Veterans Legal Services of Denver

Local Resources for VA Claims

Veterans Administration Regional Office (VARO)

The Colorado/ Wyoming Veterans Administration Regional Office is located at 155 Van Gordon Street Lakewood CO, 80228 [insert map]. The VARO houses many government and nonprofit resources for veterans, the following list is by no means exhaustive. Weapons are not permitted at VA facility, including the offices within the VARO.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

VFW is the largest national organization of combat veterans and they offer their services to all veterans. Their Denver office processes over 2000 claims a year and is open Monday through Friday from 0700 to 1530, holidays exempted.

Terrance D. Jacobson
VFW Department Service Officer
Address: 155 Van Gordon Street - Room #360 Box 25126
Denver
80225
Phone: 303 914-5595/96/97
Fax: 303 914-5598
Email: terry.jacobson@va.gov

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)

PVA is nationally chartered to assist veterans with spinal cord injury and disease. Trained National Service Officers know the intricacies of spinal cord injury and rating and specialize in advocating for traumatically injured veterans. However, PVA has an open door policy and will advise any and all veterans.

155 Van Gordon St., Suite 356
Lakewood, CO 80228
303-914-5590
800-795-3588

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

DAV has the largest number of veteran clients in Colorado. Their National Service Officers function as “Attorneys in Fact” and are available for member and nonmember veterans.

VARO, 155 Van Gordon Street
P.O. Box 25126
Denver, CO 80225
Telephone: 303-914-5570

Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH)

The mission of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is to foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among combat wounded veterans. A Purple Heart is not required as they offer a full range of advocacy services to all veterans.

Sandra Ripe
VARO Room 352 155 Van Gordon Street
Lakewood CO 80228
Phone: (303) 914-5410

Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs

The Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs is the state agency that is mandated by state statute to assist veterans and their family members and survivors in securing any benefits they may be entitled to because of service in the military. The Division does this by serving as a central source of information on veterans benefits, rights and issues; and by training, directing and assisting the county veterans service officers who are the local veterans assistance agencies in every county in Colorado.

Division of Veterans Affairs Office
7465 East 1st Ave
Unit C
Denver, CO 80230
Phone: (303) 343-1268
Fax: (303) 343-7238

American Legion

The American Legion offers comprehensive benefits counseling to all veterans. An interactive online Benefits Counselor can help get you started. The Legion also has a local Department Service Officer.

Charles P Smith
7465 E 1st Ave Ste D
Denver, CO 80230-6877
Phone: 303-366-5201
Toll-Free: 1-800-477-1655
Fax: 303-366-7618


National Resources for VA Claims

National organizations without a local representative are not able to help you in person, so they aren’t necessarily a substitute for Veteran Service Organizations located in the VARO. They advocate for veterans through legislative advocacy, foster camaraderie through fun events, and provide access to internal and external resources. The following organizations are nonpartisan, nonexclusive, free of charge.

The organizations present their members point of view to elected officials. They promote legislation in the interest of veterans and their families in a non-partisan fashion.

Veterans of Modern Warfare

If you served in the armed forces after 1990, you are a Veteran of Modern Warfare. The mission of VMW is to support you and your family by providing education and information about the benefits you have earned, assisting you in obtaining your benefits, advocating for veterans in issues important to our generation, and building camaraderie through locally based, national chapters.

VMW features The Veterans Survival Guide, a well indexed e-book that demonstrates how to solve most veterans’ issues, much like the Viet Vet Survival Guide did for an earlier generation. This thing is brilliant, and will get you started.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is the nation's first and largest group dedicated to the Troops and Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the civilian supporters of those Troops and Veterans. Membership is free and makes you eligible to receive cool stuff through “The Rucksack”.

IAVA maintains a list of links to available legal resources and you can connect with Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with who are going through the same problems by joining their social network.

Wounded Warrior Project

Wounded Warrior Project's mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors who incur service-connected wounds, injuries and illnesses (physical or psychological) on or after September 11, 2001. You may also be eligible for the program if you are the spouse or family member and joining on behalf of a warrior.

WWP offers comprehensive benefits counseling to post 9/11 veterans with service connected disabilities. Start here by registering as an Alumni. Experienced and professional benefits Counselors are available via email at wwpservice@woundedwarriorproject.org. WWP also offers an interactive “ Web Advocate” to Alumni.


Local Legal Resources

Public Defender’s Office (for criminal matters)

If meet a certain income requirement, you may be able to qualify for legal representation through the Public Defender’s office. Because of the unique and constantly changing procedures for verifying income, we recommend you contact the Public Defender’s office directly. Please visit the following website and select your county:

Office of the Colorado State Public Defender

Here is the contact information for the Denver office:

1560 Broadway
Suite 300
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303 620-4999
Fax: 303 620-4987
Email: denver.pubdef@coloradodefenders.us

Stateside Legal

Stateside Legal is a national website that provides resources for veterans with legal issues. The website provides tools to help self diagnose your legal problem. However, this resource is not tailored to Colorado veterans.

Colorado Legal Services (civil and criminal)

Visit the Live Chat from Colorado Legal Services, which is available only to Colorado veterans. You will chat with a real attorney, who may be able to help with your issue. The service is available free of charge every Wednesday, 9AM-11AM and 2PM-4PM.

Metro Volunteer Lawyers (civil only)

Metro Volunteer Lawyers provides free, or low cost legal help for civil matters only. If you have been arrested, you should not contact MVL. Please visit the MVL site to see what types of civil matters accepts.