Injured Veterans Grant
This grant provides up to $10,000 to members or former members of the U.S. military who are residents of Iowa and
were seriously injured in the Iraq or Afghanistan theatre of operation.
This $5,000 grant is available to a service member who is buying a home in the state of Iowa. Members
must have served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 and purchased a home after March 10, 2005.
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benefit reduces a veteran’s assessed home value for property tax purposes by $1,850. In order to qualify, a service
member must have served on active duty during a period of war or for a minimum of 18 months during peacetime.
and Fishing License
Veterans in receipt of at least a 0% service connected
disability can receive a lifetime hunting or fishing license for a $5.50 fee. In order to qualify, the Iowa resident must
have served on active federal service and was disabled as a result of that service.
War Orphan Tuition Assistance
Children of Iowa veterans killed in action
following September 11, 2001 are eligible for tuition assistance at the rate of the most expensive Iowa Regents University
at an Iowa secondary education institution. Dependents 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.
Honorably discharged veterans are eligible
to purchase specialty veteran license plates for their vehicle. These special plates are available for an additional charge
through the Iowa Department of Transportation.
Vietnam Conflict Bonus
Iowa residents who served on active duty for at least
120 days between July 1, 1973 and May 31, 1975 are eligible for this bonus program. Veterans who served in Vietnam will receive
$17.50 for each month served. Veterans that served outside of Vietnam during this time will receive $12.50 for each month
of service. The maximum bonus amount is $500 for veterans who served in Vietnam and $300 for those who were not in country.
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. Currently,
funds are used for unemployment or underemployment assistance due to service-related causes, assistance with vision, hearing,
dental care, durable medical equipment, and prescription drugs; counseling and substance abuse services; housing repair; and
transitional housing in an emergency. Trust fund expenditures are approved through the
Iowa Veterans Commission.
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. (Program approval is a function of the State not the Department of Veterans Affairs.)
Thomas Beasley, Consultant
Marlene Higdon, Support
High School Diploma
program furnishes an honorary high school diploma to qualifying veterans who did not complete high school due to armed service
enlistment. The application form is used by the IDVA and the Department of Education to establish eligibility for honorably
Iowa Veterans Cemetery
Iowa Veterans Cemetery began operation on July 3, 2008. Located 10 miles west of Des Moines, near Van Meter, the cemetery
is available to all veterans, their spouses, and dependent children for burial. Honorably discharged veterans will be interred
at no charge and spouses/dependents will be buried for a $300 fee.