General Tymeson

Iowa Veterans Home Commandant Jodi Tymeson  has been named the new Executive Director of Veterans Affairs.

Tymeson served in the Iowa Army National Guard from 1974-2007.   She is the first female promoted to brigadier general in the Guard.   She retired from the Guard in 2007, after 33 years  of service.    

She's also a former state representative, for Madison, Warren, and Dallas Counties.

General Tymeson was named Chief Operating Officer of the Iowa Veterans Home in May 2013, then promoted to Commandant in October 2013.


(From statements released by Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds)


“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.”

General  Tymeson stated:  “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.”


General Tymeson begins her duties at Veterans Affairs May 1st.