Henry County

Date of HBI Establishment: May 2016
Website: Henry County
Contact: Roger Pittsenbarger / 319-385-0792
There are no partner cities located in this county.

Iowa National Guard Family Services

Warrior and Family Services Brand of the Iowa National Guard

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: info@ialegion.org.

County Veteran Director

County service offices assist veterans with compensation/pensions, medical care, military records, grave markers and veteran home loans. Some counties may also have dedicated funds to assist with temporary shelter/utilities, food/health supplies, medical/dental, job placement, counseling and transportation. To learn more, visit the County Veterans Office. The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, with the support of citizens, recognizes and honors Iowa’s veterans and their families by providing the highest quality programs, services and benefits. Each of Iowa’s 99 counties has a Commissioner of Veterans Affairs and a county director. Veterans may wish to utilize the county office as the first point of contact.   

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.

Southeastern Community College

At Southeastern Community College (SCC), we're on to something. While some are beginning the journey to a four-year degree, others are learning specialized skills to enter a rewarding career. No matter what you're on to, SCC has the resources you need to set and surpass your own expectations. With an engaging campus life, unlimited amount of student resources, and supportive faculty and staff, SCC is more than a college, we're a community. Southeastern Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

  • Job Search Assistance:
    • Pre-Application: The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance (MPACA) will offer a preapplication job form on the Home Base Iowa page of the MPACA website that can be completed and sent to the employer of the veteran’s choice. The employers will then contact the veteran for the next step.
    • Community Single Point of Contact: A Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce representative will be listed on the Home Base Iowa page of the MPACA website and will serve as the local point of contact for the veteran. The MPACA representative will arrange for the veteran to receive welcome package incentives.
    • Hotel Incentive: MPACA representatives will arrange for one free overnight stay (courtesy of Comfort Inn or Super 8) for a veteran traveling to Henry County for a job interview with a Home Base Iowa business. Free overnight stays are limited and subject to room availability.
    • Gas/Food vouchers: MPACA will provide $25 in local “Chamberbucks” to be used like cash in local businesses to help offset gas and food costs associated with traveling to Henry County for a job interview with a Home Base Iowa business. Total vouchers not to exceed $2,000 in one calendar year.
    • Community Tour: MPACA will arrange for a community tour and facilitate meetings with various service providers in the community.
  • Transition Assistance:
    • New mortgage Incentive: Veterans receiving incentives through the Home Base Iowa program can receive $300 off closing costs of a new home mortgage from participating lenders. Funding for this incentive is limited.
    • Property Tax Abatement: The cities of Mount PleasantWayland, and Winfield offer 5-year property tax abatement on first $75,000 of improvements. The City of New London offers 3 year property tax abatement on 100% of improvements.
  • Welcome Package:
    • Community discounts: Veterans joining the community through the Home Base Iowa program will receive a variety of incentives and discounts to welcome them to the Henry County community, including:
      • Scholastic Passes: Mount Pleasant Community School District will provide free events passes for one academic year to veterans with children in the Mount Pleasant Community School District.
      • Iowa Wesleyan Athletics Passes: Iowa Wesleyan University will provide free passes to athletic events to veterans through the Home Base Iowa program.
      • Chamber Membership: The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce will provide one year Associate Membership to veterans joining the community through the Home Base Iowa program. Membership benefits include access to a wide variety of networking and social events.
      • REC Center discount: The Mount Pleasant REC Center provides a discount on membership to veterans.
      • Veteran’s Affairs assistance: Assistance is available from the Henry County Veterans Service Office located in Mount Pleasant.

Statewide Veteran Incentives and Resources

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:

Statewide Veteran Resources
Learn more about veteran-specific resources and services available throughout the state. Below are links to highlighted resources: