Veteran Affairs 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 at DHS (if minor child in the home)
      • (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
Phone (712) 328-5797
Fax: (712) 328-5726
Hours 8:00am to 4:30pm
Monday through Friday
Location Veteran Affairs
623 6th Ave
Council Bluffs, IA 51501