- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

DOUGLAS, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Veterans’ Commission plans to ask for additional funding to help veterans obtain disability benefits.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1RGlHPz ) that Commission Director Larry Barttelbort told lawmakers Monday that he would ask for a $50,000 increase to a $150,000 program that sends state money to service organizations, such as the American Legion or Disabled American Veterans which then help veterans file claims.

Barttelbort says the boost in funding the Wyoming Veterans Commission is seeking would pay for a contract employee at the Cheyenne Regional Benefit Office and would go to the American Legion.

The Veterans’ Commission will first ask Gov. Matt Mead for the funds. Later, Mead will send budget recommendations to the Legislature, which will pass a two-year budget for the state in 2016.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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