Colorado State Veteran's Benefits
- Housing Benefits
- Financial Assistance Benefits
- Employment Benefits
- Education Benefits
- Other State Veteran Benefits
State Veterans' Home
Colorado’s State Veteran Community Living Centers serve honorably discharged veterans, veterans’ spouses/widows and “Gold-Star” parents, any of whose children died while serving in the Armed Forces.
Residents enjoy the camaraderie of sharing activities and daily life with other veterans, friends and family. Each location offers 24 hour nursing care, meals, physician services restorative therapy, transportation, diversified activities, an all-inclusive rate and much more.
Colorado has 4 state veterans' homes located in Aurora, Florence, Homelake, Rifle, and Walsenburg.
Colorado State Tax Advantage
There is a Property Tax Exemption for the first $200,000 of a home's value for 100% service-connected disabled veterans.
Active Duty Pay
Effective January 1, 2016 active duty military pay is tax-free for Colorado residents.
Retired Military Pay
Military retirees ages 55 - 64 can exclude up to $20,000 in any one taxable year from their retirement pay, those 65 and over can exclude up to $24,000.
Motor Vehicle Tax
No fee shall be charged to certain disabled Veterans or Ex-POWs who have established their right to benefits under public laws. Applies to subsequent vehicles, but only one at a time.
County allowance of up to $50 for burial and up to $50 for setting markers for pauper Veterans.
State Active Duty employee receives 15 days of paid military leave per year.
Eligibility: Colorado National Guard
Disabled Veterans shall have 10 points added to their grades and non-disabled Veterans shall be credited with an additional 5 points for "state employment" For city and county governments that have a "Merit System" in place.
Any member of the Colorado National Guard is eligible for state tuition assistance, up to 100% tuition paid at any CO state-funded school depending on funding available. State funding can be used in conjunction with Federal Tuition Assistance. Deadline for Spring Semester is Dec. 1. Deadline for Fall Semester is July 1. Summer deadline is May 1 (if funding is available).
Eligibility: Colorado National Guard member must serve 2 years for each year granted.
Tuition Assistance for Children of POWs, MIAs, or Disabled/Deceased ARNG
Free tuition in certain State-support schools for children of prisoners of war or persons missing in actions who were Colorado residents when they entered the Armed Forces, or for children of Colorado National Guardsmen who died or were permanently disabled while on State active duty limited to dependents who do not qualify for Federal Education benefits.
Operation Recognition is a program to award High School diplomas to deserving and qualified WWII, Korea and Vietnam Era Veterans. Operation Recognition, is authorized by Colorado State Law and is offered by the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Association of School Boards.
Special Vehicle License Plates
The State provides plates at no cost to the Veteran include: recipients of the Medal of Honor, recipients of the Purple Heart, to certain disabled wartime Veterans, special disabled (50%+)Veterans license plates, and special license plates for former POWs. Plates for honorably discharged Veterans may be purchased for nominal fee. January 2007, There will be issued a "Valor Plate" for those veterans who have received the Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force DSC, and Survivors of Pearl Harbor and/or their surviving spouse.
Dental coverage and full medical for line-of-duty
Eligibility: Colorado National Guard
Free Admission to State Parks
Free admission to any state part or recreation area for those veterans with a Disabled Veterans License Plate.
All active-duty, reserve, and national guard service members, and other than dishonorably discharged veterans are eligible for free entry into all Colorado state parks in August.
Hunting and Fishing Privileges
Free lifetime combination small-game hunting and fishing license for a resident veteran with a permanent service-connected disability of 60% or more. No fee for a fishing license to a member of the armed forces who is a resident patient at a military hospital or convalescent station, any resident patient at a USDVA hospital located within the State, or any veteran who is permanently and totally disabled.
State Veterans Cemetery
The Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado is located in Grand Junction. Eligibility for burial in the cemetery is the same as for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries but includes a residency requirement.
Visit the Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs website for more information about any of these programs.