May & June 1-13 Events

​​THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE 9th Annual Heroes @ Home & 6th Annual VSAP

​It was a GREAT day to celebrate, honor & remember our Hometown Heroes!!! Pictures will be posted on the VSN Facebook page (Keely Flatow Photography said they will have the first batch of professional photos done by 5/25):

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS (donors, bands, Veteran Service Providers (VSP), “Veteran-Friendly” Employer (VFE), Veteran Owned Business (VOB)) on the VSN website - HEROES/VSAP page:

NOW: May is Mental Health Awareness Month

This is an ideal time to educate Veterans and their families on the conditions that encompass mental health and how to seek help if needed. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has more than 11,000 mental health care professionals providing support to Veterans and their families, making it the country's largest provider of mental health services. Learn more:

NOW through 6/11: Accepting Donations for the Mike Oestreich Memorial Golf Tournament

Elks are seeking raffle items, silent auction items, hole sponsors, etc. (Benefiting the Elks Youth Scholarship Fund):

Questions: Dave (406) 549-0542, 

*** Members of the VSN Leadership & Events CMTE are golfing in their tournament, and we have a spot open on 1 of our 2 teams if you’re interested, let Shannon know:

NOW through 7/31: Flying Legends of Victory ~ 2022 Spring-Summer Tour

Our Spring-Summer Tour Dates are out! All listed stops will have BOTH the B-17 and B-25! Of course, tour dates are always subject to change, so keep up on the latest on our tour page at

Missoula 7/11 – 7/17:

Learn more about the Museum of Mountain Flying:

Questions: (406) 240-0395,

NOW through 8/30: Booking for Ravalli County Fair, 100 Old Corvallis Rd., Hamilton

The Ravalli County Fairgrounds is officially booking booths for our 2022 Fair, August 30-September 3.

Questions: Melissa - Ravalli County Fairgrounds (406) 363-3411,

NOW through 9/16: The 2022 Montana Shares Raffle is Underway!

The drawing will be held September 16, need not be present to win. Prizes will be mailed or hand delivered as possible. Support NeighborWorks Montana and become eligible for great prizes by entering the 28th Annual Montana Shares Raffle. Montana Shares is a partnership of nonprofit organizations working to build better communities across Montana. Tickets are $10 each, 3 tickets for $25, 6 tickets for $40, or 18 tickets for $100! Learn more:

NeighborWorks (NWMT: works with partners throughout the state to provide homebuyer education & homeownership planning.

Questions: (406) 604-4540,​​

NOW through 9/27 KALISPELL: Flathead Veterans ~ Summer Events

Adam, “Here are a list of the summer events and activities the Vet Center is conducting or partnering with. Please contact me with any questions or interests. Thank you!”

  • 5/25 CORNHOLE (Every Wednesday until 6/1), “Cost: FREE! When: Every Wednesday through the first week of June from 0930-1030 (meet on location @930) Where: Lawrence Park in Kalispell; Who: All Veterans, National Guard, and Active duty service members; Important Information: Bring hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and non-alcoholic drinks to keep hydrated!”

  • 5/31, 6/28, 7/26, 8/30, 9/27 HIKING, “Who: All Veterans and dependents over 16 y/o; When &Where: All Veterans (Last Tuesday  of every month); 05/31- Cedar Flats Loop– 3.7 Mi-Easy; 06/28- Noisy Creek Notch Trail- 6.3 Mi-Moderate; 07/26-Doris Mtn. Via Doris Trail- 6.2 Mi-Moderate; 08/30 Blacktail Mtn Trail– 7.6 Mi-Moderate; 09/27-Mt. Aeneas Loop Trail - 6.2 Mi- Hard. Warning: All trails are subject to change last minute due to accessibility and safety.  We will give as much notice as possible. Transportation: Meeting at Kalispell Vet Center at the times listed above. You may drive or ride with the Vet Center. Bring appropriate hiking attire for weather, water, snacks, and bear spray. If you don’t have bear spray, we have some for you. NO FIREARMS!!!”

  • 6/3, 6/10 (Every Friday until 9/16) GOLF & LUNCH , “Who: All Veterans, Active Duty, National Guard, & Reservists; When: Range day and practice with PGA Pro June 3rd 1000-1330; 9 Hole Cameron course: Every Friday: June 10th – Sept. 16th Meet: at Buffalo Hills Golf Course outside the club house. Be there early to practice on the driving range; Where: Buffalo Hills Golf Course; Provided: Clubs (if needed), cart, practice balls, greens fees, and lunch. Bring: Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, your own gear, and water. NO ALCOHOL OR FIREARMS

  • 6/3 (Every Other Friday) ARCHERY, “Cost: FREE! When: Every two weeks on Fridays 1500-1700 (Meet at Lone Pine @ 1500); Where: Lone Pine State Park; Who: All Veterans, Active Duty, and National Guard members. Important Information: All bow types and shooters are welcome. Must bring your own equipment.

  • 6/23, 7/6, 7/21, 8/3 FLY FISHING, “Cost: FREE! Equipment included! When and Where: June 23rdth from 09:00-1400 Hungry Horse- South Fork; July 6th  from 09:00-1400 at Hungry Horse Middle Fork; July 21st  from 09:00-1400 at North Fork; Aug. 3rd  from 09:00-1400 at Teakettle/Columbia Falls. Who: Open to all Veterans, National Guard, Active Duty, and caretakers. Important Information: Beginners and experienced fly fishers are welcome. Bring snacks/lunch, bug spray, sunscreen, and plenty of water.

  • 6/24 ZIP LINE, “When: June 24th from 1400-1730ish (Leaving Vet Center @ 1300); Where: Whitefish Mountain Resort (Meeting at Vet Center); Who: All Veterans from the Vet Center, Active Duty, & National Guard (Limited to 8 people, so sign up early). Important Information: Weight limit of 230 lbs (they do weigh everyone). There is some moderate uphill hiking involved, so all participants should be in good enough condition to handle walking between the different zip lines.  People with neck or back injuries, as well as pregnant women should not participate.  Closed toe shoes are required.  The complete list of requirements can be found at the WMR web site:

  • 7/23 HUCKLEBERRY PICKING, “Veterans and Family Welcome! Saturday, July 23 - Departing Vet Center 1000; We will caravan to private location; Leaving Around 1500; However, you can leave earlier if you wish. Wear appropriate gear for hiking in the woods. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, plenty of water & a bucket or two! Pack a sack lunch. and snacks. No firearms permitted, bear spray is encouraged!!!

Questions: Adam Jones - Veteran Outreach Program Specialist, Kalispell Vet Center, 690 N. Meridian Rd. Ste. 101 (406) 257-7308, C (406) 594-1411,

5/23 LAUNCH DATE: Accelerated Cybersecurity CTS Pilot Program

Launch date of May 23 is rapidly approaching and we are in the process of actively admitting students for summer and building a pipeline for the next 12-15 week accelerated session, which will run concurrent with the Fall term. Seeking Veterans and active military members:

Questions: Christopher Prosa – Director of Workforce Training & Career Education, Missoula College & Program Manager - CyberMontana (406) 243-7816,

5/23 – 5/27 ONLINE: SafetyFEST

Registration for the Missoula SafetyFestMT is open, and we have a lot of great speakers and topics lined up!


Questions: Mike Horner – Outreach Manager, Montana DLI ERD (406) 444-1376,

​5/24 & 5/25 (Every Tuesday & Wednesday) NAMI Connection Support Groups, 7pm & 1pm

Support group for adults living with a mental health condition. These groups offer respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope.

  • TUESDAY GROUP 7pm - 8:30pm  ONLINE ONLY (Go to & click “Support Groups”)

  • WEDNESDAY GROUP: 1pm - 2:30pm – ONLINE OR IN PERSON  (St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks St. Room 208, Missoula).

Questions: NAMI Missoula (406) 880-1013,

5/25 ONLINE: G.I. JOBS ~ Veteran Career EXPO, 10am (MT)

Don’t miss your opportunity to talk with dozens of recruiters from companies of all sizes at this online event! These recruiters know the value of hiring veterans, and they are looking for you to join their ranks. Attending is easy: Create your profile and upload your resume in advance; Identify jobs that are available from attending companies. We’ll send you company information and links to explore available opportunities. Sign into the event and talk or text with recruiters about positions you’re interested in. Recruiters are looking at profiles ahead of the event. So sign up and complete your profile today!


Questions: (412) 269-1663

5/25 (Every Wednesday) ONLINE: American Corporate Partners (ACP) for Veterans, 11am (MT)

There will a Q&A portion at the end of every event, so be sure to submit your questions once you RSVP. ACP works with post-9/11 Veterans to help them find meaningful employment after military service. Webinars are with partner companies and hiring managers. Upcoming ACP Webinars:

Questions: (212) 752-0700,

5/25 (Every Wednesday) ONLINE or IN-PERSON: Restorative Yoga for Veterans, Missoula Vet Center, 910 Brooks Ave., Missoula 3:15pm

Wednesdays, 3:15-4:15pm - HYBRID Class (In-Person Classes Begin May 20 at Missoula Vet Center). 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. Participants are required to check in with the Missoula Vet Center (406) 721-4918 prior to course participation:

*** Through the 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:

Questions: Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP) at Red Willow Learning Center, Inc. (406) 530-7175,

OR Kathy – Executive Director,

5/26 RallyPoint: Veterans Experience Live (VetXL) ~ Survivors Together Memorial Day Q&A with VA and Community Partners, 11am (MT)

The Department of Veterans Affairs and community partners—including state VA, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, American Red Cross Military Veteran Caregiver Network, Blue Star Families and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation—will answer questions about survivor resources, benefits, caregiver support, memorial affairs and mental wellness during a live VetXL Q&A event May 26th

SUBMIT your questions:

Questions:; Tim Prevost (USMC Veteran) – Veteran Outreach Manager, RallyPoint,

OR Douglas Webb - Veterans Experience Office | Veterans, Family, and Community Engagement Directorate (202) 552-9346,

VA Veterans Experience Office Website

Veterans, Family and Community Engagement Website and CVEB Contacts

5/26 LINCOLN: Veteran Resource Fair "Mil/Vet Connect" at Lincoln Community Hall, 404 Main St., Lincoln, 11am - 2pm

Show your appreciation for our Military & Veterans in the community. Connect with area resources (VA Benefits, employment, counseling, peer support, recreational & social support, and much more). Lunch provided free to those from a Mil/Vet family. Community welcome!

REGISTER – Attendee:

REGISTER – Service Providers:


David Petaja – Community Employment Coordinator Montana VA Healthcare System (406) 202-9012  

OR Jennifer Thomas - Universal Services Advocate/ Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP), Veterans Inc. (406) 591-7519, Cell (406) 591-7519,

5/26 (Every Thursday) ONLINE: Mindful Recovery & Wellness, 11:30am - 12:30pm

You will receive the Zoom info once registered. A special thank you to the Foundation for Community Health for funding the ability to extend this invaluable, FREE resource! In partnership with the Fourth D Club. Instructors: Christine Lustik & Greg Grallo.


Questions: 4th D Fellowship Club (406) 209-9570,

OR Red Willow Learning Center, Inc. (406) 530-7175,

5/26 (​Every Thursday) ONLINE: Meditation for Veterans, 1pm

Thursdays 1-1:45pm - HYBRID Class (Online or IN-PERSON at the Missoula Vets Center, 910 Brooks in Missoula). 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

*** Through the 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:

Questions: Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP) at Red Willow Learning Center, Inc. (406) 530-7175,

OR Kathy – Executive Director,

5/26 ONLINE or in KALISPELL: Flathead Veteran Service Provider Meeting, Job Service, 427 1st Ave E., Kalispell, 1:30pm

Our upcoming Veteran Service Provider (VSP) meeting Thursday 26 May @ 1330 is at the Job Service Kalispell. Our featured speaker is going to be Tammy Hirsch from Volunteers of America Northern Rockies. I look forward to seeing everyone!

Join Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 829 3513 8227 and Password: 858363):

OR Dial by Telephone +1 646 558 8656 or +1 406 444 9999; Find your local number:

Join by SIP:; Join by H.323 (Polycom)

Questions: James Graham – DVOP, Job Service Kalispell, Montana Department of Labor & Industry (406) 758-6279; Google Voice text & message line (406) 616-3042,

OR Nick Moschetti - State Veteran Coordinator, Montana Department of Labor & Industry (406) 444-1630,

Adam Jones - Veteran Outreach Program Specialist, Kalispell Vet Center (406) 257-7308 Ext: 2368,

5/26 ONLINE: TSA Recruiting Event **$1,000 Sign-On Bonus!**, 4 – 6pm

TSA is hosting a virtual recruiting event for full- and part-time Transportation Security Officers (TSO) at Montana-area airports. A job with TSA offers stability, growth potential and great federal benefits beginning on the first day. This event is open to the public and will include the opportunity for one-on-one application assistance. No previous security experience is required! Thursday, May 26 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m Pay starts at $16.90 - $18.59 per hour, with increases after 6 months! Virtual meeting link will be provided upon RSVP.


Questions: Sogol Hosseinzadeh – TSA Recruitment & Hiring (571) 491-5908,

5/26 Creative Arts, Music, & Grief: Virtual Roundtable Series, 5:30pm

Join TGRC for our Spring Roundtable Series exploring music, creativity, and hope amidst grief. Drop-in series - attend any or all sessions.

TGRC Support Groups:

Questions: Tamarack Grief Resource Center (406) 541-8472,

5/26 - 5/29 LIVE POKER, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula

NEW SUMMER HOURS! As always, Veterans receive a BONUS 10 in chips with their buy in. Ole Beck VFW Post 209 is a nonprofit Veteran organization. ALL profits go back to the local Veteran community and/or Veteran programs...Gamble for a cause!

RESERVE a SEAT: (406) 272-7722,

5/27 DEADLINE TO RSVP: Tools for Law Enforcement on June 1st ~ Understanding PTSD, TBI, and Suicide Risk in Veterans & Law Enforcement: Overlapping Risks and Psychosocial Challenges, Doubletree Hotel, Canyon Room, Missoula, 1 – 4pm

The course is free of charge to law enforcement. Please share with EMS, Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Students, Social Work, Firefighters, and Veterans. RSVP to Cindi by Friday, 5/27 (Seating is limited to 28). Presented by Cindi Laukes, MA, MFA, Director and COO, Neural Injury Center, University of Montana; Detective Shawn Baker, SRO Senior Deputy, Cascade County Sheriff’s Office, SSG, USA (ret.); William Darby, Patrol Lieutenant, Cascade County Sheriff’s Office, SFC, USA (ret.); Jack Hinchman, Patrol Sergeant, Cascade County Sheriff’s Office, SSG, USMC (ret.); With a special presentation by Cascade County Attorney, Joshua Racki: Understanding Veteran’s Court. *Sponsored by the Neural Injury Center at the University of Montana ( in collaboration with the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office ( Additional sessions will be offered in the future. Veterans court attendees and combat veterans also welcome as seating allows.

RSVP by Friday, May 27 (for training on Wednesday, 6/1): Cindi Laukes, MA, MFA (406) 243-4017,

5/27 (Every Friday) HAMILTON: Breakfast with VVA, BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N 1st St, Hamilton, 7 – 8:30am

The Bitterroot Chapter of VVA welcomes new members to join them on Friday mornings for breakfast.

Learn more about the Vietnam Veterans of America - Montana:

Questions: Al Sperry – VVA Bitterroot Chapter 938 (406) 381-7899,

5/27 – 5/30 Memorial Day Weekend ~ Missoula Elks & National WWI Memorial

Honor and recognize the men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving their country during Memorial Day weekend.

*** Members of the Elks Lodge have helped the Missoula City Cemetery line the cemetery streets with Old Glory for years – if you’d like to help, it takes about a half hour each morning and evening during the Memorial Day Weekend. Leave a message for Dave (406) 549-0542,

National WWI Memorial (816) 888-8100,

5/27 – 6/4 BITTERROOT: American Legion ~ Memorial Day Events

We (Post 94) will be placing flags on veterans' graves Friday, May 27, starting at Riverside Cemetery (Stevi) at 5:00PM, and then moving on to Maplewood Cemetery, St Mary's Cemetery, Veterans Park and Sunnyside cemetery. Flag recovery will be Tuesday, May 24th, starting at Riverside at 10AM. Volunteers are welcome to join us. In any case, don't miss the parade in Corvallis, 10AM Memorial Day. "Not everyone can be a veteran, but anyone can be a patriot." Live further south? Then volunteer to help our brothers & sisters in Hamilton: "The American Legion Ravalli Post 47, Hamilton, places approximately 1,200 white crosses and American flags on each veteran's grave at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton each year on the Saturday before Memorial Day. This year this day is May 28, starting at 9 a.m. Please meet at Riverside Cemetery on Main St., Hamilton, at the info building to the right just inside the gates. We will provide additional instruction there (coffee and donuts too). At 8 a.m. on the Saturday after Memorial Day, the crosses and flags are picked up, washed and packed into boxes for the next year. This year this day is June 4. Volunteers appreciated. Meet at the cemetery, same place. The public is welcome to join us in this annual event." FLYERS:

We don't want to quote this for copyright reasons. But here is a good link to great info on the Memorial Day Parade. Hope to see you there. Honor the fallen.

Questions: Chuck – Stevensville AL Post 94 Commander (253) 380-7016; Adjutant (406) 369-3276; Cheryl – Post 94 Auxiliary (406) 531-4132

5/27 (Every Friday) POLSON: Dinner & Music, The Shoe, 820 Shoreline Dr, Polson, 6pm

Great fun at The Shoe every Friday 6pm – 10pm. Music by Army Veteran, Jeff Daniel & Western Front Band Call The Shoe for reservations (406) 883-1425. JD, “Don’t miss out and come hungry!” Something irresistible and delicious served at The Shoe every night!

Questions: JD (406) 396-5238,

5/27 – 7/30 Jaden Decker LIVE

Questions: Jaden Decker,

OR Clint Decker – Army Veteran & Founder of HSP & Clark Fork Entertainment (406) 214-5541,

5/28 - 5/30 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY with Missoula “Hell Gate” Elks Lodge 383

Every year for as long as anyone can remember, the members of our Lodge have helped the Missoula City Cemetery line the cemetery streets with Old Glory!

Questions: Dave (406) 549-0542, 

5/28 LOLO Lunch Ride ~ Corvallis Legion Riders, 10:30am

The Corvallis monthly ride. This Ride is open to all that want to join! Meet at Woodside Conoco at 10:30 am. KSU at 11:00 am. We will be riding north on HWY 93 to Lolo. Lunch will be at KT's Hayloft.

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

OR American Legion Post 91 – Doug (406) 546-4244,

5/28 FERNDALE: Montana Legends Memorial Poker Ride, 12pm

In memory of our soldiers, past and present!



5/29 – 6/3 FORT HARRISON: American Legion Boys State

2022 State Conference for high school junior boys.



5/30 Memorial Day ~ 95th Annual WREATH CEREMONIES

FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC *** The only times that are exact are the 7 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and noon services.  All the others are APPROXIMATE ***

7 a.m. – Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Military flag poles. Service to commemorate military veterans that committed suicide and all veterans that died in service to our nation. Words of comfort offered by Vet Clinic Director Anton Johnson. One wreath presented at base of flag display. Playing of Taps. Schedule for day given to general public.  No shooting.  Just flags and honor and color guard standing at attention, if available.  Playing of Taps at the end of service.

9:30 a.m. – VFW Post 209 Headquarters, 245 W. Main Street, Missoula. Opening prayer and send-off to American Legion Post 27 Color Guard and VFW Post 209 Honor Guard as they begin the day of wreath presentations around Missoula. Schedule for day given to general public.

10 a.m. – Van Buren Street Bridge between Eastgate Shopping Center and Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce building.  Tossing of patriotic wreath into Clark Fork River by Navy representative. Full military honors. Playing of Taps. Schedule for day given to general public.

10:30 a.m. – Missoula County Courthouse on front lawn beside World War I Doughboy Statue (3). Retirement of American flag. Short procession and wreath presentation at Doughboy Statue. Full military honors. Playing of Taps. Schedule for day given to general public.

11:15 a.m. – Fort Missoula Military Cemetery, Ole Beck Grave. Presentation of wreath. Full military honors. Playing of Taps. Schedule for day given to general public.

11:30 to 12:30 p.m. – Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Wreath presentations at each military flag and American Legion rock. Full military honors. Playing of Taps. Service starts at Noon.

1 p.m. – Sunset Memorial Gardens, Veteran’s Monument.  Flag dedication and wreath presentation. Full military honors. Playing of Taps.  LUNCH WILL BE SERVED HERE.

2:15 p.m. - Missoula City Cemetery, Veteran’s Monument. Wreath presentation. Full military honors. Playing of Taps.

2:30 p.m. - St. Mary’s Cemetery Annex, Jesus Statue. Presentation of wreaths. Full military honors. Playing of Taps.

3 p.m. - St. Mary’s Cemetery, Veteran’s Monument. Wreath presentation. Full military honors. Playing of Taps.

3:15 p.m. – Rose Memorial Garden Park, Full military honors and playing of TAPS at start of wreath presentations. Audience with leader goes to EVERY monument (18) in park. Takes about 15 minutes. Start at Vietnam Memorial and end at Vietnam Memorial.

4 p.m. – Iraq-Afghanistan War Memorial, University of Montana. Wreath presentations. Full military honors.  Playing of Taps.

Special thanks to American Legion Post 27 Color Guard, VFW Post 209 Honor Guard, Missoula Civil Air Patrol. Wreaths made by the American Legion Post 68 Auxiliary. Beach Transportation provides a charter bus, driver, and fuel to take the honor and color guards to cemeteries and parks. Benson’s Farm provides baskets of red, white. and blue flowers. To receive this schedule, email us at

5/30 CORVALLIS: Memorial Day Parade “Treasuring Freedom” Main St., Corvallis, 10am

Great event! Corvallis American Legion sponsors. Stevensville American Legion always participates, as well as other organizations. We expect Bitterroot Community Band to be playing patriotic tunes in front of the high school this year. Horses, bands, floats, antique cars, and tractors. For registration (7am – 8:30am), email Judging begins at 9am. Memorial service at Corvallis Cemetery 12pm.


Edna Nasca has accepted our invitation to be Grand Marshall - Corvallis Blog:
Corvallis American Legion Post 91 Facebook:

Questions: Doug (406) 546-4244,

5/30 (Every Monday) Yoga for Veterans, Freestone Climbing Center, 1200 Shakespeare St., Missoula, 2pm

Yoga with Nick Gonzalez

Mondays, 2-3pm. 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.


*** Through the 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:

Questions: Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP) at Red Willow Learning Center, Inc. (406) 530-7175,

OR Kathy – Executive Director,

5/30 (Every Monday) ONLINE: Veterans Breakfast Club, 5pm (MT)

VBC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to create communities 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. These events run the gamut of the Veteran experience, from WWII to the War on Terror:

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

5/31 DISCOUNT ENDS for Missoula Marathon 6/26

Discounted Rate through May 31st:
Questions: Missoula Downtown Assoc (406) 543-4238,

5/31 (Every Tuesday) ONLINE: The Journey of a VA Employee ~ From Consideration to Getting In, 10am (MT)

Join VA Careers and Veterans Health Administration's Mike Owens for “Talk About It Tuesday” every week! JOIN the LINKEDIN EVENT:

As always, if you’re looking for more information on careers at VA, be sure to visit

Questions: (844) 456-5208,

MONTANA: Jeremy Gilliam – HR Specialist (SBU), Montana VA Health Care (VHA) – Fort Harrison (406) 447-7013,

OR Tiny Hudson – Clinic Manager (Missoula & Kalispell) (406) 758-2753,

5/31 (Every Tuesday) TRIVIA, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 8pm

Reserve table space by leaving a comment on their last post:

*** 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.

Questions: VFW 406-728-7749,

6/1, 7/8, 7/15, 8/1, 8/13 DEADLINES to REGISTER: DREAM Adaptive Recreation ~ Veteran & Military Summer

Veterans with any disability welcome. No VA disability rating needed

  • June 11th: Bike Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park; Standard and e-bike rentals available. Limited space! Register by June 1st

  • July 15th: Paddleboard & Kayak down McDonald Creek, Glacier NP; Paddle with us on this beautiful stretch of water; Max 8 Vets + 1 family member Register by July 8th

  • July 22nd: Family Water Sports Day on Echo Lake; Paddle, Kayak, Water Ski, Wake Board & more. Lunch included-Family welcome; Register by July 15th

  • Aug. 7th: Wakesurfing, Water skiing, Wake boarding on WF Lake; Learn a new sport or your improve skills. Max 8 Vets + 1 family member. Cookout after! Register by Aug 1st

  • Aug. 27th: Mtn. Bike Series- Session #1 of 2 @ Herron Park; For all levels of riders. Improve your skills & riding w/ local certified instructors; Register by Aug. 13th

  • Sept. 10th: Mtn. Bike Series- Session #2 @ Whitefish Bike Retreat; It’s strongly encouraged to attend Mtn. Bike Session #1 before attending #2. Register by Aug. 13th


Questions: DAR (406) 862-1817,

6/1 & 6/22 (Two Wednesdays/Mo.) ONLINE: Veterans ASCEND “Walkthrough” 10am (MT)

Through Veterans ASCEND, there are NO resumes, NO applications, NO job postings. These jobs are available NATIONWIDE, for our Transitioning Service Members, Veterans, Military Spouses, and working age dependents. Interested candidates simply create a profile at and start matching to employers. To learn more about how our process works, please join us at one of our scheduled Walkthroughs. SELECT A DATE:

Questions: Amber Kulesza – Community Relations (919) 926-7025,

OR Veterans ASCEND,

6/1 (1st Wednesday of Every Month): Women Veterans Luncheon, Jaker’s Bar & Grill, 3515 Brooks St., Missoula, 11:30am

Connect with other female Veterans! Katie was a RN in the Air Force for 9 years, and the Vice President of the NM Women Vets for a few years. She said it was so much fun to see one another and chat. Please join us to get connected to female Veterans in the area.

RSVP / Questions: Katie Glenn (USAF Major - Retired) (505) 315-7025,

6/1 (Every Tuesday) ONLINE: SMART Recovery Support Group, 12pm

This is open to anyone interested in attending. At its core, SMART is a set of “Thinking Tools” or exercises that people can use to manage their patterns of behavior. SMART is a science-based program which uses principles from the fields of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT).


Learn more about SMART recovery:

Montana Peer Network:

Questions: Montana’s Peer Network (406) 551-1058,

6/1 - 6/9 ONLINE: Hiring Our Heroes

Virtual Career Fairs, resume workshops, and other workforce development events designed to educate, inform, inspire, and connect Veterans, service members, and spouses with military-ready employers.

  • 6/1 Discover the Talent Information Session, 2:30pm (MT)

  • 6/2 Salesforce Fellowship Program Information Session, 1pm (MT)

  • 6/8 Career Forward Information Session, 12pm (MT)

  • 6/9 Virtual Career Summit, 11am (MT)

  • 6/9 MSERP Webinar Series: After the Training, 2pm (MT)


Questions: Cara Cooke (Capt - USAF Vet) - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation,

Or Hiring Our Heroes,

6/1 & 6/21 (1st Wednesday & 3rd Tuesday of Every Month): Wounded Warrior Project ~ Peer Support Groups, 6 or 7pm

Our Mission: To honor and empower wounded warriors. We CONNECT warriors to peers, programs, and communities. We SERVE through free, life-changing programs. We EMPOWER warriors to live life to the fullest. (877) TEAM WWP

We have 2 Support Groups in this area:

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

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

REGISTER with WWP for more info:

Questions: Tina N. Waggener - Peer Support Group Leader & US Army Veteran (406) 471-2820,

OR Erica Pichette - Peer Leader Specialist, Wounded Warrior Project (719) 377-9496, C (904) 742-9280,

6/1 & 6/2 (Every Wednesday) Out to Lunch, 11am-2pm & Downtown Tonight (Every Thursday) at Caras Park, Missoula, 5:30-8:30pm

Live music and local food trucks on hand to serve up the delicious food that you’ve been craving all winter. Hosted by Missoula Downtown Partnership.

Vendor application:

Out to Lunch:

Downtown Tonight:

Questions: Missoula Downtown Assoc (406) 543-4238,

6/1 (First Wednesday of Every Month) HAMILTON: VVA Bitterroot Chapter 938 Meeting, Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd St., Hamilton, 7pm

Talked to the Bitterroot Chapter of VVA, and they welcome Veterans at their monthly meeting to join “Veterans helping Veterans” Learn more about the Vietnam Veterans of America - Montana:

Questions: Al Sperry – VVA Bitterroot Chapter 938 (406) 381-7899,

6/2 & 6/20 (1st Thursday & 3rd Monday of Every Month) Poverello Center Neighborhood Meetings, Missoula

The Johnson Street Shelter Neighborhood Meeting is on the 1st Thursday of each month at 12:00 PM. The West Broadway Poverello Center Neighborhood Meeting takes place on the 3rd Monday of the each month alternating between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM. Please sign up for these meeting below to stay connected each month on what's happening at both locations of Poverello services.


Questions: Sarah Penix, Communications Coordinator (937) 430-9293,

6/2 (Every Thursday until 11/3): MDA & Providence ~ Downtown Walk & Talk, 12 – 1pm

Missoula Downtown Association and Providence St Patrick Hospital present Downtown Walk and Talk Thursdays 12-1245pm. Meet at the corner of Main St and Higgins Ave. Come join Downtown employees for MDA's weekly walk and talk. Connect with your community, learn more about Downtown, meet new people and get outside and active during the workday!

6/2 & 6/4 VETERAN PRIDE ~ LGBTQIA Networking Events, 5pm & 12pm

June 2nd - We will be gathering at the Missoula Vet Center, 910 Brooks St., Missoula at 1700 for sign making. All are welcome!

June 4th - The Missoula Vet Center would like to invite all LGBTQIA Veterans, allies and families to join us in celebrating Missoula PRIDE at 1200. WHERE: Meet at VFW Post #209 245 W Main St. for snacks, comradery, and parade prep. WHAT TO BRING: Dress in PRIDE regalia, sun protection, and comfortable shoes.

Questions: Tina (406) 721-4918 or Meaghan (406) 329-3006,

6/3 DEADLINE: Child Care Resources ~ CRRSA Grant

Grants available for elementary school age children for summer child care available through CRRSA funding. The grants will be available for summer child care needs for children entering K-5th grades in fall of 2022. Parents in the home must be working and will need to provide documentation of summer care arrangements. This if fairly flexible and could be registration for a week of camp, a letter from a nanny, enrollment for the summer, etc. The applicant will have a choice of either $1500 or $2500 grant amount per eligible child.


Questions: Emma Young - Family Engagement Specialist, Child Care Resources (406) 728-6446, Direct (406) 532-8326,

6/4 STEVENSVILLE: Museum of Mountain Flying

We are excited to formally announce the Grand Opening of our Brand New Museum Chapter! SATURDAY June 4th 2022. 10am-2pm. Stevensville Montana (32S) is home to the newest addition to the Musuem fleet. N17Y is a 1937 Howard DG11. Please help us get her back into the air once again. She hasn’t flown in almost 50 years and has some very unique history from Johnson Flying Service. Our team is beginning the restoration process and like Miss Montana’s incredible journey, we plan to gather a team of volunteers, and get this magnificent piece of art back into the skies over Montana once again. We will be documenting this restoration with a film crew & still photography and are looking for new coming volunteers once again to make this dream a reality! Please consider donating time, financial support or just some great Montana spirit and let’s get this baby up and running.

Thanks for all of your support. MMF “It will be a large event including a fly-in and barbecue” - STORY (NBC Montana): Museum of Mountain Flying to expand to Stevensville

Questions: Museum of Mountain Flying (406) 240-0395 or visit the Miss Montana To Normandy & Beyond Facebook

6/4 – 8/13 Warrior-Scholar Project ~ Summer Academic Boot Camps

We are excited to announce our 2022 summer academic boot camps course dates! This is our eleventh year of offering one-week intensive college preparatory experiences for enlisted veterans, and we are proud to partner with so many great schools for this mission. We also expanded our business offerings with new programs hosted at Yale University and Syracuse University. Typically, our participants enjoy the full college experience, from staying in dorms and eating in the dining hall to studying in the historic libraries of the host institution. With the exception of travel (if applicable), these courses are offered at no cost to the student veteran participant.


Questions: Cassie Elder (202) 796-8777,

6/4 ONLINE: Homeword’s Statewide Financial Skill Building Class, 9am (Also available 8/2-8/4 at 5:30pm)

FREE and open to the public. 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.


Homeword ~ “NeighborWorks” Facebook events:

Questions: Erin (406) 532-4663 x10,

OR Katie Sadowski - Financial Education Coordinator (406) 532-4663 x23,

6/4 DEER LODGE: BrooM Live @ the Montana Bar, 412 Main St., Deer Lodge, 9pm

BrooM (Big rain over old Montana) Classic Outlaw Twang with Multi-Genre Musical Influences including: Honkytonk, Western Swing, Latin, Circus Polka, World, Hip-Hop, Sci-Billy, and more. Original members 23 years at the Montana Bar in Deer Lodge. Band was originally formed in ’93 by Jessie Kostoff, Veteran.

Questions: Jess Ko,

6/7 & 6/21 (1st & 3rd Tuesday of Every Month) STEVENSVILLE: Mobile Vet Center at American Legion Post 94, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd, Stevensville

Missoula Vet Center meets at American legion post in Stevensville on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month. If you need immediate assistance, please call 877-WAR-VETS / 877-927-8387

VA Vet Centers:

Questions: Chuck – Stevensville AL Post 94 Commander (253) 380-7016; Adjutant (406) 369-3276; Cheryl – Post 94 Auxiliary (406) 531-4132

OR Anton Johnson, BSW - Mobile Vet Center, Veterans Outreach Program Specialist, Missoula Vet Center 910 Brooks St. Ste 101, (406)721-4918,

6/7 & 6/8 Occupational Safety & Health (OSHA Training), Job Service, 539 S. 3rd St. W., Missoula

OSHA training will be held June 7th and 8th - there is a 15-person cap, so please RSVP ASAP! There is a minimum of 3 persons to hold the class.

RSVP: David Sheldon (406) 697-8478,

6/7 (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. 


Questions: Sarah Penix, Communications Coordinator (937) 430-9293,

6/7 HAMILTON (1st Tuesday of Every Month): Corvallis Post 91 Legion Riders Monthly Meeting, 6:30pm

Monthly member meeting, but anyone can come and join us. We are accepting new members so please come check us out.

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

Or, Doug Mason (406) 546-4244,

6/8 HELENA: Career Mini-Summit, Carroll College Campus Center, 9am – 3pm

Career Information and Networking for Service Members, Veterans and their Spouses. Event will be hosted in the lower level of the campus center. Lunch is provided and parking is free for all.  Hosted by MONTANA JOINING COMMUNITY FORCES Career Key Service Area (a collaboration of career support service providers and resources).


Questions: Montana JCF, OR Brandy - President of Montana JCF & Director of Veteran Services at Carroll College (406) 447-4550,

OR David Petaja - Community Employment Coordinator, Homeless Veteran Recovery Program (HVRP) (406) 202-9012 / 447-6032,

6/8 (2nd Wednesday of Every Month) “Hell Gate Elks” Lodge 383, 112 N Pattee St. (2nd Floor N.), Missoula ~ Dinner & Drinks, 5pm & Meeting, 6:30pm

Join us in the members lounge upstairs for dinner & drinks 5-6:30pm...there's something new every month! ($5 donation appreciated). Missoula Elks Facebook:

​​*** Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, meet the needs of Veterans, and improve quality of life. “WHY WE JOIN” the Elks:

Learn more / JOIN:

Questions: Dave (406) 549-0542,

6/8 (Every Wednesday until 7/18): Women Veterans Resilience through Art, Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Ste A, Missoula, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Kathy has put together an art-making series for women Veterans starting June 8. It is a 6-week series, 6:30-8:30pm each week.  It is funded by the Legacy of Living Art grant, so all material costs are covered (Facilitated by Cathy Miller). Cathy will be using lots of different mediums and processes during the series so it will be really fun. Space is limited and people need to sign up directly with Kathy.

*** Through the 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:

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

6/8 (2nd Wednesday of Every Month): Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Monthly Member Meeting, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 7pm

Our monthly member meeting - The Post will remain open for business:

Veterans ~ Contact the Post about membership or go to: for more information about joining the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Questions: (406) 728-7749,

6/9 & 10/13 DEADLINES: Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) Fellows Program

The HOH Fellows Programs place highly skilled and educated with employers committed to hiring them. Are you interested in participating in this highly competitive workforce development program? Then apply early. For an internship that starts on Aug. 29, your application deadline is June 9. For an internship that starts on Jan. 9, your application deadline is Oct. 13. These internships are your fast track to appropriate education, credentialing, training, and employment opportunities.


Questions: Cara Cooke (Capt - USAF Vet) - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation,

Or Hiring Our Heroes,

6/9 (2nd Thursday of Every Month) ONLINE: Montana JCF ~ Leadership Team Meeting, 12:30pm

AGENDA: Introductions and announcements; Project & Service Area Updates; Events Discussion: Montana Warrior Challenge Resource Fair (June 24th, Helena); Veteran Stand Down (8/19 - 8/20, Helena). JOIN ZOOM MEETING (Meeting ID:  886 1264 9642; Passcode: 267273): or call (699) 900-9128.


OR Brandy Keely, President of Montana JCF & Director of Veteran Services at Carroll College (406) 447-4550,

6/10 (2nd Friday of Every Month) PLAINS: Life After Loss ~ Grief & Loss Group, Clark Fork Valley Hospital, 10 Kruger Rd., Plains, 1pm

CFVH invites you to a place to be with others who are experiencing grief and loss in their lives. A place to share and explore the impact of grief on your life. A place to honor the losses you've experienced. You don't have to go it alone. Masks required, Social Distancing Practices and Covid Precautions Observed, Sessions are open to all registrants to come to one session or as many as their schedule will allow. Co-facilitated by Dawn Lyga, Medical Social Worker and Kate Linderman, MSW. Register by calling 406.826.4848 or visiting:

Questions: Dawn - CFVH (406) 826-4848,

6/11 BUTTE: Wings & Wheels, Bert Mooney Airport, Butte 7:30am – 3:30pm

Fly in or drive in! We love Wings & Wheels. And so do you! Come join us Saturday June 11th in Butte Montana featuring the famous C-47 aircraft “Miss Montana” sponsored by the James & Chloe Gilman Foundation. FREE ADMISSION! Fundraiser – pancake breakfast 7:30 – 10:30am; aircraft fly-in & display; car/truck show & shine; food vendors 11am – 3pm. Vote for your favorite…activities for young and old (flight simulators, tours, displays).


Questions: Walt McIntosh (406) 670-1846 or visit the Miss Montana To Normandy & Beyond Facebook page.

6/11 Mike Oestreich Memorial Golf Tournament, Highlands Golf Course, 102 Ben Hogan Dr, Missoula, 8am registration, coffee & donuts w/9am start

Golf for the Elks Youth Scholarship Fund! All proceeds benefit the Missoula Hell Gate #383 Scholarship Fund! $60.00 per person - $20.00 per Cart. Each cart holds 2 people, carts are limited. Open to Elks members and friends! Includes free lunch! 9 holes of scramble golf & prizes! Tournament limited to 18 teams! Silent Auction & raffle tickets, be sure to bring your extra change along! Put your own team together or let us assign you to a team! Business’ advertise sponsoring holes which includes a color logo sign at your sponsored hole, newsletter feature to all members, recognition on Social Media. Tee Boxes are $300 and greens are $150. PRIZES: Hole prizes; Putting prizes; 1st & 2nd place

Questions: Dave (406) 549-0542, OR MSG

6/11 DILLON: 10th Annual Poker Run to Benefit Montana Warriors on the Water, 9am

Hard to Believe that this our 10th year but here we are. Come join us on the 11th of June to support two great organizations. This year we are supporting Montana Warriors on the Water in Miles City and Beaverhead Trails Coalition in Dillon. Bikes, Trikes, Cages or whatever your ride enjoy a day traveling through the Pioneer Scenic Byway up to Anaconda and having lunch at Apoc World with card stops on the way to and from. We will finish at Mac's Last Cast with No host bar and food with live music by Aberdeen Alley. There will also be live auction, raffle drawings and 50/50. So mark this on your calendar and pray for sunshine.

Questions: Road Runners Bike Club,

*** Montana Warriors on the Water, “This year we have the honor of being one of the recipients of the proceeds made from this event. They are also selling raffle tickets. Feel free to message us if you are interested in purchasing some of these tickets. We can’t say enough about organizations such as this lending us a helping hand. If you are interested in the event itself, you can scan the QR code at the bottom right hand corner of the poster.”


6/11 & 6/12 KALISPELL: 12th Annual Montana Wounded Warriors ATA Shoot, Flathead Valley Clay Target Club, 1290 Prairie View Rd, Kalispell, 10am – 5pm

Join us on June 11-12 for our 12th annual Montana Wounded Warrior ATA shoot. This shoot features a 200-bird singles event on Saturday, free dinner on Saturday night, Calcutta auction on Sunday, and a silent auction. 100% of the proceeds from the silent auction go directly toward the Montana Wounded Warrior organization. If you have a certificate or item you wish to donate, please reach out to any of the board members. To learn more about Montana Wounded Warriors.


Montana Wounded Warriors:

Flathead Trap Club (Home of the nation's largest winter league!):

Questions: (406) 752-4452,

OR Adam Jones - Veteran Outreach Program Specialist, Kalispell Vet Center, 690 N. Meridian Rd. Ste. 101 (406) 257-7308, C (406) 594-1411,

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