Madison County

Date of HBI Establishment: August 2017
Website: Madison County
Contact: Thaddeus Smith / tsmith@madisoncoia.us / 515-462-4680
Cities: West Des Moines, Winterset

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.

West Des Moines

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 West Des Moines, incentives include:

Home Base Iowa Community Established: September 2015

Winterset

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 Winterset, incentives include:

  • Welcome call from Community Greetings with a bag of information about various attractions and services, as well as promotional items and gifts from over 40 local businesses.
  • A community tour by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce.
  • Madison County Veteran Affairs offers a local contact to help with your transition to civilian life and help you with your VA benefits.
  • The Madison County Development Group can link Veterans with a broad range of services from consulting services for entrepreneurs wanting to start their own businesses to revolving loans for startups, capital purchases or building improvements.
  • The Madison County Assessor can help Veterans obtain eligible property tax exemptions from a basic military exemption to a 100% exemption for Veterans with full service related disability.
  • $10 Discount when registering for a Parks & Rec program.
  • Free admission at the Winterset Aquatic Center on July 4th.
  • One free daily pass at the Winterset Aquatic Center.
  • Free camping stay at Winterset City Park.
  • $50 discount on building permit fee for construction of a new home.
  • Free dog license for one year, free license for service dog.

Home Base Iowa Community Established: August 2017

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. 

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

Drake University

Drake University is recognized as one of the finest institutions of higher learning in the Midwest. A mid-sized, private university in Des Moines, Iowa, we offer the benefits and resources of a larger institution along with the advantages of intimate class sizes and close personal relationships. Our mission is to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship.

  • Welcome call from Community Greetings with a bag of information about various attractions and services, as well as promotional items and gifts from over 40 local businesses.
  • A community tour by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce.
  • Madison County Veteran Affairs offers a local contact to help with your transition to civilian life and help you with your VA benefits.
  • The Madison County Development Group can link Veterans with a broad range of services from consulting services for entrepreneurs wanting to start their own businesses to revolving loans for startups, capital purchases or building improvements.
  • The Madison County Assessor can help Veterans obtain eligible property tax exemptions from a basic military exemption to a 100% exemption for Veterans with full service related disability.