Colorado State Veteran's Benefits

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The state of Colorado provides several veteran benefits. This section offers a brief description of each of the following benefits.

Colorado Veteran Housing 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 Veteran Financial Benefits

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.

Income Tax On 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.

Income Tax On 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.

Burial Allowance
County allowance of up to $50 for burial and up to $50 for setting markers for pauper Veterans.

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Colorado Veteran Employment Benefits

Priority Service
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.

Colorado Veteran Education Benefits

Tuition Assistance
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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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
No fee for a hunting or fishing license for active duty members, their families, or patients at a military hospital in Colorado.

Resident Fishing on Temporary 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.

State Parks
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.​

Columbine Annual Pass
Colorado resident permanently and totally disabled veterans may apply for a Columbine Annual Pass. The fee is $14.00 per year, is transferable between vehicles and the disabled veteran must be present in the vehicle.

Discounted Camping for Disabled Veterans
Disabled veterans over age 64 qualify for discounted camping in state parks Sunday through Thursday, excluding holidays. 

Wounded Warrior/Safe Harbor Program
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission annually sets aside a number of hunting licenses for members of the Wounded Warrior or Safe Harbor programs. While there are limits on the number of licenses that can be issued (100 each female deer, elk and pronghorn and 100 total male deer, elk and pronghorn), the goal is to issue as many of these licenses as possible.

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Other Colorado State Veteran Benefits

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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