or Children who are Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) recipients are also eligible.  Apply here

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Retired Military Pay: Military Retirement Benefits Exclusion from Iowa Income tax - recently-enacted legislation (2014) exempts federal retirement pay received for military service and survivor benefits from state individual income tax. Because the change is retroactive to January 1, 2014, individuals receiving military retirement benefits may immediately change or eliminate the amount of Iowa tax being withheld on their military pension.

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VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Not subject to federal or state taxes.

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Military SBP/SSBP/RCSBP/RSFPP: Recently-enacted legislation (2014) exempts federal retirement pay received for military service and survivor benefits from state individual income under 10 U.S.C. 1447. The exemption is available for both residents and nonresidents of Iowa.

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Education Benefits:

Iowa National Guard Educational Assistance Program (NGEAP): pays up to 100% of the Regents tuition rate. For the 2013-2014 school year, the maximum award is $3,329 per semester. NGEAP does not cover summer courses. Apply online at here.
Eligibility:
Iowa residents, who are current Iowa National Guard members in good standing.

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Iowa War Orphans Education Aid: The Iowa War Orphans Education Aid program is for Children of Veterans who died before September 11, 2011 and for Children of Veterans who died on or after September 11, 2011.

Program for Children of Veterans who died before September 11, 2001

A war orphan is the Child of a Soldier who died in service or as a result of such service before September 11, 2001, during one of the following periods:

  • World War I between April 6, 1917, and June 2, 1921, inclusive.
  • World War II between September 16, 1940, and December 31, 1946, inclusive.
  • The Korean Conflict between June 25, 1950, and January 31, 1955, inclusive.
  • The Vietnam Conflict between August 5, 1964, and May 7, 1975, inclusive.
  • The Persian Gulf Conflict between August 2, 1990, and the date the President or the Congress of the United States declares a permanent cessation of hostilities, inclusive.
  • While serving in the military or naval forces of the United States, to include members of the reserve components performing service or duties required or authorized under Chapter 39, United States Code, and Title 32, United States Code, Sections 502 through 505.
  • Active state service required or authorized under Iowa Code chapter 29A, or as a result of such service.
  • The Child of a national guardsman or other member of a reserve component who died or was killed in the performance of training or other duties ordered by competent federal or state authorities.

War orphans educational assistance will not exceed $600 per person per year. There is a lifetime maximum of $3,000 per person.
Eligibility: To qualify, the orphan must have lived in the state for at least two years immediately preceding the filing of the Application for Iowa War Orphans Educational Aid. The student may attend and educational or training institution of college grade or any business or vocational training school with standards approved by the department within the state of Iowa.

Program for Children of Veterans who died on or after September 11, 2001

A war orphan is a Child who has not reached the age of 31 and who is the Child of a Soldier who died in service or as a result of such service on or after September 11, 2001, as follows:

  • While serving in the military or naval forces of the United States, to include members of the reserve components performing service or duties required or authorized under Chapter 39, United States Code, and Title 32, United States Code, Sections 502 through 505.
  • Active state service required or authorized under Iowa Code chapter 29A, or as a result of such service.
  • A Child who has not reached the age of 31 and who is the Child of a national guardsman or other member of a reserve component who died or was killed in the performance of training or other duties ordered by federal or state authorities. In order to receive state educational assistance, a war orphan shall begin postsecondary education prior to reaching the age of 26.

Eligibility: To qualify, the war orphan shall be the Child of a Veteran who died as a result of active military service and at the time of entering into active duty military service had maintained primary residence in Iowa for a period of at least six months immediately before entering into military service. Application for Iowa War Orphans Educational Aid

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Operation Recognition High School: This program furnishes an honorary high school diploma to qualifying Veterans who did not complete high school (in Iowa) due to armed service enlistment. The application form is used by the IDVA and the Department of Education to establish eligibility for honorably discharged Veterans. Operation Recognition High School Application

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Branstad/Reynolds Scholarship Fund: The Branstad-Reynolds Scholarship fund provides post-secondary educational scholarships for Children of deceased military Service members who died while in an active military status after September 11, 2001. The Scholarship is administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.
Eligibility: The Branstad-Reynolds Scholarship will consider those that qualify within these guidelines:

  • Child of a deceased Service member that died while serving in an active military status since September 11, 2001.
    • Qualifying Service Member is any of the following:
      • was a resident of Iowa at the time of entering military service
      • was assigned to unit based in Iowa at the time of death
      • was a resident of Iowa at the time of death
    • Death does not have to be combat-related
    • Active military status includes active Federal service in the Armed Forces, National Guard, or Reserves
  • Student is attending or will attend an Iowa post-secondary educational institution
  • Unique applications presented to the scholarship committee in writing will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.
  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.
  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.
  • Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.
  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.
  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.
  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

Primary Point of Contact:
Tom Beasley
Address: 400 East 14th St, Des Moines, IA 50319-00146
Email: thomas.beasley@iowa.gov
Phone: 515-725-2865

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Employment Benefits

Military Leave: State employee receives 30 days paid military leave per year.
Eligibility: Permanent or probationary State employees when ordered to inactive (drill status) or active duty.

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Veterans Employment Centers: Each Regional Workforce Development Center has a Veteran's Employment Representative coordinating all specific services provided to Veterans. Services include identifying training opportunities; identifying employment opportunities; ensuring priority for certain jobs; working with Voc Rehab; conducting outreach to employers, community and Veterans organizations, unions, local counseling, and social service agencies; developing job interview and resume writing skills; and helping conduct productive job searches.
Eligibility: Veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States.

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Veteran Employment Preference: Gives eligible Veterans preference in appointment over many other applicants. Veterans' preference applies, to virtually all new appointments in both the competitive and excepted service. Veterans' preference does not guarantee Veterans a job and it does not apply to internal agency actions such as promotions, transfers, reassignments, and reinstatements.

You are a 5 point preference eligible if your active duty service meets any of the following:

  • 180 or more consecutive days, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001 and ending on a future date prescribed by Presidential proclamation or law as the last date of Operation Iraqi Freedom, OR
  • Between August 2, 1990 and January 2, 1992, OR
  • 180 or more consecutive days, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955 and before October 15, 1976.
  • In a war, campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized or between April 28, 1952 and July 1, 1955.

You are a 10 point preference eligible if you served at any time, and you:

  • Have a service connected disability, OR
  • Received a Purple Heart.

Eligibility: Only Veterans discharged or released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions are eligible for Veterans' preference. This means you must have been discharged under an honorable or general discharge. If you are a "retired member of the armed forces" you are not included in the definition of preference eligible unless you are a disabled Veteran OR you retired below the rank of major or its equivalent.

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Home Base Iowa: The Home Base Iowa initiative is a new non-profit, private-public partnership that was launched with the purpose of recruiting Veterans and active duty Service members for private-sector job opportunities in Iowa. The website serves as a comprehensive source for job services available to Veterans in Iowa. The site features job postings, links to job fairs, and up-to-date information about educational opportunities, National Guard recruiting, job training, and much more. If you have questions, please call 855-9HB-IOWA (855-942-4692) or email at homebase@iowa.gov.

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Unemployment Compensation:

Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment Insurance (UI) is paid entirely by employers who are covered by the Iowa Employment Security Law. Unemployment insurance is not based on need; it provides temporary benefits for people who are:

  • Unemployed or working reduced hours through no fault of their own.
  • Able to work and available for work.
  • Actively looking for work (unless waived).

The intent is to pay benefits to eligible claimants during periods of unemployment when suitable work is not available. Unemployment Insurance Handbook

UI Benefits - E-Mail: UIClaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov
Access Points: http://www.iowaworkforce.org/accesspoints/
Telephone: 866-239-0843 (general questions)

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Department of Transportation (DOT) Benefits:

Veteran Designation on Iowa Driver Licenses and ID: Honorably discharged Veterans may request the "Veteran" designation be placed on their driver's license or non-operator identification card. Veteran must present a copy of their DD214 or applicable discharge document to the County or State Veterans Affairs Office to have their eligibility certified. That office and the Veteran will complete an Iowa DOT Application form. Note: Veterans may request the "Veteran" designation anytime they seek a new card, not just at the time of renewal. The cost for a duplicate DL or non-operator ID is $10.00.
Eligibility: Any honorably discharged Veteran

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Veteran License Plate: A copy of the official military order, DD214, or other documentation approved by the Office of Veteran Affairs is required upon application. Applications will be approved by the Office of Veterans Affairs, and fees as noted go to the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs. All issuance fees for the first set of plates are waived; annual registration fees still apply. A $35.00 initial fee for the Commission and a $10.00 annual validation fee for the Commission plus annual registration renewal fee is required for any subsequent plates issued. Additional fee of $25.00 and $5.00 annual validation fee for personalized plates. Note: $25 of the personalized plate fee and $5 annual validation fee will be credited to the Veterans License Fee Fund. Plates must be assigned to a vehicle within 90 days or the plates will be voided and no refund issued. Your current plates must be exchanged for your new plates. Special Plate Application
Eligibility: The owner of vehicle who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and discharged under honorable conditions.

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National Guard Member License Plate: Current members of the Iowa National Guard with certification by unit commander verifying current membership on the application. All issuance fees for the first set of plates are waived; annual registration fees still apply. A $25.00 initial fee and $5.00 annual validation fee is required plus annual registration renewal fee for subsequent plates issued. Personalized plates cost an additional fee of $25.00. Plates must be assigned to a vehicle within 90 days or the plates will be voided and no refund issued. Your current plates must be exchanged for your new plates. Special Plate Application
Eligibility: Current members of the Iowa National Guard

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Purple Heart License Plate: A copy of the official government or military document verifying the receipt of the Purple Heart Medal is required upon application. All issuance fees for the first set of plates are waived; annual registration fees still apply. A $25.00 initial fee, $5.00 annual validation fee, and an annual registration renewal fee are required for subsequent plates issued. Personalized plates cost an additional fee of $25.00. Plates must be assigned to a vehicle within 90 days or the plates will be voided and no refund issued. Your current plates must be exchanged for your new plates. Special Plate Application
Eligibility: The owner of vehicle who was awarded the Purple Heart Medal by the United States Government as a result of wounds received in combat against an armed enemy.

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Ex-Prisoner of War (Ex-POW) License Plate: A copy of any official government or military document that verifies prisoner of war status or a signature of a witness is required. No initial fee, however a $15.00 annual registration renewal fee is required. Not available as a personalized plate. Plates must be assigned to a vehicle within 90 days or the plates will be voided and no refund issued. Your current plates must be exchanged for your new plates. Special Plate Application.
Eligibility: Motor vehicle owner or part owner who is a former prisoner of war. A surviving Spouse may continue to use the plates. If the surviving Spouse remarries, the plates shall be returned for regular plates.

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Silver Star Plate: A copy of the official government or military document verifying the receipt of the Silver Star is required upon application. All issuance fees for the first set of plates are waived; annual registration fees still apply. A $25.00 initial fee and $5.00 annual validation fee plus annual registration renewal fee is required for subsequent plates issued. Personalized plates cost an additional fee of $25.00. Plates must be assigned to a vehicle within 90 days or the plates will be voided and no refund issued. Your current plates must be exchanged for your new plates. Special Plate Application.
Eligibility: The owner of vehicle who was awarded the Silver Star by the United States Government

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Bronze Star Plate: A copy of the official government or military document verifying the receipt of the Bronze Star is required. All issuance fees for the first set of plates are waived; annual registration fees still apply. A $25.00 initial fee and $5 annual validation fee is required with annual registration renewal fee for subsequent plates issued. Personalized plates cost an additional fee of $25.00. Plates will be sent to your county treasurer's office and they will notify you when your plates are ready. Plates must be assigned to a vehicle within 90 days or the plates will be voided and no refund issued. Your current plates must be exchanged for your new plates. Special Plate Application
Eligibility: The owner of vehicle who was awarded the Bronze Star by the United States Government.

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Medal of Honor Plates: A copy of the official government document verifying receipt of the Medal of Honor must be submitted with the application. No initial or validation fees required. Not available as a personalized plate. Plates must be assigned to a vehicle within 90 days or the plates will be voided and no refund issued. Your current plates must be exchanged for your new plates. Special Plate Application
Eligibility: Motor vehicle owners who have been awarded the Medal of Honor. A surviving Spouse may continue to use the Medal of Honor plate. If the surviving Spouse remarries, the plate needs to be returned.

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Legion of Merit Plates: A copy of the official military order DD214 or other documentation approved by the Iowa Office of the Adjutant General verifying the receipt of the Legion of Merit. No initial or validation fees required. A $15.00 annual registration renewal fee must be paid. Not available as a personalized plate. Plates must be assigned to a vehicle within 90 days or the plates will be voided and no refund issued. Your current plates must be exchanged for your new plates. Special Plate Application
Eligibility: A vehicle owner who has been awarded the Legion of Merit as established by the Congress of the United States. A surviving Spouse may continue to use the Legion of Merit plate. If the surviving Spouse remarries, the plates shall be returned for regular plates.

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Pearl Harbor Survivor: A copy of any official document verifying the applicant was a member of the Armed Services of the United States and stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941 is required. All issuance fees for the first set of plates are waived; annual registration fees still apply. A $25.00 initial fee and $5.00 annual validation fee as well as annual registration renewal fee is required for all subsequent plates issued. Personalized plates are available at an additional fee of $25.00. Plates must be assigned to a vehicle within 90 days or the plates will be voided and no refund issued. Your current plates must be exchanged for your new plates. Special Plate Application.
Eligibility: The owner of a vehicle who was a member of the Armed Services of the United States and stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941.

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Disabled Veteran License Plate: No fee for the plates, available upon payment of initial cost of plate. You must submit a certification from the Veterans Administration that the motor vehicle has been provided to you by the United States government under the provisions of Sections 1901 to 1903, Title 38 of the United States Code. The certification is submitted to the county treasurer's office in the Veteran's county of residence when the motor vehicle is first registered. Plates must be assigned to a vehicle within 90 days or the plates will be voided and no refund issued. Your current plates must be exchanged for your new plates. Special Plate Application
Eligibility: Seriously disabled Veterans that have been provided with vehicles by the U.S. Government qualify.

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Gold Star Family License Plate: The owner of a vehicle must be a surviving Spouse, parent, Child, or sibling of a deceased member of the United States Armed Forces who died while serving on "active duty" during a time of military conflict. The application must be accompanied with satisfactory supporting documentation approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for approval before a plate can be ordered. All issuance fees for the first set of plates are waived; annual registration fees still apply. A $25 initial plate fee, $5 annual validation fee and an annual registration renewal fee is required for all subsequent plates issued. Personalized plates are available at an additional fee of $25.00. Plates must be assigned to a vehicle within 90 days or the plates will be voided and no refund issued. Current plates must be exchanged for new plates. Special Plate Application.
Eligibility: An owner who is the surviving Spouse, parent, Child, or sibling of a deceased member of the United States Armed Forces who died while serving on "active duty" during a time of military conflict.

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Retired Armed Services License Plate: A copy of the official government or military document confirming retirement is required. All issuance fees for the first set of plates are waived; annual registration fees still apply. A $25 initial fee, $5 annual validation fee and an annual registration fee is required for all subsequent plates issued. Personalized plates are available at an additional fee of $25.00. Note: The $25 initial plate fee and $5 annual validation fee will be credited to the Veterans License Fee Fund. Plates must be assigned to a vehicle within 90 days or the plates will be voided and no refund issued. Current plates must be exchanged for new plates. Special Plate Application
Eligibility: Owners of vehicles recognized by the United States Armed Forces as retired from the United States Services.

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Armed Forces License Plate: The Armed Forces License Plate is available for the follow medals: Air Force Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Airman's Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Medal, or the Soldier's Medal by the United States government. All issuance fees for the first set of plates are waived; annual registration fees still apply. A $25 initial fee, $5 annual fee and an annual registration fee is required for all subsequent plates issued. Personalized plates are available at an additional fee of $25.00. Note: The $25 initial plate fee and $5 annual validation fee will be credited to the Veterans License Fee Fund. Plates must be assigned to a vehicle within 90 days or the plates will be voided and no refund issued. Your current plates must be exchanged for your new plates. Special Plate Application
Eligibility: A satisfactory copy of the official government or military document verifying the owner's receipt of the above named medal.

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License plates approved by the 2011 legislative session: Combat Infantryman Badge, Combat Action Badge and Combat Medical Badge. Before any of the new plates can be applied for or manufactured, the following must be met.

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

Medical Benefits: Full coverage for injuries incurred in Line of Duty (LOD).
Eligibility: National Guard Service member on State active duty.

Worker's Compensation: Same as State employees.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member on State active duty.

Group Insurance: Iowa National Guard Association offers $5,000.00 for $2.00 per month; $10,000.00 for $3.66 per month; $15,000.00 for $5.33 per month; $25,000.00 for $7.00 per month and a Family plan of $5,000.00 for a Spouse and $1,000.00 each Child for $3.33 per month; a new enlistment $10,000.00 for 1 year free, and $1,000.00 death gratuity for all Guard members.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member.

Injury/Death Benefits: Same as worker's compensation.
Eligibility: Disease, injury or death occurs while serving on State Active Duty.

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Parks and Recreation Benefits:

Hunting/Fishing license: Military personnel on active duty with the armed forces of the United States, on authorized leave from a duty station located outside of this state, and a legal resident of this state, may hunt or fish without a license. You must carry your leave papers and a copy of a current earnings statement showing a tax deduction for Iowa income taxes while hunting or fishing.
Eligibility: A resident of Iowa serving in the United States Armed Forces.

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Lifetime Hunting/Fishing License: Upon payment of $7.00, the Department of Natural Resources will issue a lifetime combination hunting and fishing license. Application
Eligibility: A resident of Iowa who is a Veteran and is in receipt of a service-connected disability, or Former Prisoner of War. Veteran must an Iowa resident, must have served on active federal service, and was disabled as a result of that service.

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

Veterans Trust Fund: The State of Iowa has established a multi-million dollar fund to provide certain services to Veterans. Beginning in December 2007, interest from this fund has been available to provide relief for Iowa Veterans and their Families. Funds can be used for travel expenses for service-related medical care; unemployment or underemployment assistance due to service-related causes, job training, or tuition assistance; assistance with vision, hearing, dental care, durable medical equipment, and prescription drugs; counseling and substance abuse services; emergency vehicle and housing repair; transitional housing in an emergency; emergency room and ambulance transportation assistance; funding to determine whether a deceased Veteran is the father or mother of a Child; funding for Family support groups; and grants for providing honor guard services at Veteran's funerals. Trust fund expenditures are approved through the Iowa Veterans Commission. Apply: Iowa Veterans Trust Fund

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Injured Veterans Grant Program: This grant provides up to $10,000 immediate financial assistance to a Veteran so that Family members of the Veteran may be with the Veteran during the Veteran's recovery from an injury. Treatment or services must be provided in a location that is not the Veteran's home of record.
Eligibility: The Veteran must be a resident of the State of Iowa who is or was a member of the national guard, reserve, or regular component of the armed forces of the United States who has served on active duty at any time after September 11, 2001, and, if discharged or released from service, was discharged or released under honorable conditions at the time of injury; and the Veteran must have sustained an injury or illness in a combat zone or hostile fire zone; and the injury or illness was serious enough to require medical evacuation from the combat zone or the injury required at least 30 consecutive days of hospitalization at a military hospital; and the injury or illness was or is considered by the military to be "in line of duty, based upon the circumstances known at the time of evacuation; and the Veteran, if discharged from the military, was discharged under honorable conditions. The Veteran will remain eligible for the grant after discharge from the military so long as the Veteran continues to receive medical treatment or rehabilitation services for the specific injury or illness.

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Iowa Veterans Home: The Iowa Veterans' home, located in Marshalltown, shall be maintained as a long-term health care facility providing multiple levels of care, with attendant health care services, for honorably discharged Veterans and their dependent Spouses and for surviving Spouses of honorably discharged Veterans.
Eligibility: Admissions to the Iowa Veterans Home are limited to honorably discharged Veterans eligible for care and treatment at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities. The Spouse of a Veteran or widowed Spouse of a Veteran shall be eligible for admission, based on the eligibility of the living or deceased Veteran Spouse, in accordance with the Iowa Administrative Code (IAC). The individual shall have met the residency requirements of the state of Iowa on the date of admission to the Iowa Veterans Home. Spouses must be married to a Veteran for at least one (1) year before the date of application. Certification of residency is required by the County Commission of Veteran Affairs.

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The Iowa Veterans Cemetery: The Iowa Veterans Cemetery began operation on July 3, 2008. Located 10 miles west of Des Moines, near Van Meter, the cemetery is available to all Veterans, their Spouses, and dependent Children for burial. Honorably discharged Veterans will be interred at no charge and Spouses/dependents will be buried for a $300.00 fee. The application for burial determination is available for download here.
Eligibility: State residency is not a prerequisite to be interred at the cemetery. In general, the military service requirements for burial in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery are:

  • Discharged from "active duty" under conditions other than dishonorably, or
  • Died while on "active duty", or
  • Served at least 20 years in the National Guard or Reserves and qualified for military retirement pay (or would have qualified except death occurred before age 60), or
  • Reserve component personnel qualify if they otherwise served in a Presidential call-up during their Reserve Component military service. Active duty for training of Reserve Component personnel does not qualify as active service.

Service member's Spouse and eligible dependents may be interred at the cemetery.

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Military Service Member Homeownership Assistance: This program provides eligible Service Members and Veterans with a $5,000 grant that may be used toward entry cost assistance, such as down payment and closing cost assistance on a qualifying home purchase. Eligible Service members may access the Military Homeownership Program assistance to be used with a qualifying mortgage or cash purchase transaction.
Eligibility: To be eligible for the program, the Service Member must meet the following criteria:Have served 90 days active duty between August 2, 1990 and April 6, 1991 or September 11, 2001 to present. Active duty need not be consecutive; it may be cumulative. Inactive Duty Training, Annual Training and Active Duty for Training may not count toward active duty; or

  • Is a federal status injured Service member having served in active duty August 2, 1990 and April 6, 1991 or September 11, 2001 to present; or
  • Is a surviving Spouse of said eligible Service member, all who have had a discharge other than dishonorable.
  • Servicemember or surviving Spouse must have purchased a home after March 10, 2005.

AND

  • Receives prior approval before closing on a qualified home.
  • Utilizes an IFA Participating or Facilitating Lender and IFA first mortgage (if financing the purchase).
  • Utilizes an IFA Participating Lender to receive a non-IFA first mortgage if IFA deems it economically feasible and financially advantageous. At this time, IFA will approve a grant with non-IFA financing if the lender demonstrates that such financing is a fixed rate, permanent, fully amortizing mortgage loan that is at least 25 basis points lower APR* than the most comparable IFA mortgage product available at the time the applicable Good Faith Estimate is issued.
    *NOTE: IFA does not use the APR listed on the TIL since it excludes certain financing costs. Instead, in making its analysis of whether a non-IFA loan qualifies, IFA will use the APR calculator found at www.bankrate.com.

The home must meet the following criteria:

  • The home must be located in the state of Iowa and must be purchased by the eligible Service member.
  • The home must be immediately occupied by the Service member/Spouse as the borrower's primary residence.
  • Single-family residences (including "stick-built" homes, modular homes or manufactured homes, provided the home is attached to a permanent foundation and is taxed as real estate).
  • Condominiums
  • Townhomes
  • A property containing up to four units, if one of the units will be the primary residence of the Service member.

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Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities in Iowa

Veterans Health Administration
VA Health Care System
Des Moines: VA Central Iowa Health Care System, 3600 30th St, 515-699-5999 / 800-294-8387
Iowa City: Iowa City VA Health Care System, 601 Highway 6 West, 319-338-0581 / 800-637-0128

Outpatient Clinic
Carroll: Carroll VA OPC, 311 S. Clark St, 712-794-6780 Fax: 712-792-7853
Coralville: Coralville OPC, 520 10th Ave, Suite 200, 319-358-2406 / 319-688-3365

Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Bettendorf: Bettendorf VA Clinic, 2979 Victoria St, 563-332-8528 / Fax: 563-332-9331
Cedar Rapids: Cedar Rapids CBOC, 2230 Wiley Blvd SW, 319-369-4340 / Fax: 319-369-4341
Decorah: Decorah VA Clinic, 915 Short St, 563-387-5840
Dubuque: Dubuque VA Clinic, 200 Mercy Dr, Suite 106, 563-588-5520
Fort Dodge: Fort Dodge VA Clinic, 2419 2nd Ave N, 515-576-2235 / 866-578-8836 / Fax: 515-576-6863
Knoxville: Knoxville VA Clinic, 1515 W. Pleasant St, 641-828-5019 / 800-816-8878 / Fax: 515-699-5862
Marshalltown: Marshalltown VA Clinic, 101 Iowa Ave, 641-754-6700 / 877-424-4404 / Fax: 641-753-1375
Mason City: Mason City VA Clinic, 520 S. Pierce, Suite 150, 641-421-8077 / Fax: 641-494-5005
Ottumwa: Ottumwa VA Clinic, 1009 E Pennsylvania Ave, 641-683-4300 / Fax: 641-683-4301
Shenandoah: Shenandoah CBOC, 512 S. Fremont St, 712-246-0092 / Fax: 712-246-2592
Sioux City: Sioux City VA Clinic, 1551 Indian Hills Dr, Suite 206, 712-258-4700 / 712-258-4777
Spirit Lake: Spirit Lake VA Clinic, 1310 Lake St, 712-336-6400 / 712-336-6439
Waterloo: Waterloo VA Clinic, 945 Tower Park Dr, 319-235-1230 / Fax: 319-235-1229

Veteran Center - 877-927-8387
Cedar Rapids: Cedar Rapids Vet Center, 4250 River Center Court NE, Suite D, 319-378-0016 / Fax: 319-378-8145
Des Moines: Des Moines Vet Center, 1821 22nd St #115, 515-284-4929 / Fax: 515-277-4949
Sioux City: Sioux City Vet Center, 1551 Indian Hills Dr, Suite 214, 712-255-3808 / Fax: 712-255-3725

Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Office
Des Moines: Des Moines VA Regional Office, 210 Walnut St, 800-827-1000 / Fax: 515-323-7580

National Cemetery Administration
National Cemetery
Davenport: Oakdale Cemetery Soldiers' Lot, 2501 Eastern Ave, 309-782-2094 / Fax: 309-782-2097
Keokuk: Keokuk National Cemetery, 1701 J St, 309-524-1304 / Fax: 319-524-8118

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Military Installations in Iowa

Active Duty

Army
Iowa Army Ammunition Plant

Iowa National Guard
Iowa National Guard
Iowa Army National Guard
Iowa Air National Guard


United States Army Reserve (USAR)
88th Regional Support Command

 

Resources

http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?State=IA&dnum=ALL

http://www.defense.gov/specials/outreachpublic/ia.html

http://www.retirementliving.com/taxes-alabama-iowa#IOWA

http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/ovs/plates/plates.htm

https://va.iowa.gov/benefits/index.html

http://www.dol.gov/elaws/vets/realifelines/stateinfo.htm?state=IA

https://va.iowa.gov/women_vets/index.html

http://mic3.net/pages/contact/Map/iowa.aspx

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Document Review Date: 14 January 2015