There are a number of scams that target veterans.
Veterans will receive a call from someone claiming to be the Veterans Affairs (VA) and they will request personal information such as your birth date, social security number (SSN), and bank account information. They may request money to process claims for benefits. This is a scam. The VA will never call and request money, even if you see “Veterans Affairs” on your caller id.
The VA will occasionally call a veteran for a number of issues, health, claims, etc. They do not ask for your SSN, bank account numbers, or date of birth. The VA already has all of that information if you access the VA for healthcare or have a claim for benefits with the VA. The only time the VA asks for any information is if the veteran calls the VA, and then the information is used to verify that they are indeed talking to the veteran.
Do not give out any social security numbers, bank numbers, or any other personal information.
Property Tax Exemption for 100% Disabled Service Connected/Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
The Application for Disabled Veteran’s Homestead Tax Credit (Iowa Department of Revenue Form 54-049a) is available for completion and submission to local county assessor’s offices by qualified disabled veterans and DIC. Please contact the Dubuque County Assessor’s office or the City of Dubuque Assessor at the Dubuque County Courthouse.
For assistance in getting the qualifying documents from the VA, contact Dubuque County Veterans Affairs.
VA Health ID
The Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) provides:
- Increased security for your personal information – no personally identifiable information is contained on the magnetic stripe or barcode.
- A salute to your military service – The emblem of your latest branch of service is displayed on your card. Several special awards will also be listed.
The VHIC will be issued only to Veterans who are enrolled in the VA health care system.
Purpose of the VHIC
The VHIC is for identification and check-in at VA appointments. It cannot be used as a credit card or an insurance card, and it does not authorize or pay for care at non-VA facilities.