Iowa Veterans Home


“Iowa forgets not the defenders of the Union”

The Iowa Veterans Home (IVH) opened its doors to Iowa veterans and their spouses in 1887 as the Old Soldiers Home to meet the needs of Civil War Veterans. From that time, the Home has belonged to the people of Iowa, guided by the Iowa Legislature and the Iowa Commissioners of Veterans Affairs.

Today, IVH is one of the three largest of the 148 state-owned facilities for veterans in the nation. Over 600 residents call the IVH their home in either long term care or residential care. As in the past, IVH maintains its loyalty and dedication to American veterans, their spouses, and parents of a Gold Star Service Member. The beautiful campus spans almost 150 acres, with four main resident care buildings.

IVH offers nursing, medical, rehabilitative care, dental, and mental health services. Additionally, IVH offers pastoral care and chapel services, special places on campus for families to have visits, reunions, overnight stays, and cookouts, barber and beauty shops, gift shop, library, computers, and wheelchair services.

All honorably discharged veterans, their spouses, and/or widowed spouses who demonstrate either medical or financial need and meet Iowa residency requirements and veteran eligibility for admission to VA Medical Centers are eligible.