Veterans West

About the veterans and for the veterans.

Veteran & Military Community Events

Veterans & MilFam events begin and end at IOWA

Janice Bowman, manager Military & Veterans Affairs

Our concierge & Veterans West manager will take you (and your family) where you want to go!

The Military & Veterans Affairs department, Veterans West, at Battleship IOWA has a mission to provide programs and resources that have impact, nourish comradery, and support the critical needs of our military and veterans.

The three pillars of veterans programs and services aboard the museum focus on honor, community, and prosperity.



The ship is a location of honor for both veterans and civilians.  It is an opportunity for the public to show their appreciation to those whom served, as well as an environment that reinforces pride in service.  A unique platform of patriotism that remembers the fallen and an appreciation of service. Whether it is the simple announcing of a veteran arriving aboard ship over the 1MC or the production of LA Fleet Week, Veterans Day, and Memorial Day events, we continue to honor veterans daily.

USS Iowa veterans may visit the “Those Who Served” section to upload a photo and short service record and may become a member of the USS Iowa Veterans association at



The sense of community is critical to the well-being of everyone, but especially veterans.  Those who have served have comradery with other veterans built through training, combat, and focus.  This makes community a keystone pillar of our veterans and community programs.  This led to the formalization of Surface Navy Association “SNA” Battleship IOWA Chapter, American Legion Post 61, and the Battleship IOWA Veterans Resource Center “VRC”.  Our “VRC” provides veterans a one-stop approach with the ability to easily access a Veteran Concierge, a master resource list, and VSNP & VCCP programming.  A sense of community coupled with resources and programming, provides a high impact environment aboard Battleship USS Iowa Museum.



Our prosperity pillar aligns with the basic definition of “the condition of being successful or thriving”.  Veterans programs at the Battleship IOWA take into account a well-rounded support system of honor, community, and prosperity.  We utilize the in-situ environment of the ship to provide a holistic approach to assisting veterans to thrive.  We continue to partner with best in class resource providers with a range of focus from skills development, job search, wellness, education, and general support.  One of our founding affiliations is with National Veterans Transition Services to host Operation REBOOT on board ship. Our newest is with Integrated Recovery Foundation.


Veterans West is a full suite of programs for the coolest veterans on earth.  Call Janice today and she will tell you how cool it really is.


The Veterans Resource Center at Battleship IOWA is a veteran community center and hub welcoming veterans and their families of every branch and service era.

The Battleship IOWA is an all-inclusive, holistic, and enjoyable environment for all. The ship uses its vast space to function as a community center that hosts programs and events, and provides services for the benefit of veterans throughout the region.

The Veterans Resource Center is generously funded with contributions from Phillips 66, Johnny Carson Foundation, Wells Fargo, and Timken.


Need personalized guidance with our calendar and resources? Would you like to take a veteran excursion to visit military and veteran monuments, memorials, and other landmarks? Need a ride to a county-wide veteran service or community partner location? Look no further than our very own veteran concierge!

Veterans Resource List

Veterans West by Battleship IOWA is proud to offer a comprehensive directory of meetings, resources, education, employment, etc. for the benefit of veterans.  Please enjoy and share the good word.