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VA Benefits

 

VA Benefits

 

Who is the VA?
Established on March 15, 1989, the Department of Veterans Affairs is responsible for providing Federal benefits to Veterans and their families. The VA is headed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and is the second largest of the 15 Cabinet departments operating nationwide programs for health care financial assistance and burial benefits.

 

Benefits
There are many possible benefits available to you and your immediate family members including (qualifications apply for all benenfits):

  • Military service compensation for injuries and illnesses caused, incurred or aggravated while serving
  • Pension
  • Aid and attendance/Housebound Allowance
  • Education 1-888-442-4551
  • Life insurance 1-800-669-8477
  • Home loans (seebelow for more information)
  • Vocational rehabilitation 303-914-5550
  • Dependent Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
  • VA medical treatment with enrollment (see below for more information)
  • Counseling/Mental Health Care: Veterans may call 1-800-273 TALK (8255) 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Press "1" for immediaste help or text 83-8255.
  • Burial benefits
  • CHAMPVA/Health Adminitration 1-800-733-8387
  • Agent Orange Resgistry (see below for moreinformaiton)

 

The VA Regional Office is located at:

155 Van Gordon

Lake Wood, CO 80228

Note: The public contact office is closed Wednesday afternoons beginning May 1, 2013. You must check in no later than 11:30am to be seen. We encourage you to call/contact the County or State Veterans Service Officer handling you case before contacting the Regional Office.

 

VA LOAN GUARANTEE/HOME LOANS

 VA Home loan guaranties are issued to help eligible Servicemembers, Veterans, reservists and certain unmarried surviving spouses obtain homes, condominiums, manufactures homes and to refinance loans.

 

Eligibility: There are service periods and conditions of service requirements, credit rating, sufficient income, a valid Certificate of Eligibility (COE below) and agree to live in the property in order to be approved for a VA home loan.

 

   Request for A Certificate of Eligibility 26-1880 pdf file   

 

VA MEDICAL CENTER AND HEALTH CARE

The VA operates the nation's largest integrated health care system with more than 1500 sites of care including hospitals, community clinics, community livingcenters, domiciliaries, readjustment counseling center and various other facilities.

 

For most Veterans access to the VA health care system begins by applying for enrollment. You will need a copy of your DD214 and the VA form 1010EZ.

   1010EZ Enrollment form pdf file   

 

Affordable Health Care Act.

Please see this document to see how the Affordable Health Care Act may effect you.

 

 

Minimum Duty Requirements

Veterans who enlisted after September 7, 1980 or entered active duty adter October 16, 1981 must have served 24 continuous months or the full period for which they were called to active duty in order to be eligible. This minimum may not aplly to Veterans discharged for hardship, early out or a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.

 

For more information call 1-877-222-8387 Monday-Friday 8am-8pm Eastern Time or contact the Denver VA Medical Center:

1055 Claremont Street

Denver, CO 80220

303-399-8020

 

AGENT ORANGE REGISTRSTION

For Veterans possibly exposed to dioxin or other toxic substances in herbicides used during the Vietnam War between 1962-1975, regarless of length of service; exposure on land in Vietnam or on a ship on the inland waterwayof Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975; service along hte demilitarized zone in Korea between April 1, 1968 and August 31, 1971; Thiland between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975; or other locations.

 

You will need a copy of your DD214 and VA form 10-9009. Call 1-800-749-8387 or the VA Medcial Center at 303-399-8020

 

   Agent Orange Registry Code Sheet 10-9009 pdf file   

    Agent Orange Newsletter October 2001 pdf file   

 

DEPLETED URANIUM REGISTRATION AND IONIZING RASIATION REGISTRY

Contact the VA Medical Center for an exam and more information.

 

2012 VA Benefits Booklet

Click here for the 2012 VA Benenfits Booklet Online

 

VA Vocational Assistance

This program is for veterans who require assistnace to better facilitate theri own job search.

Programs include:

  • Job Club: Meets the 3rd Thursday monthly (except December) between 9-11 in Building C. Veterans meet with employers who are currently hiring, network with others, learn about veterans employment services availalbe through local workforce centers; and meet with local veteran employment specialists
  • Computer Lab: meets Wednesdays (1-3) and Thursday (2-4) at the Vet Center providing basic computer and internet skills, resume writing, and provides internet access for online job searches.
  • One-on-One Assistance: Provides short-term assistance with resumes and applications, interviewing skills, job search strategies and job referrals. Availalbe by appointment only.

 

For more information contact the program manager: Dr. Jeff Scott 720-680-6464.

 

For more information contact us at 303-284-6077 or contact your County Veteran Service office in your area. The Veterans Administration can be contacted 1-800-827-1000 or VA.gov.

 

WOMEN VETERANS

Women veterans have more options and services available than ever before.

 

What services are available to women veterans?

A full continuum of comprehensive medical services including:

  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Primary care
  • Women’s gender-specific care (HRT, breast and gynecology, maternity)
  • Substance abuse
  • Mental health
  • Domiciliary
  • Rehabilitation and long-term care
  • Maternity

 

How do I enroll to receive gender-specific services including pap smear, mammography, prenatal and child care? Bring your DD214 to Admissions at the Denver VA Medical Center or to the check in counter in Colorado Springs on Spruce Street and Pueblo Clinics and complete a 1010EZ, Application for Health Benefits.

 

Who do I call for an appointment:? Denver 303-399-8020; Colorado Springs 719-327-5660; Pueblo 719-553-1000. If you are already enrolled as a Denver Women’s Clinic patient call 303-399-8020 x 3880.

 

Where can I get inpatient psychiatric care?
Contact your VA primary care provider or the local VA mental health program office for assistance. If you are already receiving care from a counselor/provider consult with him/her. If you are in crisis, contact 1800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1.

 

Where can I get treatment for conditions related to sexual assault or sexual harassment while in the military?
You may be eligible for Military Sexual Trauma (MST) related care. Every VA facility provides free care for mental and physical health conditions related to MST. To receive care, ask your VA provider for a referral to MST services.

 

What if I am a Vietnam Veteran and my child has a birth defect?
Children born to women Veterans who served in Vietnam may be eligible for monthly monetary benefits, medical care and vocational training if they have certain birth defects linked to their mother’s service. Contact your Veterans Service Officer for more information.

 

How do I obtain emergency assistance with payment of my utility bills, rent, mortgage, etc.?
Many local churches, Veterans organizations and community organizations may be able to assist veterans in need. In Denver:

  • Denver Human Services 720-944-2900
  • American Red Cross Denver 303-722-7474
  • Denver Rescue Mission 303-294-0157
  • Colorado Housing and Finance Authority 1-800-877-2432
  • Catholic Charities 303-742-0828

 

What options are there for homeless veterans with children?
Contact the VA Homeless Coordinator, Social Work Services department or Women Veterans Program Manager at your local VA Medical Center or call 1-877-424-3838.

 

Where do I find research studies on women Veterans? Nancy Reichman, PhD University of Denver 303-871-2048; Deborah Kenny, PhD, RN, FAAN Beth El College of Nursing and Health Sciences University of Colorado, Colorado Springs 719-255-5170

 

VA Vocational Assistance

This program is for participants who are not Compensated Work Therapy clients, rather they are veterans who require assistnace to better facilitate theri own job search.

Programs include:

  • Job Club: Meets the 3rd Thursday monthly (except December) between 9-11 in Building C. Veterans meet with employers who are currently hiring, network with others, learn about veterans employment services availalbe through local workforce centers; and meet with local veteran employment specialists
  • Computer Lab: meets Wednesdays (1-3) and Thursday (2-4) at the Vet Center providing basic computer and internet skills, resume writing, and provides internet access for online job searches.
  • One-on-One Assistance: Provides short-term assistance with resumes and applications, interviewing skills, job search strategies and job referrals. Availalbe by appointment only.

 

For more information contact the program manager: Dr. Jeff Scott 720-680-6464.

 

Additional Resources:

University of Denver: The Women’s College http://womenscollege.du.edu/veterans/ 1-855-go-to-twc

 

Women Veterans of Colorado
A non-profit organization providing a structure through which Colorado military women connect, network and seek mutual support among other military women. www.womenveteransofcolorado.com