IDVA Benefit Specialists
The IDVA staff includes benefits specialists, accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, who specialize in federal VA benefits, as well as state benefits. They advise veterans and family members of veterans concerning federal VA benefits they may be entitled to receive. These include pension, disability compensation, and other ancillary benefits. Benefit specialists can also represent claimants with federal claims and review all correspondence pursuant to those claims to determine if an award action or denial was correct.
For additional information, please call the IDVA office at 515-252-4698 or 800-838-4692 and ask for a benefit specialist.
This grant provides up to $10,000 to service members or discharged veterans who
sustained serious or very serious combat-related injuries in a combat theater of
operations after 9-11-2001. (Injury categories are defined in DOD Joint Publication 1-02.)
Information: Injured Veterans Grant
Apply: Iowa Injured Veteran Grant
This $5,000 grant is available to a service member who is buying a home in the state
of Iowa. Members must have served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001
and purchased a home after March 10, 2005. Eligibility has been expanded to include
service members who served 90 days of active duty between August 2, 1990 and April 6, 1991.
Information: Military Service Member Homeownership Assistance
Contact: To learn more, call 1-800-432-7230
Property Tax Exemption
This benefit reduces a veteran’s assessed home value for property tax purposes by $1,850. In order to qualify, a service member must have served on active duty during a period of war or for a minimum of 18 months during peacetime.
Information: Iowa Property Tax (Scroll down the page for veteran tax
Property Tax Exemption Application
Disabled Veteran’s Homestead Tax Credit
This recently-enacted legislation (2014) provides 100% exemption of property taxes for 100% disabled service-connected veterans and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) recipients.
Department of Iowa Revenue
Apply: Disabled Veteran's Homestead Tax Credit Application
Military Tax Exemption
This recently-enacted legislation (2014) exempts federal retirement pay received for military service and survivor benefits from state individual income tax.
Military Tax Information
Veterans Designation on Iowa Drivers
Licenses and IDs
Honorably discharged veterans may request the “Veteran” designation be placed on their driver’s
license or non-operator identification card. Veteran must present a copy of their DD214 or applicable
discharge document to the County or State Veterans Affairs Office to have their eligibility certified.
That office and the veteran will complete an Iowa DOT Application form. Note: Veterans may request the “veteran”
designation anytime they seek a new card, not just at the time of renewal. The cost for a duplicate DL or nonoperator ID is $10.00.
Information: Veterans License Designation
Apply: Veteran License Application
Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License
Veterans in receipt of at least a 0% service connected disability can receive a
lifetime hunting or fishing license for a $7.00 fee. In order to qualify, the Iowa
resident must have served on active federal service and was disabled as a result
of that service.
Apply: Hunting and Fishing License Application
Honorably discharged veterans (as defined in the
Code of Iowa 35.1) are eligible
to purchase specialty veteran license plates for their vehicle. These special plates
are available for an additional charge through the Iowa Department of Transportation. 2014: The
special plate issuance fees charged for plates associated with military
service have been eliminated. Note: This is the issuance fee and not the registration fee.
Information: Iowa DOT Military License Plates
Apply: Veterans License Plate Applications
Iowa Veterans Trust Fund
The State of Iowa has established a multi-million dollar fund to provide certain
services to veterans. Beginning in December 2007, interest from this fund has been
available to provide relief for Iowa veterans and their families. At this time,
interest funds are received monthly and approved applicants are placed on a waiting
list based on the date received and approved. Currently, funds are used for unemployment
or underemployment assistance due to service-related causes, assistance with vision,
hearing, dental care, durable medical equipment, and prescription drugs; counseling
and substance abuse services; housing repair; and transitional housing in an emergency.
Trust fund expenditures are approved through the Iowa Veterans Commission.
Apply: Iowa Veterans Trust Fund
Branstad/Reynolds Scholarship Fund
The Branstad-Reynolds Scholarship fund provides post-secondary educational scholarships for
children of deceased military service members who died while in an active military status after
September 11, 2001. The Scholarship is administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.
Information and Application: Branstad/Reynolds Scholarship Fund
War Orphan Tuition Assistance:
Children of Iowa veterans killed in action following September 11, 2001 are eligible for up to $11,844.00 per year in tuition assistance at an Iowa post-secondary institution. Children qualify up to the age of twenty-six (26). Dependents of those killed in action prior to September 11, 2001 are eligible for $600 per year with a maximum of $3,000. Residency is required to receive this benefit.
Information: War Orphan Tuition Assistance
Apply: War Orphan Tuition Assistance Application
The Iowa Department of Education has been designated by the governor of the state
of Iowa as the location for the Iowa State Approving Agency. The State Approving
Agency is responsible for approving all GI Bill programs in Iowa for veterans and
other eligible persons. (Program approval is a function of the State not the Department
of Veterans Affairs.)
Iowa Department of Education Veterans and Military Education
Thomas Beasley, Consultant - Thomas.Beasley@iowa.gov
Michael Dommer, Consultant - Michael.Dommer@iowa.gov
Rebecca Griglione, Assistant -
Phone: 515.281.3317 Ext. 3317
Post 9/11 GI Bill Information
National Guard Tuition Benefits
Present Iowa National Guard members in good standing are eligible for up to $2,700
per semester for full time enrollment. Part-time students are eligible for $196
per semester hour. Additionally, Guard members who are mobilized will receive a
Information: National Guard Tuition Benefits
Contact Information:To learn more call, 515-252-4579
Operation Recognition High School
This program furnishes an honorary high school diploma to qualifying veterans who
did not complete high school (in Iowa) due to armed service enlistment. The application
form is used by the IDVA and the Department of Education to establish eligibility
for honorably discharged veterans.
Apply: Operation Recognition High School
Iowa Veterans Cemetery
The Iowa Veterans Cemetery began operation on July 3, 2008. Located 10 miles west
of Des Moines, near Van Meter, the cemetery is available to all veterans, their
spouses, and dependent children for burial. Honorably discharged veterans will be
interred at no charge and spouses/dependents will be buried for a $300 fee.
Iowa Veterans Cemetery
Apply: Registration for Burial Determination