Louisa County

Date of HBI Establishment: May 2018
Website: Louisa County
Contact: Adam Caudle / louisavets@louisacomm.net / 319-523-6513
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.

Eastern Iowa Community College

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges includes Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges. Stretched along the banks of the Mississippi River, the district covers all of Clinton, Jackson, Muscatine and Scott Counties, as well as parts of Cedar and Louisa Counties. The mission of Eastern Iowa Community College is to deliver high-quality education and training to prepare a skilled workforce, provide affordable access to higher education and build and strengthen our communities.

Purchasing a Home:

  • State Bank of Wapello: Waive appraisal fees, 1% lower rate of 5 year fixed balloon mortgage.
  • Washington State Bank: Waive appraisal fees.
  • Community Bank & Trust: Waive appraisal fees up to $450.

Welcome Gifts:

  • City of Wapello: One year family pool pass.
  • Louisa County Conservation: Two nights free camping voucher.
  • Columbus CSD: One year family pool pass.
  • City of Columbus Junction: Waive water hook-up fee.
  • City of Columbus Junction: Waive building permit fee on new home construction.


  • Columbus CSD: Waive all regular school fees (excluding lunch) for each year children are enrolled in school district, with proof of residency.

Interviewing for a Job in Louisa County:

  • Louisa Development Group will provide you with one night accommodations (pending availability) and $25 in Louisa Bucks to be used for food or gasoline.

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: