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.

VA 2K Walk-n-Roll

When: May 15th, 2019— 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: VACIHCS Des Moines Campus, starting by the revolving door

POC:  joni.osmundson@va.gov; 515-699-5999x4980 or  https://www.facebook.com/events/802220773495269/

Details: 2K (about 1.2 miles) Walk/Roll to promote wellness activities and support the Homeless Veteran Program. Fun activities will be along the course! Donations to our Homeless Veteran Program are encouraged, but not required, including non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, toiletries, cooking utensils, pots and pans, men’s shorts and t-shirts (new, all sizes), backpacks, and new bed pillows.

See Flyer Here

VA Mission Act Q&A with Dr. Andrew Muth and VACIHCS Director, Gail Graham

When: May 17, 2019, 1:30-2 p.m.

Location: VACIHCS Des Moines Campus, Main Lobby

POC: Dr. Andrew Muth, Andrew.Muth2@va.gov 

Details: MISSION Act legislation contains more than 50 sections intended to strengthen and improve VA’s ability to deliver world-class health care. Stop by our main lobby and speak with Dr. Muth and VACIHCS Director, Gail Graham for the most recent answers to your questions. If you cannot make this opportunity, please send your important question, comment or concern to Andrew.Muth2@va.gov.

TWO Informational Handouts are available here and here.

Veterans Housing Summit, by Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals

When: May 18, CHECK IN 8:30 a.m.; EVENT 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

Location: DMAAR - 5950 Village View Dr. #100 West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

POC:  Register at http://veteranshousingsummit.com/?page_id=612

Details: This event is exclusive to veterans and their families only. Learn about • VA Home Loan Program • Home Buying Process • Importance of Good Credit • Down Payment Assistance • VA Certicate of Eligibility (COE) • Local Housing Market Summary • Meet With Local Housing Specialists • Housing Services EXPO. Click here for event flyerClick here for event registration.

VA Mission Act Facebook Event with Dr. Andrew Muth

When: May 22, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Location: VACIHCS Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VACentralIowa/ 

POC:  Dr. Andrew Muth, Andrew.Muth2@va.gov 

Details: MISSION Act legislation contains more than 50 sections intended to strengthen and improve VA’s ability to deliver world-class health care. Join us virtually on our VACIHCS Facebook Page as Dr. Muth will be giving a brief overview on the MISSION Act and what we are doing here locally.  Like us on Facebook and stay tuned for the virtual invite.  This video will be posted afterwards for all to view.

Veterans Classic Car Show

When: Saturday, May 25, 2019 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Location: Des Moines VA Hospital parking lot, 3600 30th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 

POC:  Bob McCarthy at (515) 274-9110 or coach430@aol.com 

Details: Be an exhibitor or come to see great classic cars and trucks. Food stands, silent auction. All proceeds to veterans. Co-sponsored by VA, PVA and Larry Nehring Det. #103 Marine Corps League..

Memorial Day at Iowa Veterans Cemetery

When: May 27, 2019 at 8 a.m.

Location: Iowa Veterans Cemetery , 34024 Veterans Memorial Drive, Adel, Iowa

POC: IDVA Main Office at 515-252-4698 or 800-838-4692; or karl.lettow@iowa.gov  

Details: Come join Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs and keynote speaker Iowa National Guard Command Sergeant Major Rachel Fails, as we observe our grateful nation's 148th Memorial Day. Supporting participants include Young Patriot's Club, JROTC Red Bull Battalion, and ceremonial performances from individual local talents.

Memorial Day at Resthaven Cemetery

When: May 27, 2019 at 11 a.m.

Location: Resthaven Cemetery , 801 19th St., West Des Moines, Iowa

POC: Cheryl TanCreti, 515-223-1230 or cheryl.tancreti@dignitymemorial.com  

Details: Please join us for a special Memorial Day event in honor and celebration of those who have proudly served our country. 88th ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE SERVICE – “A DAY TO REMEMBER” Military honors by American Legion Hispanic Post #731, Patriot Guard Riders of Iowa, West Des Moines V.F.W. #8879, and Boy Scout Troops #280.

VACIHS Mental Health First Aid Training, 8-Hour Course

When: May 28, 2019, 8 a.m.

Location: VACIHCS Building 4, 3600 30 th St, Des Moines IA 50310

POC: To register send the below forms to Lori Reynolds at lori.reynolds@va.gov; 515-214-4593 

Details: On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, VA will be offering Mental Health First Aid training in Des Moines for the first time at VA Central Iowa Health Care System (VACIHCS).  This groundbreaking eight-hour training course gives people the tools to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem and to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary.

Click here for the course invite, and here for the course registration form.

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