Veterans Disability Benefits in Colorado

Our veterans in Colorado have given much to safeguard our freedom and democracy. They deserve our deepest respect and gratitude for their service.

One way we express our appreciation is through Veterans Disability benefits. These benefits are meant to help veterans who were injured while on active duty. But disability benefits aren't all - the VA also offers a range of additional benefits to acknowledge our veterans' service and sacrifices.

These benefits help veterans adjust to civilian life, and they offer support for any health or financial challenges that might occur after military service.

Understanding Veterans Disability Benefits

The Veterans Disability program is run by the U.S. Veterans Affairs (VA). The program provides financial assistance to veterans who became sick or injured while in active military service.

Colorado is home to a large number of veterans, and that makes these benefits particularly important. The program is there to ease the financial burden caused by service-related disabilities, as a way to acknowledge the significant contributions our veterans have made.

How the Veterans Disability Benefits Program Works

The VA Disability program works by evaluating a veteran's disability and providing monthly benefits that match the severity of the condition.

In Colorado, the Veterans Service Office is there to help veterans understand these benefits and access them. The office is staffed by certified veterans service officers, who guide veterans through the application process and stand up for their rights.

Eligibility Requirements for Veterans Disability Benefits

To be eligible for VA benefits, veterans must meet several guidelines.

Both of these must be true:

  • You have an existing condition, either physical or mental, that impacts your health, and
  • Your service history includes active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training.

And, at least one of the following must be true:

  • You incurred an injury or sickness during your military service that can be connected to your current condition. This is known as an in-service disability claim.

  • An existing injury or illness from before your military service worsened due to your service — called a pre-service disability claim, or
  • You have a disability that is associated with your active-duty service but it only manifested after your service ended. This is known as a post-service disability claim.

Colorado veterans who want to qualify for VA disability benefits must have been in active military service and have a disability that's related to that service. The VA then evaluates the level of disability, which can be anywhere from 10% to 100%. The severity of the disability determines the amount of compensation a veteran receives.

How to Apply for VA Disability in Colorado

Applying for VA Disability in Colorado is a simple process as long as you have all your military and medical records.

Gather essential documents like your DD214 or other separation papers, medical evidence of your disability, and any dependency records.

Then, a claim must be filed either online through, by mail, or in person at a regional VA office.

Click here to file a VA Disability claim.

Need help? Call the VA benefits hotline: 800-827-1000

It's important to be thorough and accurate when you apply. The quality of the information you provide can affect how quickly your claim is processed. If you need help, reach out to your local Veterans Service Office.

What to Do If Your Colorado VA Claim Is Denied

If your claim is denied, don't give up. Veterans have the right to appeal the decision.

The first thing to do is to file a Notice of Disagreement with the VA. Make sure to start this process within a year from the date the VA mailed you the decision.

In Colorado, organizations like the Veterans Service Office can help guide you through the appeals process. They can also help you gather the medical evidence you need to prove your disability is connected to your service.

More VA Benefits Available to Colorado Veterans

Veterans Disability is just one benefit that veterans can receive. The VA also provides Colorado veterans with healthcare services and comprehensive medical care at VA hospitals and clinics.

The VA is also committed to helping veterans advance their education and careers through programs like the Post-9/11 GI Bill. And if you're a veteran looking to buy a home, the VA Home Loans program can help you get a mortgage loan.

Additional VA Benefits include:

  • VetSuccess on Campus
  • Dependents and Survivor Benefits
  • Health Care
  • VA Life Insurance
  • Veterans Readiness and Employment
  • Education and Training
  • VA Loans
  • VA Burial Benefits
  • VA Pension

Claiming Your Colorado VA Benefits

Colorado veterans dealing with health issues related to their service should seek to understand and apply for Veterans Disability benefits. These benefits, along with the other support programs offered by the VA, can make a big difference in the quality of life for veterans and their families. We encourage every eligible veteran to explore these benefits and take full advantage of the support available.

Colorado — VA Office Locations

Veterans Benefits Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Loveland Community Clinic 5200 Hahns Peak Drive Loveland, CO 80538 970-962-4900
Sterling Mobile Telehealth Clinic 100 College Dr. Sterling, CO 80751 888-483-9127
Continental District 155 Van Gordon Street Lakewood, CO 80228 800-827-1000
Denver Regional Office 155 Van Gordon Street Lakewood, CO 80225 800-827-1000
Intake Site At Buckley Air Force Base 1626 O’Connell Blvd., Building 813, 3rd Floor Fort Carson, CO 80913
Intake Site At Fort Carson 1626 O’Connell Blvd., Bldg. 813, 3rd Floor Fort Carson, CO 80913
Intake Site At Peterson Air Force Base 1626 O’Connell Blvd., Building 813, 3rd Floor Fort Carson, CO 80913
Intake Site At Schriever Air Force Base 1626 O'Connell Blvd., Bldg 813, 3rd Floor Fort Carson, CO 80913
Intake Site At USAF Academy 1626 O'Connell Blvd., Building 813, 3rd Floor Fort Carson, CO 80913
Denver Regional Loan Center 155 Van Gordon Street Lakewood, CO 80225 800-827-1000

National Cemetery Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Continental District 155 Van Gordon Street Lakewood, CO 80228 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 25126 Denver, CO 80225 303-914-5720
Fort Logan National Cemetery 4400 W. Kenyon Ave. Denver, CO 80236 303-761-0117
Fort Lyon National Cemetery 15700 County Road HH Las Animas, CO 81054 719-391-6920
Pikes Peak National Cemetery 10545 Drennan Road Colorado Springs, CO 80925 719-391-6920

Veterans Health Administration

Name Address Phone Number
VHA Office of Community Care – Denver, Colorado 3773 Cherry Creek North Drive Denver, CO 80209 303-331-7500
VISN 19: Rocky Mountain Network 4100 E. Mississippi Ave., 11th floor Glendale, CO 80246 303-202-8165
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System(ECHCS) 1700 N Wheeling ST Aurora, CO 80045 303-399-8020
VA Western Colorado Health Care System 2121 North Avenue Grand Junction, CO 81501 970-242-0731
Burlington Telehealth Clinic 1177 Rose Avenue Burlington, CO 80807 719-346-5239
Glenwood Springs Veterans Community Clinic 2425 South Grand Avenue, Suite 101 Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 970-945-1007
Jewell VA Clinic 14400 E Jewell Ave Aurora, CO 80012 303-283-5400
Salida Telehealth Clinic 920 Rush Drive Salida, CO 81201 719-539-8666
Alamosa /San Luis Valley Clinic/Sierra Blanca Clinic 622 Del Sol Drive Alamosa, CO 81101 719-587-6800
Aurora Outpatient Clinic 13701 E Mississippi Ave Gateway Medical Bldg #200 Aurora, CO 80012 303-398-6340
Craig Telehealth Clinic 1111 West Victory Way, Suite 116 Craig, CO 81625 970-824-6721
Denver VA Clinic 4545 East 9th Avenue Denver, CO 80220 303-399-8020
Durango CCBOC 1970 East Third Avenue, Suite 102 Durango, CO 81301 970-247-2214
Fort Collins Outpatient Clinic 2509 Research Blvd. Fort Collins, CO 80526-8108 970-224-1550
Golden Outpatient Clinic 1020 Johnson Road Golden, CO 80401 303-914-2680
La Junta Outpatient Clinic 1100 Carson Ave., Suite 104 La Junta, CO 81050 719-383-5195
Lamar Outpatient Clinic 1401 South Main Street, Suite 2 Lamar, CO 81052 719-336-0315
Montrose Veterans Community Clinics 154 Colorado Avenue, Suite 100 Montrose, CO 81401 970-249-7791
PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom VA Clinic 3141 Centennial Boulevard Colorado Springs, CO 80907 719-327-5660
Pueblo Outpatient Clinic 4776 Eagleridge Circle Pueblo, CO 81008 719-553-1000
Union Boulevard VA Clinic 3920 North Union Boulevard Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Boulder Vet Center 4999 Pearl East Circle, Suite 106 Boulder, CO 80301 303-440-7306
Colorado Springs Vet Center 3920 N. Union Blvd. Suite 310 Colorado Springs, CO 80907 719-471-9992
Denver Vet Center 7465 East First Ave Suite B Denver, CO 80230 303-326-0645
Fort Collins Vet Center 702 W Drake Builing C Fort Collins, CO 80526 970-221-5176
Grand Junction Vet Center 561 25 Road Suite 101 Grand Junction, CO 81505 970-245-4156
Pueblo Vet Center 1515 Fortino Blvd., Suite 130 Pueblo, CO 81008 719-583-4058
RCS Continental District 4 District Office 789 Sherman Street, Suite 570 Denver, CO 80203 303-577-5205