Colorado

Benefits of Colorado VA Loans for Veterans

Veterans and Service Members, you’ve earned your VA eligibility- apply for your VA Loan today and become a homeowner in the beautiful State of Colorado! Colorado offers limited Financial Benefits, Employment Benefits, Education Benefits, and Other Benefits to its Veterans and Service Members. Call the beautiful State of Colorado your home today!

Financial Benefits

Does the State of Colorado offer Property Tax Exemptions for Veterans?

Yes. The State of Colorado offers a property tax exemption of 50% of the first $200,000 value of a disabled Veteran’s primary residence. To qualify, a Veteran must be rated at 100% permanently and totally disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and must have lived at the primary residence as of January 1st. To apply, contact the Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs at 303-284-6077 or fax a Tax Exemption Application to the Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs at 303-284-3163.

Employment Benefits

Does the State of Colorado offer Employment Benefits to Veterans?

The State of Colorado offers Civil Service Rights to Veterans interested in State employment by adding 5 points to a Veteran’s or 10 points to a disabled Veteran’s final passing score. This preference is granted in city and county governments that have a “Merit System” in place.

In order to receive their 10 point employment preference, disabled Veterans must provide a public employment preference letter which can be obtained from the Colorado Division of Veteran Affairs and can be ordered by calling 303-284-6077.

Can my Spouse use my Preference if I am unable to work?

Yes. If a veteran is unable to work due to a service-connected disability, their spouse may utilize their ten-point preference. Certain deceased veteran’s unmarried widow/widower or the mother of a veteran who was killed or permanently and totally disabled in the service are also eligible to use their veteran’s preference.

Does the State of Colorado assist Veterans in finding employment?

Yes. The State of Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment has 79 One Stop Workforce Centers which are staffed with Disabled Veteran Outreach Person (DVOP) and Local Veteran Employment Representatives (LVER) throughout the State to assist Veteran’s in their employment search.

In addition, a VA Job Club is also held at the Denver VA Medical Center every 3rd Thursday of the month from 9:00 am to 11:00 am in Building C, Room 111. For more information or to attend the club, please contact:

Denver VA Medical Center
VA Job Club
1055 Clairmont Street
Denver, CO
399-8020

Education Benefits

Does the State of Colorado offer Education Benefits to Veterans?

The State of Colorado does not offer any Education Benefits to Veterans of the United Stated Armed Forces or the United States Armed Forces Reserves. Reduced or free tuition at certain State Institutions of post-secondary education is only available to members of the Colorado National Guard and is granted at one year of Education Benefits for every 2 years of service. There are no Education Benefits available to members of the Colorado National Guard Reserves.

Does the State of Colorado offer Education Benefits to Dependents of Veterans?

The State of Colorado does not offer any Education Benefits to dependents of the United Stated Armed Forces, the United States Armed Forces Reserves or the Colorado National Guard Reserves. Children of Veterans of the Colorado National Guard who do not qualify for Federal Education benefits, may be eligible to free tuition at certain State Institutions of post-secondary education if the Veteran was killed or permanently disabled, taken as prisoner of war, or missing in action while serving on State active duty.

Does the State of Colorado offer Honorary High School Diplomas to Veterans?

Yes. The State of Colorado is authorized through its Operation Recognition program to award high school diplomas to qualified Veterans. A qualified Veteran must have served in the Korean, Vietnam or WWII war and received an honorable discharge, left school before graduating to serve in the United States Armed Forces, is at least 60 years old, and resided within the school district upon leaving to serve in the armed forces and resides in the school district at time of application. A family member of the Veteran may request the diploma posthumously.

To apply for a diploma, complete the Operation Recognition Application and return with a copy of Veteran’s Honorably Discharged letter.

Other Colorado State Benefits for Veterans

Long-Term Care

The State of Colorado has the five long-term care facilities located throughout the State. These facilities are located in Aurora, Florence, Monte Vista, Rifle and Walsenburg. All locations provide long-term care, short-term rehabilitation, memory care services, short-term “respite” care, and end-of-life/hospice services. Domiciliary cottages are available at the Colorado State Veterans Center at Homelake (Monte Vista) location.

Honorably discharged Veterans and spouses or widows are eligible to stay at Colorado’s State Nursing Homes. “Gold-Star Parents” (non-veterans whose child died while serving in the Armed Forces) are also eligible for long-term care at Colorado’s Veterans Nursing Homes.

Cemetery Services

The State of Colorado opened the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado on September 5, 2002. It was created as a dignified resting place for Colorado with a creek running through the property and memorial walks, benches and landscaped areas throughout. Eligibility for burial is the same as national cemeteries for the Department of Veterans Affairs, but includes a residency requirement. There is NO CHARGE for internment in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado. Services include a gravesite or niche, opening and closing of gravesite or niche, a granite marker with approved inscriptions, a concrete vault or grave liner, use of Committal Shelter or Visitor Center, and perpetual care of gravesite or niche.

Veterans License Plates

Disabled Veteran License Plates are available to honorably discharged Veterans with a service-connected, permanent disability rating of 50% or greater. A completed Disabled Veteran License Plate Application, along with the Veteran’s DD-214, disability rating, current registration or title receipt, and proof of emissions, safety and insurance can be submitted in person at the local Department of Motor Vehicles, or via mail to:

Colorado Department of Revenue Division

Motor Vehicle Registration
Denver, CO 80214

Branch and Award Specific Plates are also available for eligible Veterans at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

State Parks

Veterans with a Disabled Veterans License Plate or a letter documenting their service-related disability of 50% or greater are given free admission to any state park or recreation area and granted discounts at campgrounds.

Hunting and Fishing Licenses

Resident Veterans with a service-connected disability of 60% or more are granted lifetime small-game hunting and fishing licenses at no charge. Members of the Armed Forces who are resident patients at a military hospital or convalescent, or a resident patient at a Veterans Hospital located in the State of Colorado are granted fishing licenses at no charge. To apply, submit a completed Parks and Wildlife Application to the Division of Parks and Wildlife, along with a copy of disability letter.

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