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June 14th Events & Beyond...

​6/14 – 6/19 Buffalo Soldiers ~ Iron Riders Quasquicentennial (125th Anniversary) Gathering, Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History, 2975 General Foster Ave (Building T-316), Fort Missoula

Celebrate the “US Army Great Cycling Experiment of 1897” and the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps at Fort Missoula! On June 14th, 1897, the 25th Infantry began a bicycle journey from Fort Missoula that would take them 41 days and 1900 miles to St. Louis, MO. There will be events in Missoula Tuesday, June 14 (Flag Day) through June 19th “Juneteenth”. Bobby invited vendors, service providers, etc. to table (free – no sign up required). Most events are free and open to the public (Historical reenactments, presentations, museum tours, 25th Infantry Tribute Band, local bicycle & motorcycle trips, Missoula Paddleheads baseball game, Ladies High Tea, and 3-day bike tour. Hosted by HMFM, Northern Rockies Heritage Center, Destination Missoula, and RMMMH. Follow the Buffalo Soldiers on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/301950025393733

Schedule of Events: https://www.ironriders2022.org/schedule-of-events

REGISTER: https://www.ironriders2022.org/registration

Questions: Bobby McDonald (714) 719-9789, ibdmac13@aol.com  

6/14 – 6/15 ONLINE: Montana Housing Partnership Conference, 9am


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

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

6/14 ONLINE: Caregivers of Wounded, Ill and Injured Service Members and Veterans, 2pm

The American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) offers caregivers a small group workshop that explores ways to reduce isolation, incorporate new identities and build personal wellness plans to achieve a healthy lifestyle and reduce stress.

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/american-red-cross-military-veteran-caregiver-workshop-tickets-347294666697

Questions: Sara Cease - Regional Program Manager, Service to the Armed Forces and International Service, American Red Cross of Idaho & Montana (406) 750-9939, sara.cease@redcross.org

6/14 FLAG DAY CEREMONY ~ American Legion Open Field on Tower Road, 4pm

Tuesday, JUNE 14, 2022 at 4 p.m. American Legion Open Field on Tower Road North of Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery. BRING YOUR OWN LAWN CHAIR. As flags are lowered into the flames, members of the public read famous speeches and read the history of our American flag and Flag Day. Open field just north of Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery and Just south of the Maverick’s Baseball Stadium on Tower Road. Public welcome to help American Legion Post 27, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 209, Missoula Civil Air Patrol and other veteran supporters place hundreds of tattered and old American and POW-MIA flags into ceremonial barrels. Full military honors will be rendered at the start of a brief Flag Day ceremony that starts at 2 p.m. Following the opening ceremony every person attending will be asked to pick up a tattered flag and hand it gently to the fire marshal who is a veteran.  Everyone will salute or place their hand over their heart as they hand the flag to the veteran. We will continue giving tattered flags to the fire marshal for placement into the flames until all flags are consumed.  The total effort, depending upon how many people come to help, will take about two hours. Taps played as the final large American flag is lowered into the flames.

Questions: Susan Reneau, bluemountain@montana.com

6/14 (2nd Tuesday of Every Month) ONLINE: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper ~ Suicide Prevention Training, 5:30pm

FREE and open to the public. Learn to recognize the signs of suicidal thoughts and how to intervene in an empathetic and effective way with QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) class.

REGISTER: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpd--prj0sGtClrUwQvWsq4kE3YO8CgDvX

Questions: Project Tomorrow Montana (800) 273-8255

OR Rosie - United Way, rosieayers@missoulaunitedway.org

​6/14 - 6/16 ONLINE: Get Ready for Home Ownership, 6pm

Get Ready for HomeOwnership! Thinking of buying a home? Learn the basics of the homebuying process through our nationally-certified HomeOwnership Class (9 hour class - $35 per person).

REGISTER: https://homeword.org/homebuyer-education/?blm_aid=25745

Homeword ~ “NeighborWorks” Facebook events: https://www.facebook.com/NeighborWorksMT/events

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

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

6/14 (2nd Tuesday of Every Month): Marine Corps League (MCL) Meeting, Knights of Columbus Hall, 312 E. Pine St., Missoula, 7pm

Calling all Marine Corps Veterans & Corpsmen! Please join us at 1900. Learn more about MCL Montana: https://montanamcl.org/

Questions: Bill Drew (516) 782-5017, billsbug@gmail.com

OR Chris (406) 493-9083, Spartans.honour@yahoo.com

6/15 (3rd Wednesday of Every Month): Veteran Service Provider (VSP) / VSN Meeting, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 2pm

The Missoula Region VSN meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. The meetings are called Veteran Service Provider (VSP) Meetings; however, EVERYONE is welcome! For the monthly AGENDA, please click on the "DISCUSSION" TAB: https://www.facebook.com/events/368934188102790/423166356012906/?active_tab=discussion

  • Introductions & Announcements

  • PRESENTATION: Missoula Hell Gate Elks Lodge ~ Thank you for providing $1,500 used for VSAP on May 21, 2022. Your support was greatly appreciated! They will be presenting another $1,500 at the VFW to assist Veterans and their families. Klairaine, "Thanks for all you do. Veterans are so fortunate to have you in their lives."

  • SPEAKER: Janene Felter - Military OneSource Consultant / Contractor (406) 781-4986, janene.felter@militaryonesource.com

  • Open Discussion & Networking

  • AFTER the MEETING: Bobby, Buffalo Soldiers / Iron Riders are encouraging everyone to come to the Missoula Paddleheads Baseball Game "Iron Rider Salute" 6/15 @ 5:30pm: https://www.ironriders2022.org/schedule-of-events  RSVP to Bobby ASAP: ibdmac13@aol.com

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. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Questions: If you provide a service for Veterans, service members, their families and/or caregivers, and you would like to speak at our monthly meeting, please email Shannon – DVOP & VSN Leadership Team, snoble@mt.gov OR if you'd like your organization added to the website, please send your name, organization, what services you offer, and contact information to vsn.msla@outlook.com Upcoming events: https://www.vsnmontana.org/events
Other VSN Leadership Team Members:

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

  • Erick Kahila, MSW - HUD/VASH Case Manager, Department of Veterans Affairs - David J. Thatcher CBOC 3885 W. Broadway, Missoula (406) 202-5640, Erick.Kahila@va.gov

  • Rebecca Stancil, MHA Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Director (406) 549-4113 ex 106, Rstancil@missoulahousing.org

6/15 (3rd Wednesday of Every Month) VFW Auxiliary Post 209 Meeting, 245 W Main St., Missoula, 7pm

Please join us! https://www.facebook.com/events/2760853217543464 VFW Auxiliary on FB: https://www.facebook.com/VFWAuxiliaryPost209

Join the VFW Auxiliary: https://vfwauxiliary.org/join-us/

Questions: Michelle Johnson - VFW Auxiliary (406) 461-9685, info@vfwauxiliary.org

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

6/15 (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

6/16 – 6/19 ONLINE or BUTTE: Elk Park Fire Fighters ~ Wildland Firefighter Training

Interested in Wildland Fire-fighting for the 2022 fire season? Earn $300 per day while on fire incident. Required basic wildland firefighting training courses can be completed online, FREE of charge.  Completing the online course will require a field day exercise OR join the in-person, instructor-led training in Butte ($400).

RSVP: Ed (406) 437-4158 or Dale (406) 479-4813

Veteran Hiring: https://www.fs.usda.gov/working-with-us/jobs/dream-job/eligibility/veterans [fs.usda.gov]

Veterans – VRA Hiring questions: Ed, edward.culbert@usda.gov OR Dan Cottrell, daniel.cottrell@usda.gov

6/16 ANACONDA: Job Corps OPEN HOUSE, 1384 Foster Creek Rd, Anaconda, 11am – 4pm

Join us at Anaconda Job Corps for a chance to see what trades we have to offer. Interact with instructors, staff and students who make Anaconda a leader in technical education and industry training! Welding; Painting; Carpentry; Culinary; Heavy Equipment Mechanics; Heavy Equipment Operator; Brick Masonry; Fire Suppression/Camp Crew. https://anaconda.jobcorps.gov/

Questions: Carrie Wolfe - Vocational Development Specialist (406) 563-8749, C (406) 560-7889, Wolfe.Carrie@jobcorps.org

OR Rick Whitmore – Career Advisor, C (406) 396-2793, Whitmore.Richard@jobcorps.org

6/16 ONLINE: New to Medicare Workshop, 6pm (Also available 7/19 at 12pm & 8/18 at 6pm)

This session provides the basics of Medicare for people turning 65, or for those who simply want to learn how to make the most of Medicare options. Space is limited ($20 or 2 for $35. No cost and reduced cost tickets are available). https://www.facebook.com/events/699761064534545/699761074534544/

REGISTER (Select a date): https://medicaremas.eventbrite.com or contact Missoula Aging Services (406) 728-7682

6/16 (3rd Thursday of Every Month) American Legion Hellgate Post 27 Member Meeting, 825 Ronan St., Missoula, 6:30pm

We always encourage new Veterans to come and visit and see if the American Legion is for you. Member meetings are held the third Thursday of every month https://www.facebook.com/American-Legion-Hellgate-Post-27-102366772245961

Join the American Legion: https://www.legion.org/

Questions: Office (406) 543-7391, hellgatepost27@yahoo.com

OR Gary Swartz (406) 544-3823, ghswartz214@gmail.com

6/20 APPLICATION DEADLINE: Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Training, Missoula College West Campus, 2795 37th Ave, Missoula

Missoula College is committed to providing a comprehensive CDL training program which offers an ideal learning environment for new truck drivers to develop driving skills in a commercial vehicle and prepares the drivers to obtain their Class A Commercial Driver’s License.

APPLICATION DEADLINES, pre-requisites, information: https://mc.umt.edu/outreach/cdl/default.php

Instructors / Questions: Andrew Tode (406) 243-7643, andrew.tode@mso.umt.edu

OR Larry Reinholz - CDL Program Director (406) 550-7450, larry.reinholz@mso.umt.edu

6/21 (3rd Tuesday of Every Month) AFSP Volunteer 101, 7pm

Volunteers are the backbone of AFSP, and they are the reason we have become the largest non-profit organization in suicide prevention. There's a lot to do, and we can't wait to learn more about you to see where you fit!

REGISTER: https://2022rmvolunteer101.attendease.com/

Other Valuable Resources:

And finally, remember depression is treatable and suicide is preventable.  If you are in crisis and want help, call the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or text “MT” to 741 741.

Questions: Nancy Yates (406) 855-5267, nyates633@gmail.com

6/21 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

6/21 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. ALL Veterans are welcome to attend the monthly meeting - if you're not a member, come and fill out a membership form! We are Veterans dedicated to the support of Veterans & community service - very active in the community!

Public Group FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/955743594488748/

National - American Legion: www.legion.org

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

6/22 – 6/23 FRENCHTOWN: Kelly Moorse Memorial Legal Document Clinic

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) announced its annual schedule for 2022 will include stops in Helena, Frenchtown, Thompson Falls, Butte, and Baker. The DPHHS Legal Services Developer Program serves older adults aged 60 and older, enrolled Tribal members and adults with disabilities. At the clinics, legal professionals volunteer to assist participants in completing their estate planning documents, and assist older adults draft, review, notarize and copy each document. According to DPHHS experts, a major reason for senior exploitation in Montana is the lack of knowledge of estate planning documents like Powers of Attorney (POAs), guardianships, living wills and health directives. The clinics are comprised of a one-day training session for community members to learn how to screen for senior exploitation (to make a report go to www.aps.mt.gov or call 1-844-277-9300). On the second day, a clinic is held where trained legal professionals assist senior participants in completing their estate planning documents at no cost. Space is limited and appointments must be made in advance of the clinics. Legal Services Developer Program: https://dphhs.mt.gov/sltc/aging/legalservicesdeveloper/

Schedule of statewide clinics: https://dphhs.mt.gov/assets/sltc/legaldeveloper/legalclinicsandtrainingschedule.pdf

REGISTER / Questions: Katy Lovell - Legal Services Developers Program Director (406) 444-7787 or 1-800-332-2272, klovell@mt.gov

6/22 ONLINE: Basics of Resilience, 5:30 – 7:30pm

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

6/24 United Way ~ Day of Action

Each year, we hold United Way Day of Action--galvanizing volunteers across our community Friday, June 24, 2022. This year we're planning volunteer activities to help our community. https://missoulaunitedway.org/day-of-action

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

6/24 HELENA: Impact Montana ~ Montana Night of Heroes, Broadwater Park, 1016 Williams St., Helena, 5 – 9pm

Please join us for an evening filled with FAMILY FUN, to include: Food and Drinks, Music, Family Life Skills Course, and networking with vendors, Vet Support Organizations, and Health and Wellness Professionals. This community event is part of the Impact Montana Warrior Challenge event weekend. he fun starts at 5pm and will conclude at 9pm. We hope you will join us for the fun and opportunity to honor our Montana heroes! https://www.facebook.com/events/364265682035470/

Questions: Impact Montana (406) 431-6530, ryan.luchau@impactmontana.org

OR Montana JCF, Leadership@montanajcf.org

Brandy - President of Montana JCF & Director of Veteran Services at Carroll College (406) 447-4550, bkeely@carroll.edu

6/25 STEVENSVILLE: Western Heritage Days, Main St., Stevensville, 12pm

Live Band, Beer Garden, Bouncy Houses, Farmers Market, Food Trucks, and more! https://www.facebook.com/events/538389830846088/

Questions: (406) 777-3928, editor@bitterrootstar.com

6/28 – 6/30 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

6/28 (4th Tuesday of Every Month) ONLINE: FREE Job Seeker Tips, 1pm

No cost, short virtual training offering best practices for all things job search related (job search, resume, cover letters, interviewing, applicant tracking systems, etc.) Hosted by Montana Department of Labor & Industry https://dli.mt.gov/

Join the ZOOM Meeting: https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/87493084788?pwd=dk8rUUhjaEVqZFNIMGo5TXhhSUVzUT09

Questions: Karen Vanni – Training Coordinator (406) 791-5843, kvanni2@mt.gov

6/29 Annual Fundraiser for Missoula Interfaith Collaborative

We cannot wait to host Father Greg Boyle in late June for our annual fundraiser at MIC! If anyone is interested in hosting a table or being a guest at my table please DM me (Weds June 29th)! No cost to host or attend - attend, learn and invest in our community. You won't want to miss this! Homeboy Industry is the north star for Missoula Works Social Enterprises! https://www.facebook.com/MissoulaInterfaithCollaborative

Web: http://micmt.org/

Questions: Casey Dunning (406) 531-4761, mic@micmt.org

OR Missoula Works (406) 926-3400, paige@missoulaworks.com

7/2 PHILIPSBURG: BrooM (Big rain over old Montana) ~ Pre Independence Day Festival, VFW Post 8292, 14 Maxville Rd., Philipsburg, 2pm

3 Bands, National Anthem, Beef Briscuit Potluck. BrooM, Jason Mahoney, Wirth Brothers Band. Christy Rogers. Bring a chair and a side dish. Party starts at 2 PM. July 2nd - Family friendly! Patriotic Family event sponsored by the VFW and VA. https://www.facebook.com/events/525736219110452

BrooM was originally formed in ’93 by Jessie Kostoff, Veteran “Jess Ko” booking@dmcmusic.us

Questions: Philipsburg VFW (406) 859-3657, maxvillevfw8292@gmail.com

7/4 BIGFORK: 11th Annual Grateful Nation Montana Freedom 5k Run/Walk, Swan Lake Trail, 9am

The 11th Grateful Nation Montana Freedom 5k Run/Walk check in for walk ups and preregistered participants begins at 8am. The Race starts at 9 a.m. Please register early before June 18, 2022 so you are guaranteed the Freedom Run t-shirt size. Thank you so much for your support to the Grateful Nation Montana Children’s education fund. These children lost their fathers who were killed in action in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The Fallen were Soldiers from Montana https://www.facebook.com/events/692716015071654

REGISTER: https://runsignup.com/Race/MT/Bigfork/GratefulNationMontanaFreedom5KRunWalk

Learn more about Grateful Nation Montana: http://www.gratefulnationmontana.com/

Questions: (406) 278-7521, info@gratefulnationmontana.com

7/6 PLAINS: American Red Cross Blood Drive, Clark Fork Valley Hospital (CFVH) Event Center, Plains, 11am – 4pm

Blood donations are essential and we need your help. The American Red Cross will be doing a blood drive in Plains on July 6th. Location: CFVH Event Center, Main Hospital Campus at end of Horizon Lane (Between school and hospital) https://www.facebook.com/events/396714975373183/

Schedule your blood donation: https://www.cfvh.org/events/events/american-red-cross-blood-drive-1/?calendardate=20220706110000&fbclid=IwAR1pb1_DqganGrqmJUvdfIJewXDdgnRTomCeixhdThXmGwSAnXvYxWtUtVw

Questions: (406) 826-4800, trevier@cfvh.org

7/9 OREGON to Washington DC: 13th Annual Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride, 9am

This is our 13th Annual Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride in which we escort the Fallen Soldiers Memorial Flame from Eugene, Oregon to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC to honor and pay tribute to America's fallen service members. https://www.facebook.com/events/1784564901885288/

Questions: Join “Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Northwest” Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/448185968554615/about

7/10 DRUMMOND: Kiwanis Rodeo Parade 12pm & 81st Annual Drummond Kiwanis PRCA Rodeo 2-5pm

It' the annual Drummond Kiwanis Rodeo Parade! Gather on Front street get ready to be entertained by the colorful clowns, the Shriners, horses and a host of other entrants celebrating the rodeo! https://www.facebook.com/events/1327143131131116/

It's a Montana Classic! The 81st Annual Drummond Kiwanis PRCA Rodeo will roll into Drummond, Montana and bring the best of professional rodeo with it. It's full day of events including the Drummond Kiwanis Rodeo Parade that starts at noon! You won't want to miss all the action and fun.

Questions (no contact info avail): Message FB page https://www.facebook.com/events/4994750227248513

7/13 SAVE the DATE: Picnic for the POV

The Poverello Center will hold our second annual Picnic for the Pov to raise funds in support of the Veteran Services Program on Wednesday, July 13th, 2022. We will gather at Ogren Park at Allegiance Field from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM with nearly 200 Missoula community leaders to share the importance of the Veteran Services Program and invite attendees to support our work. If you’re interested in serving as a “Table Captain” (individuals who may be able to support the Poverello Team by inviting your friends, family and colleagues to join in learning about our Veteran Services Program: https://www.thepoverellocenter.org/programs-and-services/), please RSVP to development@thepoverellocenter.org

Questions: Lisa Sirois, MSW - Director of Programs (406) 529-4860, lsirois@thepoverellocenter.org

7/16 ALBERTON: Railroad Day

The wheels are in motion and the horn is honking! The 2022 Railroad Day Festival is happening Saturday, July 16th and we are seeking vendors of all types + parade and car show participants! Head on over to website to sign up! You can also shoot us messages through our website or here on Facebook with any questions: https://www.facebook.com/Alberton.Railroad.Day.Montana

MORE INFO / VENDER APPLICATIONS: https://alberton-railroad-day.square.site

Questions: albertonrailroadday@gmail.com

​7/16 - 7/20 CENTRAL MT: Camp Runnamucka!

Runnamucka is open to all military kids ages 9-17 and is Saturday, July 16th through Wednesday, July 20th in central Montana. Priority given to MT Army Guard Kids who are currently, about to, or have recently experienced deployment. Remaining slots can be filled with others. https://www.facebook.com/montanaguardkids/

SIGN IN or CREATE an ACCOUNT: https://mtngkids.campmanagement.com/campers/

Questions: (406) 324-3925, mtngyouthprograms@gmail.com

7/16 – 7/23 Homeward for Heroes “OLD WEST TREK” 2022

Veterans, service members, and first responders – join us for a free adventure across Montana July 16th - 23rd. Sign up soon, Spots are limited. Details of 2022 over-landing treks are not finalized. Please subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed.  Treks for military, veterans, first responders, spouses and battle buddies are usually 5 days and over vs events are 1 - 3 days. Most events take place in Montana & Idaho. Events will be usually promoted 2+ weeks from date of event. All events & treks are free of charge depending on funding.

REGISTER: https://www.homewardforheroes.org/events

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

OR Mason Jacobson (406) 314-1410

7/22 WAA Mobile Education Exhibit, Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History, 2975 General Foster Ave., Fort Missoula, 10am – 3pm

The Bitterroot Chapter of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) are hosting the Wreaths Across America (WAA-MEE) July 22nd Welcome Home Ceremony at 11am. The Mobile Education Exhibit is an instrument to bring communities together to learn about the WAA mission; to Remember the Fallen; Honor those who serve; and teach our children the Value of Freedom. A Veterans’ Wreath is a symbol of Honor, Respect, and Victory.

Questions: Laura (406) 396-1660, lslye@yahoo.com

OR Susan Stone (508) 497-8888, stonehealthcenter@me.com; Janet Loren (406) 240-9034, renegade65@vcn.com; Bitterroot NSDAR, bitterrootdar@gmail.com

7/23 – 7/24 GREAT FALLS: Montana Military OPEN HOUSE & Air Show, GF International Airport – MANG Ramp

The Open House will be held at the MANG on July 23-24, 2022 and will showcase aerial demonstrations both days. The show will be headlined with the USAF Thunderbirds team. A variety of presentations from military services and other organizations will be present, including the P-51, P-38, the Jelly Belly team and Precision Exotics. This event will surely thrill everyone during its two-day span, and it’s free and open to the general public. Static military and civilian displays and equipment will also be available for viewing. Entry is FREE! Co-hosted by the Malmstrom AFB 341st Missile Wing and the Montana Air National Guard (MANG) 120th Airlift Wing https://greatfallsairshow.com/

Questions: (800) 864-6264; Montana National Guard, Great Falls (406) 453-3155; Air National Guard (406) 268-0756 or (406) 727-4650; Armory 406) 453-3155; Montana Air National Guard Base, 2800 Airport Ave B, Great Falls (406) 788-8264, JFHQ-mt.dpr.Recruiting@us.af.mil

7/28 – 7/31 WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS: Red Ants Pants Music Festival

The Montana Office of Tourism’s event of the year! Teccas, “Save the date!! Exciting times!! Info coming soon!!”

INFO: https://redantspantsmusicfestival.com/2022-schedule/

The Teccas (https://www.reverbnation.com/theteccas) – questions: (406) 437-4502, theteccas@yahoo.com

7/30 SUPERIOR: Events for Vets 1st Annual Celebration, Montana Superior Resort & Venue (MSRV) 1224 Mullan Rd W, Superior, 3pm

Join us for the first annual celebration fundraiser banquet for Events for Vets--where EVERY DAY is Military Appreciation Day! Saturday, July 30th is the date! Mark your calendars, as there will be games for all ages, dinner, raffles, a silent auction and more! Former and present military servicemembers get in free along with their child/children and spouse. For non-veterans, there is a $20 donation to Events for Vets to get in. The $20 includes your meal, and you just pay at the door. Our musical guests include Army veteran, Jesse Quandt and Montana-native, Levi Blom with The Levi Blom Band! We will also feature a comedy show with Missoula's own Tim Miller and more! We are hoping to raise enough money to send a lucky veteran and their significant other on an all-American vacation! We will be selling raffle tickets for this package, also, and we will have the drawing in October. Mark your calendars! https://www.facebook.com/events/295489972676350/

Learn more about Events for Vets at MSRV in beautiful Superior, MT: http://www.events4vets.us/

Questions: Jason – USMC Veteran (406) 360-9930, info@events4vets.us

8/11 – 8/12 University of Montana’s Baucus Institute Department of Public Administration and Policy

Fourth annual Public Service Academy, “Inspiring Strategies for a Lifetime of Public Service” The academy is open to any public or nonprofit sector employee. Participants will learn from leading experts in the field while advancing skills for their current professions. More information (detailed schedule, speaker bios, and registration): https://www.umt.edu/law/mpa/training/psa/default.php [umt.edu]

Questions: Ben Hamman, MPA - Public Education Manager, Baucus Institute Department of Public Administration and Policy, ALEXANDER BLEWETT III SCHOOL OF LAW (406) 243-5351, ben.hamman@mso.umt.edu

9/8 HELENA: Montana Veteran Caregiver Conference 2022

My name is Krista Petterson, a Montana Veteran Caregiver, and I am working with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, and AARP to set up a conference this September 8th in Helena. The conference will focus on the unique needs and barriers that Montana caregivers face, as well as available or necessary solutions to those needs and barriers. We will also touch on the specific mental health needs of this population. Our goal is to gather a round-table of those that serve Montana veterans and their caregivers, along with applicable government representatives in one place for a day of conversation and problem solving.

Questions: Krista, kpetterson38@gmail.com

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