Veteran and Dependent Resources

Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA)

Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA) offers career development and employment assistance and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). MyCAA provides tuition benefits to military spouses so that they may pursue Licenses, Certificates, Certifications or Associate Degrees (excluding General Studies and Liberal Arts) necessary for gainful employment in high demand, high growth portable career fields and occupations.

MyCAA provides a maximum education benefit of $4,000 with an annual fiscal year cap of $2,000 to eligible military spouses who need professional credentials to meet their Portable Career goals. Annual cap waivers are available if there is an upfront tuition cost that exceeds $2,000 (up to the maximum education benefit of $4,000). 

For more information for applying for MyCAA benefits contact the Veteran Services Office at 303-914-6128.

Red Rocks Community College is a long-standing member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) and holds a Memorandum of Understanding with Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) as an external degree partner.

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Veterans Administration 

  • New to the Veterans Administration, visit:,
  • Returning Service Members, Operation Enduring Freedom/ Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF).
    For more information visit:
  • 24 Hour VA Nurse Health Line: 1.888.336.8262
  • Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1.800.273.8255
  • National Resource Directory
  • If you are a Veteran with a permanent service-related injury: Contact the VA Regional Office at 1.800.827.1000. If you have filed or plan to file a claim for disability compensation, service officers are available at no cost to the veteran. Service Officers provide veterans legal representation throughout the claims and decision process. Service officers are available through the following Veterans Advocacy Groups:
    • American Legion: Veterans need not be alone in their battles for benefits and medical care. Veterans are often forced to wage war against the paperwork and bureaucracy of government in order to get medical care or benefits. Here's some good news: American Legion department service officers (DSO) offer free advice and guidance for veterans who need to deal with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Visit:
      • Dean Casey
        American Legion DSO
        VA Regional Office, Denver

Service Officers Lead the Way

Service officers are the key to the success of NVS. They advocate for veterans rights. Veterans need not be VFW members to take advantage of this assistance, which is provided free of charge.
With a nationwide network of service officers, both on the Department (state) level (full time, professional advocates) and Post level (volunteer advocates), NVS assists more than 120,000 veterans and their families each year. Annually, Department Service Officers (DSOs) garner over a billion dollars in compensation benefits

  • Colorado State Veteran Service Officer: Jorge Arredondo  (303)284-6077
  • Peter P. Mortaro | County Veterans Service Officer
    Jefferson County Department of Human Services | Community & Workforce Development Division
    3500 Illinois St. Suite 1600 Golden, CO 80401
    303-271-4205 office | 303-271-8375 fax

Women Veterans  

1.855.VA.WOMEN Women Veterans Call Center Logo

The Women Veterans Call Center (WVCC) is expanding its outreach to women Veterans with a new online, one-to-one chat function. The new service enables women Veterans to go online and anonymously chat via real-time text messaging with a trained WVCC representative. All the representatives at the Women Veterans Call Center are women, many of whom are Veterans themselves. The new feature provides women Veterans with another avenue to ask general questions about benefits, eligibility, and services specifically for women Veterans.  chat is available by visiting the Women Veterans Health Care Web page at and clicking the "Chat with the Women Veterans Call Center" icon.


Local Veteran Serving Organizations 

  • RRCC Student Veterans of America Chapter Email:
  • VFW Post 1, Advocacy, Support,  yoga, meditation, Tia Chi, Personal Development Classes other social events Web:  Fb: 841 Santa Fe Drive Denver co 80204
  • American Veterans for Equal Rights:  A LGBTQ veterans service organization that provides advocacy, camaraderie, help with DD-214 upgrades and other veterans related resources. Website:
  • Team Red White and Blue: Join TRWB for one of their fun weekly work outs.
  • Team River Runner: Promoting health and healing through the power of paddle sports
  • Disabled American Veterans (DAV): The Disabled American Veterans is dedicated to a single purpose: building better lives for all of our nation’s disabled veterans and their families. In fulfilling its mission, the DAV has developed the preeminent service program for America’s veterans. That service is provided free of charge through a nationwide network of 88 DAV National Service Offices, 38 Transition Service Offices, 198 DAV Hospital Service Coordinator Offices, 52 state-level DAV Departments, 249 DAV VA Voluntary Service Representatives, and more than 1900 local DAV Chapters. Visit:
    • Brian Austin, National Area Supervisor
      155 Van Gordon Street
      P.O. Box 25126
      Denver, CO 80225
      Phone: 303.914.557
  • WWP's legislative program strives to support injured service members by advocating for positive changes in benefits and veterans policy. If you are in need of assistance with VA benefits, Wounded Warrior Project can help. WWP is a VA accredited organization and has very experienced staff to help veterans with their VA claims

Counseling Services, Behavioral Health 

  • RRCC and JCMH offer free veteran counseling. Call Mary Nicoll  (303) 432-5304
  • Jefferson County Mental Health for Veterans and Military Families
  • The VA has both inpatient and outpatient mental health options. (303) 399-8020
  • Vet centers offer counseling away from the VA. (303) 326-0645

Family Resources 

Substance Abuse 

  • Treatment: Substance Abuse treatment and other resources
  • Sober Fun: Phoenix Multi sport Enjoy the hiking, running, biking and other social events in a substance free environment, 2233 Champa St, Denver, CO 80205 Phone: 720-440-9175 


Local Veterans Organizations:

Faculty and Civilian Resources


If you have a part-time job and GI-Bill payment, you are likely eligible for a lot of helpful services like a monthly cash for groceries, free comprehensive medical services (outside the VA), subsidized child care. Get all the details through the link below. 

Faculty and Civilian Resources

Other Resources 

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Lutheran Medical Center 303-914-2680
Denver VA Hospital 303-399-8020, 1-888-336-8262
St. Anthony Hospital 303.629.3511
VA Regional Office Clinic, Lakewood CBOC 303.914.2680
Colorado Mills 303.384.3000
Belmar 303.742.1520
Flat Iron Crossing Mall 720.887.7467
Westminster Mall 303.428.5634
Denver Public Library 720.865.2401
Jefferson County 303.235.5275
Animal Care
Animal Critical Care 303.239.1200
Aspen Ridge Animal Hospital 303.216.1313
Garrison Animal Care Clinic 303.202.6200
Glens Animal & Bird 303.238.6464
MaxFund No-Kill Animal Shelter 303.595.4917
Table Mountain Veterinary Clinic 303.279.1701
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Lakewood Cultural Center 303.987.7876
Red Rocks Amphitheater 720.865.2494
Red Rocks Community College Theatre 303.914.6458

Community Help

Organization Phone E-mail
Colorado Homeless Families 303.420.6634 is external)
Colorado Legal Services 303.837.1321 is external)
Denver V. A. Hospital 303.399.8020 is external)
Goodwill Industries 303.650.7700 is external)
Homeless Veterans 303.399.8020 x2043 is external)
Jeffco Action Center 303.237.7704 is external)
Jeffco Energy Assist 303.271.1388 is external)
Jeffco Food Stamps 303.271.4285 is external)
Jeffco Head Start 303.271.4806 is external)
Jeffco House Authority 303.422.8600 is external)
Jeffco Veteran Service 303.271.4205 sends e-mail)
RTD Bus Service 303.299.6000 is external)
Salvation Army 303.295.3366 is external)
Vet Center 303.326.0645 is external)