Event Schedule

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Disclaimer: This page contains information which may be useful to currently serving military members, veterans, and families. The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs is redistributing these events to assist in reaching a wider distribution population. Please check your event request for errors prior to submission. The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs is not responsible for errors submitted.

Vietnam Veterans of America Iowa State Council 

When: March 14, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Location: Waverly Area Veterans Post, 1300 4th St. N, Waverly Iowa 50677

POC:  Gregory H. Paulline, President, 563-650-3055, ghpaulline@gmail.com

Details: Iowa State Council Quarterly Meeting, New Chapter Start Up information, Post-Vietnam Veteran Member Information.

5th Annual Delaware County Veterans Appreciation Dinner 

When: March 19, 2020, 5-7pm

Location: Delaware County Fair Grounds Community Room

POC:  Delaware County Veterans Affairs County VSO 515.927.5116 (x1803) ) or for rides call 563.588.4592.

Details: Meal (free for vets and family members) served 5-7 p.m., Speakers start at 6 p.m. Senior Life Solutions, County VSO and Commissioners, Iowa City VA-CEO, Telehealth, Palliative Care, Eligibility and enrollment.

Changed to Remote - National Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day Observance 

When: March 29, 2020

Location: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/72941/veterans-can-attend-virtual-events-national-vietnam-war-veterans-day/

POC:  https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/72941/veterans-can-attend-virtual-events-national-vietnam-war-veterans-day/

Details: We are encouraging Veterans to stay connected through "virtual" events, such as the following site at VA.Gov, so this special day will not be forgotten. To stay connected and participate, please "click" on the site below, and show your appreciation for our Vietnam Veterans and their families. You will find the site to be very interactive and extremely connected to various site activities for our continued recognition for our Iowa Vietnam Veterans and their families, for their sacrifices they have made, to maintain the freedoms we all enjoy today in this great country of ours. https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/72941/veterans-can-attend-virtual-events-national-vietnam-war-veterans-day/.

Postponed - Iowa Veterans Commission Quarterly Meeting  

When: May 1, 2020 at 10 a.m. (Tentative)

Location: Iowa Veterans Home, Malloy Leisure Recreation Center, Marshalltown

POC:  Mari Mielke (mari.mielke@iowa.gov) or Karl Lettow (karl.lettow@iowa.gov) at 515.252.4698

Details: Agenda forthcoming

Cancelled - Yellow Ribbon Pre-Mobilization Events June 13 & 15th

When: Re-scheduled to June 15, 2020

Location:  Le Mars Army National Guard Armory, 1050 Lincoln St NE, Le Mars, IA 51031

POC:  712-546-4908; Point of contact for the Iowa Army National Guard Yellow Ribbons is MSG Amanda Lansing 515-252-4777; For the event contact Billy Foley, TAA, 515-252-4150, or billy.j.foley.ctr@mail.mil

Details: : Notice is being sent on this e-mail for the Des Moines Veterans Providers, that the event in Des Moines, IA Area/Camp Dodge, Johnston, IA that was scheduled for 3 May 2020 has been cancelled, please see the first attachment above. The Des Moines Providers included VHA Transition Care Management Team Des Moines VHA, Fort Dodge VA Clinic, W Des Moines Vet Center, Polk County Veterans Affairs, IACCVSO, Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs.

Boone County Veteran's Fair

When: April 22, 2020, 9am-2pm

Location: Boone County Fair Grounds Community Building

POC:  Steven Cunningham, Director, Boone County Veterans Affairs, 515.433.4904; veterans@boonecounty.iowa.gov

Details: : Boone County is holding a Veteran's Fair with opening ceremonies starting at 9am, at the Community Building on the Boone County Fair Grounds to assist veterans with access to benefits and share information. Vendors, please RSVP with estimates for required tables and chairs.

Changed to Remote - Iowa Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day 

When: Thursday May 7, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Location: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, State Capitol Grounds (south)

POC:  Dan Gannoan, 515.9915257, gannonobx@aol.com

Details: While the traditional live in-person ceremony on the Capitol grounds is cancelled due to COVID-19, we are experimenting with virtual alternatives to recognize this day. These will be posted on the IDVA web and Facebook pages. Specific addresses to follow.

Memorial Day at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery - Virtual Ceremony

When: Monday May 25, 2020

Location: Iowa Veterans Cemetery, IDVA Facebook Page at https://facebook.com/IowaDepartmentofVeteransAffairs/

POC: Karl Lettow, 515.727.3442, karl.lettow@iowa.gov

Details: View the virtual ceremony here https://facebook.com/IowaDepartmentofVeteransAffairs/.

Cancelled - Sturgis Falls Days, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band

When: June 28-30, 2020

Location: Downtown Cedar Falls Area, Bandshell in Overman Park

POC: http://www.sturgisfalls.org/

Details: 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band will perform multiple times throughout the 29th to include highlighting the Sturgis Falls Parade, an ensemble at 1:30, and full concert at 7pm, among many other veteran sponsors and vendors present for the festivities

Iowa Veterans Commission Quarterly Meeting 

When: July 1, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Location: Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, Camp Dodge

POC:  Mari Mielke (mari.mielke@iowa.gov) or Karl Lettow (karl.lettow@iowa.gov) at 515.252.4698

Details: Agenda forthcoming

Cancelled - Veterans Day Parade at the Iowa State Fair

When: August, 2020

Location: Iowa State Fair Grounds

POC: Karl Lettow, 515.727.3442, karl.lettow@iowa.gov

Details: This event has been cancelled due to cancellation of the 2020 Iowa State Fair. We anticipate resuming the parade when the fair plans to resume in August, 2021.

Iowa Veterans Commission Quarterly Meeting 

When: October 7, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Location: Iowa Veterans Home, Malloy Leisure Recreation Center, Marshalltown

POC:  Mari Mielke (mari.mielke@iowa.gov) or Karl Lettow (karl.lettow@iowa.gov) at 515.252.4698

Details: Agenda forthcoming

Veterans Day at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery

When: Wednesday Nov. 11, 2020

Location: Iowa Veterans Cemetery, for directions use 34024 Veterans Memorial Dr, Adel, IA 50003

POC: Karl Lettow, 515.727.3442, karl.lettow@iowa.gov

Details:  TBD

Story County Supermarket of Veterans Benefits 

When: November 13, 2020; 9am-2pm

Location: The Plex, 5501 George Washington Carver, Ames, IA

POC: Brett McLain, 515.956.2626, bmclain@storycountyia.gov; Jen Pote, 515.229.5481

Details: All information and services are free of charge, donuts and Coffee provided, please bring your military discharge DD-214, spouses and surviving spouses are invited.

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 490

When: Every third Tuesday of the month 7:00 P.M.

Location: Bonanza Steakhouse, 5029 NE 14th St., Des Moines, Iowa

POC: Roger Elliott, Phone: (515) 360-4245,Email: rogerelliott48@gmail.com

Details: Meetings start at 7:00 if you want to grab something to eat come earlier.

Iowa Veterans Day on the Hill 

When: January 20, 2021 (tentative); Time TBD

Location: Iowa State Capitol Rotunda

POC: Karl Lettow, 515.727.3442, karl.lettow@iowa.gov

Details: TBD.

For 24-hour counsel, call the National Veteran Crisis Hotline at 1-800-273-8255