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Departments | Veterans Affairs | State Benefits

State Benefits
  1. State of Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs

  2. Veteran Lifetime Hunting/Fishing License

    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.

  3. Iowa Veterans Home

    See your County Veteran Affairs Office to apply for residency at the IVH home.

  4. 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 are $35.)


    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.

  6. 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.

  7. Trust Fund

    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

  8. Education

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Cerro Gordo County Veterans Affairs Office

  • 220 North Washington Avenue
  • Mason City, IA 50401
  • Phone:(641)421-3085 or (641)421-3086
  • Fax:(641)421-3092
  • Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm Monday through Friday
  • Located in the basement of the courthouse