VETERAN BENEFITS & ASSISTANCE

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Wyoming Outreach Calendar:  Map & Contact

June 2020, July 2020 

VFW Service Officer: to help all veterans with VA Claims, etc.
Melissa Gilliam
VFW Department of Wyoming Service Officer
Mobile: (307) 421-8054  (working from home during COVID 19 pandemic)
Phone: (307) 778-7340 / Fax: (307) 778-7549
Email: melissa.gilliam@va.gov

VA Medical Regional Office Center
2360 East Pershing Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY 82001  

Table of Contents

Active Duty

Addiction

Education

Employment

Financial Assistance

Government Officials

Homelessness

Legal Assistance

PTSD

Seniors

Suicide Prevention

Mesothelioma

Cancer

Other Health

Veteran Service

Wyoming



 

Active Duty

 

Fiscal Tiger
-- Topics ranging from healthcare guides for veterans to resources for transitioning back to civilian life
https://www.fiscaltiger.com/military-support-resource-center/
POC: Noah Keegans
Email: noah.keegans@gmail.com

Guide to Moving in the Military
www.yourstoragefinder.com/guide-to-moving-storage-in-the-military

Silent Professionals
https://silentprofessionals.org
Transition to civilian life.
POC: Adam G. Gonzales

The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes
https://saluteheroes.org/
552 Fort Evans Road, Suite 300
Leesburg, VA 20176
703-291-4605

Planning for Life after Discharge
https://www.yourstoragefinder.com/how-to-plan-for-life-after-discharge

Transition to Civilian Life
https://www.thezebra.com/insurance-news/6128/military-transition-civilian-life/

 

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Addiction

 

2020 Guide to Substance Abuse in Veterans
https://www.449recovery.org/veterans-and-substance-abuse/
POC: Stephanie Conant
Community Outreach Coordinator
449 Recovery
veterans@449recovery.org

Alcohol Rehab Guide
Alcohol Rehab Guide is an organization that provides comprehensive, reliable information on the various aspects of alcohol abuse and addiction. We are taking this month to focus on helping veterans struggling with alcohol dependency to safely, and comfortably quit. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome affects nearly two million Americans each year. Our goal is to provide helpful information to as many people as possible on alcohol abuse, addiction, and recovery options.
Website:Alcohol Detox

All Treatment
Has combined the government's national veteran addiction treatment center database (SAMHSA) with modern location technology to help veterans find local addiction treatment
Our Find A Veteran's Treatment Center Near Me technology uses the location of your computer, tablet, or cell phone to generate a local listing of veteran addiction treatment centers in and around your community.
Alltreatment.com is a community-based public-benefit website connecting people to the addiction resources they need. The resource is free to the public.
https://www.alltreatment.com/rehabs-for-veterans/
POC: Matthew Baker
Email: mbaker@alltreatment.com
Phone: 7273301772

Denver Recovery CenterDenver Recovery Center
https://www.denverrecoverycenter.com/help-for-veterans-struggling-with-addiction/
POC: Brittany Pomponio

Drug Dangers
https://www.drugdangers.com/

RehabSpot
https://www.rehabspot.com/
www.RehabSpot.com/drugs/who-addiction-affects/Veterans
www.RehabSpot.com/treatment/Co-Occurring-Disorders

Silvermist
2019 guide on Veterans and Addiction https://silvermistrecovery.com/resources/veterans/

The Recovery Village
An organization with locations across the country dedicated to helping those struggling with substance abuse into recovery. We understand the unique struggles military personnel and their families experience and how their selfless role can be both rewarding and stressful, causing some to turn to various forms of substance abuse to cope; we believe education can help prevent this.
Our new resource outlines the mental effects of deployment, combat, and separation, among other relatable subjects, the signs and consequences of substance abuse, and how to get help for those who are using substances to cope.
Website: https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/resources/military-resources/
POC: William Bungarden, Awareness Advocate

 

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Education

 

College Resources for Veterans
Higher Education Resources for Veterans and Their Families
https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/higher-education-for-military-veterans/

Paying for Graduate School as a Military Service Member
https://www.gograd.org/financial-aid/scholarships/military-veterans/

Resources, Tips and Advice for Veterans Returning to the Workforce
https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/veterans-guide-to-getting-hired/

Scholarships and Financial Aid for Veterans: Expert Guidance to Help Pay for College
https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/college/financial-aid-for-veterans/

Students Coping with Grief and Loss at School
https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/managing-grief/

What are the Most Military Friendly Universities in the U.S.?
https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/military-online-colleges/

 

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Employment

 

Best Jobs for Returning Service members
https://www.bigrentz.com/blog/best-jobs-returning-service-members
POC: Mike Miller
Mike@themilitaryguide.org

Novorésumé
- Military Resume Example - https://novoresume.com/career-blog/military-veterans-resume
POC: Andrei-Iulian Kurtuy
novoresume.com

 

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Financial Assistance

 

Bankrate.com
Bankrate.com claims to be the trusted source of financial rates and information for outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, CNBC and Bloomberg.
You can view the guide here: https://www.bankrate.com/personal-loans/bad-credit-loans/#veterans
POC:David Lafferty
Bankrate, Inc. | 1675 Broadway 22nd Floor | New York, NY 10019

Complete Guide to VA Mortgage Benefits
https://www.moneygeek.com/mortgage/resources/veterans-benefits-for-housing-guide/

Financial Assistance for Homeless Vets
http://www.operationwearehere.com/FinancialAssistance.html

Financial Assistance for Homeless Vets
http://www.operationwearehere. com/FinancialAssistance.html

Financial Benefits of a Military Career
https://blog.taxact.com/how- to-make-the-most-financially- out-of-your-military-career/

Fundera Inc.
https://www.fundera.com/resources/veterans-guide-starting-financing-small-business
A "how-to” guide for Vets on getting everything started in their entrepreneurial adventure. I thought it was more reader-friendly than others I've come across. It was independently written, so it did a great job at highlighting the best resources available and there's a bunch of opportunities I didn't know existed. Also has a helpful section on the most advantageous loans and grants available and how to seek them out and qualify. --Ryan

LendEDU
https://lendedu.com/blog/small-business-grants/
POC: Jeff Gitlen
Content Associate | LendEDU
w: https://lendedu.com| t: (800) 928-3940

Small Business Administration
https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/plan-your-business/fund-your-business
A tool for planning on how much financing your business will take and the best ways to go about funding. We really liked the section on crowdfunding, because most people would never even consider this route. --Ryan

Surviving Spouses Resources
http://www.militaryfamily.org/info-resources/survivors/

 

Retirement and Financial Security for U.S. Veterans

Birch Gold Group has assembled a comprehensive list of resources to help veterans find the financial security they deserve, and eventually retire will full peace-of-mind.

Website: https://www.birchgold.com/retirement-and-financial-security-for-veterans

Email: j.lucas@birchgold.com

 

 

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Government Officials

Wyoming Senator John Barrasso's military/veteran POC is Daniel Gallegos Daniel_Gallegos@Barrasso.senate.gov  Daniel is very willing to help with veteran issues, especially dealings with the Veteran's Administration

 

 

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Homelessness

 

Homes for Homeless Vets
https://www.homecity.com/homes-for-homeless-vets

How to Stop Living Out of Your Car - Guide for Homeless Vets
https://www.thezebra.com/ insurance-news/5518/guide-how- to-stop-living-out-of-car/

Homeless Veterans Resources
https://www.bigrentz.com/how- to-guides/resources-homeless- veterans

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
http://nchv.org/index.php/ help/

 

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Legal Assistance

 

BCBH Law
A law firm specializing in helping veterans and their families affected by asbestos diseases to receive compensation.
https://www.bcbhlaw.com/veterans-asbestos/
https://www.bcbhlaw.com/
Nicole Winch 

Berry Lawfirm: VA Disability Rates
https://ptsdlawyers.com/2018-va-disability-rates/

Lawyer
www.disabledvets.com/common-disabilities-faced-by-iraq-and-afghanistan-war-veterans
www.disabledvets.com

Legal Advice for Veterans
https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/legal-advice-for-veterans

Legal Aid of Wyoming https://www.lawyoming.org/

M-VETS
Pro Bono Legal Services for Veterans Brochure

Wyoming Protection and Advocacy System, INC
You were here to help all Americans and now we are here to help you by providing free advocacy services to all disabled veterans and help them to maintain their rights to: Housing, Employment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Service Animals
Our goal is to establish, expand, protect and enforce the human and civil rights of persons with disabilities through administrative, legal and other appropriate remedies. All inquiries are handled with respect and confidentiality.
Phone: (307) 632-3496
Website: www.wypanda.com
Mailing address:
Wyoming Protection and Advocacy System
7344 Stockman St.
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009

 

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Post-Traumatic Stress

 

DisabledVets.com
www.disabledvets.com/understanding-ptsd
POC: Jenna Baskin
jennaleighbaskin@gmail.com

PTSD and Substance Abuse Help for Veterans
https://www.yourstoragefinder.com/guidance-for-veterans- mental-health

Guide to Finding a PTSD Therapist
https://www.ptsd.va.gov/ public/treatment/therapy-med/finding-a-therapist.asp

 

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Seniors

 

Assisted Living Benefits for Veterans
Assisted Living Research Institute is an industry-leading research organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of older adults by compiling comprehensive research, the latest studies, and real-world insight from experts, caregivers, and seniors into easy-to-understand, actionable guides, and resources.
https://www.assistedliving.org/assisted-living-benefits-for-veterans

AssistedLiving.org
Assisted Living is a community organization that is devoted to helping disabled and elderly maximize their healthy years and age gracefully through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. We have been featured on the Parkinson's Foundation, US Department of Health and Human Services - Health Finder, Global Healthspan Policy Institute, and is referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the web.
https://www.payingforseniorcare.com/wyoming
https://www.payingforseniorcare.com/assisted-living-in-cheyenne-wy
https://www.payingforseniorcare.com/longtermcare/paying-for-assisted-living.html
POC: Micala Day
www.assistedliving.org

Caring.comis a leading online destination for caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones. We offer thousands of original articles, helpful tools, advice from more than 50 leading experts, a community of caregivers, and a comprehensive directory of caregiving services.
https://www.caring.com/senior-living/assisted-living/wyoming/
POC: Carol Wells
Community Outreach and Senior Advocate
Caring.com

Nursing Home Abuse Center
Mission is to be the top online resource educating the public on the risks of senior abuse in an attempt to save lives and rebuild shattered trust.
Website:https://www.nursinghomeabusecenter.com/nursing-home-abuse/
https://www.NursingHomeAbuse.org
POC: Brian Mitchell, Director of Advocacy
101 S New York Ave Suite 201
Winter Park, FL 32789

Paying for Senior Care
https://www.payingforseniorcare.com/longtermcare/paying-for-assisted-living.html

Resources to Help Empower Our Senior Loved Ones
Staying Healthy
Healthy Eating for Older Adults
"Eating a variety of foods from all food groups can help supply the nutrients a person needs as they age."
https://www.eatright.org/food/nutrition/dietary-guidelines-and-myplate/healthy-eating-for-older-adults

9 Best Types of Exercise for Older Adults
"Stay strong, be safe, and maintain your independence by integrating these top fitness options into your training plan."
https://www.silversneakers.com/blog/best-exercise-older-adults/

10 Easy Ways Seniors Can Boost Their Mental Health and Well-Being
"Staying vital and connected can help you ward off the depression that often comes with aging. Here are simple things you can do, even from your own home."
https://www.everydayhealth.com/news/easy-ways-seniors-can-boost-mental-health-well-being/

Medicare Health Insurance for Senior Citizens
"Medicare is a government program that provides health insurance coverage for senior citizens age 65 years and older, the disabled of any age, and to anyone suffering from end-stage renal disease."
https://www.eldercaredirectory.org/medicare.htm

How and When to Enroll in Medicare 2019-2020
Learn the ins and outs of enrolling in a Medicare plan.
https://www.medicareadvantage.com/medicare-enrollment

How to Talk to Your Doctor: A Guide for Caregivers and Elders
"The tips and guidelines listed below will help you team up with your loved one and their doctor to yield the best possible outcome for their health care."
https://www.agingcare.com/articles/how-to-talk-to-your-doctor-a-guide-for-caregivers-and-elders-132484.htm

Staying Safe
The Most Common In-Home Injuries for Seniors and How to Prevent Them
"As we age, our ability to care for ourselves begins to diminish."
Learn what to watch out for to keep yourself out of harm's way.
https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/senior-home-injuries-and-prevention/

How to Recognize Signs It’s Time for Assisted Living
"Many families consider moving their parent into an assisted living community during this period, but how do you recognize the signs that it’s time for assisted living?"
https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/2013-3-11-signs-its-time-for-assisted-living/

Making The Transition to Senior Living
"The transition from a home you’ve lived in for many years to a new environment can trigger difficult emotions for everyone involved."
https://www.brookdale.com/en/where-to-begin/making-the-transition.html

25 Common Nursing Home Problems and How to Resolve Them
"Knowing your rights and having the tools to force or push nursing home staff and management to follow the law can make all the difference."
https://www.justiceinaging.org/25-common-nursing-home-problems-how-to-resolve-them/

Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes: The Essential Guide to Legal Action
"Learn to spot signs of nursing home abuse and how to get fair compensation for your elderly loved one."
https://www.injuryclaimcoach.com/elder-abuse.html

Staying Social
Older Adults and the Importance of Social Interaction
"Staying socially active and maintaining interpersonal relationships can help you maintain good physical and emotional health and cognitive function."
https://www.stjoesonoma.org/patients-visitors/for-patients/health-resource-center/health-topics/seniors-health/older-adults-and-the-importance-of-social-intera/

Beyond Bingo: 110 Activities for Elderly & Seniors
"...find endless and entertaining ways to pass [the] time, get involved, and discover new passions."
https://www.vivehealth.com/blogs/resources/activities-elderly-seniors

Staying Financially Secure
Financial Assistance for Senior Citizens
"...you are never too old or wise for some frugal financial advice..."
https://www.debt.org/advice/financial-assistance-for-senior-citizens/

Protecting the Elderly from Financial Abuse
"Senior financial abuse is estimated to have cost victims at least $2.9 billion last year alone."
https://www.aba.com/advocacy/community-programs/consumer-resources/protect-your-money/elderly-financial-abuse

 

Senior Housing for Low-Income Residents

Mission is to help seniors and their families find housing and care for themselves and their loved ones by providing objective information on our website and via our free Care Advisor service.
https://www.seniorhomes.com/senior-housing-for-low-income-residents/
POC: joan@seniorhomes.com

 

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Suicide Prevention

 

Fighting Suicide and Depression In College
https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/college-suicide-prevention/

Guide to Suicide Prevention
https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/suicide-prevention/

US Department of Veteran Affairs Crisis Hotline
https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/

 

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Mesothelioma

 

Baron & Budd
Baron and Budd Mesothelioma Lawyer

Mesothelioma Fund(offers free services for patients dealing with the cost of treatment)
Website: https://www.mesotheliomafund.com/veterans/
POC: Chelsea Montanaro
Email: chelsea@mesotheliomafund.com
Phone: 800-215-9896

Mesothelioma Guide
Website:www.MesotheliomaGuide.com
POC: Macy Eubank Community Outreach
macy@mesotheliomaguide.com
Phone: (407) 613-2052

Mesothelioma Help Now
Provides educational resources, support, and information to anyone that may have questions about mesothelioma.
POC: Jessica Miller - Patient Help Advocate
Website: MesotheliomaHelpNow.com
1330 Boylston Street, Suite 400
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
(877) 227-0254

Mesothelioma Hub
www.mesotheliomahub.com/treatment/life-expectancy

Mesothelioma Justice Network
The Asbestos.net website and everyone involved with it are dedicated to improving the overall quality of life for individuals who have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease. They strive to be one of the top comprehensive and educational resources online to help support sick patients and their families. The website provides hundreds of pages with the most current and detailed information about the asbestos industry and its medical impacts. Their mission is to be the leading online resource for victims suffering from asbestos-related diseases.
POC: Brittney Rogers - Justice Advocate
Website: Asbestos.net
1330 Boylston Street, Suite 400
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
(855) 722-2974

Mesothelioma Lawsuits Guide
www.justgreatlawyers.com/mesothelioma-asbestos-lawsuits
https://www.caring.com/senior-living/assisted-living/wyoming/cheyenne
POC: Carol Wells
Community Outreach and Senior Advocate
(800) 277-2515

Mesothelioma Lawyer Center
Website: https://www.mesotheliomalawyercenter.org/mesothelioma-lawyer/
800-793-4540

Mesothelioma Resources
https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/mesothelioma-asbestos-lawsuits

Mesothelioma Veterans Center
Website:www.mesotheliomaveterans.org
POC: Lashane Jackson, Outreach Support,
lashane@mesotheliomaveterans.org
Phone: (844) 863-2464

Mesothelioma.net
https://mesothelioma.net/mesothelioma-and-veterans/
more info: https://mesothelioma.net/mesothelioma/

MesotheliomaHelp
Website:www.mesotheliomahelp.org/mesothelioma/veterans/
POC: Hannah Bessinger 

The Public Outreach Department for the Pleural Mesothelioma Center
Countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos, a material that was commonly used in hundreds of military applications, products, and ships because of its resistance to fire. Veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma even qualify for special benefits from the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs.
Website: https://www.pleuralmesothelioma.com/cancer/
POC: Chad Maycumber
Email: cmaycumber@pleuralmesothelioma.com
Phone: (407)704-9480
 

Asbestos.com - Brought to you by The Mesothelioma Center

Veterans who develop mesothelioma because of military asbestos exposure can file for VA benefits and other forms of compensation to help pay for treatment and out-of-pocket expenses. 

Website: https://asbestos.com/veterans

Email: abaker@asbestos.com

 

 

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Cancer

Tuck
Tuck has been researching the effects of cancer and cancer treatment on sleep. We’ve found cancer patients are at high risk of suffering from diagnosed sleep disorders that can harm their sleep duration and quality, which can have significant impacts on recovery.
Tuck Sleep is a non-commercial community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Tuck has been referenced by Well + Good, Smithsonian Magazine, Shape, Harvard University and by many sleep organizations across the web
Website: https://www.tuck.com/sleep-and-cancer/
POC: Kellen Smith, Community Relations
ksmith@tuck.com
PO Box 61293
Seattle, WA 98141-6293

 

 

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Other Health

 

A Veterans Guide to Health and Nutrition (Brenda Snow)
https://niftybenefits.com/ veterans-guide-to-health-and- nutrition/

Memorycare.com
Based on research and conversations we have had with community leaders across the US, many veterans suffering from Alzheimer’s are unaware of the available programs that can help maintain or improve their quality of life. So we created a resource that provides comprehensive information on topics like available care options and financial support that can provide assistance during their time of need. You can read more about work here:
https://www.memorycare.com/veterans/
POC: Karen James
karen@memorycare.com
Community Outreach

Sleepopolis: How Does Mental Health Affect Your Sleep?
The term mental health describes emotional, cognitive, and social well-being. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Mental health affects not just how we feel, but how we think and behave. Our psychological condition determines how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
https://sleepopolis.com/education/how-does-mental-health-affect-your-sleep/
POC: Vanessa Osorio
vanessa@sleepopolis.com
(956)400-4258

Your At Home Team
A guide for families/households looking to improve or customize a home to be more accessible for deaf or hard of hearing inhabitants
https://www.yourathometeam.com/deaf-or-hard-of-hearing-home-improvements/
POC: Sallie McBrien

 

 

The Ultimate Guide to Strength Sports for Veterans 

Below are some of the major topics this article will discuss: Why veterans may be interested in strength sports Physical Fitness Community Stress Reduction Competition Special considerations for veterans who may be disabled Organizations dedicated to strength sports for veterans Insight from veterans in the strength sports world.

https://barbend.com/strength-sports-veterans-guide/

POC:  Max Whiteside, max@barbend.com

(513)460-5654

 

 


 

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Veteran Service

 

AMVETS Member Owned Business
http://amvets.org/member-owned-businesses/

Community and Support for Veterans
https://www.realwarriors.net/

Health Options through VA(Mission Act Community Care Booklet June 2019)

Information about New VA Issued ID Card
The Card may be accepted by retailers in lieu of the standard DD-214 form.
https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id= 3979

Support for Veterans and Their Struggles
https://www.realwarriors.net/

The Complete Homebuyers Guide for Veterans
https://www.thezebra.com/resources/personal-finance/veterans-homebuying-guide

List of Helpful Resources for Veterans
https://essayontime.com.au/list-of-helpful-resources-for-veterans/

 

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Wyoming

 

Veteran Designation on Wyoming Driver’s License info
Note: This should be done before renewing your driver’s license; the approval process takes about three weeks. Complete the paperwork now, once approved it will be in your driver’s license file and next time you renew your driver’s license just ask to have the Veteran Designation added to your driver’s license.
WY DOT Information
Application: Veteran Status Verification

Wyoming Veterans & Military Resource Booklet

A collection of Wyoming Veteran Programs and Contact info updated 19 Sep 2019.

Wyoming Veterans Commission
Website: https://www.wyomilitary.wyo.gov/veterans/
Facebook: Wyoming Veterans Commission Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WyoVets/

High Plains Honor Flight
Veterans: An all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. to see the memorials built in their honor.
Click the link to sign-up or support
http://highplainshonorflight.org/
POC: Matt Voris
(970)301-8888
 
 

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Announcements

  • Come to Cheyenne, WY for the 2020 VFW Western Conference info
  • We are looking forward to seeing you here
 
 Western Conference 2020
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Veterans who need assistance with VA Claims, etc. please contact our Service Officer:

Melissa Gilliam

Department Service Officer
 
VA Medical Regional Office Center
2360 East Pershing Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY 82001
 
Mobile: (307) 421-8054  (working from home during COVID 19 pandemic)
 
 
Fax: (307) 778-7549