Veterans Disability Benefits in Iowa

Iowa, known for its friendly people, picturesque landscapes, and rich agricultural heritage, deeply appreciates its veterans who have served their country. To honor their service and valor, Iowa's veterans are entitled to a range of VA benefits.

The U.S. Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the Veterans Disability program, aiming to provide financial assistance to eligible veterans who fell ill or were injured during their active military service.

About the Veterans Disability Program

When a disability claim is filed, the VA examines the veteran's condition and assigns a disability rating. The compensation amount that a veteran will receive every month is determined by this rating and based on the severity of their condition.

For Iowa veterans suffering from multiple disabilities, each condition is individually assessed and assigned a rating by the VA. These individual ratings are then combined according to VA guidelines to establish a final cumulative rating.

Eligibility Requirements for Veterans Disability Benefits

To be eligible for VA benefits, veterans must meet several guidelines.

Both of these must be true:

  • You have an existing condition, either physical or mental, that impacts your health, and
  • Your service history includes active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training.

And, at least one of the following must be true:

  • You incurred an injury or sickness during your military service that can be connected to your current condition. This is known as an in-service disability claim.

  • An existing injury or illness from before your military service worsened due to your service — called a pre-service disability claim, or
  • You have a disability that is associated with your active-duty service but it only manifested after your service ended. This is known as a post-service disability claim.

Iowa veterans aiming for VA disability benefits must have served on active duty and have a service-related disability. The VA assigns disability ratings from 10% to 100%, with the compensation amount being determined by the severity of all the combined disabilities.

How to Apply for VA Disability in Iowa

It's easier to apply for VA Disability benefits when your military and medical records are well-organized.

When applying for Veterans Disability benefits, gather necessary documents like your military service records (like your DD214 or other separation documents), medical evidence to substantiate your disability claim (like doctor's reports and treatment records), and any dependency records if you have dependents.

Click here to file a VA Disability claim.

Need help? Call the VA benefits hotline: 800-827-1000

What to Do If Your Iowa VA Claim Is Denied

If your VA disability claim gets denied, remember that you have the right to appeal.

To file an appeal, you must submit a Notice of Disagreement with the VA. This must be filed within one year from the date the VA sent the decision.

The appeal process can span several months to a couple of years, depending on the complexity of the appeal, the selected appeal process, and the volume of evidence needed for your claim. Consulting an attorney or Veterans Service Officer may prove beneficial.

More VA Benefits Available to Iowa Veterans

The VA offers a range of benefits and services to eligible military veterans. These benefits include comprehensive healthcare services, home loan programs, education benefits, and more.

VA Benefits include:

  • Health Care
  • VA Burial Benefits
  • Veterans Readiness and Employment
  • VetSuccess on Campus
  • Education and Training
  • VA Life Insurance
  • VA Pension
  • Dependents and Survivor Benefits
  • VA Loans

Iowa veterans grappling with health issues linked to their military service are strongly encouraged to apply for Veterans Disability benefits. Coupled with other VA support programs, these benefits can notably improve the quality of life for veterans and their families.

Iowa — VA Office Locations

Veterans Benefits Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Des Moines Regional Office 210 Walnut Street Des Moines, IA 50309 800-827-1000

National Cemetery Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Keokuk National Cemetery 1701 J Street Keokuk, IA 52632 319-524-1304
Oakdale Cemetery Soldiers' Lot 2501 Eastern Avenue Davenport, IA 52807 309-782-2094

Veterans Health Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Iowa City VA Health Care System 601 Highway 6 West Iowa City, IA 52246-2208 319-338-0581
VA Central Iowa Health Care System 3600 30th Street Des Moines, IA 50310-5774 515-699-5999
Burlington VA Clinic 1000 N Roosevelt Ave Suite 7 Burlington, IA 52601 319-752-3722
Coralville Clinic 520 10th Ave, Suite 100 Coralville, IA 52441 319-358-2406
Community Resource and Referral Center - Cedar Rapids 1535 First Ave SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 319-365-0898
Community Resource and Referral Center - Davenport 415 North Perry Street Davenport, IA 52801 563-328-5800
Community Resource and Referral Center - Des Moines 1223 Center Street Des Moines, IA 50309 515-699-5637
Carroll CBOC 311 S Clark St, Suite 275 Carroll, IA 51401 712-794-6780
Cedar Rapids VA Clinic 3500 Dalton Way, Suite 300 Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 319-369-4340
Decorah VA Clinic 915 Short St, Suite 163 Decorah, IA 52101 563-387-5840
Dubuque VA Clinic 2600 Dodge St, Suite A1 Dubuque, IA 52001 563-588-5520
Fort Dodge CBOC 2419 2nd Avenue N Fort Dodge, IA 50501 515-576-2235
Knoxville CBOC 1607 N. Lincoln Street Knoxville, IA 50138 641-828-5019
Marshalltown CBOC 101 Iowa Ave W Marshalltown, IA 50158 641-754-6700
Mason City CBOC 520 S. Pierce, Suite 150 Mason City, IA 50401 641-494-5000
Ottumwa VA Clinic 1020 North Quincy Ave, Suite 1 Ottumwa, IA 52501 641-683-4300
Quad Cities VA Clinic 2826 West Locust Street, Suite A Davenport, IA 52804 563-332-8528
Shenandoah VA Clinic 2043 A. Avenue Shenandoah, IA 51601 712-246-0092
Spirit Lake VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) 1850 Royal Ave. Spirit Lake, IA 51360 712-336-6400
Waterloo VA Clinic 945 Tower Park Drive Waterloo, IA 50701 319-235-1230
Cedar Rapids Vet Center 4250 River Center Court NE, Suite D Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 319-378-0016
Des Moines Vet Center 1821 22nd Street #115 West Des Moines, IA 50266 515-284-4929
Sioux City Vet Center 4280 Sergeant Road, Suite 104 Sioux City, IA 51106 712-255-3808