Linn County

Date of HBI Establishment:
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Contact: Donald Tyne / 319-892-5160
Cities: Hiawatha, Marion

An Introduction to Home Base Iowa Cities

Home Base Iowa communities 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. Communities 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 are able to purchase Home Base Iowa signage.

Hiawatha

Home Base Iowa (HBI) 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.

In Hiawatha, incentives include:

  • Parks and Recreation Department - 50% discount on programs.
  • Water Department - Deposit fees waived.
  • Community Development Department - 10% discount for residential permit work on veteran’s property.
  • Public Library - Free printing.

Home Base Iowa Community Established:  May 2019

Marion

Home Base Iowa (HBI) 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.

In Marion, incentives include:

Home Base Iowa Community Established:  November 2014

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.

Kirkwood Community College

Located in the city of Cedar Rapids, Kirkwood Community College identifies community needs, provides accessible, quality education and training and promotes opportunities for lifelong learning. Kirkwood Community College is dedicated to helping veterans seek and achieve higher education.

Mount Mercy University

Mount Mercy University is a four-year liberal arts University in Cedar Rapids. Mount Mercy is a Catholic university providing student-focused baccalaureate and graduate education in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy.

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. 

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.