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Information on headstones, markers and medallions

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a government headstone or marker for the unmarked grave of any deceased eligible veteran in…

Undefeated Pirates ready to host playoffs Friday, Saturday

The seedings are complete, and the undefeated No. 5 Pagosa Springs Pirates are set to host games for the first and second rounds of the state playoffs Friday and Saturday…

What you should know about advance directives

As a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) patient, you have a say in the health care you receive. When you are ill, your doctor should explain what treatments there…

Additional state benefits for veterans

Does Colorado offer a military identifier on a license or ID? Yes, you can request a military identifier on your regular/commercial driver’s license or identification card. When applying for the…

Veterans Pension eligibility requirements

Low-income wartime veterans may qualify for pension if they meet certain service, income and net worth limits set by law. The general requirements: • Age 65 or older and not…

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation explained

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of veterans…

Disability compensation explained

Disability compensation is a monthly, tax-free benefit paid to veterans who are at least 10 percent disabled because of injuries or diseases that were incurred in or aggravated during active…

VA announces new rules regarding service animals in VA facilities

Recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has revised its regulation regarding the presence of animals on VA property. The updated regulation will ensure VA practices remain…

VA guidelines and recommendations for emergency care in non-VA facilitiesVA guidelines and recommendations for emergency care in non-VA facilities

A medical emergency is when you have an injury or illness that is so severe that, without immediate treatment, the injury or illness threatens your health or life. In your…

VA funds new studies using Million Veteran Program data

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing four new studies that will use genetic and other data from the VA’s Million Veteran Program (MVP) to answer key questions on…