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Accessing Benefits, Counseling, Disability Resources, Healthcare & Wellness

92D Medical Group, ‘Choice is Yours’ Program

The Medical Group is still in need of more patients to switch their health care to an off-base provider.  It is easy to change your Primary Care Manager and there are several TRICARE network providers in your community. The quickest way to change your PCM is to make the change online at https://tricare.mil. You can also call Health Net at 1-844-866-9378 or visit the Patient Administration Office on the first floor of the Fairchild Clinic. Changing your PCM to a civilian provider does not mean you leave the military health care system. You can still have your prescriptions filled at the Medical Grp Pharmacy, get your lab and radiology procedures done here or get updated immunizations. 

Questions: Patient Administration, (509) 247-5520 or 92 ARW Public Affairs Office, (509) 247-5705

Addiction ~ Veterans

DrugRehab.com

https://www.drugrehab.com/addiction/veterans/

Free web resource that provides information and support to people facing substance use disorders. Many veterans struggle with stress and mental illness, which increases their risk for developing substance use disorders. Our goal is to spread awareness of substance misuse and to be an informational resource for those impacted by alcohol and drug dependence.  

Questions: Danois Martinez, Outreach Specialist, dmartinez@drugrehab.com

Advanced Therapeutic Massage Clinic

www.advancedhealing4U.com

Cindy Clippinger, LMT Specializing in Chronic Pain Healing since 1992

4708 Sage St., Missoula, (406) 926-1622, cindy@advancedhealing4U.com

Alcohol Rehab Guide ~ Veterans / Recovery Worldwide

https://www.alcoholrehabguide.org/resources/alcoholism-in-veterans/

Focus on alcohol abuse and comorbid disorders (such as PTSD and alcohol abuse). Find the treatment that best fits your need. Along with our hotline, we feature over 100 centers across the US.

Alcohol abuse amongst Veterans and the relationship between self-medicating PTSD with alcohol:  https://www.alcoholrehabguide.org/resources/dual-diagnosis/alcohol-and-ptsd/

Questions: Hotline 855-826-4464

Or, caitlin@alcoholrehabguide.org

Alpha-Stim Electrotherapy

https://www.alpha-stim.com/

Impact Montana, "Do you or a Veteran you know suffer from chronic pain, depression, anxiety etc? Our VA Healthcare System is now able to utilize Alpha-Stim technology as an alternative option to mitigate these issues. The Montana VA has the ability to utilize this technology as well but we need to have the awareness and knowledge of it being a viable option. Talk to your VA provider (Primary and/or Behavioral Health) to see if it is a good option for you."

Questions: Ryan Luchau, Community Employment Coordinator, Montana VA Health Care System, Homeless Veteran Recovery Program, 3687 Veterans Dr., Fort Harrison, (406) 447-7340, Ryan.Luchau1@va.gov

Big Sky TBI Program

The DeWit RiteCare Speech, Language, & Hearing Clinic, support sessions for those who may have experienced a mild traumatic brain injury. Adults (18+) who have persistent cognitive symptoms after a concussion, TBI; 634 Eddy Ave, Missoula

Questions: Victoria (Tori) Hinther, victoria.hinther@umontana.edu

Bitterroot Valley Eye Associates ~ A Satellite Office of Marcus Daly Hospital

300 N. 10th Street, Hamilton

Bitterroot Valley Eye Associates, a service of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital offers comprehensive eye care and optical services. The clinic team is proud to offer years of experience, a friendly atmosphere and the only full-time ophthalmologist in Ravalli County! Dr. Mark Calderwood is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, specially trained to diagnose and treat disorders of the eye and vision. He regularly performs cataract surgery and other corrective surgeries for his patients. Dr. Calderwood is a Veteran.  At Bitterroot Valley Eye Associates, Veterans are welcome and the optical center located adjacent to the eye clinic is approved through the Montana VA at Fort Harrison.

Visit mdmh.org for more information and mdmh.org/surgery to schedule an appointment.

Questions: Dr. Calderwood's Office, (406) 363-5434

Or, Tori Nobles (Assistant to Dr. Calderwood and District 5 President of ALA), tori@losthorseranch.com 

​Blue Water Navy Veterans

ATTENTION: Navy Veterans,

Recently, Congress expanded the geographic limits where exposure to Agent Orange is considered presumed.  Veterans who served on vessels within 12 nautical miles seaward from the demarcation line of waters of Vietnam and Cambodia as defined in Public Law 116-23 (Blue Water Navy) between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides such as Agent Orange and may be entitled to service connection for conditions related to that exposure.  Exposure to Agent Orange carries a presumption of service connection for a list of specific conditions as listed in 38 Code of Federal Regulations section 3.309(e).  The Fact Sheet attached contains additional details and this list of conditions.

Questions: Michael B. Crouse, Director, VA Regional Office, Fort Harrison, MT, (406) 495-2031, Michael.crouse@va.gov

Also shared earlier this year, "The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has over turned the Boots on the Ground. The Decided date was January 29, 2019. Appeal from the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in No. 15-4082, Judge Coral Wong Pietsch. All Blue Water Navy Veterans should resubmit their claims with the VA."

Questions: VVA Bitterroot Chapter 938, VVA938@gmail.com

Brain Injury Care ~ Shepherd Center

https://www.shepherd.org/patient-programs/care-for-us-service-members

The SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center is a comprehensive rehabilitation program that focuses on assessment and treatment for active duty or separated service members who have served in the U.S. military since September 11, 2001 and who are experiencing symptoms of or have a diagnosis of mild to moderate brain injury, or concussions and any co-occurring psychological or behavioral health concerns, including post-traumatic stress.

SHARE Military Initiative provides hope, assistance, support and education to service members and their families during their recovery treatment and beyond.

Questions: (404) 603-4314, ShareAdmissions@shepherd.org

Caring Bridge

https://military.caringbridge.org/a/

A single online platform helps military families stay connected and receive support—whether words of encouragement, a ride to an appointment, a meal, or fundraising for medical treatment and expenses.

Email and live chat support: https://www.caringbridge.org/contact-us

Or, call Monday-Friday 8:00am–4:30pm Central Standard Time: (651) 789-2300

Code of Support Foundation ~ Free Access to Veteran Resources

https://patriotlink.org/users/sign_up

PATRIOTlink enables any user free access to vetted, direct, cost-free, Veteran services (Veterans, caregivers, family members and providers). Login, browse, and use hundreds of resources!

Questions: (571) 418-6339, info@codeofsupport.org

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i)

https://www.veterantraining.va.gov/insomnia/

If you have problems falling asleep, staying asleep or waking too early, you are not alone. For many Veterans, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i) is a great option. To make CBT-i available to all Veterans, VA has developed a free, anonymous online course called Path to Better Sleep

Questions: https://www.veterantraining.va.gov/insomnia/feedback.asp

COMBAT CALL CENTER

(877) 927-8387

DD214 ~ Veteran Service Records ~ Military Personnel Records

National Archives: https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/standard-form-180.html#ways

Mail: National Personnel Records Center: 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63138

FAX: (314) 801-9195

Questions: (866) 272-6272
Or, go to your local MVAD in Missoula: 1911 Tower Rd. or make an appointment: (406) 542-2501

Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF)

https://dvnf.org/

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) provides critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

Questions: (202) 737-0522, info@dvnf.org

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

dav.org ~ 2687 Palmer St., Msla, Benefits Assistance (877) 426-2838

Volunteer Transportation Network:

(Bitterroot DAV and Missoula DAV provides free rides to Veterans to their VA Approved Medical Appointments.

Contact: Bitterroot to Missoula 363-8396; Bitterroot to Fort 363-8396
Missoula DAV - Missoula Veterans to Missoula VA Approved Appts 207-1468 (Currently Missoula DAV has drivers on Tuesday & Thursday)

For more information about DAV or if you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Driver please give us a call at 363-8396

DAV Transportation: Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Van Drivers 406-447-7760

Veterans Transportation Services 406-447-6270; Travel Pay 406-447-7402

​Enlyten Lab Float Center ~ Veteran Owned Business

521 S. Higgins Ave., Missoula,

https://www.enlytenlab.com/

**REST therapy / float sessions as an effective, safe treatment

for the unseen injuries of war (PTS, depression, etc.)

Questions: Matt Gangloff (US Army Veteran), Savanna Scotson and Annie the Float Lab(rador), (406) 493-0502

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ~ Veterans

Employment rights under the ADA: (800) 669-4000

www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/ada_veterans.cfm

Federal Employees ~ Dental and Vision Insurance Plan (FEDVIP) Enrollment

Extended 3 months (no specific closing date yet). Retirees, retiree family members can check for eligibility and sign up.  Please call the toll free number (877-888-3337) or visit www.tricare.benefeds.com and click on the ‘Get Started’ box to enroll.  (Answer yes to any of the questions to start the process.)  It is recommended for retirees to check with your dentist or vision provider to find-out which insurances they are under.  This will narrow your research on selecting an insurance.  If you would like to use your base Library Computer Lab, to access the internet with personal instructions, please contact our office for an appointment.

Questions: Michael D. Knapp, TSGT (RET), Retiree Activities Office (RAO) Director, (509) 247-5359, C (509) 847-5606

Flu shots (FREE) for Veterans at your local Walgreens

No appointment is required. Simply go to any Walgreens, tell the pharmacist you receive care at a VA facility, and show your Veterans Health Identification Card and another form of photo ID (Patients will also be asked to complete a vaccine consent form at the time of service).

VA BLOG: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/66403/free-flu-shots-for-veterans-at-your-local-walgreens/

FORT HARRISON ~ VA Healthcare

(Missoula CBOC info below under "VA Healthcare)

Fort Harrison Hospital (877) 468-8387, Eligibility / Enrollment (406) 447-7350 or 7460, Patient Advocates (406) 447-7990 or 7960; Release of Information (406) 447-7234 or 7846; Patient Travel (406) 447-7409; Lodging (406) 447-7707; Non-VA Care (NAO) (888) 795-0773; Patient Billings / Co-Pay (406) 447-7844; Veteran Transportation Service (406) 447-6270; DAV Transportation (406) 447-7760; Non VA Care in the Community (406) 447-7400; VA Montana in house consult call center (406) 447-6150; Nurse Triage (406) 447-6120; Primary Care Call Center (406) 442-6410; Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) (800) 827-1000

Todd Dunlap, Enrollment Coordinator (406) 447-7457

Duane Cunningham, My Healthevet Coordinator (406) 447-7437

*** Homeless Veteran Recovery Program

Ryan Luchau, Community Employment Coordinator, Montana VA Health Care System

To support Veterans navigating through some form of recovery and wanting to get back into the workforce

3687 Veterans Dr., Fort Harrison

(406) 447-7340, Ryan.Luchau1@va.gov

** Women Veterans Health Strategic Health Care Group

Montana (STATEWIDE), Women Veteran Program Manager: Sue Calentine, RN, BSN, MS, 3687 Veterans Dr., P.O. Box 1500, Fort Harrison, MT 59636-1500, (406) 447-7315, susan.calentine@va.gov

Get Results in Transition “GRIT”

https://www.ibmgrit.org/#top

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and IBM unveiled a new mobile application—called “Get Results in Transition”—specifically designed to help veterans, reservists and other service members better understand and boost their mental fitness and overall well-being.

Questions: (888) 971-9770, grit@us.ibm.com

Greg Eliel Horsemanship
gregeliel.com
Greg Elielis a master horse trainer with over 40 years of experience teaching people horsemanship
Wisdom, MT - horseclinic@gmail.com

HERD 2 HUMAN ~ Willowbend Farm (Equine Therapy)

www.willlowbendfarmmt.com

For Veterans who would like to spend time with horses learning the H2H program

(Equine Interspecies Communication - An Aid in Equine Assisted Therapy. Helping people who are experiencing PTS and other emotional challenges through the magic of communicating with horses).
Herd 2 Human - YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToDf6JpNyk0&list=PLUWe4gjUMHfggwp-1o7oUs14tmYSZeLxQ&index=3

INTERESTED in becoming a Herd 2 Human instructor? The training program is VA certified and Veterans CAN use their GI Bill to cover expenses (www.willowbendfarmmt.com)

Contact: Jeff & Darlene Patterson @ Willowbend Farm, 13400 Turah Rd, Clinton, (406) 240-8598 or (406) 258-6246, willowbendfarmmt@msn.com

Heroes and Horses

https://www.heroesandhorses.org/

Montana-based nonprofit organization that has created an innovative, three-phase reintegration program, which is offered to qualifying combat veterans (at no cost to them) suffering from PTSD. Our program utilizes the remote wilderness of Montana, coupled with human and horse connections, to challenge and inspire personal growth in veterans suffering from mental and physical scars.

Questions: 125 S. Broadway, Unit 3, Manhattan, MT (406) 284-2870, admin@heroesandhorses.org

Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP)

​The Learning Center at Red Willow (redwillowlearning.org), 825 W. Kent, Msla, (406) 721-0033

*** Through their Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP), they make ALL of their classes available free of charge to Veterans, service members, their families / caregivers, and first responders!

Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program: https://www.redwillowlearning.org/sliding-fees-scholarships/

Provides FREE mind / body program relieving the stress associated with PTSD, TBI, depression, isolation, chronic pain and much more!

Questions: The Learning Center at Red Willow, (406) 721-0033, info@redwillowlearning.org

Or, Roy Savage, Program Manager: Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program, (406) 544-7149, savagefitenterprises@outlook.com

Homeless – VA Health Care

HONOR STUDY ~ PTSD Medication Study

Questions: Cindi Laukes, MA, Chief Operating Officer

Neural Injury Center, University of Montana, (406) 243-4017, Cindi.Laukes@mso.umt.edu

Intermountain Equestrian Center, 7256 HWY 3, Billings

Every Tuesday until 5/28: Equine Therapy Group, 12:30 – 2pm (+ 30 minute feedback session)

This is a 10 week group and sessions consist of working with the horses on the ground, building confidence and learning fundamental skills such as general horse care, grooming, saddling, and leading. Riding is an option if desired. We are seeking combat veterans to come out and join us in this wonderful opportunity to be outdoors and be around other combat veterans. Staff providing lessons are certified therapeutic riding instructors. There is no cost to the veteran. You do have to arrange for transportation to the Intermountain Equestrian Center located at 7256 HWY 3, Billings, MT 59106. We also have limited space in our government vehicle for transportation to and from the Vet Center.  There are copies of the application in the lobby so you can drop by and get one between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday: The Billings Vet Center, 2795 Enterprise Ave, Suite 1, Billings, MT 59102, (406) 657-6071.

Questions: Maribel R. Villafranca, LCSW, LAC, MAC, Billings Vet Center, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, (406)  657-6071, Maribel.villafranca@va.gov

The Learning Center at Red Willow

https://www.redwillowlearning.org/

The Learning Center at Red Willow accomplishes its Mission through the following:

·         By Providing Body/Mind Based Education and Skills Training for Individuals, Families, and Organizations

·         By Offering Experiential Learning Opportunities and Skills Known to Help Restore Feelings of Safety and Predictability

·         By Presenting Information about How to Calm the Body, Restore Peace to the Mind and Maintain Optimum Levels of Health

Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program & Other Sliding Fee Scholarships:

https://www.redwillowlearning.org/sliding-fees-scholarships/

Questions: (406) 721-0033, info@redwillowlearning.org

Veterans and members of the VSN:

Larry Whitmore, RYT, PMP, Yoga Instructor and Mindfulness Coach, (903) 217-7061, larry@redwillowlearning.org

Roy Savage, HTOP Program Manager, (406) 544-7149, savagefitenterprises@outlook.com

Living Well with a Disability

UM Rural Institute on Disabilities

http://livingandworkingwell.org/

Make the Connection

Connects Veterans and their family members and friends with mental health information, local resources, and inspiring stories of recovery.

Visit MakeTheConnection.net or mentalhealth.va.gov for mental health resources.

MAR – Montana Association for Rehabilitation

http://mtmar.org/

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation – DPHHS, 2675 Palmer, Ste A, Msla

http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/detd/vocrehab/mvrofficesbycounty.aspx

Questions: (406) 329-5400

Marcus Daly Hospital ~ Bitterroot Valley Eye Associates (Satellite Office)

300 N. 10th Street, Hamilton

Bitterroot Valley Eye Associates, a service of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital offers comprehensive eye care and optical services. The clinic team is proud to offer years of experience, a friendly atmosphere and the only full-time ophthalmologist in Ravalli County! Dr. Mark Calderwood is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, specially trained to diagnose and treat disorders of the eye and vision. He regularly performs cataract surgery and other corrective surgeries for his patients. Dr. Calderwood is a Veteran.  At Bitterroot Valley Eye Associates, Veterans are welcome and the optical center located adjacent to the eye clinic is approved through the Montana VA at Fort Harrison.

Visit mdmh.org for more information and mdmh.org/surgery to schedule an appointment.

Questions: Dr. Calderwood's Office, (406) 363-5434

Or, Tori Nobles (Assistant to Dr. Calderwood and District 5 President of ALA), tori@losthorseranch.com 

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."
Educational guide: asbestos.com/mesothelioma/
Questions: David Sides, Public Outreach Coordinator, (407) 734-1225, dsides@ asbestos.com

Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs

mightyoaksprograms.org

29910 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd. Ste. G530, Murrieta, CA 92563

Our mission is to operate on a standing commitment to reach the brokenhearted, with a specific calling to assist our nation’s military Warriors and families find a new life purpose through a hope in Christ, after enduring hardship through their service to America.

MONTANA CONTACT – Ryan, “If you or anyone you know would benefit from this faith-based training please have them fill out the online application or contact”: Ryan Luchau, Community Employment Coordinator, Montana VA Health Care System, Homeless Veteran Recovery Program, 3687 Veterans Dr., Fort Harrison, (406) 447-7340, Ryan.Luchau1@va.gov

Questions: Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs, (951) 240-3011, info@MightyOaksPrograms.org

Military Funeral Honors – State of Montana

https://mfh.dmdc.osd.mil/mfh/

1956 MT Majo St., Fort Harrison, MT 59636, (406) 324-3231

Eligibility:

·         Military members who died while on active duty or in the Selected Reserve

·         Former military members who served on active duty or in the Selected Reserve and were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions

·         Former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions

By law, military units are required to provide, at a minimum, a two-person uniformed detail to present the core elements of the Funeral Honors ceremony. The core elements of the funeral honors ceremony, which will be conducted are: Playing of Taps; Flag folding; Flag presentation; The veteran's parent Service representative will present the flag.

Additional elements that could be provided as part of the Funeral Honors ceremony include: Rifle detail; Color guard; Pallbearers; Caisson; Military flyover

Questions: Darin Gaub (Lieutenant Colonel, Retired) Contractor for Management Support Technology, Inc., C (406) 459-0839, daringaub.montanamfh@gmail.com  


Military Funeral Honors ~ Military OneSource

https://www.militaryonesource.mil/military-life-cycle/veterans-military-funeral-honors

Funeral planners or family members of eligible deceased veterans may request Military Funeral Honors by contacting the Military Funeral Honors coordinator listed in the Military Funeral Honors Directory. Use this directory by locating the state or territory in which the requested Military Funeral Honors will take place.  Under the state, you will find a local telephone number for each of the military services.  Please choose the phone number that corresponds to the military service of the decedent.  Numbers for each military service will apply, in most cases, to the state as a whole. Some states will have more than one phone number per military service: Air Force 406-731-2831; Army 888-634-7496; Coast Guard 206-718-5797; Marine Corps 866-826-3628; Navy 360-315-3275 or 360-315-3273

Questions: Military OneSource, 800-342-9647

Local – Montana: Tabitha Garvin-Betancourt, Military OneSource (406) 781-4986, (800) 342-9647, Tabitha.GarvinBetancourt@MilitaryOneSource.com

MISSION ACT

https://missionact.va.gov/

Questions: Todd Dunlap, EWCM(SW/AW), USN (ret.), Enrollment Coordinator, VA Montana Health Care System, Fort Harrison, (406) 447-7457, Todd.Dunlap@va.gov

Missoula Vet Center

vetcenter.va.gov

FREE Meditation for Veterans (Every Thursday at 1pm)

Vet Centers are community-based (and a 24/7 call center) counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible Veterans, active duty service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families.

Visit / Contact: 910 Brooks St., (406) 721-4918

Or, Anton Johnson, Veterans Outreach Program Specialist, Cell (406) 529-2219, Anton.Johnson@va.gov

Montana Veterans Affairs Division (MVAD)

montanadma.org/montana-veterans-affairs

1911 Tower Rd., Msla, (406) 542-2501

Veteran Service Officers (VSO): Kate Hahn, MSW, VSO (khahn@mt.gov

Kalispell:  (406) 755-3795 (Veteran Service Officers Carolyn Collins, Bryan Zipp, and Ryan Keeler)

​POC for outreach in Superior: Jackie Lamb, Montana Veterans Affairs Division, (406) 542-2501

** ​Tips for filing VA disability (willing to take questions statewide):

Tim Ingraham, Veteran Service Officer (VSO), Fort Harrison MVAD

(406) 495-2081, timothy.ingraham@va.gov

​​For VA Benefit Letters: (800) 827-1000

(“The local Veterans Affairs office is no longer permitted to print out letters of benefits for Veterans. That particular office is designed to help submit claims only.")

MonTECH – Assistive Technology Tools & Services - The Rural Institute

www.ruralinstitute.org

MonTECH can help you find the right communication device.  Borrow devices and communication apps for up to 30 days at a time to assess which system works best for the communicator AND for the caregiver who may be assisting in customization of vocabulary.

Questions: Anna-Margaret Goldman, MonTECH Program Director, Anna-margaret.goldman@mso.umt.edu

Or, Shawna Hanson, MonTECH Media Outreach Coordinator, Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, UM (406) 243-4531, Shawna.Hanson@mso.umt.edu

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) ~ Support, Education, and Advocacy

Missoula Resource Center, 202 Brooks St., Rm 210 (St. Paul Lutheran Church).

Office hours: Monday through Thursday, 9am – 12pm

(406) 880-1013 (Please call to schedule an appointment outside regular office  hours).

namimissoula@gmail.com  

NAMI Missoula events: https://namimissoula.org/nami-missoula-events/

National Center for PTSD

(802) 296-6300 (ptsd.va.gov)

National Institute of Health

https://www.nih.gov/

The research collects details from individuals to draw conclusions on specific, individualized health data in order to improve precision medicine. Better understand your unique health profile and help change the future of medicine by informing medical research and helping create more precise medicine.
All of Us Research Program: https://www.joinallofus.org/en?utm_source=print&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cpgi&utm_content=english
Questions: Chris Clasby, LCSW, Peer Advocacy Coordinator, Summit IL, Inc., (406) 728-1630, cclasby@summitilc.org

National Resource Directory (eBenefits, DoD & VA)

https://www.nrd.gov/

Objective ZERO

Objective Zero Foundation is a nonprofit organization that uses technology to enhance social connectedness and improve access to mental health resources. The Objective Zero mobile application connects service members, Veterans, their families, and caregivers to peer support through videoconferencing, voice calls, and text messaging. Users also get free access to resources on mental health and wellness.  

DOWNLOAD: https://www.objectivezero.org/app

Operation Warrior Sanctuary ~ Veterans Retreat in the Swan Valley

Daily Interlake 6/9/19, “Mission Possible — Food pantry founders turning former Swan Valley boot camp into veterans center”

https://www.dailyinterlake.com/local_news/20190609/mission_possible__food_pantry_founders_turning_former_swan_valley_boot_camp_into_veterans_center

Questions: Allen Erickson, (406) 756-7304, allen@veteransfoodpantry.org

Outreach questions: Cinnamon Davis-Hall, Community Outreach Specialist, NW MT Veterans Food Pantry & Stand Down, (406) 250-2394, cdhall03@gmail.com

Opportunity Resources, Inc.

http://orimt.org/

Out of Step: Disability Resources

http://www.outofstep.com/

Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)

http://www.peatworks.org/

Project Tomorrow Montana

FREE & Confidential help!

SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE:

1.800.273.TALK (8255) or TEXT "MT" TO 741-741

PTSD & Addiction

AmericanAddictionCenters.org

Apart from addiction, we also consider PTSD as part of our advocacy. Some of our most popular evidence-based articles on PTSD and addiction:

https://americanaddictioncenters.org/co-occurring-disorders/ptsd-addiction

https://luxury.rehabs.com/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/

https://www.projectknow.com/the-link-between-ptsd-and-alcoholism/

Questions: Megan Bishop, Outreach Specialist, outreach@alcohol.org

PTSD Foundation ~ Permission to Start Dreaming

https://ptsdfoundation.org/about/what-we-do/

3110 Judson St., PMB 144, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Emerging from the tremendous loss of her son, Army Private First Class Kyle Farr, and determined to create a safety net for veterans and first responders, Leslie Mayne founded the Permission to Start Dreaming (PTSD) Foundation in 2010...committed to offering better resources, relationships and responses for those struggling with PTS.

Questions: (253) 432-6502, info@ptsdfoundation.org

 

Benefits, Counseling, Disability, Healthcare & Wellness CONTINUED...

Ravalli County ~ C&P Claims

Katie is willing help with C&P claims (A Compensation and Pension Exam is a doctor evaluation used by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) when determining approval or denial of a veteran’s disability claim).

Her husband, Ken used to work for the VA as the Chief of Community Care and knows the ins and outs of the system.  He is a fantastic resource for all things VA. 

Ken Simpson (541) 215-9867

Questions: Katie Simpson (406) 363-2211, simpson97862@gmail.com

REBOOT Combat Recovery

rebootrecovery.com

REBOOT is a free course - Not a support group - providing practical help for service members, veterans, and their families dealing with the after effects of combat. You won't find shortcuts or easy answers, but instead, you'll find solutions that last.

We partner with individuals, churches, nonprofits, colleges, and clinicians to bring our combat trauma healing courses to the communities that need it the most. What started in 2011 exclusively on military installations has now expanded to more than 100 locations nationwide and across the globe, and it’s all because of people like you who have stepped up to serve our heroes.

Questions: Buddy Hanrahan, REBOOT Montana Leader, Montana DPHHS & Montana JCF, (406) 438-6319, buddy@reboot-mt.com

S.A.V.E. by PsychArmor ~ Suicide Prevention

Our hope for this course is that you will become empowered to play a vital role in suicide prevention. This course was developed in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs and is presented by Dr. Megan McCarthy, Deputy Director, Suicide Prevention. You will develop a general understanding of the problem of suicide in the United States; understand how to identify a Veteran who may be at risk for suicide; and, finally, know what to do if you identify a Veteran at risk. Each of us has the opportunity to be that one person who makes a difference--the person who asks the question that can save a Veteran's life, or the life of anyone struggling with the thoughts of suicide. Using the simple steps of S.A.V.E., we can all make a difference.

The Recovery Village

Dedicated to helping those struggling with substance abuse into recovery.

Veteran Resources https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/resources/veterans/

Nationwide – questions: PeterL@therecoveryvillage.com

Social Security Administration – Disability

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityssi/apply.html

Veterans - Wounded Warriors: https://www.ssa.gov/people/veterans/

Questions: 800-772-1213

Local - Missoula: 3701 AMERICAN WAY, (866) 931-9029, TTY: (800) 325-0778

“Strong & Steady Yoga”

DISCOUNTED RATE for Veterans!

PRIVATE yoga instruction emphasizing mindfulness and steadiness (PM Brian Chaszar, US Air Force Veteran on Facebook)

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) ~ Find a Treatment Facility

https://www.findtreatment.gov/

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation and to improve the lives of individuals living with mental and substance use disorders, and their families.

https://www.samhsa.gov/

Questions: (877) 726-4727, SAMHSAInfo@samhsa.hhs.gov

Summit Independent Living ~ VSN Disabilities Advocate

http://www.summitilc.org/

700 SW Higgins, Ste 101, Missoula

Summit Independent Living, Inc. is a private, non-residential non-profit organization that offers a wide range of services designed to give people with disabilities the tools and resources that are needed to improve independent, self-confidence, knowledge, skills and access to community resources. Summit serves people with mobility, neurological, hearing, visual, and other disabilities.
Questions: (406) 728-1630, missoula@summitilc.org

​BASE Missoula ~ All Abilities Community Center

http://www.summitilc.org/services/base/

725 W. Alder, Suite 4, Missoula

Providing FREE programing such as Improv, Adaptive Yoga, Gaming, Art and Dance! BASE is collaboration between Summit IL, other non-profits and various artists in our community. This space is meant to be a safe place to explore and display the arts as well as learn advocacy. BASE is open to everyone in our community of all ages, interests and abilities. This is your space.

BASE Missoula, (406) 215-1080, basemissoula@gmail.com

Tamarack Grief Resource Center

Resources: http://www.tamarackgriefresourcecenter.org/grief-resources/

405 S. 1st St. W., Missoula

Adults and children grieving a death of a family member or loved one are invited to gather for groups focusing on support, connection, and remembrance. Gathering with understanding others can provide us with safe opportunities for coping strategies, methods of accessing hope, and continued support. We are stronger together.  

Questions: (406) 541-8472

TMS Revitalizes (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) / BrainWay

tmsmissoula.com

2809 Great Northern Loop, Suite 410, Missoula

Questions: Mike Hutchins, MD, (406) 493-1344, info@tmsmissoula.com

Ultra Cell Full Spectrum ~ Patriot Program

Representative in Missoula would like to donate product to Veteran nonprofits for their new Patriot Program.

Patriot Program Video: https://www.facebook.com/zilisllc/videos/1215742545248426/

Contact: Will Stebbins, (406) 240-2813, stebbins66@hotmail.com

UM Neural Injury Center
http://health.umt.edu/nic/
To provide screening and clinical services to student veterans, athletes, and others with brain or spinal cord injuries that may be interfering with their education and assimilation into the community.
Questions: Cindi Laukes, MA, Director and Chief Operating Officer, Neural Injury Center, The University of Montana Research Navigator, University of Washington Institute of Translational Health Sciences, (406) 243-4017, Cindi.Laukes@mso.umt.edu

UM Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences

The Mind Body Lab, McGill Hall,

Explore meditation, mindfulness, yoga, and/or social support groups geared specifically for Veterans 

https://coehs.umt.edu/departments/hhp/labs_and_centers/mindbodylab/default.php

Questions: (406) 243-6988, Laura.Dybdal@mso.umt.edu

​Urgent Mental Health Clinic ~ Missoula

(406) 327-3034

US Disability Programs and Services

https://www.disability.gov/

VA Launchpad

https://mobile.va.gov/app/va-launchpad-veterans

New mobile app that simplifies and organizes several existing tools and resources into one convenient location. This new app arranges all of VA’s previous apps into five categories for Veterans: health management, health care team communication, vital health information sharing, mental health improvement, and quality of life improvement. 

Veterans – Help Desk: (877) 470-5947

VA Health Care - Missoula (CBOC: Community Based Outpatient Clinic)

Apply: 1010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez

2687 Palmer Street, Msla, (406) 493-3700

Advocate: Don Porter, (406) 493-3784

Billing Statement / Co-Pay Questions 866-393-1846

Compensation and Pension 800-827-1000

Hearing Aid Batteries 303-273-6200

Network Authorization (888) 795-0773

*** MISSION ACT: https://missionact.va.gov/

​*** VET2VET ~ Peer Support Group

Groups may be arranged by the volunteer nurse, or for more information, please visit the CBOC outpatient desk

Or, Chris, Spartans Honour, Inc., (406) 214-0333

OR, 24/7 help number: 1-877-VET-2-VET (1-877-838-2838)

​*** VA Montana Nurse Advice: 877-468-8387 (option 3)

Veterans Choice Act Call Center (Billing Issues): 1-877-881-7618 (Open 9-5pm Eastern Standard Time)

VHA OCC (Community Care website): https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/providers/index.asp

*** FORT HARRISON

Fort Harrison Hospital (877) 468-8387, Eligibility / Enrollment (406) 447-7350 or 7460, Patient Advocates (406) 447-7990 or 7960; Release of Information (406) 447-7234 or 7846; Patient Travel (406) 447-7409; Lodging (406) 447-7707; Non-VA Care (NAO) (888) 795-0773; Patient Billings / Co-Pay (406) 447-7844; Veteran Transportation Service (406) 447-6270; DAV Transportation (406) 447-7760; Non VA Care in the Community (406) 447-7400; VA Montana in house consult call center (406) 447-6150; Nurse Triage (406) 447-6120; Primary Care Call Center (406) 442-6410; Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) (800) 827-1000

Todd Dunlap, Enrollment Coordinator (406) 447-7457

Duane Cunningham, My Healthevet Coordinator (406) 447-7437

*** Homeless Veteran Recovery Program

Ryan Luchau, Community Employment Coordinator, Montana VA Health Care System

To support Veterans navigating through some form of recovery and wanting to get back into the workforce

3687 Veterans Dr., Fort Harrison

(406) 447-7340, Ryan.Luchau1@va.gov

** Women Veterans Health Strategic Health Care Group

Montana (STATEWIDE), Women Veteran Program Manager: Sue Calentine, RN, BSN, MS, 3687 Veterans Dr., P.O. Box 1500, Fort Harrison, MT 59636-1500, (406) 447-7315, susan.calentine@va.gov

​**Women Veterans Health, Strategic Health Care Group: publichealth.va.gov/womenshealth

*** VA Maternity Care Coordinators

https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/59872/va-maternity-care-coordinators-help-women-veterans-navigate-health-care-services/

Women Veterans deserve and expect high-quality health care to address their needs, and in some cases their needs include deciding when motherhood is right for them. Whether women Veterans are looking to start a family or to prevent pregnancy.

Questions: The Women Veterans Call Center, 1-855-829-6636 or chat online at www.womenshealth.va.gov

VA Health’s Compassionate Care Innovation ~ CCI Fosters Development Of Promising Options For PTSD Symptoms

https://www.va.gov/HEALTHPARTNERSHIPS/updates.asp

Living through a traumatic event may lead to chronic symptoms and PTSD for some Veterans. According to VA data, the prevalence of PTSD among Veterans has ranged from 11% to 30%, depending on the service era. As June was National PTSD Awareness Month, CCI is highlighting two treatments that may help Veterans with chronic, persistent PTSD symptoms: hyperbaric oxygen therapy and stellate ganglion block (SGB).

The SGB procedure and the positive effects it has had on Veterans were recently featured on an episode of “60 Minutes” on the CBS network. Watch the video at https://cbsn.ws/2IMjLHL.

CCI has also developed its own informational video about SGB, which can be viewed at viewed at https://bcove.video/2GiMEsl.

Expanding LED Therapy For Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

For more information about CCI’s work, please visit https://www.va.gov/HEALTHPARTNERSHIPS/CCIMission.asp

VA Million Veteran Program (MVP)

https://www.research.va.gov/mvp/

The Million Veteran Program (MVP) is a national research program to learn how genes, lifestyle, and military exposures affect health and illness. Since launching in 2011, over 775,000 Veteran partners have joined one of the world's largest programs on genetics and health.

https://www.mvp.va.gov/webapp/mvp-web-participant/#/public/about

Questions: 866-441-6075

VA Vet Centers

https://www.vetcenter.va.gov/

Vet Centers provides confidential and free counseling to Veterans and their families, including bereavement, marriage, substance abuse and more. 

Vet Centers began in 1979 when Vietnam Veterans had difficulty readjusting to civilian life. Vet Centers seek to help and equip Veterans by offering a community-based counseling center that provides a wide array of services. In addition, these Vet Centers actively help Veterans to simply get started, set goals, and eventually accomplish them. Vet Centers have quickly expanded and is now celebrating its 40th anniversary. There are currently over 300 Vet Centers, 80 mobile Vet Centers, and a Veteran Call Line as well. This model seeks to make readjustment smoother and more effective.

Questions: Hotline 877-WAR-VETS

Local – Missoula Vet Center, 910 Brooks St., Missoula: Anton Johnson, Veterans Outreach Program Specialist, Department of Veterans Affairs, Missoula Vet Center, (406) 721-4918, Cell (406) 529-2219, Anton.Johnson@va.gov

VA Veterans Legacy Memorial

https://www.vlm.cem.va.gov/

The first digital platform dedicated entirely to memory preservation for the 3.7 million Veterans interred in VA national cemeteries.

Search the site for Veterans, find out where they are buried and read the details of their lives and service.  

VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

Eligibility requirements for VRE (https://www.va.gov/careers-employment/vocational-rehabilitation/eligibility/),

o   Apply online: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/about/feature?feature=vocational-rehabilitation-and-employment

o   Or, submit a paper application: Download and complete a VA Form 28-1900, "Disabled Veterans Application for Vocational Rehabilitation" and mail it to your our local regional office (3633 Veterans Dr., Ft. Harrison, MT 59636). They try to ensure Veteran is seen within 30 days. There are two VRE Counselors in Missoula: 2681 Palmer St., Suite N, (406) 258-1084.

Questions: David Wirtz, VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Officer (VREO), (406) 495-2012, david.wirtz@va.gov

VA Welcome Kit

https://www.va.gov/WelcomeVA_Guide_print_version_final.pdf

Veteran HOTLINES

ALL VA SERVICES: 1-844-MyVA311 (698-2311)

Veterans Crisis Line:  1-800-273-8255

Health Care:  1-877-222-8387

Benefits:  1-800-827-1000

Valley Veterans Service Center

217 N 3rd St Suite L, Hamilton (ravallivvsc.org)

(406) 363-9838, veteransservices@rc.mt.gov

**Valley Veterans Service Center will be hosting Sharon Parks-Banda a representative form Senator Daines office. She will have Mobile Office hours 10a.m.- 2p.m. She will be available to hear your concerns and issues with the VA. Walk-ins are welcome!

Questions: Sharon Parks-Banda,Veterans Casework Liaison, U.S. Senator Steve Daines, (406) 549-8198, sharon_parks-banda@daines.senate.gov

​​Valor Equine Therapy Service, Inc. (VETS)

http://www.equinetherapy-vets.org/

83 Clydesdale Lane, Columbia Falls, MT 59912

VETS, Inc. on YouTube: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MLphRpvNL8&list=PLUWe4gjUMHfggwp-1o7oUs14tmYSZeLxQ&index=2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck84JqP5NiA&list=PLUWe4gjUMHfggwp-1o7oUs14tmYSZeLxQ&index=1

Questions: Lynn, (406) 212-5486, lynn@equinetherapy-vets.org

VET2VET ~ Ready to assist ANY VETERAN, ANY TIME!

877-VET-2-VET (1-877-838-2838)

Or, LOCAL: Chris, Spartans Honour, Inc.: (406) 214-0333

Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Fort Harrison Regional Office

3633 Veterans Dr., Ft. Harrison, MT 59636 (M-F 9am-4:30pm)

VBA – Applying for Benefits (Pre-Discharge Program for Servicemembers, Education / VRE, Disability Compensation, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Pension, Home Loan, and Life Insurance Benefits): https://www.benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/Applying.asp

Questions: Clarissa Caunday, Change Management Agent / Public Affairs Officer / Training Manager, (406) 495-2045, clarissa.caunday@va.gov

Or, Michael Crouse, Regional Office Director, (406) 495-2031, Cell (402) 277-6693, Michael.crouse@va.gov 

VETERANS CRISIS LINE

(800) 273-8255

*PRESS 1, TEXT 838255

OR CHAT veteranscrisisline.net

Be There

https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/support/be-there

We all can do something to help the Veterans in our lives. Even seemingly small actions can have a huge impact. Preventing suicide begins with your willingness to Be There

Veterans ID Card

Honorable service required - Veterans who served in the armed forces, including the reserve components, and who have a discharge of honorable or general (under honorable conditions)

https://www.vets.gov/veteran-id-card/

​Fairchild AFB ~ ID Card Facebook Page: Get updated status on DEERS and other updates pertaining to the Service Office. Check out our site!  https://www.facebook.com/FairchildIDCardSection92FSS/

Questions: Michael D. Knapp, TSGT (RET), Retiree Activities Office (RAO) Director, (509) 247-5359, C (509) 847-5606

Veterans Mobility Projects

https://veteransmobilitypjct.org/

Providing a way for Veterans to regain some of the freedom they have lost; whether that be setting a Veteran up with a power-wheelchair or assisting them with other tools to enhance their lives, giving the freedom of mobility. All therapeutic tools will be given to Veterans at no cost (501c3 nonprofit organization).

Questions: anne@veteransmobilitypjct.org

Veteran Service Records ~ Military Personnel Records (SF 180 / DD214)

National Archives: https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/standard-form-180.html#ways

Mail: National Personnel Records Center: 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63138

FAX: (314) 801-9195

Questions: (866) 272-6272
Or, go to your local MVAD in Missoula: 1911 Tower Rd. or make an appointment: (406) 542-2501

War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC)

https://www.warrelatedillness.va.gov/WARRELATEDILLNESS/index.asp

WRIISC Yoga Program, 3801 Miranda Avenue, Mailcode 151Y, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1290
National program dedicated to Veterans’ post-deployment health concerns and unique health care needs. We develop and provide post-deployment health expertise to Veterans and their health care providers through clinical care, research, education, and risk communication. As a tertiary care center, we partner with referring providers and their health care teams to support the care of Veterans. The WRIISC is part of VA’s Post Deployment Health Services, a VA Delivered Core Service. This means our work is fundamental to VA’s mission and is rarely found outside of VA.

Questions: (650) 493-5000 Ext 62355

Western Montana Mental Health Center

http://wmmhc.org/

1315 Wyoming St., Missoula

ASK about Montana DPHHS' Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) Program (for individuals who have a serious mental illness, or co-occurring serious mental illness and substance use disorder, and is experiencing homelessness or is at imminent risk of becoming homeless): Case Management, referrals to community behavioral health services, support services, health / dental services, job training, education services, and housing services.

Questions: (406) 532-9700, missoulaadults@wmmhc.org

Which Way is Your Warrior Facing

From Barry (Open Arms - Veterans & Families Counseling, Contract Psychologist in Australia), “My second book (Which Way is Your Warrior Facing) has just become available as a PDF and is free to all who work with, connected to or are veterans. It combines my first book (Which Way is Your Claymore Facing) and focuses on the complex demands around transitioning. It has had excellent impact. You are free to distribute this resource. Just a reminder that unless you want a hard copy or kindle of the first book, it has been added to my new book. I have not published this book as my vision has been to allow all to access it at no cost.”

The book may be accessed through: https://www.barryzworestine.com/the-books/

Questions: barryjzworestine@gmail.com

White House Veteran Hotline

1-855-948-2311

(855) 948-2311

Open 24 hours/day, seven days a week, 365 days a year: 60 agents who are Veterans, military family members, caregivers or survivors with extensive training on VA programs and services. Immediate warm hand offs!

*** Request for Information (RFI): "President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS)"

Executive Order on a National Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End Suicide

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-national-roadmap-empower-veterans-end-suicide/

As part of EO 13861, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Department of Veterans Affairs are leading the development of a National Research Strategy to improve the coordination, monitoring, benchmarking, and execution of public- and private-sector research related to the factors that contribute to veteran suicide.

Questions: rfiresearchresponse@va.gov

Women Veterans of MT American Legion

"Under the Mission Act, these are the only urgent care facilities in Montana approved so far by the VA...currently if you use a different urgent care facility you will have to pay for the costs first and then request the VA in writing for reimbursement. REMEMBER, Urgent care is different than the emergency room."

Montana VAMC, GLACIER COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, 519 E Main St., Cut Bank
LIVINGSTON HEALTHCARE, 320 Alpenglow Ln, Livingston

MARIAS HEALTHCARE, 670 Park Ave., Shelby
SAPPHIRE COMMUNITY HEALTH, 316 N 3rd St., Hamilton
ST VINCENT PHYSICIAN NETWORK, 1233 N 30th St., Billings
SWEET MEDICAL CENTER, 116 S Main St., Harlem