The state of Colorado offers special benefits for its military service members and veterans, including Retired Military Tax Exemptions, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, vehicle tags and license plates and hunting and fishing license privileges, as well as state veterans nursing homes.
Eligibility for some of these benefits may depend on residency, military component and the veteran’s disability status. To find out more about state benefits check with your local Veterans Service officer or click here.
State tax advantage: Senate concurrent resolution 06-001 has passed and will be on the November ballot. If approved, it will provide a property-tax exemption for any military veteran who is 100 percent permanently disabled because of a service-connected disability.
Western Slope Honor Flight: The Honor Flight is a nonprofit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for their sacrifices by transporting them to Washington, D.C., to visit and reflect at our national memorials.
Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those veterans who may be terminally ill. With more than 1,000 World War II veterans dying each day, the time to express gratitude to these men and women is limited.
This Honor Flight is free to all veterans. To find out more about the Western Slope Honor Flight, contact your local Veterans Service officer or click here.
DAV Vans: The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization is running a VA Health Care van from Durango to Albuquerque on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To arrange transportation to the Albuquerque VA Hospital on these days, call Michael Dunaway at 247-2198.
The DAV also runs a van from the Farmington area to Albuquerque on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Call Harriet Mulnix at (505) 793-1782 to arrange transportation to the Albuquerque VA Hospital from the Farmington area.
Richard Schleeter is the veterans service officer for the La Plata County Veterans Service Office. He can be reached at
382-6444 or schleeterrs2co.laplata.co.us.