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October Events & Beyond...

​10/1 - 12/7 Annual Election Period for Medicare

Humana is one of the VSN’s biggest sponsors, and Jen is our most loyal supporter to date. October 1st enrollment is coming up, so if YOU or someone you know has ANY Medicare and/or Medicaid needs, SHE IS YOUR GIRL: humana.com/jroberts

Humana is recruiting heavily in Veteran spaces to include spouses and families, and Jen will help you, a Veteran you know, and/or your family member with all their health options – she has expertise in Medicare, prescription drug coverage, no cost emergency care, Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (DSNP) including dental, vision, hearing, and more! If you have a Medicare & Medicaid Plan, you can get even more. Ask her about how they pay $40 back to you after emergency visits, over the counter allowances, and other extras. You do not need to have VA Healthcare to utilize Humana. Humana wants to empower Veterans to lead high-quality lives, and to be their exclusive Medicare Advantage, PDP and Medicare Supplement sponsor. Humana has a rich history of supporting the men and women who served.

Contact: Jen Roberts (406) 249-4235, JRoberts23@humana.com

10/1 - 10/31 Pumpkins for the POV

3,000 pumpkins will be sold online and at participating store locations throughout the month of October. Sale Locations: The Trough, Rattlesnake Market, Parkside Credit Union locations 320 W Broadway St., 4055 Brooks St., and 2300 Great Northern Ave., Imagine Nation Brewing Company, and the YMCA.  

BUY ONLINE: https://www.thepoverellocenter.org/pumpkins-for-the-pov/

Questions: Poverello Center (406) 728-1809

OR Jill Bonny, MSW, SWLC - jbonny@thepoverellocenter.org
Alena Gostnell, MSW, SWLC - Director of Veteran Programs 406-317-3131 (Housing Montana Heroes 406-532-6685 & Valor House 406-829-3928), agostnell@thepoverellocenter.org

10/1 DEADLINE: Missoula SBDC Business Book Club Read

October: Blue Ocean by Renée Mauborgne and W. Chan Kim. Books will be mailed on Monday, October 4th - Read all month. We will gather (via Zoom) and discuss at the end of the month. Confirm by Friday, October 1st

RSVP via EMAIL: christine.littig@umt.edu

Questions: Jennifer Stephens - Regional Director, Missoula Small Business Development Center (SBDC) (406) 243-4770, C (406) 493-4702, Jennifer.Stephens@mso.umt.edu

10/1 (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: https://www.vvamontana.org/

National: https://vva.org/
Questions: Al Sperry – VVA Bitterroot Chapter 938 (406) 381-7899, vva938@gmail.com

10/1 Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) “Manufacturing Day” in Missoula

MMEC will have a Manufacturing day on October 1st, which will allow people to come in and learn about machinery and appointments. They are working on the creation of a robust certificate in connection with Missoula College and Elite One. It will encompass classes, internships, and a seminar. This could be a gateway to an associate degree. https://www.montana.edu/mmec/training/training-calendar.html

Questions: Steve Dybdal – MMEC Business Advisor (406) 493-5314, steven.dybdal@montana.edu

10/1 (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

10/1 & 10/2 (Every Friday & Saturday): LIVE POKER, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 6pm

Texas hold ‘em. As always, Veterans receive a BONUS 10 in chips with their buy in. Players drinks are on us ALL night! Let’s gamble for a cause! https://www.facebook.com/VFW-Poker-100134718934624/

*** Ole Beck VFW Post 209 is a nonprofit Veteran organization. ALL profits go back to the local Veteran community and/or Veteran programs. VFW is open to the public and dog friendly!

Questions: (406) 272-7722

OR VFW 406-728-7749, vfw209mt@gmail.com

​​​10/4 - 11/23 ONLINE (or at Missoula College): Veterans Upward Bound ~ Fall Schedule

Veterans Upward Bound is back on college campuses across Montana. VUB is offering free 6-week courses online or in person. Choose from math, computers, writing, general science, or Spanish to refresh those academic skills. Self-paced tutorials are always available, and tutoring is built into classes for those needing extra help. In-person classes are available in Billings, Great Falls, Hamilton, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Or choose the convenience of live online classes from anywhere. Loaner laptops are available if needed. All required materials are provided. Whether you are looking to enroll in higher education or prepare for a new job, Veterans Upward Bound is here to support Montana's veterans and military service members. Classes begin in October and finish by Thanksgiving.

APPLY: 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

OR Missoula College: Daryl Lee – VETS Office Program Coordinator, 1205 E. Broadway Ste 128 (406) 243-7844, daryl.lee@mso.umt.edu

10/4 - 10/7 Missoula Classes for Swift-Water Rescue Training

This course is the standard for professional swiftwater rescue teams.  If your agency responds to moving water accidents, the Technician certification is a must.  It is compliant to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) standards 1006 and 1670.  The intensive 20 hour swiftwater rescue class has four hours of classroom instruction followed by two and a half days developing and practicing skills on the river.  Like all WRI courses, the S/FRT is taught through scenarios.  Giving the students an opportunity to work in real time to solve realistic problems.  While the initial emphasis is safety and self rescue, the class offers an in-depth look at reading water, recognizing and avoiding hazards, quick rescue techniques, boat-based rescues,  entrapment scenarios, and technical rescue systems.  We analyze footage of actual river rescues in the classroom and progress from a solid foundation of rescue skills and practice into rescue scenarios on the river.  The class is challenging, fun and tailored to your needs. This swiftwater rescue course is good for 12 hours of CEU’s for licensed Montana EMTs.

REGISTER: https://www.whitewaterrescue.com/calendar/

Questions: (406) 207-2027, info@whitewaterrescue.com

10/4 (Every Monday until 12/13) ONLINE: Aging Mastery Program® Fall Session, Missoula Public Library, 455 E. Main St., Missoula, 10am – 12pm

The Aging Mastery Program® (AMP) is a comprehensive and fun approach to aging well that encourages adults 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. Sessions are held in-person at Missoula Public Library, Cooper Room B -or- you may attend virtually using Zoom. The Missoula Public Library will be closed on Monday, October 11 in observance of Indigenous Peoples Day. This class will be held virtually on Zoom for all AMP participants. Pre-registration is required and is first come, first served. No cost for Montana residents thanks to the generosity of the Jane S. Heman Foundation. The National Council on Aging requires participants to attend 7 out of the 11 classes to graduate from the program. If you are unable to attend at least 7 classes, please reconsider registering for this program. Class presented by Teresa Sacks - AMP Facilitator. While AMP utilizes a number of different guest speakers on the various topics, the facilitator is the backbone of the program. Missoula Aging Services is paying close attention to available COVID-19 variant data and information. All planned in-person classes are subject to change to ensure the health and safety of program registrants and staff. This means the in-person (insert class name here) could shift to virtual-only. Registrants will be updated as information becomes available.  https://www.facebook.com/events/355242139522385/

REGISTER: https://agingmasterymas.eventbrite.com or call MAS (406) 728-7682

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

10/5 – 10/6 ONLINE: DisABILITY Employment Awareness Conference, 9am - 4pm

We are excited to announce our annual disAbility Employment Awareness Conference will take place October 5 and 6, 2021. This is a virtual event, and you will receive a Zoom link after you register. We have an amazing line up of presenters, both from Montana and nationally, and you won’t want to miss it. The cost is $50 for an individual registration. If three or more individuals register from an organization, the cost is then $35 per person, instead of $50 per person. Don’t hesitate to contact me if I can answer any questions or if you will need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this year’s training. This training is open to anyone who may want to attend and is not limited to state government.

REGISTER ($50 individual): https://pdc.mt.gov/register/?title=PD0326%20Disability%20Conference%20-%20individual%20&date=10/5/2021

REGISTER ($35 group of 3 or more): https://pdc.mt.gov/register/?title=PD0326%20Disability%20Conference%20-%20group%20of%20three%20or%20more%20&date=10/5/2021

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

10/5 (1st Tuesday of Every Month) SMARTER Goals Workshop, Job Service Pathways, 539 S. 3rd St. W., Missoula, 10am

You’ll receive tips on creating a vision, setting daily & weekly action plans, and building a mindset. Attendance in the initial class is mandatory for follow up classes (The first class was on 10/5 at 10-12 w/the follow up class 10/12 at 11-12. There is also an afternoon option available 10/19 at 1-3 w/follow up 10/26 at 2-3pm).

SMARTER, “Goals are part of every aspect of business/life and provide a sense of direction, motivation, a clear focus, and clarify importance. By setting goals, you are providing yourself with a target to aim for. A SMART goal is used to help guide goal setting. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Therefore, a SMART goal incorporates all of these criteria to help focus your efforts and increase the chances of achieving your goal.” Hosted by Pathways at the Job Service – Missoula.

REGISTER: Email client information to Lindsay Cordier - Pathways Client Advocate, Lincordier@mt.gov

Questions: Courtney (406) 218-7478, coarlint@mt.gov

10/5 (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. They are normally held the first Tuesday of each month at 12:00 PM.

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

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

10/5 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. https://www.facebook.com/CorvallisMTLegionRiders/

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

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

10/6 (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 at the Creamery Picnic, and they welcome Veterans at their monthly meeting to join “Veterans helping Veterans” They didn’t have one in Sept because of the fair). Learn more about the Vietnam Veterans of America - Montana: https://www.vvamontana.org/

National: https://vva.org/
Questions: Al Sperry – VVA Bitterroot Chapter 938 (406) 381-7899, vva938@gmail.com

10/7 Western Montana’s Largest Career Fair, Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 North Reserve St., Missoula, Veterans admitted at 2:30pm (General Public 3-6pm)

The Job Service-Missoula Career Fair is where employers and job seekers meet. Missoula-area employers have open jobs for technical, clerical, customer-service, health-care, and other positions. The career fair isn’t just for people who are unemployed. If you are considering a career change, this is a good chance to see what jobs are available and make some contacts. Veterans admitted a half hour early at 2:30. https://montanaworks.gov/_Job-Service-Events-News/2021/10/missoula-career-fair

Sponsored by Allegiance Benefit Plan Management, Inc. https://www.facebook.com/events/311958970712159/

*** EMPLOYERS (Online registration closed - Call Sarah (406) 218-7454 to get on wait list / req an invoice, or pay via check): https://westernmontanacareerfair2021.eventzilla.net/

​*** VETERAN SERVICE PROVIDERS (VSP): If you are a Service Provider (You are NOT hiring but provide a service for Veterans, service members and/or their families / caregivers), and you would like a FREE table in the VSP SECTION of the LOBBY, please RSVP to Shannon at snoble@mt.gov

*** VSP that have confirmed as of 9/25/21:

​*** Registered employers AS OF 9/25/21 (with sponsorship level):


Rocky Mountain Eye Center-Platinum

Providence Health-Platinum

Mountain line

Missoula Housing Authority

Express Employment-Gold

MTC Job Corps

Stockman Bank-Gold


The Village Health & Rehabilitation

Missoula County Airport Authority-Silver

Workforce Inc

Laborers Local 1686

Clearwater Credit Union-Gold

Missoula County Public Schools

FedEx Ground

Missoula Development Service Corporation-Silver

Platinum Career Solutions-Silver

ALPS Corporation

Town Pump-Silver

LC Staffing-Silver



LaborMax Staffing

Energy Partners Propane

BioLife Plasma Services


Holiday Inn Downtown

Greater Missoula Family YMCA

Partners in Home Care

MT Department of Corrections

Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital

Community Medical Center-Treasure State

Western Montana Clinic

Montana Department of Transportation

TC Glass


The Resort at Paws Up

Partnership for Children (Youth Homes)

Opportunity Resources, Inc

First Security Bank

Missoula Correctional Services


Montana Transfer

Consumer Direct Care Network

Missoula Bone and Joint

Home Instead

Elite One Source

Temp Right Service Inc


Rosetta Assisted Living

Origins Education

Cellular Plus-Verizon Authorized Retailer

S&K Electronics, Inc

Trail West Bank

Horizon Credit Union

The Springs Living

Montana Highway Patrol

Experiential Learning and Career Success, UM


Lifelong Learning Center


U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Career Fair Questions: Sarah Wimmer, Supervisor - Job Service Missoula (406) 218-7454, swimmer@mt.gov

10/8 University United Food Friday, University Center Ballroom (3rd floor), 10am – 4pm

On Friday, October 8 we will be hosting the 3rd University United Food Friday! To celebrate United Way of Missoula County's 90th anniversary (!!!), we will be packing 90,000 meals for the Missoula Food Bank & Community Center's Empower Pack Program. To achieve this goal, we need your help! Please register to volunteer! Thank you to our sponsors! *The safety of our volunteers is of the utmost importance. This event will follow all required COVID-19 protocols. If you have questions about these protocols, please contact Rosie Goldich at rosie@missoulaunitedway.org. If you are not willing to follow these protocols, please refrain from participating in this event.* https://www.facebook.com/events/401486018025709/

VOLUNTEER: https://qfreeaccountssjc1.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1B3OmiEKS8wsR2C

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Rosie Goldich at rosie@missoulaunitedway.org.

Questions: United Way of Missoula County (406) 549-6104, info@missoulaunitedway.org

10/8 – 10/9 HELENA: Montana Warrior Challenge Community Event in Helena West Valley, 5pm

This is the part of the Montana Warrior Challenge event weekend hosted by Impact Montana that the community gets to come out and be a part of as our teams participate for the right to take home the Montana Warrior Challenge Guidon. There will be music, food from local vendors, networking with vet support organizations and Impact Montana partners, demonstrations/competitions from service organizations, and onsite camping for those from out of town. And then on Saturday afternoon at around 4pm to close out the weekend we will be doing the Montana Warrior Challenge Guidon transfer ceremony to honor the 2021 MWC winning competitive team. Are you doing something specific to support Montana Service members, Veterans, First Responders, and their Families? Then we want to talk to you about joining us for this event. Send us a personal message to discuss further. If you are interested in volunteering for the event or camping with us for the weekend, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/.../montana-warrior-challenge...

There is also still time to register your team for the Montana Warrior Challenge. The registration deadline is September 12th. You can get more details and register your team captain here: https://runsignup.com/Race/MT/Helena/MontanaWarriorChallenge

You will not want to miss out on this community event. https://www.facebook.com/events/542126673877610/

Questions: Leadership@montanajcf.org

OR Ryan Luchau – Impact Montana & Training Manager/Business Advisor - Veterans Business Outreach Center (Helena) 406.534.9841, ryan@bigskyeda.org

10/9 NAMIWalks’ United Day of Hope

NAMIWalks’ second United Day of Hope of the year is coming on October 9. Support your local community, your hometown, and maybe even the hometown of someone you love — it’s all possible this year.  

INFO: https://www.namiwalks.org/?language=en

Questions: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) –

OR Matt Kuntz (Army Veteran), Executive Director of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Montana (Support, Education, and Advocacy) (406) 443-7871, matt@namimt.org

Local office: https://namimissoula.org/ - NAMI Missoula (406) 880-1013, namimissoula@gmail.com

10/9 – 10/10 LIBBY STAND DOWN, Montana Army National Guard Building, 1004 Treasure Ave., Libby, 9am – 4pm / 9am – 2pm (or while supplies last)

21st Annual Northwest Montana Veterans Stand Down. Honoring all Veterans! The Stand Down is a place where Veterans receive absolutely free services: haircuts, military surplus, clothing, refreshments, lunch, food box, and services (physical & mental health, employment reps, Veteran Service Providers, etc.) BRING your DD214, discharge papers, VA or military ID https://www.facebook.com/events/840176893366969

Event hosted by NW Montana Veterans Stand Down and Food Pantry - Learn more: https://veteransfoodpantry.org/StandDown/tabid/6243/Default.aspx

Questions: Allen Erickson Sr. (406) 756-7304, C (406) 250-0698

OR Cinnamon Davis-Hall, Community Outreach Specialist, NW MT Veterans Food Pantry & Stand Down, (406) 250-2394, cdhall03@gmail.com

10/9 (2nd Saturday of Every Month) ONLINE: NAVA Talking Circle ~ FALLEN HERO 9/11 TRIBUTE, 11am (MT)

Join us on the Second Saturday of Every Month at 10am PST (11am MST) for NAVA's VIRTUAL (ZOOM) MEETING.

Join ZOOM (Meeting ID: 975 0969 5862, Password: NAVA2020 - Same link used for all meetings): https://zoom.us/j/97509695862

TO JOIN Via Cell Phone - One tap mobile: +1 213 338 8477 US (Los Angeles).

Learn more about Native American Veterans Association (NAVA): http://www.navavets.org/

Questions: NAVA (888) 412-5997, info@navavets.org

10/9 HELENA: Montana Warrior Challenge

Teams of 6-8 will compete in the Warrior Category for the right to take home the Impact Montana Guidon for the year: https://runsignup.com/Race/MT/Helena/MontanaWarriorChallenge

Questions: (406) 431-6530, impactmontanateam@gmail.com

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

10/11 – 10/16 SE UTAH: Homeward for Heroes, Rock Fest 2021 MOAB!!

Homeward For Heroes “Old West Trek 2021” for Veterans and first responders is in the books) 4x4's & 21 people, from all over the country (AZ, TX, WI, FL and of course MONTANA) Many friends were made, many stories shared. Join them on their next TREK - Minimum requirements for a vehicle: Must have at least a 33” tall tires. 1 locker, tow points on front and rear of vehicle. We will be camping all nights at the Willow Springs dispersed camp area. No camping gear is provided so ensure you bring what you need. No water source on site. Porta potty in area. Trail surfaces are rutted, rocky and sandy with steps not exceeding 24”, with considerable slickrock surfaces. Water not exceeding 12” with some mud possible. Good ground clearance and driving skills. 4WD, 33" tires and working traction adding devices (locker, limited slip) are required. Above average driving skills are desirable. A winch would be a plus. Enhanced suspension travel and good ground clearance are also required. Meet like-minded people and become part of a family that has your back. Listen, share, wheel, see some beautiful scenery and end every night around a fire with new friends. https://www.homewardforheroes.org/team-1

SIGN UP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdFVehV7AOBlD7Kakc0Z0s9HjSQaVww9SLCjPm_7MnO66HTCg/viewform

Questions: Dan or Laura Reese (406) 471-0513, info@homewardforheroes.org 

10/11 & 10/19 (2nd Monday and/or 3rd Tuesday of Every Month) ONLINE: MAS Caregiver Support Group

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: https://missoulaagingservices.org/

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/missoula-aging-services-7856196095

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

10/12 (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. https://www.facebook.com/events/452327769244282/

REGISTER: us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcocemorDsrHdxN6AxlPCR682a643gdYEZD

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

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

10/12 (Every Tuesday until 11/16) ONLINE: Living Healthy with Chronic Pain, 5:30pm

Tuesdays, Oct 12th - Nov 16th (5:30 pm - 7:30 pm) 6-week class over Zoom: This no-cost, on-line class explores tools and resources to help participants manage chronic pain in positive and proactive ways for over the course of 6 weeks. We'll be discussing the complex nature of chronic pain and why it can be so difficult to find a treatment that works. We will learn handy tools and techniques that have been proven to help people with a variety of chronic pain conditions get their life back. This class is a partnership between Missoula City-County Health Department and the University of Montana Geriatric Education Center. 

REGISTER: surveymonkey.com/r/LHWChronicPain

Questions: Leah Fitch-Brody (406) 258-3023, lfitch-brody@missoulacounty.us

10/12 (2nd Tuesday of Every Month) VFW Auxiliary Post 209 Meeting, 245 W Main St., Missoula, 7pm

Please join us for the VFW Auxiliary Meeting! VFW Auxiliary on FB: https://www.facebook.com/VFWAuxiliaryPost209

*** 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: Michelle Johnson, VFW Auxiliary (406) 461-9685, michelle@exitrealtymsla.com

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

10/13 (2nd Wednesday of Every Month) ONLINE: Job Fair Hosted by Job Service Missoula, 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. Enter the link below into your web browser to join the meeting.

Join the meeting on 09/08/2021 from 12-1: https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/85157153447

Search Jobs: Job Service (MT DLI Statewide): montanaworks.gov

JS Missoula Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JobServiceMissoula

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

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

10/13 (2nd Wednesday of Every Month) “Hell Gate Elks” Lodge Night & Lodge 383 Meeting, 112 N Pattee St. (2nd Floor N.), Missoula, 5pm (Meeting 6:30pm)

Remember to invite a friend, but sign them into the guest book! The Lounge opens at 5pm on meeting nights and the meeting starts at 6:30. You’re welcome to hang out in the lounge until the meeting is over and continue socializing! 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. Learn more: https://www.elks.org/lodges/

*** Also, their Elks Most Valuable Student (MVS) 2022 application is open - Application deadline is November 15th, 2021 (Must be HS Student of Elks Member - referral based Organization) JOIN: join.elks.org). Scholarships range from 4,000 to $50,000 paid over 4 years. Qualifications include a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, Class Rank in the top 25%, Demonstrate Leadership Qualities through Part Time Work, Participation and Leadership roles in school, church, or community groups/clubs or Awards or Letters Presented from a school, community, or church. An essay about the leadership role is required.

APPLY: https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/MVS.cfm

Questions: (406) 549-0542, hellgateelks@gmail.com

10/14 ONLINE: Employing U.S. Vets Conference

This complimentary event, hosted by VETS Indexes, brings together the leading voices in veteran employment from across the nation to discuss best practices, to share tips and advice, and to network.​ Our previous Employing U.S. Vets Virtual Conference in April was a breakout success, with over 800 registrants, a blockbuster agenda, and top-notch speakers -- if you missed out on that conference, you will definitely want to be part of this one! The Fall 2021 agenda includes: VETS Indexes 5-Star Employer Best Practices Roundtable; Preventing and addressing veteran underemployment; USERRA Guide: What you need to know about the laws governing treatment of Guard/Reserve employees; Military spouse recruiting - Which methods give you the most bang for your buck?; Improving identification and tracking of your veteran employees; Finding and contracting with veteran-owned suppliers/vendors; The importance of mentorship and apprenticeship programs for transitioning veterans; Working from home - The pros and cons for the military-connected community. This semi-annual event features major employers with strong records in veteran employment. The conference is designed to offer attendees actionable tools and information to build and improve veteran initiatives, with an emphasis on the changing dynamics of the workplace. We look forward to welcoming you virtually on October 14th for what is sure to be another excellent conference! Thank you to all of our sponsors, who make it possible to bring this great content to you, with special thanks to Mass Mutual, USAA, Comcast NBCUniversal and Oracle! 

REGISTER: https://employingusvets.com/

Questions: Nicholas J. Antaki - Director of Marketing & Managing Director, VETS Indexes, (516) 418-3821, C (914) 837-1860, NAntaki@vetsindexes.com

10/14 ONLINE (2nd Thursday of Every Month) JCF Leadership Team Meeting, 12:30pm

AGENDA: Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance; Introductions and announcements; Presentation: TBA; UPDATES: JCF Board, Leadership, Financial, Congressional, Military, VA, Key Service Areas (Vet Recovery Workgroup).

Join the ZOOM Meeting (Meeting ID:  886 1264 9642; Passcode: 267273): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88612649642?pwd=czdhWWQ2RkxGaGFWNnhRSmlWazFidz09

Call: 1-669-900-9128 if device not available.

Questions: Leadership@montanajcf.org

10/16 BILLINGS: K9 Wilderness Emergency Care, 8am

Hosted by Dog Tag Buddies  - Veterans Discount available

INFO / Calendar: https://montanak9safety.com/?fbclid=IwAR2rf6Gl6wt5y2DPUQ07l6bbGu0zkHyvFtofp5yXMrtP_OwxVAaM9p6GsRk
REGISTER / Questions: (406) 885-0437, info.montanak9safety@gmail.com

10/19 (3rd Tuesday of Every Month): Computer Basics and Work Search, Job Service – 539 S. 3rd St. W., Missoula, 10 -11am

The Resource Room will be closed to the public from 9:30-11:30am during workshop. WORKSHOP DETAILS: Desktop basics and computer functions; Browsers/accessing internet/programs/bookmarks; Intro to Microsoft Word and Winway Resume programs; Watch GCF Learning Tutorial video (provide headphones); Getting started with Word (4min41sec video); WinWay Resume overview; Practice saving/attaching/sending documents to email; Rename Rich Text resume file on desktop; Resave as PDF or Plain Text; Practice attaching/sending resume files to generic/personal email; Practice closing programs and removing browsing history; Sign out of email/WinWay/Microsoft Word; Remove saved desktop documents into Recycle Bin; Unpin documents in Microsoft Word; Clear browsing history; Clear Recent File Folder; Explore work search websites.

RSVP / Questions: Job Service - Missoula, (406) 728-7060, missoulajsc@mt.gov

10/19 ONLINE: JCF Career Key Service Area Meeting, 3pm

Agenda: Opening; Round Table Intros (including program updates); Statewide Community Updates; November 9th Capitol VET Event Update; 2021 JCF Career Key Service Area Project Status Update: Project #1-Employer Support Project Update; Project #2-Career and Transition Support; Vetrepreneurship Team-Updates; Montana Veteran Farmers’ Coalition Update.

Join Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 872 7606 0948, Passcode: 779008): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87276060948?pwd=aThjVzN2MWJmcFVJb3ZvVDhvZHJYUT09
Questions: Leadership@montanajcf.org

OR Ryan Luchau – Impact Montana & Training Manager/Business Advisor - Veterans Business Outreach Center (Helena) 406.534.9841, ryan@bigskyeda.org

10/19 - 10/21 ONLINE: First Time Homebuyer Class, 6pm

Get Ready for Home Ownership! Learn the basics of the home-buying process through our nationally-certified Home Ownership Class. Our Home-buyer 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 home ownership. This 9 hour class is taught by a Homeword’s HUD Certified Housing Counselor and Homebuyer Educator, Julie Pavlish, and other professionals. Registration required. $35 per person

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

Questions: Erin (406) 532-4663 x10, erin@homeword.org

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

10/19 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

10/19 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

10/20 (3rd Wednesday 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


  • Introductions & Announcements

  • SPEAKERS: Nancy Taylor & Rob Tolle (Navy Veteran), The Resort at Paws Up – Nancy would like to hire Veterans! There is some housing available for people who live more than 40 miles away & a bus/van for employees who are commuting. Open positions: https://www.pawsup.com/careers (Veterans ONLY: Send your resume to Nancy if you’d like:  ntaylor@pawsup.com)

  • Open Discussion & Networking


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

10/20 (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

10/21 (3rd Thursday of Every Month) ONLINE: Montana Veterans Startup Roadmap, 1:30pm

Are you a Montana Veteran, Military Spouse, or transitioning service member looking to start your own business? Join us for this Pre-Biz Workshop! Designed for individuals who would like to start their own business, this is a great overview of things to know about start-up costs, financing options, and business planning. A wealth of information and resources are provided free of charge! Hosted by Big Sky Veterans Business Outreach Center - MT, UT, WY https://www.facebook.com/events/861758094469062

REGISTER: https://mtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/4787

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

10/21 (3rd Thursday of Every Month): Wounded Warrior Project, Lolo Peak Brewery & Grill, 6201 Brewery Way, Lolo, 6pm

We meet the 3rd Thursday 6pm for dinner at Lolo Brewery. Register for more info!

WWP REGISTRATION: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs/wwp-registration

Questions: Adam – Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), Kc2jmn@gmail.com

10/22 ONLINE: Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair, 9am – 12pm (MT)

Meet online with top companies and government agencies nationwide at the October 22 Virtual Military-Friendly Job Fair. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to interview online (video first) with Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Freedom Mortgage, Areté Associates, U.S. Agency for International Development, and many more. Register today and start preparing in advance to tell the company recruiters how your skills and experience fit their staffing needs.

REGISTER: https://www.corporategray.com/jobfairs/435

Questions: Carl Savino - Corporate Gray (703) 690-6381, carl@corporategray.com

10/23 KALISPELL: K9 Wilderness Emergency Care, 10am

Sponsored by: Somers Fire Department - Veterans Discount available

INFO / Calendar: https://montanak9safety.com/?fbclid=IwAR2rf6Gl6wt5y2DPUQ07l6bbGu0zkHyvFtofp5yXMrtP_OwxVAaM9p6GsRk

REGISTER / Questions: (406) 885-0437, info.montanak9safety@gmail.com

10/27 ONLINE: Basics of Resilience, 5:30pm

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.

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

Questions: Red Willow Learning Center, Inc. (406) 530-7175, info@redwillowlearning.org

OR Kathy – Executive Director, kathymangan@redwillowlearning.org

10/28 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

10/31 – 11/5 ONLINE: Humanities & STEM Academic Boot Camps, 10am

*** Virtual Humanities Academic Boot Camp: This week-long humanities academic boot camp prepares service members and veterans for the challenges and rigor of humanities or liberal arts bachelor’s degree programs. Using the topic of American democracy to guide discussions and assignments, veterans and service members will learn foundational skills to help them succeed with their transition from the military to higher education. During the week, students are taught by professors from our partner colleges and universities and mentored by peers who have completed the program and have successfully transitioned to college. https://www.facebook.com/events/277278534273209/

*** Virtual STEM Academic Boot Camp: This week-long STEM academic boot camp prepares service members and veterans for the challenges and rigor of a STEM bachelor’s degree program. Using a physics-based curriculum, veterans and service members will gain skills to help them succeed with their transition from the military to higher education. During this week-long boot camp, students are taught by professors from our partner colleges and universities and mentored by peers who have completed the program and successfully transitioned to college. https://www.facebook.com/events/388090942943669/

Warrior-Scholar Project - INFO: https://www.warrior-scholar.org/programs

Questions: (202) 796-8777, info@warrior-scholar.org

11/6 HELENA: Pet First Aid / CPR & Disaster Response, 10am

Sponsored by: Dog Tag Buddies - Veterans Discount available

INFO / Calendar: https://montanak9safety.com/?fbclid=IwAR2rf6Gl6wt5y2DPUQ07l6bbGu0zkHyvFtofp5yXMrtP_OwxVAaM9p6GsRk

REGISTER / Questions: (406) 885-0437, info.montanak9safety@gmail.com

11/11 Bells of Peace, 11am

Join us for Bells of Peace 2021 - Toll “Bells of Peace” on 11/11 at 11am local time, and honor all those who served and sacrificed in WWI. Bells of Peace is a U.S. national bell tolling remembrance that was created in collaboration with the Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (SHGTUS) to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the World War I Armistice, November 11, 2018. The Doughboy Foundation has since promoted Bells of Peace as an annual remembrance of those who served in WWI and of the moment when the guns fell silent, and bells tolled in Europe… on the 11th day of the 11th month, at the 11th hour in 1918. By registering for Bells of Peace 2021, you can include and share your organization's logo as a participant. We will keep you updated on relevant news and information about the event and your participation and tagged social media posts will go into the archive of participation.

REGISTER: https://doughboy.org/index.php/activities/bells-of-peace/bells-of-peace-signup

Questions: The Doughboy Foundation (202) 796-2812

11/15 DEADLINE: ​Elks Most Valuable Student (MVS)

Must be HS Student of Elks Member (referral based Organization) JOIN: join.elks.org  

Scholarships range from 4,000 to $50,000 paid over 4 years. Qualifications include a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, Class Rank in the top 25%, Demonstrate Leadership Qualities through Part Time Work, Participation and Leadership roles in school, church, or community groups/clubs or Awards or Letters Presented from a school, community, or church. An essay about the leadership role is required. APPLY: https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/MVS.cfm

Questions: Dave - GM of Missoula Elks (406) 549-0542, hellgateelks@gmail.com

11/15 - 11/18 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: https://safetyfestmt.dli.mt.gov/billings-2021

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

12/12 – 12/17 ONLINE: Business & Entrepreneurship Academic Boot Camp & STEM Academic Boot Camp, 10am

*** Business & Entrepreneurship Academic Boot Camp: This week-long business and entrepreneurship boot camp prepares service members and veterans for the challenges and rigor of a business bachelor’s degree program. Using entrepreneurship as a base, veterans and service members will learn business fundamentals, participate in team-building and group dynamics exercises, and work on entrepreneurship projects including pitch group workshops and presentations. During the week-long boot camp, students are taught by professors from our partner colleges and universities and mentored by peers who have completed the program and have successfully transitioned to college. https://www.facebook.com/events/262584732198798/

*** Virtual STEM Academic Boot Camp: This week-long STEM academic boot camp prepares service members and veterans for the challenges and rigor of a STEM bachelor’s degree program. Using a physics-based curriculum, veterans and service members will gain skills to help them succeed with their transition from the military to higher education. During this week-long boot camp, students are taught by professors from our partner colleges and universities and mentored by peers who have completed the program and successfully transitioned to college. https://www.facebook.com/events/254494886529581/

Warrior-Scholar Project - INFO: https://www.warrior-scholar.org/programs

Questions: (202) 796-8777, info@warrior-scholar.org

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1/6 – 1/8 FLORIDA: Student Veterans of America (SVA) National Conference (NatCon)
NatCon is the largest annual convening of student veterans in the world. The 14th Annual NatCon will be held January 6-8, 2022 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort near Orlando, Florida! You can learn more here: https://studentveterans.org/programs-events/national-conference/

The Leadership Institute (Premier student leadership experience): https://studentveterans.org/programs-events/leadership-institute/



3/18/21 UPDATE, "We’re still moving ahead with this play but, because of COVID, we had to postpone the project by one year.  So it will now open and tour in April 2022."

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 contact him at (406) 243-5288, Michael.Legg@mso.umt.edu

5/21/22 Armed Forces Day ~ Heroes @ Home and Veteran Suicide Awareness & Prevention (VSAP) run / walk / RUCK!

Heroes @ Home BBQ: https://www.vsnmontana.org/bbqandvsap

VSAP: https://runsignup.com/vsap

Questions: VSN Events Committee & Leadership Team

  • Anton Johnson, VA - Mobile Vet Center, MWW, VFW, Project Tomorrow Montana & Xsports4Vets, anton.johnson@va.gov

  • Clayton D. Keys, CBHPSS - HUD/VASH Peer Support, clayton.keys@va.gov

  • Erick Kahila, MSW - HUD VASH, VSAP Coordinator & American Legion Post 27, Erick.Kahila@va.gov

  • Jennifer “Jen” Roberts, MarketPoint Sales Representative, - Humana, JRoberts23@humana.com

  • Rebecca Stancil – FSS Director, Missoula Housing Authority, IAWP & American Legion Post 27 rstancil@missoulahousing.org

  • Shannon Noble, Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) – Job Service & American Legion Post 27, snoble@mt.gov

  • Tate Jones, Executive Director - Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History, militarymuseu45@hotmail.com

  • Tom Curran, Missoula Vet Center, thomas.curran1@va.gov

6/28 – 6/30/22 Washington DC: National Association of State Workforce Agencies ~ 2022 Veterans Conference

A look back at the 2021 conference: https://www.naswa.org/conferences/2021-veterans-conference

2021 Mark Sanders Award (KS): https://www.naswa.org/news/kansas-workforce-centers-receive-naswa-award-for-exceptional-veteran-service

Photos from the virtual 2021 Conference: https://www.facebook.com/media/set?vanity=NASWAorg&set=a.10157950951206319

Questions: naswa-meetings@naswa.org

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