VA System Information
VISN 19 — Rocky Mountain Network
4100 E. Mississippi Avenue, Suite 510
Glendale, CO 80246
Phone: (303) 756-9279
Fax: (303) 756-9243
The VA Rocky Mountain Network was established in March 1996 and is one of 21 Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN). The Rocky Mountain Network Office is located in Glendale, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. The Network spans over 470,000 square miles across several states and is one of the largest networks in terms of geographic area. Its service area covers the entire state of Utah; and nearly all of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming; and portions of Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada and North Dakota. Network topography includes the Rocky Mountains, and areas subject to extreme winter weather. From late fall through spring, travel in the area is often difficult and sometimes impossible due to severe snow, wind and occasional road closures.
Health care delivery is influenced by many factors, including the large geographic area, a wide range in population density and socioeconomic conditions. The population varies from large urban areas such as Denver, Colorado Springs, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah to rural and even frontier areas, especially in Montana and Wyoming. Significant portions of the Rocky Mountain Network population have an income below the poverty level and much of the service area is designated as “Health Manpower Shortage Areas” especially for primary care and mental health services.
The Network facilities include:
• VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
• VAMC Grand Junction, Colorado
• VA Montana Healthcare System, Montana
• VAMC Salt Lake City, Utah
• VAMCs Cheyenne, Wyoming
• VAMCs Sheridan, Wyoming
Four facilities/Health Care Systems — Cheyenne, WY; Denver, CO; VA Montana HCS, MT; and VA Salt Lake City HCS, UT — have active academic affiliations with medical schools and graduate medical education practice programs. These relationships allow for the education and training of medical students and house staff in VA healthcare facilities. The hospitals at Denver, CO and Salt Lake City, UT are large highly affiliated tertiary facilities.
Veteran's Resource Links
- Colorado Department of Labor — Veterans’ Services
- Colorado Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs
- Defend America
- Department of Veterans Affairs
- e-Cards at 123greetings.com
- Eastern Colorado Health Care System
- FREE PVA e-Cards
- Montana Veterans’ Affairs
- The National Veterans Organization, Inc.
- National Veterans Training Institute
- Paraplegia News Magazine Website
- Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)
- The Retired Enlisted Association of Colorado Springs
- Social Security Administration
- Utah Department of Veterans’ Affairs
- VA Rehabilitation Research & Development Service
- Veterans Benefits Administration
- Veterans and Military Web Site
- Wounded Warrior Project
Nick Orchowski, Area Outreach Coordinator
- The Veteran’s Internet Guide
- The VietNam Memorial Wall
For more detailed information or if you need personal assistance with your VA benefits, please contact PVA’s National Service Office at 303-914-5590 or toll free at 1-800-795-3588.
VA Benefits & Compensation
The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act One-Time Economic Recovery Payment The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act was signed into law on Feb. 17, 2009. This law provides for a one-time economic recovery payment of $250. Eligible recipients are individuals who receive Veterans’ Compensation and Pension benefits, Social Security, and/or Supplemental Security Income. The one-time payment should be received by the end of May 2009.
Health Care Resources
Travel Reimbursement Increases for Some Veterans
In January, service-disabled and low-income veterans who are reimbursed for travel expenses while receiving care at VA facilities saw an increase in their payments. The deductibles were decreased to $3 for each one-way trip and $6 for each round trip, with a cap of $18 per month, or six one-way trips or three round trips, whichever comes first. VA can waive deductibles if they cause financial hardship.
VA Assisting Veterans with Health Care Costs
VA Establishes ALS as a Presumptive Compensable Illness
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is become a presumptively compensable illness for all veterans with 90 days or more of continuously active service in the military. Secretary Peake based his decision primarily on a November 2006 report by the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine on the association between active-duty service and ALS. The Secretary states that veterans are developing ALS in rates higher than the general public.
Due to the diseases rapidly progressing tendencies, there is not the time to develop the evidence needs to support compensation claims. The Secretary’s decision will make those claims much easier to process and will allow families to receive the compensation more quickly. The new interim final regulation applies to all application for benefits received by the VA on or after September 23, 2008, or that are pending before the VA, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, or the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on that date.
VA Urges Vets to Sign Up for Direct Deposit