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Veteran Affairs

The Veterans Affairs Office is located in the basement of the Shelby County Courthouse. We provide a wide range of services to veterans and their families. Those services range from pension and compensation to health care, education, and requesting service records.

Figures released by the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs for the fiscal year 2010, Shelby County had a veteran population of 1,145. These figures placed Shelby County in the top half of Iowa's 99 counties. Total expenditures brought into the county is $4,500,000.

Commission of Veteran Affairs

3 Member Commission - 3-year staggered terms

Appointed during the Regular Meeting in June as set out in Chapter 35B, Code of Iowa.

  • Chair: Stanley Slaven
  • Member: Lavon Christensen
  • Member: Mickey Williams
  • Executive Director: Gene Cavenaugh

Veteran Affair's Office staff includes:

  • Gene Cavenaugh - Administrator


The Commission of Veterans Affairs provides assistance to Shelby County veterans who were discharged from active military service with other than dishonorable conditions and have served 90 consecutive days of active Federal service.

Emergency help with the following needs is available, subject to eligibility guidelines:

  • Rent or mortgage payments
  • Utilities
  • Food and provisions
  • Medical and Dental assistance
  • Prescription medication
  • Transportation
  • Burial assistance
  • Grave markers

The Shelby County Veterans Affairs provides assistance to all veterans and their family members in applying for Federal/ State and County benefits which include the following but are not limited to:

  • Service-connected disability compensation
  • Non-service connected pension
  • Surviving spouse pension
  • Aid & Attendance/ Housebound
  • Military records upgrade and replacement
  • Application for VA Health Care
  • Application for admission to the Iowa Veterans Home
  • Headstones
  • Education/GI Bill
  • All other federal programs for which veterans and dependents may be eligible.

Some Federal benefits may require wartime service.


  • Veteran Affairs Meeting Agenda

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Contact Information

Shelby County Courthouse
612 Court Street
Harlan, Iowa 51537