Cherokee County Veterans Resources

designates CHAMP and County Partners

Cherokee County

About: Cherokee County cradles the natural beauty of the Inkpaduta Canoe Trail that winds down the Little Sioux River and 11 county parks. It is a progressive County that is home to the Western Iowa Tech Community College and Conference Center; a 32,000 sq. ft. Wellness Center; a downtown streetscape and Cultural District that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a spectacular aquatic center and park, and the surreal beauty of Spring Lake Park and Yacht Club with walking trails. We have the first accredited museum in the State of Iowa, the Sanford Museum and Planetarium, and we boast a 60-piece symphony orchestra and a dynamic community theater. Cherokee has the most challenging and beautiful golf course in Northwest Iowa, along with courses at Marcus, Aurelia and Quimby, and a total of six within a 20-minute drive.

Date of HBI Establishment: May 2017

Home Base Iowa Incentives: Cherokee County Veteran Incentives

Cities: Aurelia, Cherokee, Cleghorn, Larrabee, Marcus, Meriden, Quimby, Washta

Website: Cherokee County

Contact: Bill Anderson  / / 712-225-5739


Cherokee County - Veteran Director

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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 Cherokee 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.



Sioux City IowaWORKS Center Information

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IowaWORKS Centers are committed to providing quality employment services to all veterans, 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

Pl​ease visit or contact the Sioux City IowaWORKS Center for more information:

2508 4th Street
Sioux City, IA 51101
Phone: 712-233-9030



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.



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




Cherokee County Business Partners

County Business Partner logo Home 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 Cherokee 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.

*There are currently no CHAMPs partners in this county. Please check surrounding communities or CHAMPs partners offering online programs.*

Western Iowa Tech Community College

Western Iowa Tech Community College is a CHAMPs partnerWestern Iowa Tech Community College has five campuses located in Mapleton, LeMars, Denison and Cherokee. The main campus is in Sioux City, Iowa. As a comprehensive community college, their mission is to provide quality education and to economically enhance the communities they serve.

For more information:

Contact: 800.352.4649 /

Website: WITCC Veterans Page