Harrison County

Founded in 1851, Harrison County was named for the Ninth US President William Henry Harrison. 
Our business-friendly, pro-development county and quality educational opportunities work together to provide an atmosphere for growth and enhancement. Harrison County offers plenty for the outdoor enthusiast. Trails, camping, hunting, fishing, antiquing and unique shops can be found throughout the area. From attractions and entertainment to manufacturing and education, we are committed to offering a quality of life that is second to none. 
Date of HBI Establishment: November 2021
Website: Harrison County Veterans Affairs
Contact: Brittany Freet / va@harrisoncountyia.org / 712-644-2760
There are no partner cities located in this county.

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. 

There are currently no CHAMPs partners located in this county. Please check surrounding communities for CHAMPs offering online programs.

Harrison 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. 

Desoto National Wildlife Refuge. Free Park access to eligible Veterans and Gold Star Families

Harrison County Veteran Relief Program. Assists eligible Veterans with Food, Utilities, Lodging, Rent, Prescription and Cremation/Burial costs.

Jim Wood Aquatic Center. Military Family Season Ticket $95.00 inc. tax (active duty only)

Missouri Valley Times- 50% off 1 year subscription on Veterans Day for Veterans & Spouses

Hotel Incentives

America Best Value Inn- 15% off stay for Veterans and Active-Duty Military

Desoto Inn and Suites- 10% off stay for Veterans and Active-Duty Military

Other Advantages

Recreation Areas

Willow Lake Recreation Area


11,900 acres of Loess Hills State Forest

18 Different Attractions and Agritourism

3 Golf Courses

Annual Community Celebrations

Located between the Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metropolitan Area and The Sioux City MSA

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.