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Veterans Affairs
Overview of the Veterans Affairs Office
Des Moines County Veterans Affairs Office was established per Chapter 35B of the Code of Iowa. The Commission was established to assist all Des Moines County Veterans who have other than a dishonorable discharge, and served on active duty at least 90 consecutive days. We also serve veteran's spouses and dependent children. Monetary relief can be given to indigent veterans to assist with bills pertaining to rent, utilities, clothing, medical treatment, food, and funerals.

Assistance is also given to help veterans and their dependents to file for VA pensions/compensation, to apply for admission to the Iowa Veterans Home, and to get help from the VA Hospitals.

Additional Assistance & Help
Other help is given to assist veterans in getting copies of Military Discharges and other military records, to get any military medals or awards they may be eligible for, to apply for education benefits, to get head-stones for a deceased veterans grave, to apply for home loans, to apply for GI Insurance, and any other assistance a veteran might need as a result of being in the military.

Eligibility for County Assistance (Click Here - Opens in New Window)

War Time Periods
 WWII 12/7/41 - 12/31/46
 Nicaragua 1926 - 1933
 China Service 1937 - 1939
 Yangtze Service  1926 - 1927; 1930 - 1932
 Korean  6/25/50 - 1/31/55
 Vietnam  8/5/64 - 5/7/75
 Lebanon / Grenada  8/24/82 - 7/31/84
 Panama  12/20/89 - 1/31/90
 Persian Gulf 8/2/90 - Present

Useful Phone Numbers & Web Sites

Phone Numbers
 CHAMPA 1-800-733-8387
 Debt Collection Center 1-800-827-0648
 Education Benefits 1-888-442-4551
 Headstones & Markers 1-800-697-6947
 Health Care 1-877-222-8387
 Homeless Veterans 1-877-424-3838
 Home Loans 1-877-827-3702
 Life Insurance 1-800-669-8477
 National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
 Pension Management Center 1-877-294-6380
 Presidential Memorial Certificate Program 1-202-565-4964
 Special Health Issues 1-800-749-8387
 Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) 1-800-829-4833
 VA Benefits 1-800-827-1000
 Women Veterans 1-202-461-1070
Web Sites
 Burial and Memorial Benefits
 Caregiver Support
 Education Benefits
 Federal Jobs
 Health Care Eligibility
 Home Loan Guaranty
 Life insurance
 Memorial Certificate Program
 Mental Health
 Women Veterans
 VA Vet Centers
 VA Home Page
 VA Forms

Veterans' Memorials (Click Here - Opens in New Window)

Commission Members
 Commission Member Period Served
 Marilyn Box  
 Arne Hausknecht  Vietnam Era
 Emmett Messer  WWII Era

Bob Housewright
Executive Director, Korean Era

Commission of Veteran Affairs
910 Cottonwood
Ste. 1001
Burlington, IA 52601

Ph: (319) 752-7171


Monday - Friday
7:00 am to 11:00 am
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm