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Veterans and Military Education

The Department of Education has been designated by the governor of the state of Iowa as the location for the Iowa State Approving Agency. The State Approving Agency is responsible for approving all GI Bill programs in Iowa for veterans and other eligible persons. Program approval is a function of the State not the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The Iowa State Approving Agency (SAA) has been contracted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to approve GI Bill programs in the State of Iowa for veterans and other eligible persons. Each state has a SAA whose function is to inspect, approve, and supervise qualified educational programs as well as on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs for GI Bill purposes. Recently, approval has extended to include required licensure and certification tests. The State's approval is necessary before veterans and other eligible persons can receive their GI Bill benefits.

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Our unit assists educational institutions and their staffs by providing in-depth technical assistance, outreach activities, and liaison with other organizations and agencies. We provide educational and career assistance for veterans and other eligible persons in accordance with the standards and provisions of Title 38, U.S.C., Chapters 30,32,35 and 36 and Chapter 1606 of Title 10, U.S.C.


Our goal is to ensure that every veteran, reservist, and eligible person has a full and fair opportunity to reach his or her full potential in whatever educational direction they choose. Our role is to ensure that quality instruction and ethical administration is provided for every veteran/eligible person and reservist who enters an approved educational or training program in the state of Iowa.

Clients and Stakeholders

The clients and stakeholders we serve in Iowa include veterans, National Guard and Reservists, dependents of disabled veterans or of those who died on active duty, school administrators, school certifying officials, military education officers, company and industrial personnel, labor coordinators, and any other persons who work with expanding the career opportunities of veterans in our state.

Educational Programs

We review all educational programs in the state and only approve those that meet the high standards required by the VA and state law.

On-the-Job Training/Apprenticeship Programs
Eligible individuals under the GI Bill may choose to learn by working on the job. If the companies training programs are acceptable we can also approve these for GI Bill benefits.


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The document below lists the entire directory of schools that offer approved programs for use by veterans and other eligible persons for GI Bill program benefits in Iowa.

Iowa Directory of Certifiying Officials updated 12/10/2012

The document below lists the directory of On-the-Job Training/Apprenticeship Establishments with approved programs for veterans in Iowa.

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Certifying officials are representatives authorized to sign and submit forms to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs on behalf of veterans, active-duty service members, National Guard members and their dependents.  Certifying officials verify enrollment, document changes in status, and report circumstances affecting benefits.

Below are resources for use by certifying officials:

VA Certifying Official Guide

VA School Certifying Officials Quick Reference Guide

Iowa SAA 2011 April New Certifying Officials Training

Iowa SAA 2011 New Certifying Officials Training PowerPoint

VA Forms

Guidance on Setting Up a VA Certifying Official Office

Iowa Directory of Certifiying Officials updated 12/10/2012

Iowa's Rankings


Other Educational Assistance Information

Military Officers of America Scholarship Fund

VA Work Study Guide

VA Work Study Application

VA Work Study & VA ONCE Discussion

Scholarship and Grants

Work-Study Allowance Program Supervisor Handbook November 2010

Tuition Assistance Overview from GO ARMY ED

Iowa National Guide Educational Assistance Grant

GoArmy Ed


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Employer Brochure Employer Brochure

On-the-Job and Apprenticeship Approved Programs On-the-Job and Apprenticeship Approved Programs


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VIP Brochure

How to Obtain a GED

GI Bill Program Information

On-the-Job and Apprenticeship Approved Programs

GI Benefits Informational Poster

Educational Assistance Links

Certifiying Officials Directory for Veterans

Military Officers of America Scholarship Fund

VA Work Study Guide

VA Work Study Application

Scholarships and Grants

Tuition Assistance from GO ARMY ED

GoArmy ED

Iowa National Guard Eudcational Assistance Grant (NGEAP)

Iowa Rankings

Non-Educational Benefit Links

Veterans Administration Sites

US Department of Veterans Affairs

Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs

Vet Job Central

 Veteran Service Information


DOD Disabled Veterans

VA - Polytrama

Department of Labor - Vets

Military Service Records - locate DD-214 and other records

 Career Exploration

O*NET Online - translates military duties into civilian terminology

Kuder - career assessment tool

ACT - National Career Readiness Certificate


USA Jobs




Iowa Workforce

 Brain Injury Information

Defense & Veterans Brain Injury Center

Brain Injury Association of America

Traumatic Brain Injury


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Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children

This Interstate Compact, aims at addressing perceived inequities facing school children of military parents when they are required to relocate across state lines. The Compact allows the laws of the "sending" state to apply to transferring students from military families in the school of the "receiving" state for such policies as graduation requirements, advanced placement, and age of student enrollment. Additional information on this Compact can be found on the Council of State Government website.

Military School Liaison Officers

Iowa has two Military School Liaison Officers. Both are able to work with children of any military service branch.

Jeremy Van Wyk
JFHQ A-1, Room 186
7105 NW 70th Avenue
Johnston, IA 50131
Office 515.252.4040
Cell: 515.689.2617

Jason Follett
225 East Army Post Road
Fort Des Moines Army Reserve Center
Building 100
Des Moines, IA 50315
Office: 515.285.4692 x 3042
Cell: 404.988.1812


Informational Website for Educators

Iowa National Guard

American Association of School Administrators

Military Child Education Coalition

Army Reserve Family Programs

Military K-12 Partners

Military Child Initiative



Other Resources available to Iowa's Military Children

Operation: Military Kids in Iowa - the goal of OMK is to connect military children and youth with local resources in order for them to achieve a sense of community support and to enhance their well-being. For more information, contact:

Ms. Chris Gleason
Extension 4-H Youth Building
Ames, IA 50011-3630

Military OneSource - Assistance with education, relocation, parenting, stress, etc.



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Iowa Department of Education
Division of Community Colleges
Veterans & Military Education
400 East 14th Street
Des Moines, IA  50319

Fax Number: 515-242-5988

Thomas Beasley, Consultant

Michael Dommer, Consultant

Debra Taylor, Support


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