Commandant Jodi Tymeson to return as Executive Director of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs

April 20, 2017

Today, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that Iowa Veterans Home Commandant Jodi Tymeson will take over as the new Executive Director of Veterans Affairs on May 1.  Previously, Tymeson was named Chief Operating Officer of the Iowa Veterans Home in May 2013, and then promoted to Commandant in October 2013.    


“I want to thank Gen. Tymeson for her great work as Commandant of the Iowa Veterans Home,” said Gov. Branstad.  “She provided incredible leadership in caring for our veterans in Marshalltown.  I am pleased that Gen. Tymeson is once again answering the call to service for her fellow Iowans as she returns as Executive Director of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs.”


Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds added, “Gen. Tymeson is the right person to lead the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs and be the chief voice an advocate for Iowa veterans and their families.  I’m thankful she has taken the responsibility once again to ensure that every veteran has the opportunity to receive the benefits they are entitled to.”


“It’s been an incredible honor to serve as Commandant of the Iowa Veterans Home.  I will leave IVH knowing the staff will continue to provide exceptional care and services to our residents.  I want to express my personal appreciation to the staff, volunteers, veteran service organizations, civic organizations and businesses, and many generous citizens who have contributed so much to support the mission of the Iowa Veterans Home. I look forward to continuing to serve Iowa’s veterans.”


Tymeson served in the Iowa Army National Guard from 1974-2007. While there, she graduated from officer candidate school and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1982. She served as platoon leader, company commander, battalion commander and troop command commander – responsible for 3,450 soldiers.  Tymeson was selected to attend the Army War College as a national security fellow at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government, graduating in 1999. She is the first female promoted to brigadier general in the Iowa Army National Guard. She retired in 2007 with 33 years of service.


Tymeson also served as a full-time 6th grade teacher at Cedar Heights Elementary in Cedar Falls from 1988-1992, and taught as a substitute teacher from 1993-1998.  From 2001-2010, Tymeson served nearly 30,000 constituents as a state representative for Madison, Warren and Dallas Counties. She served as House Education Committee chair for four years, in addition to a number of other committee assignments.


Interested candidates wishing to apply to be the next Commandant of the Iowa Veterans Home can apply here