- Human Services
- Veterans Services
Jefferson County Veterans Services Office assists Jefferson County residents who served in the United States armed forces obtain any and all Veterans Administration (VA) benefits for which they may be eligible. There is no fee of any kind for our assistance.
Read the Veterans Services blog for more information on a variety of Veterans Services topics.
Listen to the new Podcast featuring Jefferson County, Colorado Human Services Veterans Services program. Veterans Services Officer, Diane Ricci, discusses many topics relevant to Veterans and the services available to all who have served.
VA's health care offers a variety of services, information, and benefits. As the nation’s largest integrated health care system, VA operates more than 1,400 sites of care, including hospitals, community clinics, community living centers, domiciliaries, readjustment counseling centers, and various other facilities.
VA administers a variety of benefits and services that provide financial and other forms of assistance to Veterans, their dependents, and survivors. Major benefits include Veterans’ compensation, Veterans’ pension, survivors’ benefits, rehabilitation and employment assistance, education assistance, home loan guaranties, and life insurance coverage.
Burial and memorial benefits are available for eligible service members, veterans, reservists, National Guard members, and eligible family members. Service include interment, headstones and markers, and Presidential memorial certificates. VA operates 128 national cemeteries in the United States and Puerto Rico, together with oversight and management of 33 soldiers' lots, confederate cemeteries, and monument sites.
For more information, contact Jefferson County Veterans Service Officer, Peter Mortaro, at 303-271-4205 or Dr. Diane Ricci at 303-271-4213.
Peter Mortaro will serve as your advocate and assist you with the preparation, presentation and possible appeal of your VA benefits. Peter is accredited by the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers and cross accredited by AMVETS, CDVA, DAV, MOPH, VVA and VFW. He has also completed TRIP training which is required to obtain access to all VA computer applications to track claims.
Dr. Diane Ricci will serve as your advocate and assist you with the preparation, presentation and possible appeal of your VA benefits. Diane is an Army veteran with 14 years in the active and reserves and currently serves at MacDill, AFB. Diane was on deployment in Iraq on a 16-month tour and also served at Fort Carson. She is the recipient of the Bronze Star, MSM (2), ARCOM (3), AAM, and Iraq Campaign Medal (2 stars in support of OIF and OEF). Diane completed a Doctorate from Western Seminary, Masters in Theology from Western Seminary, MBA through the University of Denver, and a Bachelor’s in Science from Sacramento State University.
Not a resident of Jefferson County? Find a Veteran Service Officer in your county.
- I have never filed a VA claim. How do I get started?
- Is there a fee for assistance from the county Veteran Service office?
- What types of claims may I file for?
- What types of appointments does the Jefferson County Veteran Services office take?
- What should I have with me at my appointment?
- If I filed a claim in a different state or on my own or with a different organization, may I cone to Jefferson County for assistance?
- I have an appeal running and am unhappy with my current VA power of attorney (POA)/representative. Can I switch?
- I moved from one county to another. How do I notify the new county?
Work Study Opportunity
If you're a full-time or 3/4 time student in a college degree program, or a vocational or professional program, you can "earn while you learn" with a VA work study allowance.
Learn more by viewing the VA Work Study Flyer.
Employment Services for Veterans
We know that it's not always easy to find a job after military service. The Jefferson County Business & Workforce Center works with you to utilize, promote, and expand upon your training, work ethic and skill sets to find you the perfect career. The Jefferson County Business & Workforce Center is charged with ensuring that all eligible veterans are provided with maximum employment and training opportunities, with priority given to disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam-era.
Those services include, but are not limited to: registration, counseling, referral to supportive services, referral to job openings, job development or training. Visit the Business & Workforce Center, Veterans page to view the veteran’s orientation video, upcoming events and programs available to you.