Veteran's Affairs

Veterans Affairs

Rich Shinn, Director
515 Court Street     
P.O. Box 71            
Rockwell City, IA 50579
Phone: 712-297-8632 ext. 227
Fax: 712-297-5309
email

Commissioners:  Daryl Bean, Jim Cunningham, and Ronald Hendricks. 

Office Hours:    
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - noon.   
To better assist you, please contact the office in advance to schedule an appointment.               
We look forward to serving you!

Mission:  Inform members of the armed forces, veterans, and their dependents of all federal, state, and local laws enacted for their benefit.

Duty:  Provide a no-cost professional service to assist those eligible in obtaining military service records and veteran benefits.


 Federal benefits:  Generally speaking, a veteran must have served on federal active-duty, other than training, and have been discharged under honorable conditions or retired under Title 10 of the United States Code to qualify for federal benefits.  Benefits include:

  • Healthcare - covers hearing aids and eyeglasses.  
  • Disability compensation - including dependency and indemnity compensation.
  • Non-service connected pensions.
  • Death pensions.
  • Education benefits.
  • Home loan guarantees.
  • Life insurance.
  • Burial and memorial benefits.

 Presumptive service-connected disability groups:

  • Former Prisoners of War.
  • Atomic veterans exposed to ionizing radiation.
  • Vietnam veterans exposed to “agent orange” - includes “blue water” Navy veterans who develop non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
  • Camp Lejeune residents exposed to contaminants in the water supply - must have 30 consecutive days at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987.
  • Gulf War veterans with “undiagnosed illness” rated 10% disabling by Dec 31, 2021.
  • Veterans with “chronic diseases” diagnosed within 1 year of release from active-duty service.
  • Veterans who develop amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at any time - must have had 90 days of continuous active-duty service to qualify. 

State benefits:  The State of Iowa also includes retired Reservist and/or retired Iowa National Guard members in several of their offered benefits.  Benefits include:         

  • Veteran designation on driver’s license or ID card - free at renewal or $10 duplicate.
  • Veteran license plates - first set is free; additional military specialty plates available.
  • Military property tax exemption - reduces a veteran’s assessed home value by $1,852.
  • Veteran lifetime hunting/fishing license - $7.00; must be service-connected disabled.
  • Military home ownership assistance - $5,000 grant towards purchasing a home in Iowa.
  • Iowa Veterans Trust Fund - provides temporary assistance for qualifying veterans.
  • Iowa Veterans Home – a continuum of care for veterans and their spouses; needs based.
  • Iowa Veterans Cemetery - free internment for veterans and $300 for their dependents. 

County benefits:  Calhoun County provides temporary assistance to qualifying indigent veterans who are legal residence of Calhoun County and demonstrate an emergency situation.  Assistance/benefits include:

  • Monetary assistance is limited to rent, utility, and burial expenses.
  • Transportation requests to VA medical appointments will be considered as a last resort and provided only if a volunteer driver is available; volunteers needed!
  • Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight – all expenses paid trip to Washington, DC’s war memorials; open to all WWII, Korea, and Vietnam era veterans.
  • Vietnam War 50th Commemoration book – free to Vietnam era veterans or their families.  
  • Bronze grave markers – initial marker is provided at no cost 

 Free to Qualifying Veterans 
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