Resources for veterans in Colorado: Serving Those Who Serve

We want to recognize the men and women of the United States Military who risk their lives to serve our country. There are several resources out there for veterans to get help with employment, health, and housing. Military members are even eligible for discounts at several businesses, even if they don’t advertise discounts.

The FOX31 Problem Solvers compiled this list of resources for veterans and their families as part of our “Serving Those Who Serve” initiative. If you know of a resource for veterans that we can add to this list, email web@kdvr.com.

Employment Resources

Colorado Job Seeker Services for Veterans: The state of Colorado offers employment help to all individuals who are eligible for veteran’s services. There are several offices around the state where you can meet with a representative who will help you with your needs.

Connecting Colorado: The official state employment system will match your skills and job titles with job announcements posted by employers.

Feds Hire Vets: This website is part of the Veterans Employment Initiative to help veterans find jobs within the U.S. government. It has several resources on finding jobs and can also help families of veterans.

Hire a Vet: As part of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Hire a Vet will help veterans find jobs in Colorado and help employers find veterans to hire. They offer one-on-one services as well as career fairs to connect veterans with potential employers.

U.S. Department of Labor – Vets: In partnership with the Department of Labor, Vets.gov will help veterans in all stages of a job search. They offer career advice, resume help, and access to employers who want to hire Veterans and military spouses. They also offer several free courses for veterans to learn new skills.

VA for Vets: This is a service that helps veterans become employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Health Resources

Disability Benefits: Veterans who have disabilities, medical conditions, or injuries incurred or aggravated during active military service—no matter when or where they served—may be eligible to receive tax-free monthly benefits. Some of those injuries may not be apparent until years after service. There are several physical and mental health conditions that may qualify you for benefits. Visit the website for more information on the requirements and how the process works.

Health Care: VA health care is open to all eligible veterans. The service provides regular checkups as well as access to specialists, such as cardiologists, gynecologists, and mental health providers. You can easily apply online, by phone (1-877-222-8387), by mail, or in person by visiting your nearest VA medical center or clinic.

Housing Resources

A.C.T.S. Resource Center: The resource center supports homeless and end of employment displaced veterans with reintegration programs, shelter, basic needs and other services. It’s located at 3405 Downing Street in Denver or by phone at 303-477-0006.

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless: This program will provide up to 24 months of transitional housing for veterans referred by the VA. However, veterans with incomes may be required to pay a portion of the program as rent. The building is located at 2111 Chapma Street in Denver or by phone at 303-297-4033.

Foreclosure Assistance: If you are a veteran with a VA loan but are having trouble making your mortgage payments, the VA may be able to help you. You can call the VA Home Loan Service Office at 1-888-244-6711.

National Call Center for Homeless Veterans: Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness (and their family, friends and supporters) can call 1-877-4AID VET (877-424-3838)- a free and confidential 24/7 hotline. Trained VA counselors will ask you a few questions about needs and give you information about VA homeless programs, health care, and other services in your area.

VA Benefits for Homeless Veterans: A variety of services are offered to all U.S. military veterans including disability compensation, education and training, health care, home loans, insurance, and many other services. Colorado has several service offices with representatives you can talk to. Search for your County Veterans Service office.

Other Resources

Colorado Resource Portal: This website has several resources, in many categories including activities, finance, legal, mental health, and others. The website has several links and resources for veterans in Colorado.

Discounts: Several businesses offer everyday discounts just for having a military ID. Over 230 stores, restaurants and services offer discounts to active, reserve, and retired members of the U.S. Military and their immediate family members.

Spouses, Dependents, and Survivors Benefits: If you are the spouse, family member, or dependent of a service member you could be eligible for many of the same VA resources that veterans are. Resources include: compensation, health care, home loans/housing assistance, life insurance, and memorial benefits among others.

USAA: The USAA serves military members and their families with several financial related benefits. It includes many types of insurance, banking, investing, real estate options, and retirement options. Members are also eligible for discounts including shopping and traveling deals. Anybody, even those who have not served or do not have family in the military, can join USAA but will only be limited to investments, life insurance, and discounts.

Veterans Advantage: If you have served in the military or have a family member who has, you can join Veterans Advantage for a range of benefits and discounts at several businesses. Plans start at $3.33 a month for a 5-year plan and go up to $4.99 a month for a 1-year plan. Discounts include shopping, entertainment, traveling, and service deals.