New office helps veterans find benefits, assistance

Adams, Arapahoe counties collaborate to open facility in north Aurora

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Posted 6/21/21

A new veterans’ services office in Aurora opened this year to help connect the area’s large population of veterans to benefits, with the goal of meeting their needs closer to home, according to …

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New office helps veterans find benefits, assistance

Adams, Arapahoe counties collaborate to open facility in north Aurora

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A new veterans’ services office in Aurora opened this year to help connect the area’s large population of veterans to benefits, with the goal of meeting their needs closer to home, according to an Arapahoe County news release.

Before the new office’s opening, Arapahoe County veterans had to visit the office in Littleton, far from residents of the east Denver metro area.

The new office sits at Arapahoe County’s Altura Plaza facility at 15400 E. 14th Place, on Chambers Road just south of Colfax Avenue. It’s a short drive east of Interstate 225.

Adams and Arapahoe counties partnered on the necessary funding. Nearly 80,000 veterans live in the two counties, according to the news release.

Veterans Service Offices are county-level departments in each state that assist veterans and their families by answering questions and educating about the benefits for veterans that are available from federal, state, county and local resources, according to the news release.

The offices also help eligible persons with filing claims for benefits. The VSO’s accredited officers — who typically are veterans themselves — help determine eligibility and prepare claims and applications that go to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Whenever veterans need assistance that may be outside the office’s scope, the VSO team connects them with resources from local agencies and community partners.

“This new office adds an additional staff member to manage a growing caseload, but most importantly, it is a new opportunity to serve our veterans by meeting them where they are,” Arapahoe County Commissioner Bill Holen, a disabled U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam, said in the news release. He continued: “This office reduces barriers such as means of transportation and time constraints by offering a convenient second location.”

The City of Aurora is also helping fund the new office, which opened in early 2021.

With the help of U.S. Rep. Jason Crow and a local veteran, Arapahoe County recently created a video to further explain what the office does and how it helps the veteran community. To see the video and make an appointment, visit arapahoegov.com/352/Veteran-Services.

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