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59 Veterans Project
59 Veterans Project is a two-part operation in place to benefit Veterans and highlight our beautiful national parks in an honorable way. We welcome your support and participation! "A Real Opportunity to Help Real Veterans!"
9/11 Patriot Day ~ Honor & Serve Foundation
150 Flathead Lodge Rd, Bigfork, MT 59901
HONOR: The great sacrifices of the Fallen Heroes, Victims, and the actions of brave Citizens, must never be forgotten.
SERVE: Each sacrifice and humble act of service has value beyond measure and inspires all of us.
COMMUNITY: We support charitable organizations and events that make a meaningful difference in our communities.
Questions: President Bill Thomas: (805) 300-1033, firstname.lastname@example.org
Or, Secretary Laura Wood: (805) 300-1034,
Adaptive Sports & Therapeutic Art Programs ~ U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events
VA BLOG: https://www.blogs.va.gov/nvspse/
Connecting Veterans with adaptive sports, art and other recreation therapy adventures. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events. Six major events throughout the year: The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, Golden Age Games, Summer Sports Clinic, Winter Sports Clinic and the TEE Tournament.
Service. Patriotism. Camaraderie. America's largest veterans service organization works every day to uphold time-honored values.
American Legion of Montana: http://mtlegion.org/
American Legion Post 27
825 Ronan St., Missoula, MT 59801
Office open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons: (406) 543-7391
*** Available for rent with full kitchen!
*** American Legion Color Guard: Richard Wherley, 728-7178 (Color Guard requests and scheduling)
*** Flags that need retired may be dropped off at Missoula Textile, VFW or American Legion (Missoula Textile will also repair and clean American flags for anyone, free of charge, throughout the year).
*** AL Post 27 also has a free breakfast for members the 1st & 3rd Monday of every month (7-9am)
*** Veteran Relief Fund: Emergency gas / food - call or text cell (DD214 required), (406) 544-2583
Questions: John Angwin, Post 27 Commander and United Veterans Council Treasurer, (406) 544-2583,
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 27
Monthly General Meeting ~ 3rd Monday of every month at Theresa Woomer’s Home, 313 S. 2nd St. W., Msla
Membership: Sandy, ALA Unit 27 Secretary, email@example.com
Questions: Senta, ALA Unit 27 President,
ALA MT Girls State Blog:
American Legion Post 47 - Hamilton
Ravalli (County) - Named for Fr. Antonio Ravalli S.J., a Jesuit missionary who left, an indelible mark in the history of Montana and who had a WWII Liberty ship named in his honor.
Commander, Ruth Cook, (406) 363-8463
American Legion Post 91 ~ Corvallis
(406) 546-4244 firstname.lastname@example.org
Corvallis Legion Riders
Don Goodnight, (406) 360-5275, email@example.com
American Legion Post 94 ~ STEVI
754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd, Stevensville
Available for rent: Seats 80 to 100 easy, full kitchen with 2 ovens, 2 refrigerators, BBQ area, and plenty of parking.
Contact: Chuck (253) 380-7016
American Legion Post 101, “The Old Post”
103 W. Spruce St., Msla, (406) 721-7399
American Legion Chief Joseph Post 135
PO Box 1365, Lolo, MT 59847-1365, chiefjosephpost.org
Meets every 3rd Tuesday at 7pm, Lolo Community Center, 12345 Hwy 93 S., Lolo
Commander – Alex Vogel: firstname.lastname@example.org
Standing for Veterans, Youth, Patriotism, and a Strong Defense - Join: email@example.com
Auxiliary Unit 135, PO Box 1206, Lolo, Montana, 59847-1206 – Join: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sons of the American Legion Squadron 135 – Join: email@example.com
American Legion Post 138 ~ Ronan
The activities of Post 138 Ronan, Montana: Helping local Vets and Community Service. Are YOU Eligible, and Interested in JOINING the AMERICAN LEGION? POST 138 RONAN, MONTANA INVITES YOU! PM me for details and contact information. Or contact any one of our officers!
Contact: Glen Sharbono,
American Red Cross ~ Military & Caregiver Network (MVCN)
The Red Cross MVCN assists caregivers of all ages, at all stages of caregiving. The network provides access to three peer support programs, a caregiver-categorized resource library and a master calendar of caregiver events. Events: https://milvetcaregivernetwork.org/events
American Red Cross VOLUNTEERS
Step 1 – Navigate to https://www.redcross.org/volunteer [redcross.org] and click “Find My Volunteer Opportunity”
· During this step you will enter your zip code and then be given the option to search for a position title, take a short quick or browse volunteer positions
· Click on an opportunity to learn more about the position. Then click Apply Now to begin the volunteer application
· On the Volunteer Connection Website Create your Red Cross ID
Step 2 – Provide Your Contact Information
· Complete the personal information fields
· Verify your contact information via text or email then enter the code sent to you
Step 3 – Read and Agree to the Red Cross Policies
You will need to click on, read and agree to 4 statements:
· Code of Business Ethics and Conduct
· Confidential information and Intellectual Property Agreement
· Information Release
· Volunteer Handbook
Step 4 – Upload Photo Identification
· Choose either 1 primary form of ID or 2 secondary forms of ID to verify your identification
· Photo IDs will only be used during the application process and are not stored in the system
Step 5 – Authorize Background Check
· Red Cross requires all volunteers (Ages 18 and over) to complete a background check. This helps keep our clients and volunteers safe!
· It’s fast, simple and completely confidential (no one sees your personal information)
Or, Gini Kay, Recruitment Specialist, Volunteer Services, (406) 493-8778, firstname.lastname@example.org
Or, Erin Helm, Disaster Program Specialist, Western Montana, email@example.com
Amtrak ~ Passenger Discount for Military Veterans
Veterans receive a 10% discount on the lowest available rail fare on most Amtrak trains. Use the Fare Finder at the beginning of your search on www.amtrak.com and select ‘Military Veteran’ for each passenger as appropriate to receive the discount.
Questions: (800) 872-7245 or go to https://www.amtrak.com/contact-us.html
Animal Human Connection ~ Veteran Owned Business (VOB)
KNOTTY PAWS (Dog Products by Veterans for Veterans)
Seeking Veterans who would like to assist w/making dog toys. No long standing commitment. We can buy pizza, etc. and meet.
If you are interested, please see www.knottypaws.org and call (406) 549-9813.
Judy Helm Wright, Author/Blogger/Intuitive Wise Woman, (406) 549-9813, firstname.lastname@example.org
Big Hearts under the Big Sky
Program started by the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association (MOGA). MOGA places children diagnosed with life threatening illness, women suffering from breast cancer and military veterans who have provided extraordinary service to our country, on fully guided and outfitted trips at no charge.
Service to Veterans - BHUBS works closely with several national organizations to provide Montana outdoor adventures to individuals from across the nation who have provided extraordinary military service (Partners: Wounded Warrior Project, Honored American Veterans and Operation Never Forgotten).
Big Sky Disability Fellowship
A group for fellowship and activities for people with disabilities.
They will be appointing a new board on December 7 (2019) and won't have much activity for the public to see until after the first of the year (2020)
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bigskydisabilityfellowship/
Questions: Douglas Miller, Big Sky Disability Fellowship, (406) 361-0676, email@example.com
Braach Shepherds 4 Veterans
Offering Obedience, PTSD and Service Dog Training
Donations (Veterinary costs, food, and training ~ Your contribution is tax deductible): 1205 Marshall Creek Rd., Philipsburg, MT 59858
Questions: Mike and Pamela Braach (406) 560-9979, Braachshepherds4veterans@gmail.com
Bush Institute ~ Military Service Initiative
Ensuring post-9/11 veterans and their families make successful transitions to civilian life. Through research, policy development, programs, and presidential recognition, the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative informs, influences, and unites communities, non-profit organizations, businesses, academia, and philanthropy. Together, we aim to maximize the health and well-being of post-9/11 veterans and military families, setting the conditions for a successful transition and their continued leadership as civilians.
Questions: (214) 200-4300, firstname.lastname@example.org
Canich Farms ~ Wounded Warrior Retreat
Brian and his family will be hosting 12 Veterans on his ranch with a variety of agriculture related activities as well as a trip to Phillipsburg and fishing trip with Warriors and Quiet Waters.
If you’re interested in donating: Canich Farms, P.O. Box 85, Ramsay, MT 59748 (Brian and his family do not take one cent from the donations).
Questions (call or text): Brian Canich, (626) 241-2297
DoD Warrior Care: https://warriorcare.dodlive.mil/caregiver-resources/
The Learning Center at Red Willow: https://www.redwillowlearning.org/
Missoula Aging Services: https://www.missoulaagingservices.org/our-services/caregiver-support/
Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative
Our mission is to engage, educate and inform faith-based, community, and non-profit organizations about the VA tools and resources that will equip them to better serve the Veterans, their families, survivors, caregivers, and other beneficiaries within their organizations
Questions: Conrad Washington, Deputy Director VA, Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative (CFOI), (202) 461-7689, VAPartnerships@va.gov
Clay Skeens Lawn & Snow ~ Veteran Owned Business (VOB)
3811 Stephens Ave., Missoula, Montana
Contact: Clay (406) 880-2942
Color Guards ~ Honor Guards (FYI: Almost every American Legion & VFW Post on this page has an Color / Honor Guard)
American Legion Color Guard (requests and scheduling): Richard Wherley, (406) 728-7178
Montana Army National Guard Color Guard / Military Funeral Honors: Area Coordinator, (406) 529-8447 or (406) 324-3230
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) (406) 778-7749 or Jim Bobbitt (406) 240-9742
Montana Honor Guard: Chuck Lewis, (406) 270-5735
Montana Youth Challenge Academy: (406) 683-7533
State of Montana Military Funeral Honors: (406) 324-3231
Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) & Americans for Prosperity
TO PRESERVE THE FREEDOM &
PROSPERITY WE & OUR FAMILIES FOUGHT & SACRIFICED TO DEFEND.
Questions: Henry Kriegel, Community Engagement Director, Americans for Prosperity – Montana, (406) 581-5410, email@example.com
Country Rose Antiques ~ Veteran Owned Business (VOB)
210 Main St., Augusta, MT
We are excited and fortunate to start our journey as Country Rose Antiques. Originally located in Fairfield, MT, Country Rose Antiques has been a part of our family since 1973. My grandparents, Earl and Rose Clark, started the business and we are so happy to be able to continue their legacy.When we bought the historic F.M. Mack building in Augusta we thought what better place to have antiques. Since opening our doors in December of 2017 we have welcomed many new and returning customers alike.So come check us out when you are in town. You never know what you might find!-Shawn and Annie Grove
Questions: Country Rose Antiques, (406) 562-3382
Or, Shawn Michael Grove, UM VETS Office Director, (406) 243-2744, firstname.lastname@example.org
Crosspoint Community Church
7500 Mullan Rd., Missoula
Missoula Veterans Partnership (MVP) invites all Veterans to join our men's breakfast 8 – 10am on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Join us for food, fellowship, and fun. The food is fantastic and the conversations memorable
Questions: (406) 728-4910, email@example.com
Dog Tag Buddies
We provide NO cost services in the adoption and training of rescued dogs to become emotional support animals or service dogs depending on the needs of the individual Veteran.
P.O. Box 250, Shepherd, MT 59079
DeeDe Baker, Founder of Dog Tag Buddies was named one of 20 “Exceptional Women” (2017) for Connecting Dog Rescue and Veterans Mental Health. Story (Billings): https://billingsgazette.com/deede-baker-enough-drive-and-enough-vision/article_851a5ecf-e416-5319-8c79-a12e4ea323f6.html
Contact: (406) 690-9853, firstname.lastname@example.org
Down Range Boarding Services ~ Veteran Owned Business (VOB)
Veteran Owned & Operated by Steve & Terry Hale, 11250 Fred Lane, Missoula
Down Range Boarding Services will always have a kennel open for any active deployed service member to board their fury friend free of charge. This peace of mind knowing their fury loved one is well being taken care of in a safe and clean environment with love allows them to do their job serving their country.
Contact: (406) 493-2264, email@example.com
DREAM Adaptive Recreation, Inc.
The mission of DREAM is to enhance the quality of life of individuals with disabilities by providing year-round outdoor adaptive recreational opportunities.
Military Program: We welcome Members of the Armed Forces and Veterans with a disability to participate in ANY of our adaptive programs, free of charge.
P.O. Box 4084, Whitefish, MT 59937
Contact: (406) 862-1817, info@DreamAdaptive.org
6901 Goldenstein Ln, Bozeman
Eagle Mount Bozeman galvanizes people in the service of human and social transformation…believing in and seeing the limitless abilities of others. The organization facilitates and implements therapeutic recreational programs and opportunities to benefit people with disabilities and children with cancer, and provides support for their families.
Contact: (406) 586-1781,
Elaina's Creature Care
6321 Buena Vista Loop W., Missoula
*** “Willing to help out Veterans and seniors in need of pet care at a minimal expense” ***
Mobile animal care services for Missoula County and surrounding areas. 25 years’ of experience with animal care (cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, fish, special needs pets: diabetes, dietary sensitivity, kidney failure, cancer, incontinence, etc. References / Licensed / Insured / Bonded. Health and Beauty Packages Available. Behavior modification, grooming (nails, ears), walking, health maintenance, consultation, and pre and post-operative care including transportation to and from veterinarian.
Contact: Elaina M. Berglin, Owner (406)-728-4179 (Text, email, or call) firstname.lastname@example.org
Elks – Veterans Service
Elks pledge "So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them." The Elks National Veterans Service Commission takes that pledge one step further, and promises service to our nation's veterans and military members, with a special focus on service to those in need.
Questions: (773) 755-4736, Vets@elks.org
The Veteran Support Network in on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/veteransupportnetwork/
Flathead Lake Sailing School ~ "Operation Vet Sail"
Dayton Yacht Harbor, 43545 C St, Dayton, MT 59914
Teaches basic sailing skills to service members & Veterans
American Sailing Association (ASA) & Flathead Lake Sailing School are offering steep discounts for introductory sailing lessons for Veterans!
Captain Bill Leake: My experience ranges from the warm waters in the Virgin Islands to the Florida Keys & Catalina Island and places in between. I am Navy veteran of the nuclear submarine USS Skate (SSN-578). It's great to see people take the helm confidently and have fun learning. They have the knowledge and skills to sail themselves, friends and family and return safely. ~ Captain Bill
Questions: (406) 207-2408, email@example.com
Games to Grunts ~ FREE Gaming for Veterans / Service Members
OSD is a Veteran Support Ecosystem enhancing veteran’s lives through community engagement. Since 2010, OSD has impacted over 900,000 veterans, active-military and their family members through award-winning programs emphasizing Social Connectivity, Professional Development and Community Service. Learn more about OSD at: WeAreOSD.org
Games to Grunts is an OSD Social Connectivity program providing video games to members of the military community via digital download codes. The program was started as a direct result of the trends in the gaming industry towards digital distributions
Questions: OSD, (910) 466-1553, firstname.lastname@example.org
Glacier Guides & Montana Raft Co.
Calling all Veterans and Active Military Members! We thank you for your service, and we would like to offer you FREE rafting EVERY YEAR on July 4th and 5th.
2019: "The rest of the summer, enjoy 10% off our HALF DAY Sport Whitewater Trip, our HALF DAY Classic Whitewater Trip, and our Scenic Float Trip. Reservations and ID required!"
Call to BOOK: (406) 387-5555
Government Vacation Rewards
Enjoy the vacation you’ve always wanted at a price you can afford! GVR is the EXCLUSIVE PROVIDER of military travel discounts
HARLOWTON VETERANS CLUB
ATV/UTV Poker FUN Runs, etc. in and around Harlowton, Montana and the Little Belt Mountains. Help support the Veterans Memorial Wall expansion project!
Questions: Russ, (406) 632-4772 or Leon (406) 632-4462
Hero Sound Project ~ FREE Music Lessons for Veterans!
The Zootown Arts Community Center hosts the Hero Sound Project, a drop-in music class for veterans each week on Thursday from 6 to 8 pm. No music experience is required. We have the instruments and minimal instruction to get together and create music in community. All veterans welcome.
Contact: Clint, (406) 214-5541,
HIKING ~ Happy, Healthy Hikers!
(2020 Schedule TBA)
The Mineral County Health Department, Zero to Five, United States Forest Service, Great Burn Study Group (greatburnstudygroup.org) and the Montana Wilderness Association (wildmontana.org) want families to experience the health benefits of hiking along with the camaraderie of others while experiencing the 'wilderness effect'.
Every hike will leave you with a sense of awe as you travel some of the most spectacular country of The Big Sky Country. Each hike is limited to first come, first served so RSVP is required. Friendly dogs are welcome but must be under voice command or on a leash. Owners are responsible for doggy poo pick up. Most hikes offer round-trip shuttle service for $10 per hiker.
Happy, Healthy Hikers! Hikers meet at the Mineral County Health Department at 1203 5th Avenue East, Superior, MT 59872 unless noted otherwise. Every hike is free of charge (unless you request the shuttle) and open to everyone.
Questions: Monte Turner,
Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
3400 Captain Rawn Way, Msla
****** HMFM Exhibit Display NOW through July 2020 ******
No Enemy Movement Observed: The Vietnam War Through the Eyes of a Frenchtown Marine, The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, 3400 Captain Rawn Way, Msla
“No Enemy Movement Observed: The Vietnam War Through the Eyes of a Frenchtown Marine” is an exhibit of Vietnam War era photographs and artifacts donated to the HMFM by Leon Howard of Frenchtown, MT. Leon served as a Marine Corps Scout during a thirteen-month tour in Vietnam from 1966-1967. Featured in the exhibit are a selection of 45 photographs from the almost 200 donated, enlarged from their original snapshot size, including:
Views of the South Vietnamese countryside.
Combat operations with tanks and amphibious assault vehicles.
South Vietnamese people in villages, markets, and rice fields.
Leon and fellow Marines in different areas of operation.
In addition, a range of artifacts Leon brought back from the war enhance the experience, including:
Personal items such as uniforms, medals and campaign ribbons.
Scouting logs and other documents.
Artifacts captured from the Viet Cong such as clothing, hand grenades, and punji sticks.
The exhibit tells the story of a twenty-year-old man removed from his middle-class California setting, trained to be a “basically qualified Marine,” and placed in combat half a world away. It will also highlight key moments related to this divisive time in Missoula, especially the 1966 Peace March and the city’s ongoing role in the Peace Movement, Senator Mike Mansfield’s fact-finding trip to South Vietnam in 1962 at John F. Kennedy’s request, and the human toll of the war on Montana’s Homefront.
Questions: Jessie Rogers (406) 258-3479,
Or, Carolyn Thompson, HMFM, (406) 258-3478,
Homeward for Heroes
For veterans, law enforcement, firefighters & first responders & their spouses. Taken on 3-10 day treks to reconnect & meet others in same circumstances.
INFO / APPLICATION: https://www.homewardforheroes.com/registration
Questions: (406) 471-0513, email@example.com
Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
Joint Operation Mariposa (Sanders County)
Through Therapy, Education and Advocacy, Joint Operation Mariposa serves under represented rural communities where Veterans are falling through the cracks.
Our mission is to bring awareness to the needs of Veterans in Sanders County, Montana; through advocacy, art, and education. Joint Operation Mariposa cares about and recognizes all Veterans, their families, and honorable caregivers. We will respect, advocate, and correlate services to provide options and solutions to address Veterans' difficulties. In our endeavors we hope to be a light in the darkness.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/662851593895705/about/
Questions: David Williams, Joint Operation Mariposa (406) 546-4827, firstname.lastname@example.org
Or, Angi (406) 826-5154
Leashes of Valor
Trained Service Dogs for Veterans
Local contact: Andrea, C (406) 594-1423, Andrea.Hoell2@va.gov
LinkedIn ~ PROFESSIONAL Network
Veterans get a year of Premium LinkedIn for FREE!
Helpful LinkedIn tips for Veterans, military and spouses
Search Veteran Groups: “Veteran Mentor Network,” etc.
Research employers and/or seek out HR professionals and connect!
Veteran Support Network (VSN) - Missoula Region LinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13612092
Marine Corps League ~ Bitterroot Valley Detachment #937
426 Ricketts Road, Hamilton, http://www.montanamcl.org/detachments.html
Commander: Joe Rogish, (406) 642-3246, email@example.com
MCL meets the 4th Thursday of the month, FOE Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd St., Hamilton, 7:30pm
Marine Corps League ~ Flathead Valley
The Flathead Valley in Northwestern Montana is home to many Marines. In 2008, a few of us decided to get together to celebrate our common experience of service in the Marine Corps. We now meet each month and include over a hundred Jarheads in the group. We meet at the Kalispell VFW the first Wednesday of each month at 1700.
Contact: (406) 249-2448, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marine Corps League – Montana
View all and connect with your local detachment!
Massage by Robin ~ Veteran Owned Business (VOB)
License: #MT121047 MT11706
350 Lorenz Spur Dr., Hamilton, MT 59840
Questions: Robin Duncan, Owner, (406) 369-8112,
Military Coins USA
Mineral County Veterans
Veteran Support Network for Mineral County
Get added to listserv: Monte Turner, Zero to Five Local Collaboration Coordinator, Mineral County Health Department, (406) 370-4335 ** 7/24 update, "My position collapsed today as the grant died. I'll resurface but I'm at:"
The Mission Continues
A nonprofit organization that empowers Veterans to find growth, purpose, and connection through community impact. They help reignite the passion to pursue a meaningful mission in Veterans across the country.
Questions: (314) 588 8805, email@example.com
Missoula Aging Services ~ The VSN's "VOLUNTEER NETWORK"
337 Stephens Ave., Missoula
Resource Center, Volunteer Opportunities, Care Ombudsman and Caregiver Support ~ MAS also offers multiple classes / workshops such as New to Medicare, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Social Security, etc. all around the Missoula Region
Missoula Aging Services Senior Corps – Volunteer Network (RSVP): https://missoulaagingservices.org/volunteer/rsvp-volunteer-program/
Senior Corps: 55 and older, Foster Grandparents, RSVP and Senior Companion volunteers, mentors, coaches, Meals on Wheels
RECRUITING VETERANS for VETERANS as Senior Companions: Laura, firstname.lastname@example.org (15 – 40 hours / week w/compassion and desire to help. For 20 hours / week, volunteers receive a “tax-free hourly stipend to help cover costs to income eligible volunteers.” And, “supplemental, accident and liability insurance while you’re in service.”)
Contact: (406) 728-7682,
Missoula Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Muay Thai
Veteran Owned Business (VOB)
2301 Palmer St. Unit 12, Msla
Montana Bass Federation
Interested in taking Veterans fishing
George Riedel, (406) 748-3085
Are you interested in getting a gym membership, or taking a Crossfit, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Judo Class? Mission 22 offers three-month sponsorships for veterans in our program who qualify and have a financial hardship. Our treatment programs are aimed at helping veterans get involved in their local communities. Lean more! http://bit.ly/2R2UxLl Credit: Rich Aguilar
17040 Pilkington Rd, Suite 200, West Linn, Oregon
Missoula City Band
Patriotic Preludes, etc. Each Wednesday evening from 8-9 pm, June - August at the Bonner Park Band Shell (Corner of Ronald & Hastings).
Questions: Amanda, (406) 240-0230
Missoula City-County Health Department
Suicide Prevention: Your Tomorrow Matters. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) -or- text "MT" to 741-741
Questions: Nancy de Pastino, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, (406) 258-3881,
Service Members, Veterans & Families (SMVF) Network of Care
Montanans for National Security
Andrew Person, (406) 210-0161, email@example.com
Montana Ride to Remember
Montana POW/MIA Awareness Association
P.O. Box 7693, Helena, MT 59604
The Montana POW/MIA Awareness Association was established by a group of Montana based veterans dedicated to the memory of the more than 83,000 POW/MIA personnel and focusing on the 53 personnel missing from Montana.
Montana’s Superior Resort
Veteran Owned Business (VOB)
FREE CAMPING - Veterans needing a getaway, we have room for camping (R Bar, BYOB, river access 1.5 miles east)
(post dates you're interested in, and they will check availability).
Jason, VFW Post 6238, Superior firstname.lastname@example.org
Montana Supporting Soldiers
Montana Vet Program (MVP) Program
Luke Urick, Director of MVP, served as a Scout Sniper in the Marine Corps and provides Veteran Led Therapeutic Adventure Trips (VLTAT). VLTAT promotes Veteran healing through comradery, physical activity, adventure, and tough-minded healing. At the heart of MVP’s VLTATs, is the 75lbs. “Pig-Egg” (a bag containing the 6,930 dog-tags from the men and women who honorably gave their lives serving in Iraq and Afghanistan) that our veteran team leaders and our veteran participants hike or float over moderate distances (20-30 miles). The program’s motto is, “Suffer Well”.
Contact: Luke Urick, (406) 788-7248, email@example.com
Or, (406) 454-1449, firstname.lastname@example.org
Montana Veterans Outdoors (MVO)
HAMILTON & STEVENSVILLE (2019 planned monthly meetings: 5/7, 6/4, 7/9, 8/6, 9/10, 10/1 as of 4/30/19):
Kelly, “I will be making an event for each meeting, so you can choose to "join" and be reminded. Meeting will be on Tuesday's at 7pm, and will alternate between Hamilton and Stevensville. We might hold an extra meeting in other locations as well, depending on our schedules. Each meeting we discuss summer plans that we can offer the group as a whole. Things such as group camping, floating (for fun) the river, float fishing, fishing on lakes, trail rides (ATV, SxS, etc.). MVO's biggest hurdle is we aren't a not-for-profit, we are just a group of Veterans wanting to share the outdoors. Because we are just a group we don't have any sponsors, so everything we do is on/up to us. This means each individual is responsible for travel, fee's (if required), food, etc. for themselves and their families. Many of us have extra gear to share if needed for those who would like to join but don't have the gear. If you'd like to join in an outdoor adventure but don't have the "stuff" say something! We can and will work it out so you can join."
Questions: Adam, Kc2jmn@gmail.com
Or, message MVO on Facebook:
Montana Wilderness Association (MWA)
Search "Veteran Walks"
Montana Wounded Warriors - Kalispell
100 Cooperative Way, Suite 100, Kalispell, MT 59901-2386Our mission is to take groups of 2 to 6 wounded Montana Veterans on all-expense-paid hunting and fishing trips where their chances of success are extremely high.
Contact: Kristi Taylor, Sec / Treasurer, (406) 270-1648,
Veteran Networking, Recreation & Support ~ CONTINUED...
Everyone Can Make a Difference
National Park Service Lifetime Access Pass
~ FREE for Disabled Veterans:
Operation Veteran Strong
Questions: Veteran Coalition of NW MT, (406) 407-8423, email@example.com
Or, Jim Higgins (Brig Gen Retired), (406) 291-0356, firstname.lastname@example.org
Operation Warrior Sanctuary ~ Veterans Retreat in the Swan Valley
Daily Interlake 6/9/19, “Mission Possible — Food pantry founders turning former Swan Valley boot camp into veterans center”
“The Northwest Montana Veterans Stand Down and Food Pantry is in need of volunteers to help refurbish Camp Ponderosa, the former Swan River Correctional Training Center near Condon. Cash donation and in-kind donations of equipment such as a heating and cooling system are also welcome.”
UPDATES: MVO FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/172411476596161/
Questions: Allen Erickson, (406) 756-7304, email@example.com
Outreach questions: Cinnamon Davis-Hall, Community Outreach Specialist, NW MT Veterans Food Pantry & Stand Down, (406) 250-2394, firstname.lastname@example.org
Patriot Guard Riders of Montana
The Patriot Guard of Montana is a diverse amalgamation of riders from across the nation. We have one thing in common besides motorcycles. We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security.
If you share this respect, please join us.
State Captain: Lewis Wendt,
Contact (Western District): Jeff “Jeffrow” McClanahan, (406) 239-0982, email@example.com
Jared Perkins, Chief Operating Officer (Army Veteran, Co-Founder of Outbound Digital, and Huge supporter of VSAP)
Jared / LI, “Inspired by animals. Driven by health. Plant Perks creates organic, all natural, plant-based cheezes, made from cashews. There are much more exciting things to come from our lifestyle brand including addition products as well as a large expansion!”
Questions: Plant Perks, (406) 239-8702, firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.
Freedom Ranch For Heroes – located in Wise River, Montana – hosts military heroes who have served our country, as well as young heroes who are fighting disease. During their ranch visits, these courageous heroes are able to have some fun, learn new skills, and spend quality time with their families.
Questions: (866) 251-7252, email@example.com
Or, Rachel, Freedom Ranch for Heroes, Trip Host: (406) 925-1104, firstname.lastname@example.org
*** NEW Chapter in the Bitterroot ~ There is going to be a meet and greet on Dec 16th at 6:30pm at Sapphire Homes, 519th N. 10th (conference room), Hamilton. They will be starting out with teaching fly tying. Basic materials will be provided. The plan is to meet once a month on Mondays for the fly tying classes. It doesn't matter if you've never tied before, it's a fly tying 101 type class. You can get involved as a participant or a volunteer.
Participant Registration Form (Select Rocky Mountain Northwest and then Hamilton): https://www.tfaforms.com/4653180
Questions and/or RSVP for Meet & Greet: Scott Roberts, (406) 880-1149, email@example.com
RallyPoint ~ Military Social Network
Nearly 2 million current and former members of the US military gather to discuss military life, share information, and exchange stories.
Ravalli County Off Road Users Association (RCORUA)
663 Grantsdale Rd., Hamilton
RCORUA is a local community club. We love to ride in our beautiful state, and surrounding states and see the beauty our public lands offer.
THE GENERAL MEETINGS WILL BE THE 2ND MONDAY OF THE MONTH at 7 PM, all meetings usually held at the BRR Groomer Shed, 663 Grantsdale Road Hamilton (Speakers: http://ravallioffroad.org/2019/04/20/2019-meetings-and-tentative-speakers/)
Questions: Dan Thompson, President, (406) 531-3103
Or, Board Member, (406) 821-4844, firstname.lastname@example.org
REAch Program ~ Post 9/11 Combat Transition
WWII Veteran and former POW Clarence Robert “Bud” Shepherd created the REAch program to assist Post-9/11 combat wounded with the Veteran Toolbox Program. He provides Vets with free toolboxes filled with tools to assist with their transition into civilian life. Although Post-9/11 Purple Heart Veterans are priority for the program, all Veterans can apply!
Questions: (877) 570-2975 or (336) 227-0000, email@example.com
REBOOT Combat Recovery ~ Become a REBOOT ALLY!
“I’d love to help but I don’t know how. “No matter who you are or where you come from, you have something to offer to those who are struggling with trauma. REBOOT ALLIES are on the front lines of our mission, responding to the needs of veterans and first responders in their own communities. Working together, we see families celebrating healing instead of mourning loss.
Questions: Buddy Hanrahan, REBOOT Montana Leader, (406) 438-6319, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History
Building T-316 at Fort Missoula (3400 Captain Rawn Way)
12/4/19: Participate in Oral History Project ~ 341st Missile Wing Historian Dr. Troy A. Hallsell at Malmstrom AFB is recruiting individuals to participate in an oral history project that he is conducting in conjunction with the Montana State Historic Preservation Office. Hallsell is seeking to interview people who were associated with the missile fields between 1959 and 2017. This includes, but is not limited to, former Army Corps of Engineers, Boeing, or survey and construction personnel who built the missile fields; former operations, maintenance, and security forces personnel who worked in, maintained, or defended the missile alert facilities and launch facilities; contractors who deactivated the 564th Missile Squadron facilities around Conrad; and local residents who lived near or were affected by the Minuteman program.
If you are interested in sharing your story, please contact Hallsell at (406) 731-7034 or email@example.com for additional information.
RMMMH SUMMER HOURS: 12-5pm Seven Days a Week - Museum exhibits on War of 1812, Frontier era, Civil War, Imperial Age, World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Mideast conflicts, Montanans in battle, and Civilian Conservation Corps.
Questions: Tate, Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History (RMMMH), (406) 549-5346,
Sacred Mountain Retreat Center
12032 Sacred Mtn. Place, Deadwood, SD 57732
Zilis' Sacred Mountain Retreat Center provides a place to allow veterans, Gold Star families, first responders, and their family members to begin a personal journey of discovery through honest reflection and self-accountability. SMRC will create avenues for forward movement with new and reinvigorated paths to healing and re-established positive life building endeavors. We eliminate the noise, and encourage healing through exposure to nature, alternative healing methods, and brothers and sisters in arms. We create a network which opens up to a new family that has, and will always be available.
Questions: (406) 891-0024, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Scenic Route Goods Co ~ Veteran Owned Business (VOB)
Designed and Produced with pride, for a new mission!
Brian Becker served fifteen years with the Army and another nine with the VA at a Vet Center, working with combat veterans in their readjustment. Following his own readjustment period and subsequent medical retirement he just wanted to give back. This company is his way to do just that through percentage of sales returning to non-profit groups working to make the world a better place.
Because... All Roads Lead Somewhere.
Scott-Systems ~ Veteran Owned Business (VOB)
23 year ARMY Veteran manufacturing USA Made products!
Would like to assist Veterans in their homes by providing Barrier Free/ADA applications. www.myfloatframe.com
Other product(s): Post-Rack brackets: www.Post-Rack.com (for Pole Barns and Post Frame buildings/storage)
Scaffolding bracket system - Scaff-All. "2015 Innovative Safety Product of the Year" (National Association of Home Builders).
Questions: William Bowser, (888) 204-9990 Ext. 1, email@example.com
Selway Armory ~ Veteran Owned Business (VOB)
Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). Jim Zimmerman, Owner & Manager, served 18 years in the US Army with tours in Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kyrgyzstan.
Missoula: 2528 Stockyard Rd, Unit E-6, Missoula, MT 59808, Phone (406) 351-0156 Ext. 3
Bozeman: 96 Laura Louise Ln, Unite 15, Bozeman, MT 59718, Phone (406) 351-0156 Ext. 4
Questions: Selway Armory (406) 351-0156, firstname.lastname@example.org
“Silent Warriors: Submarine Warfare in the Pacific” (Novel for Naval History Buffs):
Historical fiction centered around a WWII submarine, USS Orca, her skipper, Lt. Cdr. Jake Lawlor, and her crew of grizzled regulars and raw recruits.
Pacific campaign, 1941 through to final victory in 1945, as it follows Orca through eleven war patrols.
Questions: Author, Gene Masters, email@example.com
Special Forces Association (SFA) Chapter 28 Montana
25685 Nine Mile Rd., Huson, MT, 59846
Members and Sponsors serve through education, training, and support for all members of Army Special Forces.
Officers: Bill Woon, President, C (406) 461-7485, ; Max Carpenter, Vice President, C (406) 531-8732, ; Bob Brugh, Sec/Treasurer, C (406) 240-7368,
CHAPTER OFFICERS NEEDED FOR 2020 ~ ELECTION NOVEMBER 3, 2019. 2020 NOMINATING COMMITTEE: Henry Bertrand, (406) 471-9854, ; Bob Hoth, (406) 595-3912, ; Ike Slaughter, (406) 207-1404,
Questions: Montana Special Forces Association Chapter 28,
Spring’s Cleaning ~ Veteran Owned Business (VOB)
Contact for Quote: Spring Smith, Army NG Veteran, (406) 214-5729
Professional Parachute Demonstration Team ~ We are America's Skydiving Team
Members of Team Fastrax™ have served the United States of America as part of the Armed Forces, many in combat. There is nothing in the US Flag Code that prohibits the display of our Nations Colors in the manner with which we display Her. We are not lowering our Nations Colors from a staff. We fly our Colors below our parachutes with a great degree of pride and treat Her with respect and honor. Due to the large amount of lead used to weigh down the Flag, we are unable to safely stand with open arms to gather the Flag and prevent it from touching the ground. However, immediately upon landing, the Flag is saluted and gathered in a dignified fashion. Prior to repacking the Flag it is inspected for damage, repaired and cleaned for the next show.
Our goal is to do our small part to inspire American pride in others for this great country of ours
Questions: (513) 422-5867, firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Red, White & Blue (RWB)
JOIN - it's FREE:
TR Montana public group page - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/178204389218402/
Questions: Anne Marie Scott, TR Region VIII Admin, (406) 381-9383, email@example.com
Or, Gerald “GT” Auch, Gerald “GT” Auch, Team Rubicon, City Administrator -Missoula,
Cell (910) 603-6549,
Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY), CFC #59162
Together We Served (TWS) is the online community connecting and honoring every American who has worn the uniform of the United States military. This is where you reconnect with old friends and share your service story as a lasting legacy for generations to come.
Questions: 1-888-398-3262, firstname.lastname@example.org
United After Duty
Non-profit organization 501C 19 Veteran based Nonprofit Organization
“After leaving the service I felt like that was going to be the last job that would ever give me the kind of feeling of belonging. I had a bit of a hole in my chest that I was looking to fill with something that would make a difference in people’s lives. Then I decided to start United After Duty. Something that has the potential to do great thing all over the country. We are small now, but we have the drive to become something great."
Jarred Hickethier, CEO & President, United After Duty, (406) 261-4388, email@example.com
United States of Hope (USOH)
Veterans - Social / Civic Engagement
Website under construction / use: https://www.facebook.com/usoh/
1511 S. Russell St., Suite D, Missoula, MT 59801
Apply for USOH staff / leaders:
Volunteer (Request Volunteer Form):
Join USOH as a Member:
Questions: (406) 926-3331 or (406) 880-0696
VA History in Brief
The trusted resource for military families, providing direct access to information procured specifically for active-duty military, retirees, veterans and their families.
Questions: (253) 503-7308, firstname.lastname@example.org
VA Veterans Experience Office
National Veterans Intermediary (NVI) “PsychArmor school, Communities Serving Veterans."
Western US Rep:
Bob (360) 568-4592, email@example.com
VET2VET w/Spartans Honour, Inc.
PTS Outreach ~ 24 hour hotline open for Veterans and military personnel
Contact: Chris, USMC Veteran (406) 214-0333
Veteran Art Connection ~ Share YOUR Art!
Many Veterans find the visual arts to be more than just a format for creative expression. ‘Art as therapy’ is a focus not on the disability, but on each Veteran’s possibility and potential… VeteranArtConnection.com, brought to you by MilitaryConnection.com, showcases the healing power of art and the products of that journey. The veteran artist receives 50% of the proceeds of each sale. Your purchase will make a difference in the life of someone who gave their all for our country.
Veterans Canteen Service (VCS)
VCS is proud to offer Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare, their families and VA employees exclusive online shopping benefits.
Questions, “Submit a request”: https://support.shopvcs.com/hc/en-us/requests/new
Veterans Coalition of Northwest Montana (VCNWM)
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7266, Kalispell, MT 59904
(406) 407-8423, firstname.lastname@example.org
Board Meetings (First Tuesday of Every Month): Bigfork VFW Post 4042, 8098 MT Hwy 35, Bigfork, 1 – 3pm
****** Members of the coalition have been actively scheduling and providing Veteran Specific QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Training. If you have an organization or group who would like to get this valuable FREE suicide prevention training, please email request to: email@example.com
Veteran History & Arts Initiative
920 Technology Ave., Bozeman
Doc is working to preserve Veteran History through Art by capturing the stories of Montana Veterans of all ages and eras. Veteran History and Arts Initiative has been modeled a lot after the Veteran History Project and “StoryCorps” with the interview focus, and they are modeling it after the University of Kentucky Louie B. Nunn Center with their archiving process. The aspect that makes VHAI different, is that they are also actively seeking out artists to create art that has been inspired by the stories collected or art that tells the Veteran’s accounts. They hinge on community involvement and outreach. He is seeking out Veterans, volunteers, and artists to make this initiative happen.
Contact: Marcus “Doc” Cravens, US Navy Veteran and Director of the Initiative at MSU (406) 579-2154, firstname.lastname@example.org
Veterans History Project (VHP)
Senator Daines Office partnered with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to help collect, preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of Montana's wartime veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. They are also seeking any females that took on the jobs of those that went away to war. Interviewers will be provided with training and will need to sign a waiver.
Questions: Robin Baker, Project Coordinator (406-453-0148 x11, email@example.com)
Or, Denny Lenoir, Director of Veteran & Military Affairs, US Senator Steve Daines, Montana, 30 West 14th St., Suite 206, Helena, MT 59601, 406-443-3189, Denny_Lenoir@daines.senate.gov
Veterans Honor Guard ~ Polson / Ronan Area
We are Veterans from every branch with the mission to provide Military Honors for Active Duty, Reserve or Veteran Funerals in our area without charge. We perform final and full Military Honor Funeral Services. We work with funeral directors and/or ministers or directly with families to provide respectful memorial service for their deceased service members. This includes: Uniformed detail of veterans who will fire a three-volley salute using (blank-firing) M-1 Garand rifles and either a live Bugler or a digital Bugle (simulated Bugle) sounding the Honors (Taps).
Contact: Glen Sharbono,
Veterans Legacy Program ~ National Cemetery Administration
NCA & ABMC partnered with National History Day and George Mason University to create a unique program of teacher education. Through a competitive selection process, teachers from around the country joined the program, researching "fallen heroes" from their hometown and creating lesson plans about them.
These teachers also had the opportunity to visit the gravesite of their fallen hero and give a eulogy of them.
NCA – Veterans Legacy Program: https://www.cem.va.gov/cem/legacy/
NCA – History Program: https://www.cem.va.gov/cem/history/
Fallen Heroes: https://www.abmceducation.org/understandingsacrifice/soldier
National History Day: https://www.nhd.org/
Questions: Bob Mortenson, Veterans Experience Office (VACO), Veterans, Family and Community Engagement, Department of Veterans Affairs, (360) 568-4592, firstname.lastname@example.org
Veteran Portrait Project (VPP)
Stacy L. Pearsall, Marine Corps, 99-09, OIF
Stacy is an award-winning military photographer, disabled combat veteran, and hopes to photograph Veterans in every state by the end of the year.
Questions: VPP, (606) 875-5808, Jamie@Bravo748.com
The Veteran Tickets Foundation provides free and discounted event tickets (with a nominal delivery fee) to Veterans, active-duty military, their families, and immediate family survivors. VetTix provides these tickets to reduce stress, strengthen family bonds, build life-long memories and encourage local engagement. Vet Tix secures tickets to sporting events, concerts, performing arts, educational and family activities across the nation. There’s also:
Questions - Message VET TIX on FB: https://www.facebook.com/pg/VetTix/
Ole Beck VFW Post 209 ~ Missoula, MT
245 W. Main St., Missoula, (406) 728-7749
Our VFW is DOG friendly and has Free Wifi!
Commander: Anton Johnson
Contacts: Jim Bobbitt 240-9742, Steve Hale 493-2264
VFW Post 209 Harley-Davidson Raffle!
Grand Prize: 2017 FXDL - Dyna Low Rider; 1 Ticket: $20 | 3 Tickets: $50 | 6 Tickets: $100 (Drawing held 7/27)
*Red/White/Blue Drawing Prizes: 3 Custom-Fit Harley Davidson Leather Jackets from Grizzly Harley Davidson for the Red/White/Blue bonus drawings (102 tickets available); 12 additional prizes valued at $250 also included in the bonus drawings (4 in 34 chances to win the bonus drawings); 4,000 Total Tickets Available.
*First 102 people to buy $100 will receive a bonus ticket to the Red/White/Blue drawing with a 3 in 34 chance to win prizes valued at $250 or more!
Tickets for sale, online, at VFW Post 209, and various locations around Missoula.
Reach Out: We invite you to reach out and connect with us. Whether you are looking to contact us for veteran related questions, to book our catering, inquire about our music venue, or our bar and canteen, we are here to help!
Questions: VFW (406) 778-7749, email@example.com
VFW Post 3596 - Plains, MT
201 West Lynch Street
Bill Warren VFW Post 5652 ~ Ronan
Post 5652 is the home Post for the Ronan VFW and the Ronan Ladies Auxiliary, 35981 Round Butte Rd, Ronan, Montana
Contact: (406) 676-5652
Or, Glen Sharbono,
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Bitterroot Chapter 938
P.O. BOX 1391, Hamilton
President: William Beckman; VP: Walter Briggs; Treasurer & Membership: Al Sperry
(406) 961-0035 or per FB: (406) 381-7899, firstname.lastname@example.org “VVA Bitterroot Chapter 938 Meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm in the Human Resources Building, 316 N. 3rd St., Hamilton (Enter through the north door).”
VETERANS HELPING VETERANS
Virtual Hope Box
Virtual Hope Box is a multi-media coping skill app designed for individuals struggling with depression (particularly military service members). The four main features of VHB include sections for distraction, inspiration, relaxation, and coping skill options. The app can be used in collaboration with a mental health provider through the “coping cards” feature, which can be programmed to address specific problem areas. The relaxation tools can also be used with a clinical professional or other meditation partner. Created in 2012 to be used specifically with the military and veteran population adjacent to their treatment for PTSD or other mental health conditions. VHB allows the user to customize and personalize the content that can be accessed on an “as needed” basis to support initiation or maintenance of positive coping behaviors.
APP Store preview: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/virtual-hope-box/id825099621
Walking for the Fallen & Montana Honor Guard
Walking for the Fallen's mission is about Suicide Awareness & Patriotism
Contact: Chuck Lewis, Plan Bee (USMC 70-74 & Navy 80-88), Montana Honor Guard, Walking for the Fallen (406) 270-5735,
Nonprofit organization that offers scuba diving to Veterans that have been wounded in combat. Warfighter Scuba primarily operates in Roatan, Honduras, offering Veterans a seven-day experience where they become certified scuba divers and participate in swimming, diving, and fishing activities.
Questions: (602) 399-7243, email@example.com
Or, toll free 1-833-838-3483
Warriors & Quiet Waters (Bozeman)
Through the experience of fly fishing in Montana, Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation is a catalyst for positive change in the lives of post-9/11 combat veterans.
Contact: WQW, 1087 Stoneridge Dr., Suite 1, Bozeman, MT 59718
(406) 585-9793, firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome Home, Inc. ~ Polson
Here to assist Veterans, their families, and Gold Star Families. Jeannie’s family is a Gold Star Family ~ they lost their youngest son at the age of 25, US Army Special Ops (SGT Crew Chief), 160th Night Stalker.
Contact: Jeannie Butler, Welcome Home, Inc., (406) 890-1405, email@example.com
Western Montana Military Officer’s Association
Dan, (406) 241-9040
Extreme Sports for Veterans ~ xsports4vets.org
We are a group of current conflict veterans that strive to help other combat veterans succeed through extreme sports. We utilize as many veteran extreme sports as we can to take the edge out of civilian life.
Some of us have wounds left over from combat, others can't be seen - but we all benefit from getting out
and meeting people that have been in our shoes.
Contact: Anton (406) 396-8390 or Steve (406) 493-2264