Warren County Veterans Resources

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Warren County

Warren County is recognized as a Home Base Iowa communityAbout: Founded in 1846, Warren County covers a good portion of the state's population.  Downtown Des Moines provides highlights such as the Des Moines Symphony, the Blank Park Zoo, the Iowa Events Center and much more. Take a stroll through Lake Ahquabi State Park in Indianola or various farmer's markets. As a Home Base Community since January 2016, Warren County has a strong commitment to veteran job placement, health care and education.

Date of HBI Establishment: January 2016

Home Base Iowa Incentives: Warren County Veteran Incentives

Cities: Ackworth, Bevington, Carlisle, Cumming, Des Moines, Hartford, Indianola, Lacona, Martensdale, Milo, New Virginia, Norwalk, Sandyville, Spring Hill, St. Mary's, West Des Moines

Website: Warren County Home Base Iowa

Contact: Kathy Fensterman / 515.961.1045



An Introduction to HBI Cities

Home Base Iowa logoHome Base Iowa (HBI) Cities provide incentives that stand alone or complement those offered by the county and state. They offer additional resources and discounts for veterans who relocate into these communities. HBI Cities have completed a city council resolution supporting the program, provide an incentive/welcome package, ensure 10 percent of eligible businesses are HBI businesses and have the ability to purchase HBI signs. Click here to see all HBI Cities

Learn more about these cities below:

Des Moines

As Iowa's capital city, Des Moines is a hub of government action, business activity and cultural affairs. With a Metro population of 569,633, Des Moines is a bustling metropolis. But though we have big city bustle, we're extremely proud of our small town atmosphere. Our community offers quality schools, superb public services, and friendly neighborhoods. Des Moines is a great place to live, work, and play!

Date of HBI Establishment: June 2017

Home Base Iowa Incentives: City of Des Moines Veteran Incentives

Website: City of Des Moines Home Base Iowa

Contact: Pa Goldbeck / pvgoldbeck@dmgov.org / 515-283-4054


Indianola is a Home Base Iowa city Home to Simpson College, the Des Moines Metro Opera and the National Balloon Classic and Museum, this small town offers unique personal and professional opportunities.

Date of HBI Establishment: May 2016

Home Base Iowa Incentives: City of Indianola Veteran Incentives 

Website: HBI Indianola

Contact: Brenda Easter / brenda@indianolachamber.com / 515.961.9410



West Des Moines

West Des Moines is a Home Base Iowa city A shopping hub, veterans won't be disappointed in the opportunities available in West Des Moines. From visiting trendy, unique shops at Valley Junction to dancing in the Val Air Ballroom, a boring weekend is no longer a concern.

Date of HBI Establishment: September 2015

Home Base Iowa Incentives: City of West Des Moines Veteran Incentives

Website: HBI West Des Moines

Contact: McKinlee Ritter /  McKinlee.Ritter@wdm.iowa.gov / 515.222.3598

Warren 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 Warren 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.



Des Moines IowaWORKS Center Information

Iowa Workforce Development Logo

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

Please visit or contact the Des Moines IowaWORKS Center for more information: 

200 Army Post Road
Des Moines, IA 50315
Phone: 515-281-9619
Email: Region11.Web@iwd.iowa.gov 



Iowa National Guard Family Services

Iowa National Guard- Warrior and Family Services Branch LogoThe 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.



  Iowa Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR)

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve LogoThe 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 Veteran Support Organizations

This is the American Legion logoThe 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.



Labor Market Information & Future Ready Iowa

Iowa Workforce Development LogoThe 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. You can search for and view the Laborshed Report by city or county.


For additional help on determining career opportunities in Iowa, visit the Future Ready Iowa website. The site connects job seekers to tools for finding education, training and jobs. It uses Labor Market Information to identify the number of jobs, the average median income and what training is required within a geographically determined distance from the job seeker.

Website features include: Iowa's Career Coach, Career Exploration, Education and Training Opportunities, Financial Resources and Finding a Job


Warren County Business Partners

County Business Partner logoHome Base Iowa (HBI) Businesses are the centerpiece of the HBI effort. Veterans who have served and are looking for a career in Iowa can research any of the over 1,200 HBI Businesses. Each business has committed to hiring transitioning service members and veterans for semi-skilled and skilled positions in Iowa. 

Many of these businesses actively attend job fairs to recruit veterans. Based on an Iowa Business Council report, the program has already provided over 2,000 jobs for veterans. HBI businesses also provide donations to assist with marketing efforts. View HBI Job Openings throughout the state and HBI businesses in Warren County.



An Introduction to CHAMPs

Iowa Department of Education LogoIowa provides qualified veterans, their spouses and dependents in-state tuition at Iowa's colleges and universities. Certified Higher Academic Military Partners (CHAMPs) offer premium higher education incentives. In order for institutions to become a CHAMPs partner, at least nine out of 12 criteria in three categories must be met. Categories include transitional considerations, financial considerations and on-campus resources. These higher learning centers often offer on-campus support, consistent credit for military courses and provide special financial considerations. View a full list and learn more about​ all CHAMPs institutions in Iowa.


CHAMPs institutions in this county are listed below:

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.

For more information:

Contact: Nancy Geiger / 515.271.3095 / nancy.geiger@drake.edu

Website: Drake University Veterans Page



Simpson College

Simpson College is a CHAMPs partnerSimpson College is a four-year institution located in Indianola with an enrollment of 1,400 full-time students. Simpson also has campuses in West Des Moines and Ankeny and is a United Methodist affiliated, independent, undergraduate, coeducational, liberal-arts college. Simpson College offers a nurturing academic environment and is close to career and entertainment options that Iowa's capital city offers.

For more information:

Contact: 515.961.6251 / mailto:admiss@simpson.edu

Website: Simpson College Veterans Page