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April Events


NOW through 4/30: HIRE Vets Medallion Award

Applications for the 2024 HIRE Vets Medallion Award are open through April 30th. It is the only federal-level veterans’ employment award that recognizes a company's or organization’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development. Earned by 859 employers last year! NVTI's podcast, "Episode 19 - Why Hire Veterans? Conversations with HIRE Vets Medallion Award Recipients."

Review the criteria / APPLY:
Questions: Tom Finch – State of Montana Director, US DOL VETS (Veterans' Employment and Training Service) (406) 447-3233,

NOW through 4/30: Month of the Military Child

Our youngest heroes deserve recognition all year round, but April holds a special place in our hearts. Get ready for an exciting collaboration with Animal Wonders – it's going to be wild:

  • 6/25 - 6/27 Fort Harrison Day Camp ~ Calling all volunteers! Join us in making a difference with the Montana National Guard summer camps for military youth. Not only do you uplift these amazing kids, but you'll also find personal growth, community connection, and support for military families. Let's make memories and create impact together!

  • 7/22 – 7/25 BOZEMAN: Montana Guard Kids Leadership and Adventure Teen Camp ~ Get ready for an EPIC summer adventure at our Leadership and Adventure Teen Camp! Mark your calendar for July 22-25th! This camp will give you a chance to ignite your leadership skills while having a BLAST with new friends! Scan the QR code or hop online to secure your spot (TEENS 13-17) - FLYER:

  • 8/7 - 8/11 Camp Runnamucka - FLYER:

Create Account / Log In & Sign up TODAY at:

Questions: Montana National Guard Family Programs (406) 324-3232 / (406) 324-3925,

NOW through 5/1: Veterans Upward Bound, Missoula

For Veterans starting or heading back to college, these classes are designed to help students feel more comfortable transitioning. Veterans Upward Bound is offering free classes in the following communities: Billings, Missoula, Kalispell, and live online (All flyers are available on their FB:

  • VUB is offering in-person classes for Veterans this spring in our Billings and Missoula locations. In addition to the in-person classes, live (online) classes are available, with day and evening slots available.

  • Missoula: College math, writing, computer skills:

  • 5/14 Navigating the Federal Hiring System, 10am - 12pm ~ Michelle is working w/Ian (Polson DVOP) to provide the class for several Ch 31 VR&E Veterans across the state, but they may be opening it up to all Veterans (VUB will pay the cost). Register / questions: Michelle Watson - Coordinator of Educational Services & Enrollment 406-272-6592,

Along with revisiting these skills, we are happy to help with assessing career interests, the college application process, benefit assistance, academic advising, financial aid, connecting to helpful college resources, and more. Register / questions: Michelle Watson - Coordinator of Educational Services & Enrollment 406-272-6592,

4/22 - 4/25 (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): (PLEASE consider volunteering for HAN - call 406-207-8228 ext. 5 or email

  • Missoula Works ~ Our GET IT DONE Crew has been hard at work! Have a project you need done? Give us a call to support our mission of breaking down barriers to employment:

  • Missoula Works Sewing Ventures ~ Next month be sure to stop by Home Resource’s First Friday event to purchase a one-of-a- kind Banner Bag. Shop online:

Questions: Paige – Missoula Works / Missoula Interfaith Collaborative (406) 926-3400,

4/22 ASRC Energy ~ Mini Job Fair, Job Service (Front Lobby), 539 S. 3rd St. W., Missoula, 10am – 4pm

Meet Patrick on Monday, 4/12 in the front lobby if you’re interested in working a rotational schedule in Alaska. Earn very competitive wages and benefits! Learn more:

Questions: Job Service – Missoula 1-406-728-7060,

4/15 - 5/3 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:

  • 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:

  • Every Tuesday - STEVENSVILLE: Bitterroot Yoga for Veterans, American Legion Post 94, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd w/ Jessa Krahn-Christian, 1-2pm REGISTER:; 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):

  • 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:

  • Spring is a busy time and we have an increased need for more hands on deck ~ Please consider helping with public events, hanging flyers, etc. If you would like to donate some time, you can complete the application form by following this link:

  • Recruiting Veterans for a grant with Exit 12 (USMC Veteran) for “Unmasking the Impact of War” ~ Combination of art therapy / mask-making, creative writing, and a movement-based performance at ZACC. Contact Kathy – Executive Director,

  • 5/3 FREE Mini-Yoga Class, 6pm ~ During Missoula Gives this year, we will be raising money for Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program, our mind/body resilience program for veterans and their families. To celebrate and appreciate our donors during Missoula Gives on Friday, May 3, we’re happy to offer free mini-yoga classes led by one of our HTOP instructors! (6pm: gather and snacks; 6:15pm: mini-session 1; 6:45pm: break and snacks; 7pm: mini-session 2) Registration is not required, but appreciated so that we can get a sense of the numbers: A GIANT THANK YOU to Peak Health and Wellness for donating the use of their space for this event:

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

4/22 - 5/25 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: OR go to: for more information about joining Veterans of Foreign Wars.

*** The VFW will have dart machines soon – Tom will be planning tournaments!

  • Every Day: LIVE POKER ~ As always, Veterans receive a BONUS 10 in chips with their buy in. Check the weekly schedule (NEW summer hours 2 & 8pm):; Reserve your seat (406) 272-7722

  • Every Tuesday: TRIVIA, 8pm ~ Join the fun w/different categories every week (Katie O'Keefe's every Monday night):

  • Every Wednesday: HUMP DAY at the V! 9pm ~ DJ Trini will be mixing live and we will have drink specials running! $3 you call it drinks from 10-11 & 12-1 *some exclusions apply:

  • Every Thursday: Mini Golf, 5pm – 12am (OPEN to the PUBLIC) ~ $5 per person for unlimited play!

  • Every Saturday: Veterans Disc Golf ~ Join Anton & Xsports4Vets at the Fort 1030. Hole #1 is located between Community Medical Center and the Fort Missoula softball fields off South Avenue.

  • 4/27 & 5/25: SALSA! Latin Night at the VFW, 10pm:

  • 5/8 (2nd Wednesday): VFW Monthly Membership Meeting, 7pm ~ The Post will remain open for business:

  • 5/25 SAVE the DATE: Anton announced the annual Lochsa Trip (white water rafting trip for Veterans).

Questions: VFW 406-728-7749,

4/22 (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:

Questions: Shaun Hall - Director of Programming, Veterans Breakfast Club (412) 623-9029,

4/23 Home Instead ~ Mini Job Fair, Job Service (Front Lobby), 539 S. 3rd St. W., Missoula, 10am – 2pm

Seeking caregiver background or desire to become a caregiver – get FREE training:

Questions: Job Service – Missoula 1-406-728-7060,

4/23 & 4/25 (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:

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

​Missoula Hiring Questions: 406-215-0100 OR Kalispell: Tiny Hudson – Clinic Manager (406) 758-2753,

4/23 - 6/5 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:

  • 4/23 Exploring Careers in Media and Telecommunications, 2pm

  • 4/23, 5/14 & 5/28 (2nd & 4th Tuesday): Corporate Fellowship and Skills-Based Fellowship Information Session, 5pm

  • 4/24 AMPLIFY ~ Intensive Career Development for Military Spouses (all day)

  • 4/24 Media and Telecommunications Virtual Hiring Fair, 11am - 2pm

  • 5/1, 5/15 & 6/5 (1st & 3rd Wednesday): Military Spouse Fellowships Information Session, 5pm (3rd) & 1pm (1st)

  • 5/8 (2nd Wednesday): Career Forward Info Session, 12pm

Schedule / REGISTER:

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






THANK YOU in advance for your support! Wishing you all a great day, Team! v/r Rodney Washington - Veterans Resource Coordinator, Texas Workforce Commission, TVLP (915) 244-4675,

4/23 - 5/28 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).

  • Every Tuesday: Bitterroot Yoga for Veterans, 1 - 2pm ~ Join Jessa Krahn-Christian at American Legion Post 94. REGISTER:

  • 4/23, 5/14, 5/21 & 5/28 (2nd, 3rd & 4th Tuesday) The Mobile Vet Center ~ Visit the Vet Center in Stevensville! If you need immediate assistance, please call 877-WAR-VETS (927-8387) or visit:; Questions: Anton Johnson, BSW - Mobile Vet Center (406) 721-4918,

  • 5/21 (3rd Tuesday) STEVENSVILLE: Monthly Meeting, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd., Stevensville, 7pm ~ ALL Veterans are welcome to attend the monthly meeting - if you're not a member, come and fill out a membership form!

National - American Legion:; AL Post 94 Public Group FB page:; Questions: AL Post 94 (406) 777-3834 OR Chuck – Commander (253) 380-7016; Adjutant (406) 369-3276; Cheryl – Auxiliary (406) 531-4132

4/24 (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!:; Find other peer support opportunities on our Caregiver Calendar:; Visit the safe and secure, caregiver-only Online Community available 24/7 for support:; Questions: American Red Cross 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767), ID/MT (406) 493-8778,

4/24 - 5/29 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

No Silence. No Stigma. No shame. Get involved. Make a difference:

  • 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:

  • Every Wednesday until 4/24: “Family-to-Family” Class ~ FREE, 8-session educational program (designated evidenced-based program) for family, significant others, and friends of people with mental health conditions. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition. NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises. As you know, mental illnesses can be devastating, not only to the individuals diagnosed but to their families and their loved ones. From its inception forty years ago, NAMI has been there for families, offering them support, education, and advocacy. Class space is limited; registration is required. For details and registration, prospective participants should contact Mary at 406-721-2534.

  • 5/2 - 5/3 Missoula Gives ~ Online fundraising event for local nonprofit organizations. Click to DONATE

  • 5/4 Brain Injury Conference ~ Brain Injury Alliance of Montana (BIAMT). We will provide information about our programs and activities, and NAMI Missoula volunteers will be present to answer questions.

  • 5/16 Day of Action for Mental Health ~ We hope to have an event scheduled; check our website and our Facebook page for information.

  • 5/16 (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.

  • 5/29 "Mental Health Matters: The Ripple Effect” at the Missoula Public Library, 6:15 - 7:45pm ~ THIS PANEL DISCUSSION WILL BE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Questions: NAMI Missoula (406) 880-1013,

4/24 - 5/6 Tamarack Grief Resource Center (TGRC), 405 S. 1st St. W., Missoula

TGRC strengthens & honors individuals, families, and communities throughout their journey with grief:

Questions: (406) 541-8472, OR Tina Barrett - Executive Director,

4/25 (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:

Questions: Fourth D, Inc. (406) 209-9570,

4/25 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:

Questions: (406) 543-7154,

4/25 - 5/12 Missoula Community Theater ~ Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (musical rated G)

MCT’s “Be Our Guest” Season ~ MCT is excited to offer such a wide variety of live entertainment, ranging from silly parody, thought provoking stories, slap-stick humor, a tale as old as time and good, old-fashioned nostalgia for the holiday season:

*** Did you know Missoula Children's Theater offers discount tickets to Military Families who have a loved one deployed, about to deploy, or recently returned?? Call MCT to Order your Tickets through the "MTNG Child and Youth Program Account":

Questions: MCT Box Office (406) 728-7529 M-F 12-5pm; Tour 829-5202,

4/26 & 5/1 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

  • 5/1 (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: OR join via national:; Questions: Al Sperry (406) 381-7899,

4/26 NFL Draft Tailgating Party, Press Box & Chamber of Commerce (Parking lots), 835 W. Broadway, Missoula, 10 – 11am

On April 26th, in the Press Box and Chamber parking lots, come on down and meet 3 time Super Bowl Champs, Bart Oates & Willie Gault as well as Cotton Bowl Hall of Famer Bob Golic. $10 entry fee with ALL proceeds going to the Youth Homes in Missoula. You’ll also learn what home / palliative care / hospice can do for your family. We will have a drawing to win 2 Super Bowl tickets for 2025.

Questions: Stephanie Lanza-Harvey,

4/27 & 5/18 Montana’s 2024 Academy Days

Representatives from all five service academies (Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, and Air Force), ROTC, and the Monana National Guard will be at each event to provide information about the application process. Helena 4/27 Carroll College Student Center 11am – 1pm; Billings 5/18 Rocky Mtn College 1 – 3pm. Questions: OR Kate Hahn - Veterans Liaison, Senator Jon Tester, 130 West Front Street, Missoula 406-728-3003,

4/27 (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:; Rent the club house: (406) 210-2607 OR Glen,

4/27 - 5/24 Jaden Decker LIVE

Jaden Decker is a 17-year-old singer-songwriter from Missoula who fell in love with music at an early age. At just six years old, Jaden picked up a guitar and began playing, quickly demonstrating a natural talent for the instrument. Since then, he has been honing his craft and developing a unique style of country music that he calls, "Rocky Mountain Country." Learn more / FOLLOW HIM: LIVE SHOWS:

  • 4/27 HAMILTON: Brewski's

  • 5/10 POLSON: Perfect Shot

  • 5/11 LOLO: The Jack Saloon

  • 5/17 FRENCHTOWN: Benny's

  • 5/18 Heroes at Home BBQ & VSAP with Michael Johnston:

  • 5/24 FLORENCE: Rustic Hut

Questions: +1 406-214-5541, OR Clint - Clark Fork Entertainment,

4/30 (Last Tuesday) SUPERIOR: Veteran Appreciation Breakfast, Senior Center, 611 5th Ave. E., Superior, 10am

We started a monthly 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:

Questions: 406-822-3334,

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