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June Events & Beyond...


  • June 4th ~ Battle of the Midway (1942)

  • June 6th ~ D-Day (1944)

  • June 14th ~ Flag Day

  • June 16th ~ Father's Day

  • June 19th ~ Juneteenth

  • June 22 ~ GI Bill Signed (1944)

  • June 25th ~ Start of the Korean War (1950)

  • June 27 ~ Save the Date! The Poverello's 50th Anniversary GALA, "As the Poverello Center enters its 50th anniversary, volunteers would like you to experience the warmth and joy that helping our neighbors in need provides. We love spending time with one another and with the guests of the Pov. Please consider volunteering yourself or making a financial contribution during this season of new beginnings." You can sign up to volunteer by emailing

  • September 17 ~ Missoula Career Fair (see event info below)

NOW: REGISTER for Montana Vet Program (MVP)

The Montana Vet Program takes Veterans into the back country – Save the dates: June 13-16; August 8-11; September 9-8. We have a few things in the works that are not announced yet, but these dates are rock solid and you should get signed up now, because we are getting 1-3 applicants a week and these trips will fill up fast:

Questions: / Michael Elliott – USMC Veteran & Team Leader (406) 454-1449, OR Luke - Director (406) 788-7248,

NOW: Register for 2024 Homeward for Heroes TREKS

The Montana spring meet & greet, and summer treks are now listed on our website:

  • Whitefish, Montana, "Old West Trek" July 14 -20, 2024

  • Red Lodge, Montana, "Full Send", Aug 11 - 17, 2024

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

6/1 KALISPELL: NW MT Veterans Food Pantry’s Veteran Appreciation BBQ

Serving those who have served! 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, and much more!)

  • June 1st Veteran Appreciation BBQ, Sheriff Posse Building, 155 Shady Lane, Kalispell, 9am - 2pm ~ We will have tables for Veteran Service Providers. PARKING at Conlin’s with a Free trolly ride to event; FREE BBQ, Live Music, Games for Adults and Children, Picnic atmosphere, Community Resource Information, Service Providers, Free Raffles, Hair Cuts and much more! Veterans: bring your family and military ID or DD214 as Surplus Military Gear and VA providers will be available:

  • Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Loan Program: Accepting ALL donations of medical equipment, wheelchairs, etc. for the DME loan program & offer the equipment to all low income / at-risk Veterans free of charge.

  • Follow their FB page for more information:

Questions: Cinnamon Davis-Hall - Community Outreach Specialist for NW MT Veterans Food Pantry (406) 250-2394,

6/1 & 6/2 DARBY: PRCA Circuit

Now's your chance to tap into the Richest, Stand-Alone, Bareback Rodeo on the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) circuit. It's the YELLOWSTONE Darby XTREME Bareback Weekend. It's coming to Darby and the Bitterroot Valley on June 1st and 2nd. For one full weekend, the eyes of the rodeo world will be focused squarely on Darby. Thanks to Rocker Steiner's eye-popping, record-setting, 95-point ride at the 2022 event, we're expecting record crowds, more TV viewers, and greater media coverage, than ever before. Cal Ruark

President, Darby Rodeo Association - TO LEARN MORE: Call Nancy Shearer at (817) 269-0779 or email:

6/3 (First Monday) ST. REGIS: American Legion Post 13 Meeting, 1301 Hwy 10 E, St. Regis, 4pm

All members invited to attend. Join the American Legion Post 13 FB Group:  Questions: Scott Burrows - Adjutant, American Legion Post 13, St. Regis,

6/3 (Every Other Monday) KALISPELL: Veteran Dive Night, Flathead Scuba, 203 Business Center Loop Ste A, Kalispell, 5:30pm

Open to any and all veterans to come find out the benefits of Scuba diving:

  • SAVE the DATE: 6/22 Underwater Soldiers Fundraising Event, Valley Bank of Kalispell 1000-1600 ~ We will be raffling off items from donors all across the valley and beyond! Tickets will be available live at the event or feel free to pre-purchase raffle tickets by contacting us via Facebook Messenger. $5 ea for standard tickets ($10ea for some select larger item tickets); Some of the items up for grabs will be added to our page in separate posts so keep an eye out as we add them over the next few weeks. NEED NOT TO BE PRESENT TO WIN - All winners will be announced at the closing of the event via Facebook live. We will have food vendors on site and the VFW Post 2252 will have a beer garden for the 21 and over crowd seeking refreshing beverages. Keep your eyes on our page for pictures and information on raffle items! **All proceeds go to funding Underwater Soldiers therapy nights, gear for veteran use during therapy nights, snacks for dive nights, as well as our watershed cleanup missions. ** We also accept cash donations via our web page www.UnderwaterSoldiers.Org; Arrangements can be made to meet in person for donations or donations via checking. FLYER:

Questions: (406) 260-1526,

6/4 (1st Tuesday) ONLINE: Johnson Street Emergency Shelter Neighborhood Meeting, 5:30 – 6:30pm

Please join us for the upcoming Johnson Street Emergency Shelter Neighborhood Meeting via ZOOM! Poverello program staff and a representative from the Missoula Houseless Programs Department will be in attendance to discuss the shelter and address questions and concerns from our neighbors. REGISTER:

Questions: Stephanie Dolan - Director of Development (anything with fundraising, needs of the POV:, neighborhood meetings, communications) 1-406-541-2016,

6/4, 6/18 & 7/16 Homeword Classes

Homeword advocates for policies that create sustainable communities for all, including those pertaining to home ownership, financial skill building, sustainable methods and homes Montanans can afford.


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

6/6 - 7/4 SAVE the DATES: Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History

  • 6/6 D-Day ~ 80th Anniversary of WWII D-Day Landings Program TBA

  • 7/4 22nd Annual Collector's Sale 7 SAR/DAR Encampment:

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

RMMMH’s biggest fundraiser of the year is July 4th (antiques, antlers, beadwork, books, camping gear, cast iron cookware, chaps, and MUCH MORE!) At this point RMMMH board average age is 70 plus and that’s not going down (need new board members), but for the moment as always this time of year need muscle help. We will have dinner for everyone helping. For free pick up and donation information, please contact Hayes (406) 549-4817 (NO large items or appliances). Learn more about the Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History:


Questions: Tate (406) 239-7738,

6/6 & 6/20 (1st & 3rd Thursday): Creative Writing Workshop for Military, Veterans, Caregivers and Spouses, 1:30pm

It's time to tell your story. Blue Star Families has partnered with Community Building Art Works (CBAW) for a virtual creative writing workshop. Writing is a powerful tool for communication, self-discovery, and reflection. Together over Zoom, we’ll read a short piece of writing, see what makes it work, and use it to enter into our own stories. No writing experience required—if you can think, you can write. REGISTER (FREE):

Questions: +1 202-630-2583, or visit Blue Star Families website:

6/8 – 7/13 Brain Injury Alliance of Montana

We are bringing back our annual brain injury conference, with this year's event being tailored to brain injury survivors and their support systems. Learn more:

  • 6/8 Big Sky Fight Club Banquet & Auction, Wachholz Community Center ~ Join us in Kalispell for an evening you will not want to miss!

  • 7/13 Big Sky Challenge Hike, Montana Snowbowl ~ Hike for an amazing cause! See you on the mountain!

If you have any questions about these events, please reach out to

6/10 – 6/14, 7/1 – 7/5 & 7/8 – 7/12: Art & Movement Summer Camps, 825 Ronan St., Missoula

We are a full-day, art-centered summer camp designed for children and guardians. We will spend the summer months in fun, creativity, and exploration. Learn more:

Questions: Michelle Johnson - Program Director +1 406-461-9685,

6/10 (2nd Monday) ONLINE: Montana VHA Veterans Forum Meeting (Fort Harrison Community Care), 10am

Monthly update on what Montana VHA is doing as well as “need to know” information for stakeholders and Veterans. JJ’s goal is to have every organization that helps Veterans or families be involved. Join via Microsoft Teams: Join on your computer, mobile app or room device (Meeting ID: 210 898 690 858Passcode: rfLYw3): Click here to join the meeting ; Download Teams | Join on the web OR call in (audio only) +1 872-701-0185,,109583933#  United States, Chicago; Phone Conference ID: 109 583 933#

Questions: Jonathan Elm, MS - Montana VA Congressional Liaison, Montana VA Health Care (Fort Harrison) Questions: 406-439-2989,

6/11 (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,

6/11 (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,

6/11 (2nd Tuesday) ONLINE: Montana National Guard Support, 6:30pm

Let’s collaborate on ways to prioritize all facets of health (mental, spiritual, physical, emotional). Make some hot cocoa, grab a loved one and let’s connect! Email to receive the Zoom link.

  • SAVE the DATE: Cora announced the Protector’s Gathering in Billings Feb 2025, and she’s coordinating with Mike McManus (SAMSHA re Governors Challenge Working Group for Peer Support).

Questions: Cora Augustin - Primary Prevention Specialist, MTARNG 406-324-5123,

OR Dr. Tabitha – Integrated Prevention Program Manager 406-324-3242,

6/12 (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.

  • 6/15 GOLF Tourney ~ The 2024 golf tournament will be held June 15th at Highlands Golf Course. We need your help to secure sponsors, silent auction items, raffle items, team prizes (sets of 4, such as gift cards), and players. To offer any of these items, sign up as a sponsor, or pre-register a team, please email

  • 6/22 Elks Night at the Races, Mission Valley Super Oval ~ Sorensen Transport Twin 50's (#2 Big 5 Race) Please purchase your tickets in advance:

JOIN the Elks: (Facebook: Questions: Dave (406) 549-0542,

6/12 – 8/7 (Every Wednesday): Missoula City Band, Bonner Park, 7:30pm

For well over 100 years the Missoula City Band has been bringing free concerts to the community of Missoula! The band performs Wed nights during summer.

Introducing our 2024 Concert Series - Schedule:

Questions: (406) 240-0230,

6/13 (2nd Thursday) ONLINE: Montana JCF ~ Leadership Team Meeting, 12:30pm

(*In-Person Location: First Interstate Bank - 2728 Colonial Dr., Helena)

AGENDA: Introductions and announcements; Leadership / VA / Military / Congressional / Board Meeting Recap; Financial Update - Fundraising Update, Washington grant; Planning recap for JCF BBQ (August 01, 2024) Virtual Access: Montana JCF Zoom Meeting Link Meeting ID:  861 3398 2881; Passcode: 610623; Call 1-669-900-9128 if device not available) Questions:

6/19 (3rd Wednesday): The VSN's Monthly Veteran Service Provider (VSP) Meeting, VFW Post 209, 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. EVERYONE is welcome to our monthly meeting! Veterans, service members, families / caregivers, service providers, etc.

  • Introductions & Announcements

  • SPEAKERS (TENTATIVE): JJ Elm - VA Congressional Liaison & VFW VSO, Josh Lovejoy 

  • Open Discussion & Networking

These professional networking groups are offered by most American Job Centers (Montana Department of Labor & Industry):

If you would like to speak at one of our monthly VSP Meetings, please email Shannon – Job Service DVOP,

OR contact other VSN Leadership Team Members:

6/20 (3rd Thursday) PLAINS: Veterans Appreciation Lunch, VFW Post 3596, 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,

6/22 PHILIPSBURG: Braach Shepherds 4 Veterans Fundraiser ~ Poker Run & Concert, 12pm

Please mark your calendars. We hope to gather a crowd and lots of bikers. There is the annual Philipsburg Fire Dept Clam Feed at 3 pm if you want to come to town early for that. Then enjoy music with Clint Vick and his band, a live auction and Big Ed’s BBQ beer wine and more! All proceeds support Braach Shepherds 4 Veterans. The cost of pups supplies, veterinary care, food and training support. It costs approximately $7000 per dog to train as a Service Dog. We keep the cost down by having our Veterans raise and participate in the training. FLYER:

Tickets on sale soon:

Questions: Pamela Braach 406-560-9979,

6/22 ST. IGNATIUS: Kyle Hunter & The Mountain Standard LIVE, Music in the Missions, St. Ingnatius Park & Amphitheater, 5pm (Vendors 10am)

Fetch ya some tickets for this sweet lil festival ... the boys and I are fired up for this one! FLYER: (LINE UP:


Learn more about Kyle Hunter Music (Navy Veteran):


6/25 - 8/11 Montana Guard Kids


  • 6/25 - 6/27 Fort Harrison Day Camp ~ Calling all volunteers! Join us in making a difference with the Montana National Guard summer camps for military youth. Not only do you uplift these amazing kids, but you'll also find personal growth, community connection, and support for military families. Let's make memories and create impact together!

  • 7/22 – 7/25 BOZEMAN: Montana Guard Kids Leadership and Adventure Teen Camp ~ Get ready for an EPIC summer adventure at our Leadership and Adventure Teen Camp! Mark your calendar for July 22-25th! This camp will give you a chance to ignite your leadership skills while having a BLAST with new friends! Scan the QR code or hop online to secure your spot (TEENS 13-17) - FLYER:

  • 8/7 - 8/11 Camp Runnamucka - FLYER:

Create Account / Log In & Sign up TODAY at:

Questions: Montana National Guard Family Programs (406) 324-3232 / (406) 324-3925,

6/28 - 6/30 Save the Date: Impact Montana

June 28 - 30 Montana Warrior RUCK & Team Challenge in Marysville:


  • July 4th ~ Independence Day

  • July 13 ~ VVA's Mountain Muster in Sula

  • July 20 Alberton Railroad Festival Day ~ Vendor App 4/1

  • July 26th ~ Americans with Disabilities Act Signed (1990)

  • July 27th ~ End of the Korean War (1953)

  • August 7th ~ Purple Heart Day

  • September 2nd ~ VJ Day (1945) & Labor Day

  • September 11th ~ Patriot Day

  • September 20th ~ POW / MIA Recognition Day

  • September 29th ~ Gold Star Mother's Day

7/3, 8/17 & 9/30 JD & The Western Front Band

Music by Jeff Daniel (“JD” - Army Veteran): AND The Western Front Band:

  • 7/3 ARLEE: Aaron Tippin LIVE at JD's place (Montana Cattle Lack Ranch):

  • 8/17 PHILIPSBURG (Summer Concert 2024): What a great organization that raised over $75,000 last year for charity. The Rotary Club and Phillipsburg ROCK! Make plans for Saturday August 17, 2024 with us and about 1500 friends where you will see a bunch of old dudes Kick*** on some traditional country songs. We’re going to blow the lips off a chicken at 1000 feet:

  • 9/30 ARLEE: Sept. 30th tickets are on sale now (Cattle Lack Ranch). DONT MISS OUT! GREAT performances from entertainers!

Questions: JD (406) 396-5238,

7/18 – 7/20 HELENA: 9th Annual DAV Golf Scramble, 3pm

We have exciting news! Not only did we add an additional 18 team spots, but we will be playing 36 teams at Bill Roberts and 36 teams at Green Meadow Country Club and flip-flopping the second day of golf. Sign-ups will be the morning of April 11, 2024 starting at 8:00 AM. Put it in your calendar to be sure you get your team registered. Register at: Thursday night July 18, 2024 will be the tailgate party and Calcutta at Green Meadow Country Club. Play will begin shotgun start 8:30 on Friday, July 19, 2024 and July 20, 2024. This is a three-man scramble with payouts based on flight plus additional giveaways and prizes. Last year you raised Montana Veterans $154,000! Our goal this year is $200,000. Thank you to all who volunteer in, participate and sponsor this event:

Questions: Montana Department of the DAV +1 406-495-2089,

7/27 Kyle Hunter & The Mountain Standard LIVE

Alongside his 6 piece band, The Mountain Standard, produces sounds similar to Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers, and even some Allman Brothers. Seamlessly marrying sublime guitar tones reminiscent of the Dead all the while paying homage to country & western roots. With snappy and undulating jazz and funk rhythms, the sound is punctuated by a sonic array piping out of the multi-faceted players on fiddle and keys. KHTMS inspires goosebumps with their one of a kind electric, roundhousing entertainment experience.

  • 7/27 ANACONDA: Gunslinger Fest ~ Main Stage Lineup is here: Kyle Hunter Music; Mark Duboise Band - Crossroads Trio; Lance Handyside Music; Lindzy Neilson Music; Jason Mahoney Music; Katie Hall - Music. Early Bird Special $15 Get your tickets today:

Learn more about Kyle Hunter Music (Navy Veteran):


8/12 – 8/16 HAMILTON: Route 93 Truck Driver Training

Scott from Route 93 confirmed new tuition: $4800 for full class and $3800 for driving training only.  He is willing to work with any participants that are struggling and will give them extra time if needed on his time and if he feels they need extended additional training. FIVE DAYS INDIVIDUAL BTW TO FOLLOW FOR 120 HOURS TOTAL CDL TRAINING. Theory, Field, and BTW courses are approved by the National Training Provider Registry. Quick Transport Solutions:

Questions: Scott Ralston (406) 360-1499, OR contact the Job Service to see if you qualify for any training programs to help with the cost 406-728-7060

9/17 Career Fair, Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve St., Missoula, 3-6pm (Veterans admitted at 2:30pm)

JOB SEEKERS: If you are ready to advance your career? Job Service Missoula’s career fair is the place to be. With 80+ employers who are hiring, the free event at Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula 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 Gift Baskets!

UPDATE: We will have 3 Treasure State prizes!

  • Career Fair Workshops, Job Service, 539 S. 3rd St., Missoula ~ Two free workshops at Job Service Missoula will help you prepare for the event (Dates TBD)

  • EMPLOYERS ~ EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: Opening June 17th (closing August 19th with deadline to register on Sept 6th)

  • 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 Shannon,

    • Confirmed VSP as of 4/3/24:

    • Military OneSource (BOSS request completed 4/3)

  • Career Fairs are offered by most American Job Centers (Montana Department of Labor & Industry):

Questions: Job Service (406) 728-7060,

9/28 HUSON: HOPE Sufferfest 2024, 25620 Nine Mile Rd, Huson, 8am – 7pm

Save the date! Saturday, September 28th, Hope Rescue Mission will be hosting Sufferfest! Early registration entitles you to a $10 discount and interested parties are encouraged to apply sooner than later - as this will help to plan accordingly for number of participants. The bike courses are 100% gravel, perfect for biking enthusiasts looking for the real deal in a course! Beyond the gravel ride and hiking trails, there’s an array of fun-filled activities, games, and delicious food that promise an unforgettable day for everyone. We look forward to seeing you.. and you will certainly hear more about it as we approach the day! Please share with anyone who may be interested:


Questions: (406) 542-5240,


  • October 3rd ~ Rosh Hashanah

  • October 12th ~ Yom Kippur

  • October 14th ~ Cuban Missile Crisis Begins (1962), Indigenous Peoples Day & Columbus Day

  • October 23rd ~ Beirut Barracks Bombings (1983)

  • October 25th ~ US Invades Grenada (1983)

  • November 3rd ~ Daylight Savings Time Ends

  • November 5th ~ Election Day

  • November 11th ~ Veterans Day

  • November 28th ~ Thanksgiving

  • December 7th ~ Pearl Harbor Day (1941)

  • December 15th ~ Bill of Rights Day

  • December 16th ~ Battle of the Bulge (1944)

  • December 25th ~ Christmas & Hanukkah

10/8 – 10/12 UM Homecoming

We're excited to share information on the University of Montana's 2024 Homecoming festivities! Mark your calendars for a week to celebrate all things UM, October 8-12. Join us for beloved traditions, festive gatherings and plenty of opportunities to show your Griz spirit (The beloved Homecoming Parade will continue in its traditional route from downtown to the University district. Keep an eye out for parade registration information in the coming months).

Each Homecoming, the University of Montana Alumni Association honors outstanding alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Awards. Recipients of the award are individuals who have distinguished themselves in a particular field and who have brought honor to the University, the state or the nation. University alumni and friends are invited to nominate a graduate or former student for this award.

Be sure to head to campus Friday evening for the annual YELL Night Pep Rally on the Oval. Washington-Grizzly Stadium will be roaring on Saturday, Oct. 12 as the Griz take on Northern Arizona. We can't wait to see you all in Missoula this October, and look forward to creating more cherished Homecoming memories. Go Griz! Questions: UM Alumni Association (406) 243-5211,

10/21 – 10/25 ONLINE: Veteran Buddy Checks

Veteran Buddy Checks encourage Veterans to connect or reconnect with their Veteran friends–just to check in. As part of the effort, Buddy Check Week, which takes place October 21 – 25, 2024, builds on the success of the American Legion’s Buddy Check program and the Veteran Wellness Alliance’s Get Involved program. Talk to Ten Veterans, Be a Buddy! Take the Pledge:

Questions: Veterans Experience Office (VACO) - Veterans, Family and Community Engagement, Department of Veterans Affairs:

OR Douglas Web – Veterans, Family and Community Engagement Directorate,

Eugene Skinner - Program Director / Relationship Manager (202) 631-7645,

Subscribe to VA News:
White House VA Hotline 1-855-948-2311 (24/7 access to a live agent)
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1) or send text to 838255
LOCAL: Anton Johnson, BSW - Mobile Vet Center, Veterans Outreach Program Specialist, Missoula Vet Center 910 Brooks St. Ste 101, (406)721-4918,

Vet Center Call Center 877-WAR-VETS (927-8387)

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