DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced her appointment of Major Matthew Peterson as Commandant of the Iowa Veterans Home. Peterson’s appointment is effective July 27, 2021 and is subject to Senate confirmation. 

Peterson’s 20-year career and seven deployments in the Marine Corps infantry have placed him in a wide range of leadership positions spanning thirty countries and five continents. Since retiring from the military, he has directed a working ranch and currently serves as the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization, as well as a high school teacher.  

Peterson holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Government from New Mexico State University. He also received master’s degrees in Political Science from Liberty University and another in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. He is a fifth-generation Iowan from Red Oak.  

“Thanks to two decades of leadership in the Marines and an impressive post-retirement career, Major Peterson brings a unique set of qualifications to the Iowa Veterans Home,” said Gov. Reynolds. “He also brings deep appreciation for the military service of the veterans whose care he will oversee. His proven ability and dedication will pay dividends for the home, its staff, and its residents.”   

The Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, IA has served Iowa veterans since 1887. Today, it is the largest long-term care center in the state and home to more than 500 veterans.