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November Events & Beyond...

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NOW through December: Montana Youth ChalleNGe Academy Volunteers

If you are non-profit and need help with an event until December of this year, please let me know. In the past they have set up and helped break down events, run auctions and booths, provided road guard service, installed playground equipment. Additionally, we have a flag team and a rifle team which have performed at all types of sporting and community events. 

*** Ty, "MYCA Western MT is looking for employers who would be interested in participating in a "Roll Call" event January 4th in Missoula and/or January 5th in Kalispell for Class 48, with a January 17th start date. This is a combination roll call, briefings for parents and their kids (enrolled candidates), and mini job fair for prospective employers. This class will graduate 100 to 110 kids in June 2023. If you are interested, contact me directly." https://www.mycacademy.org/home

OR, DO YOU KNOW A POTENTIAL CADET? APPLY: https://www.mycacademy.org/apply

Contact: Ty Robinson – Admissions Counselor, MYC Academy (406) 960-4418, C (406) 925-3894, Ty.Robinson@mycacademy.org

11/1 through March 2023 Various Locations in the FLATHEAD VALLEY: DREAM Adaptive Recreation ~ Winter Military & Veteran Programs (Downhill skiing, snowboarding, and Nordic/XC Skiing)

Program dates coming November 1, 2022! Join us for FREE outdoor recreation lessons and experiences in all seasons. Standard & adaptive equipment available. Learn a new sport or enhance your skills. Open to Veterans with a  disability from any era. No disability rating needed. Some travel assistance may be provided for Montana-based Veterans. Pre-registration is required. Winter Military Programs: https://www.dreamadaptive.org/portfolio/military-winter-programs/

Questions: Maddy - Program Manager (406) 862-1817 Ext 2, programs@dreamadaptive.org

11/2 HELENA: Veteran Resource Fair, Capital Building Rotunda, 9am – 3pm

US DOL VETS (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/vets) is having their big Veteran Resource Fair in Helena on November 2nd (Rotunda).  

Questions: Tom Finch – State of Montana Director, US DOL VETS (Veterans' Employment and Training Service) (406) 447-3233, Finch.Thomas.L@dol.gov

David Petaja - Community Employment Coordinator, Homeless Veteran Recovery Program (HVRP) (406) 202-9012 / 447-6032, david.petaja@va.gov

OR Nick Moschetti, State Veteran Coordinator - Montana Department of Labor & Industry (406) 444-1630, nmoschetti@mt.gov

11/3 – 11/6 BOOK SALE, Heritage Hall, Northern Rockies Heritage Center, 3255 Fort Missoula Rd (Bldg 30)

The Historical Museum is hosting their annual Book Sale, and they will be selling them by the inch again. “We'll be set up in Heritage Hall…we have a little bit of everything! Fiction, non-fiction, science fiction, Montana special interest books....we'll highlight the categories when we get a little closer to the sale. We are full to the rafters (we haven't had a sale in a few years due to covid).” https://fortmissoulamuseum.org/

Questions: Carolyn Thompson - Assistant Director, HMFM (406) 258-3478, cthompson@missoulacounty.us

11/11 Veterans Day Breakfast, Valley Christian School Gym, 2526 Sunset Lane, Missoula

Jennifer, “The 5th grade class at our kids school, Valley Christian, does a Veterans Day Breakfast for the Veteran families and staff but they are wanting to expand on that!” (http://valleychristian.org/) If you’d like to partner with Josh & Jennifer Bernhart for their breakfast ceremony, please contact them at (406) 381-2236, josh.papamurphys@gmail.com

Josh & Jen own Papa Murphy’s Russell & are big supporters of the VSN’s annual Heroes @ Home & VSAP

Questions: Valley Christian (406) 549-0482, info@valleychristian.org or message https://www.facebook.com/ValleyChristianSchoolMissoula/

11/11 Veterans Day, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula

We hope that you’ll mark your calendars and plan on being with us at The Post on Friday November 11th to honor all those who have served. This special celebration will be open to the public and you’re encouraged to bring your friends, family and all the Veterans in your life.

*** AND at 8pm: Veterans Day celebration with music from Kyle Hunter & The Smokehouse Brothers and opening support by Jaden Decker
Music 8pm-Midnight
. No Cover, Open to the Public. https://www.facebook.com/events/499247508726992

Questions: VFW (406) 728-7749, vfw209mt@gmail.com

Clint Decker – Army Veteran & Founder of HSP & Clark Fork Entertainment (406) 214-5541, cfe406@gmail.com

Jaden Decker, jadendeckermgmt@gmail.com  

OR Kyle Hunter Music, kyle.hunter.music406@gmail.com

11/11 & 11/12 Military Appreciation Games ~ Hockey & Football

  • On Friday November 11th 2022 at 7:30pm for Veterans Day, the University of Montana Hockey Team will play Eastern Washington University for their Military Appreciation Game. The game will include an auction for the Military & Veteran special edition game jerseys with proceeds going toward the University of Montana Student Veterans Organization. These games sellout quickly. BUY TICKETS: https://www.grizhockey.com/schedule/tickets

  • On Saturday November 12th 2022 at 1:00pm the University of Montana Football plays Eastern Washington during the Military Appreciation Game. Let’s spread the word to all of our military connected community members to buy tickets early. Below is a link to military discounted tickets with an option to donate to the University of Montana Student Veterans Organization. BUY TICKETS: https://offer.fevo.com/eastern-washington-military-appreciation-gyinaus-2a5dd82

*** FYI: Pat provided an update regarding the Veteran Tailgate for the Grizzly football “Military Appreciation” game 11/12. He submitted a request to reserve a section of the lawn in the River Bowl West area (near Adams Center). If you’re interested in serving on the planning committee, please let him know (tailgate logistics, food, etc.)

Questions Pat Beckwith - Director, Military & Veteran Services at UM, 1000 E Beckwith Ave., Missoula (406) 243-2500 / 243-5744, patrick.beckwith@mso.umt.edu

12/17 (Annual): National Wreaths Across America  

Did you know that 10 balsam bouquets make up each Veteran’s wreath, and each one has a meaning? 1. BELIEF in a greater good 2. LOVE for each other 3. STRENGTH, work ethic, and character 4. HONESTY & integrity 5. HUMILITY, selflessness & modesty 6. AMBITIONS & aspirations 7. OPTIMISM for America 8. CONCERN for the future 9. PRIDE in duties 10. HOPES & DREAMS that didn’t always come true, but left them with no regrets.

*** Vanessa, “Wreaths are $15 each. We need to raise funds for our approximately 1500 veterans buried at our Western Montana Veterans Cemetery. Thanks for helping raise funds so that all our grave stones have a wreath.” https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/164822/Overview/

Questions: Vanessa – Three Rangers Foundation, WMMOA, and Missoula Wreaths Across America, berry_vanessa@ymail.com

OR Missoula Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol (CAP) - Fort Missoula Post Cemetery: Captain James W. Meixner – Commander, Missoula CAP (406) 550-2171, jim.meixner@mtwg.cap.gov

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