VA Health Care System

VA Medical Centers

Des Moines Division

3600 30th St.
Des Moines, IA 50310-5774
Ph: (515) 699-5999
Fax: (515) 699-5862

For more information on this facility's affiliations, special programs, and Community-Based Outpatient Clinics, please visit the Des Moines Division website.

Iowa City Division

601 Hwy. 6 West
Iowa City, IA 52246-2208
Ph: (319) 338-0581
Fax: (319) 339-7171

For more information on this facility's affiliations, special programs, and Community-Based Outpatient Clinics, please visit the Iowa City Division website.

Can't make your VA appointment? Let another Veteran take it!

If you can’t make your appointment, let us know! Call us at: 1-800-294-8387, Option 2, Option 5; or take advantage of VEText. View more information from the VA about phone, text, and email options.

Mental Health Resources for Veterans

For almost immediate response from a caring individual please contact:

Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1

Confidential crisis chat at:

Text to 838255

Any Veteran needing support during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Veterans Peer Support Call – Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 1 PM CST

1-800-767-1750  Access code: 56999#

If you or a loved one are facing problems with alcohol, drugs, gambling, mental health, or suicidal thoughts, you may also contact: - 24/7/365 - Call 1-855-581-8111 or text 855-895-8398

The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support via text. Text HOME to 741741 to reach a Crisis Counselor.

Enrolling in VA Health Care

To apply by phone, call 1-877-222-VETS (8387), Mon-Fri between 8 am and 8 pm, EST.

To apply by mail, fill out an Application for Health Benefits (VA Form 10-10EZ).

Download VA Form 10-10EZ (PDF)

For assistance with enrolling for VA Health Care by any method, please contact the Story County VA office at 515-956-2626 to schedule an appointment.

Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs)

The VA currently has over 800 Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) implemented these clinics to make access to health care easier. These clinics provide the most common outpatient services, including health and wellness visits, without the hassle of visiting a larger medical center. VHA continues to expand their network of CBOCs to include more rural locations, making access to care closer to home.

You may call your nearest CBOC to schedule an appointment:

  • Carroll: 721-794-6780 
  • Fort Dodge: 515-576-2235 
  • Marshalltown: 641-754-6700

VA Medical Foster Homes

Medical Foster Home Benefits - Information Sheets (PDF)

Medical Foster Home Program - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (PDF)

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