Pottawattamie County

Founded in 1848, Pottawattamie County was named after the Potawatomi Native American tribe. The county has five park systems and three wildlife areas where visitors can hike, boat, camp and fish. The Union Pacific Railroad Museum is located in Council Bluffs where you can see old photographs and equipment from the transcontinental railroad. Pottawattamie County offers a variety of activities including orchards, casinos and different shopping areas. As a Home Base Community, Pottawattamie County has a strong commitment to veteran job placement, health care and education.
Date of HBI Establishment: May 2017
Website: Pottawattamie County
Contact: Nick Jedlicka / Nick.Jedlicka@pottcounty-ia.gov / 712-328-5797
Cities: About Home Base Iowa Cities, Avoca , Carson, Carter Lake, Council Bluffs, Crescent, Glidden, Hancock, Macedonia, McClelland, Minden, Neola, Oakland, Treynor, Underwood, Walnut

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.


Avoca

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 Avoca, incentives include:

  • Contact the Pottawattamie County Point of Contact for more information

Home Base Iowa Community Established: May 2017

Carson

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 Carson, incentives include:

  • Contact the Pottawattamie County Point of Contact for more information

Home Base Iowa Community Established: May 2017

Carter Lake

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 Carter Lake, incentives include:

  • Contact the Pottawattamie County Point of Contact for more information

Home Base Iowa Community Established: May 2017

Council Bluffs

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 Council Bluffs, incentives include:

  • Contact the Pottawattamie County Point of Contact for more information

Home Base Iowa Community Established: May 2017

Crescent

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 Crescent, incentives include:

  • Contact the Pottawattamie County Point of Contact for more information

Home Base Iowa Community Established: May 2017

Glidden

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 Glidden, incentives include:

  • Contact the Pottawattamie County Point of Contact for more information

Home Base Iowa Community Established: May 2017

Hancock

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 Hancock, incentives include:

  • Contact the Pottawattamie County Point of Contact for more information

Home Base Iowa Community Established: May 2017

Macedonia

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 Macedonia, incentives include:

  • Contact the Pottawattamie County Point of Contact for more information

Home Base Iowa Community Established: May 2017

McClelland

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 McCelland, incentives include:

  • Contact the Pottawattamie County Point of Contact for more information

Home Base Iowa Community Established: May 2017

Minden

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 Minden, incentives include:

  • Contact the Pottawattamie County Point of Contact for more information

Home Base Iowa Community Established: May 2017

Neola

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 Neola, incentives include:

  • Contact the Pottawattamie County Point of Contact for more information

Home Base Iowa Community Established: May 2017

Oakland

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 Oakland, incentives include:

  • Contact the Pottawattamie County Point of Contact for more information

Home Base Iowa Community Established: May 2017

Treynor

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 Treynor, incentives include:

  • Contact the Pottawattamie County Point of Contact for more information

Home Base Iowa Community Established: May 2017

Underwood

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 Underwood, incentives include:

  • Contact the Pottawattamie County Point of Contact for more information

Home Base Iowa Community Established: May 2017

Walnut

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 Walnut, incentives include:

  • Contact the Pottawattamie County Point of Contact for more information

Home Base Iowa Community Established: May 2017

County Veteran Offices

These should be veterans first point of contact and every county has a Commissioner of Veterans Affairs and a County Veterans Director. These offices assist veterans with compensation/pensions, medical care, military records, grave markers and veteran home loans. Some counties also have dedicated funds to assist with temporary shelter/utilities, food/health supplies, medical/dental, job placement, counseling and transportation. Visit the County Veterans Office page and click on the county of residence.  

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 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.

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.

Pottawattamie 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.

  • Business Incentives:
    • Bloom Works Floral: 10% off for active military and veterans
    • General Dodge House - Blue Star Museums program: The Blue Star Museum program provides free admission to active duty military personnel and their families during summer months (Memorial Day-Labor Day).
    • Harrah’s Casino: We offer a military buffet day once a month where all Military Personnel can present their Total Rewards Card and their Military or Veteran’s ID at the buffet to receive a $5 buffet. On Veterans Day and Memorial Day, we offer a free buffet for vets and military. We have had a “Remember our Fallen Heroes” display at our Harrah’s Hotel Lobby. We also have an internal program called Caesars Enlisting Heroes where we actively try to recruit vets. We participate in the 2 Offutt Career Fairs, post on LinkedIn (Offutt AFB Airman & Family Readiness Center), and participate in Offutt appreciation Day.
    • Walnut Community: $5,000.00 new small business incentive during the first year of operation.
    • Iowa Western Community College Small Business Development Center: We offer free technical assistance and counseling for individuals wanting to start their own business
    • Buck Snort, Oakland: Free Drink with purchase of any app or entre.
    • Bass Pro: 10% off on merchandise
    • 25% off on any services offered by our ServiceMaster Restore location
    • Mobilis: We offer veteran's discounts on items in our store. We support the PVA, Wounded Warriors and American Legion Riders.
    • Hospice of Southwest Iowa: As a hospice, we offer services to Veterans at end of life, including recognition events and assistance with final plans, benefits for both patient and spouse, etc. We also have a Veteran to Veteran volunteer program, and are always looking for Veteran volunteer to sit with terminally ill Veterans.
    • My Business "Bayliss Park Hall" does offer a discount to active Military/Veterans: Arlo Burk
    • The Center: Free November luncheon to veterans annually to honor and recognize
    • YMCA: Free membership while on leave and no joining fee to be a member.
    • Red Cross: For active duty service members we offer emergency communication services and resiliency workshops. For veterans, we offer referrals to their organizations that could possibly assist in providing financial assistance and we offer resiliency workshops for veterans and their families.
    • Hospice with Heart: Veteran to Veteran volunteer opportunities with hospice patients, Veteran pinning ceremonies for hospice patients
    • Sac Federal Credit Union: Financial literacy tools and better banking products. We also sponsor community veteran and military events that benefit active duty veterans and retirees.
  • Housing Incentives:
  • Employment Incentives:

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.