Duties: Jefferson County Veteran Affairs office was established per Chapter 35B of the Code of Iowa. The Commission was established to assist all Jefferson County veterans that have other than a dishonorable discharge, and served on active duty at least 90 consecutive days or more of Federal active duty, one day of which must have been during a war-time period to apply for compensation and pension programs to assist veterans and their dependents, including the following:
Location: Jefferson County Courthouse, 1st floor
Office Hours: 9 am - 3 pm Monday - Thursday; Closed Friday
Fax: (Auditor's office) 641-472-2597
Director: Ray Chambers
|Veteran's Affairs County Commissioners:|
|Howard Garrison||7/1/2011 to 6/30/2014|
|Rich Schaub||7/1/2012 to 6/30/2015|
|Michelle Manning||7/1/2010 to 6/30/2013|
Jefferson County offers monetary relief to indigent veterans, spouse and family members to assist with bills pertaining to rent, utilities, medical treatment and burial. This program is funded by the county to provide emergency basic needs.
To be eligible for this program you must meet the following requirements:
1. Must be a "legal resident" of Jefferson County.
2. Discharged from Armed Forces under "Honorable Conditions".
3. Been on active duty for at least 90 days during the following dates:
1. World War I - April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918
2. World War II - December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946
3. Korean Conflict - June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955
4. Vietnam Conflict - December 20, 1961 to May 7, 1975
5. Desert Storm - August 2, 1990 to ________
6. Iraq War -
(All above are inclusive dates for eligibility)
4. Meet certain income guidelines.
5. Apply for any and all other benefits
6. Register for work (unless disabled) and participate in promise jobs and JTPA.
7. Have emergency basic needs that cannot be met by other means.
The Commission shall make an initial determination of the eligibility and needs the applicant at the first regularly scheduled meeting following the receipt of an application. Application can be obtained at the Veteran Affairs office. In the case of an emergency, the Clerical Assistant will contact the commissioners by telephone to determine temporary benefits until such regular scheduled meeting. Upon determination, the Clerical Assistant will notify the applicant by phone of the decision
The Jefferson County Veteran Affairs Commissions in cooperation with the Wapello County Veteran Affairs and the Veterans Hospital in Iowa City offer free transportation Monday through Friday. Jefferson County veterans wanting to ride the van to the VA hospital should call Ottumwa 641-684-4485 to schedule a ride. The office in Ottumwa is only open for a short time each day. So call and leave your name and information. They will call you back to confirm what time they will be at the Fairfield HyVee parking lot. They plan to leave Ottumwa 2 hours before the first appointment.
Department of Veterans Affairs website:
All benefit forms can be found at this web site.
Iowa Department of Veteran Affairs, Toll Free (800) 827-4692
Veterans Administration Office, Des Moines, (800) 827-1000
VA Medical Centers:
Iowa City (319)338-0581 or Toll Free (800)637-0128
Des Moines (515) 255-2173
Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) 121 East Broadway, Fairfield 641-472-9282
American Legion meets at the same location as the VFW.
A memorial honoring veterans from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force,
Coast Guard and National Guard was dedicated on November 11, 2005 on the west side of the Courthouse lawn. See more photos.
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