Lyon County, Iowa


Home Base Iowa's mission is to make Iowa the state of choice for military men and women as they transition to civilian careers. Home Base Iowa will provide veterans with resources that can open doors to job opportunities, welcoming communities, and on-going engagement with the military community.


For more information on the State of Iowa Home Base Iowa program, please visit:


Lyon County welcomes veterans to our county and hopes you take the time to explore all we have to offer. Lyon County is a great place to live, work, play and raise a family! We want it to be the next place you call home!


Lyon County Home Base Iowa Employers

                    •A complete list of Lyon County Home Base Iowa Employers can be found at Lyon County Home Base Iowa Businesses

                    •Becoming a Home Base Iowa Business - In order to become an officially recognized Home Base Iowa Business, companies are asked to pledge to hire a certain number of veterans by

                     December 31st, 2018. The official application form can be found at Home Base Iowa Business registration. Please email completed form to


Lyon County Communities Support Home Base Iowa

The communities of Lyon County have adopted resolutions of support for the Home Base Iowa initiative. They include Alvord, Doon, George, Inwood, Larchwood, Lester, Little Rock and Rock Rapids.


Northwest Iowa Community College is a Home Base Iowa Certified Higher Academic Military Partner Program (CHAMP). This Home Base Iowa designated college is committed to meeting the needs of veterans and their families through ongoing support and assistance in education. NCC Champ program.


When you have scheduled your employment visit to a Lyon County business, please contact us to take advantage of the Lyon County Home Base Iowa Welcome Package, to get community information, community tour, housing or any other information about the community.

Steve Simons, Director

Lyon County Economic Development



Your point of contact for Federal VA benefits and assistance:

Jared Ageson, Director

Lyon County Veterans Affairs


Components of the Home Base Iowa Act (Senate File 303)

Military Pension Income Tax Exemption: All Military pensions will be fully exempt from state income tax. This exemption is retroactive to January 1, 2014.

Military Homeownership Assistance Program: A program through the Iowa Finance Authority will expand the budget to provide for up to $5000 of down payment of closing cost assistance to eligible veterans. This applies to those who have served since 9/11 as well as those that served during the Gulf War of 90/91.

Permissive Veterans Preference: The Home Base Iowa Act will clarify that it is legal for private businesses to provide veterans,preferential treatment in hiring decisions.

Occupational Licensure: Iowa's occupational licensing boards will adopt rules allowing credit for military training and experience in the licensing process.

Education: The state Board of Education will create a uniform policy granting automatic in-state tuition to veterans, their spouses, and their dependents at Iowa's community colleges.

License Plates: Eligible applicants will be issued veterans-related license plates (such as Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Silver Star) for free.