Iowa Military and Veterans Benefits

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Summary of Iowa Military and Veterans Benefits: 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.


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Iowa Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

 
What are my Iowa Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Iowa State Taxes on Military Pay: Members of the Armed Forces, Armed Forces military reserve and the national guard in an active duty status can exclude pay received from the federal government for military service performed, to the extent it was included in line 15, Gross Income.

Members who are employed full-time in the National Guard (as defined in Title 32 of the U.S. Code) are not considered in an active duty status, so their pay is not excluded from Iowa tax.

Learn more about Iowa State Taxes on Military Pay

Iowa Retired Military Pay Income Taxes: Military Retirement Benefits Exclusion from Iowa Income tax - enacted legislation (2014) exempts federal retirement pay received for military service and survivor benefits from state individual income tax. This exemption is in addition to the general $6,000 / $12,000 pension exclusion available for Iowa individual income tax for taxpayers 55 years of age or older.

For example, if a married individual age 65 receives $20,000 in military retirement pay and $25,000 in pension income from John Deere, that individual will be able to exclude $32,000 ($20,000 plus $12,000) of pension income on their Iowa income tax return.

Learn more about Iowa Retired Military Pay Income Taxes

Iowa State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income if any of the following conditions apply:

  • Disabled Veteran with prostetic leg  You were entitled to receive a disability payment before September 25, 1975

  • You were a member of the military (active or reserves) or were under a binding written commitment to become a member on September 24, 1975

  • You receive disability payments for a combat-related injury. This is a personal injury or sickness that:

    • Resulted directly from armed conflict

    • Took place while you were engaged in extra-hazardous service

    • Took place under conditions simulating, including training exercises such as maneuvers, or

    • Was caused by an instrumentality of war

  • You would be entitled to receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if you filed an application for it (the exclusion under this condition equals the amount you would be entitled to from the VA)

Learn more about Iowa State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay

Iowa State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Dependency and Indemnity CompensationHonor Guard in VA cemetery (DIC) is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

Learn more about Iowa State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Iowa State Tax Benefits: Enacted 2014 legislation exempts military survivor benefits from state individual income under 10 U.S.C. 1447. The exemption is available for both residents and nonresidents of Iowa.

Learn more about Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Iowa State Tax Benefits

Iowa Military Student Loan Income Tax Exemption: Military student loan repayments included in federal adjusted gross income are exempt from Iowa income tax if the following criteria are met. This exemption may be taken by persons in the:

  • Armed Forces

  • Armed Forces military reserve

  • National Guard

The individual must be on active duty at the time of the loan repayment.

Learn more about the Iowa Military Student Loan Income Tax Exemption

Forgiveness of Iowa State Income Tax for Deceased Service Members and those Missing and Presumed Dead: Iowa income tax is forgiven if:

  • the person's federal income tax was forgiven because

  • the deceased was killed in a combat zone, or

  • the taxpayer is missing in action and presumed dead, or

  • the deceased was killed outside the United States due to terrorist or military action while they were a military or civilian employee of the United States

Single Status: Iowa income tax is forgiven for the tax year in which the individual was killed or was missing and presumed dead and for the tax year prior to the year of death.

Married / Year of Death: If the deceased was married at the time of death, all tax is forgiven for the year of death if the filing status is joint or married filing separately on the combined return for that tax year.

Married / Prior Year: All tax is forgiven if the deceased was married at the time of death and a joint return or a married filing separate return was filed for the year prior to death. Please note that if the deceased had filed using the married filing separately on the combined return status, only the state income tax attributable to the deceased will be forgiven. Prior-year returns cannot be amended to change the filing status. (701 IAC 39.11)

Learn more about Forgiveness of Iowa State Income Tax for Deceased Service Members and those Missing and Presumed Dead

Iowa Military Property Tax Exemption: Reduces a Veteran's assessed home value for property by $1,852.
Who is eligible for Iowa Military Property Tax Exemption? Must have served on active duty during a period of war or for a minimum of 18 months during peacetime. The home must have been owned by 1 July of each claimed year.
Iowa Tax Form 54-146, Application for Military Exemption

Learn more about the Iowa Military Property Tax Exemption

Iowa Disabled Veteran's Homestead Tax Credit: The State of Iowa offers a 100% property tax credit to eligible Veterans and certain dependents.

This exemption is limited to a 1/2 acre where the home and the buildings, if any, are located when within a city limit. For properties located outside city limits the maximum size is 40 acres which includes the house and any buildings.
Who is eligible for the Iowa Disabled Veteran's Homestead Tax Credit? Veterans with 100% service-related disability status qualify for this credit. Veterans also qualify who have a permanent and total disability rating based on individual unemployability paid at the 100% disability rate. The Veteran must own and occupy the property as a homestead on July 1 of each year, declare residency in Iowa for income tax purposes and occupy the property for at least six months each year. Persons in the military or nursing homes who do not occupy the home are also eligible.

A Surviving Spouse of a disabled Veteran receiving DIC payments also qualifies. The Surviving Spouse as a beneficiary of the estate of a Veteran who received the credit may continue to receive the credit as long as the Spouse resides in the qualified homestead and does not remarry. Your claim must be filed on or before July 1. A current Benefits Paid letter and a DD214 must be included with your application.
Iowa Department of Revenue, Application for Disabled Veterans Homestead Tax credit
Iowa Department of Revenue, Disabled Veterans Homestead Tax Credit FAQ

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What are my Iowa Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Iowa National Guard Iowa National Guard Service Scholarship (INGSS) : The Iowa National Guard Service Scholarship (INGSS) provides annual awards to Iowa National Guard members who attend eligible Iowa colleges and universities. Maximum individual awards cannot exceed the current average resident tuition rate at Iowa Regent Universities. The INGSS may be combined with other federally funded programs such as Federal Student Aid, Federal Tuition Assistance, and the GI Bill programs to assist in covering education costs.

The maximum award per SM for fall semester 2020 or spring semester 2021 will not exceed 100% of the regent’s resident tuition rate or 100% percent of the tuition rate at the institution attended by the SM, whichever is lower. The State Board of Regents has not met to set tuition and fees rates for Academic Year 2020-2021. At this time, maximum resident Regent tuition rate for fall 2020 and spring 2021 is estimated at $4,037/semester or $8,073/year.
Who is eligible for the Iowa National Guard Service Scholarship (INGSS)? Service members must meet the following requirements

  • Iowa college student aid commission logo Iowa resident

  • Member of an Iowa Army or Air National Guard unit for each term the member receives benefits

  • Satisfactorily complete required Guard training

  • Maintain satisfactory performance of Guard duty

  • Pursue a certificate or undergraduate degree at an eligible Iowa college or university (students with BA degrees are not eligible to participate even if pursuing a second BA degree) and maintain satisfactory academic progress.

  • Note: A qualified individual cannot receive an INGSS award for more than 120 semester credit hours or the equivalent (effective July 1, 2015) of undergraduate study.

Iowa National Guard Service Scholarship (INGSS), Online Application Page
Iowa National Guard Service Scholarship (INGSS), Flyer
Iowa National Guard Service Scholarship (INGSS), Adjutant General Memo
Iowa National Guard Service Scholarship (INGSS), National Guard Webpage

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Iowa War Orphans Tuition Assistance: The Iowa War Orphans Education Aid program is for Children of Veterans who died before September 11, 2011. A war orphan is the Child of a Veteran who died during active federal military service while serving in the Armed Forces or during active federal military service in the Iowa National Guard or other military component of the United States, or who died as a result of such service. A Veteran is further defined as a resident of Iowa who served in the Armed Forces of the United States at any time during the following dates and was discharged under honorable conditions:

  • Occupation of Germany from November 12, 1918 through July 11, 1923

  • American expeditionary forces in Siberia from November 12, 1918 through April 30, 1920

  • Second Haitian suppression of insurrections from 1919 through 1920

  • Yangtze service with Navy and Marines in Shanghai or in the Yangtze Valley from 1926 through 1927 and 1930 through 1932

  • China service with Navy and Marines from 1937 through 1939

  • World War II service between September 16, 1940 through December 31, 1946

  • Korean Conflict service between June25, 1950 through January 31, 1955

  • Vietnam Conflict service between February 28, 1961 through May 7, 1975

  • Lebanon or Grenada service from August 24, 1982 through July 31, 1984

  • Panama service from December 20, 1989 through January 31, 1990

  • Persian Gulf conflict service from August 2, 1990, through the date the President or Congress of the United States declares a cessation of hostilities

  • Former members of the reserve forces of the United States who served at least twenty years in the reserve forces after January 28, 1973 and who were discharged under honorable conditions. However, a member of the reserve forces of the United States who completed a minimum aggregate of ninety days of active federal service other than training and was discharged under honorable conditions, or was retired under Title X of the United States Code shall be included as a Veteran

  • Former members of the Iowa National Guard who served at least twenty years in the Iowa National Guard after January 28, 1973 and who were discharged under honorable conditions. However, a member of the Iowa National Guard who was activated for federal duty, other than training, for a minimum aggregate of ninety days and was discharged under honorable conditions or was retired under Title X of the United States Code shall be included as a Veteran

  • Former members of the active, oceangoing merchant marines who served during World War II at any time between December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946 both dates inclusive, who were discharged under honorable conditions

  • Former members of the Women’s Air Force service pilots and other persons who have been conferred Veteran’s status based on their civilian duties during World War II in accordance with federal Pub. L. No. 95-202, 38 U.S.C.} 106

The amount of War Orphans Educational Aid allowed to eligible War Orphans is based upon an annual appropriation made by the Iowa Legislature. Payment is limited to $600.00 per calendar year for each War Orphan with a lifetime maximum benefit of $3,000.00.
Who is eligible for Iowa War Orphans Tuition Assistance?

  • A War Orphan MUST have graduated from a high school or educational institution offering a course of training equivalent to high school training

  • A War Orphan MUST have lived in the State of Iowa for at least two (2) years immediately preceding the filing of an application

  • A War Orphan MUST attend a University, College, Junior College, School of Nursing, Business School, or Trade School located within the State of Iowa and approved by the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs

Iowa War Orphans Tuition Assistance Instructions
Iowa War Orphan Tuition Assistance Application
Chapters 35A.5 and 35A.13 of the Iowa Code Application for Iowa War Orphans Education

Learn more about Iowa War Orphans Tuition Assistance

Iowa “Operation Recognition” High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: 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 Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Education to establish eligibility for honorably discharged Veterans.
Iowa “Operation Recognition” High School Diploma Application
Who is eligible for the Iowa “Operation Recognition” High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans?
Iowa Veterans who served during the following time periods:

  • April 6, 1917-November 11, 1918 (World War I)

  • September 16, 1940-December 31, 1946 (World War II)

  • June 25, 1950-January 31, 1955 (Korean Conflict)

  • February 28, 1961-May 5, 1975 (Vietnam Conflict)

Learn more about the Iowa “Operation Recognition” High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans

Branstad/Reynolds, Children of Fallen Iowa Service Members 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.
Branstad/Reynolds, Children of Fallen Iowa Service Members Scholarship Fund Information and Application
Who is eligible for the Branstad/Reynolds, Children of Fallen Iowa Service Members Scholarship Fund?
The Branstad-Reynolds Scholarship will consider those that qualify within these guidelines:

  • Children of a deceased Service member that died while serving in an active military status since September 11, 2001

    • Qualifying Service member must have met the following requirements

      • Was a resident of Iowa at the time of entering military service and at the time of death

      • Death does not have to be combat-related

      • Military status includes active Federal service in the Armed Forces, or Iowa based unit, National Guard, or Reserves

  • Student is attending or will attend an Iowa post-secondary educational institution.

Scholarships may be used to subsidize the costs of tuition, books, fees, housing, special tools and equipment required for coursework, school-approved tutoring, and any other required educational expenses. Once all educational expenses are met, any remaining funds will be released to the student in order to cover other expenses as needed. This is a state funded program and may be used in conjunction with any federal benefits. Unique applications presented to the scholarship committee in writing will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about the Branstad/Reynolds, Children of Fallen Iowa Service Members Scholarship Fund

Iowa 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:

  • Children sitting on the steps of a school 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:
Misty Nissen, Commissioner
Therapeutic Educational Consultant
Address: 1080 Highway 17
Corwith, IA 50430
Email: mistynissen@gmail.com
Phone: 515-269-1073

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What are my Iowa Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

State Employee Paid Leave for Military Duty: A non-temporary state employee who is a member of the uniformed services, when ordered by proper authority to serve in the uniformed services, shall be granted leave without loss of pay for 30 work days each calendar year.
Who is eligible for State Employee Paid Leave for Military Duty? Non-temporary state employees when ordered to military duty are eligible

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Iowa 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 Vocational 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.
Who is eligible for Iowa Veterans Employment Centers? Veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States.

Learn more about Iowa Veterans Employment Centers

Iowa Veterans Employment Services: Iowa is committed to providing quality employment services to Veterans at our IowaWORKS Centers. Veteran Representatives, who are all honorably discharged Service members, coordinate all services provided to eligible Veterans within the IowaWORKS system. They work with eligible Veterans and clients of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation to:

  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment of skill levels

  • Assist in development of an individual employment plan

  • Conduct individual Career planning services

  • Develop job interviewing and resume writing skills

  • Help place eligible Veterans in federally-funded employment and training programs

  • Monitor job listings from federal agencies and federal contractors to ensure Veterans get priority service in referral to these jobs; and

  • Provide intensive services to meet the employment needs of eligible Veterans

These services provide Veterans with the necessary information needed to find and secure suitable employment. These services can also help Veterans make the transition from the military to the civilian workforce easier.
Who is eligible for Iowa Veterans Employment Services?
To qualify for services, you must register with your local Iowa WORKS Center and meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • a Veteran who is receiving service-connected disability benefits from the VA or have a disability claim pending with the VA

  • a Vietnam era Veteran who served between Feb. 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975, in the Republic of Vietnam or between Aug. 5, 1964, and May 7, 1975, in all other cases

  • currently homeless or at risk of becoming homeless

  • has been incarcerated

  • a recently separated Service member who has been unemployed for 27 or more weeks in the previous 12 months

  • lacking a high school diploma or equivalent certificate; or

  • low-income as defined by WIOA

  • aged 18-24

  • a member of the Armed Forces who is wounded, ill or injured and receiving treatment in a military treatment facility or warrior transition or the Spouse or other Family caregiver of such an Armed Forces member

In addition, under the priority of service provisions of the Jobs for Veterans Act, a Veteran who is eligible or Spouse of an eligible Veteran who is entitled to receive Priority of Service is a person who has served at least one day in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released from service under any condition other than a dishonorable discharge. This definition includes Reserve united and National Guard units activated for Federal Service. Veterans and eligible Spouses have the right to take precedence in obtaining all employment and training services.

Depending on the type of service or resource being provided, taking precedence may mean:

  • the covered person receives access to the service or resource earlier in time than the non-covered person; or

  • if the service or resource is limited, the covered person receives access to the service or resource instead of or before the non-covered person

Learn more about Iowa Veterans Employment Services

Iowa State Employment Veteran Hiring Preference: In all examinations and appointments under this chapter, Veterans who are citizens and residents of the United States shall have five percentage points added to the Veteran's grade or score attained in qualifying examinations for appointment to positions. Five additional percentage points are added to the grade or score if the Veteran has a service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability benefits, or pension under laws administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Exclusions include promotions and appointments of chief of the police department and chief of the fire department.

An honorably discharged Veteran who has been awarded the Purple Heart incurred in action shall be considered to have a service-connected disability. However, the percentage points shall be given only upon passing the exam and shall not be the determining factor in passing. Veterans' Preference percentage points shall be applied once to the final scores used to rank applicants for interview selection. There are basically two types of preference eligibility:

  • disabled (10-point preference eligible)

  • non-disabled (five-point preference eligible)

Learn more about Iowa State Employment Veteran Employment Preference

Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil service mother daughter huggingand in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:

  • During a war; or

  • During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or

  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or

  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent

10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses, or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of their usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

  • Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or

  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of their usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

Learn more about Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act: Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protect civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of Reserve components. USERRA also makes major improvements in protecting Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.

Iowa Army National Guard trainingAbsence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years (the previous law provided four years of active duty, plus an additional year if it was for the convenience of the Government). There are important exceptions to the five-year limit, including initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA clearly establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service as long as the basic eligibility criteria are met.

Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members convalescing from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.

Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning service-members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service (the long-standing "escalator" principle), with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. The law clearly provides for alternative reemployment positions if the Service member cannot qualify for the "escalator" position. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102 percent of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), provides assistance to all persons having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

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Home Base Iowa Program: Home Base Iowa connects Iowa businesses with qualified Veterans and their Spouses looking for career opportunities. The program also provides rHome Base Iowa Program logoesources to help connect Veterans and their Families with education and in transitioning to a new community. 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 go to the Home Base Iowa Program Contact page .

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What are my Iowa Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Iowa Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment Insurance (UI) provides short term benefits for those who are unemployed through no fault of their own. UI is paid entirely by employers who are covered by the Iowa Employment Security Law. To be eligible for UI benefits the claimant must:

  • be totally or partially unemployed

  • have worked and earned a minimum amount of wages in work covered by UI in the last 15 to 18 months

  • have lost their job through no fault of their own

  • be able and available for work

  • Verify your identity through online verification or provide required documents

  • be actively seeking work (work search may be waived if certain criteria are met)

  • be registered for work (unless the work search requirement is waived).

The following information is needed when filing for UI benefits:

  • Social security number

  • Name, payroll address and telephone number of your last employer

  • Start and end dates of your last job

  • Whether or not you will receive vacation pay, severance, etc.

  • Alien registration number (if not a U.S. citizen or permanent refugee)

  • DD214 (Member 4) if you served in the U.S. military during the last 18 months

  • Standard Form 8 (SF-8) if you worked for the federal government in the last 18 months

  • Name(s), date(s) of birth, and social security number(s) of any dependents that are claimed as exemptions on your federal income tax return

    • Spouses may be claimed as a dependent if their gross wages were $120.00 or less in the week prior to filing your claim.

    • Self-employment does not count as gross wages for dependent purposes.

You may file for UI benefits at the Iowa Work Force Development, Online Claim Portal (the fastest and most efficient way) or at a local IowaWORKS Center.
IowaWORKS Center Directory

For additional information or to better understand the eligibility requirements, please refer to the Iowa Unemployment Insurance Benefits Handbook or contact Customer Service at 866-239-0843.

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What are my Iowa Military and Veterans  Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Benefit?

Veteran Designation on Iowa Driver Licenses and ID Cards: Honorably discharged Veterans may request the "Veteran" designation be placed on their driver's license or non-operator identification card. Iowa Drivers License with Veteran Designation
Who is eligible for a Veteran Designation on Iowa Driver Licenses and ID Cards? To be eligible, your DD214 must show both a character of service indicating an honorable discharge and be listed as active duty (not training active duty) prior to your discharge.

There are two ways to apply for the designation:

  • Take a copy of your DD214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty from the Department of Defense) directly to a driver’s license issuance location

    • Once you have received a Veteran’s designation, the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) will notify the County Commission of Veteran’s Affairs so that the commission may initiate contact with you

  • Present your DD214 to your county Veterans Affairs office, complete the required Iowa DOT application form, and then bring it to a driver's license issuance location

    • The County Veterans Affairs office will confirm your Veteran status and complete the required Iowa DOT application form. Take the completed form with you to any driver's license issuance location. The Veteran designation will be added to your driver's license or ID card when it is issued

Iowa Department of Transportation, Certificate of Eligibility For Veteran Designation on Driver License or Identification Card Application Form 432035

If you are applying for a new license or ID or are renewing a previous one, all usual fees apply. If you are requesting a duplicate or adding the Veteran’s designation to your current DL or ID, there will be a fee of $10.
Iowa County Veterans Affairs Office Directory
Iowa Driver's License Service Centers

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Temporary Extension of Iowa Driver's licenses for Military Personnel: An extension of operating privileges may be given to military personnel who cannot return to Iowa to renew their driver's license in person and do not meet eligibility requirements to renew online. The extension is valid until six months following separation from active duty.

Iowa law also provides for an extension to dependents of active military personnel. This extension is valid for five years from the expiration date of the license. A copy of the dependent's military identification must accompany the written request.
Who is eligible for a Temporary Extension of Iowa Driver's licenses for Military Personnel? Active duty personnel and their dependents are eligible for an extension.

A completed Iowa Department of Transportation, Application for Extension or Replacement of Iowa Driver's License for Active Duty for Military, IA form 430081, along with the active duty assignment orders, may be emailed, faxed, or mailed to:

Driver & Extension Services
Iowa Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 9204
Des Moines, Iowa 50306-9204
Phone: 515-244-8725
Fax: 515-239-1837
Email: mymvd@iowadot.us

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Iowa Specialty Military and Veteran License Plates: The State of Iowa offers 24 distinctive license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retirees, and certain Family members. Specific eligibility and documentation requirements will apply. A short description of some these license plates is listed below.

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Iowa Veteran License Plate: A Veteran license plate can be applied for by any Veteran that provides a copy of the DD214 (other than copy 1) or other documentation (WD AGO form 53-55) (WW2) approved by the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs. Documents must show the dates of service and character of Iowa Veteran License Plateservice at least under honorable conditions. National Guard and Reserve members must have served at least 90 days of active duty service for other than training, or National Guard and/or Reserve minimum of 20 years of service, discharge under honorable conditions, eligible for retired pay at age 60.

Numbered plate fee:

  • One set at no charge

  • Second or subsequent sets at $25

  • $5 annual registration fee to the Veterans License Fee Fund at the time of renewal

  • Annual registration renewal fee

Personalized plate fee:

  • One set at $25

  • Second or subsequent sets at $50

  • $5 annual validation fee to the Veterans License Fee Fund at the time of renewal

  • Annual registration renewal fee

Who is eligible for the Iowa Veteran License Plate? The owner of the vehicle who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and was discharged under honorable conditions is eligible.

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Iowa Purple Heart License Plate: A Purple Heart license plate can be applied for by any Service member or Veteran that provides a copy of the official government or military document verifying the receipt of the Purple Heart Medal.Iowa Purple Heart License Plate

Numbered plate fee:

  • One set at no charge

  • Second or subsequent sets at $25

  • $5 annual registration fee to the Veterans License Fee Fund at the time of renewal

  • Annual registration renewal fee

Personalized plate fee:

  • One set at $25

  • Second or subsequent sets at $50

  • $5 annual validation fee to the Veterans License Fee Fund at the time of renewal

  • Annual registration renewal fee

Who is eligible for the Iowa Purple Heart License Plate? The owner of a 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 is eligible.

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Iowa Medal of Honor License Plate: A Medal of Honor license plate can be applied for by any Service member or Veteran that provides a copy of any official government or military document verifying Receipt of the Medal of Honor. The Iowa Medal of Honor License plate may be requested with the Branch of Service of Iowa Medal of Honor License Platethe Applicant e.g. Army, Navy and Air Force

Numbered plate fee:

  • No initial fee

  • No annual renewal fees

Personalized plate fee:

  • Personalized plates are not available

Who is eligible for the Iowa Medal of Honor License Plate? 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 shall be returned.

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Iowa Disabled Veteran License Plate:  A Disabled Veteran Plate can be applied for by any Veteran that provides a certification from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that theIowa Disabled Veteran License Plate 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 shall be submitted to the County Treasurer's Office in the Veteran's county of residence when the motor vehicle is first registered.
Iowa County Treasurer's Office Directory

Numbered plate fee: Exempt from the payment of the registration fee for one vehicle provided by the United States government under the provisions of § 1901 - 1903, Title. 38 of the United States Code, 38 U.S.C. § 1901 et seq. (1970)

Who is eligible for the Iowa Disabled Veteran License Plate? Seriously disabled Veterans who have been provided with an automobile or other vehicle by the United States government under the provisions of § 1901 – 1903, Title. 38 of the United States Code, 38 U.S.C. § 1901 et seq. (1970).

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Iowa Gold Star Family License Plate: The owner of the 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 or who died as a result of such service. The application must be accompaniedIowa Gold Star Family License Plate with satisfactory supporting documentation approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs. All applications must be sent to the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs for approval before a plate can be ordered.

The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs needs sufficient official documentation showing lineage of applicant to the deceased Veteran and documentation that the Veteran is deceased due to military service.

Numbered plate fee:

  • One set at no charge

  • Second or subsequent sets at $25

  • $5 annual registration fee to the Veterans License Fee Fund at the time of renewal

  • Annual registration renewal fee

Personalized plate fee:

  • One set at $25

  • Second or subsequent sets at $50

  • $5 annual validation fee to the Veterans License Fee Fund at the time of renewal

  • Annual registration renewal fee

Who is eligible for the Iowa Gold Star Family License Plate? An owner who is the Surviving Spouse, parent, Child, or sibling of a deceased member of the U.S. Armed Forces who died while serving on “active” duty during a time of military conflict is eligible.

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What are my Iowa Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?

Iowa National Guard State-Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI): Iowa National Guard Officer and Enlisted Associations offer a State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI). Some of the benefits of the Iowa SSLI are:

  • Claims paid in 24 hours

  • Dependent coverage offered (continues after separation)

  • Premiums remain the same after separation

  • Payroll deduction

  • Free $1k coverage

  • Free $10k for every new member

  • No War Clause

  • No restrictions on Cause of Death

Other optional plans are available.

Who is eligible for Iowa National Guard State-Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI)? National Guard Service member and their dependents are eligible for coverage.

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Doctor with patient TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, Active and Reserve Component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides theFamily of 4 sitting on the steps outside of their house following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI)

  • Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI)

  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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Iowa National Guard on State Active Duty Injury, Medical and Death Benefits: Any officer or enlisted person who suffers injuries or contracts a disease-causing disability, in line of duty, while on duty or in state active duty, shall receive hospitalization and medical treatment, and during the period that the officer or enlisted person is totally disabled from returning to military duty the officer or enlisted person shall also receive the pay and allowances of the officer’s or enlisted person’s grade. In the event of partial disability, the officer or enlisted person shall be allowed partial pay and allowances as determined by an evaluation board of three officers to be appointed by the adjutant general. At least one member of the board shall be a medical officer.

In the event any officer or enlisted person shall be killed while on duty or in state active duty, in line of duty, or shall die as the result of injuries received or as a result of illness or disease contracted while on duty or in state active duty, in line of duty, dependents, as defined by the workers’ compensation law of the state, shall receive the maximum compensation provided by such law.

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What are my Iowa Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Iowa Hunting and Fishing License Exemption for Resident Service Members on Leave:  Military personnel on active duty with the Armed Forces of the United States, oDeer standing in the woodsn 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.
Who is eligible for Iowa Hunting and Fishing License Exemption for Resident Service Members on Leave? A resident of Iowa serving in the United States Armed Forces on leave is eligible.

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 Iowa Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License for Disabled Veterans or Prisoners of War: Veterans in receipt of at least a 0% service-connected disability, or former Prisoners of War can receive a lifetime hunting or fishing license for a $7.00 fee. In order to qualify, the Iowa Man fishing from a dock at the lakeresident must have served on active federal service and was disabled as a result of that service.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Application for Iowa Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License for Resident Disabled Veterans

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Iowa Special Nonresident Disabled Military Permits: Iowa offers tags or licenses which allow qualified non-resident disabled military, to purchase a non-resident deer tag, turkey tag, or small game license at resident price and participate in a hunt that is conducted by an organization that conducts hunting experiences in this state for disabled persons.

Who is eligible for the Iowa Special Nonresident Disabled Military Permits? The nonresident applicant must be a Veteran and must have an assigned service-related disability rating of 30% or more under United States Code, Title 38, Chapter 11; OR must be a member of the Armed Forces serving on active federal duty currently participating in the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES).

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What are my Iowa Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Iowa 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. At this time, interest funds are received monthly and approved applicants are placed on a waiting list based on the date received and approved.

Benefits Available to Veterans and Spouses:

  • Iowa Veterans Trust Fund logo Travel – For wounded Veterans directly related to follow-up medical care.

  • Unemployment Assistance – Must have a service connection causing their unemployment. $3,000.00 in a twelve-month period, with a lifetime maximum of $6,000.00.

  • Job Training or Education Assistance – Lifetime maximum of $3,000.00.

  • Individual or Family Counseling – Up to $5,000.00 in a twelve-month period.

  • Dental – Up to $2,500.00 in a twelve-month period.

  • Audiology – Up to $1,500.00 per year in a twelve-month period.

  • Emergency Housing Repairs – Up to $3,000.00 in a twelve-month period.

  • Emergency Vehicle Repairs – Up to $2,500.00 in a twelve-month period.

  • Emergency Room – Lifetime maximum of $5,000.00.

  • Durable Medical Equipment – Lifetime maximum of $2,500.00.

Who is eligible for the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund? Veterans, their Spouses or dependents are eligible for the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund. For the purpose of this benefit, “Veteran” means the same as defined in Iowa Code section 35.1 or resident of Iowa who served honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States, completing a minimum of 90 days of active duty, other than training.

Applications are reviewed once a month by the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs. A decision is made at the time of review. Applicants are notified via letter of the decision with instructions on how to proceed. To get started on your application, please contact your local Iowa Veterans Affairs County Office.
Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, Iowa Trust Fund Application
Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, County Office Directory

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Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Benefit Specialists: The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) staff includes benefits specialists, accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, who specialize in federal VA benefits, as well as state benefits. They advise Veterans and Family members of Veterans concerning federal VA benefits they may be entitled to receive. These include pension, disability compensation, and other ancillary benefits. Benefit specialists can also represent claimants with federal claims and review all correspondence pursuant to those claims to determine if an award action or denial was correct. For additional information, please call the IDVA office at 515-252-4698 or 800-838-4692 and ask for a benefit specialist.

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Iowa Injured Veterans Grant Program: This grant provides up to $10,000 in financial assistance to Service members or discharged Veterans 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.
Iowa Injured Veteran Grant Application

Grants will be paid by the Iowa department of Veterans affairs in increments of $2,500 up to a maximum of $10,000 in the following manner:

  • $2,500 - When Veteran is medically evacuated from the combat zone following a combat-related injury.

  • $2,500 - 30 days after evacuation date if still hospitalized, receiving medical treatment or rehabilitation services by the military or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; does not include follow-up appointments.

  • $2,500 - 60 days after evacuation date if still hospitalized, receiving medical treatment or rehabilitation services by the military or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; does not include follow-up appointments.

  • $2,500 - 90 days after evacuation date if still hospitalized, receiving medical treatment or rehabilitation services by the military or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; does not include follow-up appointments.

Who is eligible for the Iowa Injured Veterans Grant Program? For purposes of this program, the term “Veteran” means:

  • A resident of this state 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; or

  • A nonresident of this state who is or was a member of a national guard unit located in this state prior to alert for mobilization who has served on active duty at any time after September 11, 2001, was injured while serving in the national guard unit located in this state, is not eligible to receive a similar grant from another state for that injury, and, if discharged or released from service, was discharged or released under honorable conditions.

In addition, an eligible Veteran must meet all of the following conditions:

  • The Veteran must have sustained a combat-related injury in a combat zone or hostile fire zone; and

  • The combat-related injury was serious enough to require medical evacuation from the combat zone to a military hospital or the injury required at least 30 consecutive days of hospitalization at a military hospital; and

  • The combat-related injury was or is considered by the military to have been received in the line of duty, based upon the circumstances known at the time of evacuation or injury.

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, is maintained as a long-term health care facility providing multiple levels of care, with attendant Iowa Veterans Homehealth care services, for honorably discharged Veterans and their dependent Spouses and for Surviving Spouses of honorably discharged Veterans and Gold Star parents.

For admission information please visit the Iowa Veterans Home Admission Webpage. For questions regarding eligibility; admission processing; cost of care or bed availability contact the Admissions Coordinator, Jason Matteson, at 800-645-4591 or 641-753-4325.
Who is eligible for care at the Iowa Veterans Home?
Admission into the Iowa Veterans Home is limited according to Iowa law (Code of Iowa 35D). According to state law, the Iowa Veterans Home may admit Iowa residents who are honorably discharged Veterans and their dependent Spouses, Surviving Spouses of honorably discharged Veterans, and gold star parents who are in need of receiving either nursing or residential care.

Every county in Iowa has a Commission of Veterans Affairs. Prior to time of admission into the Iowa Veterans Home the County Commission in an individual’s home county must certify that each applicant for admission into the Iowa Veterans Home is eligible for admission by verifying both residency in Iowa and military service. Each County Commission or Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center counselor has applications for admission into the Iowa Veterans Home. 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.
Iowa Statutes Regarding the Iowa Veterans Home

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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 eligible Iowa Veterans CemeterySpouses/dependents will be buried for a $300.00 fee.
Iowa Veterans Cemetery Application: Pre-Registration for Burial Determination
Who is eligible for Burial at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery?
State residency is not a prerequisite to be interred at the cemetery. Eligibility determinations shall be made in accordance with federal regulations (38 CFR 38.620) and state administrative rules. 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 with the Veteran (and alongside in case of third burial).

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Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) Military Homeownership Assistance Program: This program provides eligible Service Members and Veterans with aIowa Finance Authority (IFA) logo $5,000 grant for down payment and closing costs on a qualifying home purchase. The funds may be used in conjunction with the FirstHome and Homes for Iowans programs. This program is limited to funding availability.
Who is eligible for the Iowa Military Homeownership Assistance Program? 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

AND

  • Receives prior approval before closing on a qualified home

  • Utilizes the Iowa Finance Authority, Participating or Facilitating Lender and 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 loan estimate is issued

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

Typical forms usually needed to establish military service include:

  • A copy of a valid DD214 (Member 2 Form or higher)

  • Four months of leave and earnings statements or other documentation that may be required and government issued photo ID

Note: Effective 30 September 2019, all funding for the FY20 Military Homeownership Assistance Program has been reserved. Reservations for this program are not being accepted and will resume if a new appropriation is approved by the State Legislature.
Iowa Finance Authority Interest Rates
Iowa Finance Authority, Participating or Facilitating Lender Search Tool
Iowa Finance Authority Eligibility Quick Check

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities in Iowa

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Iowa: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.

(VA) Cemeteries in IowaLearn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Iowa

  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in Iowa: The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration maintains two national cemeteries in Iowa. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

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Military Installations in Iowa

Please see the Iowa Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty

Army
Iowa Army Ammunition Plant

Air Force
There are no active duty Air Force installations in Iowa.

National Guard
Iowa National Guard

Iowa Army National Guard

Iowa Air National Guard
132nd Wing
185th Air Refueling Wing

United States Army Reserve (USAR)
88th Readiness Division

 
Resources

Iowa Legislature

Iowa Code

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Facility Directory Iowa

Retirement Living, Tax Information Iowa

Iowa Department of Transportation, Vehicle Registration

Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs

Air National Guard Benefits

Army National Guard Benefits

U.S. Department of Labor, Veteran's Employment and Career Transition Advisor

Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission, Iowa

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Document Review Date: 13 May 2020