County Assistance

The Veterans Emergency Assistance provides assistance to Pottawattamie County Wartime Veterans that are unable to meet their basic needs because of an Emergency Situation.

Basic Needs Include:

  • Shelter
  • Food
  • Utilities
  • Burial
  • Special Needs
  • Medical Needs

Eligibility for Emergency Assistance Requires:

  • Be a Wartime Veteran with an Honorable Discharge (DD-214) between the following dates of Service:

  • WWI 4/6/1917 - 11/11/1918
    Occupation Germany 11/12/1918 - 7/11/23
    Siberia 11/12/1918 - 4/30/1920
    Haitian Suppression 1919 - 1920
    Nicaragua (Marines & Navy) 1926 - 1933
    Yangtze/Shanghi (Marines & Navy) 1926 - 1927 & 1930 - 1932
    China (Marines & Navy) 1937 - 1939
    WWII 12/07/1941 - 12/31/1946
    Korea 6/25/1950 - 1/31/1955
    Vietnam 2/28/1961 - 5/7/1975
    Lebanon/Granada 8/24/1982 - 7/31/1984
    Panama 12/20/1989 - 1/31/1990
    Persian Gulf 8/2/1990 - No End Date Set
    Former members of the Reserve Forces or Iowa National Guard who served at least 20 years after 1/28/1973
    Former member of the Reserve Forces or Iowa National Guard who completed or was activated for active duty for a period of 90 days of federal service other then training
    Former member of the Merchant Marines serving during WWII
    Former members of the Women's Air Force service pilots, and other persons who have been conferred as Veterans based on their civilian duties during WWII

  • Be a widow or minor child of a wartime veteran honorably discharged between the prior list of dates
  • Be a resident of Pottawattamie County
  • Meet certain income guidelines
  • Apply for any other benefits available within the following:
    Fuel Assistance @ West Central Development
    712.322.2621
    FIP if Minor Child in the Home at DHS
    712.322.5661
    Food Stamps
    712.328.5661
    Iowa Job Service if Unemployed
    712.242.2100
    Apply for SSI/SSD if disabled
    712.388.8529 -or- 1.800.772.1213
    Vocational Rehabilitation if Disabled
    712.322.3821
    State Emergency Assistance (If a Minor Child lives in the Home)
    712.328.5661
    Repayment Agreement will be required
Additional Resources:
Salvation Army
  712.328.2088
Interfaith Response
  712.322.0531