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Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation



Judy Neal – Chairman

1260 190th Street

Earlham, IA  50072

Mobile: 515-250-1407

Home: 515-462-1460




What is this program, and why do we have it?

The Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation program promotes our mission to enhance the lives of

U.S. veterans, military, and their families.


Coming home for a veteran can be a change that is hard for them and their families.  We can help them make the transition to a new life.  By helping them you can assist them to reach new goals.  As Iowa ALA Members there is a multitude of things that are available for you to help with.  Volunteer to serve the veterans and their families at VA health care facilities through the Veteran Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) and ask others to join.  Record your hours through the volunteer hour tracking system, which is different than tracking outside the system to earn service bars (See VA&R – Service to Veterans).  The hours the volunteers log at the hospitals and CBOCs are recognized by logging in at the hospitals.


You can:

-Give a helping hand to the Legion's homeless veteran.

-Participate in the VA Project CHALENG organized by the VA health care system.

-Volunteer at homeless veterans’ stand downs.

-Contact homeless veteran emergency shelters, transitional housing projects and

permanent housing projects in your community and identify the organization's

volunteer and in-kind contribution needs, including:


Monetary Donations: They should always be sent to Department Office earmarked for the facility of your choice.  Send a letter to that facility to tell them of your donation and what you want it used for.


Mid-Year Reports:  Write a report that reflects how you have worked the program.  The report is due December 15, 2019. 



VA&R Awards Deadlines and Submission Requirements:

Taking the time to share a favorite story about the positive impact you or someone you know has had on our mission is worth doing! It helps us tell the world who we are, what we do, and why we matter.  Please follow instructions as you fill out the National Report and Awards Cover Sheet.  Report and Awards Cover Sheet, April 30, 2020 is the deadline for your report.   VA&R committee contact information may be found on the VA&R committee page on the national website,


National Veterans Creative Arts Festival (NVCAF) support recognition for donations made through the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation:     Bronze $1,000 - $2,499, Silver    $2,500 - $4,999 and Gold $5,000 - $14,999 – for donations received – August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020.


National Award: VAVS Volunteer of the Year Award/ALA NAC Nominee is a person that has given extraordinary service to our veterans through the ALA VA & R program.


Member Award: 10,000 Hour Volunteer Service Award: given to volunteers who have reached 10,000 hours of service in a VA facility during this year (April 1, 2019-March 31, 2020)


Member Award: 20,000 Hour Volunteer Service Award: given to volunteers who have reached 20,000 hours of service in a VA facility during this year (April 1, 2019-March 31, 2020)


Department Recognition from The American Legion Award: Michael Guty Homeless Veterans Outreach


James H. Parke Scholarship


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