Webster County

Date of HBI Establishment: March 2015
Website: Webster County
Contact: Dan Lewandowski / wcva@webstercountyia.org / 515-573-1479
Cities:
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.

Iowa Central Community College

Located in Fort Dodge, Iowa with satellite campuses in Webster City and Storm Lake, Iowa Central Community College is a two year institution and home to a little over 6,000 enrolled students. Iowa Central Community College provides quality educational opportunities in and out of the classroom. For all they serve, Iowa Central Community College strives to be the premier learning community, and college of choice, preparing the best citizens and workers for our region and beyond.

  • Assistance with lodging and meals, veteran-guided tours and a welcome basket from the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance
  • Incentives are offered to students who choose to attend Iowa Central Community College and Buena Vista University
  • The City of Fort Dodge is adding a 5-year, 100% tax abatement on the first $75,000 on a new home or improvements and “recreation bucks” at City of Fort Dodge Parks and Recreation facilities
  • Resident tuition for all veterans and the immediate families at Iowa Central Community College (ICCC).
  • Free book rentals if VA benefits do not cover that cost at ICCC.
  • Free admission to all ICCC campus activities such as sporting events, musicals, plays, and fine art events for veterans and their families.
  • One on one assistance with GI Bill paperwork with VA certifying official on ICCC campus.
  • Veterans recognized at ICCC graduation by wearing Red, White and Blue cord (pending board approval).
  • ICCC will work with veterans to make sure they have books/tools the first day of class even if their VA funds have not been sent to ICCC.
  • ICCC Rec Center discount even if not a current student.
  • Welcome gift basket from ICCC including but not limited to a punch card for 10 free meals in the cafeteria, Iowa Central apparel, draw string bag, lanyard and a thank-you note from Iowa Central for serving our country.
  • ICCC offers a Veteran’s Day program.
  • ICCC has scholarships available to help with tuition for those who don’t receive full payment from VA.
  • Free initiation fees and first year membership dues to veterans joining the Fort Dodge Noon Lions Club
  • Veterans will be provided a personalized guided tour of the community (by a Veteran when available) courtesy of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance.
  • The City of Fort Dodge offers 5 years 100% tax abatement on the first $75,000 on a new home or home improvements.
  • The City of Fort Dodge offers $25 in “Rec Bucks” to be used at Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center or Lakeside Municipal Golf Course.
  • The Fort Dodge Community Recreation Center offers a 5-day punch card to be used at any of their 3 locations. If a membership is purchased, the first month is free.
  • $100 Voucher towards one night’s stay at a participating Webster County hotel/motel.
  • $50 food voucher at a participating Webster County restaurant.
  • Welcome basket from the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance

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: