The Centennial State Colorado Veteran Education

Updated: May 9

Benefits for the over 400,000 veterans in Colorado, the Centennial State Colorado Veteran Education

State Tuition Assistance

Colorado National Guard members could be qualified state tuition assistance at selected schools. Up to 100% of tuition is available for those who qualify.

Operation Recognition

Veterans who served during World War II, Korea, Vietnam eras, and left school to serve before receiving a high school diploma may be eligible to receive their high school diploma. To apply, veterans must be at least 60 years old, and presently live in the school district or did live in the district when they left to serve.

Colorado Veteran Employment Benefits

Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) assists active duty, National Guard, veterans, and spouses to make a smoother transition from military life to civilian life.

DORA helps new civilians get appropriate licensing they qualify for because of their military experience. They know how to transfer military credentials to civilian credentials.

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE)

CDLE, working with American Job Centers, registers veterans so that they can access employment assistance and networking opportunities that include:

o Help with resumes and cover letters

o Help with employment searches and referrals

o Licensure, certification, and apprenticeship information

o Guidance with veterans’ rights and priorities

o Job fairs and individual job development

o Access to computers, fax machines, telephones, and copiers in the AJC resource room

Vocational Rehabilitation

Veterans are eligible for vocational rehabilitation when they are determined to have a 10% or greater handicap for employment or if they are rated 20% or more work handicapped. The program can offer counseling, testing, and monitoring for training and job assistance for veterans with a disability. A monthly financial supplement may also be available.

Veterans’ Preference

The following Colorado veterans are eligible for hiring preference for select employment opportunities:

● Veterans who were on active duty for a specific period (as defined by U.S Congress)

● Veterans who have been awarded campaign badge or service medals

● Veterans who were injured during active duty and received compensation or disability retirement benefits due to the injury.

Career Assistance for Veterans

Workforce Centers located across the state of Colorado offer career assistance to veterans. The well-qualified staff assists their local veteran’s with employment and training challenges.

VA Vocational Assistance

The following services are available to all veterans to help them find employment:

Computer Lab: It enables veterans to learn necessary computer/internet skills and write a resume and search for work online.

Job Club: provides a place for veterans to network with employers and other veterans to learn about employment services.

One-on-One Assistance: staff members work personally with individual veterans to search for jobs, write effective resumes, and perform well in employment interviews.

Colorado Veteran Housing Benefits

State Veteran Homes

There are five Veterans Community Living Centers in Colorado






All honorably discharged veterans, their spouses, and all Gold Star parents can apply for housing in these facilities.

Services include:

short-term and long-term care

short-term rehabilitation

memory care

assistant living in domiciliary cottages,

short-term “respite” care

hospice services.

Property Tax Deferral Program

Seniors and Active Military Personnel can apply to have their property taxes deferred. The Colorado Treasurer’s office will pay the taxes to the county for them in the form of a loan and lien on the applicant’s property.

CHFA Firststep & Firststep Plus

Colorado Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) offers affordable interest rates on a 30-year term. Second Mortgage Loan also may be available to help with a down payment and any closing costs. These loans are available to veterans who are first-time home buyers and non-first time buyers alike.

Colorado Veteran Financial Benefits

Income Tax on Active Duty Pay

Colorado residents on active duty military and stationed outside Colorado are exempt from paying state income tax.

Income Tax on Retired Military Pay

Some of military retiree pay can be excluded from income tax based when:

● the retiree is between 55-64 (up to $20,000 in retired military pay could be excluded)

● the retiree is 65 or over (up to $24,000 in retired military pay could be excluded)

Other Colorado Veteran Benefits

Life Insurance (SSLI)

Active Colorado National Guard members are covered with $1,000 of