Benefits, State Services and Discharge Catagories
There are many possible benefits available to you and your immediate family members including (qualifications apply for all benefits):
- Military service compensation for injuries and illnesses caused, incurred or aggravated while on Active Duty
- Aid and attendance/Housebound Allowance
- Education 1-888-442-4551
- Life insurance 1-800-669-8477
- Home loans 1-888-244-6711
- Vocational rehabilitation 303-914-5550
- Dependent Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
- VA medical treatment with enrollment
- Counseling/Mental Health Care: Veterans may call 1-800-273 TALK (8255) 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Press “1” for immediate help or text 83-8255.
- Burial benefits
- CHAMPVA/Health Administration 1-800-733-8387
- Agent Orange Registry, Atomic Veteran Registry, and Gulf War Registry – call the VA Medical Center 1-888-336-8262 or 303-399-8020
State Programs and Services:
- Benefits Representation for a variety of types of claims
- Community Outreach and Advocacy
- Colorado States Veterans Cemetery – Grand Junction, Colorado
- Veterans Employment Preference and Benefit Letters
- Operation Recognition
- Colorado State and Veterans Nursing Homes
- DD214 and Medals Request
Please note: some benefits depend on residency, military component, type of discharge and Veteran disability status.
Other than Honorable/Dishonorable Discharge
In general, a veteran loses all benefits if a dishonorable discharge was received. You may request an upgrade (see the dd214 page). A request for an upgrade is completed through the Department of Defense not the VA. Veterans with an Other than Honorable (OTH) and who have a medical condition, physical or mental, related to military service may be able to receive treatment through the VA if they file and are awarded a service-connected disability for their condition. In these cases, veterans can only receive medical treatment for their service-connected disability.
General and General Under less than Honorable Conditions
For VA purposes, this discharge category has nearly the same restrictions as a dishonorable discharge. However, contrary to popular belief, these discharges do not automatically upgrade to an honorable discharge after six months of a veteran leaving military service. In order to receive an upgrade to un under honorable conditions discharge, the veteran must apply for and receive the upgrade from the Department of Defense.