Over 400,000 military veterans reside in the state of Colorado, and nearly 33,500 of them live in Denver county. Home to military bases and the VA Hospital, Denver has an impressive array of programs locally, and at a state and national level to support veterans in the area. Vets can find help with housing, counseling, taxes, and health care as well as connect with other vets in the area through social organizations, fitness programs, and educational opportunities. Here we’ll review some of the many resources available to veterans, surviving spouses, and their families in the Denver area.
The Denver VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System offers a wide spectrum of healthcare to veterans in the area including primary care, geriatric care, cardiac care, psychology and mental care, and more. Located at 1055 Clermont Street in Denver, the center has convenient access to 1-70. Patients and visitors can park in the spacious parking garage.
The Denver Regional Benefits Center is one of the best channels in the area for vets, surviving spouses, and their families to inquire about benefits. The benefits center can provide assistance with filing applications and resolving claims. They also have access to the details on options for vets in the areas of housing, home loans, and emergency programs during times of crisis, like if a veteran is about to become homeless.
Denver County Veterans Services operates as part of the city and county of Denver Human Services department and exists to help facilitate veterans accessing their federal benefits including Aid and Attendance, survival, and burial benefits that are available to families and widows. They also have a referral network of veteran-friendly providers and offer customized employment services for vets seeking a job.
The Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs is available to help vets throughout the state access the federal and state benefits that they, and their families, may be entitled to. There is information on the dozens of program options on their website, and you can make an appointment to visit the office, located in Denver, during normal business hours Monday-Friday by calling 303-284-6077.
Veterans of Foreign Wars is a prominent national organization with a large community in the Denver area. There are 7 posts throughout the city, and at each vets can access a Service Officer who is knowledgeable in the benefits available to retired military personnel. The Service Officer is able to advocate on behalf of veterans, their surviving spouses, or their dependents to help apply for benefits, resolve claims, and even dispute a claim if necessary.
Not just a great community resource, the VFW is also a fun and social organization that provides ways to connect with other veterans in the community. Most posts will host weekly and monthly get-togethers like barbecues, karaoke nights, game nights, and more.
Some military veterans may develop depression or PTSD over time. While more common in men, anyone suffering from symptoms can reach out to the Denver chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. The non-profit volunteer-run organization holds monthly support meetings and offers resources to vets in the area. Veterans also have access 24 hours a day to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline by dialing 1-800-273-8255.
Veterans Day is a big deal in Denver, and annually the city hosts an all-day celebration to honor area vets. The day begins with a 5k run, followed by a ceremony, parade, and festival all held in Civic Center Park. To register to get involved with the activities this November, or to find out more details about the run, parade route, and more visit their website.
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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