State / Territory Benefits - Wyoming
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Summary: Wyoming offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including County Veteran Service Officers, Wyoming Veterans Tax Exemption, Military Assistance Trust Fund, Veterans Preference, Employment & Training Services, Unemployment Benefits, Vocational Rehabilitation, Family Support Grants Program, Civil Service Preference, Special Vehicle License Plates, and Educational Benefits for National Guard Family Members; as well as Hunting, Fishing license and State Park privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status. Veterans are encouraged to request a Wyoming Veterans' Commission Veteran's benefits booklet for a comprehensive list of all Federal and State benefits.
State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
Personal Income Taxes: No state personal income tax
Retirement Income Taxes: Not taxed, including that received from other states.
Property Taxes: A Veteran's exemption may apply annually to exempt $3,000 in assessed value of property or motor vehicles owned by qualified Wyoming Veterans. The deduction comes out to be $90 on vehicle licensing and around $175-$200 on real estate depending on your tax district up to the mill levy and value of property. You must sign the card each time you use it for license plates. Also, in December of every year, a Veterans Exemption Letter is mailed; this letter must be returned before the 4th Monday in May.
Eligibility: Veterans who are residents of Wyoming three or more years prior to claiming the tax exemption and must provide a copy of your or your Spouse's DD 214 (discharge papers). Pursuant to Wyoming Statute 39-13-105, to be eligible for the Wyoming Veterans Exemption, in addition to being a Wyoming resident for three years, you must also meet one of the following criteria.
- Disabled Veteran with a compensable service-connected disability certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or a branch of the armed forces of the United States
- Honorably discharged Veteran of the Korean War emergency, who served in the military service of the United States between June 2, 1950, and January 31, 1955
- Honorably discharged Veteran of the Vietnam War emergency, who served in the military service of the United States between February 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975
- Honorably discharged Veteran of World War II, who served in the military service of the United States between December 7, 1941, and December 31, 1946
- Honorably discharged Veteran who served in the military service of the United States, who was awarded the armed forces expeditionary medal or any other authorized service or campaign medal indicating service for the United States in any armed conflict in a foreign country
You must be the surviving Spouse of a Veteran who met one or more requirements in Criteria 1 above. As a surviving Spouse, you must also meet all of the following criteria:
- Not remarried
- Resident of Wyoming for three years at the time of the application
- You and your Spouse were residents of Wyoming at the time of your Spouse's death
Tuition Assistance for Veterans and Surviving Dependents: Wyoming provides 10 free semesters of tuition and fees for overseas combat Veterans at the Wyoming Community Colleges or the University of Wyoming. Surviving Spouses and dependent Children are also eligible for this benefit if the military member died in combat. For more information, contact the Veteran's Representative at the institution. W.S. 19-14-106
Wyoming National Guard Education 100% State Educational Assistance Program: The plan pays 100% of the tuition and mandatory fees at an approved technical school, Wyoming community college and at the University of Wyoming or approved technical institution. The program will pay for one degree for all eligible members. In-state tuition rates are offered to all active members of the Wyoming National Guard. Guard members can use the state educational assistance to complete one degree or certificate program. This includes: Certificates, Associate, Bachelors, Masters, or PhD program. The combination of Certificate, Associate to Bachelor counts as one degree.
Eligibility: Members must have served or are serving on a six-year contract with the Wyoming National Guard. Must have completed basic training or officer training; meet participation standards; be in good standing with the Guard; and Adhere to Guard fitness requirements. Members must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA in school and agree to serve two years with the Wyoming Guard after completion of school. Members have ten years to complete their degree or educational objective. The ten years start the first time members enroll in the plan. Failure to maintain satisfactory participation in the educational program or failure to complete the initial six-year commitment, or the two-year additional service, obligates a member to repay all educational assistance received. An application packet must be completed for each term enrolled. Members can pick up application packets at their units, college financial aid offices, and state education office and on the web site: http://wyoguard.state.wy.us/. For questions, contact the State Education office at (307)772-5262. W.S. 19-9-501
High School Diplomas for Veterans (Operation Recognition): Veterans of WW II, Korea, and Vietnam that were unable to complete their Wyoming high school education before entering service, either by draft or enlistment is entitled to have their high school diploma. All Wyoming high schools participate with the Commission in this important program. Even Veterans who got their GED certificates after returning home are eligible, too. In cases of closed high schools, diplomas are issued by high schools that took in the closed ones. Application is made through the Commission office. For more information, call (800) 833-5987.
Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:
- Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.
- Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.
- Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.
- Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.
- Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.
- Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.
- Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.
Primary Point of Contact:
Gary P. Hartman, Wyoming MIC3 Commissioner
Address: 200 West 24th St, Capital Building, Room 124, Cheyenne, WY 82002
Employee Military Leave: State employee receives 15 days paid military leave per year.
Eligibility: State employee on orders for Drill, Annual Training or Active Duty.
Wyoming Department of Workforce Service: The Department of Workforce Services (DWS) Employment & Training Division provides employment and training services to all Military Veterans and Eligible Spouses. Job seekers who are Veterans receive priority referral to jobs and training. Priority of service is the right of eligible covered persons to take precedence over eligible non-covered persons in obtaining services. Local Employment and Training Workforce Centers provide career guidance, job search, resume writing, skills assessments, labor market information, unemployment benefits access, referral services, and training support to Veterans. Veteran Representatives provide additional intensive services to meet the employment needs of eligible Veterans and Spouses with maximum emphasis directed toward serving those who are economically or educationally disadvantaged, including homeless Veterans and Veterans with barriers to employment. They also assist employers with job development and placement of recently separated or difficult to place Veterans.
Eligibility: Covered individuals include a Veteran or eligible Spouse. A Veteran, for purposes of Priority of Service, is a person who served in the active military, naval or air service, and who was discharged or released there from under conditions other than dishonorable, as specified in 38 U.S.C. 101(2). Active service includes full-time duty in the National Guard or a Reserve component, other than full-time duty for training purposes.
An eligible Spouse is defined as the Spouse of any of the following:
- Any Veteran who died of a service-connected disability
- Any member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty who, at the time of application for the Priority, is listed in one or more of the following categories and has been so listed for a total of more than 90 days.
- Missing in action
- Captured in line of duty by a hostile force
- Forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power
- Any Veteran who has a total disability resulting from a service-connected disability, as evaluated by the Department of Veterans Affairs
- Any Veteran who died while a disability was in existence
Veterans Preference: Veterans are entitled to point's advantage for selection to Federal and Federal Contractor positions. Wyoming contacts are available here.
Eligibility: Veterans separated or retired from the Armed Services under conditions other than dishonorable.
Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR): Advancing jobs and independence for Wyoming Veterans with disabilities is the overriding mission of DVR. DVR provides vocational counseling and guidance to all clients. Other services such as physical and mental restoration, maintenance, training, diagnoses, evaluation, job placement, and transportation may also be available. A Veteran may reasonably be expected to benefit, in terms of employability, from his/her rehabilitation services.
Eligibility: A Veteran must have a physical or mental disability; the disability must result in a substantial handicap to employment.
Unemployment Insurance is a program to help workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own. The Unemployment Insurance Program helps to lessen the negative impact that unemployment has on the economy. This program is not paid for by employees. Employers fund the Unemployment Insurance program. To file for unemployment go to your local Unemployment Insurance office or apply online on the Wyoming UI Internet Services System. In exchange for Unemployment Insurance benefits, your job is to look for work. Register at wyomingatwork.com the first week you file for unemployment or go to your local Workforce Center to register for work. This is required in order to receive benefit payments. If you reside outside of Wyoming, go to your nearest Workforce Center in your state of residency. Click here to view the Wyoming Guidebook for Unemployment Benefits.
Call us at 307-473-3789 or the HELP Line at 307-235-3264
General Provisions: No fees are charged for Special License Plates, though with the exception of the POW and 50% service connected Disabled Veteran plates, regular registration fees are payable when getting the plates. In addition, all Veterans entitled to have Special License Plates are also eligible to display Veterans Service Emblems on their plates. Military License Plate Application
Disabled Veteran Plates: A disabled Veteran who receives 50% or more service-connected disability compensation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs may apply for distinctive license plates for his or her vehicle. Contact the county treasurer's office of the disabled Veteran's county to obtain the form to make an application for these license plates. Fees for disabled Veterans' license plates for disabled Veterans who receive 50%or more service-connected disability compensation are now exempt for 1 vehicle. Military License Plate Application
Former Prisoner of War Plates: Any person who, while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, was imprisoned by an enemy of the U.S. during a period of conflict with the United States may use a special license plate for POW's. The applicant must be a resident of Wyoming at the time the application is made to the state on forms provided by the county treasurer's office. There is no Fee for this plate. Military License Plate Application
Pearl Harbor Survivor Plates: Any person applying to the state for a Pearl Harbor license plate on a form from the county treasurer's office must provide documentation that they; Were a member of the United States Armed Forces on December 7, 1941, were on station on December 7, 1941, during the hours of 7:55 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Hawaii time at Pearl Harbor, the island of Oahu, or offshore not to exceed three miles. The applicant must have received an honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces. Military License Plate Application
Purple Heart Plates: Any person who has received the Purple Heart Medal may apply to the state on a form available at his/her county treasurer's office for a distinctive license plate with proper documentation that establishes him/her as a legally authorized recipient. Military License Plate Application
National Guard Plates: Any member of the Wyoming National Guard, or National Guard retiree, may apply for a distinctive license plate providing he/she presents proper documentation to support his/her claim. Military License Plate Application
Veterans' License Plates: All Veterans who have served at least one period of honorable service which resulted in the issuing of a DD 214 are entitled to Veteran Plates. The fee for Veteran Plates is $50.00. Veterans can apply online or use the Military License Plate Application to mail a hard copy application.
Gold Star Plates: Any parent, grandparent, Spouse, sibling or Child of a member of the United States Armed Forces who died while in service or who died as a result of the service shall be eligible to receive the Gold Star License Plate. A copy of a death certificate or other documentation indicating the Service member's death occurred while a member of the armed forces. Do not submit an original. Fee paid by the Veteran's Commission. Veterans can apply online or use the Military License Plate Application to mail a hard copy application.
Medical Benefits: Worker's Compensation
Eligibility: National Guard Service member on State active duty.
Worker's Compensation: Same as State employees.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member on State active duty.
Injury/Death Benefits: Worker's Compensation
Eligibility: Disease, Injury, or Death occurs while serving on State Active Duty.
State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) is a program that provides group term life insurance exclusively for National Guard members and their dependents. The program is derived from United States Public Law 93-289, May 24, 1974, to encourage persons to join and remain in the National Guard. Wyoming allows the National Guard Soldier to sign up for SSLI, pay the premiums, then file for reimbursement at the end of each year.
The insurance plan offered to Guard members is the Service members' Group Life Insurance (SGLI), which provides coverage for a Guard member 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It costs approximately $26.00 per month for $400,000 of insurance with smaller amounts of coverage available. Coverage is available through age 60, upon receipt of your first retirement check, or 120 days after a Soldiers' end of term of service (ETS).
Family coverage is available through Family Service members' Group Life Insurance (FSGLI). This program is available to the Spouses and dependent Children of members insured under the SGLI program. FSGLI provides up to a maximum of $100,000 of insurance coverage for Spouses, not to exceed the SGLI amount of the insured member. It also provides $10,000 for dependent Children. Spousal coverage is issued in increments of $10,000. Coverage costs vary among plans.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member.
Free Veterans Game and Fish Licenses: The Game and Fish Department will issue without charge lifetime bird, small game, and fish licenses. The license is valid so long as the licensee remains a Wyoming resident. Contact one of the regional offices or the state office of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for application forms, or call the Wyoming Veterans' Commission state office for more information. Game and Fish Department Regional Offices are in Jackson, Pinedale, Cody, Sheridan, Green River, Laramie, Lander, and Casper. Game and Fish Department state office toll-free is 1-800-842-1934 or call the Telephone Information Center at 307-777-4600. 100% Disabled Hunter Application for Bird, Fish and Small Game
Eligibility: To be eligible for a one hundred percent (100%) Disabled Veteran Bird, Fish and Small Game License you must be a resident of Wyoming and have a letter from the respective Veterans Administration Regional Office certifying to the 100% level of disability of the applicant. The letter shall be signed by the Veterans Service Center Manager. The one hundred percent (100%) Disabled Veteran Bird, Fish and Small Game License is valid as long as the license holder remains a Wyoming resident.
Free Fishing Licenses for Disabled Veterans: Disabled Veterans receive a free Wyoming lifetime fishing license. To make application, ask for the application forms from the Commission office in Casper or in person at one of the major Wyoming Department of Fish and Game office. For more information please call the Telephone Information Center at 307-777-4600. 50% Disabled Veteran Application for Fishing License
Eligibility: Wyoming Veterans that have a letter from the respective Veterans Administration Regional Office certifying to receiving 50% or more service-connected disability compensation for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. License valid as long as the license holder remains a Wyoming resident.
Active Duty Wyoming Resident Serving in Combat Zone Licenses: Complimentary resident general elk, resident general deer, resident game bird/small game and resident daily fishing licenses shall be issued to any Wyoming resident serving on active duty in the United States military deployed to a combat zone who is home on military leave during the applicable hunting or fishing season and returning to duty in a combat zone. Applicants for licenses shall meet the statutory requirements established in W.S. 23-2-101(a) and shall provide to the Department a valid, current military identification card, military leave orders, a current Leave and Earnings Statement indicating the applicant is receiving hostile fire compensation and proof of residency at the time of application. Licenses shall be issued at no fee to the applicant and shall only be issued at the Cheyenne headquarters office or Department regional offices.
Free State Park Pass for Disabled Veterans: Resident disabled Veterans of Wyoming receive a free Annual Day Use and Camping Lifetime Permit. To make application, ask for the application forms from the Commission office in Casper or in person at the Cheyenne Parks Pass office in the Barret Building. For more information contact 307-777-6323
Eligibility: Wyoming Veterans that are 50% or more service-connected disabled.
Free Hunting and Fishing Licenses While on Leave: Any Wyoming resident who is on active duty in the U.S. Military deployed to a combat zone, who is home on leave.
Special Limited Fishing Permit for Hospitalized Veterans: In coordination with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, a free license can be issued by any VA Hospital within Wyoming, Wyoming Department of Health or Wyoming Department of Family Services. Veteran must fish under the direct control of the institution.
Pioneer Veteran Bird, Small Game, and Fishing License: For any Wyoming Veteran who is 65 or older and has lived in Wyoming for 30 or more continuous years.
Wyoming's Veterans' Memorial Museum: The Wyoming's Veterans' Memorial Museum is a non-typical military museum that is exclusively focused on the personal, intimate, and sensitive stories of Wyoming Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces spanning the Spanish-American War to the modern War on Terrorism. The museum covers all branches of service, all ranks and all conflicts as well civilian components such as the Civil Air Patrol, Cadet Nurses, Merchant Marines and the Civil Defense Agency to name a few. The museum houses nearly 700 individual Wyoming Veteran's stories and over 25,000 artifacts spanning uniforms, photographs, archives, weapons and a library. We provide guided tours, hands-on activities and community presentations.
National Guard Legal Protections: Wyoming National Guard members on state active duty exempt from jury duty. The state provides legal counsel in civil actions resulting from State Active Duty.
Eligibility: A member of the Wyoming National Guard serving on active service.
State and County Veteran Service Officer(s): Informs Veterans and Family members about state and federal benefits. They assist with forms, claims, and coordination. Outreach is conducted throughout the state. This program has expanded to five State Officers. For assistance, call 1-800-833-5987.
State Veterans Service Officers:
Wind River Valley and Teton County: 307- 438-2101 (Lori McGee)
Central Wyoming: 307-265-7372 (Dave Gopperton) / 307-472-0212 (Alisa Cochrane)
Laramie Plains and the Platte Valley: 307-214-2112 (Vicki Richards ) / 307-274-7747 (Bob Stall)
Bighorn Basin: 307-250-3890 (Brad Cline)
Powder River Basin: 307-696-5048 (Brian Yeager)
County Veteran Service Officers:
Sweetwater County: 307-922-5443 (Larry Levitt, Director) / 307-922-5441 (Sylvia "Sam" Esquibel)
Uinta County: 307-789-7194 ext. 5 (Vacant)
Lincoln County: 307-877-3110 (Nancy Stafford)
Sublette County: 307-367-4887 (Cheryl Allen)
Eligibility: A Veteran with residency in Wyoming.
Military Assistance Trust Fund: The Wyoming State Legislature created the fund to serve as a last resort for dependents to turn to in times of financial hardship. The application can be found here. To apply for assistance, contact Wyoming Military Assistance Trust Fund office. (307) 772-5208.
Eligibility: he fund is designed to provide emergency financial assistance to military members or their families who meet the following requirements:
- Is a member of the Wyoming National Guard or a reserve unit that is based in Wyoming who has been called to active duty or active state service
- Is a Wyoming resident who is a member of a military reserve unit that is not based in Wyoming, if the member is called to active duty
- Members of the immediate Family of those personnel identified above
- The financial hardship results from the military member's active duty status and is a last resort for the applicant
Veterans' Guardianships: The Uniform Veterans' Guardianship Act has been adopted in Wyoming and governs the handling of guardianship estates of wards that are beneficiaries under the laws administered by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA is a party in interest in any proceeding brought under this Act. Guardians can have no more than five wards, and regular accountings must be made.
Wyoming Employment Services Division Office Locations: The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services is organized by offices you can individually locate and contact by clicking here.
Veterans' Home of Wyoming: The Veterans' Home of Wyoming (VHW) is a 117 bed assisted living facility founded to meet the needs of Veterans and their Spouses who have served in the armed forces of the United States. A resident must be able to maintain their activities of daily living and cannot be gainfully employed. All prospective residents are assessed during a two-day trial, which includes a personal interview and an application review with staff members. There are 2-room suites for married couples and private rooms for single residents. Residents' maintenance fees are based on an individual's ability to pay. Services rendered for the monthly maintenance fee include but are not limited to a furnished private room, meals, laundry services, nursing services, social services, activities, and transportation on weekdays.
Eligibility: To be eligible for admission to the Veterans' Home of Wyoming, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Must be unable to earn a living by reason of wounds, disease, old age or other infirmities; or have no adequate means of support or are already domiciled in this state.
- Must be a dependent of a qualified Veteran if admission is deemed proper.
- Valid in-state residence at the time of application, or the intent to permanently reside in the state if less than one year of state residence. The resident must not be in transit; temporary or seasonal residency is not acceptable.
- Persons who are not Veterans or dependents of Veterans may be admitted, if less than 90 percent of the home's capacity is occupied and a Veteran's dependent application is not pending. Individuals must also be unable to earn a living with no adequate means of support and/or domiciled in this state.
In all admission decisions, the facility will give preference to Veterans first and their accompanying dependents second. The facility will have final authority for approving or disapproving all applications.
Oregon Trail State Veterans' Cemetery: The Oregon Trail State Veterans' Cemetery, located at Evansville, has been established through the cooperative efforts of the Veterans' Commission acting for the State of Wyoming and the National Cemetery Administration of the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Burial plots will be assigned on a first come first served basis as the need arises. There will be no charge made for any burial plot. A vault will be required. All expenses incurred by the survivors for services and supplies provided by a funeral director of their choice or transportation to the State Cemetery must be paid for by the survivors or by private funds.
Eligibility: Every Veteran that received any discharge, other than dishonorable, from the Armed Forces of the United States is eligible for burial in the cemetery. The Spouse, handicapped or minor Child of an eligible Veteran may also qualify for burial in the State Veterans' Cemetery, providing that the interment of the qualifying Family member is in the same burial plot as that provided for the Veteran. Phone: 307-235-6673
Burial of Indigent Veterans: Counties are obliged to provide up to $500.00 for the burial of indigent Veterans.
Eligibility: Proof that the deceased Veteran received a discharge other than dishonorable for service on behalf of the United States. The indigent Veteran must have died in the county paying the expenses and proof must be shown that he/she left insufficient means to defray the expense.
Military Funeral Honors for Veterans: Honorably discharged Veterans are entitled by law to military honors at their funeral services. This includes burials, cremations, or memorial services. Honors can only be given once. The law provides for folding the U.S. Flag, presenting the U.S. Flag and the playing of "Taps". These honors are provided free of charge to the families of all entitled Veterans. Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) that routinely act as burial details for State Veterans may apply for payment of services at the rate of up to $50 per Veteran. The Wyoming Army National Guard may perform honors in partnership with VSOs around the state, which then allows the VSOs to receive an additional $50 stipend from the Federal government. Wyoming funeral home directors are able to request Military Funeral Honors. For questions about the Wyoming reimbursement, call (800) 833-5987. For questions about Federal reimbursement, call 307-772-5136.
Veterans Health Administration
VA Medical Center
Cheyenne: Cheyenne VA Medical, 2360 East Pershing Blvd, 307-778-7550 / 888-483-9127
Sheridan: Sheridan VA Medical Center, 1898 Fort Rd, 307-672-3473 / 866-822-6714
Afton: Afton Outreach Clinic, 125 South Washington, 307-886-5266
Evanston: Evanston Primary Care Telehealth Outreach Clinic, 1565 South Highway 150 #E, 877-733-6128
Laramie: Laramie Mobile Telehealth Clinic, 112 South 5th St, 888-483-9127 x3816
Rawlins: Rawlins PCTOC, 1809 East Daley St, 307-324-5578
Torrington: Torrington Mobile Telehealth Clinic, 2908 West 25th Ave, 888-483-9127 x3816
Wheatland: Wheatland Mobile Telehealth Clinic, 759 East Cole St, 888-483-9127 x3816
Worland: Worland Primary Care Telehealth Outreach Clinic, 510 South 15th, Suite D, 877-483-0370
Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Casper: Casper Outpatient Clinic, 4140 South Poplar St, 307-235-4143
Gillette: Gillette Outpatient Clinic, 604 Express Dr, 307-685-0676
Newcastle: Newcastle VA Clinic, 1124 Washington Blvd, 307-746-3221
Powell: Powell Outpatient Clinic, 777 Ave H, 307-754-7257
Riverton: Riverton Outpatient Clinic, 2300 Rose Ln, 307-857-1211
Rock Springs: Rock Springs Outpatient Clinic, 1401 Gateway, 307-362-6641
Veterans Benefits Administration
Cheyenne: Cheyenne VA Medical / Regional Office Center, 2360 E Pershing Blvd, 800-827-1000
Cheyenne: F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Department Of Veterans Affairs 442/214, 2360 E Pershing Blvd
Military Installations in Wyoming
F.E. Warren AFB
Additional information can be found at: http://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil/Home/Benefit_Library/Resource_Locator/Wyoming.html
Document Review Date: 9 December 2014