State of Colorado- Veteran Benefits

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

(303) 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 State of Colorado Veteran Benefits

 

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, shortterm

“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 servicerelated

disability of 50% or greater are given free admission to any state park or

recreation area and granted discounts at campgrounds.

Real Estate Tax Exemption

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.

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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