End of February &
All of March Events


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: https://www.va.gov/outreach-and-events/events/

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

NOW through 4/1: National Veterans Day Poster Contest

The 2021 National Veterans Day Poster Contest is underway, with submissions due April 1, 2021. The theme for Veterans Day 2021 is the centennial commemoration of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Guidelines: https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/84756/2021-national-veterans-day-poster-contest-open-submissions/

Submit electronic versions as jpg images or PDF files by email to vetsday@va.gov or send copies of artwork on a CD with artwork files to: Veterans Day National Committee (002D) - Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20420; The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2021. The Veterans Day National Committee will convene a selection sub-committee in May 2021 to review submissions and make a final selection.

Questions: Veterans Day Coordinator at vetsday@va.gov

NOW through April: US DOL VETS: 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion AwardStarting Jan. 31, the department is accepting applications for the 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion Award to recognize employers that meet standards for excellence in recruiting, hiring and retaining veterans. https://www.hirevets.gov/Questions: Tom Finch - Montana State Director, US DOL VETS (Veterans' Employment and Training Service) (406) 447-3233, Finch.Thomas.L@dol.gov

2/27 through 3/21 FLATHEAD VALLEY: Dream Adaptive Recreation (DAR) Veteran & Active Duty Winter Program

FREE outdoor FUN! Skiing, snowboarding, Nordic…Our Military Programs are for Active Duty Service Members and Veterans with a disability from any era. It is our honor to provide you with individual lessons and group programs at no cost.

Ski/Ride Weekends: Enjoy the camaraderie of other service members/veterans on the beautiful slopes of Whitefish Mountain Resort.  All levels welcome. Included: Standard ski/snowboard equipment rentals; Adaptive equipment; Lift tickets; Lessons from trained instructors.

Remaining 2021 Dates: March 20 & 21

Nordic / Cross-Country Ski Program: Learn a new sport or enhance your skills. Join us for a leisurely stroll or a heart-pounding workout, either way, we guarantee fresh-air fun! Included: Standard & Adaptive Equipment rentals; Trail Pass; Lessons from trained instructors.

Remaining 2021 Dates: Sat. Feb. 27th 10A-Noon @ Whitefish Lake Golf Course; Sat. March 13th; time TBD @ Glacier National Park

REGISTER: https://www.dreamadaptive.org/militaryski/

Questions: DAR (406) 862-1817, info@DreamAdaptive.org

2/28 DEADLINE: Spring 2021 National Scholarship for College Students with Disabilities

REGISTER: www.disABLEDperson.com (Become community member - click on "Sign up now"). disABLEDperson, Inc. announce our Spring 2021 National Scholarship Competition for College Students with Disabilities! This competition began on December 23 and ends on February 18 for the award of $2000.00 (two thousand dollars) Details: www.disABLEDperson.com/scholarships/30

Questions: Mike Corso - President, Mike@disabledperson.com

3/1 & 3/3 ONLINE: Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) Computer Basics Course, 9:30 – 10:30am

As an education program, VUB services revolve around supporting veterans and military service members in pursuing their educational goals, in helping them look forward, not back. https://www.facebook.com/events/501545907910514/

Go to https://vubmt.com/contact/contact.php to get more information or register online.

Questions: 877-356-8387

Or, Lori D. Borth – Director, MSUN Center for VETS, Veterans Upward Bound, (406) 657-2026, lborth@vubmt.com

3/1 – 3/5 VIRTUAL: Montana’s Peer Network “Peer Support 101” (Recognized by the VA)

Montana’s Peer Network has developed a comprehensive 40 hour training program to provide you with basic education and instruction around the most important elements of peer support work. We were the first provider approved by the Board of Behavioral Health to meet the training requirements for obtaining certification as a Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialist. This empowering and highly interactive training includes topics such as: whole health recovery, one-on-one work, support group facilitation, ethics and standards, confidentiality, change model, recovery concepts and much, much more. This unique training experience provides hands on learning, role play examples, and group discussion that isn’t available in online or computer based trainings and a personal connection to other peer supporters around the state. https://mtpeernetwork.org/what-we-offer/trainings/ps101/

APPLICATION: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PS101mpn

Questions: ashley@mtpeernetwork.org

3/2 (Every Tuesday) LINKEDIN: The Journey of a VA Employee ~ From Consideration to Getting In, 10am (MST)

Join VA Careers and Veterans Health Administration's Mike Owens for “Talk About It Tuesday.” Every week, we invite you to join our chat about things that are happening culturally in and around VA. As always, if you’re looking for more information on careers at VA, be sure to visit www.vacareers.va.gov or comment on the live feed.

JOIN the LINKEDIN EVENT: https://www.linkedin.com/company/department-of-veterans-affairs/

Questions: (844) 456-5208, vacareers@va.gov

​3/2 (1st Tuesday of Every Month) ONLINE: The Poverello Center’s Supporter Update, 12pm

These online gatherings using Zoom are currently replacing our monthly tours so that we can continue to practice social distancing at the Poverello Center. Executive Director Amy Allison Thompson will provide Poverello Center updates and be available, along with other members of the Poverello Center team, to answer questions. Click the button below to register and we will send you a link to the Zoom meeting.

REGISTER: https://www.thepoverellocenter.org/news/tours/

Questions: Sarah Penix, Communications Coordinator (937) 430-9293, spenix@thepoverellocenter.org

3/2 – 3/4 ONLINE: Homeword’s Financial Skill Building Class, 5:30 - 9pm

We believe financial resilience comes from having the financial judgement and decision-making skills to dodge pitfalls and make the right money moves for your future. Build your financial skills in this free class where you'll learn about the 8 essential topics of your complex financial world. After this class, you will be empowered to navigate your financial world today and advocate for your future. Learn how to take charge of your financial life, including: Navigating your complex financial world; Quickly adapting to income or expense changes; Building solid financial judgement; Addressing credit and debt challenges; Gaining financial independence by creating a savings and investment plan. Taught by Homeword’s Financial Educator, Katie Sadowski, and other professionals. FREE and open to the public. Check out graduate testimonials for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnc_L9-X1kuruNRNi1cI75A/videos

REGISTER: http://homeword.org/financial-skills/

Questions: (406) 532-4663 x10, info@homeword.com

Or, Katie Sadowski, Financial Education Coordinator, (406) 532-4663 x23, katie@homeword.org

3/2 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. 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/CorvallisMTLegionRiders/

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

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

​3/2 – 3/16 ONLINE: Belief and Truth in a Time of Healing, 7-8:30pm

The UM Alumni Association’s 23rd annual Community Lecture Series will be presented entirely online. Six of UM’s finest professors will address the aftermath of COVID, the changes the pandemic has wrought and how society can move forward. They will examine belief and truth in both a pandemic and post-pandemic world. The series will look at belief, truth and healing from physical, mental and emotional perspectives, as well as historical and social points of view. Q&A will be available

March 2: Lee Banville - Associate Professor, School of Journalism, “The Gatekeeper’s Dilemma: Information Flow in the Pandemic Age”
March 9: Jay T. Evans - Research Professor, Division of Biological Sciences & Director, Center for Translational Medicine, “Healing and Modern Medicine after COVID-19”
March 16: Lucian Conway, Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Psychology, “The Perils of Forced Agreement: Why Americans Were Divided on COVID-19 and What We Should (and Shouldn’t) Do About It”

REGISTER: https://umontana.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_k_b2T0VtSn6jRmx1gk4Z5A%20

Questions: UM Alumni Association (406) 243-5211, alumni@umontana.edu

3/2?? TBD (Every Tuesday): TRIVIA, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 8pm

11/20/20 VFW, “Good news, we're remodeling the bathrooms! Bad news, we'll be temporarily closed starting Nov. 29th for roughly 2 months (Feb??).... Keep an eye on their site for the restart of trivia and reserve table space by leaving a comment on their post: https://www.facebook.com/VFW209trivia/

*** 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, info@vfwpost209.org

​3/3 (Every Wednesday) ONLINE: ARC Military & Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) ~ Wellbeing You, 9am (MST)

Join the MVCN every Wednesday for 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.

REGISTER (Select a Date): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wellbeing-you-tickets-118576380145

Questions: ARC MVCN, programs.mvcn@redcross.org

Or, LOCAL - Gini Kay, American Red Cross - ID & MT Region Recruitment Specialist & Volunteer Services (406) 493-8778, IDMT.Recruiting@redcross.org

3/3 ONLINE: MAS Falls Prevention Workshop, 11am

The workshop will review preventative measures that any person can take to prevent falls. This includes strengthening exercises, home modifications and strategies to build self-confidence. Participants will also receive an overview of topics and a list of resources, including a Falls Prevention Checklist. Participate online using Zoom. An email confirmation with the Zoom meeting ID, password and instructions will be sent to registered participants several days prior to the workshop. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. This no cost session will be facilitated by Stephanie Markin, a senior at the University of Montana finishing up her degree in Psychology and minor in Gerontology. She has been interning during the fall semester with Missoula Aging Services. Stephanie has 17 years of experience as a Care Partner in a variety of home settings. She plans to continue her education to become an Occupational Therapist. https://www.facebook.com/events/675769846410701/

REGISTER: https://preventfallsmas.eventbrite.com or call MAS at 406-728-7682. Visit https://www.missoulaagingservices.org for more information.

Questions: Missoula Aging Services (406) 728-7682, help@missoulaagingservices.org

3/3 PLAINS: Red Cross Blood Drive, VFW Post 3596, 201 West Lynch St., Plains, 12-5pm
Appointments Only; however, you are welcome to call to find out if there are any openings that day (826-5960). This drive will be held in the hall. The door is at the front of the building labeled VFW Hall. https://www.facebook.com/events/1016280668881436/

Questions: VFW Post 3596 (406) 826-5960, vfw3596@gmail.com

3/3 ONLINE: Leaders Eat Last ~ Food Insecurity and Wellness, 1pm (MST)

Veterans take a selfless, leadership-focused approach to many aspects of life, but feeding themselves and their families shouldn’t be an area where they continue to sacrifice. Food insecurity is a complex and growing problem in the military/veteran community. To solve a problem, we first need to understand it. That's why the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF), in partnership with Craig Newmark Philanthropies, is assembling experts for Leaders Eat Last, a panel series designed to raise awareness, build understanding, and identify challenges and solutions.

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leaders-eat-last-food-insecurity-and-wellness-tickets-142596597261

Questions: Bob Woodruff Foundation (646) 441-6864, info@bobwoodrufffoundation.org

​3/3 (Every Wednesday) ONLINE: ARC Military & Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) ~ Online Caregiver Chat, 5:30pm (MST)

Our caregiver chats are live interactions in a text only format -- all interactions are done simply by texting and/or typing your responses. Our chats are conducted in a safe environment using Slack. Caregivers can access the chat by using MVCN-caregiver-channel at MVCN.slack.com from a PC or the Slack mobile app. Registration is required to ensure you have access to the chat. Please register with your preferred email address. You will receive information to set up your Slack account prior to the beginning of the chat. If you have participated in chats previously, you will have continued access to the MVCN-caregiver-channel. Caregivers from all eras are welcome to attend. https://www.facebook.com/events/477664303245178

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/online-caregiver-chat-tickets-139035327407

Questions: ARC MVCN, programs.mvcn@redcross.org

Or, LOCAL - Gini Kay, American Red Cross - ID & MT Region Recruitment Specialist & Volunteer Services (406) 493-8778, IDMT.Recruiting@redcross.org

​3/3 PLAINS (1st & 3rd Wednesday of Every Month): VFW Post 3596, 201 West Lynch St., Plains, 7pm
Members from any VFW Post are welcome. If you'd like to join the VFW and be a part of our post stop in for an application or send a message! Annual Membership: $45 (See FB event page for more information, fees, benefits, conflicts). You can join the VFW if you are a U.S. citizen or U.S. national; have served honorably or are currently serving in the US Armed Forces; received a campaign or service medal for overseas service; served at least 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days in Korea; anytime since 1949; received Hostile Fire or Imminent Danger Pay; Visit vfw.org/Join for a complete list of eligibility. https://www.facebook.com/events/2260605460910596/

Questions: VFW Post 3596, (406) 826-5960, vfw3596@gmail.com

3/4 (​Every Thursday) ONLINE: Meditation for Veterans, 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. The new instructors are Greg Grallo and Amy Friedman. https://www.redwillowlearning.org/programs/meditation-for-veterans/

REGISTER: Vet Center, (406) 721-4918

Questions: Roy Savage, Program Manager of the Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP), (406) 396-2133, roy@redwillowlearning.org

3/5 (Every Friday) ONLINE: Veterans ASCEND “Walkthrough,” 10am (MST)

FREE service for Veterans, service members, and their families w/NO resumes, NO applications, and NO job postings.

The less time it takes a veteran to find a civilian career, the better it is for them, their families, and their community. Reducing time to hire for employers is critical to business success. We translated thousands of military skill codes into transferable skills employers are looking for. Our proprietary program removes the barriers of a resume and applying for jobs online. This brief covers how easy it is for Service Members, Veterans, and Military Family Members to setup a profile, shows a glimpse of how the business side works, and gives you an opportunity to ask questions about the program.  

SELECT A DATE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/veterans-ascend-weekly-walkthrough-tickets-123380932691

Questions: Nila Thompson, Veteran Advocate, Veterans ASCEND, (904) 325-7210, service@veteransascend.com

3/5 (Every Friday) ONLINE: Mindful Moment, 12:30pm

End your week with a moment of calm. Join us for 15 minutes of guided meditation and mindfulness exercises to increase a sense of calm and connection to your physical body.

REGISTER: https://www.tamarackgrc.org/calendar/virtual-mindful-moment

Questions: Tamarack Grief Resource Center, (406) 541-8472, info@TamarackGriefResourceCenter.org

3/8 – 3/9 ONLINE: Responding to Trauma and Loss from the COVID-19 Pandemic, 11am – 2:15pm (MST)

Training with Dr. Therese Rando - The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss. This Training is Free. Costs are being paid by The Law Enforcement Chaplaincy for SC. Target Audience: Mental Health Professionals (Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists); Peer Team Members (Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Dispatch); Chaplains/Clergy/Caregivers; Funeral Directors; Hospice Bereavement Workers; Medical Professionals; Nursing Home Professionals. Platform: Zoom – 6 Contact Hours; CEUs for some mental health professionals have been applied for. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

REGISTER: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HV1QPGcDSM20TPRDPFmoEA

Questions: Jess Hegstrom, JHEGSTROM@lccountymt.gov 

Or, Chaya "Hiya" Semple – Chaplain, The American Legion, Department of Montana, chaplainsemple@gmail.com

3/9 (2nd Tuesday of Every Month) ONLINE: FREE QPR Gatekeeper Training (Suicide Prevention), 5:30pm

Learn how to recognize the signs of suicidal thoughts and how to intervene in an empathetic and effective way with our FREE QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) class. You can learn how to save a life. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

March 9th: https://www.facebook.com/events/452327749244284/

April 13th: https://www.facebook.com/events/452327765910949

May 11th: https://www.facebook.com/events/452327742577618/

Your Tomorrow Matters! Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.TALK (8255)

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

3/9 (2nd Tuesday of Every Month): VFW Auxiliary Post 209 ~ ZOOM Meeting, 7pm

Join us for VFW Auxiliary Post 209’s VIRTUAL ONLINE ZOOM meeting. Link to Zoom meeting will be posted on their FB page prior to the meeting: https://www.facebook.com/VFWAuxiliaryPost209

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

3/10 (2nd Wednesday of Every Month) ONLINE: Job Service Missoula ~ Job Fair, 12 - 1pm

Featuring employers from various industries hiring in Missoula and the surrounding areas. They will describe their business and services; Discuss why someone would want to work for their business; Talk about all their open positions; Describe the benefits, wages, and incentives.

ZOOM Meeting 03/10 at 12pm: https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/91639530898

Featured Employers TBA

Questions: Julissa (406) 218-7480, JBencia-Hensel@mt.gov

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

3/10 ONLINE: Become a Certified Veteran-Friendly Employer, 1pm

Join the State Human Resources Division and Rebecca Bruno, Talent Acquisition Specialist, Department of Corrections, on March 10, from 1 to 2 p.m., to learn what your agency can do to support our veterans and become a certified veteran-friendly employer. Rebecca will provide a 1-hour presentation on how your agency can become part of a newly established Montana Joining Community Forces network! Currently, any Employer or Veteran Business Owner can deem themselves a “Veteran Friendly Employer” and there is no tracked network of Employers or Veteran Business Owners to help connect our Service Members, Veterans and Spouse (SMVS) to opportunities in the workforce. The JCF Employer Support Network, consisting of Employers and Veteran Owned Businesses, who have taking initiative and training to be certified veteran friendly employers who are committed to successfully recruiting, training, employing and retaining Montana SMVS by networking posting positions and networking with job seeking SMVS as well as gaining access to comprehensive programs/resources offered through Montana JCF and its Career Key Service Area stakeholders. We believe that the Employer Support Project will assist in anticipated workforce shortage needs across the state specifically by leveraging the employment training programs and SMVS talent pool that exists in the state and those from outside of Montana considering calling Montana home after Active Duty Military Service.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/93849465014?pwd=WHpvVXR2ZzJJRlI2VHdPalBFdUpBQT09

Meeting ID: 938 4946 5014; Password: 633132; Dial by Telephone: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 406 444 9999

Questions: John Pavao, State Diversity Program Coordinator, Department of Administration, State Human Resources Division, (406) 444-3984, jpavao@mt.gov

3/11 (2nd Thursday of Every Month) ONLINE: JCF Leadership Team Meeting, 12:30pm


JCF Board & Leadership, Congressional, Military, and VA Updates; Key Service area reports.

Virtual Access: https://militaryonesource.zoom.us/my/montana Meeting ID: 293 580 2531; pass code: 621152; Call: 1-669-900-6833 if device not available

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

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

3/11 ONLINE: Bunker vConnect: Montana Land Business, 3pm

Bunker vConnect is a facilitated business networking event designed to intentionally build meaningful connections with military connected entrepreneurs, veteran small business owners, local business organizations, and potential clients. When you join Bunker vConnect event, you will be learning and practicing networking skills alongside the very people who may be able to help and support you. Everyone attending the event gets access to the profiles of other attendees on Bunker Online. Joining us is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Bunker Online is a social network for the military-connected community where Bunker Labs staff help make connections to increase your opportunities. Whether exploring a new career path after active duty service, starting a business or growing your business, building a network is critical. In a recent entrepreneur insights study, we found that 92% of entrepreneurs find having a relevant network of highest value to them. We built the network and staff to help assist you in your journey and most importantly, do it together. *This event will be recorded. Participation in the event indicates your consent to being included in the recording. Hosted by Big Sky Veterans Business Outreach Center - MT, UT, WY


REGISTER (FREE): https://chapters.bunkerlabs.org/events/details/bunker-labs-bozeman-presents-bunker-vconnect-montana-land-business/#/

Questions: Dustin Frost, Director - Veterans Business Outreach Center (406) 869-8411, dustin@bigskyeda.org

3/13 PLAINS (2nd Saturday of Every Month): Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast, VFW Post 3596, 201 West Lynch St., Plains, 7:30am

Join us for breakfast every 2nd Saturday! (until April) Homemade sausage gravy, biscuits and eggs at the VFW Hall in Plains. 7:30am-10:00am or until we run out. $6 Per Person. Kids 6 and under eat FREE!  https://www.facebook.com/events/689732761650919/

Questions: VFW Post 3596, (406) 826-5960, vfw3596@gmail.com

3/13 ONLINE: First Time Homebuyer Class, 9am - 6pm

Thinking of buying a home? Learn the basics of the homebuying process through our nationally-certified Home Ownership Class. Our Homebuyer Class will teach you how to: Select a lender; Determine what you can afford; Use your credit wisely; Distinguish between different types of loans; Understand home inspections and insurance; Identify special financing programs; Work with a real estate professional; Evaluate the pros and cons of homeownership. This 9 hour class is taught by Homeword’s HUD Certified Housing Counselor and Homebuyer Educator, Julie Pavlish and other professionals. Registration required. $35 per person.  Light refreshments provided. Childcare vouchers available upon advanced request for children ages 12 months to 12 years.

REGISTER: http://homeword.org/homebuyer-education/

Questions: (406) 532-4663 x10, info@homeword.com

3/15 – 4/23 ONLINE: Veterans Upward Bound ~ Spring Schedule

As an education program, VUB services revolve around supporting veterans and military service members in pursuing their educational goals, in helping them look forward, not back. Our spring schedule is still being hammered out, but this is what you can expect:

  • Classes:  Our 6-week academic refreshers will run from March 15 through April 23.  We will be on-campus in some places and online everywhere.  Day and evening math, writing, and computer classes will be available.  All necessary supplies are provided.

  • Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University:  I need to mention this class separately because it is a terrific opportunity to develop a financial management plan that feels doable.  Classes start soon, so sign up today. 

  • Workshops:  We have added more workshops.  Some are designed to develop the skills students need for college work; others are just for fun:  navigating Moodle and D2L/Brightspace like a pro, getting and staying organized in any class, editing your paper using online tools, building a raspberry pi (a mini computer), and others. 

  • Social Events:  We have added a Netflix Movie Group as an alternative to a book club that begins in February.  How about February Bingo?  Watch for updates on our webpage.

  • College Transition Assistance:  We provide assistance with the steps to college admissions.  Give us a call.

APPLY: www.vubmt.com

Questions: 877-356-8387

Or, Lori D. Borth – Director, MSUN Center for VETS, Veterans Upward Bound, (406) 657-2026, lborth@vubmt.com

3/15 STEVENSVILLE: 8th Annual NCAA March Madness Tournament, High Country Club, 209 Main St., Stevensville, 7pm
High Country Presents the 8th Annual Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Calcutta Auction. All (68) teams in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basket Tournament will be auctioned off. 20% of the TOTAL BID goes to the American Legion Post 94 and 80% of the TOTAL BID goes to the “POT”. 50/50 Tickets will be sold during the Auction and half of the winnings will be donated to American Legion Post 94 Auxiliary!! Auction begins at 7:00pm Sharp! Food, Fun & Prizes https://www.facebook.com/events/3441611039283540/

Questions: High Country Club, (406) 777-9910

Or, Chuck – AL Post 94 Commander (253) 380-7016; Adjutant (406) 369-3276; Cheryl – ALA Post 94 Auxiliary (406) 531-4132

3/16 (3rd Tuesday of Every Month) ONLINE: MAS Caregiver Support Group, 4 - 5pm

The Virtual Caregiver Support Group offers a safe online setting for caregivers to share experiences, advice and practical strategies for managing caregiver responsibilities. All caregivers welcome, including dementia caregivers. Participate online or by phone at no cost, using Zoom. Space is limited; sign up for one or more sessions by Wednesday the week before. Registration is required and is first come, first served.

A email confirmation with the ZOOM meeting id, password and instructions will be sent to registered participants several days prior to the event. For more information visit the MAS website: https://missoulaagingservices.org/.

REGISTER: https://caregiversupportmas2.eventbrite.com or by calling Missoula Aging Services M-F, 8AM- 5PM at (406) 728-7682.

Questions: Missoula Aging Services (406) 728-7682, help@missoulaagingservices.org

3/16 & 3/17 ONLINE (Class 1 & 2): Business Resources for Montana National Guard/Reserve Service Members, Class 1: 6-8pm and Class 2: 3-5pm

Are you a Montana National Guard/Reserve Member or military spouse interested in small business ownership? This two hour class introduces you to the resources specifically available to you right here in Montana as you look to start or grow your business. With special guests from the Montana SBA, Veterans Business Outreach Center, and resource partners across Montana you’ll learn how to connect with resources to help your business thrive. Sponsored by the Big Sky Veterans Business Outreach Center, Montana Small Business Administration, and the Reserve Component Transition Assistance Advisor Program. Hosted by Big Sky Veterans Business Outreach Center - MT, UT, WY

Class 1 on 3/16: https://www.facebook.com/events/235010368270923/

REGISTER: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pfuuupz4vEtZG6VSuHpscpBmBf1yd9Wh7

Class 2 on 3/17: https://www.facebook.com/events/260669338753812

REGISTER: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcud--prDkqGt3W1JMlAlWOa6QFdu0XJ6C9

Questions: Dustin Frost, Director - Veterans Business Outreach Center (406) 869-8411, dustin@bigskyeda.org

3/16 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

3/16 STEVENSVILLE (3rd Tuesday of Every Month): Fort Owen Post 94 ~ Monthly Meeting, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd., Stevensville, 7pm

Fort Owen Post 94 is the local Stevensville post of the American Legion, a federally chartered organization. Veterans dedicated to support of Veterans and community service (Mailing address is P.O. Box 795 Stevensville MT 59870). Public Group FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/955743594488748/

(National: www.legion.org)

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

3/17 ONLINE OR In-Person: State of Missoula Address with Governor Gianforte (Paradise Falls, Press Box or Rumour Restaurant), 12pm

We are pleased to announce that our annual State of Missoula address is scheduled for March 17, 2021 at 12 PM and is going to feature Governor Greg Gianforte! The event is going to be virtual this year, but it is also free! However, if you have “Zoom fatigue” and can’t imagine another event sitting at your desk we have another option for you. We have partnered with three local restaurants who plan to stream the event in separate area so folks can meet and have lunch while they watch the event! With the date being St Patrick’s Day there will surely be some great drink specials. Just call ahead to reserve a seat or table and remember to arrive a little early to get your food ordered.
Participating Restaurants: Paradise Falls (406) 728-3228; Press Box (406) 721-1212; Rumour Restaurant (406) 549-7575

REGISTER (To watch virtually): https://www.missoulachamber.com/state-of-missoula.html

Questions: Vangie Callison, Director of Member Engagement – Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce (406) 215-1322, vangiec@missoulachamber.com

3/17 (3rd Wednesday of Every Month) CORVALLIS: “Heart Valley” American Legion Post 91 Meeting, Fire Hall, Woodside Cutoff Rd., Corvallis 7pm

Monthly membership meeting ~ We are accepting new members so please join us! https://www.facebook.com/corvallispost91

Questions: Doug Mason (406) 546-4244, corvallispost91@gmail.com

Or, Ike Slaughter (406) 207-1404

3/18 (3rd Thursday of Every Month): Veteran Service Provider (VSP) Meeting, VFW - 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. If you provide a service for Veterans, service members, and / or their families or caregivers, and you would like to speak at a future meeting, please email snoble@mt.gov https://www.facebook.com/events/245537243746233/

3/18 AGENDA:

  • Introductions & Announcements


  • Open Discussion & Networking

Questions: Shannon, VSN Leadership Team, Outreach Specialist, and Job Service DVOP, snoble@mt.gov

3/18 ONLINE (6 Week Class): Powerful Tools for Caregivers® Spring Session, 3 - 5pm

Powerful Tools for Caregivers® is an evidence-based curriculum designed to help family and community caregivers learn to take better care of themselves and manage their stress while caring for a relative or friend. Research shows that the classes improve the self-care behavior, emotion management, and self-confidence of caregivers and connect them to more community resources. Classes meet on six Thursdays, March 18 to April 22 from 3:00-5:00 PM, Montana time. Participate online using Zoom. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. A email confirmation with the Zoom meeting ID, password and instructions will be sent to registered participants several days prior to the class. Coordinated by Missoula Aging Services in partnership with MSU Extension Missoula County and UM-MTGEC. No cost for Montana residents. $30 for non-Montana residents. Thank you to the Jane S. Heman Foundation for their generous support. This class will not focus on specific diseases or hands-on caregiving for the care receiver. No professional caregivers, please. You can also visit the MAS website for more information: https://missoulaagingservices.org/. https://www.facebook.com/events/740391313280955/

REGISTER: https://powerfultoolsmas.eventbrite.com or by calling Missoula Aging Services at (406) 728-7682.

Questions: Missoula Aging Services (406) 728-7682, help@missoulaagingservices.org

3/20 ONLINE: Veterans and Parkinson’s ~ What You Need to Know, 7am – 10am (MST)

The Parkinson’s Foundation, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is hosting a virtual symposium for veterans with Parkinson’s disease (PD) on Saturday, March 20, 2021. Veterans and Parkinson’s: What You Need to Know will feature VA Consortium Center and Parkinson’s Foundation experts, as well as a panel of veterans who are living with PD. We are reaching out to see if AARP would be willing to help us promote this program to your members? The VA estimates that there are 110,000 veterans living with PD. Our goal is to reach as many of these individuals as possible to ensure they know about resources and services that can help them live well with PD and improve their quality of life. For more information about this program and to register, please visit Parkinson.org/SEVets

Press release announcing program: https://www.parkinson.org/about-us/press-release/Parkinsons-Foundation-VA-Host-Joint-Program

Press release announcing VA / Parkinson’s Foundation partnership: https://www.parkinson.org/about-us/press-release/VA-Partnership

REGISTER: https://www.parkinson.org/events/2021/GA-Carolinas-Vets

Questions: Annie Long, Associate Director, Community Programs, Parkinson’s Foundation (770) 450-0792, Along@Parkinson.org

3/20 PHILIPSBURG: Pet First Aid & CPR Disaster Response Course, Granite County Museum, 135 S. Sansome St., Philipsburg, 10am – 2:30pm

Tuition $65 (Discount for Veterans). If your pet suddenly became sick or injured, Would You Know What To Do? You will learn: Pet First Aid; CPR; Vitals Assessment; Muzzling; Restraints & Carries; K9 First Aid Kits; Choking; Bleeding Control; Bandaging; Shock / Seizures; Poisoning; Injured Pet Transport; Disaster Response; Environmental; Emergencies and more…seating is limited.

INFO: https://montanak9safety.com/

ENROLL / Questions: The Traveling Dog K9 RSQ (406) 885-0437, info.montanak9safety@gmail.com

3/23 (Every Tuesday until 5/11) ONLINE: Veterans Upward Bound ~ Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University, 10am or 5pm

Stacie is teaching 2 classes on the same day, at different times. So who has wanted to take Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University class and get free supplies, like a 1-year free membership to Dave Ramsey?  Here are the details you need to know: 
WHAT: Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University, attend either online from anywhere or in class in Billings
WHEN: March 23 – May 11, Tuesdays from 1000-1130 or 1700-1830
WHERE: Online or in class. In class will be at MSU-Billings
COST: FREE!!! That is the best part it is free! FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/258484395660484/

APPLY: vubmt.com

Questions: Stacie Grandpre, VUB - Administrative Services Coordinator (406) 209-8609, sgrandpre@vubmt.com

3/23 (4th Tuesday of Every Month) ONLINE: JCF Employer Support Network (Statewide), 11am

Monthly, virtual presentation for employers who have an interest in joining the JCF Employer Support Network and to better understand the training programs in the JCF Montana Career Training and Support Package.  If you know employers who would be interested in becoming a part of the JCF Employer Support Network, please contact Ryan.

View Schedule: Request to join LinkedIn Group Montana JCF SMVS Friendly Employer Network (This is where Service Providers will be engaging with employers seeking SMVS talent and SMVS looking for work).

March 23rd-Veterans ASCEND

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

3/24 ONLINE: Basics of Resilience, 5pm

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/141458417747846

REGISTER (FREE): https://redwillowlearning.org/product/basics-of-resilience/

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

3/24 ONLINE: VUB Movie Club, 7pm

Join Veterans Upward Bound for an online movie club. A movie club is a like a book club: we watch a movie or series independently and meet up weekly to discuss that movie or episode. Each selection is accompanied by fun and friendly discussion points for the Netflix movie or series. We hope VUB’s Movie Club sparks lively discussions during our weekly gatherings. Need a Netflix subscription? We can provide it. Need motivation to watch? We send a movie-watching kit for your viewing pleasure. https://www.facebook.com/events/281054440040087/

SIGN UP: https://vubmt.com/

Questions: 877-356-8387

Or, Lori D. Borth – Director, MSUN Center for VETS, Veterans Upward Bound, (406) 657-2026, lborth@vubmt.com

3/25 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

3/27 BIGFORK: Pet First Aid & CPR Course, Location TBA, Bigfork, 10am – 2:30pm

Tuition $65 (Discount for Veterans). If your pet suddenly became sick or injured, Would You Know What To Do? You will learn: Pet First Aid; CPR; Vitals Assessment; Muzzling; Restraints & Carries; K9 First Aid Kits; Choking; Bleeding Control; Bandaging; Shock / Seizures; Poisoning; Injured Pet Transport; Disaster Response; Environmental; Emergencies and more…seating is limited.

INFO: https://montanak9safety.com/

ENROLL / Questions: The Traveling Dog K9 RSQ (406) 885-0437, info.montanak9safety@gmail.com

Or, Garry Forman, Director of Training, Montana K9 Safety (406) 560-2058

3/29 National Vietnam War Veterans Day

Uniting Americans to thank and honor Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. The Department of Veterans Affairs supports the Department of Defense in recognizing and thanking Vietnam Veterans who served in the military between November 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975, whether in-theater or anywhere in the world.

If you’d like to become a Commemorative Partner, please contact Bob Mortenson, Veterans Experience Office (VACO), Veterans, Family and Community Engagement, Department of Veterans Affairs, (360) 568-4592, robert.mortenson@va.gov

3/29 – 11/7 CLINTON (See schedule - Classes March through November): Herd 2 Human PTSD Program, 13400 Turah Rd., Clinton

Classes are always free for Veterans! There are also TWO Instructor Certification Courses (May & Sept).

March 29 – 31: 3-day follow up instructor certification

April 8 – May 13: 6-week class, 5:30-8:00pm

April 29 – May 1: All day 3-day intensive class

May 3 – 8: Instructor certification school, 8:00am-6:00pm

June 1 – July 6: 6-week class, 5:30-8:00 pm

July 20 – August 24: 6-week class, 5:30-8:00pm

August 19 – Sept 23: 6-week class, 5:30-8:00pm

September 9 – 11: All day 3-day intensive class

September 13 – 18: Instructor certification school, 8:00am-6:00pm

September 28 – November 2: 6-week class, 12:00-2:30 pm

November 5 – 7: All day 3-day follow up instructor certification

*Please note: Schedule is subject to change due to student convenience or conditions beyond our control. Other events (Wednesday morning vet breakfasts, open houses, demonstrations, etc.) may be added as well. Please watch calendar on website: https://www.willowbendfarmmt.com/

APPLICATION: https://www.willowbendfarmmt.com/forms

Email application to Jeff or mail to Willowbend Farm, 13400 Turah Rd., Clinton, MT 59825

Questions: Jeff & Darlene Patterson, Willowbend Farm, Inc., Jeff’s Cell (406) 240-8598, jeff@willowbendfarmmt.com; Darlene’s Cell (406) 241-1382, darlene@willowbendfarmmt.com

3/29 – 4/2, 5/11 - 14 & 8/17 - 19 ONLINE: SAFETYFEST Montana

SafetyFestMT is a collaborative effort between the Montana Department of Labor & Industry and businesses/entities across the state who donate their time to present various topics. This collaboration allows SafetyFestMT to provide FREE quality training to employers and their workers throughout Montana. Just as the needs of each community in Montana are diverse and unique so is each SafetyFest.  Each event provides classes that focus on the specific needs of the region along with a core curriculum of classes including but not limited to: First Aid/CPR/AED Training; OSHA 10 & 30-Hour Construction; OSHA 10 & 30-Hour General Industry; 40-Hour HAZWOPER Training (twice a year); 8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher; Defensive Driving; Work Comp 101; Stay at Work/Return to Work; OSHA Update; Public Sector Update; Montana Safety Culture Act Emphasis Programs; Hazardous Waste 101; Radon & Asbestos; Accident Investigation. Whether you are a seasoned safety professional, or just getting started; you can choose only the topics that apply to you and your business. SafetyFest has the tools to help you create a culture of safety in your workplace.

REGISTER: http://safetyfestmt.dli.mt.gov/

Kalispell 3/29 – 4/2: http://safetyfestmt.dli.mt.gov/kalispell-2021

Havre May 11 – 14: http://safetyfestmt.dli.mt.gov/havre-2020

Helena August 17 – 19: http://safetyfestmt.dli.mt.gov/helena-2021

Questions: Casey Kyler-West (406) 444-5267 or ckylerwest@mt.gov

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