Agent Orange exposure on Navy or Coast Guard ships
Did you serve on a Blue Water Navy vessel offshore of the Republic of Vietnam, or on another U.S. Navy or Coast Guard ship operating in the coastal waterways of Vietnam, between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975?
If yes, you may have had contact with Agent Orange, an herbicide used to clear trees and plants during the war. We refer to this as a presumption of contact. Find out if you can get disability compensation and other benefits for illnesses we believe are caused by Agent Orange. CLICK HERE for more information.
What is NAMI Homefront?
- A six-session education program for families of military Service Members and Veterans living with mental health conditions.
- Available free of charge to particpants.
- Designed to help family members understand and support their Service Member/ Veteran while maintaining their own well-being.
- Offers current information about a range of mental health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and co-occurring substance use disorders.
- Taught by trained family members of Service Members and Veterans who also have experience with mental health conditions.
- An adaptation of NAMI Family-to-Family which has been designated as an Evidence-based Practice by SAMHSA.
- NAMI Homefront does not recommend or endorse any medications or other therapies.
- NAMI Homefront is copyrighted.
- CLICK HERE for more information.
New Legislation related to Veterans and people who help them with benefits. New legislation in House File 414 requires all private individuals or businesses offering to help veterans get their benefits for a fee must give all prospective clients a written statement disclosing that a veteran may apply for these same services at no charge through a local service organization or County Veteran Affairs Office. Before entering into an agreement or contract, the veteran must sign a veteran disclosure statement. The statement has been coordinated with the Consumer Protections Division, Iowa Department of Justice. To see House File 414 CLICK HERE.
Honor a Veteran: The Iowa Secretary of State has a new program to honor veterans. If you leave a message on the site, you'll recieve a lapel pin. Please take a moment to check out this website: http://www.sos.iowa.gov/veterans
The Veteran Affairs Commission
The Veteran Affairs Commission provides assistance to all qualifying veterans and their dependents in applying for federal benefits and other related programs or matters:
- VA Medical Care – Health care and medications
- Compensation – Monthly benefit for injury incurred or aggravated by service (no time limit)
- Pension – Income based financial assistance programs for veterans
- Housebound/Aid & Attendance – Additional benefit to pension based on health care needs
- Iowa Veterans Home
- Military Records – obtaining and upgrading
- Burial Benefits & Grave Markers
- Educational Benefits
- Home Loan Benefits
The Veterans Affairs Commission provides emergency assistance for qualifying veterans (pursuant to Iowa Code 250) with financial hardships and maintains Grave Registration for all persons who served in the armed forces of the United States whose remains rest in Grundy County, Iowa.