Departments | Veterans Affairs | State Benefits
of Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs
- Veteran Lifetime Hunting/Fishing
license to an Iowa veteran who was disabled or was a prisoner
of war during that veteran's military service. To qualify, the
veteran must be entitled to compensation under U.S.
Code, Title 38, Chapter 11.
See your County Veteran Affairs Office to apply for residency
at the IVH home.
- Applications for veteran's
vehicle license plates
Applications can be obtained from your County Courthouse (Treasurer
Office or VA Office). Completed applications, along with a copy
of your DD214 or notice of separation papers are submitted to
the Iowa State VA office for verification. An honorable discharge
is a pre-requisite to applying. These applications and your
check for $35-$60 are then forwarded to the Iowa D.O.T. for
issuance. (Personalized plates are $60 and standard numbered
The Mason City Iowa Workforce Development office has a Veteran's
Employment Representative at the 600 S. Pierce, Mason City
location. Contact the Vet Rep at (641)422-1537.
- Military Exemption for Real Estate Taxes
This benefit reduces a veteran's assessed home value for property tax purposes by $1,850. In order to qualify, a service member must have served on active duty during a period of war or for a minimum of 18 months during peacetime.
The State of Iowa has established a multi-million dollar fund to provide certain services to veterans. Beginning in December 2007, interest from this fund has been available to provide relief for Iowa veterans and their families. At this time, interest funds are received monthly and approved applicants are placed on a waiting list based on the date received and approved. Currently, funds are used for unemployment or underemployment assistance due to service-related causes, assistance with vision, hearing, dental care, durable medical equipment, and prescription drugs; counseling and substance abuse services; housing repair; and transitional housing in an emergency. Trust fund expenditures are approved through the Iowa Veterans Commission.
Apply: Trust Fund Application
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220 North Washington Avenue
Mason City, IA 50401
Phone:(641)421-3085 or (641)421-3086
Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm Monday through Friday
Located in the basement of the courthouse