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Events: July: Welcome

JULY EVENTS

OBSERVANCES & MORE:

  • July 20 Alberton Railroad Festival Day ~ Vendor App

  • July 26th ~ Americans with Disabilities Act Signed (1990). Join Summit Independent Living at Out to Lunch Wednesday, July 24 (Caras Park 11am - 2pm) ~ They'll be giving away some cool swag and sharing all the information you need for independent living!

  • July 27th ~ End of the Korean War (1953)

NOW through 7/15: Veterans Long-Term Care Needs Assessment

Montana Veterans, Your Long-Term Independence Is Our Priority: Your service to our country is unparalleled. Now, it’s our turn to serve you. We are working to improve Montana’s long-term care services network. Beyond traditional care, we’re talking about personalized support — from in-home assistance to community connections, all designed to uphold your independence as you age. Survey extended to July 15: https://veteransurvey.mt.gov

Learn more about Montana DPHHS: https://dphhs.mt.gov/detd/mtap/

Questions: Nann Parrett - Research Analyst, Montana DPHHS Senior and Long-Term Care Division (406) 444.1956, Nann.Parrett@mt.gov

NOW: Brain Injury Alliance of Montana (BIAMT) ~ HBOT for Montana Veterans

This is so important in Montana’s Veteran community including many that live in rural and low-income areas! The Brain Injury Alliance of Montana (BIAMT) is a non-profit with the mission of creating a better future for those impacted by brain injury through awareness, support, advocacy, community engagement, and prevention.

  • Based on data provided from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veteran suicide rate in Montana is significantly higher than the national Veteran suicide rate and also significantly higher than the national general population suicide rate. Approximately 10% of the state’s population served in the United States Military. Around 40% of the Veteran population struggles with some type of mental health issue.

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) services to support Montana Veterans ~ This will improve the individuals and their families quality of life while also reducing our states high suicide rates. This will be provided on a sliding scale fee that will not only make HBOT accessible, but also affordable. Our focus will be to help veterans, including those that are homeless, but we will also be working with all Montana brain injury survivors. Here is an article published this month from Forbes Health that discusses HBOT and they specifically state that the more uses are being researched including brain injury repair. https://www.forbes.com/health/wellness/hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy/

GET on the BIAMT WAIT LIST: https://biamt.org/hbot-for-montana-veterans-waitlist/

Learn more about BIAMT: www.biamt.org; Questions: Hannah 406-541-6442, hannah@biamt.org OR John Bigart III - Executive Director, 3535 W. Broadway #6, Missoula C 406-207-4520, john_b@biamt.org

NOW: Register for DREAM Adaptive Recreation’s Veterans Summer Programs

Veterans attend all programs at NO COST!

  • 7/19 BIGFORK: Echo Lake Family Water Sports Day, 10am - 3pm ~ Veterans and Active Duty Military with a disability are welcome to join us for a day of lake fun with their family. Your disability does NOT have to be VA rated or service connected. Lunch provided! Activities include water skiing, wake-boarding, tubing, paddle sports, and pontoon boat rides. We'll have standard and adaptive equipment and coaches on hand to ensure everyone feels safe and supported. Choose your own adventure! Thank you to BRCC Kalispell for sponsoring morning coffee and lunch for all guests and volunteers! *Pre-registration is required for all attendees*

  • July 31, August 7 & 14 – Private Water Sports Skills Days

  • Cycling Program – Going to the Sun Ride: July 23 & 30 – 2 part evening MTB Series; Group Mtn Bike Riders – Tuesday nights in June & August. Private Mountain Bike Lessons available 3 days a week.

REGISTER: https://www.dreamadaptive.org/portfolio/military-summer-programs/

Questions: +1 406-885-9539, programs@dreamadaptive.org

NOW through 8/2: Progressive ~ Keys to Progress

I am a representative of Progressive Auto Insurance and am working with our group Keys to Progress which is giving away a vehicle to a Veteran in need of a vehicle. We will be giving one vehicle away in Montana this year. Typically we host a small event with additional giveaways for the recipient (although we understand if they decline for privacy reasons).  We have traditionally struggled with finding applicants in Montana so we greatly appreciate your support - INFO: https://www.progressive.com/about/purpose/keys-to-progress/

REQUEST APPLICATION at link above or / Questions: Raquel Collins - Supervisor Managed Repair, Progressive Group of Insurance Companies 406-370-2559, Raquel_collins@progressive.com

Completed applications can be sent to keystoprogress@progressive.com

7/15 - 8/9 ONLINE: Veterans Upward Bound ~ FREE ONLINE CLASSES

Interested in going back to school or gaining some skill development?  VUB offers College Readiness or Transition Assistance; Live Online Classes (College math, writing, computer skills); College Placement Testing Prep; Career Exploration; Tutoring Support; Workshops; Laptop Program & Tech Tools and much more. We also have some great workshops and fun activities on the event calendar: https://vubmt.com/

  • VUB has selected our favorite tech tools to share. We will send you the device of your choice at no cost. One-on-one assistance is available to learn how to set up and use these tools to get more organized if desired. Pick one: Alexa Echo Dot or Google Home Mini (smart voice-controlled speaker); Alexa Fire Tablet (handy e-reader with Alexa home assistant); Lenovo Android Tablet. Veterans can also get FREE tickets to Missoula’s semi-pro baseball games – call 406-272-2604 for more info!

  • Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vubmt

REGISTER / Questions: VUB Office 406-272-6492 OR Michelle Watson - Coordinator of Educational Services & Enrollment 406-272-2604, mwatson@vubmt.com

7/15 - 7/18 (Every Monday – Thursday): MW/HAN OPEN OFFICE HOURS, 2205 34th St., Missoula, 10am – 12pm

Get housing and employment support from the Housing Advocate Network (HAN) & Missoula Works! HAN is a network of volunteer leaders (including MIC) who are building relationships to assist individuals and families with finding housing, raising community awareness, and working together to change root causes of homelessness (Missoula Interfaith Collaborative): http://micmt.org/ (PLEASE consider volunteering for HAN - call 406-207-8228 ext. 5 or email zeke@micmt.org)

  • 7/16 MIC TOUR, 2205 34th Ave., Missoula, 10am ~ ALL ARE WELCOME! 

  • Missoula Works ~ GET IT DONE Crew! Have a project you need done? When you hire us you are supporting our mission of providing employment opportunities, leadership training, and empowerment to those who have faced barriers to employment. Call 406-926-3400 for lawn care, moving, hauling, weeding, painting, trimming and MORE: https://missoulaworks.com/

  • Missoula Works Sewing Ventures ~ Does your business or organization need employee or customer gifts, promotional materials, or branded swag? Let our in-house sewing operation create co-branded and sustainable textile products just for you! When you contract with MWSV, you support programs that EMPLOY, HOUSE, and FEED Missoulians. THANK YOU to the growing list of local businesses who have chosen to put their name behind our label! Shop online: www.missoulaworksventures.org; For more information contact naomi@missoulaworks.com

Questions: Paige – Missoula Works / Missoula Interfaith Collaborative (406) 926-3400, paige@missoulaworks.com

7/15 - 9/28 Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP)

Through HTOP, Red Willow makes all of their courses available free of charge to Veterans, service members, their families / caregivers, and First Responders: https://redwillowlearning.org/product-category/classes-for-veterans/

  • Every Monday: Yoga for Veterans with Nick Gonzalez, Freestone Climbing Center, 1200 Shakespeare St., Missoula, 2pm. Thoughtfully designed for Veterans, service members and their caregivers, this class celebrates the therapeutic mental and physical benefits of the practice and leaves you energized, restored and ready to take on life’s challenges. COMPLETE FREESTONE WAIVER: https://redwillowlearning.org/product/yoga-for-veterans

  • Every Tuesday - STEVENSVILLE: Bitterroot Yoga for Veterans, American Legion Post 94, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd w/ Jessa Krahn-Christian, 1-2pm REGISTER: https://redwillowlearning.org/product/bitterroot-yoga-for-veterans/; Questions: (406) 369-3276

  • Every Wednesday - ONLINE or IN-PERSON: Restorative Yoga for Veterans, Missoula Vet Center, 910 Brooks Ave., Missoula, 2:45-3:45pm. Practice comfortable and supported positions to help release muscular tension, calm and balance the nervous system, and promote overall relaxation. All in a safe, supportive environment. Check in with the Missoula Vet Center prior to course participation ((406) 721-4918): https://redwillowlearning.org/programs/restorative-yoga-for-veterans/

  • Every Thursday - ONLINE or IN PERSON: Meditation for Veterans, Missoula Vet Center, 910 Brooks, 1pm - 1:45pm. FREE for Veterans. Meditation for Vets is a guided mindfulness practice exploring the method of paying attention to the breath to increase calm and reduce stress. REGISTER: Vet Center (406) 721-4918 / info: https://www.redwillowlearning.org/programs/meditation-for-veterans/

  • 7/20, 7/27, 8/17, 9/21 & 9/28 Clark Fork Market, 225 S. Pattee, Missoula, 8am – 1pm ~ We will be a nonprofit presence at 6 Saturdays during the market season. Please stop by and say "HI!" While you're there, register to win a great door prize: https://www.clarkforkmarket.com/ 

  • Please consider helping with public events, etc. If you would like to donate some time, you can complete the application form by following this link: https://redwillowlearning.org/volunteer/

Questions: Red Willow Learning Center, Inc. (406) 530-7175, info@redwillowlearning.org OR Kathy – Executive Director, kathymangan@redwillowlearning.org

7/15 (Every Monday): Veterans Treatment Court, Missoula County Courthouse (3rd Floor), 200 W. Broadway, Missoula, 2pm

The PUBLIC IS WELCOME! The Missoula Veterans Court accepts Veterans regardless of discharge (misdemeanors, felony, violent). Most Veterans are receiving counseling at Vet Center or CBOC and have a mentor. Usually they cannot get expungements of old crimes, but they may be able to get a sentence reduced during the probationary period if they go through the program. Veterans Treatment Court is a yearlong program.

  • Interested in being a mentor? Mentors are Veterans who served in the military that are willing to spend time helping a fellow Veteran as a “trusted friend.” The mentor attends court appearances with the participant, meets with their Veteran at least once a week, and helps their participant deal with the rigors of the treatment program by getting them hooked up with supportive services (housing, employment, etc.). Learn more: https://www.missoulacounty.us/government/civil-criminal-justice/district-court/veterans-treatment-court

For more information about Veterans Court or to sign up for a future training, contact Veteran Court Coordinator, Richard “Rick” Reed (406) 258-4725, Richard.Reed@mt.gov OR Kristian Richardson - MENTOR & Vice Commander, American Legion District 6 of Montana 406-595-6218, kristian.richardson@gmail.com

7/15 (Every Monday) ONLINE: VBC Happy Hour, 5pm (MT)

The Veterans Breakfast Club is a community of listening around Veterans and their stories to connect, educate, heal, and inspire. Veterans and active duty members from all branches of service and eras are encouraged to attend our events: https://veteransbreakfastclub.org/events/

Questions: Shaun Hall - Director of Programming, Veterans Breakfast Club (412) 623-9029, shaun@veteransbreakfastclub.org

7/15 - 8/10 KALISPELL - LIBBY: Camp Ponderosa, Flathead VSP, Happy's Inn, NW MT Veterans Food Pantry & Underwater Soldiers

The NW MT Veterans Food Pantry is serving those who have served! Dedicated to extending a helping hand up to homeless, low-income, and at-risk veterans and their families (Food boxes, clothing, household furnishings, Veterans Stand Down, benefits assistance, Peer Support, and much more!)

  • Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Loan Program ~ Accepts ALL donations of medical equipment, wheelchairs, etc. for the DME loan program & offer the equipment to all low income / at-risk Veterans free of charge. Follow their FB page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/veteransfoodpantry

  • NW MT Veterans Camp Ponderosa ~ Veterans Retreat in Seeley/Swan Valley. Need a camping spot? HWY 83 Mile Marker 59. Call (406) 754-2552 to reserve & follow their FB: https://www.facebook.com/NW-MT-Veterans-Camp-Ponderosa-104535412373343

  • 7/15 (Every Other Monday) KALISPELL: Veteran Dive Night, Flathead Scuba, 203 Business Center Loop Ste A, Kalispell, 5:30pm ~ Open to any and all veterans to come find out the benefits of scuba diving: https://www.facebook.com/underwatersoldiers406; Questions: (406) 260-1526, info@underwatersoldiers.org

  • 7/25 (4th Thursday) KALISPELL: Flathead Veteran Service Provider (VSP) Meeting, ARMORY - 2989 US HWY 93 N (ROOM 19), Kalispell, 1pm ~ We will be going over current and past Veteran issues and discussing how we can best assist each other and all of the local Veterans in need. Questions: James Graham – DVOP, Job Service Kalispell, Montana Department of Labor & Industry (406) 758-6279; Google Voice text & message line (406) 616-3042, James.Graham@mt.gov

  • 8/10 KALISPELL: 14th Annual Memorial Run, Glacier Park VFW Post 2252 (Event by Mike Yardley, US Army Veteran & Big D Memorial Foundation) ~ Start at Kalispell VFW 11:00 last bike out 12:00. Big Fork VFW, Buffalo Saloon, Packers Roost and last stop Dew Drop Inn: https://www.facebook.com/events/965243234521689/

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

7/15 - 8/24 Jaden Decker LIVE

Jaden Decker is a 17-year-old singer-songwriter from Missoula with a unique style of country music that he calls, "Rocky Mountain Country." Learn more / FOLLOW HIM: https://www.facebook.com/jadendeckerofficial/

LIVE SHOWS: 7/15 & 7/16 Greenough; 7/18 Choteau; 7/20 - 7/28 Out of State; 8/10 Missoula; 8/16 Florence; 8/17 The Wheel, Lincoln; 8/23 Trout Creek; 8/24 Kalispell.

Questions: +1 406-214-5541, info@jadendecker.com OR Clint - Clark Fork Entertainment, cfe406@gmail.com

7/16 – 7/18 ONLINE: Veterans Experience Action Center (VEAC), 9am – 2pm

Veterans, service members (active/reserve/transitioning), families, caregivers, and survivors - take advantage of this valuable resource: https://www.va.gov/initiatives/veterans-experience-action-centers/ Overseas service members and those stationed in the identified region are encouraged to register for this free event. Registrants will meet with VA and our community partners to have their questions answered and apply for benefits and services.  

Available services: VA Disability Compensation and Pension claims filing and Veteran and Widow benefits assistance; State and local benefits, programs, and local resources; Veteran Readiness and Employment benefits; VHA Health Care benefits and enrolment; VA National Cemetery Administration Memorial Benefits; Mental health counseling resources; Homeless, low-income housing, vocational support services, and more. Regional flyer: https://www.va.gov/files/2024-06/continental-region-veac-flyer.pdf

REGISTER: https://book.appointment-plus.com/ck3047g2/#/

Questions: Edward McEvoy - Management Analyst, Veterans Experience Office (VEO), Veteran, Family, and Community Engagement, Department of Veterans Affairs 202-873-5785, edward.mcevoy@va.gov

7/16 & 7/18 (Every Tuesday & Thursday): VA Careers & VET2VET (PTS Support Group)

Montana VA serves over 47,000 enrolled Veterans across Montana. One third of Montana VA employees are Veterans. Veterans can connect to their VA healthcare records, information, and message their VA care teams 24 hours a day through the MyHealtheVet patient portal Montana VA information, updates, and events are available on the Montana VA website and Facebook page

Learn more about Missoula's David J. Thatcher VA Clinic: https://www.va.gov/montana-health-care/locations/david-j-thatcher-va-clinic/

Montana VA Health Care / Hiring Questions: Montana VA Medical Center – Fort Harrison (877) 468-8387; Paden Holman - Patient Care Services (406) 447-6054, Paden.Holman@va.gov

​Missoula Hiring Questions: 406-215-0100 OR Kalispell: Tiny Hudson – Clinic Manager (406) 758-2753, tiny.hudson@va.gov

7/16 - 7/23 STEVENSVILLE: Fort Owen American Legion Post 94, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd, Stevensville

We are Veterans dedicated to the support of Veterans & community service! (VERY involved in the community).

National - American Legion: www.legion.org; AL Post 94 Public Group FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/955743594488748/; Questions: AL Post 94 (406) 777-3834 OR Chuck – Commander (253) 380-7016; Adjutant (406) 369-3276; Cheryl – Auxiliary (406) 531-4132

7/16 & 8/24 Homeword Classes

Homeword advocates for policies that create sustainable communities for all, including those pertaining to home ownership, financial skill building, sustainable methods and homes Montanans can afford.

MORE INFO / REGISTER: https://homeword.org/events/

Questions: (406) 532-4663 x10, info@homeword.com OR Katie Sadowski - Financial Education Coordinator (406) 532-4663 x23, katie@homeword.org

7/16 (3rd Tuesday) American Legion Post 68 Monthly Meeting, 1700 Stephens Ave., Missoula, 6:30pm

Welcoming new members! They also have Legion Riders & an Auxiliary Unit. Learn more: mtpost68.org Questions: Larry Lanoue - Army Vietnam Veteran (406) 370-5450 OR John Turman - Commander (406) 529-8717, jturman80@yahoo.com; Tom Thompson - Vice Commander (406) 549-6889, thttom@gmail.com (Post 68, PO Box 17322, Missoula 59808)

7/16 & 8/7 (3rd Tuesday & 1st Wednesday): Wounded Warrior Project ~ Peer Support Groups, 7pm

We CONNECT warriors to peers, programs, and communities & EMPOWER warriors to live life to the fullest. We have 2 Support Groups:

  • Women of the West Virtual Peer Support Group - 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7pm. Women must be registered with Wounded Warrior Project to receive the email with the Zoom Link.

  • Our In-Person Peer Support Group is the first Wednesday of every month (DINNER - call Tina for location as they can register people on site if need be). To qualify - 10% Service Connection & Post 9/11.

REGISTER with WWP for more info: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs/wwp-registration; Questions: (877) TEAM WWP OR Tina N. Waggener - Peer Support Group Leader & US Army Veteran (406) 471-2820, tina.waggener@gmail.com

7/16 (3rd Tuesday) LOLO: American Legion Chief Joseph Post 135 Meeting, Lolo Community Center, 12345 Hwy 93 S., Lolo, 7pm

American Legion Chief Joseph Post 135 stands for Veterans, Youth, Patriotism, and a Strong Defense (chiefjosephpost.org) and meets every 3rd Tuesday at 7pm. All Veterans and active duty military are eligible to join! 

Questions: 531-4132, elmerwpalmer@gmail.com

7/16 - 8/24 CORVALLIS, HAMILTON & VICTOR: American Legion Post 91, Amateur Radio Club & Legion Riders

DEDICATED TO VETERANS & COMMUNITY SERVICE ~ VERY active in the community, and they have an Amateur Radio Club (KG7SPL), fly fishing club, Legion Riders and more: https://www.facebook.com/Corvallis91HeartValleyMT/

  • 7/16 (3rd Tuesday) Post 91 General Membership Meeting, Firehall, 317 Woodside Cutoff Rd, Corvallis, 7pm ~ Corvallis Post #91 officially voted to add “The American Legion Cruisers of Corvallis Post #91, The American Legion, Department of Montana, Inc” to our post constitution (Veteran car club)! If you are a Veteran, spouse of a veteran, son, daughter, mother, sister, or grandmother of members of The American Legion, you can join the club: https://www.facebook.com/Corvallis91HeartValleyMT/events/?ref=page_internal

  • 8/6 (1st Tuesday): Corvallis Post 91 Legion Riders Monthly Meeting, 6:30pm (Save the dates - RIDES: 8/11 Philipsburg Candy Run & Lunch; 8/24 Dillon Lunch): https://www.facebook.com/CorvallisMTLegionRiders/

  • 8/17 & 8/18  Bitterroot Celtic Games & Gathering at the Historic Daly Mansion, Hamilton ~ Two days filled with activities for the whole family! Highland Athletes, dance, live music, pipe and drum bands, vendors, food, beer, whisky, scotch, and mead tastings, clans, hands-on activities, Sunday Tea and so much more! FREE parking and shuttle from the Hamilton Highschool. Kids 11 and under FREE with adult admission thanks to Farmers State Bank: https://www.facebook.com/events/s/15th-annual-bitterroot-celtic-/1834999303637455/

  • 8/27  - 8/31 Ravalli County Fair ~ Exhibit building, animal barns, family friendly entertainment, free rodeo nightly, tasty food vendors, amazing info and market vendors for shopping, no parking fees, camping on site, daily carnival rides. Call our office for any questions 406-363-3411 or visit www.rcfair.org for more details!

Corvallis American Legion Post 91 Blog / Newsletters: https://corvallispost91.blogspot.com/2023/

Questions: Don Goodnight, Corvallis Legion Riders President (406) 360-5275, dpgoodnight.dg@gmail.com; Doug Mason – Historian & Amateur Radio Club President (406) 546-4244, corvallispost91@gmail.com OR Dan Griffin – VSO (406) 544-5257, griffinsfc@gmail.com

7/16 - 8/31 Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula

Ole Beck VFW Post 209 is a nonprofit Veteran Organization ~ All profits go back to the local Veteran community and/or Veteran programs. There's something going on every night, so come check us out! Contact the Post about membership: https://www.vfwpost209.org/ OR go to: https://www.vfw.org/join for more information about joining Veterans of Foreign Wars.

*** The VFW has new dart boards, and they will be planning dart tournaments soon!

Questions: VFW 406-728-7749, vfw209mt@gmail.com

7/17 - 8/13 ONLINE: Hiring Our Heroes ~ Event Platform for Transitioning SM, Guard/Reserve, Veterans & Military Spouses

Virtual education and training center that allows our military community to engage in world-class career curriculum taught by subject matter experts, along with a library of pre-recorded sessions, available 24/7. Career Community: https://www.hiringourheroes.org/career-community/

  • 7/17 & 7/18 Virtual Amplify for Military Spouses ~ ALL DAY

  • 7/17 Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile, 11am

  • 7/17 (1st & 3rd Wednesday): Military Spouse Fellowships Information Session, 5pm

  • 7/18 Tips for Success in a Virtual Hiring Fair, 2pm

  • 7/23 (Every Other Tuesday): Corporate Fellowship and Skills-Based Fellowship Information Session, 5pm

  • 7/24 Virtual Career Summit, 11am - 2pm ~ Employers are looking for Veteran and military talent and hiring now for thousands of open positions. Whether you're looking for work now or exploring future possibilities, representatives are ready to meet you and answer your questions. This event is open to transitioning service members, Veterans, military spouses and military caregivers.

  • 7/31 Virtual Military Spouse Hiring Event, 11am - 2pm

  • 8/1 (First Thursday): Salesforce Fellowship Program Information Session, 1pm

  • 8/13 (2nd Wednesday): Career Forward Info Session, 12pm

Schedule / REGISTER: https://events.hiringourheroes.org/c/calendar/a7a5b351-8807-4343-8561-c757c022600f

Questions: Cara Cooke (Capt, USAF, vet), Senior Manager, Veteran Programs, Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, ccooke@uschamber.com OR Hiring Our Heroes, hiringourheroes@uschamber.com

7/17 – 8/15 ONLINE: USBP & OFO Webinars, 11am (MT)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection wants you to learn more about exciting and challenging career opportunities in federal law enforcement in the live webinars listed below. You’ll receive a link via email two days before these events. Chat with recruiters for insight into life at CBP, ask our professional staff questions about the CBP hiring process and benefits, and listen to Agents and Officers talk about their career opportunities in live presentation sessions. Border Patrol Agent (USBP) – REGISTER:

ALL Open Positions: https://careers.cbp.gov/s/search-careers

Open to Veterans AND Current Federal Employees*:

Veteran Support Program (VSP): https://www.cbp.gov/employee-resources/getting-connected/veteran-support-program

Other Applicant Resources: https://careers.cbp.gov/s/applicant-resources

  • SkillBridge Internships for Service Members within 12-Months of Separation - In partnership with the Department of Defense, CBP is proud to offer non-law enforcement internships and apprenticeships through the SkillBridge program. Visit our Veterans careers page for a list of potential opportunities, plus more details about SkillBridge and other programs for which you may qualify. Then register HERE to reach Veterans’ Recruitment Program Manager Jeff Jack (select SkillBridge from the Positions of Interest drop-down menu).

Questions: Human Resources, CBPCareers@info.cbp.dhs.gov

7/17 (Every Wednesday) ONLINE: ARC Military & Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) ~ Wellbeing YOU, 11am

The MVCN hosts online support groups to offer caregivers the opportunity to connect and engage with peers to support one another. These groups are hosted using Zoom video so caregivers are able to interact face to face using a computer or mobile device, or join by phone. The groups are flexible and informal so feel free to join when you are able, even if you can only attend part of the session. Together we can encourage each other and inspire hope by sharing the journey!: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100089450180909&sk=events; Find other peer support opportunities on our Caregiver Calendar: https://www.redcross.org/caregivers; Visit the safe and secure, caregiver-only Online Community available 24/7 for support: https://mvcn.force.com/MVCN/s/login/; Questions: American Red Cross 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767), ID/MT (406) 493-8778, programs.mvcn@redcross.org

7/17 (Every Wednesday in July) SEELEY LAKE: Job Service Assistance, Seeley Lake Community Foundation, 3150 HWY 83 N, 12 – 3:30pm

The Job Service received the NEG grant to assist w/the mass Pyramid Lumber layoffs. Job seekers are able to get one on one assistance with employment, resume reviews, interviewing, etc. Also, there are programs available for retraining and supportive employment. Veterans receive Priority of Service for all employment & training opportunities offered through the Department of Labor!

Seeley Lake Community Foundation: https://www.seeleylakecommunityfoundation.org/

Search ALL Jobs: https://www.careeronestop.org/JobSearch/FindJobs/find-jobs.aspx

*** Reverse Job Fair—Wednesday, August 7th from 3pm-7pm

Questions: Job Service 406-728-7060, missoulajsc@mt.gov

7/17 - 9/22 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

No Silence. No Stigma. No shame. Get involved. Make a difference: http://www.namimissoula.org/

  • Every Wednesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks St. RM 208, Missoula, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ~ Free, confidential, peer-led support group for adults living with mental illness (Zoom option: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82746550355)

  • 7/18 (3rd Thursday): NAMI Monthly Family Support Group, 202 Brooks St. Rm 208, Missoula, 6:30pm ~ This is for relatives, friends, and caregivers of individuals living with mental illness.  Families or friends can join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom. Drop-ins welcome.

  • 9/5 We have scheduled an eight-session “Peer to Peer” course for this fall ~ This “education for recovery” class is for adults living with mental illness; it is free, confidential, and peer-led. The first session will be held on Thursday, September 5; class space is limited and registration in advance is required. For details and registration, contact either Chatelle 406-210-8239 or Sylvia 406-360-8949.

  • 9/22 NAMI Walk Missoula ~ Save the Date: Sunday, September 22nd 

Questions: NAMI Missoula (406) 880-1013, namimissoula@gmail.com

7/17 (3rd Wednesday): The VSN's Monthly Veteran Service Provider (VSP) Meeting, VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 3pm

The Missoula Region VSN is a group of Veterans, service providers, volunteers, non-profits and businesses who have built relationships in order to provide a complete portfolio of resources to help Veterans, service members, and their families obtain the services they need for transition, personal growth, and community belonging. EVERYONE is welcome to our monthly meeting! Veterans, service members, families / caregivers, service providers, etc. Click "Discussion" on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1406892356579692/1406893296579598/

  • Introductions & Announcements

  • SPEAKER(S): Alicia Walker, MRC, CRC - Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at Veterans Readiness & Employment will give us a refresher on VR&E. Veterans Benefits Administration / Montana VA Health Care System, Missoula VA Clinic, 3885 W. Broadway #, 1A27, Missoula Questions: Alicia.Walker1@va.gov

  • If you’re interested in training through Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E), you can apply here: https://www.va.gov/ & then contact a VR&E Counselor for appointment (David J. Thatcher VA Clinic 3885 W. Broadway, Missoula) (406) 475-0535

  • Open Discussion & Networking

These professional networking groups are offered by most American Job Centers (Montana Department of Labor & Industry): https://montanaworks.gov/job-service-montana/

If you would like to speak at one of our monthly VSP Meetings, please email Shannon – Job Service DVOP, snoble@mt.gov OR Click Who We Are & scroll down to VSN Leadership Team ~ THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

7/17 – 8/7 (Every Wednesday): Missoula City Band, Bonner Park, 7:30pm

For well over 100 years the Missoula City Band has been bringing free concerts to the community of Missoula! The band performs Wed nights during summer. Introducing our 2024 Concert Series - Schedule: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=945023130753660&set=a.562943085628335

Questions: (406) 240-0230, info@missoulacityband.org

7/18 (Every Thursday) ONLINE: Mindful Recovery and Wellness, 11:30am - 12:30pm

Using mind/body practices offers individuals in recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD) skills training to support relapse prevention. Mindfulness and other resilience-building skills have become an integral part of both residential and community recovery services. Research has continued to show these practices to be helpful in helping to manage the experience of anxiety and depression for those in recovery: https://4thdmissoula.org/mindful-recovery-wellness

Questions: Fourth D, Inc. (406) 209-9570, fourthdclub@gmail.com

7/18 - 7/26 PLAINS: VFW Post 3596, 201 W. Lynch, Plains

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible Veterans and military service members. Follow us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61560237840744

  • 7/18 (3rd Thursday): Veterans Appreciation Lunch ~ All Veterans welcome! Please come and enjoy lunch on us. We are so grateful for you!

  • Every Friday: LIVE MUSIC, 7 - 11pm ~ 7/5 & 7/26 Heather Sky; 7/12 Craig Barton; 7/19 Northern Lights Band. Can't wait to see you all!

Learn more: https://vfw3596.org Questions: +1 406-826-5960. vfwpost3596@gmail.com OR Auxiliary, vfw3596aux@gmail.com

7/18 (1st & 3rd Thursday): Creative Writing Workshop for Military, Veterans, Caregivers and Spouses, 1:30pm

It's time to tell your story. Blue Star Families has partnered with Community Building Art Works (CBAW) for a virtual creative writing workshop. Writing is a powerful tool for communication, self-discovery, and reflection. Together over Zoom, we’ll read a short piece of writing, see what makes it work, and use it to enter into our own stories. No writing experience required—if you can think, you can write. REGISTER (FREE): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-writing-workshop-for-military-veterans-caregivers-spouses-tickets-780919961627

Questions: +1 202-630-2583, info@bluestarfam.org or visit Blue Star Families website: https://bluestarfam.org/

7/18 – 7/20 HELENA: 9th Annual DAV Golf Scramble, 3pm

We have exciting news! Not only did we add an additional 18 team spots, but we will be playing 36 teams at Bill Roberts and 36 teams at Green Meadow Country Club and flip-flopping the second day of golf. Sign-ups will be the morning of April 11, 2024 starting at 8:00 AM. Put it in your calendar to be sure you get your team registered. Register at: mtdav.org Thursday night July 18, 2024 will be the tailgate party and Calcutta at Green Meadow Country Club. Play will begin shotgun start 8:30 on Friday, July 19, 2024 and July 20, 2024. This is a three-man scramble with payouts based on flight plus additional giveaways and prizes. Last year you raised Montana Veterans $154,000! Our goal this year is $200,000. Thank you to all who volunteer in, participate and sponsor this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/259831090493560/

Questions: Montana Department of the DAV +1 406-495-2089, mtadjutant@gmail.com

7/18 Missoula Senior Center, 705 S Higgins Ave., Missoula

The Senior Center has lunch daily 11:30a-12:30p, ART CLASSES, DANCING, and much more!

Learn more about the Missoula Senior Center: http://missoulaseniorcenter.org/

Newsletter: https://mycommunityonline.com/publication-page/missoula-senior-citizens-center-association-inc

Questions: (406) 543-7154, manager@missoulaseniorcenter.org

7/18 - 7/30 MINERAL COUNTY: Events in Alberton, Superior, St. Regis & Haugen

  • 7/18 & 7/22 (Every Thursday & 4th Monday) ST. REGIS: Dinner at the Community Center, 230 Lobo Loop, 5:30pm ~ All are welcome. Where else can you get a full meal for just $9 (non-members): https://www.facebook.com/events/781278313835987/ We offer To Go orders, call after 3 p.m. to place your order 406-649-2499

  • 7/20 ALBERTON: Railroad Festival Day ~ Vendors, kids + adult activities, live music, car show, parade, food trucks, + more! Join us for a fun-filled day celebrating Alberton's storied railroading history! Learn more: https://www.railroadday.com/

  • 7/27 SUPERIOR: Basic Cert Class, Superior Fire Hall, 105 Cedar, Superior, 8am – 5pm ~ Mineral County Disaster and Emerg Services aims to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate hazards. We have a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training scheduled! The Missoula Montana CERT team will be partnering with us on getting a team trained over here in Mineral County! You can complete the coursework online then attend the skills day on July 27th from 8am-5pm. The course is free and lunch will be provided. Please register at https://forms.office.com/r/E7ZyUK032y Reach out with questions: +1 406-830-0235 OR Missoula CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) +1 406-671-7234, Info@missoulacert.org (Learn more: https://missoulacert.org/)

  • 7/30 (Last Tuesday) SUPERIOR: Veteran Appreciation Breakfast, Senior Center, 611 5th Ave. E., Superior, 10am ~ Veterans breakfast to be held on the last Tuesday of each month at 10am ($10.00 per person). Please contact the center with your name, phone number if you wish to attend so we have a head count. This is being headed up by Ron Godfrey. It’s time for Veterans to share stories, comradery and support other Veterans. Follow their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/people/Superior-Senior-Center/100040318495017/ Questions: 406-822-3334, superiorseniorcitizenscenter@gmail.com

7/18 & 8/19 (3rd Thursday & 3rd Monday): American Legion Hellgate Post 27, 825 Ronan St., Missoula

We encourage Veterans to come and visit - see if the American Legion is for you.

Join the American Legion: https://www.legion.org/; Questions: Office (406) 543-7391, hellgatepost27@yahoo.com OR Gary Swartz “Head Cook” (406) 544-3823, ghswartz214@gmail.com

7/19 & 8/7 HAMILTON: Vietnam Veterans Bitterroot Chapter 938

The Bitterroot Chapter of VVA are “Veterans helping Veterans”!

  • Every Friday: BREAKFAST ~ Ch 938 welcomes new members to join them on Friday mornings for breakfast at BJ's Restaurant, 900 N. 1st St., 7 - 8:30am

  • 1st Wednesday: VVA Bitterroot Chapter 938 Monthly Meeting, Eagles, 125 N. 2nd St., Hamilton, 7pm ~ Welcoming ALL Vietnam Veterans at monthly meeting!

Learn more about the Vietnam Veterans of America - Montana: https://www.vvamontana.org/ OR join via national: https://vva.org/; Questions: Al Sperry (406) 381-7899, vva938@gmail.com

7/24, 8/21 & 9/25 ONLINE: DiversityJobs for Veterans, 12pm (MT)

We know the significant value Veterans bring to the workforce, from leadership skills to teamwork to the ability to focus on the mission at hand. Our employers are committed to hiring Veterans like you.

Learn more about DiversityJobs for Veterans: https://www.diversityjobs.com/veterans-job-search/; Questions: ofonseca@latpro-inc.com

7/25 ONLINE: Corporate Gray ~ Military-Friendly Job Fair, 9am - 12pm (MT)

Connecting Veterans, transitioning service members, military spouses and other members of the military community with employers nationwide. Interview via text chats and video with many top companies and government agencies! July 25th, interview online via text chats with many top companies and government agencies, including Lockheed Martin, Leidos, Los Alamos National Laboratory, QED Systems, GTSC Talent Solutions, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Exigent Services, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, FranSuccess, SCIPP International, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Postal Service, Workday, and more! To register, visit https://www.ecareerfairs.com/JobSeeker/ViewEventLobby.asp?EventID=9508

Learn more about our transition assistance partners by visiting the Corporate Gray Blog; blog.CorporateGray.com

Questions: Carl Savino – President, Corporate Gray (703) 690-6381, carl@corporategray.com

7/25 (2nd & 4th Thursday) ONLINE: Summit Independent Living’s SSI / SSDI Class, 11am

Get your benefits! Twice a month, Summit offers free online classes on how to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). So if you're thinking of applying or are having trouble with your application, join our Zoom Meeting: https://www.summitilc.org/events/social-security-orientation/2024-07-11/

Questions: Missoula 406-728-1630; Hamilton 406-363-5242; Ronan 406-215-1604; Kalispell 406-257-0048

7/26 & 8/6 The Poverello Center, Johnson St Emergency Shelter, Veteran Housing & MORE!

The Poverello is a key player in Missoula’s effort to end houselessness. We all need support at different times in our lives. That’s why our services include prevention, outreach, shelter, VETERAN Housing Programs, and more. The Poverello Center also serves as an access point to the Missoula Coordinated Entry System, and we are one of 39 participating organizations in MCES. 

  • 7/26 (Last Friday): Shelter Court Community Connect (SCCC), 12 - 4pm ~ Shelter Court is a program that was developed April of 2022 at the Municipal Courts. We meet the last Friday of each month and it’s held at both the Poverello Center and the Johnson Street Warming Shelter.  The idea behind the program is that we meet people where they’re at and utilize it as a re-entry tool for services, hence providing this service at the shelters. Defendants will have the opportunity to appear in front of one of the three Municipal Court Judges on Zoom. Typically, this consists of first appearances and quashing warrants. We often work alongside the Office of Public Defenders (OPD), Pretrial Assistance to Support Success (PASS) Program, and Partnership Health Center (PHC). We’d like to bring in different service providers each month to the shelters. SIGN UP - Click Shelter Court Community Connect (SCCC); Questions: Heather James - Municipal Court Clerk Intern, 435 Ryman St., Missoula (406) 552-6170; Direct (406) 552-6167, JamesH@ci.missoula.mt.us

  • 8/6 (1st Tuesday) ONLINE: Johnson Street Emergency Shelter Neighborhood Meeting, 5:30 – 6:30pm ~ Please join us for the upcoming Johnson Street Emergency Shelter Neighborhood Meeting via ZOOM! Poverello program staff, Black Knight Security, and representatives from the city will be in attendance to discuss the shelter and address questions and concerns from our neighbors. REGISTER: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtdOytqjIiHNJbASafPkm11aebUum9C9ky#/registration

Questions: Stephanie Dolan - Director of Development (anything with fundraising, needs of the POV: https://thepoverellocenter.org/, neighborhood meetings, communications) 1-406-541-2016, sdolan@thepoverellocenter.org

7/26 PHILIPSBURG: 3rd Annual We Are the Bold (FREE CONCERT), 106 E. Stockton St., Winninghoff Park, 6pm

Come support our female Veterans and first responders at our 3rd annual We Are The Bold concert, and it's FREE! We have live music by Wayne Brothers and the Night Life Band, and more! Enjoy food, drinks, raffles, and silent auction. Help us give back to those who have served our country and communities. Proceeds will go towards our ERC programs, and hunting trips including a 9 day elk hunt into the Bob Marshall Wilderness for two of our chosen applicants. We can't wait to see you there! https://www.facebook.com/events/784800830471100/ Learn more about MT Grit Outdoors: http://www.montanagritoutdoors.com/ Questions: montanagritoutdoors@gmail.com

7/27 (Every 2nd & 4th Saturday) RONAN: BINGO! American Legion Post 138, North Crow Club House, 44027 N. Foothills Dr., Ronan, 6 – 8pm

Contact the Post to confirm. MORE INFO / FLYER: https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=532547738901016&set=a.463120639177060; Rent the club house: (406) 210-2607 OR Glen, veteranshonorguardronanpolson@gmail.com

7/27 - 8/10 Kyle Hunter & The Mountain Standard LIVE

Kyle Hunter (Navy Veteran) is an Americana/Alt Country singer/songwriter based out of Missoula. Alongside his 6 piece band, The Mountain Standard, produces sounds similar to Sturgill Simson, Tyler Childers and evens some Allman Brothers. KHTS inspires goosebumps with their one of a kind electric entertainment experience. FOLLOW him on FB: https://www.facebook.com/KyleHunterMusic

  • 7/27 ANACONDA: Gunslinger Music Fest ~ Main Stage Lineup is here: Kyle Hunter Music; Mark Duboise Band - Crossroads Trio; Lance Handyside Music; Lindzy Neilson Music; Jason Mahoney Music; Katie Hall - Music. Early Bird Special $15 Get your tickets today!

  • 8/10 Music & Arts Fest, Lincoln

Questions: kyle.hunter.music406@gmail.com

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