Veteran Benefits in Wyoming
Wyoming VA benefits are available under the state’s Veterans Commission (WVC), an agency working to connect servicemembers and their families to the many programs and services available to them. These WY veterans benefits include property tax exemptions, financial resources and transition assistance.
Additionally, federal veterans administration benefits include health care, disability pay, life insurance and education assistance. This veterans assistance is available under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); however, the WVC can assist claimants in accessing them. To learn more about applying for these benefits, review the information below.
Disability Benefits for Veterans in Wyoming
Veterans may apply for VA disability pay in Wyoming if they hold military-related disabilities or diseases, including mental health conditions such as PTSD.
Available VA disability benefits include service-connected pay, Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC). To apply for disabled veterans benefits, claimants must complete Form 21-526EZ, or 21-2680 to apply for SMC.
To file claims under DIC, veterans must complete Form 21-534EZ.
Additionally, servicemembers may apply for VA life insurance to protect themselves and their families in a financial emergency.
Available veterans life insurance policies include Veterans’ Mortgage Life (VMLI), Servicemembers’ Group Life Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI), Veterans’ Group Life (VGLI), Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (S-DVI), Family Servicemembers’ Group Life (FSGLI) and Servicemembers’ Group Life (SGLI).
To learn more about life insurance for veterans in WY or to learn how to obtain disability benefits, claimants may contact the WVC at 307-777-8251.
Health Insurance Benefits for Veterans in Wyoming
Servicemembers may apply for VA health care in Wyoming to receive benefits such as medical exams, genetic counseling, routine eye exams, and inpatient and outpatient hospital services.
Additionally, VA health insurance includes access to extended nursing home care at the Veterans Home of Wyoming (VHW) and transportation to and from health clinics. Veterans who are eligible for VA medical benefits may enroll in health insurance in person at a VA medical facility, online or by telephone at 1-877-222-8387.
Alternately, service members may apply for veterans health insurance by completing an Application for Health Care (form 10-10EZ or 10-10EC) and by mailing it to the following address:
Health Eligibility Center 2957 Clairmont Road, Suite 200 Atlanta, GA 30329-1647
Pension Benefits for Veterans in Wyoming
Low-income veterans may apply for a VA pension in Wyoming, including payments under the Aid and Attendance (A&A) or Housebound programs. To apply for a veterans pension, claimants must complete form 21P-527EZ or 21P-534EZ.
To apply for VA pension benefits through the A&A or Housebound program, veterans must send proof of medical eligibility to the Pension Management Center (PMC) at the address below.
Department of Veterans Affairs Claims Intake Center Attn: St. Paul Pension Center P.O. Box 5365 Janesville, WI 53547-5365
Note: Additional veterans pension benefits include access to grants of up to $500 under the VFW Military Assistance Program (MAP). To learn more about applying for the grant, call 307-333-5975.
Housing Benefits for Veterans in Wyoming
Wyoming VA housing resources include services like property tax exemptions, homelessness prevention, long-term nursing care and federal home loans.
Through the state’s homeless veterans housing assistance program, military members and their families receive access to the following:
- 24-7 counseling
- The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program
- The Rocky Mountain Human Services (RMHS) Homes for All Veterans (HAV) program
- The Sheridan Community Shelter
- Transitional housing
To learn more about obtaining VA housing assistance, contact the WVC at 307-777-8251, or call the 24-7 hotline at 1-877-424-3838 to receive immediate assistance.
A long-term veterans housing assistance program is available through the Veterans Home of Wyoming (VHW). To learn more about of nursing home care, veterans may contact the facility at 307-684-5511.
Additionally, veterans may also apply for a VA home loan or an Adapted Housing Grant.
To qualify for VA home loan rates, service members must complete a Request for a Certificate of Eligibility (Form 26-1880), or they may complete VA Form 26-4555 to apply for a Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) or Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grant.
To learn more about current VA home loan rates, servicemembers may contact the Home Loan Guaranty Office at 1-877-827-3702. Additionally, veterans may apply for a property tax exemption through their County Assessor’s Office.
Education Benefits for Veterans in Wyoming
Servicemembers may apply for VA education benefits in WY, including programs under the federal GI bill. The post 911 GI bill can also offer veterans assistance in covering their educational costs.
Scholarships for veterans and other educational benefits for service members also include the following:
- Free college tuition for war veterans or their surviving dependents
- Benefits under the State Approving Agency (SAA)
- Licensing and certification reimbursements
- The Educational Assistance Plan for National Guardsmen
- The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP)
- Troops to Teachers
- Operation Recognition
- The Veterans Service Center at the University of Wyoming
Note: To learn more about veteran scholarships and obtaining additional educational benefits, call 307-777-8160.
Employment Benefits for Veterans in Wyoming
Wyoming VA jobs resources include the following:
- Services under the state Department of Workforce Services
- Local Employment Veterans Representatives (LVERs)
- Reemployment rights
- Veterans preference
- Boots to Business
- Vocational rehabilitation
Note: For assistance finding jobs for veterans, service members may contact the WVC at 307-777-8251.
Funeral Benefits for Veterans in Wyoming
Wyoming VA death benefits include free burial at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville. Additional VA burial benefits include a government headstone or marker, grave vault, perpetual care of the gravesite, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and optional funeral honors.
In some cases, veterans death benefits may include additional allowances to cover funeral costs. However, allowances vary depending on whether veterans die in a service or non-service-related death.
Note: To learn more about these burial benefits, service members may contact the cemetery at 307-235-6673.