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Our Mission

The Wyoming Veterans Commission’s vision is to develop, enhance, and promote programs, services, and benefits for Wyoming veterans and their families. We strive to improve the quality of life of every Wyoming veteran.
The Wyoming Veterans Commission provides assistance and services to veterans and their communities through:
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Advocacy within the state legislature and federal government

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Our Benefits book, which includes essential veteran benefits
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Access to many benefits and resources

How We Can Help You

We listen and identify all of the benfits that you deserve:

Veteran Success Stories

Read about the difference a Veterans Services Officer (VSO) can make for Veterans.

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What We Do

Our Team

We are a team of veterans and family of veterans. We understand the struggle and are dedicated to improving the lives of Wyoming Vets.
Tim Sheppard serves as the Commission’s Executive Director. He served in the Army and the National Guard for more than 40 years rising from private to colonel over the course of that time. He holds a master of science degree in strategic studies and is extremely proud to hold the title of Distinguished Past Governor of the Rocky Mountain District of Kiwanis. In short, he loves people, especially veterans, and is dedicated to helping them understand their benefits and how to attain them.
Tim Sheppard

Tim Sheppard

Commission's Executive Director
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Vicki Osman

Program Manager
Vicki Osman is the Program Manager and has been with the Wyoming Veterans Commission for eight years. Vicki has degrees in Psychology, English, and Curriculum and Instruction. She brings over 10 years of experience working with veterans to help them access the benefits they have earned.
Emily Study has been involved with the Wyoming Military Department as either a Volunteer or an employee since 2005. She brings forth experience working with families, veterans and those currently serving. She is thankful for the sacrifices the veterans and families have endured. She is also proud to be a part of the Wyoming Veterans Commission, where she is able to assist in making sure the Veterans and their families are getting the help they need to file their claims with the VA.
Emily Study

Emily Study

Veterans Service Officer

Dave McDowell

Veterans Service Officer

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.

Veterans Service Officer

Crystal Emig

Veterans Service Officer

Brad Cline

Veterans Service Officer

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.

Erica Eastland

Veterans Service Officer

Sandy MacFarland

Veterans Service Officer
Sandy McFarland has 22 years of experience serving as an advocate for those in need.  Currently working to obtain her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Sandy is grateful to be serving as a Veteran Service Officer in the Gillette office.  New to the Wyoming Veterans Commission, Sandy looks forward to honoring veterans with the highest level of professional and compassionate service possible.

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.

Ellen Rejda

Ellen Rejda

Veteran Service Officer
Bobbie Swanlund

Bobbie Swanlund

Executive Assistant

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.

Darrin Brahaney is the Cemetery Director for the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery. Darrin started with the Wyoming Veterans Commission in May 2001 as Assistant Cemetery Director and has been the Cemetery Director since May 2016. He is grateful to those men and women who have served this great country and strives to provide a final resting place that bestows honor on their service.

Darrin Brahaney

Cemetery Director

Travis Beckman

Assistant Cemetery Director
Travis Beckman is the Assistant Cemetery Director for the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery and has been with the Wyoming Veterans Commission since October 2020. Travis spent a decade in the USAF as Security Forces and deployed to numerous countries in and around Southwest Asia. Upon exiting the military, Travis went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and Security. He chose to take on this position for the simple fact that we take care of each other. Whether it is for a veteran or their loved ones, we are here for them. It is truly an honor to be serving again in a different capacity.

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?

Deb Mutter Shamley

Deb Mutter Shamley

Highly Rural Transportation Program Coordinator
Kaci Nicks

Kaci Nicks​

Military Records Supervisor​

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

Kenton Franklin

Retiree Support Assistant
Mindy Schornak

Mindy Schornak

Records Technician
Mindy Schornak is a Records Technician in the Military Records Office and has been with the Wyoming Veterans Commission since October of 2019. She retired from the Navy after serving over 20 years and understands the importance of maintaining military records for all service members. She is currently a graduate student at Colorado State Global studying Criminal and Law Enforcement Administration.

John Woodward

Director of Museums

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.

Daisy Allen

Daisy Allen

Veterans Memorial Museum Curator

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