The area of Colorado Springs, which is part of El Paso County, is home to more than 83,000 U.S. military veterans, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. There is a wide range of assistance programs available for Colorado Springs vets, many of which are 65 years of age or older. Resources include federal as well as state administered services and local community programs. Here’s a brief overview of the many benefits available to those vets that live in the Colorado Springs region.
The PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom Outpatient Clinic is part of the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System. The clinic, which is located at 3141 Centennial Boulevard, provides primary healthcare programs and services for Colorado Springs veterans. Pharmacy prescriptions, laboratory services, occupational therapy, and homeless assistance are among the many programs offered. The building is fully handicapped accessible and parking is free.
The Veterans Service Office in Colorado Springs helps area vets by providing advocacy and case management services. Staff members help vets apply for and obtain VA benefits. Services for homeless veterans include housing assistance, compensated work therapy, healthcare services, and domiciliary care and rehabilitation programs.
The Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs (CVA) works one-on-one with area vets to help them get the VA benefits they deserve. As a state agency, staff members provide advocacy for Colorado Springs veterans by administering and processing the necessary paperwork and application forms that are part of the process of obtaining federal benefits from the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA).
Colorado Springs veterans that are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless can receive supportive services and assistance from the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans. The program is administered nationwide to all 50 states including Colorado to help homeless vets by providing them with temporary housing and referring them to additional resources within their community. The call center is open around-the-clock seven days a week.
There are three Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) chapter posts located within the Colorado Springs area. This national support organization helps veterans by providing them with a variety of services. Membership benefits include locally sponsored social events and community activities along with special discounts on merchandise purchases and services such as travel, lodging, and more.
The Colorado Springs area is home to 12 American Legion chapter posts. Membership within this organization provides many benefits such as access to career events and job fairs along with special discounted rates on auto rentals, travel, lodging, home services, medical services, insurance, and more. All members get a free subscription to the American Legion Magazine.
The annual Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade is sponsored by a local nonprofit community organization to honor all those that served during times of war. Participants within the parade have included local high schools and their “patriotic floats,” as well as high school bands that recognized veterans with a “musical tribute.” Those interested in participating or helping out at upcoming parade celebrations can complete the online registration form.
For more information on the Aid & Attendance Benefit and to learn how it can help pay for assisted living, please visit VeteranAid.org.
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