CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Governor Mark Gordon celebrated the newly constructed Veterans Home of Wyoming with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today. This is the first skilled nursing facility dedicated to veterans in Wyoming that will provide long-term care to veterans, their spouses and Gold Star families.

“Our veterans are an integral part of Wyoming’s rich heritage, and it is an honor to celebrate the completion of the first veterans skilled nursing facility in Wyoming,” said Governor Gordon. “Veterans, and their families, embody the spirit of Wyoming through their courageous and selfless actions to protect the liberties we hold dear. This beautiful facility reflects the honor and dignity owed to those who sacrificed so much to protect our way of life.”

The Green House concept differs from a traditional nursing home in terms of facility size, interior design, organizational structure, staffing patterns and methods of delivering skilled professional services. It is designed to look and feel like a real home, with each cottage offering private bedrooms and bathrooms for residents along with with common spaces that include a living area, an open kitchen and a dining table.

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

Honorably discharged veterans, state National Guard members disabled while on duty, their spouses and Gold Star family members are eligible for admission, with preference given to veterans and spouses.