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Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255  Press 1
VA Community Resource & Referral Center (CRRC) – Des Moines
      @ 515-699-5637.
Homeless and at-risk Veterans can also call 1-877-4AID-VET
      (1-877-424-3838) to access VA homeless services 24 hours a day,
      seven days a week, 365 days a year
Coaching into Care - 1-888-823-7458 - for family and friends of Veterans concerned about their loved ones

Can't Make It?  Let Another Vet Take It! - if you will miss an appointment.... click here

  • County Veterans Service Officers
  • Polk County Health Services information for veterans & service members
    will accept phone calls for assistance
    Polk Co Veteran Affairs 286-3670 click here 
  • Information for caregivers of veterans
  • My Army One Source
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • National Military Family Association
  • Click here for information on veterans courts
  • – a single unified digital experience for Veterans – connecting over 1000+ Veteran websites, 956 1-800 numbers, 42 call centers, and 220 databases.  This site connects the Veteran with useful information that’s clearly written and presented and tools that are easy to find and use.  As a Veteran – this is a one-stop shop.
  • VA created a “Start the Conversation” website to provide toolkits for anyone who may encounter a Veteran who is dealing with emotional distress or is at risk for suicide. There are great videos, “how-to information”, safety planning and more.  You can select the type of audience (families, attempt survivors, first responders, etc.) and a specific toolkit is generated.  
  • - A site that helps Veterans to explore VA Benefits (Health Care, Disability Compensation, Education and Training, Employment Services, Home Loans, Life Insurance, Memorial Benefits, Pension, Dependent Benefits).  This is easy to navigate, has great videos and fact sheets for Veterans and also Veteran connectors who want to point Veterans in the right direction in a meaningful way.
  • 1-844-MYVA311 – (1-844-698-2311) – VA introduced 1-844-MyVA311 (1-844-698-2311) as a go-to source for veterans and their families who don’t know what number to call.  This national toll-free number will help eliminate the feeling of frustration and confusion that Veterans and their families have expressed when navigating the 1000-plus phone numbers that currently exist.  With 1-844-MyVA311, Veterans, families, and caregivers can access information about VA services like disability, pension, healthcare eligibility, enrollment, and burial benefits, in addition to a self-service locator to find the nearest VA facility.  And if they’re looking for immediate assistance with housing or are having a mental health crisis, MyVA311 will route callers to the Homeless Veteran help line and the Veterans Crisis Line.  If you know what number you’re calling — keep calling it.  None of the existing VA numbers will go away.
  • - Online resource designed to connect Veterans, their family members and friends, and other supporters with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives.  May is Mental Health Month and this site is a great tool to connect the Veterans who are experiencing challenges with relatable video Veteran stories of survival, information that relates to their experiences, and how to locate resources.   Veterans can even narrow down the criteria as they search through the site so they get specific information that’s tailored to their life experiences!  

  • - Don’t forget to check Facebook and consider liking the VA Central Iowa page to see new content on events, music and recreation therapy options, facility information, wellness tips, information for special groups like women Veterans, and how to connect with great VA resources!  

Iowa Dept. of Veteran's Affairs
Camp Dodge, Building A6A
7105 NW 70th Avenue
Johnston, Iowa 50131-1824
Phone: 515-242-5331
Toll free: 800-838-4692

VA Central Iowa Health Care System Medical Center
3600 30th St.,
Des Moines 50310,
Phone 1-800-294-8387

Phone:  515-699-5999

VA Regional Office
Room 1063 of the Federal Building,
210 Walnut
Des Moines 50309
Phone: 1-800-827-1000

Des Moines Vet Center
1821 22nd St., #115
West Des Moines 50266
Phone: 515-284-4929 or

Homeless Veterans Need Assistance?  Give Kim Neal a call at 515-669-3732. The VA Community Resource and Referral Center is located at 1223 Center St. Suite 17 in downtown Des Moines. The main office is open Monday-Thursday 7:30 am to 5:00 pm and Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.  This site provides to VA eligible Veterans free walk-in showers, laundry, internet, phone and full range of service for homeless Veterans on site. Current space has been remodeled to provide a day/group room for Veterans during business hours.

From this expanded space Day/Group room activities will be increased so that Veterans can spend time on site receiving all the services necessary for them to recover from homelessness.  There will also be some local agencies participating on site to provide services to homeless Veterans. This will essentially be a one stop walk-in center.

To contact the VA Community Resource and Referral Center please call 699-5637.

The National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans

Veterans Justice Outreach Program - will visit incarcerated veterans in need  
Covers Central Iowa –Jennifer Miner– (515) 577-8892 or 699-5999  Ext. 4875 –

Elements of Recovery 
2008 Iowa Veterans Benefit Task Force Study 
2010 Iowa Veterans Mental Health Task Force Study 
Residential Leases and the Military - Your Rights
Resources for Vets & Families Living with Cancer
Military Veterans Resource Center
Assistive Tech for Veterans and Military
Guide to Military Moves
Behavioral Health for Veterans
Mental Health Needs of Vets & Families

Justice for Vets




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