Veterans Affairs Commission - Jefferson County Board of Supervisors

Veterans Affairs Commission

Veterans Affairs Commission for Jefferson County, Iowa

Veterans Affairs Commission

Duties: Jefferson County Veteran Affairs office was established per Chapter 35B of the Code of Iowa. The Commission was established to assist all Jefferson County veterans that have other than a dishonorable discharge, and served on active duty at least 90 consecutive days or more of Federal active duty, one day of which must have been during a war-time period to apply for compensation and pension programs to assist veterans and their dependents, including the following:

Veterans Memorial Stone detail

Location: Jefferson County Courthouse, 1st floor
Office Hours: 9 am - 3 pm Monday - Thursday; Closed Friday

Telephone: 641-472-3013
Fax: 641-209-6673

Director: Ray Chambers

Veteran's Affairs County Commissioners:  
Howard Garrison7/1/2017 to 6/30/2020
Paul Corbin7/1/2018 to 6/30/2021
Michelle Manning7/1/2016 to 6/30/2019

Jefferson County offers monetary relief to indigent veterans, spouse and family members to assist with bills pertaining to rent, utilities, medical treatment and burial.  This program is funded by the county to provide emergency basic needs.

To be eligible for this program you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must be a "legal resident" of Jefferson County.
  2. Discharged from Armed Forces under "Honorable Conditions".
  3. Been on active duty for at least 90 days during the following dates:
      1. World War I - April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918
      2. World War II - December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946
      3. Korean Conflict - June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955
      4. Vietnam Conflict - December 20, 1961 to May 7, 1975
      5. Desert Storm - August 2, 1990 to ________
      6. Iraq War -
       (All above are inclusive dates for eligibility)
  4. Meet certain income guidelines.
  5. Apply for any and all other benefits
  6. Register for work (unless disabled) and participate in promise jobs and JTPA.
  7. Have emergency basic needs that cannot be met by other means.

The Jefferson County Veteran Affairs Commissions in cooperation with the Wapello County Veteran Affairs and the Veterans Hospital in Iowa City offer free transportation Monday through Friday. Jefferson County veterans wanting to ride the van to the VA hospital should call Ottumwa 641-684-4485 to schedule a ride. The office in Ottumwa is only open for a short time each day. So call and leave your name and information. They will call you back to confirm what time they will be at the Fairfield HyVee parking lot. They plan to leave Ottumwa 2 hours before the first appointment.

Department of Veterans Affairs website:    All benefit forms can be found at this web site.

Related Phone Contacts:

Iowa Department of Veteran Affairs, Toll Free (800) 827-4692

Veterans Administration Office, Des Moines, (800) 827-1000

VA Medical Centers:
   Iowa City (319)338-0581 or Toll Free (800)637-0128
   Des Moines (515) 255-2173

Veteran Organizations in Jefferson County:

Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) 121 East Broadway, Fairfield 641-472-9282

American Legion meets at the same location as the VFW.


A memorial honoring veterans from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard was dedicated on November 11, 2005 on the west side of the Courthouse lawn. Click here to see more photos.

Jefferson County Veterans Memorial

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