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Veterans' Preference Information

Upon request, veterans' preference shall be applied to honorably discharged veterans as defined in Iowa Code Chapter 35C. Former members of the Reserve Forces or Iowa National Guard who served at least 20 years after January 28, 1973, are eligible. Reserve Forces or Iowa National Guard veterans who were activated for federal duty, other than training, for a minimum of 90 days and were discharged under honorable conditions or retired under Title 10, United States Code, are eligible.

Veterans with a service-connected disability, a Purple Heart, or who are receiving disability compensation or pension through the U.S. Veterans Administration may also request veterans' preference. Proof of service-connected disability from the Veterans Administration must be submitted. To locate your disability documents, contact your local VA office or visit the web site at

Please do not include your Social Security Number on any documents that are submitted as proof of service.

Documents should be submitted via email to or faxed to 515-281-7970.

You may also send your documents to:

Department of Administrative Services-Human Resources Enterprise
Hoover State Office Building
1305 E. Walnut St.
Des Moines, IA 50319-0150
Attn: Employment Team

Your document will not be returned to you.

To be considered for points for a current job vacancy, all documents must be received in this office not later than the day of the post close date. Documents received after the post close date will be applied to future vacancies only.

Please Note: Iowa veterans hiring preference for state, county, and municipal positions DIFFERS from the federal veterans hiring preference. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Iowa is committed to providing quality employment services to veterans. HRE Employment Services has a dedicated veterans employment representative to assist veterans:

  • Conduct productive job searches
  • Access job listings
  • Develop job interviewing and resume writing skills
  • Help place eligible veterans in federally-funded employment and training programs
  • Monitor job listings from federal agencies and federal contractors to ensure veterans get priority service in referral to these jobs
  • Provide intensive services to meet the employment needs of eligible veterans

For assistance, please contact Shaun Leek at, or by phone at (515) 725-3815.