(April 1) – The House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee unanimously endorsed a bill today to close funding gaps in Colorado’s veterans services network.

Under current law, the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs supports the operation of county veterans service officers, with matching funds from each county. HB15-1315, sponsored by Rep. Su Ryden, D-Aurora, eliminates the matching requirement.

“Some counties just don’t have the money to provide matching funding for their veterans service providers,” Rep. Ryden said. “That doesn’t mean the state should abandon any veteran just because he or she lives in a particular county. This bill will provide service to every veteran who needs help.”

This year’s budget proposal provides more than $460,000 in new funding for the veterans service program.

“The State of Colorado is acknowledging its debt to our veterans,” Rep. Ryden said after today’s 10-0 vote.

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