Resources on the Western Slope

Part of what makes Western unique is the fact that it is rural, secluded, and many miles away from the hustle and bustle of big city life. These inherent qualities make Western an ideal location to pursue your academic goals, all while enjoying a tranquil peace and quiet that few other institutions can offer. While our small town location does not offer any local VA hubs, there are numerous resources for Veterans that are located just one to two hours away.

Vocational Rehabilitation has an office located in Montrose, CO, about one hour from Gunnison, and can assist Veterans with obtaining the tools needed to re-enter a vocation, whether pursuing an education or engaging in on-the-job training. The Montrose office is located at 1010 South Cascade Avenue, Suite C, Montrose, CO 81401 and can be contacted at 970.249-4468.

Western Colorado Conservation Corps, Veterans Crew, located at 2818 1/2 North Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501, approximately 2 1/2 hours from Gunnison, provides veterans with valuable work experience and skills, training, certifications, contacts, and education to aid in the transition to public and private sector careers. Scholarship money is granted in exchange for hours of participation. If you would like to learn more about this excellent new opportunity, please contact Marcus Kissner, Veterans Service Coordinator for Western Colorado Conservation Corps, at 970.241.1027 or stop into the Office of Veterans Services at Western for more information and a business card.

Regional VA Medical Centers

Montrose VA Community Clinic is located at 4 Hillcrest Plaza Way, Montrose, CO 81401, approximately an hour from Gunnison. The Montrose Clinic offers a variety of out-patient services for veterans, including primary care, mental health services, laboratory, and prescriptions. The Montrose Clinic can be contacted at  970.249.7791.

Grand Junction VA Medical Center is located at 2121 North Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81505, about 2 1/2 hours from Gunnison. The VA Medical Center offers extended care and rehab, palliative care, primary care, specialty care, women's health, a pharmacy, and more. The Grand Junction clinic can be contacted at 970.242.0731.

Grand Junction Veteran's Center is located at 2472 Patterson Road, Unit 16, Grand Junction, CO 81505, approximately 2 1/2 hours from Gunnison. The Vet Center offers FREE mental health counseling for combat veterans and their families, general assistance in navigating the VA system, helping complete medical forms, etc. Counselors may be available to meet with students in Gunnison. The Vet Center can be contacted at 970.245.4156.