Serving Booneville, DeSoto, Van Meter, West Des Moines, Adel, Waukee and Winterset


"Is there a place"


Commander -
Luke Haverstick

Vice Comander -
Terry Hoy

Adjutant -
Toby Cozad

Chaplain -
Wes Jackson

Mike Koch

Historian -
Denny Sutherland

Sergeant-at-arms -
Terry Clark

PO Box 81
Van Meter, IA

Ph: 515.996.9166

 Welcome to the
Van Meter Post #403 web site.

Post 403 is a non-profit 501(c) (19) veterans organization. We serve the communities of Booneville, DeSoto, Van Meter, and West Des Moines with additional members from Adel, Waukee, and Winterset – all in central Iowa. The Post revitalized in 2003 and has increased its’ membership from 29 in 2003 to 89 in 2012. We hope you like our website and will visit it often.

We completed the construction of the Veterans Reception Center that will serve the families and communities of our area AND the families of all veterans utilizing the Iowa State Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter.

For additional information regarding the facility, please visit


This beautiful new building was built with a focus on providing a free venue for families of veterans after interment services at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery. This facility will also be available for rental by the general public.

Now that we have placed this $1.6 million dollar building in Van Meter, our remaining mortgage is $200,000.  Please consider helping us eliminate that debt so that our facility can become self-sustaining.

Download the form, fill out and join all of us supporting the new center.

The 12th Annual American Legion Post Oratorical was completed Saturday Dec. 5th, 2015.
Scholarship dollars will be presented to students at the senior awards program.
1st Place - Hayley Cozad $500
2nd Place - David Brangoccio $400
3rd Place - Nichole Moody $300

Special Letter 
About 2016
Veterans Day


"Friend" us on Facebook where we have a page about the center