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June Events & Beyond...

NOW: REGISTER for Homeward for Heroes (H4H) Montana TREK

Veterans, first responders & spouses are invited to experience “Meet Ups” & 3-10 day treks to reconnect. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to giving back to those who have given so much to serve. Shout Out:

Learn more about H4H upcoming events:

Questions: Dan & Laura Reese (406) 471-0513, OR Mason Jacobson (406) 314-1410

NOW through 7/8: BIAMT ~ Register for the Big Sky Challenge Hike

Get involved and support brain injury education and advocacy in Montana! Sign up to hike with us and rally behind Montana brain injury survivors. Missoula Big Sky Challenge: July 9, 2023 at Montana Snowbowl: & Flathead Valley Big Sky Challenge: August 5, 2023 at Herron Park:

Learn more about the Brain Injury Alliance of Montana (BIAMT):

Questions: John Bigart III, Executive Director, Brain Injury Alliance of Montana (406) 541-6442, C (406) 207-4520,

NOW through August: Sign up for PGA HOPE, UM Golf Course, 515 South Ave E, Missoula, 9am

The HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program is the flagship military program of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America. PGA HOPE introduces golf to Veterans and Active Duty Military to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. The program introduces the game of golf through a developmental 6-8 week curriculum, led by PGA Professionals trained in adaptive golf and military cultural competency (Missoula, Helena & Bozeman):

Questions: Brandy – PGA HOPE (704) 578-8289, OR Erick – VSN Leadership Team,

NOW through August: OSHA 10

Dave Sheldon has offered to conduct free training for OSHA 10 at the Job Service in Missoula again at the end of August:

PLEASE let him know if there’s any interest: David Sheldon (406) 697-8478,

June Observances

  • PTS Awareness & Pride Month

  • D-Day (June 6)

  • Flag Day & U.S. Army Birthday (June 14)

  • Juneteenth (June 19)

6/1 Arts Missoula Awards, Double Tree Hotel, 4:30pm

Arts Missoula is excited to announce the Arts and Culture Awards Program this spring in June 2023. Established in 1999, these awards demonstrate the importance of the arts as they relate to Missoula’s quality of life by honoring those who have made significant contributions to the arts community. This year’s event features a no-host beer/wine reception and light appetizers; music by one of Arts Missoula’s fiscal sponsees, All City Jazz; award winner acceptance speeches, and hear from new Executive Director Heather Adams (Gary Bowman of Morgenroth Music Centers is a VSN supporter and one of the recipients) – INFO / TICKETS:; Questions: Arts Missoula +1 406-541-0860, – visit OR Morgenroth Music Center +1 406-549-0013

6/3 (1st Sunday) CLINTON: Breakfast at the Barn, Willowbend Farm, 13400 Turah Rd., Clinton, 8:30am

We normally serve pancakes, eggs, bacon or sausage, coffee and tea, and juice. Join us upstairs at the Willowbend Farm arena - 12 miles east of Missoula (1 mile east of I-90 exit 113 on Turah Rd, pass the new storage complex and shipping containers at the exit and continue east on Turah Rd across the Turah Bridge. Second drive on the left after crossing the bridge). Learn more about Willowbend Farm and/or Herd 2 Human Equine Classes – learn more:

RSVP for BREAKFAST: Text (406) 240-8598,


Book donations will be accepted twice a month on the 1st Saturday from 9:00am to Noon and on the 3rd Tuesday from Noon-4:00pm. All donations can be brought to the museum’s T-1 Building at 10 Fort Missoula Road (white building next to Heritage Hall). Need to schedule alternate drop off times? Contact 406-258-3479,

Questions: Carolyn Thompson - Assistant Director, HMFM (406) 258-3478,

6/3 AFSP Overnight Walk ~ Washington DC

Save your spot for the 2023 Overnight Walk hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: If you have any questions, please email

Remember, depression is treatable, and suicide is preventable – Call “988” Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

ASK about the LOCAL WALK: Nancy (406) 855-5267,

6/4 – 7/21 NATIONWIDE: Warrior-Scholar Project ~ Summer Academic Boot Camps

We cannot wait to kick off another round of high-impact academic boot camps for enlisted service members and veterans, run in partnership with our outstanding partner colleges and universities. Eligibility:


Questions: Cassie Elder (202) 796-8777,

6/5 – 6/16 HAMILTON: Route 93 Truck Driver Training, Quality Inn, 1113 N. 1st St., Hamilton

CDL class in Hamilton - Accredited program / Tuition $5,500 (contact the Job Service to see if you qualify for any training programs to help with the cost 406-728-7060). Route 93 Trucking, Inc Theory, Field, and BTW courses are approved by the National Training Provider Registry. Questions: Scott Ralston (406) 360-1499,

6/5 Easterseals-Goodwill ~ SCSEP Outreach at Job Service, 539 S. 3rd St. W., Missoula, 10:30am – 3:30pm

Patti Nolan will be back in our front lobby sharing information to walk in clients who may be eligible for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) which offers paid individualized training and job placement services for those age 55 and older experiencing barriers to employment (low income / unemployed):; Learn more:; Questions: Job Service (406) 728-7060, OR Patti Nolan - Participant Advisor, Easterseals-Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain Inc. (406) 830-0599,

6/5 (Every other Monday) KALISPELL: Veteran Dive Night, Flathead Scuba, 203 Business Center Loop Ste A, Kalispell, 5:30pm

All Veterans are welcome to come join us for a night of comradery and therapy in the pool. This event is free for all Veterans! Underwater Soldiers is a non-profit organization using Scuba for Veterans with PTS and other medical conditions (Scuba therapy):

Questions: (406) 260-1526, OR Flathead Scuba (406) 253-8320,

6/5 – 6/20 Tamarack Grief Resource Center (TGRC), 405 S. 1st St. W., Missoula

TGRC strengthens & honors individuals, families, and communities throughout their journey with grief:

  • 6/5 A Taste to Remember ~ Tamarack Grief Resource Center's Benefit Dinner and Auction, Cymatic Event Center, Missoula. You're invited!! We hope you join us as we turn 15 years old this year! On Monday, June 5th, we'll gather for a magical, meaningful evening of community, camaraderie, and fine local dining - all as we raise essential funds for grief support and grief education in western Montana (and beyond!). This is a 'don't miss' event, and we hope to see you there! Tickets, tables, and sponsorship information can be found online:

  • 6/6, 6/13 & 6/20 (Tuesdays 5:30pm) Centering Our Grieving Hearts ~ Mindful Healing Series for Adults. Bring your yoga mat, quilt, pillow or other comfort items and join us for this mindful healing series! Gentle movement, sound baths, breath practice, and meditation support nervous system regulation throughout our lives, including the grief process. Looking forward to this collaboration with our friends Emmy Jessop and Marina Zaleski. By donation, $5-20 per session (attend one or all):

Questions: (406) 541-8472, OR Tina Barrett - Executive Director,

6/6 ONLINE: DAV | RecruitMilitary ~ National Logistics Virtual Career Fair for Veterans, 10am – 2pm

The Virtual Career Fair (VCF) is a one-day online career fair for military veterans and their spouses that offers the opportunity to connect with employers, educational institutions and franchisors. These organizations represent a range of career options. Attend the fair from anywhere! An updated list of all exhibitors can be found at Exclusively for U.S. military veterans. This includes personnel who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life, veterans who already have civilian work experience, members of the National Guard and Reserves, and their spouses:

Questions: RecruitMilitary (800) 226-0841,

6/6 Montana Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services (VRBS) - Needs Assessment, Summit Independent Living Center, 700 SW Higgins, Suite 101, Missoula, 5:30pm

“Employment Needs of Montanans with Disabilities” All participants will receive $20 Incentive. Provide your feedback about employment barriers and service needs for people with disabilities, and how you think VRBS can better serve adults with disabilities to help them find and keep a job, and to youth with disabilities to support them in transitioning from high school to post-secondary school or job opportunities. Your input will be used to help improve program services – REGISTER:

Join us in the Conference Room or zoom:

Questions: Kirsten,; Travis,

OR Summit Independent Living (406) 728-1630,

6/6 (1st Tuesday) DEER LODGE: Veteran Social at Elks Lodge 1737, 230 Main St, Deer Lodge, 7 – 9pm

Veterans Get Together Tuesday, May 2nd - Spouses are welcome!

Questions: SW Montana Veterans Food Pantry and Services (406) 846-4777, OR Deer Lodge Elks +1 406-846-1737,

6/7 Potential Buyers Section, Clearwater Credit Union Training Center, 3600 Brooks St., Missoula, 1:30 – 5pm

For potential buyers and general community members - It’s no secret that the pathway to homeownership in Western Montana is a rocky road these days. This is having an impact on buyers as well as local employers and other community stakeholders. In response, we're seeing a growing number of unique solutions for both buyers and investors. Partnering with the Montana Cooperative Development Center and NeighborWorks Montana, we are excited to host free workshops for investors and buyers on June 7 to introduce the co-op model to members of our community. REGISTER:

Questions: Homeword, 1535 Liberty Lane, Suite 116A, Missoula (406) 532-4663 or visit

6/7 & 6/20 (1st Wed & 3rd Tuesday): Wounded Warrior Project ~ Peer Support Groups, 7pm

We CONNECT warriors to peers, programs, and communities & EMPOWER warriors to live life to the fullest. We have 2 Support Groups:

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

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

REGISTER with WWP for more info:; Questions: (877) TEAM WWP OR Tina N. Waggener - Peer Support Group Leader & US Army Veteran (406) 471-2820,

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

Welcoming all Vietnam Veterans at monthly meeting to join “Veterans helping Veterans”! Learn more about the Vietnam Veterans of America - Montana:; National:
Questions: Al Sperry – VVA Bitterroot Chapter 938 (406) 381-7899,

6/8 (2nd Thursday) ONLINE: Montana JCF ~ Leadership Team Meeting, 12:30pm

AGENDA: Introductions and announcements; SPEAKER: Educational Opportunity Center (OCHE) - Mr. Derek Calvert; Leadership updates, etc. JOIN ZOOM MEETING (Meeting ID:  886 1264 9642; Passcode: 267273): or call (699) 900-9128 *In-Person Location: First Interstate Bank - 2728 Colonial Dr., Helena. Questions: OR Brandy - Montana JCF & Director of Veteran Services, Carroll College (406) 447-4550,

6/9 (2nd Friday): Street Dog Coalition at the Poverello Center, 1110 W. Broadway, Missoula, 9 – 11am

The Street Dog Coalition comes once a month to either the Poverello Center or the Johnson Street Emergency Winter Shelter to provide veterinary care. This takes place on the second Friday:

Questions: Lisa Sirois, MSW – Poverello Center Director of Programs (406) 529-4860,

6/10 MAS “Wear it Again” Jewelry Sale, Anthony Parish, 217 Tremont St., Missoula 8am – 3:30pm

The sale of donated, pre-owned jewelry raises funds that benefit programs and services for older adults, their families and caregivers at Missoula Aging Services. Prices for the jewelry range from one dollar to several hundred. The event is free and all ages are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there:

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

6/10 ONLINE: Homeword’s Statewide Financial Skill Building Class, 9am - 3pm

FREE and open to the public. We believe financial resilience comes from having the financial judgement and decision-making skills to dodge pitfalls and make the right money moves for your future..learn about the 8 essential topics of your complex financial world.  REGISTER:

Questions: (406) 532-4663 x10, OR Katie Sadowski - Financial Education Coordinator (406) 532-4663 x23,

6/10 KALISPELL: NW MT Veterans Food Pantry ~ Veterans Appreciation Day, Flathead County Sheriff’s Posse Bldg, 155 Shady Lane, Kalispell, 9am - 3pm

A day to honor and visit with Veterans and their families. FREE activities and BBQ until 3pm, LIVE MUSIC, games for adults and children, Service Providers & Community Resource Fair with a picnic atmosphere. Surplus available to homeless / at risk Veterans. Parking available at Kmart w/FREE trolley ride to event. If you’d like to table as a service provider, please request the sign up form:

NW MT Veterans FP/SD is dedicated to extending a helping hand up to homeless, low-income, and at-risk Veterans and their families (Food boxes, clothing, household furnishings, Veterans Stand Down, benefits assistance, Peer Support, monthly Veterans Lunch, and much more!) Questions: Cinnamon Davis-Hall - Community Outreach Specialist (406) 250-2394,

6/10 & 6/14 Garden City Harvest Workshops, 1657 River Road Missoula

The workshops are available on a sliding scale. Accessibility is central to the mission of Garden City Harvest- they value your participation regardless of your financial means, and ask that you choose the appropriate rate for you.

Questions: Garden City Harvest (406) 523-3663,

6/10 KALISPELL: Lighthouse Christian Home FUNDRAISER ~ Sacred Seven MC 2nd Annual, Moose’s Lodge, 2166 Lasalle Rd., Evergreen, 12pm

Hey biker community ~ Come out have a good time, get some tacos, win some raffle prizes, and enter your bike in the bike show win a trophy! LIVE MUSIC, food trucks, and biker apparel by Stateline Bikers. Flyer:

Sacred Seven MC is a Christian motorcycle club that is dedicated to spreading God's word to All God:; Questions: +1 406-314-8349

OR Billy Angel – Development Director, Lighthouse Christian Home & Services (406) 250-9605,

6/12 US Customs & Border Protection ~ Mini Job Fair, Job Service, 539 S. 3rd St. W., Missoula, 10am – 2pm

Benjamin Wilson – Border Patrol Agent will be at the Job Service (front lobby) sharing information to walk in clients who may be interested in working for US Customs. Minimum Qualifications to   Apply: U.S. Citizen; Have a valid Driver’s License; Referred for selection prior to 40th birthday (if veteran’s preference eligible); 1-year full time of specialized work experience or 4-year degree (or combination, every full year     of college = 3 months work experience, part- time must equal 1820 hours); No felony / domestic violence convictions; Must have resided in the U.S. for the last 3 yrs; Good credit history; Willingness to relocate to southwest border for initial assignment. Hiring multiple Border Patrol Agents – APPLY: FLYER (Job Service Facebook):

Questions: Job Service (406) 728-7060, OR Benjamin S. Wilson - Border Patrol Agent – Recruiting / Sweetgrass Station / Havre Sector (406) 937-8837,

6/13 (2nd Tuesday) 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:; Questions: Project Tomorrow Montana (800) 273-8255 OR Rosie - United Way,

6/13 (2nd Tuesday): Marine Corps League (MCL) Meeting, Knights of Columbus Hall, 312 E. Pine St., Missoula, 6pm

Calling all Marine Corps Veterans & Navy Corpsmen! Please join us to learn more about MCL Montana:; Questions: Bill Drew (516) 782-5017, OR Chris (406) 493-9083,

6/14 ONLINE: Leidos, Military OneSource and MFLC Briefings, 12pm (MT)

MSEP employer, Leidos is hiring Licensed Behavioral Health Professionals across the country and around the globe including Japan, Korea and Guam to support United States military service members and their families. Virtual briefings (Military Family Life Counseling MFLC): June 14-; Please email to follow up on any specific applications or positions. Questions: Janene Felter - Military OneSource Consultant / Contractor (406) 781-4986,  OR 800-342-9647 (MOS:

6/14 (2nd Wednesday): Missoula “Hell Gate Elks” Lodge 383 ~ Lodge Night, 112 N Pattee St. (2nd Floor Member’s Lounge), 5 - 8pm

Join us in the members lounge upstairs on the 2nd Wednesday for dinner & drinks 5-6:30pm. $5 donation appreciated for dinner. Members meet in a separate room at 6:30pm, but you're welcome to stay in the lounge.

Questions: Dave (406) 549-0542, 

6/14 (2nd Wednesday): VFW Monthly Meeting, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 7pm

Our monthly member meeting - The Post will remain open for business:; Contact the Post about membership or go to: for more information about joining the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Questions: (406) 728-7749,

6/14 (Every Wednesday until 8/9): Missoula City Band, Bonner Park, Missoula, 7:30pm

Our concert time has changed. We will be performing from 7:30-8:30 pm. This is a change from the 8-9 pm time slot we have previously performed. We'll see you one half hour earlier this year! Schedule:

Special Gigs: Saturday, July 29 at 1 PM – Daly Mansion; Tuesday, August 1 at 7 PM – Paddleheads baseball game

Learn more about the Missoula City Band:

Questions: (406) 240-0230,

6/15 (3rd Thursday) PLAINS: Veterans Appreciation Lunch, 201 W. Lynch, Plains, 12pm

All Veterans welcome. Please come and enjoy lunch on us - we are so grateful for you.; Questions: VFW Post 3596 (406) 826-5960, or Auxiliary,

6/15 & 7/11 ONLINE: Monthly "New to Medicare Workshop" 12pm & 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). REGISTER (Select a date):; Learn more about Missoula Aging Services:; Check out all the other MAS events on Facebook:; Questions: (406) 728-7682,

6/15 & 6/19 (3rd Thursday & Monday): American Legion Hellgate Post 27, 825 Ronan St., Missoula

We always encourage Veterans to come and visit - see if the American Legion is for you.

  • 6/15 (3rd Thursday): Monthly Member Meeting, 6:30pm ~ Member meetings are held the third Thursday of every month 

  • 6/19 (3rd Monday): Breakfast Social, American Legion Hellgate Post 27, 825 Ronan St., Missoula, 7 – 9am. The Hellgate Post hosts breakfast once a month. Come check us out and ask about hall availability for other gatherings.

Join the American Legion:; Questions: Office (406) 543-7391, OR Gary Swartz “Head Cook” (406) 544-3823,

6/17 POLSON: Veterans EXPO, Mission Valley Elks, 512 Main St, Polson, 11am – 3pm

Elks Veterans teamed up w/VVA to bring in experts to ensure every Veteran can get help / info to get the benefits you deserve. Attendees will include the Vet Center, Humana, Moral Injury, Suicide Prevention, Housing, HVRP, DAV, Job Service, Mil-spouse training, in-home care, agent orange, Purple Heart, and Veteran Liaison’s from Senator Tester, Daines & Zinke Offices:; Questions: +1 406-883-1695,

6/17 - 7/30 PHILIPSBURG: Blues, Brews & BBQ, "We are the Bold" Concert & Flint Creek Valley Days Classic Car Show

  • 6/17 Blues, Brews, and BBQ!!! Calling all BBQ'ers!!! Join us in downtown Philipsburg on June 17th. Show off your skills, while enjoying live music and brews from around the state of Montana!! Call Heidi with any questions. 406-859-3353

  • 2nd Annual We are the Bold” concert fundraiser! Check out one of our headliner Coffey Anderson:; Montana Grit Outdoors is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization designed to offer programs that enrich the lives of veterans and veteran families through shooting, survival education, outdoor programs with guided hunts for women:; Questions:

  • 7/30 Flint Creek Valley Days Classic Car Show. It's official - Everyone put July 30th on your calendar for a good time!!!; Questions: Philipsburg Chamber of Commerce, 109 E. Broadway (406) 859-3388,

6/17 World Refugee Day, Fort Missoula Regional Park, 3:30pm

We’re so excited to invite you all to Soft Landing’s 2023 World Refugee Day festivities. Please join us on June 17 at the Fort Missoula Pavilion to celebrate! Soccer will begin around 3:30p. Dinner prepared by a handful of United We Eat chefs will be served around 5:30p with remarks from community leaders, cultural presentations from refugees and immigrants excited to show off some of their traditions and, of course, plenty of music and dancing! This year, we’re opening up the celebration to the public so that we might engage a growing number of community members with the important work of welcome, which all of us on this email know truly is a team effort! Given that, we are asking everyone to RSVP HERE ahead of time so that we can ensure we have enough food and drinks for everyone who attends.

S O F T   L A N D I N G   M I S S O U L A: - Greta Bates, Director of Community Partnerships and Client Engagement, 939 Stephens Ave. Suite C Missoula (406) 493-0504,

6/19 (3rd Monday) ONLINE: Poverello Center Neighborhood Meeting, 5:30pm

These meetings are a great place to ask questions, voice concerns, and learn more about the work we are doing (HOT, Housing MT Heroes, etc.) REGISTER:

Learn more about the Poverello Center:

Questions: Stephanie Dolan – Director of Development (406) 541-2016,

6/20 - 6/22 ONLINE: Get Ready for Home Ownership, 6pm

Learn the basics of the home buying process through our nationally-certified Home Ownership Class (9 hour class - $35 per person). REGISTER:

Questions: (406) 532-4663 x10, OR Katie (406) 532-4663 x23,

6/20 (3rd Tuesday) American Legion Post 68 Monthly Meeting, 1700 Stephens Ave., Missoula, 6:30pm

Welcoming new members! They also have Legion Riders & an Auxiliary Unit. Learn more: Questions: Larry Lanoue - Army Vietnam Veteran (406) 370-5450 OR John Turman - Commander (406) 529-8717,; Tom Thompson - Vice Commander (406) 549-6889, (Post 68, PO Box 17322, Missoula 59808)

6/20 (3rd Tuesday) LOLO: 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,

6/21 ONLINE: AARP Montana ~ Wednesday Wisdom, 10am

AARP Montana is collaborating with Montana State University Extension to offer a series of free virtual workshops aimed at helping people make smart estate planning decisions and also healthy living decisions:

AARP and our members share stories, important updates and resources for our military members, Veterans and their families:; Questions: OR Montana: Nancy Andersen - Outreach Director (406) 457-4703, C (702) 595-9811, OR Jim Higgins – Brig Gen (Retired), AARP & NW Montana Veterans Coalition (406) 291-0356,

6/21 (3rd Wednesday): The VSN's Monthly Veteran Service Provider (VSP) Meeting, VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 3pm

EVERYONE is welcome! Veterans, service members, families / caregivers, service providers, etc.

  • AGENDA: Introductions & Announcements

  • SPEAKER: Ben Kohler - Director of Strategy, Next Frontier Advanced Manufacturing Institute (NFAMI), ~ Operation Next: “We’ve raised a ~200k more for Veterans starting in August. I can be reached by phone at 406-565-0190.”

  • Open Discussion & Networking

American Job Centers / Montana DLI Job Service Offices:

If you would like to speak at our monthly meeting, please email Shannon – Job Service DVOP,

OR contact other VSN Leadership Team Members: Anton (406) 721-4918,; Erick (406) 202-5640,; Rebecca (406) 549-4113 ex 106, C (406) 529-1176,

6/23 Day of Action, Bonner Park Pavilion, 8am

Each year, we hold United Way Day of Action-- This year we're planning volunteer activities to help our community:

Questions: United Way of Missoula County (406) 549-6104,

6/23 FRENCHTOWN: Serenity Scramble, King Ranch Golf Course, 9am

Don’t forget to sign up your team! Benefit for The Fourth D Club. Hole & raffle prizes. Lunch included, beverage cart on course. Everyone is welcome! $100 (single) or $400.00 (Team of 4 golfers) Flyer:


Questions: Fourth D, Inc. (406) 209-9570,

6/24 HELENA: Montana Warrior Challenge, Spring Meadow Lake State Park, 8am

Come join the fun by participating, volunteering, or being a spectator at the 2023 Montana Warrior Challenge:


Questions: Impact Montana (406) 431-6530,

6/27 (4th Tuesday) BUTTE: Veteran Service Provider (VSP) Meeting, Job Service, 2201 White Blvd, Butte, 2:30pm

The next VSP Meeting will be held every 4th Tuesday, and we hope to expand to other locations in the future. VOA has graciously agreed to arrange for a speaker. Patrick Trammelle from the VOA Helena office will be presenting on Moral Injury. American Job Centers / Montana DLI Job Service Offices:; Questions: Shannon Ray – Navy Vet & DVOP in BUTTE AMERICA (406) 494-0313,

6/27 - 6/29 DILLON, MISSOULA & KALISPELL: Montana Youth Challenge Academy ROLL CALL

Roll Call is an event we created last year to keep our next class of candidates engaged, provide them the information they will need to be successful and set expectations for both candidate and parent. Each event will have same component regarding communications to kids and parents, but then diverge into different themes for the second half. 

Roll Call: June 27th in Dillon MT, MYCA, 790 East Cornell St. Dillon MT 59725. 6 to 8 p.m. Focus on giving families and candidates the opportunity to visit the campus and facilities they will be using for the next 22.5 weeks. June 28th in Missoula at the Army National Guard, Reserve and Armed Services Building at 9383 Running Rd. W. 6 to 8 p.m. Focus on giving families and candidates firsthand knowledge regarding military for graduates leaning towards the military. June 29th in Kalispell at Nomad GCS, 5414 US HWY 2 W. Columbia Falls, MT 59912, 6pm to 8pm (limit to 40 people total). There will be a job fair giving candidates the opportunity to meet prospective high paying, on the job training type employers in the Flathead Valley. Candidates and their families may attend all three, but must attend at least one:; Questions: Ty Robinson – Admissions Counselor, MYC Academy (406) 960-4418, C (406) 925-3894,  

6/29 ONLINE or IN-PERSON in HELENA: Caregiver Support Summit, 9am – 12pm

The MT VA Caregiver Support Program will be hosting our 2023 Summit “Improving the Health & Well-being of our Nation’s Caregivers” on Thursday June 29th, 9am-12pm. This informative event is open to VA staff, community organizations, non-profit agencies, state/local/tribal government representatives, advocacy groups and other professionals who provide services to Veterans & their family members. If interested in attending, please email your name/contact #/email address/organization to Also, please specify if you’d like to attend either in-person at Fort Harrison VA Medical Center or virtually on WebEx (room # and/or meeting link will be sent after registration).

Questions: Joel M. Simpson, MSW, LCSW, LAC - Program Coordinator, General Caregiver Support 406-417-9302 OR Jonathan J Elm, MS - Montana VA Congressional Liaison, Montana VA Health Care System, 3687 Veterans Drive| Ft. Harrison, MT 59636, 406-439-2989,

7/3 & 7/4 The 21st Annual Collector’s Sale, Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History, 2975 General Foster Ave (Building T-316), Fort Missoula, 7am – 4pm

RMMMH NEEDS HELP ~ On July 3rd they really need help moving tables and getting accumulation out of building and set up on lawn. They will have dinner for everyone helping: Anyone available can contact Tate (406) 239-7738,

RMMMH’s biggest fundraiser of the year is July 4th (antiques, antlers, beadwork, books, camping gear, cast iron cookware, chaps, and MUCH MORE!)

Learn more about the Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History:

For free pick up and donation information, please contact Hayes (406) 549-4817 (NO large items or appliances).

Questions: Tate (406) 239-7738,

7/4 KALISPELL: Flathead Marines 4th of July Parade, 10am

The Flathead Marines are hosting the Independence Day parade in Kalispell (The parade will begin at 10:00 am on July 4th rain or shine. Please come prepared):

REGISTRATION: The Flathead Marines, Inc. and the City of Kalispell reserve the right to approve or reject
applications. To offset costs of the Parade there is a $50 registration fee for all participants except Veteran
Groups and Emergency Responders Entries. Please request/ send your completed application with the entry fee (Check or Money Order) to: Flathead Marines, Inc. PO Box 2624, Kalispell, MT 59903 OR Email:

Questions: Patrick Ward – USMC (406) 249-2448 OR James– DVOP (406) 758-6279;

7/8 FREE BJJ SEMINAR & POT LUCK BBQ , “Choke Barn” 4540 South Ave W, Missoula, 12 – 2pm

The spectacular Professor Glenn Lambdin will be back on the road to help spread his brand of Jiu Jitsu around the North West. If you don't remember he last covered his special blend of lapel attacks he has christened “Master of the Universe”. This time we will be holding the Seminar on Saturday, July 8th 2023 at the proverbial "Choke Barn"! This event location is great. It has an all family atmosphere and are highly encouraged to attend. Basketball hoop and in ground trampoline with lots of grass to play in. It's one of our own Sam Milletts place! Not to mention the Family Pot Luck BBQ to follow. What better way to end an exhilarating day of training than with delicious BBQ food and drinks while socializing with fellow enthusiasts? This unique combination of learning, training, and socializing is sure to make this event unforgettable. Free to all Enrolled MBJJ Students or by special approval from Missoula BJJ. All regular classes will be canceled. See you on the mats, Professor Lehuta

Missoula Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu added KICKBOXING – click to get your first session FREE:

Questions: Bradley Lehuta – Veteran, 2301 Palmer St Unit 12, Missoula (406) 686-6255, or info@MissoulaBrazilianJiuJitsu

7/21 – 7/23 HELENA: 8th Annual Golf Scramble, Bill Roberts Golf Course, Helena, 8:30am

Tailgate party Friday, July 21st at 6pm at Lakeside on Hauser (Calcutta, music, games, food) with golf scramble on Saturday & Sunday (7/22-7/23). 54 3-person teams ($600/team) $6,600 in payouts. To support Montana DAV – REGISTER:

Questions: Dan (406) 431-2414

7/21 – 7/23 TROUT CREEK: 2023 North American Sasquatch Conference, Lakeside Resort, 2955 MT Hwy 200

Get ready for the most anticipated event of the summer! Join fellow Sasquatch enthusiasts from all over the continent for a weekend of exciting lectures, interactive workshops, and thrilling expeditions into the surrounding wilderness. Attendance is capped at 200. REGISTER:
Questions: Lakeside Motel and Resort 406-827-4458,

AUG SAVE the DATE: Beartooth Haven RETREAT, RED LODGE in August 2023 (near Beartooth Pass)

Applications are now available for our August 2023 retreat in Red Lodge, Montana. This retreat is composed for Police, Fire, Corrections, First Responders, Veterans, and Active Military. Our retreat is all expenses paid; including travel, lodging, activities, and meals. The retreat will help build a support network among peers, working together, to overcome trauma and hardships experienced by those who have worked the front lines. "Fighting for those who fought for us" For an application or more information, please email or send us a direct message:

8/12 & 8/13 BILLINGS: Yellowstone International Air Show ~ Blue Angels, Logan Int’l Airport, 1901 Terminal Circle, Billings

An action-packed event lineup that will keep your eyes on the sky and your adrenaline soaring high. Yellowstone International Air Show is not just an airshow. It's a spectacle-scale, family-friendly event that merges awe-inspiring feats of aviation with patriotism, the enticing thrill of sports, entertainment, art, technology and more. It's a truly unique experience! Taking place over two days, the Air Show has an action-packed lineup of events featuring the Navy's best aviators in the air with the World-Famous Blue Angels.

Learn more or

Questions: (406) 318-9773,

OR Billings Logan International Airport (406) 247-8609

8/18 – 8/19 HELENA - WEST YELLOWSTONE: 10th Annual Montana Ride to Remember, US 287 – POW/MIA Memorial Highway

This Ride is an annual event – 183 easy miles; Always on the 3rd Saturday of August; Rain or shine – be prepared! Open to all – camaraderie and patriotic inspiration; Emphasis on safety and respect; Experienced riders in front – new riders to follow; Personal vehicles/cages travel at the back of the pack; Two fuel/rest stops: I 90 Interchange by Three Forks (Town Pump); Ennis, MT (Fuel at Town Pump or Cenex, rest stop at Ennis school); Ride patch, 2023 rocker, Ride T-shirt, and other merchandise available for purchase. 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚 𝐯𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐚𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐟𝐞𝐞 𝐨𝐟 $𝟐𝟎/𝐛𝐢𝐤𝐞, 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐛𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐞.

  • 𝐁𝐁𝐐 - 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐀𝐮𝐠𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝟏𝟖𝐭𝐡: Registration 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Memorial Park, Helena; 50/50 & raffles - No alcohol

  • 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐲 - 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐀𝐮𝐠𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝟏𝟗𝐭𝐡: Registration 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Memorial Park, Helena; Opening ceremony promptly at 9:30 a.m. - Safety meeting to follow the ceremony; Ride out promptly at 10:15 a.m.; Law enforcement escort out of town

  • 𝗖𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘆: Immediately following the ride – West Yellowstone; Street Tacos served by Friends of West Yellowstone

Learn more about the Montana POW/MIA Awareness Association:


8/30 DEADLINE: ESGR Boss Life 2023

EMPLOYERS: If you support or you’d like to support the Guard & Reserve, and you have not attended a boss lift before, please reach out to Parker. “We are working to fill all of our flights! We are inviting our employers from last year’s canceled flight as well but have opened flight registration for Missoula after allowing those who did not fly last year first registration for seats. See the attached registration to fill out. Circle the date and send back if you are going to take an all-day flight just note that on the form, I did not add that this year.”

  • One of the goals of the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve “Boss Lift” is to familiarize employers and community leaders with the vital role that the Guard and Reserve play in preserving national security. Another is to acquaint people with how the Guard and Reserve train to respond to their community and their country in time of need

  • Army ALL DAY FLIGHTS 7 AM TO 4 PM OUT OF Helena, you have to drive to Helena to the Army Aviation Support Facility. ALL DAY FLIGHTS TO THE TOWN LISTED, LOCAL FLIGHTS AND RETURN TO HELENA (These are the local flights in Havre, Kalispell, and Missoula): May 12 Havre (DUE April 24) ALL DAY FLIGHT AND LOCAL FLIGHT IN HAVRE;  June 3 Kalispell (DUE May 16) ALL DAY FLIGHT AND LOCAL FLIGHT IN KALISPELL; September 16 Missoula (DUE 30 Aug)  ALL DAY FLIGHT AND LOCAL FLIGHT IN MISSOULA

Learn more about ESGR:; Questions: Mrs. Parker Sullivan - Volunteer Support Technician (MT), A-Team Solutions, DOD Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (CTR), 120th Airlift  Wing (406) 791-0895,

9/14 Western Montana’s Largest Career Fair, Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve St., Missoula, 3-6pm (Veterans admitted at 2:30pm)


  • JOB SEEKERS: Job Service Missoula’s career fair is the place to be. With 80+ employers who are hiring, we will be packed with opportunities. Bring a resume and be ready to introduce yourself to employers with jobs available in health care, technology, education, manufacturing, and more. Register for a chance to win the Treasure State Basket, containing: TBD 

  • CAREER FAIR WORKSHOPS: Two free workshops at Job Service Missoula will help you prepare for the event

  • Veteran Service Providers (VSP): If you are a Service Provider (You are NOT hiring but provide a service / resource for Veterans, service members, or their families / caregivers) and would like a free table in the VETERAN SECTION of the lobby, please RSVP to:

Employers will not be able to register until summer 2023; however, they also host monthly online job fairs which should be starting back up soon. Questions: Job Service (406) 728-7060,

9/16 ONLINE: The National 6888th Central Post Directory Battalion Day

The National 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion Day honors the all women, multi-ethnic unit that was predominantly black and included other women of color of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent. We should honor the National 6888th by writing and mailing a card to family, friends and Veterans and/OR extend our gratitude to our postal employees in acknowledgment of the work they do:

Women Veterans Memorial: Questions: (703) 533-1155,   

VA Center for Women Veterans (FB): Questions:

9/16 HUSON: HopeSufferFest ~ Trails for Transformation Gravel Ride, Nine Mile Community Center 25620 9 Mile Road Huson, 7am – 2pm

A family-friendly event and gravel ride fundraiser for Hope Rescue Mission to continue to serve, rescue, and transform those in need. REGISTER:

Questions: (406) 549-HOPE (4673),

9/27 - 9/29 BOZEMAN: Governor's Conference on Workers' Compensation

This year the Governor's Conference on Workers' Compensation will be held September 27-29, at the Kimpton Armory Hotel in Bozeman. Conference topics will include Innovation within the Workplace, Returning At-Risk Workers in the Workplace, Communication in the Workplace, and much more. For more details and to book your discounted hotel room click here. 

9/30 BILLINGS: Dog Tag Buddies ~ 2nd Annual Celebrity Chef Gala

We are honored to have Chef Andre Rush return as our celebrity chef for this year. He is a US Army veteran, served as White House Executive Chef for four presidential administrations and is currently starring in his new Gordon Ramsay-produced show, Kitchen Commando. To say I am excited would be an understatement. This man is one of my most favorite humans and he is blessing us with the gift of his time and culinary talents. If you haven't heard of Chef Andre Rush, check out his collaboration with Chef Gordon Ramsey called Kitchen Commando on Tubi. Chef Andre Rush will once again be helping us create a unique gourmet dining experience and joining us as at Northern Hotel, Billings Montana on September 30th – flyer: :; This event sold out last year, so keep watching. Tickets go on sale 7/1/2023:

Questions: DeeDe Baker, IACP DTFC - Executive Director, Dog Tag Buddies 406-969-1227, C 406-690-9853,

10/6 Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) ~ Manufacturing Day 2023

MFG DAY (First Friday in October):

Questions: Steve Dybdal – Business Advisor for MMEC (406) 493-5314,

11/11 KALISPELL: USMC Birthday Ball

Since “the 10th is during the week, we default to the Saturday prior. You get to celebrate TWICE!” Flyer:

Questions: Patrick Ward – USMC (406) 249-2448, OR James– DVOP, Job Service (406) 758-6279;

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