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Property Tax Exemption: This is a statewide benefit that reduces a veteran’s assessed home value for property tax purposes by $1,850. In order to qualify, a service member must have served on active duty during a period of war or for a minimum of 18 months during peacetime. Applications are available at the Black Hawk County Veterans Affairs and Assessors offices, or go to https://va.iowa.gov/benefits for a link to this application and other Iowa Veterans benefits. · Disabled Veteran Homestead Tax Credit: This is a statewide benefit that provides 100% exemption of property taxes for 100% disabled service-connected veterans and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) recipients. Applications are available at the Black Hawk County Veterans Affairs and Assessors offices, or go to https://va.iowa.gov/benefits for a link to this application and other Iowa Veterans benefits.
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The minimum amount of active duty time required varies for different benefits and what time period the Veteran served in. Certain programs require that active duty time was served during a war period. Some VA benefits are based on income, and some are not. And individuals who served in the National Guard or Reserve forces for at least 20 years may also qualify for certain benefits.
We encourage you to schedule an appointment at our office to meet with a Veteran Service Officer by calling 319-291-2512 to discuss your personal circumstances and find out what benefits you may qualify for.
The Waterloo VA Outpatient Clinic is located at:945 Tower Park DriveWaterloo, IA 50701-3500.
Office hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Call 800-645-4591 for admissions information.
The Commission meets once a month, generally the 1st Wednesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. You can call the office at 391-291-2512 for their next scheduled meeting.
· Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs: If you were a resident of Iowa at the time of your discharge, you may contact the IDVA (1-800-838-4692) to find out if it’s on file and request a copy. If you were a resident of another state, you will need to contact that state’s Department of Veterans Affairs.
· National Personnel Records Center: you may submit your request online by going to the website www.archives.gov and following the directions
Attached is a document that explains the process.