Montgomery County

Founded in 1851, Montgomery County was named after a Revolutionary War general, Richard Montgomery. Veterans are welcome to enjoy a rural living while choosing from many job opportunities in Montgomery County. Employers are hiring now within a diverse mix of industries, from manufacturing to healthcare to technology. County communities have assembled a helpful collection of incentives to attract veterans to the area and are ready to provide a personal tour today. Covering 425 square miles in southwest Iowa, Montgomery County is made up of a beautiful, terraced landscape dotted with seven rural communities. Three major highways cross through the county. The county is served by 3 school districts. The county has various parks such as Montgomery County Conversation where visitors can horseback ride, picnic, hunt, fish, camp and more.
Date of HBI Establishment: May 2018
Website: Montgomery County
Contact: Jerry Hansen / va@montgomerycoia.us / 712-623-3180
Cities: About Home Base Iowa Cities

About Home Base Iowa Cities

Home Base Iowa cities 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. All the cities listed 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 have the option to purchase Home Base Iowa signage.

Click on the other tabs to view veteran resources, higher educational institutions and all county and statewide incentives.


County Veteran Offices

Veterans first point of contact. 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 page and click on the county of residence. 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. 

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 about these services, 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.

Labor Market Information

The Workforce Needs Assessment survey is an annual employer survey conducted by Iowa Workforce Development. Employers are asked to provide information regarding both their current level of employment and their current and expected job vacancies. The goal of the survey is to collect data regarding the demand for workers and the skills required of workers, both statewide and regionally. Search for and view the Laborshed Report by city or county.

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.

Montgomery 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.

  • Welcome Packet - Each veteran that visits Montgomery County will receive a welcome basket.
  • County and Community Tours – Montgomery County Development Corporation in partnership with the Red Oak Chamber and Community Betterment Committees in each of our rural towns will arrange for enjoyable and informative tours if pre-scheduled and depending on the interests
  • Hotel Incentive – Stay n’ Play Discount Package at Red Coach Inn, Red Oak - $99/night plus tax. Guests enjoy a double occupancy stay in the beautiful, newly remodeled, Red Coach Inn with pass to area entertainment or a meal. 
  • Housing Incentive –City of Stanton has a new subdivision with multiple lots available to any veteran that would want to build a new home in Stanton. The City offers no building permit fees and waives monthly utilities to property while under construction. The lots are available for between $12,000-$18,000 per lot. Some restrictions may apply to the type of house you build.
  • Fitness Centers – The Viking Center in Stanton offers qualified Veterans or Service Members a 50% off discount on memberships for one year and an on-going Veteran discount. Montgomery County YMCA in Red Oak will offer a veteran half price membership for one year, $210.00 value
  • Golf – The Villisca Country Club offer discounts for Veterans.

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.