December Events & Beyond

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,

12/1 (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 grab some lunch and sit down for a 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 or comment on the live feed.


Questions: (844) 456-5208,

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

These online gathers using zoom are currently replacing our monthly tours so that we can continue to practice social distancing at the Poverello Center. For our December update, we will share the progress of the Johnson Street Emergency Winter Shelter, which will have already been up and running for one month. We will also discuss the holiday season and share our efforts to provide a festive and supportive presence for our neighbors and community in a safe, socially distanced way. Executive Director Amy Allison Thompson will provide additional Poverello Center updates and be available along with other members of the Poverello Center team to answer questions.


Questions: Jesse Jaeger, Director of Development & Advocacy, Poverello Center, (406) 532-6686, C (406) 207-3372,

12/1 CONDON (REGISTER by 11/27): 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

12/1 PLAINS (Every Tuesday): Dinner, VFW Post 3596, 201 West Lynch St., Plains, 5 - 7pm

Join us every Tuesday Night for Dinner! 5-7pm in the VFW Hall. Families welcome! Eat in or take out! $5 per Plate

Questions: VFW Post 3596, (406) 826-5960,

12/1 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.

December 1st Meeting:

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

12/2 VIRTAL (Every Wednesday): Wellbeing You, 9am

Join the Military & Veteran Caregiver Network (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.


Questions: ARC MVCN,

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

​12/2 HAMILTON (1st Wednesday of Every Month): Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Bitterroot Chapter 938 Meeting, Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd St., Hamilton, 7pm


Questions: (406) 961-0035

Or, (per FB): (406) 381-7899,

12/2 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 for a complete list of eligibility.

Questions: VFW Post 3596, (406) 826-5960,

12/3 (​Every Thursday): Meditation for Veterans, Missoula Vet Center, 910 Brooks St., Missoula, 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.

REGISTER: Vet Center, (406) 721-4918

Questions: Roy Savage, Program Manager of the Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP), (406) 396-2133,

12/3 VIRTUAL (Every Thursday): iRest, You Rest: War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) Virtual Yoga Nidra Session, 6pm

Veterans all over the U.S. meet up to practice yoga. This yoga class requires no travel, no membership or studio, and no special clothing or mat. Veterans perform the weekly yoga nidra session in their own space, on their own bed, couch or favorite chair. An hour of yoga nidra that follows the iRest methodology.

CALL  1-800-767-1750 and use access code: 24953#

Or, try guided, weekly sessions:

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

12/4 RSVP DEADLINE: Invitation for CVEB Listening Sessions on MISSION Act Section 203 Criteria

As required by Sections 106 and 203 of the VA MISSION Act of 2018 (, VA is conducting market assessments in each of its 96 markets across the country. These market assessments will inform VA’s national health care design and recommendations for modernization or realignment of VHA facilities. As part of the process outlined within the MISSION Act, VA has worked closely with national VSOs to develop decision criteria that will inform the recommendations. During the week of December 14, VA senior leaders will be hosting virtual listening sessions to hear your feedback on the criteria. Your feedback will be considered as VA finalizes the requirements, including Federal Register publication of draft criteria, followed by a public comment period before final publication. We have attached a fact sheet that provides additional information about this process. During the virtual listening sessions, we hope to: Provide a brief overview of the market assessment process; Share with you about VA’s efforts to develop criteria that will be used by the Secretary to make recommendations for the realignment and modernization of VHA facilities; Hear your perspective on the draft criteria; We thank you in advance for your participation and value your input.

When: Four sessions will be held on the following dates and times.

  • Monday, December 14, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST (8AM MST)

  • Wednesday, December 16, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST (10AM MST)

  • Thursday, December 17, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EST (7:30AM MST)

  • Friday, December 18, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST (12PM MST)

RSVP: Please respond to by December 4 with the two dates and times that will work best for you, along with the following information: Name, Email address, CVEB you are associated with, City, State. Prior to the virtual listening session, you will be provided with a confirmation and a link and phone number.  


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

12/4 ONLINE (Every Friday): Veterans ASCEND “Walkthrough,” 10am (MST)

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.  


Questions: Nila Thompson, Veteran Advocate, Veterans ASCEND, (904) 325-7210,

12/4 VIRTUAL: Mindful Movement, 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.


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

12/5 International Volunteer Day & Hope Rescue Mission's Community Meal Day

Winter has arrived.  The winds are blowing and the snow has started to blanket the ground.  As you sit in your heated home and around your kitchen table, preparing to enjoy a meal with your family, there are many of our neighbors who are without warm, dry shelter or a warm meal to eat. For most of us, the holidays are a wonderful time of year.  Yet, for many the stark and cold reality is that they don't know where their next meal is coming from or how to get out of the cold each night.  We will be delivering hot boxed meals to those unsheltered in our community.  To ensure those meals get delivered, we are in need of several items to make the meals complete.  If you can donate cash or items, please reach out to April at 549-HOPE

Donate (Hope Rescue Mission):

Questions: Hope Rescue Mission, 549-HOPE (4673),
Or, April (406) 542-5240,

12/5, 2/20 & 3/13 ONLINE: First Time Homebuyer Class, 9am – 6pm (3 day class avail 1/12/21 - 1/14/21 at 6pm)

Get Ready for Home Ownership with Homeword! 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.


Questions: (406) 532-4663 x10,

12/7 VIRTUAL: Veteran Shark Tank Live Free Event, 4pm

WATCH OUR VETERAN ENTREPRENEURS PITCH LIVE TO OUR 'SHARKS' This year, we are live streaming (for FREE) the 5 Finalists for our Virtual Veteran Shark Tank to a national/international audience. Watch from the comfort of your own home, office, military base, at sea, etc. We look forward to "seeing" you there.

Presented by NBC Universal

Questions: Kim Zavaglia (215) 840-2668, 

12/8 (2nd Tuesday of Every Month): VFW Auxiliary Post 209 ~ ZOOM Meeting, 7pm

Please join us online for the virtual VFW Auxiliary Post 209 meeting. It will take place on Zoom & event will be created here:

Questions: VFW (406) 778-7749,

12/9 ONLINE: Homeword’s Financial Skill Building Class, 9am – 6pm

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.


Questions: Erin (406) 532-4663 x10,

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

12/9 VIRTUAL (2nd Wednesday of Every Month): Job Service Missoula ~ Online Job Fair, 3 - 4pm

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. The Facebook event will be here:

Join ZOOM Meeting:

11/18/20 UPDATE: "We officially have our 6 employers who have confirmed to speak on 12/9/20: Elite One Source; Police Dept; Fed Ex; Labor Max; Winco; WalMart"

Questions: Julissa (406) 218-7480,

Or, Job Service – Missoula (406) 728-7060,

12/12 PLAINS (2nd Saturday of Every Month until April): Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast, VFW Post 3596, 201 West Lynch St., Plains, 7:30am

Join us for breakfast every 2nd Saturday! 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.

Questions: VFW Post 3596, (406) 826-5960,

12/15 VIRTUAL: MAS’ Virtual Caregiver Support Group, 1 – 2pm

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. The support group takes place on the third Tuesday of each month from 1-2 PM. 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. An email confirmation with the ZOOM meeting id, password and instructions will be sent to registered participants several days prior to the event.


Questions: Missoula Aging Services (406) 728-7682,

12/15 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 ( and meets every 3rd Tuesday at 7pm. All Veterans and active duty military are eligible to join! 

Questions: 531-4132,

12/15 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)

1/19/21 Meeting:

Public Group FB page:


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

12/17 (3rd Thursday of Every Month) ~ NEW LOCATION & TIME: Veteran Service Provider (VSP) Meeting, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 3pm


  • Annual VSN Christmas Party...wear your ugly Christmas sweater and bring something fun for the White Elephant Gift Exchange!

  • Introductions & Announcements

  • SPEAKER: No speaker

  • Open Discussion

VSP Meeting ~ Facebook event:

Questions: Shannon, Job Service DVOP,

12/17 HELENA: Montana JCF’s Military Family Christmas Dinner, 4pm

Supporting our military community by providing a Christmas to remember. Last year MT JCF served over 200 Christmas dinner's and was able to provide each family with Christmas gifts. This year, we are looking to duplicate our efforts and are asking for your help and support. Therefore, if you are in a position in which you are able to help, we would like to seek your support with adopting a veteran and/or their families, providing Christmas gifts, or making a cash donation. To sign up to adopt a family, or to access a list of items needed, please visit the link below. If you would like to make a donation, please mail your donation to: Montana JCF, P.O. Box 4417, Helena, MT 59604.


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

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

12/19 National Wreaths Across America Day 2020

Be an American Worth Fighting For! National Wreaths Across America Day 2020 will take place at 2,200+ participating locations across the United States. While the day's events may look different this year, the mission remains the same: to Remember the fallen, Honor those who serve and Teach future generations the value of freedom. Please continue to check our Facebook page for updates about wreath-laying events, safety guidelines and ways you can participate in your community or virtually from anywhere. If you have questions about specific events in your region, please reach out to the location coordinator for that specific participating cemetery. You can find their contact information by searching here:

  • Missoula Wreaths Across America & Civil Air Patrol (CAP)

  • HELENA: National Wreaths Across America Day 2020, Fort Harrison, 10am; To remember and honor our veterans at Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Fort Harrison. Please consider sponsoring a wreath by visiting or mailing $15 per sponsored wreath to Wreaths Across America PO Box 7693 Helena, MT 59604.

National: (877) 385-9504,

​2020 WINTER in BUTTE: Xsports4vets Georgetown Ice Fishing Tourney (Details TBD)

FREE for Veterans with proof of deployment to an area of imminent danger. All gear, instruction, and even lunch is provided by XSports. Seats/spots are limited. 

RSVP: Janna (406) 239-3198 (Text or call)

Missoula / LOCAL Questions: Anton (406) 396-8390 or Steve (406) 493-2264, (

1/4/21 VIRTUAL (11 Week Class Every Monday until 3/15): Aging Mastery Program®, Winter Session, 10am – 12pm

The Aging Mastery Program® (AMP) is a comprehensive and fun approach to aging well that encourages adults age 55+ to take actions to enhance their health, financial well-being, social connectedness, and overall quality of life. Central to the AMP philosophy is the belief that modest lifestyle changes can produce big results and that people can be empowered and supported to cultivate health and longevity.

Classes meet on eleven Mondays, January 4 to March 15 from 10AM-12PM, Montana time. Participate online using Zoom. Space is limited. Pre-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 class starting date. While AMP utilizes a number of different guest speakers on the various topics , the facilitator is the backbone of the program. Teresa Sacks, MAS's Aging Mastery Program Facilitator, presents the program.

Register online or by calling MAS (406) 728-7682. One for $65 or two for $120. No cost and reduce cost tickets available.


Questions: Missoula Aging Services (406) 728-7682,

1/8/21 VIRTUAL (2nd Thursday of Every Month): JCF Leadership Team Meeting, 12:30pm

AGENDA: TBA - JCF Board & Leadership updates; Military Updates; VA Updates; Introductions and announcements from service providers

Virtual Access:
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,

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

JANUARY 2021: Tuesday TRIVIA, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 8pm

11/2020 VFW, “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.”

*** Tuesday TRIVIA: Keep an eye on their site for the restart of trivia and reserve table space by leaving a comment on their 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. VFW is open to the public and dog friendly!

Questions: VFW (406) 778-7749,

2/13/21 Missoula Police Department Recruitment, 8am

The Missoula Police Department invites you to participate in our application process to become an entry level police officer. Join us at the Adam's Center on the University of Montana Campus. Check-in begins at 7:30 AM, testing begins at 8:00 Sharp!


Questions: MPD (406) 552-6303


ReEntry is a docudrama drawn from over 100 interviews with US service members and their families. Honest, moving, and surprisingly funny, the play explores the challenges of reintegrating into home and community after tours of duty overseas. Following a two-week run in Missoula (Motana Repertory Theatre), ReEntry will tour Montana, with 10 additional performances across the state.

If you’d like to talk to Michael Legg, Artistic Director (input, networks, interviews after the showings, donors/help support the traveling show, etc.), please email:

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