Office of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs Office Closed April 21-25
The Veterans Affairs Office will be closed April 21-25, while staff attends certification training by the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers. The office will reopen for normal business on April 28.

“Serving Those Who Have Served”

The Office of Veterans Affairs provides access to special programs and services for veterans and their families. As advocates for veterans, staff provides timely information on services, events and activities affecting veterans. This includes coordination with the Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs and the United Veterans Committee (UVC) of Colorado. The Veterans Affairs staff also assists all veterans in applying for benefits, employment assistance, medical care, transportation and coordination to other services.

Staff consists of volunteers who are military veterans. They are trained by and work in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and have successfully been accredited by the National Associated of County Veterans Service Officers.

Our Mission

To assist Veterans, Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard members of the Armed Forces of the United States. We also assist spouses, surviving spouses, dependents parents, and dependents with their claims.

What's New

  • 2014 Free Veterans Appreciation Breakfast and Success Fair at The Wings over the Rockies Museum

    April 17th, 2014

    Senators Hank Brown and Mark Udall, The Veterans Appreciation Day Committee, and Colorado Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

    2014 Free Veterans Appreciation Breakfast and Success Fair at
    The Wings over the Rockies Museum
    Saturday, May 24, 2014

    This event seeks to bring together and honor over a thousand Veterans with the largest-ever assembly of Veterans support organizations, offering a free hot breakfast, great music, and a program with a notable speaker. There will also be numerous organizations for veterans to ask and obtain information like VA Healthcare, employment, VA education etc.

    To register visit

  • VA Healthcare and Medicare

    March 25th, 2014

    Being a Veteran and using a VA facility does not disqualify anyone from enrolling in Medicare.

    Any veteran should enroll in Medicare Part B, the medical/doctor part of Medicare. In fact the VA encourages Veterans to enroll in Part B.

    You do not need “Part B” to receive medical care from the VA, but when you go outside of the VA for any medical treatment you do need Part B. You might be ambulanced to another hospital that is not a VA facility for a medical emergency or you may go to a doctor for cancer treatment as examples, then you will pay 100% of the medical charges that “Part B” covers because you do not have Part B.

    Many who do not enroll in Part B when they are first eligible for Medicare, may have to pay a “late enrollment” penalty of 10% for each full 12-month period that you could have been enrolled in Part B. As an example, if you waited 50 months, which is 4 full 12-month period, then the Part B penalty is an additional 40% added to the current Part B premium for as long as you have Medicare.

  • Free Tax Preparation for Veterans

    March 18th, 2014

    Qualified Veterans and active-duty military can also get free federal and state tax preparation and filing assistance, both online and in person, by This is the only free online tax preparation and filing service available in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., that allows users to file both a federal and state return, no matter where they live. To use this service, qualifying families must earn $58,000 or less.

  • Veteran Health ID Cards

    February 25th, 2014

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the phased roll out of newly designed, more secure Veteran Health Identification Cards. The new cards are distinguished by additional security features and will have a different look and feel. In addition to being more secure, the card has been transformed into a Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC). Similar to a typical health insurance card, the VHIC displays the Veteran’s Member ID, a new unique identifier, as well as a Plan ID, reflecting the Veteran’s enrollment in VA health care.

    The VHIC is personalized to display the emblem of the Veteran’s branch of service. It also provides features that make it easier to use, such as the addition of “VA” in Braille to help visually impaired Veterans, and the printing of VA phone numbers and emergency care instructions on the cards. The card replaces the Veteran Identification Card (VIC), which was introduced in 2004. As part of a phased rollout, starting in February  the card will only be offered to newly enrolled and other Veterans who have not been issued a VIC. Then, in early April, VA will begin a three month effort to automatically issue the more secure VHIC to current VIC cardholders. VA recommends Veterans safeguard their VIC as they would a credit card, and cut up or shred the card once it is replaced

  • Online GI Bill Comparison Tool

    February 25th, 2014

    The Department of Veterans Affairs launched today an online GI Bill® Comparison Tool to make it easier for Veterans, Servicemembers and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about VA’s approved colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country

    The GI Bill Comparison Tool provides key information about college affordability and brings together information from more than 17 different online sources and three federal agencies, including the number of students receiving VA education benefits at each school.

  • Land Purchased near Colorado Springs for National Cemetery

    February 25th, 2014

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has purchased land in Colorado for a new national cemetery in the southeast portion of Colorado Springs. VA plans to construct the cemetery in the southeast portion of Colorado Springs. The facility will serve approximately 95,000 Veterans and family members who are not within 75 miles of an open national, state or tribal Veterans cemetery. The closest national cemetery is Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, about 85 miles away

  • Disability Compensation and Pension Benefits

    December 17th, 2013

    Veterans, their families and survivors receiving disability compensation and pension benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs will receive a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in their monthly payments beginning Jan. 1, 2014. For the first time, payments will not be rounded down to the nearest dollar.  Until this year, that was required by law.  Veterans and survivors will see additional cents included in their monthly compensation benefit payment.

    For Veterans without dependents, the new compensation rates will range from $130.94 monthly for a disability rated at 10 percent to $2,858.24 monthly for 100 percent.  The full rates are available on the Internet at

Douglas County Veterans Monument, Castle Rock

Office of Veterans Affairs

301 Wilcox 
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Phone: 303.663.6200
Fax: 303.484.6257
E-mail Veterans Services

Office Hours:
Appointments are recommended
Monday - Thursday
9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Dave Maxwell
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sam Baldridge
Wednesday and Thursday
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tom Meier
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - Noon

Daryl Johnson
Monday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - Noon