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Summary of Colorado Military and Veterans Benefits: Colorado offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families, including military retired pay tax exemptions, property tax exemptions, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, vehicle license plates, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.
Colorado County Veterans Service Officers: The Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs has trained County Service Officers who can assist Veterans, retired Service members and their Families find and apply for military and Veterans benefits under federal, state and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge.
Colorado Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
What are my Colorado Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?
Colorado Income Tax on Military Pay: Military pay received by Colorado Resident Service members is subject to Colorado income tax.
Pay received by active duty Service members for service in a combat zone that is exempt from federal taxes is also exempt from Colorado income taxes. Service members are authorized a 180 day extension to file their Colorado taxes after they return from a combat zone. All interest and penalties are deferred during this extension.
Colorado resident Service members serving on active duty who are stationed outside the U.S. for 305 days or more, during a tax year, may file their Colorado income taxes as nonresidents. This benefit also applies to their Spouse if they accompany the Service member outside the county.
Colorado Military Retired Pay Income Taxes: Retired Service members may claim one of two subtractions for all or part of their military retired pay (must have been included in federal taxable income). The amount of the subtraction depends on the retired Service member’s age at the end of the tax year.
Retired Service Members Under Age 55: May claim a military retired pay subtraction up to $15,000
Retired Service Members Age 55 or Older: May claim a military retired pay subtraction up to the following amounts.
Age / Subtraction Limit:
At least 65 years old - $24,000
55 but less than 65 years old - $20,000
Colorado Department of Revenue, Income Tax Guidance Document FYI Income 25
Colorado Department of Revenue, Income Tax Topics: Military Service Members
Colorado Department of Revenue, Subtractions from Income Schedule DR 0104AD
Colorado State Taxes on Military Disability Retirement Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the U.S. Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income. Some of the payments which are considered disability benefits include:
Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid to Veterans or their Families
Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living
Grants for motor vehicles for Veterans who lost their sight or the use of limbs, or
Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program.
See IRS Publication 525 for more information.
Colorado State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): DIC is a tax free benefit paid to eligible survivors of Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-connected injury or disease.
Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP), Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Colorado State Tax Benefits: Survivors who receive an annuity based on the death of a Service member may claim a subtraction from their state taxes. The amount of the subtraction depends on the survivor’s age at the end of the tax year.
Survivors Under age 65: May claim a subtraction up to $20,000
Survivors 65 or Older: May claim a subtraction up to $24,000
Colorado Property Tax Deferral for Activated Reserve Component Service Members : Reserve component Service members who are called to federal active duty may be eligible to defer payment of their property taxes. Service members must pay all their deferred property taxes when they are deactivated.
Who is eligible for the Colorado Property Tax Deferral for Activated Reserve Component Service Members ? Service members must meet the following requirements:
National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Service member who is called to federal active duty for 30 or more consecutive days, prior to January 1 of the year in which they file a claim
All prior years' property taxes must be paid
Service member must own and occupy the property as their primary residence, property cannot be income-producing
Total value of liens against the property (mortgages, deferrals, and/or deeds of trust) cannot exceed 100% of the homes assessed market value
Mortgage lender agrees that the state's interest in the property would take priority over all other interests
Reverse mortgage properties are only eligible for future deferrals if an agreement from the mortgage lender is submitted with the application
Deferral amount must be paid upon sale or transfer of the property
Colorado Revised Statutes 39-3.5
Service members must file an application with their county treasurer between January 1 and April 1 of each year. Once approved, the treasurer will issue a certificate of deferral to the property owner.
Colorado Activated Guard or Reserve Tax Lien/ Application for Deferral of Property Taxes
Colorado County Treasurer Directory
Colorado Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption: Colorado offers a property tax exemption to eligible disabled Veterans and their Surviving Spouses. This is an exemption of the first 50% of the first $200,000 in actual value of their primary residence.
Who is eligible for the Colorado Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption? To be eligible for the exemption applicants must meet the following requirements:
Veteran who received an honorable discharge and has a 100% service-connected permanent disability rating from the VA (unemployable ratings do not qualify)
Applicants must have owned and occupied the property as their primary residence on January 1st of the year they are claiming the exemption
If the Veteran's Spouse is the owner, the Veteran can still qualify if they were married on or before January 1 and both lived in the home as their primary residence
Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran
Applicants who qualify for the property tax exemption must apply to the Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs between January 1 and July 1 of the year they qualify. For more information, please call the Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs at 303-914-5832 or email email@example.com. Please submit applications to:
Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Division of Veterans Affairs
155 Van Gordon Street, Suite 201
Lakewood, CO 80228
Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Property Tax Information
Colorado Property Tax Exemption Application for Qualifying Disabled Veterans
Colorado Property Tax Exemption for the Surviving Spouse of a Previously Qualified Disabled Veteran
Colorado Military Spouse Residency Relief Act: Wages and tips received in Colorado by an eligible nonresident military Spouse are not subject to Colorado income tax.
Who is eligible for Colorado Military Spouse Residency Relief Act? To qualify the Spouse must meet the following requirements:
Married to a Service member
Moved to Colorado from another state and work in Colorado
Moved to Colorado only to accompany the Service member while they are stationed in Colorado on military orders
Military Spouses should submit a Colorado Department of Revenue, Affidavit of Exemption for the Nonresident Spouse of a U.S. Servicemember, DR 1059 to their Colorado Employer when they are hired.
Colorado Department of Revenue, Part-Year Resident/Nonresident Tax Calculation Schedule Form 104PN
Colorado Department of Revenue, Income Tax Topics of Military Service Members
Colorado Tax Subtraction for Reacquiring Colorado Residency: Former Colorado resident Service members who reacquire Colorado residency can claim an income tax subtraction for any pay (included in their federal taxable income) they received for active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces after reacquiring Colorado residency.
Who is eligible for the Colorado Tax Subtraction for Reacquiring Colorado Residency? To be eligible applicants must be an active duty Service member whose home of record when joining the U.S. Armed Forces was Colorado and they acquired legal residence in another state. To reacquire residency in Colorado, Service members do not need to be physically present in Colorado but must demonstrate they intend to reacquire Colorado residency by doing one of the following:
Register to vote in Colorado
Purchase residential property or an unimproved residential lot in Colorado
Title and register a motor vehicle in Colorado
Notify the state of their previous legal residence that they intend to make Colorado their state of legal residence
Prepare a new will that indicates Colorado as their state of legal residence
Colorado Specific Ownership Tax Exemption for Nonresident Active Duty Service Members: Nonresident active duty Service members are exempt from the Colorado Specific Ownership Tax on their vehicles. Service members must be the owner or co-owner of the vehicle and complete the Colorado Department of Revenue, Nonresidence and Military Service Exemption from Specific Ownership Tax Affidavit, Form DR 2667.
The affidavit must be completed each year at time of renewal or with the application for registration of a newly purchased vehicle.
What are my Colorado Military and Veterans Education Benefits?
Colorado National Guard, State Tuition Assistance (TA): Colorado National Guard Service members may be eligible for TA that pays up to 100% tuition (only) at any approved Colorado state supported school. State funding can be used in conjunction with Federal Tuition Assistance.
TA cannot exceed $5000 per semester and may be used for 132 total semester hours or for eight total years (whichever occurs first).
Who is eligible for Colorado National Guard TA? Colorado National Guard Service members must meet the following requirements:
Minimum of six months of service in the Colorado National Guard prior to start of semester
Meets Colorado National Guard Service requirements
ETS (End Term of Service) date on or after semester end date
Maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average
To apply for TA Service members must apply using the Colorado National Guard State Tuition Assistance Online Application.
TA will go first to students seeking their first degree of that level. Students pursuing a second degree of the same level may still apply for TA but are not guaranteed funding. For a list of Participating Educational Institutions go to the bottom of the page at the ‘Learn more…’ link below. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colorado National Guard TA Document and Tuition Checklist
Colorado National Guard TA Brochure
Colorado National Guard TA Frequently Asked Questions
Colorado Operation Recognition High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: Operation Recognition will provide high school diplomas to Colorado Veterans who left high school before receiving a diploma to serve in World War II (WWII), Korea or Vietnam.
Who is eligible for Colorado Operation Recognition High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans? Veteran Eligibility requirements:
Served in the U.S. Armed Forces during WWII, Korea, or Vietnam and received an honorable discharge
Left high school before graduating to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces
60 years old or older
Did not receive high school diploma (may hold a GED)
At the time of request lives in Colorado, or
At the time of leaving high school to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, lived in Colorado
Diplomas may be awarded posthumously
Applicants must submit a completed Colorado Operation Recognition Application and provide a copy of their discharge paperwork to a Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs representative.
Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, County Veterans Service Offices Directory
Colorado Residency for Tuition Purposes for Nonresident Service Members, Veterans and their Families: Nonresident Veterans, active duty Service members, members of the Colorado National Guard and their dependents may qualify for residency for tuition purposes.
Who is eligible for Colorado Residency for Tuition Purposes for Nonresident Service Members, Veterans and their Families? Colorado residency for tuition purposes requirements:
Colorado National Guard Service Member and Dependents:
Colorado National Guard Service member stationed in Colorado
Physical residence in Colorado
Active Duty Service Member: Nonresident Service members serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces who are stationed in Colorado on Permanent Change of Station orders (PCS) or on temporary duty (TDY/TAD) are eligible for residency for tuition purposes. Once qualified as an in-state student, the Service member does not lose eligibility.
Active Duty Dependent: A dependent of an active duty Service member currently stationed in Colorado must meet the following requirements:
Dependent at the time the Service member is stationed in Colorado
If a Child, the biological or adopted Child
A dependent of a current or former Service member not stationed in Colorado must meet the following requirements:
Enroll in a Colorado institution of higher education within 12 years after the Service member was stationed in Colorado
Biological or adopted Child
Spouse who was married to a Service member when they were stationed in Colorado and when they apply for instate tuition
U.S. Armed Forces Veteran or Dependent: Veterans must meet the following requirements:
Received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces
DD214 dated on or before the first day of the school term
Have made or will make Colorado their permanent residence on or before the first day of the school term
A Veteran's dependent must meet the following requirements:
Veteran Spouse/parent was stationed in Colorado within the last 12 years
Biological or adopted Child
Spouse who was married to the Service member when they were stationed in Colorado and when they apply for instate tuition
Colorado Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3): The purpose of this compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:
Facilitating the prompt enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements
Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities
Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families
Providing for the enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact
Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact
Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children
Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student
Point of Contacts
Phone: 719-382-1300 / 719-382-1552
Purple Star Designation for Colorado Military-Friendly Schools: The Purple Star School program recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and Families connected to the U.S. Armed Forces.
For a school to qualify for the Purple Star Award they must appoint a school liaison who is specially trained to handle the unique challenges experienced by military Families. This liaison will ensure that other teachers at their school are aware of special considerations that students from military Families can benefit from. Each school will also have a dedicated page on their school website featuring resources for military Families.
Colorado School District 49 Purple Star Designation
Colorado School District 11 Purple Star Designation
What are my Colorado Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?
Leave for Colorado State Employees for Military Duty: State employees who are Service members in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for 15 days of paid military leave per year during authorized training or call to state or federal active duty. Service members who use this leave may not lose seniority, status, efficiency rating, vacation, sick leave or any other benefits. Colorado Code 28-3-601
In addition, Service members who are called to active duty for longer than 15 days are granted extended military leave while they are serving on active duty. Service members granted extended military leave must be reinstated to their former position after they complete their military service. Colorado Code 28-3-602
Who is eligible for Paid Leave for Colorado State Employees for Military Duty? National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Service members who are state employees are eligible.
Right to Reinstatement After Military Service for Colorado Employees: Colorado public and private employers must reinstate reserve component Service members who leave their civilian job for military training for up to 15 days per calendar year. Service members must be reinstated to their same or a similar position with loss of status, pay or seniority.
Who is eligible for Right to Reinstatement After Military Service for Colorado Employees? National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Service members who are employed in Colorado are eligible.
Colorado State Employee Veterans' Hiring Preference: Colorado offers Veterans’ hiring preference for eligible Veterans and some Spouses. Preference does not apply for promotions.
If an unscored process is used for hiring, those eligible for preference must be added to the interview eligible list in addition to the six highest-ranking applicants.
If a scored process is used, points will be added to the applicants final passing score. If the Veterans’ preference points added to their score places them within the top six candidates, they will be referred for an interview.
Five-point preference points are given to Individuals who meet the following requirements:
Veterans who received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces and served on active duty (not for training) during the following time periods:
Any war declared by Congress, or
From April 28, 1952, through July 1, 1955, or
For more than 180 consecutive days, any part of which occurred between January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976, or
Gulf War period beginning August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, or
For more than 180 consecutive days, any part of which occurred between September 11, 2001, and ending on the date prescribed by Presidential proclamation or by law, or
In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized
Spouse of a Veteran unable to work because of a service-connected disability
Surviving Spouse of a deceased Veteran who was or would have been eligible for Veterans' preference
Campaign medal recipients and Gulf War Veterans who enlisted after September 7, 1980, or entered active duty on or after October 14, 1982, without having previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty; must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty.
10 preference points are awarded to honorably discharged Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time and have a service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the U.S. Armed Forces or the VA.
Applicants for Veterans’ Preference should be prepared to provide documents to prove their eligibility, such as:
DD214, member copy 4 showing characterization of service
Disability letter from the VA verifying the Veteran is currently receiving benefits or has a disability retirement
Death certificate, and a signed statement stating they have not remarried (for Surviving Spouse)
Colorado Private Employer Veterans’ Hiring Preference: Colorado private employers are authorized by Colorado law to have a Veterans’ preference policy when hiring. The policy must be in writing and applied uniformly in all hiring decisions.
Colorado Career Assistance for Veterans: Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Veteran Employment Specialists help eligible Veterans and their Spouses who are seeking employment. Their goal is to provide Veterans with the information necessary to make confident career choices. All their services are free of charge.
Eligible Veterans and their Spouses receive priority of service in all Colorado’s Workforce Centers. The Veteran Employment Specialist team will also provide intensive services to Veterans and eligible Spouses facing significant barriers to employment.
Veteran Employment Specialists will provide one-on-one assistance in the following areas:
Résumé and cover letter writing
Interview tips and techniques
Translating military experience to civilian responsibilities
Identifying education, training and experience requirements
Navigating online job boards and career fair resources
Targeting job search by industry, and more
Veterans may also use Colorado Workforce Center services that are available to all customers:
Workshops for resume preparation, interviewing techniques and job search
Training and grant programs like on-the-job training and more
Wage rates and employment trends
Vocational guidance and career counseling
Referrals to local services
Phone, internet, printer, fax and copy machine access
Who is eligible for Colorado Career Assistance for Veterans? To be eligible Veterans must have served at least one day on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and received a discharge other than dishonorable or the Spouse of an eligible Veteran.
Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.
5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:
During a war, or
During the period April 28, 1952, through July 1, 1955, or
For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976, or
During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, or
For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom, or
In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference
10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10% but less than 30%.
10-Point 30% Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30% or more.
10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:
Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the VA but does not qualify as a CP or CPS, or
Veteran who received a Purple Heart
10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses, or mothers of Veterans. Both a mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.
Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a federal position along the general lines of their usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and:
Is rated by appropriate military or VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or
Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position because of a disability that is service-connected in origin, or
Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of their usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability
Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.
A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of reserve components. USERRA also protects Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.
Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service if the basic eligibility criteria are met.
Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members recovering from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.
Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning Service members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service, with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.
Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102% of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA Benefits? Veterans, U.S. Armed Forces Reserve or National Guard Service members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.
The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) helps all that have claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations
Colorado Professional License Benefits for Service Members, Veterans and their Spouses: The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) and the Colorado Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) licenses and regulates more than 50 licensed professions and occupations and is committed to providing professional support and customer service to Service members in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces, Veterans and their Spouses.
In certain cases, renewal fees may be waived for Service members, military Spouses may receive special consideration when obtaining a Colorado professional license and Service members can have military training and education count towards qualifications for licensure or certification.
License Renewal Assistance: Active duty Service members called to federal active duty for 120 days or more in the U.S. Armed Forces during an officially designated war, emergency or contingency may be eligible for exemption of renewal fees. Colorado Code 12-20-302
Applicants must submit a copy of their official orders or other official documentation that clearly identifies how they meet these requirements to email@example.com .
Military Education and Training toward Licensure: Service members and Veterans can often receive credit towards the minimum licensure qualifications for their military training, service, and education. Additionally, many professions and occupations have adopted rules or policies specifically designed to assist Service members and Veterans to apply their training, service, and education toward a licensed profession.
For questions regarding military education and training applied toward licensure, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Military License Reinstatement: License reinstatement may be available for Service members serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for at least 30 days and for Veterans who have not been dishonorably discharged. The requirements for reinstatement are specified in Colorado Code 12-20-202, and generally include submission of an application, payment of fees, and compliance with the applicable practice act. For licenses expired more than 2 years, demonstration of competency to practice may also be required.
To apply for license reinstatement, applicants must submit a copy of their official orders or other official documentation that clearly identifies how they met the reinstatement requirements to email@example.com.
Requirements for Relocated Military Spouse Licensure: The Spouse of a Service member who relocates to Colorado due to military orders and holds an active license in good standing from another state, may practice in most professions regulated by DPO. There are no fees for these licenses, they are valid for three years but are non-renewable. Spouses can apply at the Colorado Division of Professions and Occupations Online Services webpage. Only occupations regulated by DPO offer this benefit.
Colorado Hilton Honors Military Program: The Colorado Hilton Honors Military Program helps make the career transition from service in the U.S. Armed Forces to civilian employment easier for current and former Service members. The Hilton Honors Military Program will provide hotel accommodations for required travel while they are looking for a new job, training for a new job, or finding housing. Those eligible can receive up to a total of 100,000 hotel points for verifiable employment-related activities. Each state sets its own eligibility and residency requirements. Recipients must have a Hilton Honors account to receive the points. For more information, please email HiltonHonors@naswa.org or contact the nearest American Job Center.
What are my Colorado Military and Veterans Unemployment Insurance Benefits?
Colorado Unemployment Insurance (UI): The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment administers the Colorado UI program that provides temporary financial assistance for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. UI is a partial, short-term replacement of lost wages while workers are seeking other work and is not intended to be a permanent source of income. Benefits are not based on financial need.
Employers pay all costs of the UI program. The amount of benefits applicants may be eligible for is determined by the amount of work they performed and wages they earned during the 18 months prior to filing the claim. To be eligible workers must meet the following requirements:
Physically and mentally able to work
Available to accept work
Actively seeking work
Applicants will need the following information to file an initial claim:
Social Security number
Name, birthdate, mailing address, phone number and email address
Employment history for last 18 months including names of all employers, address, telephone number, reasons stopped working, employment start and end dates, return-to-work date (if applicable), rate of pay, gross amount and date received any additional income, tax documents
Name and local union number (if applicable)
DD214 if a former Service member
SF8 or SF50 If a former federal employee
Work authorization information if not a U.S. citizen
Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit
Applicants should file a claim for benefits after the last day worked. Initial claims for UI can be filed online at the Colorado UI Online Claim Portal. For more information or assistance please call the Colorado UI customer support center at 303-318-9000 or 800-388-5515.
Colorado UI How to File a Claim Webpage
Colorado UI Filing Flowchart
Colorado Guide to Unemployment Benefits
What are my Colorado Military and Veterans Division of Driver Services Benefits?
Veteran and Military Identifier on Colorado Driver License and ID Cards: Colorado offers a military and Veteran identifier on Colorado driver licenses and ID cards to honorably discharged Veterans and currently serving Service members. The identifier will indicate the Veteran’s or Service member’s branch of service
Applicants are required to provide one of the following documents as proof of eligibility:
Original member 4 copy of their DD214
Valid military retired ID card
Valid common access card (for Service members)
Once the Veteran or military identifier has been added to a driver license or ID card, additional documentation is not required at renewal. Applications must be made in person at a Colorado Driver License Office location.
Colorado Driver License Office Directory
Colorado Driver License Extensions for Service Members: Colorado resident Service members serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces who are stationed outside Colorado are eligible for a free three year extension to their driver license. The request for extension must include a letter from the Service member's commanding officer or a copy of their military orders stating they are on active duty and currently stationed outside the Colorado.
Driver licenses or ID cards that have been expired for more than one year cannot be renewed, these applicants will have to visit a Colorado driver license office and will be required to retest.
Service members may request a 3-year extension by submitting Colorado Department of Revenue, Request for an Extension of Driver License, Form DR 2342 by mail to the address on the application or online at the Colorado Department of Revenue, Request an Expiration Date Extension webpage.
Colorado Driver License Exemption and Vehicle Registration for Nonresident Service Members and their Spouses: Nonresident active duty Service members serving in the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in Colorado and their Spouse are not required to get a Colorado driver license if they have a valid license from another state.
Nonresident Service members may also choose to register their vehicles in Colorado and are not required to meet the residency requirements for vehicle registration.
Colorado Military and Veteran License Plates: Colorado offers 38 distinctive license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, Retired Service members, and certain Family members. Specific eligibility and documentation requirements will apply.
These license plates are available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds (empty weight), noncommercial recreation vehicles, motor homes, and motorcycles. There is no limit on the number of plates that may be issued. All military and Veteran license plates use the Colorado Department of Revenue, Military License Plate Application Form DR 2002.
Colorado offers a fee exemption for the following license plates:
Air Force Cross
Distinguished Flying Cross
Distinguished Service Cross
Former Prisoner of War
Medal of Honor
Pearl Harbor Survivor
Some Colorado counties issue fee exempt Veteran license plates at local county offices. Counties that issue fee exempt license plates are; Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Bent, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Cheyenne, Crowley, Costilla, Conejos, Custer, Delta, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, Elbert, El Paso, Fremont, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Huerfano, Jackson, Jefferson, Kit Carson, La Plata, Lake, Larimer, Las Animas, Lincoln, Logan, Mesa, Montrose, Morgan, Otero, Ouray, Pitkin, Park, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt, Sedgwick, Teller, Washington and Weld counties.
Applicants whose county is not listed must apply for fee exempt license plates either:
Division of Motor Vehicles
Department of Revenue
1881 Pierce Street
Lakewood, CO 80214-3503
Department of Revenue
Title and Registration Sections
P.O. Box 173350
Denver, CO 80217-3350
Second and additional sets of fee exempt plates can be requested at local Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles, County Motor Vehicle Offices.
For Colorado military or Veteran license plates that are not fee exempt, applicants may apply at their local County Motor Vehicle Office.
All military and Veteran license plates are available with the universal access symbol and requires the applicant to submit the Colorado Department of Revenue, Parking Privileges Application DR Form 2219.
Colorado Purple Heart License Plate: The Colorado Purple Heart license plate is available for recipients of the Purple Heart.
Applicants must provide a copy of their DD214 or military orders awarding the Purple Heart, as well as the Military License Plate Application. One set of plates is exempt from fees, second or additional sets requires a one-time fee of $50 in addition to other taxes and fees.
Colorado Medal of Honor License Plate: The Colorado Medal of Honor license plate is available for recipients of the Medal of Honor.
Applicants must provide a copy of their DD214 or military orders awarding the Medal of Honor, as well as the Military License Plate Application. One set of plates is exempt from fees, second or additional sets requires a one-time fee of $50 in addition to other taxes and fees.
Colorado Honorably Discharged Veteran License Plate: The Colorado Honorably Discharged Veteran license plate is available for Veterans who received an honorable discharge or retired from any branch of the U.S. Armed Services.
Applicants must provide a copy of their DD214 or other separation paperwork indicating they received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Services, as well as the Military License Plate Application. There is a one-time fee of $50 for each set of plates, in addition to other taxes and fees.
Colorado Disabled Veteran License Plate: The Colorado Disabled Veteran license plate is available to honorably discharged Veterans who have a 50% or more permanent service-connected disability rating from the VA, or have lost or lost the use of one or both feet or hands, or have a permanent visual impairment or loss of vision in both eyes that constitutes virtual or actual blindness.
Applicants must provide a copy of their DD214 or other separation paperwork indicating they received an honorable discharge and certification from the VA of their disability.
Applicants must print the Colorado Disabled Veteran License Plate Checklist and follow all instructions then submit all information and use the Disabled Veteran License Plate Checklist as a cover sheet. One set of plates is exempt from fees, second or additional sets requires a one-time fee of $50 in addition to other taxes and fees.
Colorado Fallen Soldier License Plate: The Colorado Fallen Soldier license plate is available for the immediate Family members of a Soldier who died in the line of duty while serving in the U.S. Army.
These license plates are available to the following Family members:
Applicants must provide a copy of the Soldier’s DD214, service record or officially issued documents, death certificate, proof of Family relationship and Military License Plate Application. One set of plates is exempt from fees, second or additional sets requires a one-time fee of $50 in addition to other taxes and fees.
Colorado Vets-2-Trucks Program, Commercial Driver License (CDL) Skills Test Waiver Program: Colorado offers a CDL skills test waiver to Service members and former Service members based on their military training and experience. Applicants must have been licensed for at least two years on a military vehicle similar to the commercial vehicle class they are applying for. All applicants will still be required to pass any required knowledge tests.
Applicants must also meet the following requirements:
Not had more than one license (except for a military license) in the past two years
Not had any license suspended, revoked, or cancelled in the past two years
Not had any convictions for any type of motor vehicle for the disqualifying offenses (listed on the application)
Not had more than one conviction for any type of motor vehicle for serious traffic violations (listed on the application)
Not had any convictions for a violation of military, state or local laws relating to motor vehicle traffic control (other than a parking violation) as a result of a traffic accident and has no record of an accident in which they were at fault
How to Apply:
Complete, sign and date the Colorado Department of Revenue, Application for Military Skills Test Waiver, Form DR 2742
Complete, sign and date the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles, CDL Unit, 10 Year License Certification
Applications and required documentation can be submitted to the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles CDL Unit by email, mail, or fax:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred)
Mail: Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles, CDL Unit
Room 154, 1881 Pierce Street
Lakewood, CO 80214
What are my Colorado Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?
Colorado National Guard Coverage for Injury, Illness, Disability and Death Incurred while on State Active Duty Covered by Workers’ Compensation: Colorado National Guard Service members who are injured, become ill, disabled or die while serving on state active duty are eligible for medical coverage and compensation under the Colorado Workers' Compensation Act.
Workers' compensation benefits will not be paid when similar benefits are provided under any federal law or regulation.
Who is eligible for Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness, Disability and Death Incurred while on State Active Duty? Colorado National Guard Service members on state active duty are eligible for coverage under Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation Act.
TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (U.S. Armed Forces Reserve and National Guard Service members) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:
Not on active duty orders
Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program
Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member
The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when a Service member is not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The VA provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, active and reserve component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:
Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)
Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)
Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI)
Service-Disabled Veterans’ Life Insurance (S-DVI)
Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)
State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) for Colorado National Guard Service Members: SSLI offered through the National Guard Association of Colorado to Colorado National Guard Service members is made up of several voluntary group life policies that are designed to help meet the needs of National Guard Service members and their Families. Every member of the Colorado National Guard is covered with $1,000 SSLI at no cost to the Service member.
Key Benefits of the SSLI:
$10,000 to $260,000 additional coverage available for Service members
$5,000 to $155,000 available for Spouses
$5,000 to $35,000 available for Children
Coverage continues until age 70
Provides an emergency death benefit up to $25,000 within 24 hours
Benefits remain the same, and monthly costs do not change when Service members retire or separate from the National Guard
No war, aviation, or terrorism clauses
Protection 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, on or off duty
Monthly contributions are payroll deducted
In addition, participating Service member’s Families are eligible for the Family Survivor College Scholarship. The Spouse and Children of Service members who are killed in a combat zone as a result of combat action or as a result of foreign or domestic terrorism can receive $10,000 per year, per Family, up to a total maximum of $40,000 toward a college degree.
For more information, please call 800-462-7441 or email email@example.com .
Who is eligible for Colorado SSLI? Colorado National Guard Service members and their dependents are eligible for SSLI.
What are my Colorado Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Military and Veterans Benefits: CPW offers several benefits for Service members and Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.
CPW Office Directory
Colorado State Park Directory
CPW Military Flyer
Free Admission to Colorado State Parks in August for Veterans and Service Members: Active duty Service members and Veterans are admitted free to Colorado state parks for the month of August.
The Service member or Veteran can apply for free admission at any Colorado State Park or CPW office (must show proof of military service). The Service member or Veteran must be in the vehicle when using the pass. All other park fees (camping, etc.) are still charged.
Free Admission on Veteran's Day (November 11) to all Colorado State Parks for Veterans and Service Members: Active duty Service members and Veterans are admitted free to Colorado state parks on Veteran's Day. The Service member or Veteran must show proof of military service (military ID, DD214). All other park fees (camping, etc.) are still charged.
Free Admission to Colorado State Parks for Disable Veterans and Purple Heart Recipients: Colorado residents who have Colorado Disabled Veteran or Purple Heart license plates are admitted free to Colorado State Parks. All other park fees (camping, etc.) are still charged. The Veteran must be in the vehicle for free admission.
Colorado State Parks, Independence Pass for Disabled Veterans and Purple Heart Recipients: Eligible disabled Veterans and Purple Heart recipients are authorized a free annual Independence Pass that provides unlimited access to all Colorado State Parks. Eligible Veterans can renew the Independence Pass each year if they remain a Colorado resident.
Visitors to Cherry Creek State Park are charged an additional $3 annual fee.
Who is eligible for the Colorado State Parks, Independence Pass for Disabled Veterans and Purple Heart Recipients? To qualify for the Independence Pass, applicants must be a Colorado resident and provide a letter from the VA stating they were honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces and receiving compensation from the VA for one of the following:
50% or greater disability (if there are multiple ratings, the combined rating must equal 50% or greater)
Loss of use of one or both hands or feet
Permanent loss of vision in both eyes
Purple Heart recipients must provide a Purple Heart Certificate or DD214 showing they received the Purple Heart. All applicants must have lived in Colorado for six consecutive months before they apply and must have a valid Colorado driver license or ID card.
Applications and required documentation can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Attn: Independence Pass
Denver, CO 80216
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Military and Veterans Hunting and Fishing Benefits: CPW offers several hunting and fishing benefits for Service members and Veterans.
Colorado Hunting and Fishing Licenses at Resident Rate for Nonresident Service Members and their Families: Active Duty nonresident Service members who are stationed in Colorado and their Family members may purchase Colorado hunting and fishing licenses for resident rates. Active duty does not include U.S. Armed Forces Reserve or National Guard Service members who are not on federal active duty.
Colorado Hunting Preference Points for Deployed Active Duty Service Members: Nonresident active duty Service members stationed at a military installation in Colorado or Colorado resident Service members who are deployed outside the U.S. during the license application deadline period can apply to receive a preference point for a future big game hunt. The Military Preference Point Request form must be postmarked by the first Tuesday in January.
Applications, payment and required documentation must be mailed to:
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Attn: Military Preference Point Request
Denver, CO 80216
Colorado License Refund and Preference Point Return: Service members can receive a hunting license refund or have their preference points returned if they are deployed after applying for a hunting license. For more information, please call 303-291-7208.
Advance Purchase of Leftover Colorado Hunting Licenses: Active duty Service members stationed at a military installation in Colorado or a Colorado resident Service member who are deployed outside the U.S. can purchase leftover licenses after the primary and secondary draw and prior to the annual leftover purchase date (normally available end of July).
Applications, payment and required documentation must be mailed to:
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Attn: Military Leftover License
Denver, CO 80216
Colorado Resident Service Members May Fish without a License While on Leave: Colorado resident Service members who are on active duty and permanently stationed outside the state may fish without a license while home on leave. Service members must carry a copy of their leave papers with them while fishing and cannot use this exemption for more than 30 days per year.
Colorado Wounded Warrior Big Game Hunting License Program: The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission (CPW) sets aside free licenses for Service members in the Wounded Warrior or Safe Harbor program. CPW allocates 100 male and female deer, elk and pronghorn licenses.
Who is eligible for the Colorado Wounded Warrior Big Game Hunting License Program? To be eligible for these licenses the Service member must be stationed in Colorado or a Colorado resident who is redeploying from a Post 9/11 overseas contingency operation and is assigned to a military medical treatment facility or assigned to the Army Recovery Care Program. For more information, please call 303-291-7235.
Applications and required documentation must be mailed to:
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Attn: Wounded Warrior Program
Denver, CO 80216
Free Lifetime Colorado Fishing and Small Game Hunting Combination License for Disabled Veterans and Purple Heart Recipients: Colorado offers a free lifetime combination fishing and small-game hunting license to eligible disabled Veterans and Purple heart recipients.
Who is eligible for Free Lifetime Colorado Fishing and Small Game Hunting Combination License? Resident Veterans who have a service-connected disability rating of 60% or more and Purple Heart recipients are eligible.
Disabled Veterans must provide a letter from the VA stating they were honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces and receiving compensation for a 60% or greater service-connected disability.
Purple Heart recipients must provide a Purple Heart Certificate or their DD214 which indicates they received the Purple Heart. All applicants must have lived in Colorado for six consecutive months prior to applying and must have a valid Colorado driver license or ID card.
Applications and required documentation can be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to:
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Attn: VA Program
Denver, CO 80216
What are my Colorado Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?
Document Storage of Discharge or Separation for Colorado Veterans: Veterans, who listed Colorado for storage of their DD214, can request a copy by calling 303-284-6077.
Veterans can also get free recording and certified copies of public records for the purpose of benefits claims (birth, marriage, death certificates, divorce decrees) by contacting their local County Recorder's Office.
Colorado County Clerk and Recorder Directory
Colorado Veterans Community Living Centers: Colorado has five Veterans Community Living Centers to provide care for Colorado Veterans and their eligible Family members.
Colorado Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimons
Address: 1919 Quentin Street
Aurora, CO 80045
Bruce McCandless Colorado Veterans Community Living Center at Florence
Address: 903 Moore Drive
Florence, CO 81226
Phone: 800-83-2668 or 719-784-6331
Colorado Veterans Community Living Center at Homelake
Address: 3749 Sherman Avenue
Monte Vista, CO 81144
Phone: 888-838-2687 or 719-852-5118
Colorado Veterans Community Living Center at Rifle
Address: 851 E. 5th Street
Rifle, CO 81650
Phone: 800-828-4580 or 970-625-0842
Spanish Peaks Colorado Veterans Community Living Center at Walsenburg
Address: 23500 U.S. Hwy. 160
Walsenburg, CO 81089
Phone: 800-645-8387 or 719-738-5000
Colorado Veterans Community Living Centers offer the following services:
Long-Term Care - Skilled nursing care, speech, physical and occupational therapy, social activities, activities of daily life assistance
Short-Term Rehabilitation - Improve physical strength, endurance and aerobic capacity through Medicare-certified rehabilitation services following a hospital stay
Assisted Living - Veterans Community Living Center at Homelake offers assisted living services in 48 recently renovated cottages
Memory Care - Specialized care for individuals with dementia, secure units are available at the Veterans Community Living Centers at Fitzsimons, Florence, Rifle and Walsenburg
Short-Term Respite Care - Short-term admission at the Veterans Community Living Centers at Florence, Homelake, Rifle and Walsenburg
End-of-Life and Hospice Services – Comfort oriented care at all Veterans Community Living Centers
Who is eligible for Care at Colorado Veterans Community Living Centers? Honorably discharged Veterans, their Spouse or Surviving Spouse and the parents of a Service member who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces (Gold Star Parents) are eligible for admission in one of Colorado’s Veterans Community Living Centers.
Admission forms for all Colorado Veterans Community Living Centers are located at the “Admission Forms for Individual Facilities” tab located at the “Learn more…” link below.
Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado: The Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, located in Grand Junction, Colorado offers a dignified final resting place for Colorado Veterans and their eligible Family members.
There is no charge for burial in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado. The cemetery will provide the following:
Gravesite or niche
Opening and closing of the grave site
Military Funeral Honors
Upright granite headstone or niche marker with inscription
Concrete grave liner for casketed remains
Use of Committal Shelter and Visitors' Center
Perpetual care of the gravesite
Who is eligible for Burial at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado? Eligibility requirements for the burial at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado are the same as for VA National Cemeteries with the exception of a Colorado residency requirement. Exact eligibility requirements can viewed at the VA, National Cemetery Administration Eligibility webpage. The following are the general eligibility requirements:
Discharged from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces under conditions other than dishonorable, or
Died while serving on active duty, or
Served at least 20 years in the National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserves and is eligible for military retired pay (or would have been eligible except their death occurred before age 60), or
Reserve component Service members if they were activated for federal service, (active duty for training does not qualify)
Spouses and dependents (burial of dependent Children is limited to unmarried Children under 21 years old or 23 years old if a full-time student at an approved educational institution or a Child who develops a lifelong disability prior to age 21)
Colorado resident at time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, or a resident at the time of death
All Veterans are encouraged to pre-register by submitting a Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, Determination of Eligibility, VMC Form 1 to establish eligibility prior to need.
Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado
2830 Riverside Parkway
Grand Junction, CO 81501
The Colorado Veterans Trust Fund and Veterans Assistance Grants: The Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs provides grants to help organizations that support Veterans. The types of programs may include transportation programs, food and shelter for homeless Veterans and their Families, incarcerated Veterans' programs, homeless stand downs, job assistance programs and other worthwhile programs that provide a "direct service" to Veterans.
Two forms of grants are offered:
Veterans Assistance Grant to assist nonprofit organizations with a 501(c) status other than 19 or 23 and governmental entities
Veterans Trust Fund Grant to nationally recognized Veterans organizations with a 501 (c) 19 or 23 status
The applications must address the needs of Veterans in the community. Applications are accepted from 1 December through 1 March and must be emailed to the following addresses:
Colorado Veterans Assistance Grant Application - VAG.Application@dmva.state.co.us
Colorado Veterans Trust Fund Grant Application - VTF.Application@dmva.state.co.us
Applicants are encouraged to attend a free scheduled webinar prior to submitting their application. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to register for a webinar.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Colorado
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Colorado: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Colorado: The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains three national cemeteries in Colorado. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.
Military Installations and Veterans Affairs Facilities in Colorado
Please see the Colorado Military Resource Locator for additional information.
Colorado National Guard Home Page
U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)
88th Readiness Division