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, 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 5 state veterans' homes located in Aurora, Florence, Homelake, Rifle, and Walsenburg.
Colorado State Tax Advantage
There is a Property Tax Exemption for 50% of 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 who are stationed outside the state of Colorado.
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.
Colorado offers career assistance to all individuals who are eligible for veteran’s services. Each workforce center location across the state, provides Veterans with priority of service for employment, training and placement services. Each workforce center is staffed with a local veterans employment representative who is there to assist. For more information, contact your local workforce center.
Priority of Service is for individuals who served at least one day in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. Active service includes full-time Federal service in the National Guard or a Reserve component.
Colorado State Employment Benefits:
The Colorado Constitution authorizes veterans’ preference for state jobs. Eligibility requirements are as follows:
Five-point preference for:
- honorably separated active duty veterans who served during a time of war or in receipt of a campaign medal.
- the spouse of a veteran unable to work because of a service-connected disability
- the widow/widower of a deceased veteran who was or would have been entitled to Veterans’ preference.
Ten point preference for:
- honorably separated veterans who are receiving VA disability or pension.
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.
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Free Admission to State Parks
Free admission to any state part or recreation area for those veterans with a Disabled Veterans License Plate.
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.
Veterans with a Disabled Veterans License Plate receive free admission to any state park or recreation area.
Active duty and veterans are admitted free to Colorado state parks on Veteran's Day. The military member or veteran must show proof of military service (photo ID, DD-214, be in uniform, etc.). All other park fees (camping, etc.) are still charged.
Active duty and veterans are admitted free to Colorado state parks for the month of August. The military member or veteran must show proof of military service (photo ID, DD-214, VA medical card) and obtain the free pass from any Colorado state park or CPW office. Military member or veteran must be in the vehicle using the pass. All other park fees (camping, etc) are still charged.
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.