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
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
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
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.
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.
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.