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The most sincere thank-you is an easy transition. Winnebago and Worth Counties are ecstatic to partner with Home Base Iowa and the State of Iowa to assist veterans in returning home and transitioning to a civilian life. Both counties have partnered with Home Base Iowa in order to better assist our veterans and provide comprehensive resources to fit their needs. Winnebago and Worth Counties praise our nation’s veterans and welcomes them to our community. In addition to having high quality of life standards and easy access to highways and interstates, our communities are positioned halfway between Des Moines and Minneapolis, MN. This locational advantage gives residents the best of both worlds by providing a greater quality of life, virtually no crime, fantastic schools, and affordable housing. In order to make your transition to Winnebago and Worth Counties even more rewarding, we worked together to create additional veteran incentives. Please read on to learn more about these special veteran incentives.

State Veteran Incentives

The Home Base Iowa Act positions Iowa as a leader in respect, support and employment of veterans through a publicprivate partnership. The Iowa Legislature passed the Act in a broad bi- partisan manner and then Governor Terry E. Branstad signed it into law on Memorial Day, 2014.

The Act contains the following incentives:

  • Military Pensions exempt from state income tax
  • $5,000 grant toward the purchase of a home
  • Permissive veteran preference in employment Search/view Iowa businesses committed to hiring veterans Automatic in-state tuition at state universities and community colleges


MaryLou Kleveland, Administrator
Winnebago County Veterans Affairs
216 South 4th Street, Forest City, IA 50436


Tom Reid, Director
Worth Couty Veterans Affairs 
99B 9th St. North, Northwood, IA 50459


County Veteran Incentives

Winnebago and Worth Counties are both offering a $1000 relocation grant to qualifying veterans who will call either county their home.


Melissa Michaelis, Executive Director
Winnebago & Worth Counties Betterment Council
PO Box 93, Lake Mills, IA 50450


Winnebago County Application
Worth County Application

City Veteran Incentives

All 14 communities within Winnebago and Worth Counties are encouraged to provide incentives to relocate to each community. Stay tuned for more details.

Forest City Application
Northwood Application

For a more in-depth description of Home Base Iowa, check out the statewide website at: www.homebaseiowa.gov.

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