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COVID-19 Updates &
April Events


Check out some VIRTUAL events by Montana NG Child & Youth, MT Guard Kids, and Military OneSource: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/stand-with-milkids

*** 3/12/20 "Missoula Aging Services support groups, workshops and classes have been canceled for the time being (through April) 

*** 3/16/20 Hero Sound Project, “No HSP Jam sessions until further notice.  We are also still looking for Veterans who might be interested in an introduction to guitar group lessons. Message us if you are” https://www.facebook.com/herosoundproject/ (Clint, 214-5541, herosoundproject@hotmail.com)

*** 3/16/20 Missoula Housing Authority is open by appointment only until 3/30, Our staff listing is on our website: https://missoulahousing.org/staff

​*** 3/16/20 Job Service Missoula, "we have decided to postpone the 2020 Career Fair..(Canceled per Careeer Fair CMTE vote). Also, all Opening Doors to Your Success Workshops, both on and off site will be suspended through the month of April.

Career Fair Questions: Sarah Wimmer, Supervisor, Montana Department of Labor & Industry, Job Service Missoula, (406) 542-5750, swimmer@mt.gov

*** 3/16/20 Pathways – community updates, “Salvation Army is open but they are not providing any showers or laundry until further notice. They are still giving out food boxes and hygiene products as long as they have them.

  • The Poverello is still serving meals but are not allowing any volunteers in the building except in the kitchen. They have closed their food pantry. 

​*** 3/17/20 “Summit Independent Living offices and locations are closed to public in-person contact until further notice

​*** 3/17/20 Homeword, “Our office is closed to the public and employees will work remotely through March 31st until further notice. Classes and counseling are taking place virtually. We are asking people to register online 

​*** 3/18/20 Nonprofit Newsletter, “Bloomerang has compiled a library of crisis fundraising advice, articles, opinions, webinars, videos and resources in the wake of the new coronavirus and its impact on the nonprofit sector (https://bloomerang.co/resources/covid19/).

US Centrers for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

​​*** 3/18/20 Missoula Public Library, “The library is closed to the public until further notice.” (Crystal Kobayashi, Reference Librarian, (406) 721-2665)

​​*** 3/18/20 State of Montana ~ Joint Information Center: https://covid19.mt.gov/joint-information-center

State of Montana COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions: http://dli.mt.gov/employer-covid-19-faq

State of Montana, “Governor Bullock Announces Emergency Rules to Streamline Unemployment Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19”


“Governor Bullock Announces Uninsured Montanans to Receive Coverage for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment”


*** 3/18/20 Unemployment Insurance, “Employees who are caring for a child whose school or daycare provider is unavailable because of COVID-19. The pay would be two-thirds the employee’s regular rate and capped at $200 per day and $2,000 in the aggregate.”

*** 3/18/20 VA News, “Veterans: Call before visiting your VA facility: Got a fever, cold, cough or flu-like symptoms? VA can make it easier and safer to get back to health with virtual care through My HealtheVet and the VA Video Connect app on your smartphone, tablet or computer: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/72447/veterans-sick-stay-home-phone-safe-convenient-option/?fbclid=IwAR2PrI7I0LjFToKWv0QGMHnuWRduoQTKE3T7iHA-3Gw06ELlx8dkbFzNesA

VA’s Response (Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)): https://www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/?utm_source=Homepage&utm_campaign=Coronavirus

​​*** 3/19/20 University of Montana, “steps the University is taking to prepare for and slow the spread of the pandemic: https://www.umt.edu/coronavirus/default.php

Currently, all classes will move to online and remote-only instruction as of March 23, per the decision of the Montana University System Office of Commissioner of Higher Education: https://www.umt.edu/president/communication/OHCE_COVID19_3.12.20.pdf

You may know a student who will complete their studies online over the next few weeks. Where possible, please reach out and offer your support for their situation. We want them to know that the Griz Family has their back! Please visit our webpage [emclick.imodules.com] for updated information about all upcoming activities.Please contact us with any questions at alumni@umontana.edu

​*** 3/19/20 Montana DPHHS, Office of Public Assistance, “Dear Community Partners, Offices of Public Assistance will be closed to the public until further notice ..Services are available to Montana residents on-line through apply.mt.gov or by telephone through the Public Assistance Help Line at 1-888-706-1535. Please encourage clients to set up an online account to apply for SNAP food assistance, TANF cash assistance, or health coverage. Clients can also check SNAP and TANF balances, upload required documents, and report changes in household circumstances, such as Income or, shelter costs. Clients are able to upload the documents via picture from cell phones as well. We encourage you to follow the Montana Department of Public Health Website (https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cdepi/diseases/coronavirusmt)  for continued updates ..OPA office email contact information can be found here: https://dphhs.mt.gov/hcsd/OfficeofPublicAssistance

(Christie Twardoski, HCSD Bureau Chief, (406) 444-1917)

​*** ​​3/23/20 Job Service is OPEN via PHONE & EMAIL. Phones will be very busy - please utilize email when you can (Missoula and surrounding counties): missoulajsc@mt.gov
*** COVID-19 FAQ for employers and workers: https://dli.mt.gov/employer-covid-19-faq
*** REGISTER & SEARCH JOBS and/or OR START A Unemployment Insurance CLAIM: https://montanaworks.gov/

*** YOUTUBE: How to register in Montanaworks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJYn5v0ETu8
*** YOUTUBE: How to start an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEYaWXATES4

*** 3/23/20 Senta, “Costco is opening on Tuesdays and Thursday’s from 8-9 for 60 and older and for compromised people.”

*** 3/24 VHA partnerships support the social determinants of health that Veterans need during times of crisis: https://www.va.gov/healthpartnerships/updates/impact/03242020.asp

*** 3/24/20 American Legion Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) program ~ TFA application procedures with the coronavirus: https://www.legion.org/financialassistance/248595/tfa-application-procedures-coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR0DHEaKEr1KCQgMzZkRiwiSI92tdRdWXDFqEq8_uUl36A5zcR22iK94SGo [legion.org]

*** 3/25/20 VA Newsletter, “Veterans have multiple resources available for the latest COVID-19 or coronavirus information, from the overall Federal government response to VA resources, rumor control, CDC information, state resource listings and more” https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/72856/veterans-multiple-resources-covid-19-information/

​*** 3/26/20 Montana DLI, “We have launched a new webpage with weekly UI claims, layoffs & job postings, and other LMI data. There may be a more ‘official’ release from our Communications office, but I wanted to share the link with our Division first: http://lmi.mt.gov/home/job-tracking

​*** 3/26/20 SBA, “Administrator Carranza Implements Automatic Deferment on Existing SBA Disaster Loans Through End of 2020:

https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-newsroom/press-releases-media-advisories/carranza-implements-automatic-deferment-existing-sba-disaster-loans-through-end-2020 [sba.gov]

Questions: Mark Williams, Boots to Business Program Manager, Office of Veterans Business Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, (202) 205-6157, C (202) 365-7461, mark.williams@sba.gov

​*** 3/26/20 ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES / KURL8, “On Thursday, March 26, Governor Steve Bullock clarified essential businesses and operations in a Directive where he declared Montanans must shelter in place and stay at home. We have summarized the list of essential businesses and operations listed in the Directive: https://www.montanarightnow.com/coronavirus/gov-bullock-orders-montanans-to-stay-home-starting-saturday/article_a6b0c5f2-6fb2-11ea-b92c-e309d3383626.html

Questions: 1-800-755-6672 - leave messages 24-hours a day to receive a call-back

​*** 3/27/20 U.S. Department of Labor, “Small and midsize employers will benefit from two new refundable payroll tax credits designed to immediately and fully reimburse them for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related family and medical leave and sick leave to their employees: https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/osec/osec20200320; The Wage and Hour Division has issued three new opinion letters providing compliance assistance [lnks.gd] regarding the recent final rule that updated regular rate requirements for overtime pay: https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/whd/whd20200326-0; Approximately $22 million in Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program grants will provide services to reintegrate homeless veterans into meaningful employment: https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/vets/vets20200327; The Wage and Hour Division published additional guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act [lnks.gd], including two new posters, information on posting requirements, and a Field Assistance Bulletin describing the agency’s 30-day non-enforcement policy: https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/whd/whd20200326

*** 3/27/20 Montana Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services, “The Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission created a page to address questions about ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and the COVID-19 virus: https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/wysk/wysk_ada_rehabilitaion_act_coronavirus.cfm; In addition, the Job Accommodation Network has a web page with information and links to other sites helping with possible accommodations needed: https://askjan.org/topics/COVID-19.cfm

Questions: VRBS Business Services Team Members Jeanne (Missoula) jstone2@mt.gov; Hamilton: Julie.ochoa@mt.gov

​*** 3/29/20 Union Gospel Mission dba Hope Rescue Mission (https://www.hopemontana.org/), “we have closed the Hope Thrift Boutique temporarily and, yet are planning for Customer Appreciation Day on April 25th. The Outreach Team has continued to visit and care for the basic needs of those who are homeless. The 549-HOPE coordinators are taking calls from home and organizing deliveries for those who need food and medications but are unable to pick them up. Our community meal that was scheduled for April 9th has been moved to May 14th "Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me."  Psalm 23:4

​*** 3/30/20 Montana Department of Labor & Industry, “Please note that the FAQ’S from UI are being constantly updated http://dli.mt.gov/Portals/57/Documents/covid-19/employee-FAQ.pdf?ver=2020-03-26-155411-993

Meanwhile, they give you guidance regarding how to help the self-employed person know how to prepare for when the system is ready.  See bold/underlined excerpt below:

Q. Are self-employed individuals or contract employees who have experienced a downturn in their businesses due to COVID-19 eligible for unemployment benefits?

A: As a self-employed contractor, you are eligible for unemployment insurance benefits under the federal legislation, known as the CARES Act. The benefit is designed for self-employed, independent contractors, those people who are generally not otherwise covered by unemployment insurance, and who are unable to work due to the COVID emergency. How to prepare to apply for benefits:

• Gather proof of income documents together – recent tax return, 1099s, whatever documents show past earnings.

• Be patient. We will know more and we will be able to assist you after we have implemented the mechanisms to process these types of benefits. We will be updating this page regularly to provide additional information as it is available.

​*** 3/30/20 Salvation Army, “They are still open  Monday through Thursday 9am-3pm for food boxes, hygiene kits, and they have a little bit of rental assistance left. Additionally, they have a computer set up for those who need to get online for anything. Their hygiene center is closed- this means no showers or laundry right now.”

​*** 3/31/20 Montana Guard Kids, "Military Families with Younger Kids: Sesame Street and Military OneSource just released "Caring for Each Other" as a way to help your youngest through Covid-19."

Join us Monday through Friday at noon for updates (Facebook videos): https://www.facebook.com/military.1source/videos/211535480098858/

Sesame Workshop: https://www.sesameworkshop.org/press-room/press-releases/sesame-workshop-expands-caring-each-other-initiative-help-parents-and?fbclid=IwAR3V6zbfJ62707sEpq-s6SG0xnHGPtFsRpse-y-A4dUPCFzJnQisuiHAabE

*** 4/1 Learning Center at Red Willow, "As of April 1st, the Administrative office for The Learning Center is at 700 South Avenue West, Suite C in Missoula. We will be continuing to work from home and updating our website and social media with new class information and other general updates. We're pleased to be able to offer more classes online that you can access from home and still stay connected with our instructors and resources. You'll be able to find this information on Facebook and website: www.redwillowlearning.org

(Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program INFO / WAIVER): https://www.redwillowlearning.org/sliding-fees-scholarships/

New phone (406) 530-7175, info@redwillowlearning.org

*** 4/1 Sharon, Senator Daines Office, "I know many veterans receive or have family members who receive social security or social security disability. Senator Daines worked to be certain folks who receive Social Security or SDDI and are not required to file federal income tax returns. They will receive their Economic Impact check without having to file a federal income tax return: https://www.daines.senate.gov/news/press-releases/daines-secures-action-from-trump-administration-to-remove-barriers-lower-costs-of-coronavirus-testing-and-treatment (Sharon Parks-Banda, Veterans Casework Liaison, U.S. Senator Steve Daines, (406) 549-8198, Sharon_Parks-Banda@daines.senate.gov)

*** 4/2 Rocky Mountain Museum of Military Hisory, Fort Missoula, and Heritage Hall ~ News from the CV front

We said we would reassess RMMMH open hours 4/1; about ten seconds of cable news is sufficient proof that now is not the time to reopen non-critical operations. We will check again April 15, but no one should wait with held breath.

Fort Missoula events: the Lee Silliman talk about the Montana gold rush scheduled for April 14 at Heritage Hall is now postponed to Oct. 6.

The new Fort Missoula 2020 debut event - and that is a title highly subject to change - is Greg Smith’s “An Inconvenient Grizzly,” at Heritage Hall, Northern Rockies Heritage Center, May 19, 7:00.

The debut RMMMH-cosponsored event for the year is now the VSN’s Heroes at Home BBQ & Music Festival, May 2.

The ability to hold the Fort Missoula July 4 event will be under constant reassessment, with a final decision likely in early June.

Again, all of the above is subject to reassessment as the national situation develops; please continue checking RMMMH Facebook and the local media for the latest information.

Civil War Reenactments ~ we are working on a model of a six-pounder ARW field gun as a companion to the SAR Brown Bess musket during the CV hiatus. RMMMH suggests parents during social distancing encourage their kids to take up scale modeling - helps them learn life lessons about deferred gratification and dealing with multiple frustrations! :)

Questions: Tate Jones, Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History (RMMMH), (406) 549-5346,  militarymuseu45@hotmail.com

Heritage Hall (406) 396-4750, info@nrhc.org

Historical Museum at Fort Missoula (406) 728-3476, ftmslamuseum@montana.com

​​3334, kahilaem@gmail.com

*** 4/5/20 Montana Department of Labor & Industry

  • Self-Employed can now file UI Claims on MontanaWorks: Individuals who are self-employed and their income has been affected by COVID-19 AND who have not attempted to file a claim as a self-employed individual prior to this weekend are now able to file a basic claim in MontanaWorks. 

  • Prior to this, if a claimant indicated they had been self-employed, the system errored them out.

  • Claimants who have not yet tried to file their claim online can now complete a basic claim online.  However, they will need to complete the claim once MontanaWorks has been updated to reflect the new rules.  

  • These claimants will need to watch for additional messages on the website announcing that the rest of the functionality is ready.  At that point, the claimant can log back in to MontanaWorks and complete the filing process.  REMIND people to keep their log in credentials so that they can log in to complete their claim later. 

  • Those claimants who attempted to file a self-employment UI claim online before the system was updated will most likely have issues logging in and will have to call 444-2545 to get their claim filed.

4/6 & 4/10 (Every Monday & Friday) ZOOM Meeting: Missoula City-County Health Department ~ Mental and Behavioral Health Task Force, 1pm

4/6/20 AGENDA:

  • Report out from Terry Kendrick on the compilation listing of the MH&BH professionals

  • How to make this list a living resource for hospitals, professionals, law enforcement, etc.

Heather, "I would like all representatives from our MH&BH health centers – Providence, MUIHC, Curry, etc. to be on the call today.  We need to figure out how to update your staff with the list. If you have anything to contribute or need to share with others, please be on the call. Otherwise, feel free to catch up with us on Friday at 1:00."

To join our Mondays at 1:00 Zoom meeting from your computer: https://zoom.us/j/648481628 Meeting ID: 648 481 628

To open this meeting directly from your smart phone’s email with one tap: +16699006833,,648481628#

To dial in by landline: +1 669 900 6833, Meeting ID: 648 481 628

Friday, 4/10 ~ To join our Fridays at 1:00 Zoom meeting from your computer: https://zoom.us/j/207710131  Meeting ID: 207 710 131

To open this meeting directly from your smart phone’s email with one tap: +16699006833,,207710131#

To dial in by landline: +1 669 900 6833 Meeting ID: 207 710 131

COVID-19 Missoula City-County Joint Information Center: http://covid19.missoula.co/

Questions: Heather Harp, Missoula City Council Ward 3, Mental and Behavioral Health Task Force Leader, (406) 550-0786 HHarp@ci.missoula.mt.us

Or, Nancy de Pastino, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Missoula City-County Health Department, Mental and Behavioral Health Task Force “County Liaison,” (406) 203-2975, ndepastino@missoulacounty.us

​​4/7, 4/8 & 4/10 ONLINE: Yoga with the Learning Center at Red Willow

Registration on the website is the same as for in-person classes.

REGISTER: www.redwillowlearning.org

Tuesdays, 10:30am ~ Yoga for Parkinson's and MS


Tuesdays 3pm ~ Yoga for Chronic Pain


*** Monday, Wednesday & Fridays, 9am ~ Continuing Yoga with Harriet


*** Through our Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP), The Learning Center at Red Willow makes all of their courses available free of charge to Veterans, service members, their families / caregivers, and First Responders.

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

Questions: LCRW (406) 530-7175, info@redwillowlearning.org

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

​4/7 BIGFORK (First Tuesday of Every Month): Veterans Coalition of Northwest Montana (VCNWM) Meeting, Bigfork VFW, 8098 Hwy 35, Bigfork, 1pm


VCNWM ~ Honoring and serving the needs of military Veterans and their families www.vcnwm.org

Questions: (406) 407-8423, info@vcnwm.com
Or, Jim Higgins (406) 291-0356, higginsjw.1@gmail.com

4/7 ONLINE (ZOOM Meeting): Concerned Veterans for America ~ Emergency Town Hall Meeting, Protect the VA Community Care Program, 6pm

The VA is proposing to suspend access to the MISSION Act’s community care options during the coronavirus pandemic. This is not the time to limit veterans access to care. With the VA acting upon it's 4th mission of taking action to ensure public health during this pandemic, these locations will already be strained. These are barriers that our veteran community cannot afford to deal with during this health crisis.  Join us to hear from policy experts who will guide us through this urgent discussion and give us some ways that we can take action now to stop this push to increase red tape. https://www.facebook.com/events/894851027646454/ [facebook.com]

ARTICLE ~ Military.com: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/03/25/va-intends-pause-community-care-program-during-coronavirus-pandemic.html [military.com]

REGISTER: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYod-Gsqz8p3YpfeSRMJLLzvhJQi_ov5w [zoom.us]

Questions: Henry Kriegel, Community Engagement Director, Americans For Prosperity—Montana, (406) 581-5410, hkriegel@afphq.org

​4/7 CANCELED ~ HAMILTON (First Tuesday of Every Month): Corvallis Post 91 Legion Riders Monthly Meeting, BJ's Restaurant, 900 N. First St., Hamilton, 6:30pm

This is the monthly member meeting. Always held the 1st Tuesday of every month at 6:30 PM. Anyone can come and join us. Come on down to BJ's and have dinner and a drink with us. We are accepting new members so please come check us out. https://www.facebook.com/events/595172271254786/

Questions: Don Goodnight, Corvallis Legion Riders President, (406) 360-5275, phantom_colt45@hotmail.com

4/8 (Every Wednesday) American Red Cross Military & Caregiver Network (MVCN) “Wellbeing YOU,” 9am

15 minutes of focused wellbeing practice to enhance your whole health. This free event is open to military and veteran caregivers of all eras. Wellbeing YOU is hosted using Zoom video so caregivers are able to interact face to face using a computer or mobile device. 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. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wellbeing-you-tickets-69797729889

Questions: programs.mvcn@redcross.org

4/8 Nonprofit Townhall with Senator Daines, 2pm

Q&A: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vp0rd-6uqTMv47FfhsPz-QUf3_QXcKM8rQ

Montana Nonprofit Association Townhall Schedule: https://www.mtnonprofit.org/covid19nonprofit/nonprofit-town-hall-schedule/

Questions for Senator Daines:

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

KALISPELL: Ron Catlett, Northwest Field Representative, Office of U.S. Senator Steve Daines, (406) 257-3765, Ron_Catlett@daines.senate.gov

4/9 (​Every Thursday): Meditation for Veterans with Larry Whitmore, Missoula Vet Center, 910 Brooks St., Msla, 1pm

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. No previous experience necessary.  

REGISTER: Vet Center, (406) 721-4918

4/9 VIRTUAL (Every Thursday): iRest, You Rest: War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) Virtual Yoga Nidra Session, 6pm

Every Thursday evening, Veterans all over the United States meet up to practice yoga. The Veterans spend an hour together, but they never see one another and likely will never even meet. This yoga class requires no travel, no membership or studio, and no special clothing or mat. Veterans perform the weekly yoga nidra session in their own space, on their own bed, couch or favorite chair. These Thursday evening classmates meet over the phone to participate in an hour of yoga nidra that follows the iRest methodology. CALL  1-800-767-1750 and use access code: 24953#

PDF: https://www.warrelatedillness.va.gov/WARRELATEDILLNESS/clinical/integrative-health/ca/yoga-nidra-meditation-veteran.pdf#

Or, try guided, weekly sessions:


Questions: WRIISC Yoga Program, (650) 493-5000 Ext 62355​​

4/10 (Facebook LIVE Every Friday): Homeword's Financial Resiliency Program, 2pm

Homeword will be answering questions via Facebook Live every Friday at 2:00pm (They’ve also made a variety of educational videos available): https://www.facebook.com/HomewordMT/

Homeword website / resource page: http://www.homeword.org/our-services/financial-resilience-resources/

Questions: Homeword, (406) 532-4663, info@homeword.com

4/11 (Every Saturday until 5/2): VSAP Training Group, Bella Vista Pavilion, Fort Missoula Regional Park, 2pm

 ****** The VSN Events CMTE will NOT make a decision on whether or not to cancel the Heroes at Home BBQ & VSAP until 4/17 *******

Join Erick and crew for training sessions to prepare for the Veteran Suicide Awareness & Prevention (VSAP) RUN / RUCK May 2nd!
VSAP - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2019VSAP/
5th Annual VSAP & 7th Annual Heroes at Home BBQ: https://www.facebook.com/events/483415689026245/
VSAP Questions: Erick Kahila [facebook.com], (406) 224-

4/13 WEBINAR: Staying Grounded in Challenging Times, 10am

Kathy Mangan founder of The Learning Center at Red Willow in Missoula presents on 4/13 from 10-11am. No cost & great for caregivers!

Stream from any computer: https://bit.ly/39fPCvP

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

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

4/13 FREE ONLINE CLASS (Every Monday until 5/4): Ten Steps to a Federal Job by Veterans Upward Bound, 5 - 7pm

Flyer, “New class for Veterans, textbook provided – the Federal Government offers jobs and internships. Learn how to navigate the USAJOBS website; Write a resume that gets noticed; Instructor is a Ten Step Certified Trainer / Career Coach.” 

Lori, “Ten Steps to a Federal Job:  We have a 10-step certified instructor who teaches how to look for jobs and internships using USA Jobs (how to search, how to create the appropriate resume, how to apply).  This class is live online and anyone with a computer and internet access can login to a live class."

INFO / REGISTER: http://vubmt.com/

Questions: Lori, Director, Veterans Upward Bound, (406) 794-3063 or (877) 356-8387, lborth@vubmt.com

LOCAL - Missoula: Daryl, UM VETS Office at Missoula College, (406) 243-7844, daryl.lee@mso.umt.edu

4/14 (2nd Tuesday of Every Month): Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training, Missoula Food Bank, 1720 Wyoming St., Missoula, 5:30 - 7pm

QPR -- Question, Persuade, Refer. It's a suicide prevention/intervention training that's meant for all of us. Learn how to recognize signs of suicidal thoughts, and intervene in an effective and empathetic manner. You could save a life. https://www.facebook.com/events/2366116356844453/

Questions: Project Tomorrow Montana, (800) 273-8255

Or, Missoula Food Bank, (406) 549-0543

4/14 & 4/21 Concerned Veterans for America - Montana (ONLINE): Warriors & Wings, 6pm

Join us for a statewide community event where veterans and military service or family members can come together in an environment of respect to discuss events and issues from views unique to service members and their supporters. While social-distancing is a reality for most of us we will not be able to provide wings as this is an online event. Please feel free to bring whatever you may be eating that night and share a meal together while we discuss!
We look forward to seeing you there! Please Join the above with a computer or your phone and you should be able to video or voice chat with veterans from all over Montana who are on the same mission.  https://www.facebook.com/events/2553351108315590/ [facebook.com]

Join Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/507981512 [l.facebook.com]

Questions: Henry Kriegel, Community Engagement Director, Americans For Prosperity—Montana, (406) 581-5410, hkriegel@afphq.org

​​4/14 (2nd Tuesday of Every Month): VFW Auxiliary Post 209 Meeting, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Msla, 7pm

Join us Tuesday for the VFW Auxiliary Post 209 meeting. Come early to mingle & eat snacks! We look forward to seeing you!

Auxiliary Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VFWAuxiliaryPost209/

Questions: VFW (406) 778-7749, info@vfwpost209.org

4/15 WEBINAR: AmeriCorps Information Sessions, 1pm

Join a free online webinar to learn more about opportunities to serve with AmeriCorps - before, during, or after college! An AmeriCorps representative based at the University of Montana will guide you through the types of programs, benefits of serving and eligibility requirements, steps to apply, and more. Register to attend using the appropriate link below – you’ll be sent instructions on how to join the online event. https://www.facebook.com/events/220327829011192/
April 15th 1:00 PM Online Information Session: http://bit.ly/April15AmeriCorps

Questions: Mallory Scharf, vista@umontana.edu

Or, Dannette Fadness, BFA, BS, MPA, Montana Campus Compact, AmeriCorps Program Manager,(406) 243-5181, fadness@mtcompact.org

​4/16 Purple UP for Military Kids

April is month of the military child ~ show your support by wearing purple today!

The VSN is showing support for children of active duty service members, Guard / Reserve, and ALL children of Veterans! WEAR SOMETHING PURPLE & SHARE IT HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/264063347945776/

If you're unable to post them on the Facebook page, please feel free to EMAIL pictures to vsn.msla@outlook.com & we'll make sure we share them. In the meantime, check out the Montana Guard Kids Facebook page to get involved w/other virtual events: https://www.facebook.com/montanaguardkids/

Questions: Shannon, snoble@mt.gov

Or, Montana Guard Kids (406) 324-3925, (406) 324-5120, mtngyouthprograms@gmail.com

4/16 CANCELED (Next meeting scheduled for 5/21): Veteran Service Provider (VSP) Meeting, American Legion Post 27, 825 Ronan St., Missoula

FYI: The VSN Events CMTE will be meeting at 11am at the Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History to discuss the Heroes at Home BBQ & VSAP scheduled for 5/2.

VSP Meeting Questions: Shannon, snoble@mt.gov

4/16 VIRTUAL Veterans Experience Office (VEO) Community Veterans Engagement Boards (CVEB) Lunch & Learn, 11am

  • Caregiver Support Resources

How to connect: http://va-eerc-ees.adobeconnect.com/veocvebllcohen/

Missoula VSN! The “Meeting Room,” will be open throughout Thursday morning well ahead of kickoff. You are most welcome to join early or at least pop into the room so we can exchange a virtual “hello.” Truly hope some or all of you may be available to join this informative (and fast-paced) event. I anticipate the Lunch N Learn will run about 33 1/3 minutes and definitely no more than 45 rpm’s.

Note: The VEO CVEB Lunch N Learn battle rhythm includes April 30 (Ministering at 6 feet) with multiple topics in development for May.

Questions: Bob Mortenson, Veterans Experience Office (VACO), Veterans, Family and Community Engagement, Department of Veterans Affairs, (360) 568-4592, C (206) 554-1491, robert.mortenson@va.gov

The new, customer-focused VA.gov makes it easy for Veterans to schedule an appointment, update contact info, file a claim, apply for healthcare and much more!

White House VA Hotline 1-855-948-2311; Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1) or send text to 838255; Click here to download the VA Welcome Kit: https://www.va.gov/welcome-kit/

4/17 (FREE) Basics of Resilience with Kathy Mangan, The Learning Center at Red Willow, 825 W. Kent Ave., Missoula, 11am - 1:30pm
Building the skills to be more resilient is the cornerstone of the work of the Learning Center at Red Willow. This quality which allows us to recover and even thrive after life’s inevitable adversities has been shown by recent research to be one that we can get better at. Join us for this free 2-hour introduction to the work of the Learning Center at Red Willow and come away with some skills to improve your own resiliency.

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

4/18 ROTC & Academy Days, Missoula Armed Forces Reserve Center, 9283 Running West Rd, Missoula 9:30am – 11:30am

United States Military Academy; Naval Academy; Air Force Academy; Coast Guard Academy; Merchant Marine Academy; ARMY, Navy, Air Force ROTC; Congressional Staff.

2020 ROTC & Academy Days also in:

Butte (Location TBD) Saturday 4/25 11:30am – 1:30pm

Flathead: 2987 US Hwy 93 N., Kalispell, Thursday, 4/30 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Billings: Billings Army Reserve Center, 1430 Broadwater Ave., Saturday 5/9 10am – 12pm

Great Falls: Montana Air National Guard (MANG Larson Room), Saturday 5/16 11:30am – 1:30pm

Questions: Smith Works (Tester) (406) 257-3859; Sharon Parks-Banda (Daines) (406) 257-3859; Mike Waters (Gianforte) (406) 969-1736

​​4/18 HELENA: Montana Warrior Run, NEW LOCATION (TBA)

Join us April 18th, 2020 here in Helena for the 11th Annual Montana Warrior Run-Helena and get your 10K, 5K AND (Trifecta) /or 1 Mile Run on.  Early registration opens Monday January 27th. We are changing things up a bit this year with our location and race routes. More to follow on location and routes. Current Military, Veterans and Family Members can save $10 by using "Military2020" for the coupon code, and Youth can also save $10 by using "Youth2020". If you will not be in Montana for the race on April 18th you can register for the Virtual Race and still support the cause.  https://www.facebook.com/events/2737381696489517/

REGISTER: https://runsignup.com/mwr-helena2020

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

Or, Brandy Keely, President of Montana JCF & Director of Veteran Services, Carroll College, (406) 447-4550, montanajcf@gmail.com

4/21 STEVENSVILLE (3rd Tuesday of Every Month): Fort Owen Post 94 ~ Member Meeting, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd., Stevensville, 7pm

Fort Owen Post 94 is the local Stevensville, Montana, post of the American Legion, a federally chartered organization. Veterans dedicated to support of Veterans and community service. "Or join us for breakfast any Wednesday morning 9AM at CJ's in Stevensville."

Public Group FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/955743594488748/

(National: www.legion.org)

Questions: AL Post 94, (406) 777-3834

4/21 LOLO (3rd Tuesday of Every Month): 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

​4/23 CANCELED: Western Montana’s Largest Career Fair, Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula

Although the Job Service has canceled this event, the VSN would like to thank the following VSP that RSVP'd to the DVOP to table in the "Veteran Services" area of the lobby:

  • Canine Companions for Independence

  • Dogs on Deployment

  • Humana / MarketPoint (Veteran Health options outside of the VA)

  • Job Service DVOP (Disabled Veterans Outreach Program)

  • Military OneSource

  • Missoula Vet Center (Mobile Vet Center in parking lot)

  • MonTECH, Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities

  • Mountain View Center of Hope (Veteran family program, “center of influence ministry”)

  • Team Rubicon

  • Three Rangers Foundation

  • Troops to Teachers

  • U.S. Senator Daines Office, Veterans Casework Liaison


  • VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E, Fort Harrison)

  • Veteran Directed Care (VDC) at Missoula Aging Services

  • Veterans Upward Bound (VUB)

  • Volunteers of America Northern Rockies (VOANR)

Career Fair Questions: Sarah, Supervisor, SWimmer@mt.gov

Or, Job Service – Missoula, (406) 728-7060, MissoulaJSC@mt.gov

​4/23 HAMILTON (4th Thursday of Every Month): Marine Corps League, FOE Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd St., Hamilton, 7:30pm

Monthly Meeting of the Bitterroot Valley Detachment #937 http://www.montanamcl.org/detachments.html

Questions: jagman_36@bitterroot.com

4/25 FLORENCE: Veteran Benefit, Rustic Hut, 5341 US Hwy 93 S., Florence, 5 - 9pm

A local Veteran and friend of ours needs your help! Please Join us at the Rustic Hut in Florence , April 25th, 5 - 9 for a Chili Feed, Silent Auction , Live Auction. Then stick around for Live Music! We are still collecting items , if you have something you would like to donate, please reach out to Wayne or Jeanette DeMinck or Donald Goodnight.  Thank you all in advance!

Some information on why we are putting on this benefit:
The Corvallis American Legion Riders is putting on a benefit event for a Bitterroot Valley veteran in need. This veteran has been diagnosed with a very rare form of blood cancer (Polycythemia). This veteran is at high risk of losing his leg. The veteran is currently undergoing treatment for this disease. The veteran must go in every few weeks to get extra blood removed from his body. The veteran is always in very severe pain that the doctors struggle to manage.
There is a treatment that is in the trial stage. Therefor it is not covered under any insurance. This treatment is the last try to save this veterans leg and to manage the severe pain the veteran struggles with every day. The treatment uses a machine that the veteran would be required to buy. The machine costs around $10,000 dollars. In addition, the veteran would have to travel to the only specialist in the United States. The veteran would have to travel to where the specialist is located. The specialist works for Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota.
The benefit is to raise money for all expenses. The date of the benefit is April 25th. 2020. Anything that you can give would be greatly appreciated by the Corvallis American Legion Riders as well as by the veteran and his family. https://www.facebook.com/events/806743559846855/ [facebook.com]

Questions: Don Goodnight, Corvallis Legion Riders President, (406) 360-5275

Or, Doug (406) 546-4244, corvallispost91@gmail.com

4/27 MINERAL COUNTY (Last Monday of Every Month): Veteran Service Officer (VSO) at Mineral Community Hospital, 1208 6th Ave. East (Ponderosa Building), Superior, 10am – 2pm

Montana Veterans Affairs Division (MVAD) sends VSO to Mineral County the last Monday of each month. VSO will explain VA benefits, help navigate the VA Healthcare System, and explain what can and can’t be done. They are committed in helping Veterans!


Montana Veteran Affairs Division (MVAD), (406) 542-2501, khahn@mt.gov

4/30 – 5/1 Missoula Gives

Missoula's largest community-wide fundraiser benefiting more than 150 local nonprofits is around the corner so mark your calendars. Nonprofits who sign up to participate in the day-of-giving will receive access to the giving day website where they will create their own fundraising page that tells their own unique story; invited to fundraising workshops, be eligible for prize funds and more. The giving day is a great way to educate your staff and board on how to tell your nonprofit story while raising money for the organizations they care about in a simple and fun way. Nonprofit registration opens on Monday, February 3.

Questions: Nikki, Missoula Community Foundation, Nikki@MissoulaCommunityFoundation.org

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