Being born and raised in Iowa, I am always interested in my home state and what it has to offer. As a mortgage professional and VA Loan Specialist, the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs especially caught my eye. IDVA was created to help add to the federal benefits VA offers already by adding in several State benefits for Iowa residents.
VA Benefits offered to US Military Veterans in Iowa
Injured Veterans Grant
This grant helps veterans by providing up to $10,000 to service members or discharged veterans who were seriously or very seriously injured during combat-related injuries in a combat theater of operations after 9-11-2001. (Injury categories are listed and defined in DOD Joint Publication 1-02.)
This particular grant is available to a service member who is buying a home in the state of Iowa. The amount of the grant is up to $5,000 and is provided to members that have served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 and purchased a home after March 10, 2005.
For more information: Military Service Member Homeownership Assistance
Contact: To learn more, call 1-800-432-7230
Property Tax Exemption
This benefit 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.
Contact IDVA Benefit Specialists for more information:
The IDVA staff includes benefit experts, accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, who focus on federal VA benefits, as well as state benefits. They encourage veterans and member of the family of veterans regarding federal VA benefits they might be entitled to receive. These consist of pension, impairment payment, and various other ancillary benefits. Advantage experts can likewise represent claimants with federal claims and review all correspondence pursuant to those claims to determine if an award action or rejection was right. For additional information, please call the IDVA office at 515-252-4698 or 800-838-4692 and ask for a benefit specialist.