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Veterans Affairs
To better assist you, please call and schedule an appointment at 515-956-2626.  We have scheduled appointments in and out of the office.  This will prevent us from missing you or long wait times in the lobby. 

We are extremely proud of the Story County Veterans who have honorably served our country and extend a warm welcome home from the Director and Commission of Story County Veterans Affairs.

Click here to view a current list of Commission members and their terms.

Story County Veterans Affairs is dedicated to ensuring that Story County veterans and their dependents receive the full measure of county, state, and federal benefits to which they are entitled. For our newest veterans, we are committed to helping you make a successful reintegration into civilian life and community.

All of Iowa's 99 counties are served by a director / administrator and County Commission of Veterans Affairs. This is your initial point of contact; we urge you to contact our office if you are a resident of Story County or will soon be a resident of Story County.

To find another Iowa County Veterans Affairs office please visit the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Thank you for your personal sacrifice in military service to our country. I am proud to serve as your Director of Story County Veterans Affairs and look forward to serving you.

You can follow us on Twitter @StoryCountyVA and Facebook.

Brett McLain, Director
Nationally Accredited County Veterans Service Officer

Commission of Veterans Affairs
The Commission of Veterans Affairs provides assistance to Story County veterans and/or their family members who were discharged under Honorable Conditions. Veterans need to have served 90 consecutive days of active Federal service, not counting training. 

The Story County Veterans Assistance Programs are funded by Story County along with an annual appropriation of $10,000 per year from our state legislators.  Help with the following needs is available, subject to eligibility guidelines:

  • Rent or mortgage payments
  • Utilities
  • Food and provisions
  • Medical, dental, and vision care assistance
  • Prescription medication
  • Transportation
  • Funeral services
  • Grave markers

The Veterans Affairs department also provides assistance to ALL veterans and/or their family members in applying for federal benefits and other veterans aid, which include but are not limited to:
  • Service connected disability compensation
  • Special monthly compensation
  • Non-service connected pension
  • Surviving spouse pension
  • Aid & attendance/housebound
  • Military records upgrade and military records replacement
  • Agent Orange/PTSD/Desert Storm Sickness/Type II Diabetes/Hep C
  • Application for VA HealthCare System
  • Application for admission to the Iowa Veterans Home
  • Headstones
  • All other federal programs for which veterans and/or dependents may be eligible

To receive assistance with any of the above or any other questions regarding veterans affairs, please contact the Story County Veterans Affairs Director Brett McLain at 956-2626 to set up an appointment. 

For those who wish to register with the VA Medical Center in Des Moines, please choose one of the following three options:
  • Obtain the forms on the VA website at:
  • Call the VA Medical Center at 1-800-294-8387 to request the forms
  • Contact the Story County VA Director Brett McLain at 956-2626 to obtain the forms

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 if you are a veteran
News and Announcements - View All News

Veterans Day at the Iowa State Capitol - January 18, 2017
Iowa Veterans and their friends and family members are invited to join the Iowa Commission of Veterans and the Iowa Veterans Council Coalition for Veterans Day at the Iowa State Capitol Read on...
Veterans Benefits 2017 Cost-of-Living Increase
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