(Des Moines, Iowa) Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Executive Director Jodi Tymeson has announced she's retiring November 17th.
“It’s been an honor to serve veterans and their families at both the department and the Iowa Veterans Home,” Tymeson said. “I’m really looking forward to spending more time with all generations of my family.”
“I am grateful for Gen. Tymeson’s tireless advocacy for Iowa’s veterans and their families,” Gov. Reynolds said. “Her leadership is what was needed to ensure every veteran receives the benefits they deserve, and her service will leave a lasting impact on our state. I thank Gen. Tymeson for her service, not only to her state, but also to her country, and I wish her all the best as she enters her retirement.”
Tymeson was appointed as the executive director of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs in January 2011 before moving to the Iowa Veterans Home in May 2013.
She served there as chief operating officer, then commandant. Tymeson returned to Veterans Affairs in May 2017 to again serve as executive director.
Tymeson retired from the Iowa Army National Guard in 2007, after 33 years of service. She was the first female promoted to brigadier general. She also served in the Iowa Legislature, representing Dallas, Madison, and Warren Counties.