Veterans Day, Nov. 11, honors the men and women who have served and sacrified in our nation's armed forces. The holiday was created at the end of …
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Veterans Day, Nov. 11, honors the men and women who have served
and sacrified in our nation's armed forces. The holiday was created
at the end of World War I in 1918 and called Armistice Day; it was
renamed by Congress in 1954 to recognize all veterans who have
served our country.
Arapahoe County is home to more than 45,000 veterans, accounting
for 11 percent of Colorado's total veteran population, according to
the 2010 Census. These brave citizens fight for our nation, yet
often return home to a lengthy struggle to access state and federal
veteran benefits after their honorable service.
The Arapahoe County Veterans Service Office works hard to
advocate for and assist veterans with filing a claim for benefits
with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Accredited Veterans
Service Officer Rick Stewart assists veterans and their dependents
with filing a claim for service connected disability, pension,
burial benefits, enrollment in VA healthcare and education. There
is no fee of any kind for these services. In the past three years,
the County Veterans Service Office has prepared and presented more
than 1,220 individual pieces of legal correspondence with the VA
and helped recover $2.5 million in claims for veterans.
"Filing a claim for veteran benefits can be a technical and
complicated process," said Arapahoe County Commissioner Frank
Weddig. "The County's Veterans Service Office is here to help
veterans to pursue claims for any benefits for which they may be
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please contact the
Arapahoe County Veterans Service Office at 303-738-8045 or visit
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