November Events

NOW: November is National Veterans and Military Families Month!

Military OneSource has a wide array of events happening and an appreciation kit (one per family) that can be ordered as of November 1st. Also on the page is information on the new Military OneSource app that is available for android and apple operating systems.


Questions: Tabitha, MT JCF & Military OneSource (406) 459-2746,


Florence Civic Club is hanging banners on the lamp poles along the bicycle path. Banners will hang EVERY November as longs as funding is available. PLEASE NOTE: 1 meg photo (Banners are 2 ft by 4 ft); INFO NEEDED: Name, Branch and Dates of Service. SEND PHOTO & INFO DIRECTLY TO: Roger DiBrito,

Or, send via Facebook messenger:

Or, mail to Roger at 4765 Carolin Ln, Florence, Montana 59833

*** PLEASE DONATE if you can: “Please note that we can only print and pay for banners with money donated to the Florence Civic Club. Photos are coming in faster than the FUNDS right now. We are building the banners as the photos come in, and we send them to the printer as funds are deposited.” Send donations directly to the Florence Civic Club, Honor our Veterans, P.O. Box 544, Florence, MT 59833

Questions: Roger (406) 327-5645

​​NOW: Missoula Wreaths Across America & CAP

Vanessa, “Steve and I are working with the local Civil Air Patrol to ensure there are wreaths on all the graves in the Western Montana Veteran's Cemetery. Last year there were not wreaths for every grave and we do not want to see that happen again. Our Montana Veterans deserve better. We will need to raise about $14,000 for our cemetery. Every dollar will help. The last day to raise funds for our cemetery is 30 November”

There are 2 pages where you can donate a wreath, your time, and your help (Vanessa’s also willing to drive TO YOU if you’re unable to donate online!) ~ sponsor a wreath, volunteer, or invite friends to help!

Missoula Wreaths Across America (MT0023):

Missoula Composite Squadron CAP 018 (MT0006P):

Please help us Remember, Honor, and Teach on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM:

*** CAP is looking for a service member from each branch to participate in the ceremony at the cemetery - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Anyone who is interested can contact Lynn Sainsbury at

They will also need help w/the removal of the wreaths in January.

Questions: Vanessa Berry, OR Steve Berry,

NOW: Salvation Army Toys for Tots Christmas Sign Up

Before going to the website, please read the following as it will answer most of your questions: The first page will ask if you have an invitation code. Click "no" and enter your zip code; You will need an email to sign up. All communication from the system will go through that email; You can do this through a phone, tablet or computer; Uploaded documents can be pictures from your phone, but they must be legible; Distribution this year will be drive-thru, so you will not be able to pick out specific gifts for your child; Please fill out the toy wishes for your children. While this does not guarantee your child will get that toy, it does help us to pick a toy your child will like; Please only sign up children over whom you have custody; Duplicates in the system will be erased, so please only sign up once; If you do not have a computer, please call our office to schedule a time to come and fill it out. We have computers available for this purpose.” Captain Ryan Boyd, Corps Officer


Questions: Salvation Army (406) 549-0710


HELP out a great organization who helps Veterans year round and buy some raffle tickets for your chance to WIN 37 GUNS in December!


Or, call Jim (406) 240-9742

Questions: VFW (406) 778-7749,

NOW (HELENA): Montana JCF ~ Military/Veteran Christmas Sign-Ups


Volunteer (Wrapping presents):

Questions: Sarah Smith (406) 447-6026,


Part of the VA's new effort to ensure the "GREAT work / impact of VSN Missoula and other high-performing Community Veteran Engagement Boards (CVEB) around the nation are represented" on this site:

Questions: Bob Mortenson, Veterans Experience Office (VACO), Veterans, Family and Community Engagement, Department of Veterans Affairs, (360) 568-4592,

NOW through 12/17: Veterans Upward Bound ~ FREE College Prep Classes

The classes stream live online and are easily accessible. Since remote learning is new to many, delivering our prep classes using Moodle and Google Meet provides an authentic introduction to the realities of an online class.  Participants learn to navigate an online learning platform, organize and priorities their work, manage their time, and use new technology tools.  The session offers math, writing, Spanish, college success strategies, computers, and financial literacy (Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University).  All materials needed are provided and will be mailed to enrolled students.  We do have some loaner laptops available for those needing them. Our focus has always been on providing high quality instruction for veterans to improve their skills, help them gain new ones, and ease the transition into college or a career.  Please share this information with any military service members and veterans who may benefit from an academic refresher.  We will offer 6-week refreshers again in the spring and summer - hopefully, some will be back on campuses.  For more information about VUB, please visit our webpage at  

10/14/20 UPDATE, "VUB has made several enhancements to their programs, so if you’re looking at going to school, wanting to take a class to pass the time, find out where you stand with the Accuplacer Assessment, or get information about career interests, you can take the Career Scope Assessment. They can also assist with GI Bill educational benefits and help you apply for Federal Financial Aid.

Stacie is pushing to start a totally online Dave Ramsey class the week of November 2nd. Each lesson is about a one hour video, and then she will have a scheduled time to meet via Zoom or phone as a class and will do some discussion in regards to what Dave and his cohorts talked about. For Veterans & spouses that are interested, please complete the application to get the workbooks and one-year membership that you need for class (grant requires tracking). INFO / APPLY:

Questions: Lori, Director, Veterans Upward Bound (877) 356-8387,

Dave Ramsey ~ Financial Peace Class: Stacie Grandpre, Administrative Services Coordinator, (406) 209-8609, sgrandpre@vubmt.comSchedule Appointment with Stacie []LOCAL - Missoula: Daryl, UM VETS Office at Missoula College, (406) 243-7844,

11/21 – 11/28 Trot for the Troops!

You can be a Force Behind the Forces, supporting our nation's military and their families by participating in the first-ever USO Trot for the Troops virtual 5K. Race for yourself or sponsor a service member. Sign up and receive an official USO Trot for the Troops T-shirt, race bib and a mystery gift!


Questions: (888) 484-3876,


The VSN is thankful for Veterans, service members, their families & caregivers, and EVERYONE who supports them!

On this Day of Thanks, we are reminded that liberty must always be defended, strengthened, and cherished. We are grateful for the generations of Americans who lived and fought through harsh circumstances to do just that. Thank you for your part in helping to protect our future.

“America without her soldiers would be like God without his angels.” C. Pemberton

“There is nothing nobler than risking your life for your country.” N. Lampson

“I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.” B. Riley

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” E. Davis

11/26 HAMILTON (NORMALLY the 4th Thursday of Every Month, but contact MCL for November confirmation): Marine Corps League, FOE Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd St., Hamilton, 7:30pm

Monthly Meeting of the Bitterroot Valley Detachment #937


11/27 DEADLINE TO REGISTER (CONDON): American Heart Association, HeartSaver First Aid CPR (AED) Training, Swan Valley Community Hall, Condon, 3:45pm (Class 4 – 9pm)

Cost $65; however, 15% Discount to Veterans and 25% Discount to Disabled Veterans with a Service Dog.

The AHA’s Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED course trains participants to provide first aid, CPR, and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in a safe, timely, and effective manner. Reflects science and education from the American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC). The AHA’s Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Course is designed for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for their job, regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements, o anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting. Training includes First aid basics; Medical emergencies; Injury emergencies; Environmental emergencies; Preventing illness and injury; Adult CPR and AED use; Opioid-associated life-threatening emergencies; Optional modules in Child CPR AED and Infant CPR.

AHA course description:

Facebook flyer:

ENROLL: Montana Health & Safety (406) 314-7024,

Questions: Garry Forman AKA “Swan Peak Sam” (Veteran), Director of Training, Montana K9 Safety (406) 560-2058

11/28 STEVENSVILLE: Country Christmas Bazaar, American Legion Post 94, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd., Stevensville, 9am – 3pm

Ho, Ho it’s that time to get in the spirit for this little Country Christmas Bazaar. Many of the Stevensville Farmers Market vendors have come to together as well as some local vendors to put this show on. Many homemade gifts will be available for purchase from jams, jellies, honey, greeting cards, jewelry, honey, knitted items, baked goods and much more. There will be a little something or everyone’s gift giving for the Christmas. Lunch will be available for purchase made by the Ladies Auxiliary. Better yet grab that hot drink provided by Cherry Bean Coffee. We will be looking forward to you visiting our Country Christmas Bazaar fun to be had by all.

*** The American Legion members will be retiring flags at the same time if you have any flags that need retiring bring them with you! The auxiliary will be serving soups, sandwiches, drinks for a small fee during the bazaar.

MATCHING FUND - VETERAN IN NEED: We have a donor who has graciously offered to match any funds up to $10,000.00 for our Bitterroot veterans! You can send you check to: American Legion Post #94, P.O. Box 795, Stevensville, MT 59870

Questions: Cheryl Burgmeier, American Legion Fort Owen Post 94 Auxiliary (406) 531-4132

Commander: Chuck (253) 380-7016

Adjutant (406) 369-3276

Or, Don (406) 360-5275,

11/29 CLOSED FOR REMODEL: Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula 

“Good news, we're remodeling the bathrooms! Bad news, we'll be temporarily closed starting Nov. 29th for roughly 2 months. Best news, we're running $2 domestic draft beer, and $3 craft draft beer specials until the kegs are tapped. Keep an eye out for more specials…Come enjoy some clean, Covid conscience, and socially distanced fun.”

*** VFW Gun Raffle tickets will still be available ~ 37 GUNS OF DECEMBER. For more information visit:

*** Ole Beck VFW Post 209 is a Non Profit Veteran Organization, and all profits go back to the local Veteran community and/or Veteran programs. VFW is open to the public and dog friendly!

Questions: VFW (406) 778-7749,

​11/30 (Last Monday of Every Month): Project Community Connect (PCC) Planning Meeting, 10am

After many conversations with fellow committee members and members of Revive Church, and after working closely with the Missoula City-County Health Department, Theresa, Marilyn and I think it is best to let everyone know that, given Covid-19 restrictions, there likely will not be a large-scale PCC event at Revive church in January. However, our efforts are focusing on making sure the PIT count is conducted to the greatest and most efficient extent possible. We also see an opportunity for donations that people have offered, such as hygiene kits and clothing items, to be distributed to people in the community through shelters, organizations, and collaborating staff and volunteers in the field conducting the unsheltered PIT count, which would normally be organized at the PCC event. I’ve heard people suggest “pop-ups,” which are also worthy of more discussion.

Join Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 867 1751 8980; Passcode: 103973):

Questions: Olivia Jones, MSW PCC Practicum Student, or

11/30 ONLINE: VA Community Town Hall with Secretary Robert Wilkie, 11am

Join us for a Q&A with Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors to address important questions from the Veteran community.


Or, Bob Mortenson, Veterans Experience Office (VACO), Veterans, Family and Community Engagement, Department of Veterans Affairs, (360) 568-4592,

11/30 VIRTUAL Holiday Support (4 week series Mondays 11/30-12/21): Sound & Meditation, 2 – 3pm

The holiday season is a time typically full of social and emotional demands for most people. This year, the season may look very different for many, as we keep physical distance to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Need some help caring for yourself this holiday season so that you can fully enjoy all the good things that are there, even in these challenging times? This class is for you! We will support each other through the holiday season using different sound and meditation tools. Every class will include a sound bath with various overtone-producing instruments, a lovely meditation from the Kundalini Yoga tradition, and most importantly space for you to relax, release your mental to-do list, and let yourself just be. In order to make this experience accessible to different schedules, all Zoom classes will be recorded and access will be provided only to those who have registered for the series. All classes will be available online for a week after the series finishes.


*** Through the Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP), The Learning Center at Red Willow makes their courses FREE of charge for Veterans, service members, their families/caregivers, and first responders. INFO / WAIVER: []

Questions: (406) 721-0033,

Or, Roy Savage, HTOP Program Manager, (406) 396-2133,

11/30 ONLINE: Red Cross Military & Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) “Caregiver Resiliency Workshop” 6 – 7:30pm

This free, confidential Red Cross program offers effective ways to work through challenges, improve wellbeing and build skills.

This workshop is designed for non-professional caregivers of wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. It helps participants work through some of the biggest challenges that caregivers often face, including identity changes, isolation concerns and building a personal wellness plan.


Questions: ARC MVCN,

Or, LOCAL - Gini Kay, American Red Cross - ID & MT Region Recruitment Specialist & Volunteer Services (406) 493-8778,

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