DENVER, CO - The House State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Committee today passed legislation to increase awareness of services, resources, and benefits for veterans. The bill passed in committee by a vote of 7-3.
“Veterans disproportionately suffer from mental health struggles, and they should know there are plenty of services available to them,” said Rep. Matthew Martinez, D-Monte Vista. “We’ve passed legislation in recent years to expand resources for veterans, but many people don’t know how to take advantage of these services. By sharing veteran resource information with employees, we can raise awareness of available resources to access mental health services, save them money, and other beneficial programs.”
“There are a lot of resources out there for veterans that can help them find a job, access mental health care, and save them money, but they may not know that this information is available to them,” said Rep. Tisha Mauro, D-Pueblo. “This bill would require this information to be available in Colorado workplaces, increasing awareness of the services available to veterans.”
HB24-1110 would require businesses to create and distribute information about veterans’ services, resources, and benefits and post the information in the workplace if they have more than 50 employees.
In recent years, the Colorado General Assembly has passed legislation to expand property tax exemptions for veterans with a disability (HB23-1052), expand access to behavioral health services (HB23-1088), continue state income tax deductions for military retirement benefits (HB23-1084), and implement housing protections for veterans and active military members (HB22-1102).