Arapahoe County welcomes new Veterans Service officer

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Jorge Arredondo

The Arapahoe County Veterans Service office welcomes a new assistant veterans service officer.

The Board of Commissioners has appointed Jorge Arredondo, who will assist veterans with filing for benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, such as service connected disability, pension, burial benefits, VA healthcare and education benefits.

Arredondo joins T.J. Westphal, who has served thousands of veterans and dependents and helped to recover millions of dollars in awarded claims since his appointment in 2013.

In 2016 alone, the office recovered more than $3.6 million in Veterans Affairs claims for 5,685 Armed Forces Veterans and their families living in Arapahoe County.

Arredondo, an Army veteran, served multiple tours in Iraq, including as part of a special-operations unit. Following active duty, he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and political science from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

While in college, he served as the president of the Student Veterans Organization, which works to maximize education benefits for veterans.

Arredondo has more than four-years experience working with veterans, including two years as a state veteran-service officer. He is currently pursuing a master’s of public administration degree from CU. Arredondo is bilingual.

Arapahoe County is home to more than 50,000 veterans, 40,000 veteran dependents and 15,000 active military at Buckley Air Force Base.

The Arapahoe County Veterans Service Office is located at 1690 W. Littleton Blvd., Ste. 110, in Littleton. To learn more or make an appointment, call 303-738-8045 or visit arapahoegov.com/veteransservice.