Iowa Veterans may be eligible for a broad range of veterans benefits from various sources including Federal, State of Iowa, County, and Local Benefits. State of Iowa Veterans Benefits are outlined below. Every veteran's first stop for benefits should be their local county Veterans Affairs Office.
To contact the IDVA Benefits Bureau about any of the below programs, or to speak to one of our Veteran Service Officers (VSO), call 515-252-4698 or toll free 800-838-4692
The Benefits Bureau is located at our Camp Dodge office at 7105 NW 70th Ave.Camp Dodge, Bldg. 3465, Johnston, IA 50131-1824, Fax: 515-727-3713
Iowa DVA State Benefits
Service members or veterans who were seriously injured in the line of duty in a hazardous area after September 11, 2001 may be eligible and can apply for up to $10,000.
Read about the Injured Veterans Grant Program
This $5000 grant is available to service members who actively served after September 11, 2001 and purchased a home after March 10, 2005. Members who actively served for 90 days between August 2, 1990 and April 6,1991 may also apply.
Read about Military Service member Homeownership Assistance
This benefit drops the assessed value of a veteran's home for property tax purposes by $1,852. To qualify, a service member must have served on active duty for a minimum of 18 months.
This tax credit provides 100% exemption of property taxes for 100% disabled service-connected veterans and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) recipients.
Learn about applying for the Disabled Veteran's Homestead Tax Credit
Download the Application for Disabled Veteran's Homestead Tax Credit - 54-049
Under this exemption, federal retirement pay for military service and survivor benefits are not taxable state income.
Read about the Iowa DL Veteran Designation
Honorably discharged veterans may ask for the “Veteran” designation on their driver’s license or state issued identification card. The designation can be added anytime they want a new card. A duplicate DL or ID costs $10.00.
Veterans need to provide a copy of their DD214 or discharge document to the Iowa DOT and fill out the Iowa DOT Veteran License Application to add the designation to their DL or ID.
Veterans can receive a lifetime hunting or fishing license for a $7.00 fee. In order to qualify, the Iowa resident must have served on active federal service.
Specialty license plates are available to honorably discharged veterans as defined in Iowa Code, Section 35.1.
See the Iowa DOT Military License Plates. (Scroll to the 'Military Service Plates' section near the bottom.) Different options are available based on branch of service .
Apply for an Iowa Veteran's License Plate. (Scroll to the 'How to apply section.) A personalized plate fee will apply.
The interest from this fund provides services and relief for Iowa veterans and their families. The Iowa Veterans Commission approves applications and distributes the money.
Funds help with (1) unemployment assistance due to to service-related causes; (2) assistance with vision, hearing, dental care, durable medical equipment: (3) prescription drugs; (4)counseling and substance abuse services; (5) vehicle repairs; (6) housing repairs; and (7) transitional housing in an emergency.
Learn more about the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund
The cemetery is located near Van Meter and is available to all veterans, their spouses, and dependent children for burial. Honorably discharged veterans will be interred at no charge and spouses/dependents will be buried for a $300 fee.
Learn about the Iowa Veterans Cemetery
Children of deceased military service members who died while in an active military status after September 11, 2001 can apply for educational scholarships to attend college. The Scholarship is administered by IDVA and the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.
Download the Children of Fallen Iowa Service Members Scholarship
Children of Iowa veterans killed in action following September 11, 2001 are eligible for up to $11,844.00 per year in tuition assistance at an Iowa college. Children up to the age 26 can qualify. Dependents of those killed in action prior to September 11, 2001 and live in Iowa are eligible for $600 per year with a maximum of $3,000.
Download the Iowa War Orphans Educational Assistance Instructions
Download the Iowa War Orphans Educational Assistance Application
“Operation Recognition” gives an honorary high school diploma to qualifying honorably discharged veterans who did not complete high school due to armed service enlistment.
The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs is a repository for information about military discharges, veterans’ grave registrations, and state service compensation records.
Located in Marshalltown, Iowa, the home is available to honorably discharged veterans and their spouses or widows for long-term care needs. IVH is dedicated to providing professionally managed health care for veterans of all ages.
The Iowa Department of Education is the State Approving Agency for the GI Bill program. The Department approves programs for veterans and other eligible persons.
Read about the Department of Education program
Contact the Department of Education to talk to someone about the program.
The Iowa Department of Education has been designated by the governor of the state of Iowa as the location for the Iowa State Approving Agency. The State Approving Agency is responsible for approving all GI Bill programs in Iowa for veterans and other eligible persons. Military education staff provides educational and career assistance for veterans and other eligible persons. For more information, call the department: 515.281.3317 or visit IDVA’s webpage for a link to programs approved by the Veteran and Military Education Unit for Iowa veterans and information regarding educational support for children of military personnel.
Home Base Iowa links Iowa businesses with qualified veterans and their spouses looking for career opportunities. The program also helps connect veterans and their families with education opportunities and to transition into a new community.
Visit the Home Base Iowa website
Iowa Workforce Development Veteran Employment Services has 15 regional offices around Iowa. Each regional center has staff to help coordinating specific services provided to veterans within the Iowa Workforce system. This includes helping clients of VA Vocational Rehabilitation.
The Iowa National Guard offers a variety of benefits including educational, medical, and employment benefits.