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Experience the VSN

Community Action Documentary by Sanai Abell

​​SAVE the DATE: May 2nd, 2020 ~ 10am - 3pm (VSP set up & VSAP check in at 9am)

7th Annual Heroes at Home BBQ & Music Festival

5th Annual Veteran Suicide Awareness & Prevention (VSAP) Run / Walk / RUCK!

Fort Missoula Regional Park ~ Bella Vista Pavilion

Montana’s Veteran suicide rate is one of the highest in the nation. This event will help raise awareness about this epidemic. Bring the community together to memorialize those lost and let Veterans, their friends, and families know they are not alone.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/483415689026245

​VSAP Walk / Half-Marathon / 20kg Ruck ~ REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

PLEASE REGISTER BY APRIL 2, 2020 TO ENSURE A T-SHIRT IN YOUR SIZE!

The VSAP event is broken down into a Suicide awareness walk/run, Half-Marathon and Ruck division (Carring 20kg to represent the 20+ veterans a day who are lost to suicide in the US). Montana consistently has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. This event will help raise awareness and promote prevention about this epidemic by bring the community together to memorialize those lost and let Veterans, their friends, and families know they are not alone.

Run / Walk (T-Shirt & Swag Bag), 3.2 miles, $10 each

Half-Marathon (Medals as prizes), $45 each,

Half-Marathon Ruck Division (Carrying 20 Kg in a pack - pistol and rifle safes as prizes), $45 each

RACE TIME: All races, run / walks start after the opening ceremony at 10am

LOCATION: Fort Missoula Regional Park, Bella Vista Pavilion - PLEASE ENTER THE PARK VIA SOUTH AVE

RACE BAGS: Package pick-up will be at the Missoula Vet Center 910 Brooks Street from 0900 to 1800 on May 1, 2020.  Please pick-up event package (T-Shirt, Swag) on this date to ensure smooth participant flow the morning of the VSAP Event.

Register by April 2, 2020 to ensure a t-shirt your size! 

REGISTER: https://runsignup.com/Race/MT/FtMissoula/VSAPVeteranSuicideawarenessandprevention

2020 EVENT UPDATES:

On 12/23/19 Tate, Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History, “Would be pleased, weather permitting, to schedule Civil War camp and reenactors on our front lawn May 2”

At the 9/19/19 VSP Meeting, we decided to (TENTATIVELY) add a CAR SHOW which may be located in one of the grass / dirt fields behind RMMMH or HMFM.

At the 9/20/19 PEC event, Rick from the Montana Army National Guard Recruiting offered to bring the large Army tents & tanks to display at RMMMH

​​Questions - VSN Leadership & Events CMTE:

*** BBQ / H@H Event Logistics - contact Anton, Missoula Vet Center, Xsports4Vets & VFW Commander, (406) 721-4918 or (406) 396-8390, Anton.Johnson@va.gov

*** VSAP Coordinator - contact Erick, Missoula Vet Center & American Legion Post 27, (406) 721-4918 or (406) 224-3334, Erick.Kahila@va.gov

*** Veteran Service Providers - RSVP to Shannon, Job Service DVOP  snoble@mt.gov

*** Media & Silent Auction Donors - contact Rebecca, VSN Spokesperson, Missoula Housing Authority, (406) 549-4113, ext. 106, rstancil@missoulahousing.org

*** Missoula Aging Services Senior Corps Program - RSVP Volunteers - contact Judy, (406) 728-7682, jdouglas@missoulaagingservices.org

​​​*** DONORS for the BBQ & Silent Auction may utilize the UVC Heroes at Home BBQ Account: EIN# 81-6016498  - questions: John, American Legion Post 27 Commander & United Veterans Council of Missoula & Ravalli Counties - Treasurer, (406) 544-2583, johnsangwin@hotmail.com

*** Costco Marketing  contact Senta, ALA Unit 27 President (406) 523-9993

****** THANK YOU TO OUR 2019 DONORS, PARTICIPANTS, VOLUNTEERS, VSP ******

****** THIS AWESOME EVENT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT YOU! ******

(If you’re business / organization is not listed, please let us know. Our 2019 event included an Easter egg hunt so we were seeking a lot of gift cards for the eggs; however, for the 2020 event, we'll be more interested in BBQ donations / food, condiments, etc., media / marketing help, cash donations &  Silent Auction items)

·         2M Company via Laurie @Job Service (16 oz. Stainless Steel Tumblers (x6)  

·         AARP Montana ($1K BBQ Sponsor and VSP)

·         Advanced Therapeutic Massage Clinic (2 Gift Certs for 1 Hour Massages)

·         Albertson’s – South Hills (In kind: 500 hot dog buns + hamburger buns)

·         Albertson’s – Trempers (In kind: lettuce, tomato, onions)

·         American Legion Auxiliary Unit 27 (Plastic eggs + book, “Farmer Dale’s Red Pickup Truck” w/animals)

·         American Legion Post 27 (Food Area + AL Train + 2 Etch a Sketch)

·         AM Scott, Author (Gift Basket, Sci Books 1-4)

·         Anonymous (EOTECH XPS2-0 Holographic Weapons Sight)

·         Baskin Robbins (Vendor Donates % of Profits)

·         Buffalo Wild Wings (4 Gift Certs, $10 each + BBQ Sauces

·         Cheerful Quilts (3 Baby Quilts from Maria Tavy Umhey

·         Cherry Creek Radio (Air Time)

·         Christina Bailey, Veteran (500 Easter Eggs filled w/toys & stickers)

·         Costco (Chips, cookies, 10 cases water, VSAP Race Bag Swag, 3 LG Bags of Candy, 2 Easter Baskets)

·         Cracker Barrel ($40 Gift Card, “Dinner for 2”)

·         D.A. Davidson ($50 BBQ Donation)

·         Fuddruckers ($25 Gift Card)

·         Home Depot (Air Compressor)

·         Home Resource (Bird House)

·         Humana / MarketPoint (500 race bags + VSP - Veteran health plan options outside of the VA)

·         Jerry’s Transmissions (1 Transmission or Transfer Case Service)

·         Job Service – Laurie (2M above) and Job Service – DVOP (Eggs, Candy, Prize Booth, 4 Easter Baskets + Monte’s Basket)

·         Les Schwab (Emergency Road Side Kit)

·         Marchesano (US Army Retired) ~ “War Torn” (Rat Fink Custom Chopper, 124 CI, 150 HP – Display)

·         Military-Civilian (Marketing on their website)

·         Missoula Aging Services Senior Companion Coordinator (Race bag swag) & Sr. Corps (RSVP Volunteers)

·         Missoula Bone & Joint (VSAP Sponsor)

·         Missoula Federal Credit Union (BBQ Donor, “Check in the mail” – didn’t make it on program)

·         Missoula Rural Fire Department (Fire Truck)

·         Missoula Vet Center (VSAP Sponsor)

·         Montana ACE (Jumbo Joe 18" Black Charcoal Grill + BBQ Supplies + VSAP Sponsor / Gun Safes at Cost)

·         Montana Central Insurance (2 Cakes + 2 Signed Books by Author Barb Jenkins, “Burying Jane Doe”)

·         Montana Youth Challenge Academy (10 – 15 Volunteers)

·         Murdoch’s (2 Gift Certs)

·         Orange Street Food Farm (Salads)

·         Papa Murphy’s Take n’ Bake (12 FREE Pizzas)

·         Patty Plesure (Red, White & Blue Quilt)

·         PEAK Health & Wellness (1 Mo. Membership + Bag of Goodies + The SPA)

·         Pepsi-Cola of Missoula (Pop & Water)

·         Project Tomorrow Montana (Water table + Out of the Darkness / Race Bag Swag)

·         Ranch Club, The (3 Players, 18 Holes)

·         Ruby’s Café (Gift Cert)

·         Run Wild Missoula (VSAP Sponsor)

·         Senta Sandberg Montana Artist (Painting)

·         Simkins-Hallin Lumber (VSAP Sponsor)

·         Sportsman’s Warehouse (Gift Certs X10 + 75 Coupons for $10 & $30 OFF ~ VSAP Race Bag Swag)

·         Stacked Stone Photography (Photographer)

·         Starbuck’s (6 Cold Cups)

·         Target (Gift Certs X2)

·         TopHouse (Band)

·         Town Square Media (Air time + Live on FB - Newstalk KGVO)

·         UM Department of Social Work (Videographer + Volunteers)

·         UM Golf Course (2 Rounds of Golf)

·         Uptown Optical (VSAP Sponsor)

·         USPS National Association of Letter Carriers (VSAP Sponsor)

·         VFW Post 209 (BBQ & VSAP Sponsor)

·         Wendy Hoiness (Quilt)

·         Westside Lanes ($50 Gift Card)

·         XSports4Vets (Pavilion Donor & VSAP Sponsor)

·         Veteran Service Providers (VSP) – 2019 event: AARP Montana; Advanced Therapeutic Massage Clinic (Cindy Clippinger, LMT); Alcoholics Anonymous (District 81); American Legion Auxiliary (Unit 27); American Legion Post 27; Animal Human Connection / Artichoke Press (Veteran Owned Business); Bulls Eye Wear ~ Eyecare / eyewear for VA eligible Veterans “VA Care-In-The-Community” (Veteran Owned Business); Dogs on Deployment; Family Assistance Center (FAC) / MTARNG Family Programs; Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP) at Red Willow Learning Center, Inc.; International Association of Workforce Professionals (IAWP); Keller Williams (Homes for Heroes + VSAP water table); Missoula Aging Services Senior Companion Coordinator & Sr. Corps; Missoula Housing Authority; Missoula Veterans Court; Mobile Vet Center; Montana Army National Guard Suicide Prevention Program Manager; Montana Fair Housing; Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA); Project Tomorrow Montana / Out of the Darkness (+ VSAP Water Table); REBOOT Combat Recovery; UM VETS Office; United After Duty; United States of Hope, “VETtogether” (+ Susannah, National Anthem); VA Veterans Experience Office; Veteran Directed Care (VDC) at Missoula Aging Services; Veteran Housing Options (Housing Montana Heroes & Valor House); Veterans Upward Bound; VFW Auxiliary; VFW Post 209 (VSP, Medical Tent + Beer Garden); Volunteers of America; Walmart Supercenter; XSports4Vets; And, the The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula had their Exhibit open “No enemy movement observed,”Vietnam War through the eyes of a Frenchtown Marine, and the Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History did a Civil War Reenactment.