Programs and resources that have impact, nourish comradery, and support the critical needs of our military and veterans.

Battleship IOWA volunteers


Battleship USS Iowa is known to the public as a museum, but it is much more than that.   The ship is natural platform for veterans and patriotic civilians to come together as a community.  The comradery nourished and built provides an incredible support network to all involved.  The three pillars of veterans programs and services aboard the museum focus on honor, community, and prosperity.

We are proud to host numerous active and reserve military ceremonies, retirements, commissioning’s, pinning’s, and volunteer service days annually.  Contact events@labattleship.com to schedule a military event or volunteer@labattleship.com to schedule a volunteer service day.


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 and an appreciation of service. Whether it is the simple announcing of a veteran arriving aboard ship or the production of LA Fleet Week, Veterans Day, and Memorial Day events, we continue to honor veterans daily.

USS Iowa veterans:  Visit the “Those Who Served” section to upload a photo and short service record.  Become a member of the USS Iowa Veterans association at ussiowavetassn.com.

How can you help? Become a Plank Owner of the National Museum of the Surface Navy at the Battleship IOWA and support our growth and impact for the future.


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 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.

How can you help? Become a volunteer and a part of the special community at the Battleship IOWA.


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.

How can you help? Donate to the veterans programs with a legacy gift, one-time or recurring contribution, or corporate sponsorship.


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