VSO

What Veteran Service Officers Do

Veterans and their dependents are potentially eligible for benefits. Eligibility will be determined during an intake interview.  The Veteran Service Officer (VSO) will serve as your advocate to assist you with the preparation, presentation and possible appeal of your VA benefits.  You will need to bring the following to all appointments:

  • Discharge or separation papers (DD214 or equivalent)
  • Service Treatment Records if they are in your possession
  • Medical Evidence (doctor & hospital reports)

When you need assistance in getting the benefits as a Veteran you should utilize the assistance of a VSO.  They are trained and accredited by the VA to provide assistance to Veterans, their dependents, and survivors.  These services are provided at no charge:

  • VA Enrollment/Reinstatement
  • Filing Claims
  • Service-connected Compensation
  • Non-Service-connected Pension
  • Death Pension
  • Medical Benefits
  • Education
  • Home Loans
  • Military Records, Awards or Medals
  • Insurance
  • Burial Benefits
  • Headstones
  • Survivors Benefits

Upon receipt of a completed application, the Veteran’s eligibility will be verified. Based on his/her specific status, he/she will be assigned to one of the priority groups. The priority groups range from 1 through 8, with Priority Group 1 being the highest priority and Priority Group 8 being the lowest.

VSOs may also be a resource for any services other than what the VA provides, such as home care, transportation, substance abuse, service dogs, housing, etc.  For those needs you can also pick up a Veteran & Family Resource Directory provided by Qualified Listeners or see the online directory at www.QualifiedListeners.org/directory, or call 720-600-0860.  It’s our job to help Veterans and their families find more peace in their life.

HOW YOU MIGHT QUALIFY

Upon receipt of a completed application, the Veteran’s eligibility will be verified. Based on his/her specific status, he/she will be assigned to one of the following priority groups. The priority groups range from 1 through 8, with Priority Group 1 being the highest priority and PriorityGroup 8 being the lowest.

Priority Group 1

  • Veterans with service-connected disabilities rated 50% or more disabling
  • Veterans determined by VA to be unemployable due to VA service-connected conditions

Priority Group 2

  • Veterans with VA service-connected disabilities rated 30% or 40% disabling

Priority Group 3

  • Veterans who are former POWs
  • Veterans awarded the  Purple Heart Medal
  • Veterans whose discharge was for a disability that was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty
  • Veterans with VA service-connected disabilities rated 10% or 20% disabling
  • Veterans awarded special eligibility classification under Title 38, U.S.C., Section 1151, “benefits for individuals disabled by treatment or vocational rehabilitation”

Priority Group 4

  • Veterans who are receiving VA aid and attendance or housebound benefits
  • Veterans who have been determined by VA to be catastrophically disabled

Priority Group 5

  • Non-service-connected Veterans and no compensable service-connected veterans rated 0% disabled whose annual income and net worth are below the established VA Means Test thresholds
  • Veterans receiving VA pension benefits
  • Veterans eligible for Medicaid benefits

Priority Group 6

  • World War I Veterans
  • Compensable 0% service-connected Veterans
  • Veterans exposed to ionizing radiation during atmospheric testing or during the occupation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • Project 112/SHAD participants
  • Veterans who served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998, as follows:
  • Veterans discharged from active duty on or after January 28, 2003, who were enrolled as of January 28, 2008, and Veterans who apply for enrollment after January 28, 2008, for five years post discharge
  • Veterans discharged from active duty before January 28, 2003, who apply for enrollment after January 28, 2008, until January 27, 2011

Priority Group 7

  • Veterans with income and/or net worth ABOVE the VA national income threshold and income BELOW the geographic income threshold who agree to pay copays

Priority Group 8

  • Veterans with income and/or net worth ABOVE the VA national income threshold and the geographic income threshold who agree to pay copays
  • Sub priority a: No compensable 0% service-connected Veterans enrolled as of January 16, 2003, and who have remained enrolled since that date
  • Sub priority c: Non-service-connected Veterans enrolled as of January 16, 2003, and who have remained enrolled since that date
  • Sub priority e: No compensable 0% service-connected Veterans applying for enrollment after January 16, 2003
  • Sub priority g: Non-service-connected Veterans applying for enrollment after January 16, 2003

County VSO Listings
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Colorado:
Adams County
Robert Sheetz
720-523-2773

Broomfield County
Tim Hutchinson
720-877-2263

Boulder County
Karen Townsend
720-864-6663

Larimer County
David Fry
970-498-7396

Weld County
Amber Barthel
970-400-3445

Wyoming:
Laramie County
Vicki Osman
307-214-2112

Stephanie Davis
307-274-7747

Albany &Carbon Counties
Vicki Osman
307-214-2112

Goshen &Platte Counties
Stephanie Davis
307-274-7747

Natrona, Converse, Niobrara Counties
Dave McDonell
307-258-1100