Veteran in Charge Program

A Veteran Directed Care (VDC) Program

Are you a veteran with a disability who wants to live more independently? The Veteran-Directed Care (VDC) program* serves eligible Veterans of any age who want to remain living in their home and community for as long as possible.

Through the VDC program, Veterans work with one of The IC’s Veteran coaches to plan and manage VA-funded supports and services, such as:

  • Assistive devices
  • Environmental support
  • Meal delivery
  • Transportation
  • Emergency response system
  • In-home personal care
  • Homemaker services
  • Caregiver support
  • Home modifications
  • Adult day care

Take Charge of Your Independence

“Veteran directed” means you have more control over:

WHAT services, supports, and goods you need.

WHO provides those services and supports.

WHEN, WHERE & HOW the services and supports are provided.

HOW MUCH you pay for them.

To speak with the Veteran-Directed Care program, call 719-471-8181 or click below to submit a contact request.


contact us about VIC program

Where We Are

In addition to our home office located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, many of our services are available in 21 counties in the surrounding area. Click to enlarge the map and see a full list of the services we provide in each county.

Visual map of The IC's service areas.

*The VIC program is a partnership between the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) and The Independence Center (The IC). We are currently serving Alamosa, Arapahoe, Chaffee, Cheyenne, Conejos, Costilla, Custer, Douglas, Elbert, El Paso, Fremont, Huerfano, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Mineral, Park, Pueblo, Rio Grande, Saguache, and Teller Counties.

Download our Veteran in Charge Brochure

Click the image below to download an accessible PDF of the brochure.

Image of the cover of the VIC brochure. Click for accessible PDF of entire brochure.

“The VIC program… gives me confidence that I can remain in my home. The peace of mind that comes with living in familiar surroundings is so very important to preserving a healthy sense of well-being.”   ~VIC Program Participant


Additional Testimonials

Click on any of the links below to learn more about the stories of some of the veterans we serve.

Other Resources

Make the Connection

This site connects Veterans, their families and friends, and other supporters to mental health information , a tool for finding local mental health resources, and videos of Veterans sharing their inspiring stories of recovery. The site is free to use and accessible to everyone.