Wyoming Military and Veterans Benefits

State Taxes
Education Benefits
Employment Benefits
Unemployment Compensation
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
Health and Insurance Benefits
Parks and Recreation Benefits
Miscellaneous Benefits
Wyoming Military Resource Locator
U.S. Department of Veterans (VA) Affairs Facilities

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Summary of Wyoming Military and Veterans Benefits: Wyoming offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including State Veteran Service Officers, Wyoming Veterans Property Tax Exemption, Military Assistance Trust Fund, Veterans preference, employment & training services, vocational rehabilitation, unemployment benefits, special vehicle license plates, and educational benefits for National Guard Service 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.


Wyoming Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

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What are my Wyoming Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Wyoming Does Not Tax Resident’s Income: The state of Wyoming does hereby preempt for itself the field of imposing and levying income taxes, earning taxes, or any other form of tax based on wages or other income and no county, city, town or other political subdivision shall have the right to impose, levy or collect such taxes.

Wyoming Retirement Income Taxes: Wyoming does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Wyoming.

Wyoming Retired Military Pay Taxes: Wyoming does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Wyoming.

Wyoming State Taxes on Military Disability Retired Pay: Wyoming does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Wyoming.

Wyoming State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Wyoming does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Wyoming.

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Wyoming State Tax Benefits: Wyoming does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Wyoming.

Learn more about Wyoming Income Taxes

Wyoming Veterans Property Tax Exemption Apply at your County Assessor’s Office between January 1 and the fourth Monday of May each year. Veterans must be residents of Wyoming three or more years prior to claiming the tax exemption and must have a DD214 or equivalent. Additionally, one of the following must apply:

  • Served in the Armed Forces during World War II, Korean War, or Vietnam War; or

  • Must have served overseas during an armed conflict and received an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal or equivalent; or

  • Be a disabled Veteran with compensable service-connected disability as certified by VA; or

  • Be the Surviving Spouse of a qualifying Veteran who resides in Wyoming and did not remarry.

The exemption applies to taxes on a primary residence lowering the assessed value by $3,000. If the exemption is not used on property, it may be applied to a vehicle’s licensing fee. ( W.S. 39-13-105 )
State of Wyoming, Veterans Property Tax Exemption Application
State of Wyoming County Government Directory

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What are my Wyoming Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Wyoming Tuition Assistance for Veterans and Surviving Dependents: Wyoming provides a Veteran’s tuition benefit in the form of free tuition and fees at communitySoldier carrying books colleges or University of Wyoming, for overseas combat Veterans, Surviving Spouses and dependents. This program underwent a few changes during the 2018 legislative session. Current participants in the program will continue to be entitled to full payment of tuition and fees as well as the use of 10 semesters of education as long as those entitlements have been used by 31 Aug 2020. After that date, all participants currently enrolled and newly enrolled participants as of the summer 2018 semester will only be entitled to payment of tuition and will be limited to 8 semesters within an 8-year period.

There are other new restrictions, so please feel free to contact the program manager or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs certifying official at any of the colleges or University of Wyoming to learn about them.( W.S. 19-14-106 )

Learn more about Wyoming Tuition and Fee Exemption for Veterans and Surviving Dependents

Wyoming National Guard Educational Assistance Plan: The plan pays 100% resident rate tuition and mandatory fees (base fees applicable to all students) at state sponsored Community Colleges, the University of Wyoming, and the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy. At a private institution within the state or an institution having an agreement with the DoD (Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative: AU-ABC), the plan pays the AVERAGE of UW and Community College full time tuition and fees per semester period. The amount changes each academic year.

The WYNG Educational Assistance Plan DOES have a service commitment. This commitment is six years in the Wyoming National Guard and two years of service after the last day of the term the plan is used. Both requirements must be satisfied. All service must be in actively drilling status. Application for payment is agreement to this commitment.
Who is eligible for the Wyoming National Guard Educational Assistance Plan? Participants must have served or are serving on a six-year contract with the Wyoming National Guard. The other eligibility requirements include:

  • Participants must be in good standing and eligible for reenlistment or continuation of service

  • Participants must have a 2.0 Cumulative GPA to continue receiving Educational Assistance

  • Courses at multiple schools may be taken as long as they apply to the degree program pursued

  • Recreational courses must apply to the degree or program and may not be duplicated

  • Participants have 10 years to complete a program.

For questions, contact the Education Service Office at 307-772-5069.

State Tuition Assistance applications for Fall 2020 will be open from 1 August 2020 to 1 October 2020.

If you need assistance, please contact the Jenna Chapin at 307-777-8160 or jenna.chapin@wyo.gov .
Wyoming National Guard Educational Assistance Online Application Portal
( W.S. 19-9-Article 5 )

Learn more about the Wyoming National Guard Educational Assistance Plan

Wyoming Operation Recognition, High School Diplomas for Veterans Wartime Veterans: 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 Wyoming Veterans Commission office. For more information, call 307-777-8160 or toll free within Wyoming at 800-833-5987.
Who is eligible for Wyoming Operation Recognition, High School Diplomas for Veterans Wartime Veterans? Veterans who left school to serve in the military during the qualifying dates of active service: 7 December 1941-31 December 1946; 27 June 1950 – 31 January 1955; 28 February 1961- 7 May 1975.

Learn more about Wyoming Operation Recognition, High School Diplomas for Veterans

Wyoming 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:

  • Children sitting on the steps of a school 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:
Chad Delbridge
Principal, Freedom Elementary School
Address: 4500 Happy Jack Road
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Email: chad.delbridge@laramie1.org
Phone: 307-771-2305

Learn more about the Wyoming Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

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What are my Wyoming Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Soldiers training Paid Leave for Wyoming State Employees that are Reserve and National Guard Service Members for Military Duty: State employees receive 15 days paid military leave per calendar year.
Who is eligible for Paid Leave for Wyoming State Employees that are Reserve and National Guard Service Members for Military Duty? National Guard and Reserve Service members that are a State employee on orders for Drill, Annual Training or Active Duty are eligible.

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Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Veterans Program: The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services' Wyoming Workforce servicesEmployment & Training Workforce Centers offer employment and training services to Veterans from all services on a Priority of Service basis. All local Wagner-Peyser and Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act Workforce Center staff provides career guidance, job search, resume writing, skills assessments, labor market information, supportive services and training support to all eligible Veterans. To register online, go to Wyomingatwork Registration Page . At all local Workforce Centers, Veteran services begin with the receptionist.

Veterans or eligible Spouses who qualify for Priority of Service receive precedence to general services, open position notification and referrals to training.

Veteran Priority of Service means the right of eligible covered individuals to take precedence over eligible non-covered individuals in obtaining services. The covered person receives access to the service or resource earlier in time than the non-covered person. If the service or resource is limited, the covered person receives access to the service or resource instead of or before an equally qualified non-covered person.
Who is eligible for Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Veterans Program? 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.

Learn more about the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Veterans Program

Wyoming Veterans Hiring Preference in State Employment: In every public department and public works in Wyoming, Veterans of any war or conflict as defined in section 101, title 38, United States Code , that were honorably discharged, and the un-remarried Surviving Spouses are given a preference for appointment or employment. Age or other physical impairment which does not incapacitate the applicant will not disqualify them from receiving preference if they possess the business capacity, competency, education or other qualifications for discharge of the duties required.

If the disabilities do not materially interfere with performance of the duties, the disabled Veterans or Surviving Spouses are given preference over employment of able-bodied Veterans and Surviving Spouses. In order for a Veteran or Surviving Spouse to receive preference they must have been a resident of Wyoming one year or more immediately preceding date for appointment or employment. In addition, the applicant must be a resident of the municipality or county in which employment is sought.

Whenever a Veteran of any war or conflict as defined in section 101, title 38, United States Code takes any examination under the merit system of Wyoming, the Veteran is afforded a 5 point advantage over any non-Veteran competitor for the same position or proposed employment, and if the Veteran has a service connected disability of ten percent (10%) or more they are afforded 10 points. This applies only to bona fide residents of Wyoming at the time of their entry into the armed forces of the United States and who are at the time of taking the examination are bona fide residents of Wyoming.
Who is eligible for Wyoming Veterans Hiring Preference in State Employment?
Veterans separated or retired from the Armed Forces under conditions other than dishonorable and their un-remarried Surviving Spouses are eligible for preference.

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Federal Veterans Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:

  • During a war; or

  • During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or

  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or

  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.

10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of

  • A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of their usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

  • Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or

  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of their usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

Learn more about Federal Veterans Hiring Preferences

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act: Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protect civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of Reserve components. USERRA also makes major improvements in protecting Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and missile launchingretain reemployment rights to five years (the previous law provided four years of active duty, plus an additional year if it was for the convenience of the Government). There are important exceptions to the five-year limit, including initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA clearly establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service as long as the basic eligibility criteria are met.

Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members convalescing from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.

Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning service-members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service (the long-standing "escalator" principle), with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. The law clearly provides for alternative reemployment positions if the Service member cannot qualify for the "escalator" position. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102 percent of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), provides assistance to all persons having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

Learn more about Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR): The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services is committed to helping people with disabilities establish and reach vocational goals that help them become productive working citizens. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services - Vocational Rehabilitation Division can provide only those services which are necessary for eligible individuals to reach the employment goal agreed to in the Individualized Plan for Employment. These services may include, but are not limited to:

  • Eligibility Assessment

  • Counseling and Guidance

  • Referral Services

  • Job Search and Placement Assistance

  • Job Retention and Career Follow-Up

  • Vocational and Other Training Services

  • Facilitation of diagnosis and treatment of physical and mental impairments

  • Transportation Services Personal Assistance Services

  • Deaf and Blind Interpretive Services

  • Rehabilitation Teaching Services

  • Occupational Licenses, Tools and Equipment

  • Self-Employment Opportunities

  • Rehabilitation Technology Services

  • Transition Services (from school-to-work)

  • Supported Employment Services

Who is eligible for Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)? The criteria for determining eligibility for Vocational Rehabilitation Services are as follows:

  • The individual has a physical or mental impairment

  • The impairment constitutes or results in a substantial impediment to employment

  • The individual shall be presumed to be able to benefit in terms of an employment outcome from the provision of Vocational Rehabilitation services unless there is clear and convincing evidence that the applicant is incapable of benefiting in terms of an employment outcome from Vocational Rehabilitation services; and

  • The applicant requires services to prepare for, enter into, engage in, regain or retain gainful employment consistent with the applicant's strengths, concerns, abilities, capabilities and informed choice.

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What are my Wyoming Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Wyoming Unemployment Insurance (UI): The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services - Unemployment Insurance Program pays temporary benefits to workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own. In order to access this program, those workers need to be looking for work and meet certain requirements.

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services is committed to creating a process to access unemployment insurance benefits easy for those who need them. With this in mind, individuals who want to apply for Unemployment Insurance can do so electronically.

Also, the below information will be beneficial to those who want to apply for Unemployment Insurance:

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What are my Wyoming Military and Veterans Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)?

Wyoming Veteran Designation on Driver License or Identification Cards: Wyoming Veterans now have the option of requesting a Veteran designation be shown on the front of their Wyoming driver license or identification cards.

The red “V” in the upper right-hand corner of the license or card will allow Wyoming Veterans to validate their honorable service with a government-issued identification card.

To qualify for the designation, applicants must submit a verification form and copy of their separation papers (Form DD214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) to the Wyoming Veterans Commission.

Wyoming Drivers License Veteran Designation The commission will notify WYDOT Driver Services if an applicant qualifies as an honorably discharged Veteran. The Veterans Commission will not keep the DD214 copies on file. They will be destroyed to protect privacy. The commission will notify the applicant if there is a problem with the separation documents submitted.

Veterans will need to indicate on their driver license or ID card application that they wish to have the Veteran designation on their card. Veterans who get their status verified before going to a WYDOT Driver Services office to renew their license should get their new license with the red “V” in about three weeks.

It is recommended that applicants contact the Veterans Commission for verification at least a week before going to a WYDOT Driver Services office to get a license.

There is no additional fee required to get the Veteran designation, but the normal fee charged for a new or renewal license will apply.
Wyoming Driver License Application
Wyoming Identification Card Application

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Wyoming Military and Veteran Specialty License Plates: The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) offers 8 distinctive license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of Service members, Veterans, Retirees and eligible Family members. A short description of some of these license plates is listed below. Each plate has specific eligibility and documentation requirements. Embossed plates are available for a $50.00 fee payable to WYDOT.

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Wyoming Disabled Veteran License Plates: A disabled Veteran who receives 50% or more service connected disability compensation from the United States Department of Veteran's Wyoming Disabled Veteran PlateAffairs and who is a resident at the time of initial application and renewal application, may apply for distinctive license plates for a passenger car, pickup truck, motorcycle or multipurpose vehicle owned or leased by him upon registration of the vehicle.

A disabled Veteran may purchase one (1) additional pair of license plates for either a motorcycle or multipurpose vehicle upon payment of regular registration fees.

The Disabled Veteran license plates cannot be used to park in handicapped parking spaces in Wyoming. To legally park in handicap parking, a separate handicap parking placard must be obtained.

The county treasurer will forward two copies of the approved application to the Wyoming Department of Transportation, which will indicate the assigned plate number and return a copy of the application and the plates to the county treasurer.

Contact:
WYDOT Motor Vehicle Services
5300 Bishop Boulevard
Cheyenne WY 82009
307777-4717
Wyoming Department of Transportation, Application for Disabled Veteran Plates

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Wyoming Army Veteran plate Wyoming Veteran License Plates: All Veterans who have served at least one period of honorable service which resulted in the issuing of a DD214 are entitled to Veteran Plates. The fee for Veteran Plates is $50.00. Veterans can apply on the Wyoming Department of Transportation, Online Specialty License Plate Ordering page or mail their payment and application to:

Wyoming Veterans Commission
5410 Bishop Blvd
Cheyenne, WY 82009

Wyoming Department of Transportation, Application for Military Related Plates

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Wyoming Purple Heart Plate Wyoming Purple Heart License Plate: Any Wyoming resident who presents documented proof that they are an official recipient of the United States Military Purple Heart Award may apply to the department for a Purple Heart Recipient Plate. There is no fee for this license plate. All applications for the Wyoming Purple Heart License Plate shall be made directly to the county treasurer at least 60 days before registration of the vehicle expires.
Wyoming Department of Transportation, Application for Military Related Plates

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Wyoming Gold Star family plate Wyoming Gold Star Family License Plate: Any person who presents documented proof that they are a Surviving Spouse, grandparent, Child, parent or sibling may apply to the department for a Gold Star Family license plate. There is no fee for this license plate. Applicants can apply on the Wyoming Department of Transportation, Online Specialty License Plate Ordering page or mail their application and a death certificate indicating the Service member’s death while a member of the Armed Forces to the:

Wyoming Veterans Commission
5410 Bishop Blvd
Cheyenne, WY 82009

Do not submit original documents, upon verification the copies will be destroyed.
Wyoming Department of Transportation, Application for Military Related Plates

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Wyoming Driver’s License Benefits for Active Duty Military: Non-resident active-duty military personnel and their dependents are not required to obtain a Wyoming driver license.

An active-duty military member may have the expiration date of their license waived. If you present your valid active-duty military ID card when applying for a Wyoming driver license, your license will be issued with an "I" restriction that will waive the expiration date of your Wyoming driver license as long as it is accompanied by active-duty orders or active-duty military ID card.

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What are my Wyoming Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?

Wyoming National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness, Disability and Death Benefits covered under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty: Workers Compensation equivalent to State employees when called to state active duty.

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Wyoming National Guard Association (WYNGA), State Sponsored Life Insurance: The State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) program is derived from United States Public Law 93-289, May 1974, Title 37, Section 707 and is offered through the Wyoming National Guard. This program is comprised of a combination of six voluntary group life policies available to the military members of the Wyoming National Guard and are designed to help meet the needs of their membership.

Every eligible member of the Wyoming National Guard is covered with $1,000 SSLI at no cost to the member. This $1,000 benefit is provided through the Militia Insurance Trust Group Life Insurance Plan.

Key Benefits of the SSLI:

  • Over $1,000,000 in coverage available for the Wyoming National Guardsman through a combination of the SSLI plans

  • Coverage available for the Spouse and Children

  • Rates do not go up just because you separate from the National Guard – you can keep the coverage when you separate

  • Coverage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

  • No War Exclusion – you are covered in combat

  • No Aviation Exclusion – aviators are covered

  • New Recruits are eligible for $10,000 SSLI coverage under the MIT Group Life Insurance Plan at no cost for the first year of service in the Wyoming National Guard. Enrollment must occur within 90 days of joining the Wyoming National Guard

Go to National Guard State Sponsored Life Insurance webpage for more information including eligibility, benefits, rates, exclusion limitations and renewal provisions.
Who is eligible for Wyoming National Guard Association (WYNGA), State Sponsored Life Insurance? Wyoming National Guard Service members that are members of the WYNGA and their dependents are eligible.

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TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, Active and Reserve Component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection ( TSGLI)

  • Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI)

  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance

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What are my Wyoming Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Wyoming Fish, Bird and Game Licenses Free for 100% Disabled Veterans: The Game and Fish Department will issue without charge lifetime bird, smallDeer standing in a field 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 at 307-777-8152 for more information. Game and Fish Department Regional Offices are in Jackson, Pinedale, Cody, Sheridan, Green River, Laramie, Lander, and Casper. Contact the Wyoming Game and Fish Headquarters at 307-777-4600 for more information.
Who is eligible for Wyoming Fish, Bird and Game Licenses Free for 100% Disabled Veterans?
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. W.S. 23-1-705(d)
Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Disabled Veteran License/ Permit Application
Wyoming Game and Fish Department, 100% Disabled Veteran License/ Permit Fact Sheet

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two men fishing on a boat Wyoming Fishing Licenses Free for 50% 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. Game and Fish Department Regional Offices are in Jackson, Pinedale, Cody, Sheridan, Green River, Laramie, Lander, and Casper. Contact the Wyoming Game and Fish Headquarters at 307-777-4600 for more information.
Who is eligible for Wyoming Fishing Licenses Free for 50% Disabled Veterans?
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. This license is valid as long as the license holder remains a Wyoming resident.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Disabled Veteran License/ Permit Application
Wyoming Game and Fish Department, 50% or more Disabled Veteran License/ Permit Fact Sheet

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Complimentary Wyoming Game and Fishing Licenses for Resident Active Duty Service Members Serving in Combat Zone: Complimentary resident general elk, resident Wyoming Game and Fish Deptgeneral deer, resident game bird/small game and resident daily fishing licenses may 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 must meet the statutory requirements established in W.S. 23-2-101(a) and 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 are issued at no fee to the applicant and may only be issued at the Cheyenne headquarters office at 5400 Bishop Blvd, Cheyenne, WY 82006 or Department regional offices.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Regional Office Directory

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Complimentary Wyoming Lifetime Game, Bird, Small Game and Fishing licenses for Resident Purple Heart Medal Recipients: The department will issue without charge lifetime game bird, small game and fish licenses to any United States military Purple Heart medal recipient with document proof thereof. The license is valid so long as the licensee remains a Wyoming resident.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will accept the following for proof of receiving a U.S. Military Purple Heart Medal: Official DD214, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Identification Card (VIC) with Purple Heart Medal designation or U.S. Purple Heart Medal Recipient certificate. Licenses are issued only at headquarters in Cheyenne or at Wyoming Game and Fish Department Regional Offices located in Jackson, Pinedale, Cody, Sheridan, Green River, Laramie, Lander, or Casper. In addition, applications can be mailed to any of the regional offices or the headquarters office.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Purple Heart Medal Recipient License Application
Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Purple Heart Medal Recipient License Fact Sheet
Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Regional Office Directory

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Exemption from Wyoming Hunter Safety Requirement for Service Members and Veterans: Any active member, honorably discharged past member, or Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States is exempt from the requirement to provide or possess a certificate of competency and safety in the use and handling of firearms. Those who meet these service requirements may mail or visit a Game and Fish Department Office with a copy of documents verifying their service to obtain the necessary validation in the Department’s licensing system.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Regional Office Directory

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Special Limited Wyoming 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.

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Wyoming Pioneer and Honorably Discharged Veteran Pioneer Bird, Small Game, and Fishing License: Any Wyoming Veteran that was honorably discharged, who is over 65 and who has lived in Wyoming continuously for the past 30 years is eligible to receive pioneer bird, small game and fish licenses at no charge. Individuals who would like the pioneer bird, small game and fish license must apply at a Game and Fish office. The license is valid as long as the license holder remains a Wyoming resident. W.S. 23-1-705(d)
Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Regional Office Directory

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Free Wyoming State Park Lifetime Veterans Permit for Resident Disabled Veterans: The Lifetime Veteran's Permit allows free day use and camping Wyoming State Parkfor life and is available to any Wyoming resident Veteran who is 50% or more service-connected disabled. Applicants must provide proof of residency and VA certification of level of disability. Information about the permit, including the application process and benefits, are available at the Wyoming Parks website, or you may call or visit Wyoming State Parks Headquarters at 2301 Central Ave., Cheyenne, 307-777-6323.
Who is eligible for a Free Wyoming State Park Pass for Resident Disabled Veterans? Wyoming Veterans that are 50% or more service-connected disabled are eligible.

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What are my Wyoming Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Wyoming's Veterans' Memorial Museum: The Wyoming's Veterans' Memorial Museum located in Casper is a non-typical military museum that is exclusively focused onWyoming Veterans Museum 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. The museum provides guided tours, hands-on activities and community presentations.

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Wyoming National Guard Legal Protections: Wyoming National Guard members on state active duty are exempt from the following:

  • Service as Jurors

  • Labor on public highways

  • Garnishment or attachment of monies accruing from performance of military duty under orders of the governor.

In addition, no member of the Wyoming National Guard in active state service shall incur any personal liability, civil or criminal, by reason of acts committed in the performance of his necessary duties incident to service under orders of the governor or any lawful superior if the acts are not palpably illegal, excessively violent or malicious. If any civil action is brought against a member by reason of an act or acts committed in the performance of his necessary duties, they are entitled to legal counsel to assist in their defense at state expense.
Who is eligible for Wyoming National Guard Legal Protections? A member of the Wyoming National Guard serving on active service is eligible for these protections. W.S. 19-9-401

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Wyoming State Veteran Service Officer(s): State and County Veteran Service Officers assist Veterans and Family members regarding state and federal benefits. They assist with forms, claims, and coordination. Outreach is conducted throughout the state. For more information call toll free the Wyoming Veterans Commission at 1-800-833-5987.

State Veterans Service Officers:

  • Hot Springs, Fremont & Teton Counties: Lori Crump , 307-438-2101, 324 E. Washington, Riverton, WY 82501

  • Campbell, Crook and Weston Counties: Clifford Knesel , 307-696-5048, 551 Running W Drive, Ste. 100, Gillette, WY 82718

  • Park, Big Horn and Washakie: Brad Cline , 307-250-3890, 1026 Blackburn Ave. Ste. 1, Cody, WY 82414.

  • Natrona, Converse and Niobrara Counties: Dave McDonell , 307-258-1100, Marshall Griffin , 307-315-4187, 5905 CY Ave., Casper, WY 82604

  • Albany and Carbon Counties: Emily Study , 307-399-1821, 2523 B Grand Ave., Laramie, WY 82070

  • Platte, and Laramie Counties: Stephanie Davis , 307-274-7747, 5410 Bishop Blvd., Cheyenne, WY 82009

  • Uinta, Sublette, Lincoln, and Sweetwater Counties: Vacant , 419 2nd St. Evanston, WY 82930

  • Sublette, Lincoln, and Sweetwater Counties have county services officers to assist Veterans.

The Veterans Home of Wyoming, in Buffalo, and Veterans Service Organization service officers at the VA Hospital in Cheyenne, also can assist Veterans with benefits questions and claims processing.

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Wyoming Military Assistance Trust Fund: The Wyoming State Legislature created the fund to serve as a last resort for Service members and dependents to turn to in times of financial hardship. To apply for assistance, contact Wyoming Military Assistance Trust Fund office. 307-772-5208.
Who is eligible for Wyoming Military Assistance Trust Fund?
The 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

  • Is a Wyoming Resident performing service in the uniformed service

  • Members of the immediate Family of those personnel identified above; and

  • Grants are for emergencies only and will be considered for Service members or Families whose financial hardships are directly related to state or federal military duty.

W.S. Article 4, Section 19-7-402

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Wyoming 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. W.S. 3-6-101 through 3-6-109

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Free (Confidential) Recording of Honorable Discharges for Wyoming Veterans: Veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time and who have been honorably discharged or relieved from active duty, may have their military discharge or DD214 recorded confidentially, free of charge, at the County Clerk’s Office. Veterans should check with their local County Clerk to ensure a DD214 filed prior to July 1, 2003, has been moved to the confidential records section.
Wyoming County Clerk Directory

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Veterans' Home of Wyoming: The Veterans' Home of Wyoming (VHW) is a 117-bed assisted living facility situated in the beautiful foothills of the Bighorn Mountains; the VHW proudly stands ready to serve our Veterans. The home, built on the grounds of the former Fort McKinney is located three miles west of Buffalo, Wyoming on U.S. Highway 16. There are 2-room suites for married couples and private rooms for single residents.

Veterans interested in joining the VHW community are encouraged to call VHW at 307-684-5511. They can request a pre-admission packet to fill out and return with copies of their DD214, recent history and physical, income verification, proof of Medicare A, B or D, and other documents.

After these materials are returned to VHW, the potential resident is invited to VHW for a two-day trial stay. This step gives both the resident and facility a chance to see if the admission will be a fit on a Veterans home of wyoming full-time basis. Following the two-day stay, the facility will give permission to admit, ask for further information, or deny the admission.

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.
Who is eligible for care at the Veterans' Home of Wyoming?
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.

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Wyoming Oregon Trail State Veterans' Cemetery: The Oregon Trail State Veterans' Cemetery, located at Evansville, has been established through Wyoming Oregon Trail Cemeterythe 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. The cemetery will provide a grave vault at no charge for casket interments. 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.
Who is eligible for internment at the Wyoming Oregon Trail State Veterans' Cemetery
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. For more information call 307-235-6673.

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Burial of Indigent Wyoming Veterans: Counties are obliged to provide for preparation of the body and transmittal to and the burial of indigent Veterans in the Veteran’s cemetery. Proof that the deceased Veteran received a discharge other than dishonorable for service on behalf of the United States in any war or conflict. The indigent Veteran must have died in the county paying the expenses and proof must be shown that they left insufficient means to defray the necessary funeral expenses. The amount expended for transporting the body may not exceed $500.00.

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Military Funeral Honors Program (MFHP) for Wyoming Veterans: the Wyoming MFHP mission is to provide and coordinate the appropriate final tribute Army burialto eligible Wyoming Veterans, acknowledging their faithful and honorable service to the State of Wyoming and our Nation.

The MFHP is committed to serving Veterans and their Families. The MFHP ensures all agencies are coordinated in their efforts and that honors are conducted with dignity, respect and meet an acceptable military standard.

MFHP became a statutory benefit to all Veterans with the signing of the National Defense Authorization Act. The law requires that, upon a Family’s request, every eligible Veteran receive a military funeral honors ceremony to include, at a minimum; the sounding of Taps and the folding and presenting United States Flag.

Who is eligible for Military Funeral Honors for Wyoming Veterans? Veterans are eligible for military honors at their funeral if they meet one of the following requirements:

  • Currently serving on active duty or in the Selected Reserves (drilling with a unit)

  • Discharged from active duty under conditions other than “dishonorable”

  • Completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve under conditions other than “dishonorable”

  • Discharged from the Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.

Military Funeral Honors Request Form

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities in Wyoming

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Wyoming: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in Wyoming: The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration currently does not maintain a national cemetery in Wyoming. The State of Wyoming does have one State Veteran’s Cemetery in Evansville, Wyoming. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

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Military Installations in Wyoming

Please see the Wyoming Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty:

Air Force
F.E. Warren AFB

National Guard
Wyoming Military Department

Wyoming Army National Guard

Wyoming Air National Guard
153rd Airlift Wing

United States Army Reserve (USAR)
88th Readiness Division

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Resources

Wyoming Veterans Commission

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Education and Training

Air National Guard Benefits

Army National Guard Benefits

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Facility Directory Wyoming

Wyoming Department of Transportation, Specialty Plates

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

Wyomingatwork

Wyoming Military Department

Wyoming Veterans Service Officers

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Veterans Program

Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Licensing for Veterans

U.S. Department of Labor, Veteran's Employment and Career Transition Advisor

Wyoming Veterans Commission, Wyoming Veterans Benefits Booklet

Wyoming Statutes

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Wyoming

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Document Review Date: 27 August 2020