Department of Veterans' Affairs

We all owe a debt of gratitude to our nation's Veterans.

Most of the benefits provided to our Veterans and their families go through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The first point of contact for veterans receiving federal benefits is the Iowa Veterans Benefits Administration Office or the Iowa City VA Medical Facility. Your Veterans Service Office can help you prepare claim forms, obtain veterans records, and provide information on programs through the VA.

The benefit programs administered by the VA include compensation payment for disabilities or death related to military service, pensions, education and rehabilitiation, home loan guaranty, burial, and a medical care program incorporating nursing homes, clinics, and medical centers.

A more comprehensive list of resources for services and benefits available are listed on this page, which I hope will be helpful in your search. If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact my office.

If you are having a problem resolving a claim for benefits from the VA, obtaining a decoration or award you earned during your service, or problems involving any other service or benefit you are entitled and need assistance, please print out my Authorization Form and fax or mail it to my office.

VA Basic Resources
VA Website
Toll Free Numbers for Contacting the VA
Ask a Question Online
Find a VA Facility Nearest You
Frequently Asked Questions
VA Forms
Online Applications
Current Benefits Manual
VA Program Fact Sheets

Veterans Benefits Program
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) oversees the granting and administration of benefits and services to veterans and their families. Following are relevant links to available on-line VBA resources:

VBA Website
VBA Office Locator
Board of Veterans' Appeals
VA Debt Management Center
Compensation and Pension Benefits
A-Z Benefits Index
Education Benefits
Education Benefits Frequently Asked Questions
Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom Veterans Benefits
Home Loan Guarantee Services
Home Loan Program Frequently Asked Questions
Find a VA Home Loan Lender in your Area
Life Insurance Program
Survivors and Eligible Dependents VA Benefits
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services
Veterans Job Bank

Veterans Health Care Programs
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) oversees the provision of primary care, specialized care, and related medical and social support services to our nation's veterans. Following are the relevant links to available on-line VHA resources:

VHA Facilities Locator
VA Health Care Eligibility
Returning Service Members from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom
Vet Center Readjustment Counseling Service
Health Care for Women Veterans
Health Care for Senior Veterans
Hospice Care
VHA Forms and Publications

VHA sponsors and participates in many programs to maximize the quality of health care for veteran patients. The following is a link to a Gateway source for a full listing of the different programs and links to some of the specific web sites.

Gateway to Health Programs and Initiatives
Cancer Program
Cardiac Surgery
CHAMPVA
Diabetes Program
Gulf War Veterans Health
National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Telemedicine

TRICARE
TRICARE is the health care program for current and retired uniformed military personnel and their families.

Relevant Links
TRICARE Website
Regional Contractor - Health Net Federal Services, Inc.
TRICARE Customer Service Center
TRICARE Frequently Asked Questions
Social Security Administration Assistance for TRICARE Beneficiaries

Veterans Memorial Programs
The National Cemetery Administration (NCA) honors Veterans with a final resting place and lasting memorials that commemorate their service to our nation. Following are the relevant links to available on-line NCA resources:

National Cemetery Administration (NCA)
Veterans Cemeteries
A Guide to Burial at Arlington National Cemetery
Information about Headstones and Markers
Military Funeral Honors
How to Request Veterans Military Personnel Records
How to Request Replacement Medals, Decorations, and Awards
Presidential Memorial Certificates
Burial Benefits
Burial and Memorial Benefits Frequently Asked Questions

VA Special Programs
Homeless Veterans
Military Services
Minority Veterans
Women Veterans

Other Federal Resources
Defense Finance and Accounting Service Retired and Annuitant Pay
Directory of Veterans Service Organizations
Disability.Gov Disability Resources for Veterans
DOD's Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office
DOL Information and Services for Veterans
GovLoans - Veterans Loans
Gravesites of Veterans in American Cemeteries on Foreign Soil
HUDVET Veterans Resources
Korean War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Site
MedlinePlus Veterans and Military Health
National World War II Memorial Registry
National Veterans Legal Services Program
OPM Veterans Federal Employment
SBA Veterans Business Development
Social Security and Military Service
Social Security Retirement Planner - Military
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
VetBiz for Veterans in Business
Veterans History Project


How can I get a copy of my military records (discharge, medical, etc.)?

How can I get the medals I was awarded during my service but never received?

How can I get my VA claim or appeal processed faster?