About: Founded in 1846, Dallas County was named after George M. Dallas, a past vice president of the United States. Dallas County is known for its ag-urban environment with beautiful parks, wonderful communities, the Raccoon River Valley Bike Trail, breathtaking scenery, historic buildings, exceptional culinary variety and some of the state's best shopping. The half-mile-long High Trestle Bridge has decorative lighting and is one of the largest recreational trail bridges in the world. The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) building was built in the 1880s. The GAR was created to assist widows and children of men who died during the Civil War. Today, this restored structure houses a military museum. The Iowa Veterans Cemetery (IVC) is the only state-owned and operated veterans cemetery in Iowa with over 100 acres of property and capacity for 81,000 veterans and family members. The Veterans Reception Center is a beautiful building dedicated to act as a free venue for families of veterans.
Cities: Adel, Bouton, Clive, Dallas Center, Dawson, De Soto, Dexter, Granger, Grimes, Linden, Minburn, Perry, Redfield, Urbandale, Van Meter, Waukee, West Des Moines, Woodward
Website: Dallas County
Contact: Nick Praska / 515.993.5809
An Introduction to HBI Cities
Home 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:
HBI City of Grimes
The city's motto, "Your Hometown, Your Lifestyle" rings true through its outdoor activities at Water Works and Lions Park. Take time to try its famous sweet corn!
HBI City of Urbandale
Named one the "100 Best Places to Live in Money Magazine, this primarily residential city is known as home to the Des Moines Buccaneers, Living History Farms and being "Uniquely Urbandale."
HBI City of Waukee
The City of Waukee is a dynamic and growing community that was incorporated in 1878. Over the years Waukee has transformed from a small rural town to an active suburb of the Greater Des Moines Metropolitan Area. Waukee upholds a small town atmosphere focused on families and friends with convenient access to local and regional amenities. The Waukee community has long made investing in families an important part of the culture in Waukee, which is evident in the quality of its school district, park facilities and annual festivals held throughout the year
Date of HBI Establishment: September 2016
Home Base Iowa Incentives: City of Waukee Veteran Incentives
Website: Waukee HBI web page
Contact: Jenna Herr / email@example.com / 515.978.7910
HBI City of West Des Moines
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
Dallas 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 Dallas County Veterans Affairs Commission.
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
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
Iowa National Guard Family Services
The 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.
The 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
The 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Labor Market Information & Future Ready Iowa
The 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
Dallas County Business Partners
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 Dallas County.
An Introduction to CHAMPs
Iowa 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:
Des Moines Area Community College
Des Moines Area Community College, a public institution that offers 168 programs, is the largest two-year college. With campuses in Ankeny, Boone, Carroll, Newton, Urban/Des Moines and West Des Moines, Des Moines Area Community College can accommodate the needs of many people seeking higher education.
For more information:
Contact: 515.964.6200 / Email Portal
Website: DMACC Veterans Page