VA Benefits Overview
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.
There are many possible benefits available to you and your immediate family members including but not limited to (qualifications apply for all benefits):
- Military service compensation for injuries and illnesses caused, incurred or aggravated while serving
- Aid and Attendance/Housebound Allowance
- Education 1-888-442-4551
- Life insurance 1-800-669-8477
- Home loans (see below 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 immediate help or text 83-8255.
- Burial benefits
- CHAMPVA/Health Administration 1-800-733-8387
- Agent Orange Registry (see below for more information)
The VA Regional Office is located at:
155 Van Gordon
Lakewood, 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 Service members, Veterans, reservists and certain unmarried surviving spouses obtain homes, condominiums, manufactured homes and to refinance loans.
- Service periods and conditions of service requirements
- Credit rating
- Sufficient income
- A valid Certificate of Eligibility (COE below)
- Agreementto live in the property in order to be approved for a VA home loan.
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 living centers, 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.
Minimum Duty Requirements
Veterans who enlisted after September 7, 1980 or entered active duty after 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 apply 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 Clermont Street
Denver, CO 80220
VA Vocational Assistance
This program is for veterans who require assistance to better facilitate their own job search.
- 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 available 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. Available 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.