Rows of American Flags are lined up to welcome home Vietnam veterans back to Wyoming.

Veterans Commission

Wyoming Veterans Commission

The Wyoming Veterans Commission’s mission is to develop, enhance and promote programs, services and benefits for Wyoming veterans and their families, through outreach, education, communication and legislation. Working in partnership with the Wyoming state government, the Wyoming Military Department, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, and Veterans Service Organizations, the commission strives to improve the quality of life of every Wyoming veteran.

The Commission was founded in 1981 for the purpose of receiving federal funding to establish the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery, in Evansville. The Wyoming Veterans Commission has 12 Governor-appointed commissioners who serve for staggered terms from the various Wyoming Judicial Districts.

The commission has oversight of the Veterans Service Officers, Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery, Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum, and Wyoming National Guard Museum.

Next meeting

The WVC will host its next meeting on May 18 at 9 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Wyoming Military Department’s Joint Forces Readiness Center, 5800 Central Ave., in Cheyenne. For more information, call the commission at 307-777-8152.

Current Initiatives

The Wyoming Veterans Commission recently coordinated the presentation of the Republic of Korea Ambassador for Peace Medals for Wyoming Korean War veterans.

The commemorative medal was presented as an expression of appreciation from the Republic of Korea government. Initially presented to those Korean War veterans who returned to South Korea through the Revisit Program, the honor has since expanded to veterans who can no longer travel to Korea.