Veterans Affairs

The Sioux County Veterans Affairs Commission meets at 1:00 p.m. on the third Monday of every month at the Veterans Affairs office, unless otherwise posted.  Meetings are open to the public. Agenda item requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the close of the business day prior to the date of the scheduled meeting allow for posting of the proposed agenda in compliance with Iowa law.

Commission Members:

Chairman - Roger A. Johnson, Hawarden, US Army 1966-1968
Commissioner - Peter DeBeer, Orange City, US Army 1972-1975
Secretary - Virginia L. Linneman, Hull, US Air Force, retired, 1980-2000
CVSO/Administrator – Kathi Wetter

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday 8a.m.- 4:30p.m. (by appointment only from 8-9a.m. & after 4:00pm)

Appointments are strongly recommended to ensure the Veterans Service Officer’s availability on a particular day, and that the proper amount of time can be scheduled to review your particular veterans’ benefits needs.

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ADDRESS

213 Central Ave SE
P.O. Box 191
Orange City, IA 51041
Phone: (712) 737-1775
Fax: (712) 737-9115
Email Department

RESOURCES

Links and Forms can be found here.


NEWS


It is with heavy hearts that the Sioux County Veterans Affairs Commission announces the cancellation of the November 11, 2020 annual Veterans Day Open House breakfast.

In making this difficult decision the Commission considered many things, including the national CDC recommendations pertaining to increased Covid-19 exposure risks associated with large group gatherings and buffet-style meals, as well as the known elevated risk for health complications should a member of our elderly and/or physically-vulnerable veteran population contract this disease.   The final deciding factor was confirmation from HyVee Corporation, who provides the yummy Thank-You Breakfast meal to our attending veterans and their spouses, has suspended their meal catering services indefinitely due to ongoing Covid concerns.

We ask that you please save the date for next year’s Veterans Day Open House,  scheduled for  Thursday, November 11, 2021.   We are hoping that you all will be able to participate at that time, as in the past, and look forward to seeing you then! Until that time, the county veterans service officer remains available by telephone and video chat to assist with VA benefit questions.


Veteran-Specific COVID-19 Resources: 

Iowa Workforce Development (to see if you qualify for unemployment benefits):

Office Locations:  Sioux City:  712-233-9030 ext. 46054 /  Spencer: 712-262-1971, ext. 130

Click here to view State site

 

MILITARY HEROES FUND  - COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief Program: Click here to view the site

 

Effective January 1, 2020 the DOD is expanding Access to Military Commissaries, Exchanges & Recreation Facilities to include Purple Heart Recipients, former POWs, Service-Connected Veterans & eligible family members - Click Here for more details.

Attention Vietnam Blue Water Navy Veterans!  A new interactive map is available to help determine Vietnam veterans who served on U.S. ships during the war figure out their eligibility for Agent orange-related benefits.  This link is provided for use as a tool only, and is not an endorsement of the website services offered, it’s owners or affiliated parties, nor a guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. For more information click here.

The office of Sioux County Veterans Affairs is located across the street from the courthouse in Orange City, above ‘Community Health Partners’ (Public Health), on the second floor of the Sioux County Annex Building. There is an elevator available for those who are unable, or do not wish, to use the stairs.

The office will close when necessary for trainings, veteran outreach events, holidays, illness, etc. (so please call to make sure the VSO is available for your needs!)

*Please note that because Public Health hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., anyone desiring to visit the VA office before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m. should call the VA office shortly before (or upon) arrival so that the VSO can meet them at the inside-entrance door to let them in.

Sioux Prairie Quilters Guild -Monument Quilt:  Bill Van Zanten, Orange City

Sioux Prairie Quilters Guild Patriotic Star Quilt: Ken Vander Plas, Hawarden

Orange City Blocks & Knots Comfort Quilt:  Jim Keizer, Hull

Sioux Prairie Quilters Guild Table Runner:  Wayne Van Voorst, Sioux Center