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Hope Is Where the Heart Is

AARP ONLINE Career Coaching for Veterans & Spouses AND AARP LIVE PROGRAMS
Career coaching with personal consultation; The Learning Library has resources to help your job search and build your career skills, plus employment and career resources for Veterans & spouses.

AARP Job Board:

"Follow" AARP Programs on Facebook:

Questions: AARP Programs,

Steve Carter - Office of Community Engagement (773) 401-4028,

Montana: Jim Higgins (406) 291-0356,

American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces & Military & Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN)

Find events, activities, conferences, retreats, camps, training and webinars by and for military and Veteran caregivers. MORE INFO / REGISTER:

Questions: ARC MVCN,

MONTANA: Sara Cease - Regional Program Manager (406) 750-9939,

LOCAL: American Red Cross - ID & MT Region Recruitment Specialist & Volunteer Services (406) 493-8778,

Arm-Me Up for Military Spouses

Special guests share their resources, triumphs, experiences, and resiliency as military spouses. Follow their LinkedIn page:

Learn more:

Military Spouse jobs:

Questions: Denise Lewis, MSML (Army Ret Spouse) – Outreach Coordinator and Diversity Officer, Arm-Me Up & WWRP (252) 621-3690,

Community Veteran Engagement Boards (CVEB)

Part of the VA's effort to ensure the "GREAT work / impact of VSN Missoula and other high-performing CVEB around the nation are represented" on this site:

Questions: VA Veterans Experience Office - Veterans, Family and Community Engagement,

Herd 2 Human @ Willowbend Farm, Clinton

Equine inter-species communication program developed to assist with trauma recovery and general wellness. There are countless stories of positive personal growth & recovery of those who have attended the classes and private sessions. If you have experienced a traumatic event in your life or know someone struggling with PTS, please check it out!:


Email application to  

OR mail to Willowbend Farm, 13400 Turah Rd., Clinton, MT 59825

Questions: Jeff Patterson, Willowbend Farm, Inc. (406) 240-8598​​​​​​​​​​​

Hiring Our Heroes

Virtual Career Fairs, resume workshops, and other workforce development events designed to educate, inform, inspire, and connect Veterans, service members, and spouses with military-ready employers.

Questions: Cara Cooke (Capt - USAF Vet) - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation,

Or Hiring Our Heroes,

Homeward for Heroes (H4H)

Veterans, first responders & spouses are invited to experience “Meet Ups” & 3-10 day treks to reconnect. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to giving back to those who have given so much to serve. Shout Out:

Learn more about H4H upcoming events:; Questions: Dan & Laura Reese (406) 471-0513, OR Mason Jacobson (406) 314-1410

Missoula Events

MissoulaEvents.Net is a local calendar powered by GatherBoard. Post & Search for FREE! See what's going on in Missoula!

Questions: Message


The HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program is the flagship military program of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America. PGA HOPE introduces golf to Veterans and Active Duty Military to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. The program introduces the game of golf through a developmental 6-8 week curriculum, led by PGA Professionals trained in adaptive golf and military cultural competency (Missoula, Helena & Bozeman):

Questions: Brandy – PGA HOPE (704) 578-8289, 

SMART Recovery Support Groups

This is open to anyone interested in attending. At its core, SMART is a set of “Thinking Tools” or exercises that people can use to manage their patterns of behavior. SMART is a science-based program which uses principles from the fields of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT).

Learn more about SMART recovery:

Montana Peer Network:

Questions: Montana’s Peer Network (406) 551-1058,

USDA Forest Service TRAINING on Resumes, Navigating USAJOBS & Qualifying

These webinars are open to the public and provide assistance for those looking for federal employment within the Forest Service. USAJOBS events for all kinds of federal agencies are listed here:  (Scroll down to find additional USDA Forest Service trainings later in the year).

Questions: Kevin Hood – USDA FS Alaska Region (907) 419-2372,

US DOL VETS Military Spouse Employment TEAMS Events
The Transition Employment Assistance for Military Spouses (TEAMS) Program is a series of DOL TAP workshops targeted at helping all Military Spouses plan and prepare for their job search. INFO / REGISTER:

Questions: Tom Finch - Montana State Director, US DOL VETS (Veterans' Employment and Training Service) (406) 447-3233,​​​​​​

VA Careers 

Open to both clinical and nonclinical professionals. Chat with VA physician and nurse recruiters about available health care jobs around the country, ask questions about the application process and gather information on benefits and continuing education support. VA Careers events:

As always, if you’re looking for more information on careers at VA, be sure to visit

Questions: (844) 456-5208,

Montana VA Health Care / Hiring questions: Paden Holman - Administrative Assistant, Patient Care Services, Montana VA Healthcare System 406-447-6054,

LOCAL: Heidi Leishman – Supervisor Medical Support Assistant (406) 493-3700 Ext 2,

Kalispell: Tiny Hudson – Clinic Manager (406) 758-2753,

Veterans Upward Bound

MSU Billings, Missoula College, and Flathead Valley Community College. The Missoula and Billings classes also  stream live, making them much more accessible to Veterans not able to attend in-person (materials provided).


Questions: 877-356-8387

OR Missoula: Daryl,

VFW Gun Raffle

Sorry for the delay but we are finally ready to announce the 2023 VFW post 209 Arm Raffle! Due to printing delays our January 31st raffle has been pushed back to Valentine’s Day. Raffle tickets will go on sale February 4th 10am at the VFW post 209 (245 W. Main St) tickets will also be available at Trader Brothers.

Purchase at VFW 245 W. Main St., Missoula OR call Tom (623) 229-1225; Anton  (406) 396-8390

Text VFW2022 to (863) 204-1989 for updates & winners!

Workforce GPS:

Offers resources for veterans and transitioning service members to meet their career, education, and employment goals. Questions: WorkforceGPS (888) 848-3696,

Events: ONGOING: Welcome
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