Iowa Veterans Resources
There are more than 228,000 veterans living in the State of Iowa, and nearly half of those are over the age of 65. These veterans have earned helpful benefits for themselves and their families, from both state and federal organizations, but knowing where and how to access these is key.
If you need help getting started or following up on a claim, the Iowa Department of Veteran Affairs staff offers accredited benefits specialists who specialize in federal VA and state benefits. They advise veterans and family members concerning federal VA benefits, including pension, disability compensation, and other ancillary benefits. Specialists can also represent claimants with federal claims and review all related correspondence to determine if an award action or denial was correct. For additional information, call the IDVA office at 515-252-4698 or 800-838-4692 and ask for a benefit specialist.
The State of Iowa offers several benefits for combat veterans who served after 9-11-2001, such as an Injured Veterans Grant that provides up to $10,000 to those with combat-related injuries. Additionally, The Military Homeownership Assistance Program provides eligible service members and veterans (90 days active duty between August 2, 1990 and April 6, 1991 or September 11, 2001 to present) with a $5,000 grant for down payment and closing costs on a qualifying home purchase in Iowa.
Written By Megan Hammons