Crawford County

When you visit Crawford County we want you to feel welcome. If you consider a move to Crawford we would like to welcome you and your family. We want to make Crawford County the county of your choice. We will provide veterans with resources that can open doors to job opportunities. Come see why "It's a Wonderful Life" among the beautiful hills of Denison by visiting the Donna Reed Museum, hiking the 359-acre Yellow Smoke Park, tasting authentic "street tacos" or visit one of the many golf courses.
Date of HBI Establishment: November 2017
Website: Crawford County
Contact: Louise Galbraith / lgalbraith@crawfordcounty.org / 712-263-2720
Cities: About Home Base Iowa Cities

About Home Base Iowa Cities

Home Base Iowa cities provide additional resources and discounts for veterans who relocate to these communities. The incentives stand alone or complement those offered by the county and state. All the cities listed have passed a city council resolution supporting the program, provide an incentive/welcome package, ensure 10 percent of eligible businesses are involved with Home Base Iowa and have the option to purchase Home Base Iowa signage.

Click on the other tabs to view veteran resources, higher educational institutions and all county and statewide incentives.


County Veteran Offices

These should be veterans first point of contact and every county has a Commissioner of Veterans Affairs and a County Veterans Director. These offices assist veterans with compensation/pensions, medical care, military records, grave markers and veteran home loans. Some counties also have dedicated funds to assist with temporary shelter/utilities, food/health supplies, medical/dental, job placement, counseling and transportation. Visit the County Veterans Office page and click on the county of residence.  

IowaWORKS Centers

IowaWORKS Centers are committed to providing quality employment services to all military service members and their spouses. All veterans and their spouse may be eligible for priority service.  Please let a team member know upon check-in of your veteran status. IowaWORKS Centers provide a full range of job/career assistance. Individual services include:

  • Career counseling and job search skills development
  • Help locating employment and Registered Apprenticeship opportunities
  • Academic skill testing and hands-on computer classes
  • Creating resumes/cover letters and interview preparation

Iowa National Guard 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 the Warrior & Family Services page to learn more.

Iowa Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)

The Iowa ESGR team is comprised of approximately 106 dedicated volunteers and three full-time staff members prepared to engage, inform and support employers and reserve component members throughout the state. Iowa has a proud history of outstanding employer support for reserve component members. Today’s team continues this tradition through a strong emphasis on “prevention through education.” To learn more visit the Iowa ESGR.

Non-Profit Statewide 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.  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: info@ialegion.org.

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.


Western Iowa Tech Community College

Western Iowa Tech Community College has five campuses located in Mapleton, LeMars, Denison and Cherokee. The main campus is in Sioux City, Iowa. As a comprehensive community college, their mission is to provide quality education and to economically enhance the communities they serve.

Crawford County Veteran Incentives

Home Base Iowa communities offer valuable incentives for veterans who relocate to their community. Please contact the community point of contact or county veteran director for more information.

  • Welcome Basket - Each veteran that visits Crawford County will receive a welcome basket 
  • Community Tour - Crawford County Chamber & Development Council will arrange for a community tour and facilitate arranging meetings with various service providers in their community 
  • Hotel Incentive - Boulders Inn & Suites – Denison - $65.00/night plus tax
  • Housing Incentive – City of Denison is offering down payment assistance to qualify home buyers; loan/grant programs are available for home repairs and 3-year 100% tax abatement for the first $75,000 on a new home or improvements. Denison Municipal Utilities offers an Economic Development Agreement of up to $100 off monthly utility bills for 6 months (up to $600 total). City of Manilla Sunrise Addition offers a large lot at no cost to any veteran that would want to build a new home in Manilla. The lots are valued at $15,000 giving the homeowner that much equity immediately. The homeowner will receive a 5 year tax abatement along with free water, sewer and electrical hook ups. Some restrictions apply to the type of house you build, but nothing major
  • Rec Center – City of Denison offers qualify Veterans or Service Members a 10% discount on memberships. City of Manilla Fitness Center will offer a veteran 1 free year membership, value $100.00 
  • Golf – Majestic Hills Golf Course in Denison offers a 1-year membership 
  • Shooting Sports – Crawford County Shooting Sports offers a 1-year family membership

Home Base Iowa Statewide Veteran Incentives
The Home Base Iowa Act positions Iowa as a leader in respect, support and employment of veterans through a public-private partnership. The Iowa Legislature passed the Act in a broad bi-partisan manner and then Governor Terry E. Branstad signed it into law on Memorial Day, 2014. The Act contains the following incentives:

Please contact the County Veterans Office or the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs for more information.