Wyoming Military and Veterans Benefits
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Summary of Wyoming Military and Veterans Benefits : 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
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.
Wyoming Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans and Surviving Spouses: 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 DD Form 214 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 Government Directory
Wyoming Tuition Assistance for Veterans and Surviving Dependents: Wyoming provides a Veteran’s tuition benefit in the form of free tuition and fees at community 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 )
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. ( W.S. 19-9-501 )
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 Commission office. For more information, call 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 December1941-31 December1946; 27 June 1950 – 31 January 1955; 28 February 1961- 7 May 1975.
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:
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
Policy Advisor, Office of the Governor
Address: 200 West 24th St, Capital Building, Room 124
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Paid Leave for Wyoming State Employees that are Reserve and National Guard Service Members for Military Duty: State employee receives 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 State employee on orders for Drill, Annual Training or Active Duty are eligible.
Wyoming Department of Workforce Services: The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services' Employment & 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.
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
Wyoming Veterans Hiring Preference in State Employment: In every public department and upon all public works in Wyoming, members of the United States military establishment in any war or conflict as defined in section 101, title 38, United States Code, honorably discharged from service, and the unremarried Surviving Spouses, shall be preferred for appointment or employment. Age or other physical impairment which does not in fact materially incapacitate shall 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 shall be given preference over employment of able-bodied Veterans and Surviving Spouses. A Veteran or Surviving Spouse who has not been a resident of the state of Wyoming for a period of one year or more immediately preceding date for appointment or employment is not entitled to preference under this section and for municipal or county employment, no preference shall be granted unless the applicant under this section is 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 shall be allowed a five (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 the advantage given shall be ten (10) points. This section applies only to bona fide residents of Wyoming at the time of their entry into the armed service of the United States and who are at the time of taking the examination bona fide residents of Wyoming.
Who is eligible for Wyoming Veterans Hiring Preference in State Employment? Veterans separated or retired from the Armed Services under conditions other than dishonorable and their un-remarried surviving Spouses are eligible for preference.
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 his or her 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 his or her 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.
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 retain 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, he or she is deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and is 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
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:
Counseling and Guidance
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
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
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:
File an Initial Claim online , or call 307-473-3789
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.
Wyoming Disabled Veteran License Plate s: 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 upon payment of regular registration fees.
Wyoming Department of Transportation, Application for Disabled Veteran Plates
Wyoming Veteran 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 mail their payment and application to:
Wyoming Veterans Commission
5410 Bishop Blvd
Cheyenne, WY 82009
Wyoming Purple Heart License Plate: Any person who presents documented proof that he/she is 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. Purple Heart recipients must mail their application to the County Treasurer in the county of registration.
Wyoming Department of Transportation, Application for Military Related Plates
Wyoming Gold Star Family License Plate: Any person who presents documented proof that he/she is 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 must mail their application and a death certificate indicating the Service member’s death while a member of the Armed Forces. Do not submit original document, upon verification the copy will be destroyed.
Wyoming Veterans Commission
510 Bishop Blvd
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009
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 DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) to the Wyoming Veterans Commission.
The commission will notify WYDOT Driver Services if an applicant qualifies as an honorably discharged Veteran. The Veterans Commission will not keep the DD 214 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 Waiver for Expiration Date on Driver’s License for Active Duty Military: An active-duty military member may have the expiration date of his/her 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.
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.
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.
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 )
Wyoming Fish, Bird and Game Licenses Free for 100% Disabled Veterans: 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 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 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
Complimentary Wyoming Game and Fishing Licenses for Resident Active Duty Service Members Serving in Combat Zone: 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.
Complimentary Wyoming Lifetime Game, Bird, Small Game and Fishing licenses for Resident Purple Heart Medal Recipients : The department shall 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 shall accept the following for proof of receiving a U.S. Military Purple Heart Medal: Official DD-214 form, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Identification Card (VIC) with Purple Heart Medal designation or U.S. Purple Heart Medal Recipient certificate.
Free Wyoming State Park Pass for Resident 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.
Who is eligible for a Free Wyoming State Park Pass for Resident Disabled Veterans? Wyoming Veterans that are 50% or more service-connected disabled.
*Note: See page 17 of the Wyoming Veterans Benefit Booklet .
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.
*Note: See page 16 of the Wyoming Veterans Benefit Booklet .
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 Office Directory
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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 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. The museum provides guided tours, hands-on activities and community presentations.
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, he is entitled to legal counsel to assist in his defense at state expense.
Who is eligible for Wyoming National Guard Legal Protections? A member of the Wyoming National Guard serving on active service. W.S. 19-9-401
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:
Uinta, Fremont & Teton Counties: Lori Crump , 307-438-2101, 324 E. Washington, Riverton, WY 82501
Campbell, Crook & Weston Counties: Brian Yeager , 307-696-5048 , 551 Running W Drive, Ste. 100, Gillette, WY 82718
Park, Big Horn, Washakie & Hot Springs Counties: Josh Schmidt , 307-258-3890, 1026 Blackburn Ave. Ste. 1, Cody, WY 82414
Natrona, Converse & Niobrara Counties: Dave McDonell , 307-258-1100, 5905 CY Ave., Casper, WY 82604
Albany, Carbon, and Laramie Counties: Vicki Osman , 307-214-2112, 5410 Bishop Blvd., Cheyenne, WY 82009
Goshen, Platte, and Laramie Counties: Greg Guantlett , 307-274-7747, 5410 Bishop Blvd., Cheyenne, WY 82009
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.
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
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.
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
Free (Confidential) Recording of Honorable Discharges for Wyoming Veterans: Wyoming law grants all Veterans who receive an honorable discharge from the military services of the United States the right of having his/her discharge papers, usually the DD 214 or the Honorable Discharge certificate bearing the DD 214 information on its reverse side, recorded free in the office of the county clerk if the documents have not been recorded previously in another county of the state. The County Clerk keeps this document confidential.
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.
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 DD-214, 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 full-time basis. Following the two-day stay, the facility will give permission to admit, ask for further information, or deny the admission.
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.
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.
Wyoming 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. 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. Phone: 307-235-6673
Burial of Indigent 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. 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 necessary funeral expenses. The amount expended for transporting the body shall not exceed $500.00.
Military Funeral Honors for Wyoming Veterans: Honorably discharged Veterans are entitled to receive military honors at one funeral service. The ceremony requires a minimum of two uniformed military members. Honors are provided free of charge to Veteran’s Families. Ask your funeral director for more information.
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/Star Valley Community 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 , 2901 Armory Rd, 888-483-9127 x3816
Rawlins: Rawlins VA PCTOC , 1809 East Daley St, 307-324-5578
Torrington: Torrington Mobile Telehealth Clinic , VFW Post 2918, 908 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
Gillette: Gillette Outpatient Clinic , 604 Express Dr, 866-621-1887
Newcastle: Newcastle VA Clinic , 1124 Washington Blvd, 307-746-4491 / Fax: 307-746-7171
Riverton: Riverton Outpatient Clinic , 2300 Rose Ln, 866-338-2609
Rock Springs: Rock Springs Outpatient Clinic , 1401 Gateway, 866-381-2830
Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Casper: Casper Vet Center , 1030 North Poplar, Suite B, 307-261-5355 / Fax: 307-261-5439
Cheyenne: Cheyenne Vet Center , 3219 E Pershing Blvd, 307-778-7370 / Fax: 307-638-8923
Veterans Benefits Administration
Cheyenne: Cheyenne VA Medical / Regional Benefit 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
Please see the Wyoming Military Resource Locator for additional information.
F.E. Warren AFB
153rd Airlift Wing
United States Army Reserve (USAR)