Veteran’s Affairs

*Beginning January 15, 2013, veterans may have “veteran” designation added to their driver’s licenses or non-operator ID card. This is only available when the ID is issued new or when it is renewed. For more information, you may contact the Veterans Affairs office or the Recorder’s office.

Adair County Department of Veterans Affairs Contact Information:


Duane Avey Director 641-743-2656 Office
602-762-9291 Cell
Gwen Johnston Office Assistant 641-743-2656 Office
John E. Schildberg III VA Board Commissioner,
641-343-7117 Home
641-250-8192 Cell
Lee Ashmore VA Board Commissioner,
641-743-8202 Home
641-221-0250 Cell
Lucas Queck VA Board Commissioner,
641-745-7950 Cell

Iowa Association of County Commission of Veteran Affairs
Elizabeth Ledvina, President 641-484-3160

Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs

Patrick Palmersheim, Executive Director 515-242-5333

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Benefits 1-800-827-1000

Department of Veteran Affairs

Office of Public Affairs (80D)
810 Vermont Aave N.W.
Washington D.C. 20420

For a Ride to a VA Medical Appointment contact the Adair County Administrator at: 602-762-9291

We have 3 certified drivers who provide transportation for Veterans to their medical appointments at the VA Hospitals or other medical facilities. Veterans are required to call the director in our county when they know the date of their next appointment, time and location. We like to have a 2 week notice if possible. At the present time we are serving 20+ veterans for this service.

When requesting assitance from the VA Transportation Van the following is needed:
∞ A copy of the DD214
∞ A consent form needs to be signed and notarized for release of information

Veteran Relief

The Adair County Veterans Relief Program is funded by the County to provide assistance to resident veterans with emergency basic needs. These basic needs include:

  • Rent
  • Utilities
  • Food
  • Medical
  • Burial
  • Special Needs

To be eligible for this program you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a veteran with an honorable discharge
  • Be a resident of Adair County
  • Meet certain income guidelines
  • Apply for any and all benefits
  • Have emergency basic needs that cannot be met by other means

Veteran Service Programs

The Adair County Veterans Service Programs provides assistance to all veterans, and their dependents, in applying for federal benefits, and other related matter, concerning the federal government.

These include:

1. Application assistance for:

  • Compensation for Service-connected Disability
  • Non-service Connected Disability Pension
  • Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) Benefits
  • Certificate of Eligibility for Home Loans
  • Overpayments
  • Appeals of Unfavorable VA Rulings
  • Eligibility Verification Reports (EVR)
  • Application of Iowa Veterans Home

2. Obtaining military records and awards
3. Distributing grave markers and flag holders from Adair County
4. Networking to Veterans Hospitals
5. Networking to other Department of Veteran Affairs facilities and agencies

Related Links:

» US Department of Veterans Affairs
» Honor Flight Network
» Iowa Veterans Cemetery
» Iowa Veterans Home

» Veterans Health Guide