Iowa Military and Veterans Benefits

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Education Benefits
Employment Benefits
Unemployment Compensation
Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Parks and Recreation Benefits
Miscellaneous 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 Tuition Assistance, special vehicle license plates, as well as hunting and fishing license benefits. 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 U.S. Armed Forces, Reserves and National Guard in an active duty status do not pay Iowa income taxes on their military pay.

Learn more about Iowa State Taxes on Military Pay

Iowa Retired Military Pay Income Taxes: Any military retired pay, that is included in federal gross income, is exempt from Iowa income tax. This exemption is in addition to the general $6,000 / $12,000 pension exclusion available for Iowa individual income tax for taxpayers aged 55 or older.

For example, if a married individual age 65 receives $20,000 in military retired 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

IDisabled Veteran with prostetic legowa State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retirement Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the U.S. Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income. Some of the payments which are considered disability benefits include:

  • Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid to Veterans or their Families

  • Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living

  • Grants for motor vehicles for Veterans who lost their sight or the use of limbs, or

  • Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program.

If you are a retired Service member and receive disability benefits from the VA, see IRS Publication 525 for more information.

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

Honor Guard in VA cemetery Iowa State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): 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: SBP, RCSBP and RSFPP are not taxed.

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 for active and reserve component Service members that are serving in an active duty status.

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 not owed if a Service member’s federal income taxes were forgiven because:

  • The Service member was killed in a combat zone, or

  • The Service member is missing in action and presumed dead, or

  • The Service member was killed outside the U.S. due to terrorist or military action.

Single Status: Iowa income tax is forgiven for the tax year the Service member was killed or was declared missing and presumed dead and for the tax year prior to the year of death.

Married / Year of Death: If the Service member 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 a Service member that 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.

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

Iowa Military Property Tax Exemption: The 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? To be eligible for the Iowa Military Property Tax Exemption the applicant must be:

  • Honorably discharged Veteran, who served a minimum of 18 months, or for fewer than 18 months because of a service-connected injury

  • Former or Current Service member serving in the U.S. Armed Forces Reserves or Iowa National Guard who has served at least 20 years

  • Member of U.S. Armed Forces Reserves or Iowa National Guard who was activated for federal duty, not including training, for a minimum of 90 days

  • Former Service member in the U.S. Armed Forces, whose enlistment would have occurred during the Korean Conflict but chose to serve 5 years in a reserve component

  • Honorably discharged Veteran who served in an eligible service period (please refer to the application for qualifying periods of service)

  • Related to a qualified Veteran as a:

    • Spouse

    • Surviving Spouse

    • Minor Child

    • Widowed Parent

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: Iowa offers a 100% property tax credit on their homestead to eligible Veterans and certain dependents.

This exemption is limited to a 1/2 acre where the home and the buildings 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-connected disability qualify for this property tax 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 may continue to receive the credit if the Spouse continues to live in the homestead and does not remarry. All claims must be filed on or before July 1. A current VA benefits letter and a DD214 must be included with the application.
Iowa Department of Revenue, Application for Disabled Veterans Homestead Tax credit
Iowa Department of Revenue, Disabled Veterans Homestead Tax Credit FAQ

Learn more about the Iowa Disabled Veteran's Homestead Tax Credit

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What are my Iowa Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Iowa college student aid commission logo Iowa National Guard Service Scholarship (INGSS): INGSS provides annual awards to Iowa National Guard Service members who attend eligible Iowa colleges and universities. The 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.
Iowa Board of Regents Eligible Institutions

INGSS can be used for up to 120 credit hours or its equivalent, or until the Service member receives a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. Exceptions can be granted for up to 130 credit hours if the Service member is pursuing a qualifying science, technology, engineering or mathematics degree.

The maximum award will not exceed 100% of the Iowa Board of Regents resident tuition rate or 100% of the tuition rate at the institution the Service member attends, whichever is lower. Currently the maximum award amounts are $4,637 per semester or $9,274 per year.
Who is eligible for INGSS? Service members must meet the following requirements:

  • Iowa resident

  • Member of the Iowa National Guard for each term the Service member receives benefits

  • Satisfactorily completed required initial entry training

  • Maintains satisfactory performance in the Iowa National Guard

  • Has not used INGSS for more than 120 credit hours, or earned a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.

Iowa College Aid Processing System INGSS Online Application Page
INGSS Flyer
INGSS Adjutant General Memo
INGSS National Guard Webpage

Learn more about the Iowa National Service Scholarship

Iowa War Orphans Tuition Assistance: Children of Iowa Veterans killed in action following September 11, 2001 are eligible for up to $11,844 per year in tuition assistance at an Iowa post-secondary institution. Children are eligible until age 26. Children of those killed in action prior to September 11, 2001 are eligible for $600 per year with a maximum of $3,000. Residency is required to receive this benefit.
Who is eligible for Iowa War Orphans Tuition Assistance?

  • Child must have graduated from high school (or its equivalent)

  • Child must have lived in Iowa for at least two years immediately prior to filing an application

  • Child must attend a postsecondary educational institution approved by the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs

For more information, please call 800-838-4692 or 515-252-4698.
Iowa War Orphans Tuition Assistance Instructions
Iowa War Orphan Tuition Assistance Application

Learn more about Iowa War Orphans Tuition Assistance

Iowa Operation Recognition, High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: The Iowa Operation Recognition Program will provide an honorary high school diploma to eligible Veterans who did not complete high school (in Iowa) due to enlisting in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Iowa Operation Recognition, High School Diploma Application for Iowa Veterans
Who is eligible for the Iowa “Operation Recognition” High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans?
Iowa Veterans who served during the following time periods are eligible:

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

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

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

  • February 28, 1961 through 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 on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces after September 11, 2001.

Scholarships may be used to pay for 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 to cover other expenses as needed. This is a state funded program and may be used in conjunction with any federal benefits.
Who is eligible for the Branstad-Reynolds, Children of Fallen Iowa Service Members Scholarship Fund? The Branstad-Reynolds Scholarship applicants must meet the following guidelines:

  • Children of a deceased Service member that died while serving in an active duty status in the U.S. Armed Forces after September 11, 2001

    • Service members 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

      • Service members in active and reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces qualify

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

For more information, please call 800-838-4692 or 515-252-4698.
Branstad-Reynolds, Children of Fallen Iowa Service Members Scholarship Fund Information and Application

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

Children sitting on the steps of a schoolIowa Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3): The purpose of this compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the prompt 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 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.

MIC3 Assistance Request

Primary Point of Contact
Phone: 515-770-4474

Learn more about the Iowa Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

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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 Service member in the U.S. Armed Forces, that is ordered to duty, is eligible for leave with pay for 30 workdays 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.

Learn more about State Employee Paid Leave for Military Duty

Iowa Workforce Development, Veterans Employment Services: Iowa Workforce Development through the IowaWORKS Centers offer services that connect Veterans and transitioning Service members to career opportunities. 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 those participating in the VA Veterans Readiness and Employment program to:

  • Conduct a comprehensive job skill assessment

  • Develop an individual employment plan

  • Conduct 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.

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 requirements:

  • 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 February 28, 1961 through May 7, 1975, in Vietnam or between August 5, 1964 through 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

  • Does not have a high school diploma or equivalent certificate; or

  • Low-income as defined by Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

  • 18-24 years old

  • A Service member of the U.S. Armed Forces who is wounded, ill or injured and receiving treatment in a military treatment facility or warrior transition unit or the Spouse or other Family caregiver of that Service member.

A Veteran or the Spouse of a Veteran who has served at least one day on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces (this includes Reserve and National Guard Service members) and received any discharge other than a dishonorable discharge is eligible for Priority of Service for all employment and training services.

Depending on the type of service or resource being offered, Priority of Service may mean:

  • the eligible person receives access to the service or resource earlier in time than the non-eligible person, or

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

IowaWORKS Center Directory

Learn more about Iowa Veterans Employment Services

Iowa State Employment Veteran Hiring Preference: Iowa offers Veteran hiring preference when hiring for state employment. Veterans will have five percentage points added to passing examinations for hiring. Five additional percentage points are added to passing examinations if the Veteran has a service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability benefits, or a pension from the VA. Veterans Preference points are added to the final scores and are used to rank applicants for interview selection. This preference is not available for promotions or appointments of chiefs of the police department or fire department.
Who is eligible for Iowa State Employment Veteran Hiring Preference? Iowa law defines a Veteran as:

  • Service members that served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for 90 days or more and received a discharge under honorable conditions, if less than 90 days the discharge must have been the result of a service-connected injury

  • A Service member in the National Guard or the Reserves that serves on federal active duty for 90 or more days, and received a discharge under honorable conditions, if less than 90 days the discharge must have been the result of a service-connected injury

  • A Service member in the National Guard or the Reserves that served at least twenty years in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces and received a discharge under honorable conditions, or they continue to serve

  • Honorably discharged Veterans that have received the Purple Heart are considered to have a service-connected disability.

IC I:35 Section 35.1

Learn more about Iowa State Employment Veteran Employment Preference

mother daughter hugging Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans in hiring into the Federal civil service and 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 U.S. 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% but less than 30%.

10-Point 30% 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% 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 VA 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 Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on 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 VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position because 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 Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

Learn more about Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of reserve components. USERRA also protects 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.

Absence 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 Iowa Army National Guard trainingrights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include 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 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 recovering 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, 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. 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% 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 Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act?
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 having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

Learn more about the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

Home Base Iowa Program logo Home Base Iowa Program: Home Base Iowa connects Iowa businesses with qualified Veterans and their Spouses looking for career opportunities. The program also provides resources to help connect Veterans and their Families with higher education institutions and when 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. For more information, please use the Home Base Iowa Program Contact page.

Learn more about the Home Base Iowa Program

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What are my Iowa Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Iowa Unemployment Insurance (UI): 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 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, please refer to the Iowa Unemployment Insurance Claimant Handbook or contact Customer Service at 866-239-0843.

Learn more about Iowa Unemployment Insurance

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

IA Veterans Designation License Veteran Designation on Iowa Driver’s Licenses and ID Cards: Honorably discharged Veterans may request a Veteran designation be placed on their driver's license or non-operator ID card.
Who is eligible for a Veteran Designation on Iowa Driver’s 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 in the U.S. Armed Forces (not active duty for training) prior to your discharge.

There are two ways for Veterans to apply for the designation:

  • Take their 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 the Veteran designation, the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) will notify the County Commission of Veteran’s Affairs so that the commission can contact the applicant to confirm eligibility

  • Take their DD214 to a 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 Veteran status and complete the required Iowa DOT application form. The Veteran designation will be added to the driver's license or ID card when it is issued.

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

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

Learn more about a Veteran Designation on Iowa Driver Licenses and ID Cards

Temporary Extension of Iowa Driver's licenses for Military Personnel: Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces who cannot return to Iowa to renew their driver's license in person and do not meet eligibility requirements to renew online, can receive an extension that is valid until six months after separation from active duty. The Service members dependents are also eligible for an extension, which is valid for five years from the driver’s license expiration date
Who is eligible for a Temporary Extension of Iowa Driver's licenses for Military Personnel? Active duty Service members 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 active duty assignment orders, and for a dependent extension, a copy of the dependent's military ID card, may be emailed, faxed, or mailed to:

Driver and Identification 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

Learn more about the Temporary Extension of Iowa Driver's licenses for Military Personnel

Iowa Specialty Military and Veteran License Plates: Iowa offers 24 distinctive license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retired Service members, and certain Family members. Specific eligibility and documentation requirements will apply.

Learn more about Iowa Specialty Military and Veteran License Plates

Iowa Veteran License Plate Iowa Veteran License Plate: Honorably discharged Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for the Iowa Veteran License plate. National Guard and Reserve Service members must have served at least 90 days of active duty (other than for training), or have 20 years of service and were discharged under honorable conditions and are eligible for retired pay at age 60.

Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214 (other than copy 1) or other documentation (WD AGO form 53-55) (WW2) approved by the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, that show the dates of service and a discharge under honorable conditions.

Numbered plate fee:

  • One set free

  • Additional sets $25

  • $5 annual validation fee

  • Annual registration renewal fee

Personalized plate fee:

  • One set $25

  • Additional sets $50

  • $5 annual validation fee

  • Annual registration renewal fee

To apply:

Applicants must take a completed Iowa Department of Transportation, Application for Special Plates and verifying documents to their County Treasurer’s Office, or they can send them and a check for applicable fees to:

Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs
7105 NW 70th Ave., Building 3465
Johnston, IA 50131

Please make checks payable to the Iowa Department of Transportation. For questions or more information please call 515-727-3441. The plates will be sent to your County Treasurer's Office and staff will notify you when the plates are available.
Iowa County Treasurer's Office Directory

Learn more about the Iowa Veteran License Plate

Iowa Purple Heart License Plate Iowa Purple Heart License Plate: Service members or Veterans that received the Purple heart are eligible or the Iowa Purple Heart license plate. Applicants must provide a copy an official government or military documents verifying receipt of the Purple Heart Medal.

Numbered plate fee:

  • One set free

  • Additional sets $25

  • $5 annual validation fee

  • Annual registration renewal fee

Personalized plate fee:

  • One set $25

  • Additional sets $50

  • $5 annual validation fee

  • Annual registration renewal fee

To apply:

Applicants must mail their completed Iowa Department of Transportation, Application for Special Plates, verifying documents and applicable fees to:

Vehicle and Motor Carrier Services
Iowa Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 9278
Des Moines, IA 50306-9278

Please make checks payable to the Iowa Department of Transportation. For questions or more information please call 515-237-3110. The plates will be sent to your County Treasurer's Office and staff will notify you when the plates are available.
Iowa County Treasurer's Office Directory

Learn more about the Iowa Purple Heart License Plate

Iowa Medal of Honor License Plate Iowa Medal of Honor License Plate: Service members or Veterans that received the Medal of Honor are eligible or the Iowa Medal of Honor license plate. Applicants must provide a copy an official government or military documents verifying receipt of the Medal of Honor.

The Iowa Medal of Honor License plate may be requested with the Branch of Service of the 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.

A Surviving Spouse may continue to use the Medal of Honor plate. If the Surviving Spouse remarries, the plate must be returned.

To apply:

Applicants must mail their completed Iowa Department of Transportation, Application for Special Plates, verifying documents and applicable fees to:

Vehicle and Motor Carrier Services
Iowa Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 9278
Des Moines, IA 50306-9278

Please make checks payable to the Iowa Department of Transportation. For questions or more information please call 515-237-3110. The plates will be sent to your County Treasurer's Office and staff will notify you when the plates are available.
Iowa County Treasurer's Office Directory

Learn more about the Iowa Medal of Honor License Plate

Iowa Disabled Veteran License Plate Iowa Disabled Veteran License Plate: A Disabled Veteran that received a specially adapted vehicle from the U.S. Government is eligible for the Iowa Disabled Veteran license plate.

Numbered plate fee: Exempt from the payment of registration fee for one vehicle provided by the U.S. government

Personalized plate fee:

  • Personalized plates are not available.

How to apply: Applicants must provide their County Treasurer’s Office certification from the VA that their vehicle is specially adapted and provided by the U.S. Government.
Iowa County Treasurer's Office Directory

Learn more about the Iowa Disabled Veteran License Plate

Iowa Gold Star Family License Plate Iowa Gold Star Family License Plate: Family members of Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces that are killed while serving on active duty during a time of military conflict or who died as a result of that service are eligible for the Iowa Gold Star Family license plate. The owner of the vehicle must be a Surviving Spouse, parent, Child or sibling of the deceased Service member.

Applicants must provide official documentation showing the relationship of the applicant to the deceased Service member and documentation that they died as a result of their military service.

Numbered plate fee:

  • One set free

  • Additional sets at $25

  • $5 annual registration fee

  • Annual registration renewal fee

Personalized plate fee:

  • One set $25

  • Additional sets $50

  • $5 annual validation fee

  • Annual registration renewal fee

To apply:

Applicants must mail their completed Iowa Department of Transportation, Application for Special Plates, verifying documents and applicable fees to:

Vehicle and Motor Carrier Services
Iowa Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 9278
Des Moines, IA 50306-9278

Please make checks payable to the Iowa Department of Transportation. For questions or more information please call 515-237-3110. The plates will be sent to your County Treasurer's Office and staff will notify you when the plates are available.
Iowa County Treasurer's Office Directory

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

Iowa National Guard State-Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI): SSLI is made available by the Officer and Enlisted Associations of the Iowa National Guard. Active, drilling, or separated members and dependents are eligible for life insurance coverage through this program. 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

  • Can be paid through 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 SSLI? National Guard Service members and their dependents are eligible for coverage.

Learn more about the Iowa National Guard State-Sponsored Life Insurance

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.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

Family of 4 sitting on the steps outside of their house U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The 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 the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

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

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

  • Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance

Iowa National Guard Service Members covered by Workers Compensation for Illness, Injury, Disability or Death: Iowa National Guard Service members are eligible for coverage under Iowa Workers’ Compensation Laws for any illness, injury or disability they receive in the line of duty. If the Service member becomes totally disabled, they will continue to receive the pay and allowances based on their pay grade. If they are partially disabled, they can receive partial pay and allowances.

If the Service member is killed in the line of duty, due to illness or injury their dependents will receive the maximum compensation provided by law.

Learn more about Iowa National Guard on State Active Duty Injury, Medical and Death Benefits

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

Deer standing in the woods Iowa Hunting and Fishing License Exemption for Resident Service Members on Leave: Resident Service members on active duty in the U.S Armed Forces on leave from a duty station located outside Iowa, may hunt or fish without a license. Service members must carry their leave papers and a copy of a Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), 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? Resident Service members on leave from a duty station outside Iowa are eligible.

Learn more about Iowa Hunting and Fishing License Exemption for Resident Service Members on Leave

Iowa Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License for Resident Disabled Veterans or Prisoners of War: Resident Veterans that have been awarded at least a 0% service-connected Man fishing from a dock at the lakedisability by the VA or were former prisoners of war can receive a lifetime hunting or fishing license for $7.00. To qualify, the Iowa resident must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces 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

Learn more about Iowa Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License for Resident Disabled Veterans or Prisoners of War

Nonresident Service Members Can Purchase Iowa Hunting Licenses at Resident Prices: Active duty nonresident Service members can purchase Iowa Hunting licenses for resident prices.
Service members that are assigned to a federal military installation in Iowa, or adjoining Iowa and lives in Iowa or lives on the adjoining military installation, are eligible to purchase Iowa hunting licenses at resident prices.

Learn more about how Nonresident Service Members Can Purchase Iowa Hunting Licenses at Resident Prices

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What are my Iowa Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Iowa Veterans Trust Fund logo Iowa Veterans Trust Fund: The Iowa Veterans Trust Fund provides financial assistance to Veterans and their Families.

Benefits available:

  • Travel – For wounded Veterans directly related to follow-up medical care

  • Unemployment Assistance – Must have a service-connected reason causing their unemployment. $3,000 in a 12-month period, with a lifetime maximum of $6,000

  • Job Training or Education Assistance – Lifetime maximum of $3,000

  • Individual or Family Counseling – Up to $5,000 in a 12-month period

  • Dental – Up to $2,500 in a 12-month period

  • Audiology – Up to $1,500 per year in a 12-month period

  • Emergency Housing Repairs – Up to $3,000 in a twelve-month period

  • Emergency Vehicle Repairs – Up to $2,500 in a 12-month period

  • Emergency Room – Lifetime maximum of $5,000

  • Durable Medical Equipment – Lifetime maximum of $2,500.

Who is eligible for the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund? Iowa resident Veterans that received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces after completing a minimum of 90 days of active duty (other than for training), their Spouse and dependents are eligible for assistance through the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund. The Veteran’s income must not be more than 300% of federal poverty guidelines.

Applications are reviewed once a month by the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs. Applicants are notified by mail of the decision with instructions on how to proceed. Please contact your local Iowa Veterans Affairs County Office to begin the application process.
Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, Iowa Trust Fund Application
Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, County Office Directory

Learn more about the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund

Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) Benefit Specialists: IDVA has benefits specialists, accredited by the VA, who specialize in federal and state benefits. They advise Veterans and their Family members concerning federal and state benefits they may be eligible to receive.

Benefit specialists can also represent Veterans with federal claims and review all correspondence related 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.

Learn more about the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Benefit Specialists

Iowa Injured Veterans Grant Program: The Iowa Injured Veterans Grant Program provides up to $10,000 in financial assistance to Service members or discharged Veterans so that Family members of the Veteran may be with them during their 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 VA; this 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 the VA; this 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 the VA; this does not include follow-up appointments.

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

  • An Iowa resident who is or was a member of an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces who served on active duty at any time after September 11, 2001, and if discharged or released it must have been under honorable conditions , or

  • A nonresident of Iowa who is or was a member the Iowa National Guard who has served on active duty at any time after September 11, 2001, and if discharged or released it must have been under honorable conditions.

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

  • The Veteran must have received 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.
Iowa Injured Veteran Grant Application

Learn more about the Iowa Injured Veterans Grant Program

Iowa Veterans Home Iowa Veterans Home: The Iowa Veterans' home, located in Marshalltown, is a long-term health care facility providing multiple levels of care for honorably discharged Veterans, their Spouses, Surviving Spouses and Gold Star parents.
Who is eligible for care at the Iowa Veterans Home? The Iowa Veterans Home may admit Iowa residents who are honorably discharged Veterans, their Spouses, Surviving Spouses and gold star parents who need either nursing or residential care.

Spouses must be married to a Veteran for at least one year before the date of application. Surviving Spouses must have been married at least one year before the date of the Veterans death.

Gold Star parents are the parents of a U.S. Armed Forces Service member that died on active duty during a time of military conflict, or as a result of that service. IC I:35D Section 35D.1

For more information, please contact the Admissions Coordinator at 641-753-4325 or the Admission Supervisor at 641-753-4514.
Veteran Application to the Iowa Veteran Home
Spouse Application to the Iowa Veteran Home
Gold Star Parent Application to the Iowa Veteran Home
Iowa Codes Regarding the Iowa Veterans Home

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Iowa Veterans Cemetery Iowa Veterans Cemetery: The Iowa Veterans Cemetery is located 10 miles west of Des Moines, near Van Meter. Burial options include in ground burial of caskets and cremated remains and above ground placement of remains in a columbarium niche. A standard government upright granite headstone/niche marker is provided at no cost to an eligible Veteran.
Who is eligible for Burial at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery? Eligibility requirements for the Iowa Veterans Cemetery are the same as for VA National Cemeteries. Exact eligibility requirements can viewed at the VA, National Cemetery Administration Eligibility webpage. The following are the general eligibility requirements:

  • Discharged from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable, or

  • Died while on active duty, or

  • Served at least 20 years in the National Guard or Reserves and qualified for military retired pay (or would have qualified except death occurred before age 60), or

  • Reserve component Service members qualify if they were activated for federal service, active duty for training does not qualify as active service

  • Spouses and dependents (burial of dependent Children is limited to unmarried Children under 21 years old or 23 years old if a full-time student at an approved educational institution or a Child that develops a lifelong disability prior to age 21)

  • Iowa residency is not required for burial in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery.

Veterans will be buried at no charge, eligible Spouses and dependents will be buried for a $300 fee.
Iowa Veterans Cemetery Application: Pre-Registration for Burial Determination
Iowa Veterans Cemetery Interment Application

Learn more about the Iowa Veterans Cemetery

Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) logo Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) Military Homeownership Assistance Program: The Military Homeownership Program provides eligible Service members and Veterans with a $5,000 grant for down payment and closing costs on a qualifying home purchase. The funds may be used with the FirstHome and Homes for Iowans programs.
Who is eligible for the Iowa Military Homeownership Assistance Program? To be eligible Service member must meet the following requirements:

  • Served 90 days active duty between August 2, 1990 through April 6, 1991 or September 11, 2001 to present and received an honorable discharge

    • Active duty does not need to be consecutive; it may be cumulative

    • Inactive duty training, annual training and active duty for training does not count toward the active duty requirement, or

  • A Service member that has a service-connected disability from the VA, and served on active duty between August 2, 1990 through April 6, 1991 or September 11, 2001 to present, or

  • The Surviving Spouse of an eligible Service member.

AND

  • Receives prior approval before closing on a qualified home

  • Must use an IFA participating or facilitating lender to receive a non-IFA first mortgage, if IFA determines it is economically feasible and financially advantageous

  • IFA will approve a grant with non-IFA financing if the lender demonstrates that the financing is a fixed rate, permanent, fully amortizing mortgage loan that is lower-cost than the most comparable IFA mortgage available at the time the loan estimate is issued.

The home must meet the following criteria:

  • The home must be in Iowa and must be purchased by the eligible Service member

  • The home must be immediately occupied by the Service member/Spouse as their 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

Applicants must provide the following documentation

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

  • Four months of Leave and Earnings Statements or proof of income

  • Government issued photo ID

Interested homebuyers must apply for this financing by contacting an IFA participating lender. This program is limited to funding availability.
IFA Interest Rates
IFA Participating or Facilitating Lender Search Tool
IFA Eligibility Quick Check

Learn more about the Iowa Finance Authority Military Homeownership Assistance Program

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 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.

IA National CemeteryLearn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Iowa

 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Iowa: The 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

U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)
88th Readiness Division


Resources

Iowa Legislature

Iowa Code

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Facility Directory 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: 27 May 2021