W.S. 19-14-108 The Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery (OTSVC), located at Evansville, was established in 1983.
Dr. Tom Walsh Memorial Chapel
The Wyoming Military Department supervises and controls this Cemetery.
Every Veteran who receives any discharge, other than dishonorable, from the U.S. Armed Forces is eligible for burial. The spouse, handicapped or minor child of an eligible Veteran may also qualify for burial providing that the qualifying family member is in the same burial plot as that provided for the Veteran.
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 survivors for services and supplies provided by a funeral director of their choice or transportation to the OTSVC must be paid for by the survivors or by private funds.
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 making arrangements 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. These rules, along with the National Cemetery Administration regulations will govern the use of this cemetery. For more information, call (307) 235-6673.
Military Funeral Honors for Veterans
Flags out for Memorial Day
W.S. 19-14-109 Honorably discharged Veterans are entitled by law to military honors at their funeral services. This includes burials, cremations, or memorial services. Honors can only be given once. The law provides for folding the U.S. Flag, presenting the U.S. Flag and the playing of “Taps”. These honors are provided free of charge to the families of all entitled Veterans. Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) across the state who perform honors are then eligible for a $50 stipend from the State of Wyoming. The Wyoming Army National Guard may perform honors in partnership with VSOs around the state, which then allows the VSOs to receive an additional $50 stipend from the Federal government. Wyoming funeral home directors are able to request Military Funeral Honors. For questions about the Wyoming reimbursement call (800) 833-5987. For questions about the Federal reimbursement call (307) 772-5136.
Burial of Indigent Veterans
Counties are obliged to provide up to $500 for the burial of indigent veterans upon 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 expense.
VA’s National Cemetery Administration (NCA)
Aerial view of the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery showing the approach road and bridge which leads to the cemetery
Burial in a VA national cemetery is available for eligible Veterans, their spouses and dependents at no cost to the family. Contact your local funeral home or the Wyoming Veterans Commission to verify your eligibility, (800) 833-5987. The VA authorizes a burial allowance and headstone for eligible Veterans, for more information, call (800) 833-5987.
National cemeteries close to Wyoming are: Fort Logan, Colorado (near Denver) (303) 761-0117 Fort Lyon, Colorado (near Las Animas) (303) 761-0117 Black Hills, South Dakota (near Sturgis) (605) 347-3830 Forest Lawn Soldiers Lot, Nebraska (near Omaha) (402) 451-8960 Fort McPherson, Nebraska (near Maxwell) (308) 582-4433 or 1-888-737-2800 Hot Springs and Fort Meade, SD are closed for new internments. There are no national cemeteries in Idaho, Montana, and Utah.
The Nationwide Gravesite Locator includes burial records from many sources. These sources provide varied data; some searches may contain less information than others. Information on veterans buried in private cemeteries was collected for the purpose of furnishing government grave markers, and we do not have information available for burials prior to 1997.