County Assistance

The Veterans Emergency Assistance provides assistance to Pottawattamie County Wartime Veterans that are unable to meet their basic needs because of an Emergency Situation.

Basic Needs Include:

  • Shelter
  • Food
  • Utilities
  • Burial
  • Special Needs
  • Medical Needs

Eligibility for Emergency Assistance Requires:

  • Be a Wartime Veteran with an Honorable Discharge (DD-214) between the following dates of Service:
      WWI 4/6/1917 – 11/11/1918
      Occupation Germany 11/12/1918 – 7/11/23
      Siberia 11/12/1918 – 4/30/1920
      Haitian Suppression 1919 – 1920
      Nicaragua (Marines & Navy) 1926 – 1933
      Yangtze/Shanghi (Marines & Navy) 1926 – 1927 & 1930 – 1932
      China (Marines & Navy) 1937 – 1939
      WWII 12/07/1941 – 12/31/1946
      Korea 6/25/1950 – 1/31/1955
      Vietnam 2/28/1961 – 5/7/1975
      Lebanon/Granada 8/24/1982 – 7/31/1984
      Panama 12/20/1989 – 1/31/1990
      Persian Gulf 8/2/1990 – No End Date Set
      Former members of the Reserve Forces or Iowa National Guard who served at least 20 years after 1/28/1973
      Former member of the Reserve Forces or Iowa National Guard who completed or was activated for active duty for a period of 90 days of federal service other then training
      Former member of the Merchant Marines serving during WWII
      Former members of the Women’s Air Force service pilots, and other persons who have been conferred as Veterans based on their civilian duties during WWII
  • Be a widow or minor child of a wartime veteran honorably discharged between the prior list of dates
  • Be a resident of Pottawattamie County
  • Meet certain income guidelines
  • Repayment Agreement will be required
  • Apply for any other benefits available within the following:
    Fuel Assistance @ West Central Development 712.322.2621
    FIP if Minor Child in the Home at DHS 712.322.5661
    Food Stamps 712.328.5661
    Iowa Job Service if Unemployed 712.242.2100
    Apply for SSI/SSD if disabled 712.388.8529 -or- 1.800.772.1213
    Vocational Rehabilitation if Disabled 712.322.3821
    State Emergency Assistance (If a Minor Child lives in the Home) 712.328.5661

Additional Resources:

Salvation Army 712.328.2088
Interfaith Response 712.322.0531

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Pottawattamie County Emergency Notification System

Pottawattamie Alert is the countywide emergency notification system serving all residents within Pottawattamie County and its communities.

Part of the Alert Iowa System, Pottawattamie Alert is a high-speed notification and weather warning service. This no-charge service is available to businesses and residents of Pottawattamie County and its Communities that allows public officials to warn citizens of pending emergencies, critical public information during disasters, recommended protective actions, and provides automated severe weather warnings tailored to your preferences. The system can also be used to provide other important information to communities.