What We Do
Linn County Veteran Affairs, a department within Linn County government, provides responsive, timely, accurate, and compassionate assistance to veterans, their dependents, and survivors in applying for federal, state, and local benefits. In recognition of their service to our nation, we act as advocates who share an understanding of the veteran’s service and their needs.
Linn County Veteran Affairs has accredited County Veteran Service Officers (CVSOs) who are professionals that receive the most current training on the scope, significance, and application of ever-changing federal, state, and local laws. Staff works with the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs and other local organizations in order to help veterans and their eligible family members receive the maximum benefits they have rightfully earned.
All services are provided free of charge.
Appointments are preferred to help ensure each veteran brings the appropriate paperwork and documentation needed for services, potentially saving an extra trip to our office.
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Linn County Veteran Affairs provides emergency assistance to veterans and their dependents. Assistance is provided for the following (see eligibility section below for more information to see if you qualify):
- Indigent burial
- Grave markers
The veteran must have been discharged under honorable or general under honorable conditions and:
- Must be a resident of Linn County for at least 30 days
- Veteran must have received an Honorable Discharge or General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions. If the veteran has more than one military discharge, all discharges must meet this requirement.
- Veteran must have served 90 consecutive days of federal active duty for other than training purposes or have a VA recognized service-connected disability
- Must have an emergent need that cannot be met by other means and is not due to their own financial misconduct
- Applicant must provide proof of an unexpected expense that caused a financial hardship
- Must meet the income guidelines established by the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund
Linn County Veteran Affairs staff helps eligible veterans and their dependents apply for compensation and pension programs. Programs include, but are not limited to:
- Compensation for Service-Connected Disability/Death
- Non-service Connected Disability Pension
- Death Pension for Surviving Spouse and Dependent Children
- Aid and Attendance for Nursing Home and Housebound Individuals
- Appeals of Unfavorable VA Rulings
- Application for Iowa Veterans Home
- Blue Water Veterans
Linn County Veteran Affairs staff also assists with:
- Iowa Veterans Trust Fund
- Veteran designation on Iowa Driver's License or State ID
- Iowa Veterans Home application assistance
- Requesting military discharge/records/medals
- Flag holders for veterans buried in Linn County
Federal Benefits for Veterans
- Compensation for service-connected disability
- Non-service connected pension
- Survivors pension for spouse and dependent children
- Aid and Attendance for nursing home/housebound veterans and surviving spouses
- VA healthcare application and referral
- Death and memorial benefits
The Linn County Veteran Affairs Department is available for outreach events, presentations, and speaking engagements regarding federal, state, and county veteran benefits.
For information or to schedule a community outreach event, contact us at 319-892-5160.
If you have questions for Veteran Affairs, you may contact us in the following ways:
- Call our office at 319-892-5160
- Email Veteran Affairs
- Download, save, and return a contact form (PDF) or fill out the contact form online.
- Appointments are strongly encouraged. We recommend contacting our office prior to your visit to ensure that you are aware of what documents will be required for the services you are requesting.
- Fill out a comment form.
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Dustin PetersonVeteran Affairs Director
Community Services Building
1240 26th Avenue Court SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Phone: (319) 892-5160Fax: (319) 892-5169
7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Appointments are strongly encouraged to ensure staff availability
Doors lock at 3:45 p.m.
Services also available by phone, email, mail, and drop box