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Governor celebrates Wyoming’s first skilled nursing facility

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Release) – Governor Mark Gordon today celebrated Wyoming’s newly built Veterans Home with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The first nursing facility dedicated to veterans in Wyoming provides long-term care to Gold Star veterans, their spouses and families.

“Our veterans are an integral part of Wyoming’s rich heritage, and it is an honor to celebrate Wyoming’s first senior living facility,” said Governor Mark Gordon. “Veterans and their families embody the spirit of Wyoming through their courageous and selfless actions to protect the freedoms we cherish. This beautiful facility reflects honor on those who have sacrificed so much to protect our way of life.”

Based on the Green House concept, the state-of-the-art facility includes three cottages, each housing 12 veterans, providing the highest level of care to 36 veterans and eligible family members. The Green House concept differs from a traditional nursing home in terms of facility size, interior design, organizational structure, staffing patterns, and methods of providing skilled professional services. It was designed from the ground up to look and feel like a real home. Each cottage offers residents a bedroom and private bathroom, as well as a common space that includes a living area, open kitchen and dining table.

“There are so many people who have worked so hard to make this dream a reality,” said Jack Tarter, a longtime veterans advocate and member of the Wyoming Veterans Commission. “This is the best way to take care of our veterans and their spouses and meet their needs.”

The Wyoming Veterans Home, owned and operated by the state, is the result of a partnership between the Wyoming Veterans Commission, the State of Wyoming, and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA provided 65 percent of the funding, and the Wyoming Legislature, with support from the governor, provided a matching 35 percent. Using reimbursement from both the VA and Medicaid, the state can offer lower-cost private rates to veterans who can afford to live in the facility.

Honorably discharged veterans, active-duty National Guard members, their spouses, and Gold Star family members are eligible for Veterans and Spouses Priority.

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