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Experience the VSN ~ Heroes at Home BBQ & VSAP

Community Action Documentary by Sanai Abell

​​SAVE the DATE: May 2nd, 2020 ~ 10am - 3pm (VSP set up & VSAP check in at 9am)

7th Annual Heroes at Home BBQ & Music Festival

5th Annual Veteran Suicide Awareness & Prevention (VSAP) Run / Walk / RUCK!

Fort Missoula Regional Park ~ Bella Vista Pavilion

Schedule of Events:

9am       VSP Set Up in Bella Vista Pavilion / VSAP sign in

10am     Opening Ceremony

  • RUCK to start immediately following

  • Delayed start for everyone else

11am - 3pm FREE BBQ while supplies last

  • Live music, kids activities, silent auction, 50/50, beer garden, and Civil War re-enactment at RMMMH

12pm Monte Appearance

2pm VSAP Awards Ceremony

Montana’s Veteran suicide rate is one of the highest in the nation. This event will help raise awareness about this epidemic. Bring the community together to memorialize those lost and let Veterans, their friends, and families know they are not alone.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/483415689026245

Volunteer: https://runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/MT/FtMissoula/VSAPVeteranSuicideawarenessandprevention

​VSAP Walk / Half-Marathon / 20kg Ruck ~ REGISTRATION IS OPEN!


The VSAP event is broken down into a Suicide awareness walk/run, Half-Marathon and Ruck division (Carring 20kg to represent the 20+ veterans a day who are lost to suicide in the US). Montana consistently has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. This event will help raise awareness and promote prevention about this epidemic by bring the community together to memorialize those lost and let Veterans, their friends, and families know they are not alone.

Run / Walk (T-Shirt & Swag Bag), 3.2 miles, $10 each

Half-Marathon (Medals as prizes), $45 each,

Half-Marathon Ruck Division (Carrying 20 Kg in a pack - pistol and rifle safes as prizes), $45 each

RACE TIME: All races, run / walks start after the opening ceremony at 10am

LOCATION: Fort Missoula Regional Park, Bella Vista Pavilion - PLEASE ENTER THE PARK VIA SOUTH AVE

RACE BAGS: Package pick-up will be at the Missoula Vet Center 910 Brooks Street from 0900 to 1800 on May 1, 2020.  Please pick-up event package (T-Shirt, Swag) on this date to ensure smooth participant flow the morning of the VSAP Event.

Register by April 2, 2020 to ensure a t-shirt your size! 

REGISTER: https://runsignup.com/Race/MT/FtMissoula/VSAPVeteranSuicideawarenessandprevention

VSAP Coordinator: Erick, Missoula Vet Center & American Legion Post 27, (406) 721-4918, Erick.Kahila@va.gov; Or, (406) 224-3334, kahilaem@gmail.com

​DONORS as of 2/24/20:

  • AARP Montana (2/11/20 Steve Reiter, "I spoke with Jim and we are good to go for the 1K sponsorship of the Hero’s BBQ.")

  • a2z Supply Corps (Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business) – 3 weapon lights for Silent Auction

  • Jerry's Transmission (would like to donate again / Joy)

  • Pepsi Cola of Missoula ~ Jerry donating product again! (soda, water, etc.)

  • VFW Auxiliary (2/12/20 Terry, "would like to provide the desserts" - suggested 2 patriotic cakes & lots of cookies).

  • VSAP Participant (Keely Fllatow, USAF Veteran and UM Alumni): 24x30 signed (on the back) / framed, metal print of Miss Montana (Silent Auction)

​Veteran Service Providers (VSP) tabling in Bella Vista Pavilion on May 2nd (As of 2/24/20):

  • American Red Cross (Confirming)

  • Braach Shepherds 4 Veterans (Possibly a gift basket for Silent Auction as well)

  • Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

  • Historical Museum at Fort Missoula ~ NOT tabling but check out their exhibits across the street!

  • Humana / MarketPoint (Possible sponsor as well)

  • Job Service (MT DLI) – Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP)

  • Missoula Aging Services – RSVP Volunteers

  • Missoula Housing Authority

  • Missoula Paddleheads in conjunction w/the Arizona Diamondbacks (New MASCOT might also be done by BBQ)

  • Missoula Vet Center / Mobile Vet Center

  • Montana Warriors on the Water

  • Montana Wounded Warriors

  • Spartan’s Honour, Inc.

  • VA HUD VASH (Awaiting confirmation)

  • Veteran Directed Care (VDC) at Missoula Aging Services

  • Veterans Upward Bound

  • Volunteers of America

  • Whitetail Ranch Center

  • XSports4Vets


  • Competitive Timing (Race)

  • Montana Youth Challenge Academy – Volunteers

  • Project Tomorrow Montana – Water Table

  • Run Wild Missoula (Equipment)

  • UM School of Social Work – Water Table

Other Updates

  • Erick announced that there are no other races that day – YAY! VSAP volunteers are able to register on the VSAP website: https://runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/MT/FtMissoula/VSAPVeteranSuicideawarenessandprevention

  • Judy, MAS Sr. Corps – RSVP will be sending invited to RSVP volunteers separately for the food area (10 for food and 4 for 50/50). The VFW Auxiliary will also be assisting in the food area (As well as the American Legion Auxiliary, as always).

  • Welcome to the VSN Events CMTE, Andrew! (UM ROTC, Social Work Department (MSW student), and Vet Center “Outreach Intern”). Andrew will ask ROTC color guard, and he also has a connection with a company that teaches beading who may want to provide an activity.

  • The donation request letter is signed and available on this page; however, if you need a hard copy, please contact VSN Leadership / Events CMTE 

  • The RUCK will start immediately following the Opening Ceremony at 10am with a delayed start for everyone else. There’s been some trail system changes. Erick’s picking up the city permit and insurance.

  • The VSAP Training Group has started ~ Erick and crew will meet anyone interested in joining them at the event site every Saturday 2pm until the event (Bella Vista Pavilion, Fort Missoula Regional Park).   

  • We’ll have a silent auction and 50/50 again, and we will have better fencing / set up area for silent auction.

  • Susannah Cragwick, Teacher of English as a 2nd Language / Translator / Interpreter, will be there and available to sing the National Anthem again (if needed). Her dad served in the National Guard and both of her grandfathers were WWII Veterans.

  • On 12/23/19 Tate, Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History said, “Would be pleased, weather permitting, to schedule Civil War camp and reenactors on our front lawn May 2”

  • At the 9/20/19 PEC event, Rick from the Montana Army National Guard Recruiting offered to bring the large Army tents & tanks to display at RMMMH

​​Questions - VSN Leadership & Events CMTE:

*** BBQ / H@H Event Logistics - contact Anton, Missoula Vet Center, Xsports4Vets & VFW Commander, (406) 721-4918 or (406) 396-8390, Anton.Johnson@va.gov

*** VSAP Coordinator - contact Erick, Missoula Vet Center & American Legion Post 27, (406) 721-4918, Erick.Kahila@va.gov; OR, Mobile (406) 224-3334, kahilaem@gmail.com

*** Veteran Service Providers - RSVP to Shannon, Job Service DVOP  snoble@mt.gov

*** Media & Silent Auction Donors - contact Rebecca, VSN Spokesperson, Missoula Housing Authority, (406) 549-4113, ext. 106, rstancil@missoulahousing.org

*** Missoula Aging Services Senior Corps Program - RSVP Volunteers - contact Judy, (406) 728-7682, jdouglas@missoulaagingservices.org

​​​*** DONORS for the BBQ & Silent Auction may utilize the UVC Heroes at Home BBQ Account: EIN# 81-6016498  - questions: John, American Legion Post 27 Commander & United Veterans Council of Missoula & Ravalli Counties - Treasurer, (406) 544-2583, johnsangwin@hotmail.com

Event Commander / "The GATEKEEPER!" at the Event: Tom Curran, currant1973@gmail.com

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(If you’re business / organization is not listed, please let us know. Our 2019 event included an Easter egg hunt so we were seeking a lot of gift cards for the eggs; however, for the 2020 event, we'll be more interested in BBQ donations / food, condiments, etc., media / marketing help, cash donations &  Silent Auction items)

·         2M Company via Laurie @Job Service (16 oz. Stainless Steel Tumblers (x6)  

·         AARP Montana ($1K BBQ Sponsor and VSP)

·         Advanced Therapeutic Massage Clinic (2 Gift Certs for 1 Hour Massages)

·         Albertson’s – South Hills (In kind: 500 hot dog buns + hamburger buns)

·         Albertson’s – Trempers (In kind: lettuce, tomato, onions)

·         American Legion Auxiliary Unit 27 (Plastic eggs + book, “Farmer Dale’s Red Pickup Truck” w/animals)

·         American Legion Post 27 (Food Area + AL Train + 2 Etch a Sketch)

·         AM Scott, Author (Gift Basket, Sci Books 1-4)

·         Anonymous (EOTECH XPS2-0 Holographic Weapons Sight)

·         Baskin Robbins (Vendor Donates % of Profits)

·         Buffalo Wild Wings (4 Gift Certs, $10 each + BBQ Sauces

·         Cheerful Quilts (3 Baby Quilts from Maria Tavy Umhey

·         Cherry Creek Radio (Air Time)

·         Christina Bailey, Veteran (500 Easter Eggs filled w/toys & stickers)

·         Competitive Timing (VSAP)

·         Costco (Chips, cookies, 10 cases water, VSAP Race Bag Swag, 3 LG Bags of Candy, 2 Easter Baskets)

·         Cracker Barrel ($40 Gift Card, “Dinner for 2”)

·         D.A. Davidson ($50 BBQ Donation)

·         Fuddruckers ($25 Gift Card)

·         Home Depot (Air Compressor)

·         Home Resource (Bird House)

·         Humana / MarketPoint (500 race bags + VSP - Veteran health plan options outside of the VA)

·         Jerry’s Transmissions (1 Transmission or Transfer Case Service)

·         Job Service – Laurie (2M above) and Job Service – DVOP (Eggs, Candy, Prize Booth, 4 Easter Baskets + Monte’s Basket)

·         Les Schwab (Emergency Road Side Kit)

·         Marchesano (US Army Retired) ~ “War Torn” (Rat Fink Custom Chopper, 124 CI, 150 HP – Display)

·         Military-Civilian (Marketing on their website)

·         Missoula Aging Services Senior Companion Coordinator (Race bag swag) & Sr. Corps (RSVP Volunteers)

·         Missoula Bone & Joint (VSAP Sponsor)

·         Missoula Federal Credit Union (BBQ Donor, “Check in the mail” – didn’t make it on program)

·         Missoula Rural Fire Department (Fire Truck)

·         Missoula Vet Center (VSAP Sponsor)

·         Montana ACE (Jumbo Joe 18" Black Charcoal Grill + BBQ Supplies + VSAP Sponsor / Gun Safes at Cost)

·         Montana Central Insurance (2 Cakes + 2 Signed Books by Author Barb Jenkins, “Burying Jane Doe”)

·         Montana Youth Challenge Academy (10 – 15 Volunteers)

·         Murdoch’s (2 Gift Certs)

·         Orange Street Food Farm (Salads)

·         Papa Murphy’s Take n’ Bake (12 FREE Pizzas)

·         Patty Plesure (Red, White & Blue Quilt)

·         PEAK Health & Wellness (1 Mo. Membership + Bag of Goodies + The SPA)

·         Pepsi-Cola of Missoula (Pop & Water)

·         Project Tomorrow Montana (Water table + Out of the Darkness / Race Bag Swag)

·         Ranch Club, The (3 Players, 18 Holes)

·         Ruby’s Café (Gift Cert)

·         Run Wild Missoula (VSAP Sponsor / equipment)

·         Senta Sandberg Montana Artist (Painting)

·         Simkins-Hallin Lumber (VSAP Sponsor)

·         Sportsman’s Warehouse (Gift Certs X10 + 75 Coupons for $10 & $30 OFF ~ VSAP Race Bag Swag)

·         Stacked Stone Photography (Photographer)

·         Starbuck’s (6 Cold Cups)

·         Target (Gift Certs X2)

·         TopHouse (Band)

·         Town Square Media (Air time + Live on FB - Newstalk KGVO)

·         UM Department of Social Work (Videographer + Volunteers)

·         UM Golf Course (2 Rounds of Golf)

·         Uptown Optical (VSAP Sponsor)

·         USPS National Association of Letter Carriers (VSAP Sponsor)

·         VFW Post 209 (BBQ & VSAP Sponsor)

·         Wendy Hoiness (Quilt)

·         Westside Lanes ($50 Gift Card)

·         XSports4Vets (Pavilion Donor & VSAP Sponsor)

·         Veteran Service Providers (VSP) – 2019 event: AARP Montana; Advanced Therapeutic Massage Clinic (Cindy Clippinger, LMT); Alcoholics Anonymous (District 81); American Legion Auxiliary (Unit 27); American Legion Post 27; Animal Human Connection / Artichoke Press (Veteran Owned Business); Bulls Eye Wear ~ Eyecare / eyewear for VA eligible Veterans “VA Care-In-The-Community” (Veteran Owned Business); Dogs on Deployment; Family Assistance Center (FAC) / MTARNG Family Programs; Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP) at Red Willow Learning Center, Inc.; International Association of Workforce Professionals (IAWP); Keller Williams (Homes for Heroes + VSAP water table); Missoula Aging Services Senior Companion Coordinator & Sr. Corps; Missoula Housing Authority; Missoula Veterans Court; Mobile Vet Center; Montana Army National Guard Suicide Prevention Program Manager; Montana Fair Housing; Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA); Project Tomorrow Montana / Out of the Darkness (+ VSAP Water Table); REBOOT Combat Recovery; UM VETS Office; United After Duty; United States of Hope, “VETtogether” (+ Susannah, National Anthem); VA Veterans Experience Office; Veteran Directed Care (VDC) at Missoula Aging Services; Veteran Housing Options (Housing Montana Heroes & Valor House); Veterans Upward Bound; VFW Auxiliary; VFW Post 209 (VSP, Medical Tent + Beer Garden); Volunteers of America; Walmart Supercenter; XSports4Vets; And, the The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula had their Exhibit open “No enemy movement observed,”Vietnam War through the eyes of a Frenchtown Marine, and the Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History did a Civil War Reenactment.


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Sponsor ~ Heroes at Home BBQ