Former IVH Commandant Jodi Tymeson to retire

Currently head of Veterans Affairs

DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Executive Director and former Iowa Veterans Home Commandant Jodi Tymeson announced her

retirement last week. Her last day at IDVA will be Nov. 17.

“I am grateful for Gen. Tymeson’s tireless advocacy for Iowa’s veterans and their families,” Gov. Kim 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.”

“Gen. Tymeson’s dedication to Iowa‚’s veterans and their families will not soon be forgotten,” Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg said. “She was the right person at the right time to lead the department”

“It has been an honor to serve veterans and their families at both the department and IVH,” Tymeson said. “I am looking forward to spending more time with all generations of my family.”

Tymeson held two positions at IVH over four years.

She was appointed IVH’s Chief Operating Officer by Gov. Terry Branstad in May, 2013. In October of that year, Branstad appointed her commandant, succeeding Commandant David Worley, who resigned.

During her tenure at IVH, Tymeson earned respect from residents, employees, and civic leaders.

Tymeson frequently lauded IVH workers, a combination of state and contract employees, whose day-to-day efforts resulted in the facility receiving several outstanding Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals survey (patient care and financial) reports.

Tymeson retired from the Iowa Army National Guard in 2007 after 33 years of service. She was the first female promoted to brigadier general. Tymeson also served as a state representative for Dallas, Madison and Warren counties from 2001-10.

She was appointed executive director of IDVA in January 2011 before moving to IVH. Tymeson returned to IDVA in May 2017 to again serve as executive director.