Veteran Assistance

Learn about the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund and the Emergency Assistance Program in Cerro Gordo County.

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If you are in need of immediate assistance or having suicidal thoughts, please call this veteran crisit line at 1-800-273-8255 or visit the Veterans Crisis Line website to get connected with this 24/7 resource. 

Iowa Veterans Trust Fund

The State of Iowa has established a multi-million dollar fund to provide certain services to veterans. Beginning in December 2007, interest from this fund has been available to provide relief for Iowa veterans and their families. Currently, funds are used for unemployment or underemployment assistance due to service-related causes, assistance with vision, hearing, dental care, durable medical equipment, and prescription drugs; counseling and substance abuse services; vehicle repairs; housing repair; and transitional housing in an emergency. Trust fund expenditures are approved through the Iowa Veterans Commission.

To request assistance from the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund, complete the following form and return it to our office at 220 N. Washington Ave. in Mason City.

Iowa Trust Fund Application

Emergency Assistance Program

The Cerro Gordo Veterans emergency assistance program provides assistance for Veterans with an Honorable or Under Honorable discharge. The program helps with basic needs, including: 

  • Rent
  • Utilities
  • Food
  • Toiletries
  • Prescription medicine bills

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must meet the requirements of a Veteran as defined in 38 CFR
  • Have a DD214/DD215/NGB 22 with Honorable or Under Honorable Condition
  • Must be a Cerro Gordo County resident for at least 60 days with intent to remain in this county
  • Must meet income/asset guidelines
  • Must have an emergency need that cannot be met by other means or due to financial misconduct
  • Must provide all required documentation (see application for required documents)

To apply for emergency assistance, please complete the following form and return it to our office at 220 N. Washington Ave. in Mason City.

Emergency Assistance Program Application


County Courthouse

220 N. Washington Ave.
Mason City, IA 50401
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Courthouse Hours

M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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