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Home Base 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 www.homebaseiowa.gov.

Home Base Iowa LogoLyon 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!

Home Base Iowa Employers in Lyon County

  • List of Employers
  • 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.
    • Sign up to become a Home Base Business

Lyon County Community Support

The communities of Lyon County have adopted resolutions of support for the Home Base Iowa initiative. Communities include:

  • Alvord
  • Doon
  • George
  • Inwood
  • Larchwood
  • Lester
  • Little Rock
  • Rock Rapids

Certified Higher Academic Military Partner Program (CHAMP)

Northwest Iowa Community College is a Home Base Iowa designated college committed to meeting the needs of veterans and their partners through ongoing support and assistance in education. 

Home Base Iowa Welcome Package

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 and a tour, housing or any other information about the community. 


Jen Smit, Director
Lyon County Economic Development

Contact for Federal VA benefits and assistance:
Ed Hodgson, 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 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.

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