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Read about the difference a Veterans Services Officer (VSO) can make for Veterans.
Dave McDonell retired from the US Army after 22 years. He is a lifetime member of the VFW, DAV and American Legion. He has been a service officer for over 4 years.
Crystal Emig is a VSO covering Laramie and Goshen counties. She started in February of 2020 and hit the ground running. Crystal has a Master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Throughout her professional career, she has worked with countless individuals to overcome or manage the personal, social, and psychological effects of their disabilities on employment and independent living. Her passion is helping others to improve their lives. She strives to provide excellent customer service and is dedicated to having positive outcomes. As a VSO she brings compassion, acceptance, empathy and dedication to the Commission and the Veterans being served.
Brad Cline is a 1998 graduate of Cody High School in Cody WY. Following high school he enlisted into the Marine Corps where he served just under 15 years before being medically retired in 2012. Brad started working for the Veterans commission as a Service Officer in 2013 and has seven years of experience helping veterans and their families navigate the VA’s disability benefits system. Brad enjoys helping his fellow veterans and their families navigate the complex disability system to ensure they receive the benefits they have earned and to make the process as smooth as possible for them.
Erica Eastlund has been a social and human services advocate for more than a decade. Assisting families with regaining financial stability and self-sufficiency. She is excited to bring her knowledge and compassion to the Veteran community.
Ellen has a bachelor of arts in economics and accounting from the University of Pittsburgh. She worked in telecommunications and business consulting prior to joining the Department of Veterans Affairs. There, she held various positions for the VA benefits administration, most recently as a rating veterans service representative.
Bobbie Swanlund is the Executive Assistant and has been with the Wyoming Veterans Commission for twelve years. Bobbie has a degree in Business Administration and brings over 30 years of administrative experience to the Commission. She is thankful for the sacrifices veterans have made and strives to ensure our commissioners, staff and Wyoming Veterans receive top notch service.
Deb Mutter Shamley serves as the Highly Rural Transportation Program Coordinator for the Veteran’s Commission, a program that assists our highly rural veterans get to their medical appointments. She served in both the Army and Air National Guard for nearly 36 years as a Flight Nurse, Administrator, Inspector General and Emergency Planner. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing and a Master’s of Science in Personal Financial Planning. With a caring heart and a long history of taking care of people, what better place to be than continuing to serve our Wyoming Veterans?
Kaci Nicks is the Military Records Supervisor and has been with the Wyoming Veterans Commission for four years. She attended Laramie County Community College, University of Idaho, and Boise State University. Kaci has experience working as a librarian, historian, and barista. There’s nothing she loves more than a great cup of coffee and the feeling she gets from helping Wyoming’s Veterans.
Kenton Franklin serves as the part time contractor to support Wyoming National Guard Retirees. He served in the Wyoming National Guard for 37 years and served as the Brigade CSM during the 115th Fires Brigade deployment in 2009 and 2010. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Excelsior University of New York and is active in the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States, serving on the resolutions and legislative committees
John Woodward is the Director of Museums for the Wyoming Military Department and has been with the Wyoming Veterans Commission for two and a half years. John has degrees in history and anthropology. He has been working in the museum field for over a decade, mostly as a small museum administrator. John enjoys preserving and sharing the history of the Wyoming National Guard and veterans. These timeless stories keep the past alive while inspiring the next generation.
Daisy Allen is the Curator at the Wyoming Veteran Memorial Museum. Daisy
has a degree in History and Museum Studies. She has had multiple years of
experience working within museum collections and public outreach. She is
grateful to those men and women who have served this great country and
looks forward to sharing the rich history of Wyoming service members.
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