Women Veterans

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For Colorado Women Veterans

The Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs, Women Veterans Program provides access to the benefits and resources you are entitled to

 

Women Veterans Benefits 

State Women Veterans Coordinator

Life after military service can be challenging. Women Veterans face unique challenges and needs
including, health care, employment, finances, education, and housing. If you have questions,
concerns, or ideas of how we can better serve our female veteran population please contact the
State Women Veterans Coordinator:

Jaclyn Murrietta
State Veteran Service Officer, State Women Veterans Coordinator
Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs
303-284-6077
Jaclyn.Murrietta@DMVA.state.co.us

Military Veteran Criteria

A military veteran is person who has served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces, to include Guard and Reserve.

Women Veterans Residing in Colorado

The number of Women Veterans for the State of Colorado is 44,661.

Eligibility for State and Federal Benefits 

There are many women in our community who do not realize they are veterans.There is a misconception that only males, certain branches of the military, war time veterans,
or wounded veterans are entitled to state or federal benefits. All veterans who received an honorable discharge may be eligible for benefits depending on his or her unique situation.
In some cases, a veteran may have received a dishonorable, uncharacterized, or bad conduct discharge. In those cases, the VA will make a determination as to whether or not the service was honorable for VA purposes. If that occurs, a veteran may still be eligible for benefits. It is important to note, veterans who received a dishonorable discharge because of sexual orientation or during the Vietnam Era due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may be eligible for benefits and an upgrade in their character of service.

Potential State and Federal Benefits

Compensation and Pension

Education and Training

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

Healthcare and Mental Health Services

Property Tax Exemption

Home Loans

Insurance

Burial and Memorial Services

Assistance with Obtaining Benefits

A trained Veteran Service Officer (VSO) can be your advocate,
and assist you and your family with obtaining the benefits
you are entitled to. Please access the following link to find
the VSO nearest you or contact Jaclyn Murrietta at,
303-284-6077, to be connected to a VSO in your area.

http://vets.dmva.state.co.us/?page_id=63

VSO Benefits Assistance at the Bill Daniels Veteran Service Center/VA CRRC

Every Tuesday there is a SVSO from the CO-DMVA who can assist you with obtaining benefits that you might be eligible for.

Carolyn Frengel
State Veteran Service Officer
1247 Santa Fe Dr., Denver CO, 80204
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday
8am-11am

Manage VA Benefits Online

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the DOD created a website to help you manage your benefits. Please click on the link below to learn more.

https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage

Native American Women Veterans in Colorado

About VA’s Office of Tribal Government Relations (OTGR)

The OTGR team works to strengthen and build closer relations between the VA, tribal governments and other key federal, state, private and non-profit partners in an effort to effectively and respectfully serve Veterans across Indian Country. This work is done in the spirit of government to government consultation and collaboration, respectful of the special relationship that exists between the United States and tribal governments.

Our efforts focus on three important goals: facilitating VA’s Tribal Consultation Policy, facilitating increased access to health care and promoting economic sustainability (highlighting opportunities for Veterans to access fiscal, educational, housing and other special programs and benefits through the VA).

We bring key partners to the table to address important issues raised by tribal leaders. Linking decision makers and stake holders to tribal leadership ensures Indian Country’s Veterans know who we at VA are, what VA offers Veterans and how to reach VA to ensure access to the full range of services and benefits our Veterans have courageously earned through their service.

Homana Pawiki
Office of Tribal Government Relations Specialist
(Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah)
LoRae.Pawiki@va.gov
928-445-4860 x5306
Prescott, AZ

VA Health Care

Comprehensive Medical Services are available to Women Veterans:

  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Primary care
  • Women’s gender-specific care (HRT, breast and gynecology, maternity)
  • Substance abuse
  • Mental health
  • Domiciliary
  • Rehabilitation and long-term care
  • Maternity

Enroll to Receive Gender-Specific Services Including Pap Smear, Mammography, Prenatal and Child Care

All veterans are encouraged to enroll in the VA Health Care System. You have several options to gain access to VA Health Care. Your VSO can assist you with obtaining the 10-10EZ, Application for Health Benefits, you can bring your DD214 to the nearest CBOC/VA hospital, or you can enroll online.

For more information on enrollment call 1-877-222-VETS.

VA Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Services (PSAS) available for Women Veterans

VA Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service (PSAS), the VA Center for Women Veterans, and VHA Women Health Services collaborate closely to address the unique needs of women Veterans and provide the most comprehensive and advanced prosthetic devices, sensory aids, and associated services in the world. The term “prosthetic” includes any medical device that supports or replaces loss of a body part or function. Any specialized, medically indicated item that is commercially available may be procured based on the Veteran’s individualized needs, including customized devices such as bracing, artificial limbs and orthotic items, and wheelchairs. PSAS provides comprehensive support to optimize the health and independence of all Veterans, regardless of gender.

PSAS specifically supports women Veterans providing them the highest level of service and items to meet their unique needs; e.g., Breast Pumps, Nursing Bras, Post Mastectomy Items, Wigs for Alopecia, Long Acting Reversible Contraception (e.g. Intrauterine Devices), Maternity Support Belts Items, Vaginal Dilators, etc.

Learn More about my VA Women’s Health Benefits

Women Veterans Call Center
1-855-VA-WOMEN

Women Veteran Program Manager’s for VA Health Care in Colorado

Carole Donsbach, RN MPH
Women Veterans Program Manager
Eastern Colorado VA Health Care System
1055 Clermont street,
Denver, Colorado 80220
720-857-5372
Carole.Donsbach@va.gov
https://www.denver.va.gov

Pamela Schultz, RN-BC
Women Veterans Program Manager
Grand Junction Veterans Health Care System
2121 North Avenue
Grand Junction, CO  81501
970-263-2800 Ext. 2508
Pamela.schultz1@va.gov
https://www.grandjunction.va.gov

Schedule a Medical Appointment

Denver 303-399-8020

Grand Junction 970-242-0731

Colorado Springs 719-327-5660

Pueblo 719-553-1000

If you are already enrolled as a Denver Women’s Clinic patient call 303-399-8020 x 3880.

Inpatient Psychiatric Care
Contact your VA primary care provider or the local VA mental health program office for assistance. If you are already receiving care from a counselor/provider consult with him/her.

Denver VA Mental Health Clinic
303-399-8020 Ext. 2835

Grand Junction
970-242-0731 Ext.2824

Who to Call if You are Experiencing a Crisis

Veterans Crisis Hotline
1-800-273-8255

Treatment for Conditions Related to Sexual Assault or Sexual Harassment While in the Military

You may be eligible for Military Sexual Trauma (MST) related care. Every VA facility provides free care for mental and physical health conditions related to MST. Veterans do not need a service-connected disability to seek assistance for their MST related issues. Further, Veterans do not need to have reported such incidents to the DOD or possess documentation or records to support their assertion of trauma. Veterans also do not need to be enrolled in VA health care as the treatment for MST is independent of VA’s general treatment authority. To receive care, ask your VA provider for a referral to MST services.

MST Coordinator for the VA Eastern Health Care System

Dr. Katherine Dahm
Katherine.dahm@va.gov

MST Coordinator for the Grand Junction Veterans Health Care System

Mary McDonald, LCSW
970-263-2824
970-263-2816

After Hours
970-263-2800 Ext. 2346 (Leave a message)

Disability Compensation for MST

Please click on this link to earn more about compensation you may be eligible for.

https://www.benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets/serviceconnected/MST.pdf

Women Veteran Groups at Rocky Mountain Regional VA and Golden Clinic

Women’s Wellness Group
Dr. Shelby Scott, 720-723-6877

Women’s PTSD Group
Dr. Shelby Scott at 720-723-6877

Women’s Depression and Anxiety Group
Dr. Shelby Scott at 720-723-6877

Female Vet to Vet Group
Dr. Shelby Scott at 720-723-6877

Woman Veteran Chronic Pain Group
Dr. Dominika Borowa, 720-723-3165

Women’s Yoga All Levels
VA Golden 2nd Floor Conf Rm (Michelle-Maura Observe)
1020 Johnson Rd., Golden, CO 80401
https://www.comebackyoga.org/calendar 

Vietnam Veterans with a Child who has a Birth Defects
Children born to women Veterans who served in Vietnam may be eligible for monthly monetary benefits, medical care, and vocational training if they have certain birth defects linked to their mother’s service. Contact your Veterans Service Officer for more information.

Access VA Health Records Online

You have a way to access your VA Health records online. Depending on your access level, you might have the ability to refill prescriptions online. Please click on the link below to learn more.

https://www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal-web/home

Transitional Shelters and Resources

Transitional Shelters available for Women Veterans

Volunteers of America: Women Veterans Program
Volunteers of America Women Veterans Services Programs serve Veterans experiencing homelessness through emergency services and transitional housing. In partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Volunteers of America assists Veterans in obtaining the support and services they need to exit homelessness permanently. The program assists women Veterans and their children for up to 24 months with supportive housing, case management, and resources with the goal of helping each client secure a permanent and sustainable housing situation. During their time in the program, Volunteers of America houses participants at the Volunteers of America Family Motel or Clermont Commons, three beautiful five-bedroom transitional homes in Denver for women Veterans and their children. For more information, please leave a message with your contact information on the referral line at 720-501-3369.

https://www.voacolorado.org/gethelp-denvermetro-veterans-womenveterans

Comitis Crisis Center:
Transitional VA shelter
For veterans and their families as they gain self-sufficiency
For more information: 303-341-9160

  • For single female veterans and male/female veterans with families
  • Meals, hygiene items and seasonal clothing available
  • Case management and financial literacy classes

https://www.comitiscrisiscenter.org/comitis-crisis-center

The Delores Project: Emergency Shelter with Basic Services
The Delores Project welcomes unaccompanied Women and Transgender Individuals
To access the emergency shelter call:
303-534-5411 at 5:30 pm daily
First time quests may also call on Mondays at 10:00 am
Returning guests may also call on Mondays at 11:30 am

https://www.thedeloresproject.org/

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless: Help for Homeless Veterans
BJ Iacino
office 303-285-5223

biacino@coloradocoalition.org

Emergency Assistance with Payment of my Utility Bills, Rent, Mortgage, Etc.
Many local churches, Veterans organizations, and community organizations may be able to assist veterans in need. In Denver:

  • Denver Human Services 720-944-2900
  • American Red Cross Denver 303-722-7474
  • Denver Rescue Mission 303-294-0157
  • Samaritan House Veteran Program 303-996-6057
  • Colorado Housing and Finance Authority 1-800-877-2432
  • Catholic Charities 303-742-0828
  • The Home Front Cares, Inc. 719-434-1501
  • American Military Family, Inc. 303-746-8195
  • Operation Homefront Rocky Mountains 866-333-2750

Homeless or at Risk of Becoming Homeless

VA Homeless Veterans Hotline 1-877-4AID-VET (877-424-3838)

Rocky Mountain Human Services
https://www.rmhumanservices.org/hav
303-636-5600

Family Tree Back Home Supportive Services for Veteran Families
http://www.thefamilytree.org/
303-467-2604

Additional Resources

Mountain Resource Center
303-838-7552
https://www.mrcco.org/
11030 Kitty Drive (PO Box 425), Conifer, CO 80433

Mountain Resource Center serves community members in the foothills west of Denver through basic needs assistance (rent/utilities/gas cards), a food pantry, workforce services, financial coaching, public benefits enrollment, parenting and early childhood classes, and more. The Veteran Support Services program provides access to all agency services plus support navigating the VA system, dedicated financial assistance for Veterans, and community events.
Eligibility: All services are open to community members within the Mountain Resource Center Service Area (western Jefferson County and eastern Park County – call for details); Veteran-specific financial assistance requires valid identification and DD 214 (subject to funding availability).

Help Heal Veterans
970-424-0499
grandjunction@healvets.org
2500 North Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501

Help Heal Veterans provides therapeutic craft kits to Veterans at no charge.
Eligibility: Proof of Veteran Status.

Operation Revamp, Inc.
970-462-3126
info@operationrevamp.org
https://operationrevamp.org/
307 S 12th St, Grand Junction, CO 81501

Veterans Art Center provides supplies, equipment, studios, and training on-site for Veterans and Families at no charge.
Eligibility: Veteran or family member of Veteran.

Operation EQUINE
303-506-9920
https://operationequine.com/
1990 W 150th Ave, Broomfield, CO 80223

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Learning, and Coaching for Military Service Members, Veterans, First Responders and their families, caregivers, and supporters.
Eligibility: Active Military Service Member, Veteran, First Responder, or any of their family members, caregivers, or supporters

Center for Independence
970-241-0315
info@cfigj.org
http://www.cfigj.org/
740 Gunnison Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501

Free program for people with disabilities to help with disability benefits, vocational training and placement, assistive technology, housing location and applications, youth with disabilities transition into adult services and supports, peer mentoring, advocacy, low-vision and deaf services, computer training lab, information and referrals to other human service providers
Eligibility: Must be a person with a disability willing to participate in their own recovery or goals for self sufficiency

Employment

Dress for Success (Denver)

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
303-832-1889
https://denver.dressforsuccess.org

Women’s Resource Agency (Colorado Springs)
719-471-3170
http://wrainc.org

Participants receive:

  • Individualized coaching for personal and career development
  • Job search skills
  • Interview and resume assistance
  • Computer training
  • Workshops to alleviate stress and further their professional growth
  • Access to our signature Suit-Up for Success program for interview and employment clothing

VA Vocational Assistance

This program is for participants who are not Compensated Work Therapy clients, rather they are veterans who require assistance to better facilitate their own job search.

Programs include:

  • 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.

Legal Services

Legal Aid and Pro Bono Services in Colorado

https://www.americanbar.org/directories/probono-directory.html?q=inmeta:STATE_SERVED%3DColorado

Colorado State Bar Lawyer referral Services Program
303-860-1115

Colorado Legal Services (Low Cost or Free)
303-837-1321

Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans
303-824-5323

A.C.T.S. Resource Center
303-477-0006

Vet Centers in Colorado

Colorado Springs: 719-471-9992

602 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Denver: 303-326-0645

7465 E 1st Ave #B, Denver, CO 80230

Fort Collins: 970-221-5176

702 W Drake, Bldg C, Fort Collins, CO 80526

Grand Junction: 970-245-4156

2472 F Road #16, Grand Junction, CO 81505

877-WAR-VETS (877-927-8387)

https://www.vetcenter.va.gov

Eligibility: Deployment to a combat theatre OR military sexual trauma OR loved one of a service member that passed away while serving. All discharges. No Enrollment in the VA is necessary. All services are free of cost and are strictly confidential.

Colorado Women Veterans Organizations

Women Veterans of Colorado

http://www.womenveteransofcolorado.org/

https://www.facebook.com/womenveteransofcolorado

https://www.instagram.com/womenvoc/

https://twitter.com/WeServed2

American Legion Post 206 (Female Post)

https://al206.org/

https://www.facebook.com/American-Legion-Post-206-Colorado-572079902936760/

Women Marines Association, Colorado Columbine – WM History Chapter CO-1

https://www.facebook.com/Women-Marines-Association-Colorado-Columbine-WM-History-Chapter-CO-1-298655915891/

Women’s Army Corps Veterans’ Association-Army Women United-Colorado Springs Chapter 75, Denver Chapter 76

http://www.armywomen.org/membershipInfo.shtml

https://www.facebook.com/Womens-Army-Corps-218723328260893/

The Well Armed Woman-Pike Peak Region, CO Chapter

https://www.facebook.com/TheWellArmedWomanPikesPeakRegionCO

Women Veterans of the Colorado San Luis Valley

https://www.facebook.com/Women-Veterans-of-the-Colorado-San-Luis-Valley-644836575576064/

National Women Veterans Organizations

Please click on the link below to find a list of women veterans organizations and sites:

https://womenvetsusa.org/benefits-services/organizations/women-veterans.php