Black Hawk County
Iowa National Guard Family Services
The Warrior & Family Services Branch is a Joint Force initiative that provides assistance to all military families, regardless of branch or component, who find themselves beyond the support capability of active duty military facilities or their home units. The Warrior & Family Services Branch acts as a network that allows families to mutually support one another. By providing families with information, resources and support, the program strengthens both the unit and service members. To learn more about these services, visit Warrior & Family Services.
Non-Profit Veteran Support Organizations
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time veteran organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is a community-service organization which has reached nearly three million members, men and women at almost 15,000 American Legion posts worldwide. These posts are organized into 55 departments -- one for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines. The American Legion's national headquarters is in Indianapolis, with additional offices in Washington, D.C. The American Legion Department of Iowa is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. The Department Service Office is located in the Federal Building in Des Moines, with an additional office located in the VA Medical Center in Iowa City. Visit the Iowa Legion or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
County Veteran Director
An Introduction to CHAMPs
Iowa's Certified Higher Academic Military Partners (CHAMPs) offer higher education incentives to qualified veterans, their spouses and dependents. Benefits include in-state tuition rates, on-campus support, credit for military courses and special financial considerations.
Hawkeye Community College
Hawkeye Community College has several outlying centers in Cedar Falls, Independence, Grundy County, Waverly and Waterloo. Their main campus is located just outside of Waterloo. The mission of Hawkeye Community College is to create a globally informed community of successful lifelong learners. As a college they will provide focus, meaning and the skills necessary for qualified individuals to live competently in their communities.
Purdue University Global
Purdue Global is a world-class university within a world-class public university system. When it comes to balancing a career, family and school, we know that flexibility is key. That's why we put you in control of your education, offering innovative learning options that let you choose what, how and where you learn. As a CHAMPS institution here in Iowa, our advisors work closely with you to understand your personal learning needs. They also evaluate your academic, professional, or military experiences to give you credit for what you already know. Together, we'll determine the fastest, most affordable path to your degree and career. With more than 180 online programs at the associates, bachelors, masters and doctoral levels, our personalized approach to education and modern curriculum give you the skills you need to make an immediate impact on your career and the edge to conquer whatever comes next.
Campus locations in Mason City, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Davenport and Des Moines.
University of Northern Iowa
Located in Cedar Falls, Iowa the University of Northern Iowa is a four year university that offers more that 90 majors across the colleges of business, education, humanities, arts and sciences and social and behavioral sciences as well as graduate college.
Upper Iowa University
Since 1857, Upper Iowa University has been preparing students to succeed - in the classroom and in the world. That rich history, coupled with a student-centered mission, has created a springboard for UIU to become a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced study.
From our Fayette Campus to our undergraduate and graduate online programs, to our 25 U.S. centers, including centers in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, the Quad Cities and Waterloo, UIU has the people in place to help you succeed.
- Cedar Valley Young Professionals: Complimentary one year membership
- Cedar Valley Jaycees: Complimentary one year membership
- Must attend 50% of membership meetings and serve on a committee
- Marcus Theatres: 5 complimentary movie passes
- Waterloo Black Hawks: 4 tickets to a game (for a veteran and their family)
- Salon Professional Academy: complimentary service & complimentary product, as well as ability to apply for a $1,000 Military Scholarship for veterans, their spouse, or their children to attend cosmetology school
- Lost Island & KOA Campground: 10% discount for any military personnel and their families
- Key West Fitness, Cedar Valley SportsPlex, & Cedar Falls Rec Center: free gym membership for veterans who are clinically diagnosed with PTSD
- Jim Lind Service: packet of coupons/complimentary services
- Kwik Trip/Kwik Star: $10 gift card (limited to first 5 veterans)
- Hawkeye Community College Scholarships/Tuition Assistance