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 State Veteran Service Officers, Veterans Property Tax Exemption, Military Assistance Trust Fund, Veterans’ preference, employment and training services, unemployment benefits, special vehicle license plates, and education benefits, 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 State Veteran Service Officers: State Veteran Service Officers are trained to assist Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and their Families find and apply for military/ Veterans benefits under federal, state and local laws. For more information call the Wyoming Veterans Commission at 800-833-5987 or contact the local State Veteran Service Officer.

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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: Wyoming does not have state income tax. Residents do not file an individual tax return.

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Wyoming Veterans Property Tax Exemption: Wyoming offers a property tax exemption of $3000 on the assessed value of their primary residence. If the exemption is not used on property, it may be applied to a vehicle’s licensing fee.
Wyoming Veterans Property Tax Exemption? Veterans must be residents of Wyoming three or more years prior to claiming the tax exemption Additionally, one of the following must apply:

  • Served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, Korean War, or Vietnam War

  • Served overseas during an armed conflict and received an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal or equivalent

  • Disabled Veteran with a compensable service-connected disability as certified by the VA

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran.

Applicants should apply at their local County Assessor’s Office between January 1 and the fourth Monday of May each year. Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214 (or equivalent). W.S. 39-13-105
Wyoming, Veterans Property Tax Exemption Application
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 will pay tuition at community colleges or the University of Wyoming, for overseas combat Soldier carrying booksVeterans their Surviving Spouses and dependents. Students can receive financial assistance for 8 semesters within an 8-year period.
Who is eligible for Wyoming Tuition Assistance for Veterans and Surviving Dependents? To be eligible Veterans must have been a resident of Wyoming for at least one year prior to entering into active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. They must have received an honorable discharge and were awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal or other authorized service or campaign medal indicating they served during any armed conflict in a foreign country.

The Surviving Spouse or Child of an eligible Veteran are eligible if the Service member died while on active duty. Children are eligible if they are under 22 years of age when their Service member parent died.

For more information, applicants should contact the admissions office where they plan to attend. W.S. 19-14-106
Wyoming Community College Directory
University of Wyoming Admissions Webpage

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Wyoming National Guard (WYNG) Educational Assistance Plan: The WYNG Educational Assistance Plan pays 100% resident rate tuition and mandatory fees at state sponsored Community Colleges and the University of Wyoming.

When Service members attend a private educational institution in Wyoming or an institution having an agreement with the Department of Defense (Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative), the plan will pay the average of the University of Wyoming and Community College full time tuition and fees per semester period.
Who is eligible for the WYNG Educational Assistance Plan? To be eligible Service members must meet the following requirements:

  • In good standing and eligible for reenlistment or continuation of service

  • Maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA

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

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

  • Service members have 10 years to complete a program.

The WYNG Educational Assistance Plan does have a service commitment. Service members must be in an active drilling status, have served or are serving on a six-year contract and have two years of service remaining after the last day of the term the plan is used. Both requirements must be satisfied. For more information or assistance please call 307-777-8160.

State Tuition Assistance applications for Fall 2021 will be open from 1 August 2021 through 1 October 2021. W.S. 19-9-Article 5
Wyoming National Guard Educational Assistance Online Application Portal

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Wyoming Operation Recognition, High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: Wartime Veterans that left high school to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces may be eligible for a high school diploma.
Who is eligible for Wyoming Operation Recognition, High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans? To be eligible Veterans must have left school prior to graduation to serve in the military during the following dates of active service:

  • 7 December 1941 through 31 December 1946

  • 27 June 1950, through 31 January 1955

  • 28 February 1961, through 7 May 1975

For more information and how to apply please contact the Wyoming Veterans Hotline at 800-833-5987.
Wyoming House Bill 92

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Children sitting on the steps of a school Wyoming Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3): The purpose of this compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the prompt 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 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.

MIC3 Assistance Request

Primary Point of Contact
Phone: 307-771-2305

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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 employees receive 15 days paid military Soldiers trainingleave per calendar year without loss of seniority, status, efficiency rating, vacation, sick leave or other benefits.
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 have been a state employee for at least one year and on orders for Drill, Annual Training or Active Duty are eligible.

Learn more about Paid Leave for Wyoming State Employees that are Reserve and National Guard Service Members for Military Duty

Wyoming Workforce services Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Veterans Program: The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services' Employment and Training Workforce Centers offer employment and training services to Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and eligible Spouses on a priority of service basis. Some of the services offered are:

  • Job search assistance

  • Resume writing assistance

  • Skills assessments

  • Labor market information

  • Supportive services

  • Training support.

Priority of service means those eligible receive access to the service or resource before or instead of (when resources are limited) those ineligible for priority of service.
Who is eligible for Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Veterans Program? Any Veteran that served on active duty (other than active duty for training) in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge.

Spouses of the following Veterans are also eligible:

  • Died of a service-connected disability

  • Declared missing in action or a prisoner of war

  • Has been rated by the VA as 100% service-connected disabled

  • Died while a disability was in existence.

To register online, go to Wyomingatwork Registration Page.

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Wyoming Veterans Hiring Preference in State Employment: Wyoming offers a hiring preference to eligible Veterans and their Surviving Spouses when they apply for state employment. Applicants must meet the requirements for the position and be able to accomplish the duties of that position.

When a numerical scoring system is used for hiring purposes Veterans and Surviving Spouses receive a 5% advantage, disabled Veterans receive a 10% advantage. When a numerical scoring system is not used the Veteran or Surviving Spouse must be given an advantage over non-Veteran candidates that reasonably equals the preference given in a numerical scoring system. This preference is only available for new hires.
Who is eligible for Wyoming Veterans Hiring Preference in State Employment? To be eligible for preference applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Resident of Wyoming for one year prior to application

  • Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge

  • Veteran that has a 10% or more service-connected disability

  • Surviving Spouse that was married to a Veteran at their time of death and is receiving federal survivor benefits.

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Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans 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% but less than 30%.

10-Point 30% 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% 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 VA 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. Both a mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on 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 VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position because 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 Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

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Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of reserve components. USERRA also protects 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. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include 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 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 recovering 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, 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. 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% 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?
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 having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

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What are my Wyoming Military and Veterans Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

Wyoming Unemployment Insurance (UI): The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services UI Program pays temporary benefits to workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own. Applicants are required to be able, available, and actively seeking work for each week they file a claim for benefits.

Applicants are required to provide the following information:

  • Social Security Number

  • Name, mailing address, and phone number of last employer

  • Last day worked

  • For work outside Wyoming within the last 18 months, applicants must provide names and dates worked for those employers.

UI claims can be filed online at the Wyoming Workforce Services UI online portal or by telephone at 307-473-3789 between 7 am and 6 pm. To reduce hold times for telephone applications, claims will be taken on specific days, based on the first letter of the applicant’s last name.

  • A through M – Monday or Thursday

  • N through Z - Tuesday or Friday.

Wyoming UI Claimant Guidebook
Wyoming UI Frequently Asked Questions

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

Wyoming ‘Veteran’ Designation on Driver License or Identification (ID) Cards: Honorably Discharged Veterans can request a ‘Veteran’ designation on Wyoming driver licenses and ID cards. The designation is a red “V” in the upper right-hand corner of the license or card that can serve as proof of honorable service in theWyoming Drivers License Veteran Designation U.S. Armed Forces. There is no additional fee to get the ‘Veteran’ designation, normal fees for a new or renewal license will apply.

To apply Veterans must submit a Wyoming Veteran Status Verification Form and a copy of their separation papers (DD214) to the Wyoming Veterans Commission by mail to:

Wyoming Veterans Commission
5410 Bishop Blvd
Cheyenne, WY 82009

Or in person to:

Wyoming Veterans Commission
5800 Central Ave
Cheyenne, WY 82009

It is recommended that Veterans contact the Veterans Commission for verification at least a week before going to a Wyoming Department of Transportation, Driver Services office to get a license.
Wyoming Driver License Application
Wyoming ID Application
Wyoming Department of Transportation Directory

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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, retired Service members and eligible Family members. A short description of some of these license plates is listed below. Each plate has specific eligibility and documentation requirements.

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Wyoming Disabled Veteran Plate Wyoming Disabled Veteran License Plates: Resident disabled Veterans that have a 50% or more service-connected disability and receive compensation from the VA are eligible for the Wyoming Disabled Veteran license plate. These plates are free and exempt from registration fees and can be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, motorcycles or multipurpose vehicles. Eligible Veterans may purchase one additional pair of license plates for either a motorcycle or multipurpose vehicle.

These plates do not authorize parking in handicapped parking spaces. To legally park in handicap parking, a separate handicap parking placard must be obtained. These license plates are requested through local county treasurer offices.
Wyoming County Treasurer Offices Directory
Wyoming Department of Transportation, Application for Disabled Veteran Plates

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Wyoming Army Veteran plate Wyoming Veteran License Plates: Veterans that served in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge are eligible for the Wyoming Veteran license plate. Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214 when applying. The fee for the Veteran license plate is $50. Veterans can apply on the Wyoming Department of Transportation, Online Specialty License Plate Ordering page or by mail 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: Recipients of the Purple Heart are eligible for the Wyoming Purple Heart Recipient Plate. Applicants must provide documentation they received the Purple Heart. There is no fee for this license plate. These license plates are requested through local county treasurer offices.
Wyoming County Treasurer Offices Directory
Wyoming Department of Transportation, Application for Military Related Plates

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Wyoming Gold Star family plate Wyoming Gold Star Family License Plate: Immediate Family members of a Service member that dies while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for the Wyoming Gold Star Family license plate. Immediate Family members are:

  • Surviving Spouse

  • Grandparent

  • Child

  • Parent

  • Sibling

Applicants must provide proof of relationship to the Service member and official death certificate. There is no fee for this license plate. Applicants can apply on the Wyoming Department of Transportation, Online Specialty License Plate Ordering page or by mail to:

Wyoming Veterans Commission
5410 Bishop Blvd
Cheyenne, WY 82009

Wyoming Department of Transportation, Application for Military Related Plates

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Wyoming Driver License Benefits for Active Duty Service Members: Active duty Service members may have the expiration date of their driver license waived. Service members that show their valid active duty military ID card when applying for a Wyoming driver license will receive an "I" restriction that will waive the expiration date. The Service member’s driver license will remain valid as long as it is accompanied by active duty orders or active duty military ID card.

Non-resident active-duty Service members and their dependents are not required to have a Wyoming driver license.

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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 during State Active Duty: National Guard Service members are covered under Wyoming Worker’s Compensation Laws for injury, illness, disability or death when called to state active duty.

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National Guard Association Wyoming National Guard Association (WYNGA), State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) for National Guard Service Members: The SSLI program is offered through the WYNGA to National Guard Service members. This program is made up of several voluntary group life policies and is designed to help meet the needs of National Guard Service members and their Families. Every member of the Wyoming National Guard is covered with $1,000 SSLI at no cost to the Service member.

Key Benefits of the SSLI:

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

  • Coverage available for Spouse and Children

  • Rates do not go up when Service members separate from the National Guard

  • Service members can keep the coverage when they separate

  • Coverage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

  • No War Exclusion

  • No Aviation Exclusion

  • New Recruits are eligible for $10,000 SSLI coverage at no cost for the first year of service in the Wyoming National Guard. Enrollment must occur within 180 days of joining the Wyoming National Guard.

Who is eligible for WYNGA, SSLI for National Guard Service Members? National Guard Service members and their dependents are eligible for SSLI.

Learn more about the Wyoming National Guard Association, State Sponsored Life Insurance for National Guard Service Members

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 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:

  • Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI)

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

  • Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI).

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

Wyoming Game Bird, Fish and Small Game License Free for 100% Disabled Veterans: The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will issue a free lifetime bird hunting, small game hunting and fishing license to eligible disabled Veterans. This license remains valid as long as the Veteran is a Wyoming resident.
Who is eligible for Wyoming Game Bird, Fish and Small Game License Free for 100% Disabled Veterans? To be eligible the Veteran must be a Wyoming resident, received an honorable discharge and have a 100% disability certified by the VA. Veterans will be required to provide proof of an honorable discharge and VA disability rating.

Licenses are issued only at the 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. For more information contact the Wyoming Game and Fish Headquarters at 307-777-4600.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Disabled Veteran License/ Permit Application
Wyoming Game and Fish Department, 100% Disabled Veteran License/ Permit Fact Sheet
Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Regional Office Directory

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Wyoming Fishing License Free for 50% Disabled Veterans: The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will issue a free lifetime fishing license to eligible disabled Veterans. This license remains valid as long as the Veteran is a Wyoming resident. two men fishing on a boat
Who is eligible for Wyoming Fishing License Free for 50% Disabled Veterans? To be eligible the Veteran must be a Wyoming resident, received an honorable discharge and have a 50% disability certified by the VA. Veterans will be required to provide proof of an honorable discharge and VA disability rating.

Licenses are issued only at the 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. For more information contact the Wyoming Game and Fish Headquarters at 307-777-4600.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Disabled Veteran License/ Permit Application
Wyoming Game and Fish Department, 50% or more Disabled Veteran License Fact Sheet
Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Regional Office Directory

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Wyoming Game and Fish Dept Complimentary Wyoming Game and Fishing Licenses for Resident Active Duty Service Members Serving in Combat Zone: The Wyoming Game and Fish Department offers free resident general elk, resident general deer, resident game bird/small game and resident daily fishing licenses to resident Service members on leave during active service in a combat zone.

Applicants must provide a current military ID card, military leave orders, a current Leave and Earnings Statement indicating they are receiving hostile fire compensation and proof of residency at the time of application. Licenses are issued at the Cheyenne headquarters office at 5400 Bishop Blvd, Cheyenne, WY 82006 or regional offices.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Regional Office Directory

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Complimentary Wyoming Lifetime Game Bird, Small Game and Fishing license for Resident Purple Heart Medal Recipients: The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will issue a free lifetime bird hunting, small game hunting and fishing license to resident Purple Heart recipients.

Applicants must provide proof of receipt when applying. The following are accepted:

  • DD214

  • VA ID Card with Purple Heart Medal designation

  • Purple Heart Medal certificate.

Licenses are issued only at the 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: Current Service members and honorably discharged Veterans of the U.S. Deer standing in a fieldArmed Forces do not need to provide a certificate of competency and safety in the use of handling firearms when purchasing hunting licenses.

Those eligible will have to provide a completed Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Hunter Safety Exemption form and show current military ID or their DD214 when applying.

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Special Limited Wyoming Fishing Permit for Hospitalized Veterans: The Wyoming Game and Fish Department can issue free fishing licenses to a Veterans that are participating in fishing events organized by the Wyoming Veterans Home.

Learn more about the Special Limited Wyoming Fishing Permit for Hospitalized Veterans

Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Non-Resident Active Duty Service Members Stationed in Wyoming for Resident Prices: Non-resident active duty Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces that have been stationed in Wyoming for 90 days are eligible to purchase Wyoming Game and Fish Department licenses for resident prices.

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Free Wyoming State Park Lifetime Veterans Permit for Resident Disabled Veterans: Wyoming resident Veterans who have a 50% or more service-connected disability are eligible for the Lifetime Veteran's Permit that allows free day use and camping for life.Wyoming State Park

Applicants must provide proof of residency and certification from the VA of their disability percentage. Completed application and documentation should be emailed
to state.parks.parks@wyo.gov or mailed to:

Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails
Attn: Lifetime Veteran’s Permit Program
2301 Central Ave, Barrett Bldg, 4th Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Wyoming Resident Veterans Lifetime Permit Information
Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails, Lifetime Veteran's Permit Application

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What are my Wyoming Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum: The Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum located in Casper is a non-typical military museum that focuses on the personal, intimate, and sensitive stories of Wyoming Veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces from the Spanish-American War to today’s War on Terror.Wyoming Veterans Museum

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. The museum houses nearly 700 individual Wyoming Veteran's stories and over 25,000 artifacts including uniforms, photographs, archives, weapons and a library. The museum provides guided tours, hands-on activities and community presentations.

Wyoming Veterans- Memorial Museum
3740 Jourgensen Avenue
Casper, WY 82604

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Wyoming National Guard Legal Protections: Wyoming National Guard members are exempt from the following:

  • Serving as Jurors

  • Labor on public highways

  • Garnishment of wages received for National Guard Service.

In addition, Service members in the Wyoming National Guard on state active duty cannot be held personally liable for their lawful actions in performance of their official duties. If any civil action is brought against the Service member for their actions in performance of their official duties, they will be provided legal counsel to assist in their defense at state expense.

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Wyoming Military Assistance Trust Fund: The Wyoming Military Assistance Trust Fund provides financial assistance for Service members and their dependents in times of financial hardship or emergencies that are directly related to state or federal active military service. All grant applications will be forwarded to the Service members unit for consideration.
Who is eligible for Wyoming Military Assistance Trust Fund?
The fund is designed to provide emergency financial assistance to Service members or their Families who meet the following requirements:

  • Member of the Wyoming National Guard or a Reserve unit based in Wyoming and has been called to state or federal active duty

  • Wyoming resident Service member in a reserve component unit that is not based in Wyoming and is called to state or federal active duty

  • Wyoming resident Service member serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Immediate Family members of eligible Service members.

To apply, contact the Wyoming Military Assistance Trust Fund office at 307-772-5208.
W.S. Article 4, Section 19-7-402
Wyoming Military Assistance Trust Fund Grant Application Package

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Wyoming Veterans' Guardianships: The Wyoming Uniform Veterans' Guardianship Act provides for the appointment of guardians to act on the behalf of any Wyoming resident that has been determined to be unable to handle their personal estate due to age, infirmity or disability and are eligible for VA benefits. For more information contact the Wyoming Veterans Commission at 800-833-5987.

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Free (Confidential) Recording of Discharges for Wyoming Veterans: Veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time and who have been honorably discharged 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, have been moved to the confidential records section.
Wyoming County Clerk Directory

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Veterans home of wyoming Veterans' Home of Wyoming (VHW): The VHW is a 117-bed assisted living facility situated in the beautiful foothills of the Bighorn Mountains. 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. VHW offers the following services and programs:

  • Primary care provider

  • Nursing care

  • Social and recreational services

  • Dietary services

  • Laundry services

  • Physical fitness and wellness programs

  • Financial counseling

  • Veterans’ benefits coordinator

  • Support services

  • Chaplain services.

Residents' maintenance fees are based on an individual's ability to pay.
Who is eligible for care at the VHW?
To be eligible for admission to the VHW, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be unable to earn a living because of wounds, disease, old age or other infirmities, or have no adequate means of support

  • Must be a dependent of a qualified Veteran

  • Wyoming resident for at least one year at the time of application, or demonstrate intent to become a resident

  • Non-Veterans may be admitted if less than 90% of the home's capacity is occupied.

For more information or a pre-admission packet contact VHW Admissions at 307-684-5511.

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Wyoming Oregon Trail State Veterans' Cemetery: The Oregon Trail State Veterans' Cemetery, located at Evansville, provides a dignified final resting place for Veterans Wyoming Oregon Trail Cemeteryand their eligible Family members.

All burial services are held in the chapel and patio area. No services are held at the grave site. The director may assist the next of kin in planning for military funeral honors. Services will be scheduled for weekdays only. Only the flat, granite grave markers provided by the U. S. government are authorized for individual grave markings.

There is no charge for the burial plot or grave vault. Burial plots are assigned on a first come, first served basis. All other funeral expenses are the responsibility of the Family.
Who is eligible for Burial at the Wyoming Oregon Trail State Veterans' Cemetery ? Eligibility requirements for Wyoming Oregon Trail State Veterans' Cemetery are the same as for VA National Cemeteries. Exact eligibility requirements can be seen at the VA, National Cemetery Administration Eligibility webpage. The following are the general eligibility requirements for burial:

  • Veterans that did not receive a dishonorable discharge

  • Service members that died in the line of duty

  • Members of the reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces that have served for 20 years and received their 20 year letter

  • Cadet in the Reserve Officer Training Corps that died during training

  • World War II Merchant Marines

  • Spouses and Children (unmarried Children under 21 years old; or 23 years old if a full-time student at an approved educational institution; or a Child that develops a lifelong disability prior to age 21).

For more information call 307-235-6673.

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Burial of Indigent Wyoming Veterans: Wyoming counties will pay $500 for Veterans that did not leave sufficient funds to pay for funeral expenses. Counties will pay for preparation and transportation of the body for burial at the Oregon Trail State Veteran’s Cemetery. Proof must be provided that the Veteran served in the U.S. Armed Forces in a time of war or conflict and received a discharge other than dishonorable.

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Wyoming Military Funeral Honors Program (MFHP): MFHP’s mission is to coordinate and provide the appropriate final tribute to eligible Wyoming Veterans, acknowledging their faithful and honorable service to Wyoming and the Nation.Army burial

Wyoming MFHP ensures all agencies are coordinated in their efforts and that honors are conducted with dignity, respect and meet an acceptable military standard.

Veterans will receive at a minimum the sounding of Taps and the folding and presenting of the U.S. Flag.
Who is eligible for
MFHP? Veterans must meet the following requirements for MFHP:

  • Service members who died while on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an Honorable or Under Honorable Conditions discharge

  • National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserves Service members that received an Honorable or Under Honorable Conditions discharge.

Wyoming MFHP Request Form

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 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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Cheyanne National Cemetery U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Wyoming: The VA National Cemetery Administration has one national cemetery in 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

U.S. 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: 26 August 2021