The state of Colorado provides several veteran benefits. This page explains some of them.
Colorado State Veterans Home
Colorado has 5 state veterans' homes located in Aurora, Florence, Homelake, Rifle, and Walsenburg.
Admission is open to honorably discharged veterans, spouses, widows and “Gold-Star” parents. Each location offers 24 hour nursing care, meals, physician services restorative therapy, transportation, diversified activities, an all-inclusive rate and much more.
Colorado Veteran Financial Benefits
Property Tax Exemption
There is a Property Tax Exemption for 50% of the first $200,000 of a home's value for 100% service-connected disabled veterans.
Income Tax On Active Duty Pay
Active duty military pay is tax-free for Colorado residents who are stationed outside the U.S. and spend at least 305 days outside the U.S. during the tax year. Accompanying spouse is also eligible as long as they spend at least 305 days outside the U.S.
Income Tax On Retired Military Pay
Military retirees ages 55 - 64 can exclude up to $20,000 retired military pay from their taxable income, those 65 and over can exclude up to $24,000.
Colorado State Veteran Employment Benefits
Colorado gives veterans’ preference in the form of extra points added to the state employment examination. 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.
Colorado National Guard Education Benefits
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.
Colorado Veteran Recreation Benefits
Hunting & Fishing License for Disabled Veterans
Free lifetime combination small-game hunting and fishing license for a resident veteran with a permanent service-connected disability of 60% or more or any resident patient at a VA hospital located within Colorado.
Hunting & Fishing License for Active Duty
Non residents of Colorado and their families can get hunting and fishing licenses at the resident rate while stationed in the state.
Resident Fishing While Home on Leave
Colorado residents who are on active duty and permanently stationed outside of the state may fish without a license while in Colorado on temporary leave.
Free State Park Admission for Disabled Veterans
Veterans with a Disabled Veterans License Plate receive free admission to any state park or recreation area.
Colorado 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.
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