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


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.

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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 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 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 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 )

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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 2019 will be open from 1 August 2019 to 1 October 2019. Spring 2020 applications will be open from 1 December 2019 to 1 February 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 )

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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.
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.

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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:
Chad Delbridge
Principal, Freedom Elementary School
4500 Happy Jack Rd
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Email: chad.delbridge1@laramie.org
Phone: 307-777-5771

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What are my Wyoming Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

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.

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Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Veterans Program: 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