Veteran Networking, Recreation & Support
Everyone Can Make a Difference
American Legion Posts - JOIN US: https://mylegion.org/PersonifyEbusiness/Membership/Join
If you have served active duty in the United States Armed Forces and have been honorably discharged or are still serving - you are eligible for membership!
American Legion Auxiliary of Montana: https://mtlegion.org/DeptofMTAux.html
District 5 (ALA President) – Tori Nobles, (406) 363-0467, C (406) 961-3570, firstname.lastname@example.org
BUTTE: Dave Haulman - Butte Legion Post 1 (406) 491-1709, email@example.com
Corvallis: Post 91 & Legion Riders ~ Anyone can come and join us. We are accepting new members so please come check us out; Questions: Don Goodnight, Corvallis Legion Riders President, (406) 360-5275
DILLON: Beaverhead Post No 20 The American Legion, 437 East Glendale St., Dillon, MT 59725; (406) 683-5305
FLORENCE: American Legion of Montana District 5, (406) 274-4589
LOLO: Chief Joseph Post 135 ~ Come find out about our organization and all that we do for Veterans and our community. Questions: Commander, Alex Vogel, firstname.lastname@example.org OR JOIN: email@example.com; http://chiefjosephpost.org/
KALISPELL: Post 137, 351 4th Ave EN, Kalispell http://www.americanlegionkalispell.com/
MISSOULA: Post 27, 825 Ronan St., Missoula - Office Open TuTh afternoons (Member meetings 3rd Thursday @ 6:30pm). Questions / RENT SPACE: (406) 543-7391, firstname.lastname@example.org; Flags that need retired may be dropped off at Missoula Textile, VFW, and/or American Legion (Missoula Textile will also repair and clean American flags for anyone, free of charge, throughout the year).
MISSOULA: Post 68 - Meetings 3rd Tuesday @ 6:30pm (Contact Larry (406) 370-5450); American Legion Riders Chapter 68 - Legacy Run: http://www.legion.org/riders/legacyrun; Rolling Thunder: http://www.alrrollingthunder.com/ (Contact Earnest (406) 370-3879); Or, leave a message on the FB page: https://www.facebook.com/ALRChapter68MissoulaMT/
PARADISE: Post 129, 450 Railroad, Paradise (406) 826-3191, email@example.com
PLAINS: Montana Peer Support Specialist - Rick Williamson, MSW - SFC US Army Retired (72-92) (406) 540-3537, firstname.lastname@example.org
RONAN: Post 138 ~ Veterans & Community, North Crow Club House, 44027 N. Foothills Dr., Ronan. Rent the club house (406) 210-2607
STEVENSVILLE: Fort Owen Post 94, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd., Stevensville; Chuck – Stevensville AL Post 94 Commander (253) 380-7016; Adjutant (406) 369-3276; Don - Chapter President, (406) 360-5275, email@example.com; Auxiliary Questions: Cheryl, (406) 531-4132
ST. REGIS: Post 13, 53 Mill Creek RD - Scott Burrows, Adjutant (406) 649-4833, firstname.lastname@example.org; (406) 280-0249, email@example.com OR Mary Jo Berry (406) 822-4800. Learn more: https://americanlegionmt13.org/
Women Veterans of MT American Legion: Cheryl Kester Hanson, President - American Legion Auxiliary Unit 135, (701) 260-2833, firstname.lastname@example.org
American Red Cross ~ Service to the Armed Forces: https://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer/service-to-the-armed-forces.html
ARC teams provided services and support to 1,194 military families. Red Cross is also the “Communication Arm of the Military” –Reconnection Workshops: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/military-families/deployment-services/register-reconnection-workshops Questions: Sara, 406-750-9939, email@example.com
Association of Defense Communities: https://defensecommunities.org/
Representing every major defense community and state in the country, 300+ member organization dedicated to advancing issues that build strong communities and strengthen the ability for service members to defend our nation. Matt - Executive Director and fellow Montanan (202) 822-5256, firstname.lastname@example.org
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers ~ Armed Forces Initiative: https://www.backcountryhunters.org/armed_forces
Armed Forces Initiative strives to ensure Veterans & those actively serving continue to take active roles as public land owners while providing a constructive outlet for current or transitioning service members to continue selfless service and enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded individuals (406) 926-1908, email@example.com
We engage our membership in meaningful projects under our motto: “God, Home and Country”
Contact: Nancy Schmitz, Ed.D., Registrar, Bitter Root Chapter NSDAR, Cell 808-987-2114, firstname.lastname@example.org
Blackfoot Communications: https://www.blackfoot.com/
Bottled water is always available but support in other ways may help your event. Debbie - PR Director (donations, sponsorships), email@example.com OR Chris - Public Affairs Manager, Blackfoot Communications, 1221 North Russell St., Missoula 406.541.5877, M: 406.880.9528, CLaslovich@blackfoot.com
Camp Patriot: https://camppatriot.org/
Outdoor adventures for Veterans located in NW Montana (Libby/Yaak area). Access to fishing, boating, swimming, mountain biking, ATV’s, hiking, and much more. Xsports4Vets in Missoula is also a POC to organize events up there.
Questions: Micah – ED & Founder, firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Ponderosa ~ Veterans Retreat in Seeley/Swan Valley
Need a camping spot? HWY 83 Mile Marker 59. Call (406) 754-2552 to reserve & follow their FB: https://www.facebook.com/NW-MT-Veterans-Camp-Ponderosa-104535412373343
POC: Cinnamon Davis-Hall - Community Outreach Specialist, NW MT Veterans Food Pantry & Stand Down (406) 250-2394, email@example.com
Civil Air Patrol (CAP): http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/
CAP has evolved into a premier public service organization that still carries out emergency service missions when needed. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CAPMSLA; Missoula: Captain James W. Meixner (406) 550-2171, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Corvallis Post Color Guard – Ravalli Republic Honor Guard. Contact Martyn Reiss (406) 360-0640.
Montana Army National Guard Color Guard / Military Funeral Honors (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
CPA ~ Veteran Volunteer
Mr. Fanguy is a retired CPA and a Veteran (willing to help other Veterans w/their taxes, etc.). His wife is a retired Teacher that could help with reading and writing. Contact CY Fanguy (777) 356-2334
Crosspoint Community Church: http://www.crosspointmt.com/
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. 7500 Mullan Rd., Missoula (406) 728-4910, email@example.com
Downrange Warriors ~ WY (Open to MT Veterans): http://www.downrangewarriors.org/
Leading Veterans to victory over PTS through Reboot Combat Recovery & Got Your Six (307) 578-8484 or (763) 267-4542, firstname.lastname@example.org
DREAM Adaptive Recreation, Inc. ~ Whitefish: https://www.dreamadaptive.org/
Military Program: FREE of Charge! We welcome Members of the Armed Forces and Veterans with a disability to participate in ANY of our adaptive programs, equipment available.
Military Programs - Summer: https://www.dreamadaptive.org/portfolio/military-summer-programs/
Military Programs – Winter: https://www.dreamadaptive.org/portfolio/military-winter-programs/
Contact: (406) 862-1817, info@DreamAdaptive.org
Elks ~ Benevolent & Protective Order of the Elks (BPOE): https://www.elks.org/
Serving since 1897 ~ America’s Original Social Network! Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, meet the needs of Veterans, and improve quality of life.
Bitterroot Valley: Lodge 1651, 203 State St., Hamilton (406) 363-3031 OR Rick, email@example.com
Missoula "Hell Gate" Elks Lodge 383 - Member meetings 2nd Wednesday 6:30pm (members lounge opens at 5pm). Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elkslodge383 Dave – PER (406) 549-0542, firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions: Brandy - State Elks Veterans Service Chair, email@example.com OR Veteran Services: firstname.lastname@example.org
ESPORTS & GAMING for Veterans
REGIMENT Gaming: https://regiment.gg/
Video Games (VA News): https://news.va.gov/116797/video-games-relieve-stress-foster-fun-veterans/
Warrior GMR: https://warriorgmrfoundation.org/
WWP - Gaming (VA Blog): https://news.va.gov/120841/wounded-warrior-project-gaming-loneliness/
First Hunt Foundation: http://firsthuntfoundation.org/
Keeping the hunting heritage alive in America by providing a mentor based hunting experience. Looking for Vets who are experienced hunters needing a new mission in life. Richard - Director, Connecting Heroes & Hunters, email@example.com
Fish Montana: https://www.fish-montana.com/
We take Veterans fishing all around Montana to help them anyway we can because we owe it to them. We strive to create an unforgettable experience where you can fish, learn, and grow, firstname.lastname@example.org
Florence Civic Club ~ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/florencecivicclub
They honor Veterans by hanging banners on the lamp poles along the bicycle path on HWY 93 every November! (406) 529-4863, email@example.com
Historian HC-7 ~ Naval Aviation Museum: https://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/
Ron donated his 20 year history collection to the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola, FL. Ron Milam “Lil Ron” Historian HC-7, ADJ-3.8, Det 108 & 113 (69-70), firstname.lastname@example.org
Homeward for Heroes (H4H) ~ Kalispell: https://www.homewardforheroes.org/
Operation Disconnect to Reconnect! 3 – 10 day “TREKS” for Veterans, law enforcement, firefighters & first responders (and spouses). 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to giving back to those who have given so much to serve.
Contact: Dan or Laura Reese, (406) 471-0513, email@example.com
HUNTING ~ Warrior Team Hunt (VIDEO): https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=226835949086227&ref=search
Join their 117 Warrior Alumni and 30 partner ranches in MT! Sam (406) 218-1696, firstname.lastname@example.org
Impact Montana: http://impactmontana.org/
Helping Montana’s Service Members, Veterans, and Families Thrive (SMVF) Physical Wellness Coordinator – Chantelle Russell (406) 461-5487, email@example.com OR Ryan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA): https://iava.org/membership/#join
IAVA is dedicated to the newest generation of Veterans. Our mission is to improve the lives of 2.4 million Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and their families, email@example.com or MSG their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/IAVA.org/
Kayak Lessons ~ FREE for Veterans & Spouses (Kalispell)
Whitewater Kayak Lessons – learn kayaking skills. Maximum of 3 families per sessions. 3 lessons per session, 1 pool, 2 lake / river. All equipment provided. Travis Schule (406) 871-3591
Malmstrom AFB ~ Heads UP!: https://341fss.com/recreation/
Outdoor Recreation (406) 731-3263; Arts & Crafts (406) 731-4700; Auto Lobby (406) 731-3777, MalmstromArtsNCrafts@gmail.com
Marine Corps League (MCL): https://montanamcl.org/
Toys for Tots ~ Christmas toy collection and distribution to children in need in Missoula & Ravalli Counties: https://www.facebook.com/ToysForTotsMissoula/; +1 406-544-9021, firstname.lastname@example.org
Military and Family Readiness Coordinator ~ Yellow Ribbon Events: https://www.yellowribbon.mil/event-listing Montana Army National Guard FAC (406) 324-5121 OR Kristen Monroy - Soldier and Family Readiness Specialist (406) 465-8455, email@example.com
Mineral County ~ VSN Liaison: Monte - Veteran & Hagadone Montana Publishing (406) 370-4335, firstname.lastname@example.org
Missoula Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & KICKBOXING: https://mslabjj.com/
Brad's willing to help you learn one step at a time and train with complete confidence 2 – 3 days per week (for 13yrs old and up). Get your first kickboxing session for FREE: https://app.gohighlevel.com/v2/preview/lNWXsVKdgrrEp7NUoJla?notrack=true&upID=2108290; Questions: Bradley Lehuta - Vet Owner 2301 Palmer St Unit 12, Missoula (406) 686-6255, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Missoula Community Radio: http://1015kfgm.org/
The friendly MCAT staff will teach you how to use the equipment at the library and provide you with a script to record your demo. Once approved, you can secure a slot on the airwaves! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/missoulacommunityradio; Questions: (406) 542-6228, email@example.com
Missoula Ministerial Association (MMA) & Veteran Ministries: https://www.fccmissoula.org/ministry
Rev. Paul Armstrong is MMA Secretary, Montana State Chaplain to The Chapel of Four Chaplains (Trustee); American Legion District 5 & Post 27 Chaplain; and Fraternal Order of the Eagles Chaplain (Aerie #32). 2701 S. Russell, Missoula (406) 549-7221, firstname.lastname@example.org; Rev Armstrong (406) 543-1810, email@example.com
Montana DPHHS ~ Faith and Community Services Program: https://dphhs.mt.gov/faithandcommunity/
Spiritual, financial, emotional, physical, social, occupational, environmental, and intellectual support.
Questions: Tracy Moseman (406) 202-9465, firstname.lastname@example.org
Montana Repertory Theatre ~ UM College of the Arts & Media: https://montanarep.com/
ReEntry is a docudrama drawn from over 100 interviews with service members & families. Michael - Artistic Director (406) 243-5288, Michael.Legg@mso.umt.edu OR Montana Repertory Theatre (406) 243-6809, MontanaRep.org
Montana Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife: http://www.mt-sfw.org/
Mission to preserve, protect and enhance Montana's hunting, fishing and trapping rights while protecting Montana's rural heritage. JR – USAF Veteran (406) 546-9873, email@example.com OR MTSFW, firstname.lastname@example.org
Montana Veterans Association (MVA) & Warrior Team Hunts: https://www.facebook.com/MontanaVeteransAssociation/
MVA is a non-partisan organization that advocates for the freedom, security and prosperity with Montana Veterans.
WTHP is the strongest and fastest growing Mil/Veterans and Youth program for Outdoor Adventure Hunting in Montana (Buddy team hunts, training, disabled Veterans opportunities in MT, WY, GA, AK & MI). We have 5 camps this year and over 170 Warriors and family members in our program. POC: Samuel Redfern (406) 218-1696, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Montana Vet Program (MVP) ~ Eagle Mount, Great Falls: https://www.eaglemount.net/
We take Veterans into the back country! Veteran Led Therapueutic Adventure Trips (VLTAT). "Suffer Well"
Follow MVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MVP406 (406) 788-6072 / MVP (406) 868-7850, email@example.com
Montana Warriors on the Water: https://www.montanawarriorsonthewater.com/
We take Veterans on fishing and hunting trips (Missoula & Ravalli Counties) Colin, (315) 405-2020, firstname.lastname@example.org
NAMI Connection Support Groups & HOMEFRONT: https://namimissoula.org/
For adults living with a mental health condition. These groups offer respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope. NAMI Homefront: https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/Mental-Health-Education/NAMI-Homefront; FREE, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and Veterans with mental health conditions. NAMI Missoula (406) 880-1013, email@example.com
National Park Service
Lifetime Access Pass ~ FREE for Disabled Veterans. VA blog: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/60590/disabled-veterans-eligible-free-national-park-service-lifetime-access-pass/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=VAntage
Veterans and Gold Star Families, who've lost loved ones in the line of service to this country, receive free access to the park service's 423 sites around the country.
Navy SEAL Foundation (NSF): https://www.navysealfoundation.org/
Provides critical support for Veterans, and families of Naval Special Warfare (NSW) (757) 363-7490, firstname.lastname@example.org
Operation Veteran Strong: https://www.operationveteranstrong.org/
Patriot Guard Riders of Montana: pgom.org
The Patriot Guard of Montana is a diverse amalgamation of riders from across the nation. We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security. Lewis, email@example.com OR Western District - Jeff (406) 239-0982, firstname.lastname@example.org
PGA Military Golf Program ~ PGA HOPE: https://www.pgareach.org/services/military
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. 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). Madison – PR, email@example.com OR Missoula Country Club Instructor - Chris, firstname.lastname@example.org
Philipsburg Theatre: philipsburgtheatre.org
Offers discounts for Veterans! (406) 859-0013, email@example.com
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. ~ Wise River: https://projecthealingwaters.org/freedomranchforheroes/
Freedom Ranch For Heroes hosts military heroes who have served our country, as well as young heroes who are fighting disease (866) 251-7252, firstname.lastname@example.org OR Rachel, Freedom Ranch for Heroes, Trip Host: (406) 925-1104, email@example.com
*** NEW Chapter in the Bitterroot ~ teaching fly tying. Registration Form (Select Rocky Mountain Northwest and then Hamilton): https://www.tfaforms.com/4653180; Scott (406) 880-1149, firstname.lastname@example.org
Quilts of Valor: https://www.qovf.org/
Cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. Thousands of quilters all over the US work daily to create quilts to cover warriors from all conflicts. REQUEST FORM: https://www.qovf.org/request-qov/request-qov-form/; Quilts of Valor® Foundation, info@QOVF.org
RallyPoint ~ Military Social Network: https://www.rallypoint.com/
Current and former members of the US military gather to discuss military life, share information, and exchange stories. Montana VSP on the VetXL Q&A - RallyPoint: https://www.rallypoint.com/answers/montana-veterans-do-you-have-benefits-questions-need-peer-support-ask-your-question-now; Questions: email@example.com
REAch Program ~ Post 9/11 Combat Transition: https://reainc.org/toolbox-sign-up/
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 (877) 570-2975 or (336) 227-0000, firstname.lastname@example.org
REBOOT Combat Recovery: https://rebootrecovery.com/howtohelp
REBOOT ALLIES are on the front lines of our mission, responding to the needs of veterans and first responders in their own communities. REBOOT Montana Leader (406) 438-6319, email@example.com
“Silent Warriors: Submarine Warfare in the Pacific” (Novel for Naval History Buffs): www.genemasters.net
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 (1941-1945). Gene Masters, firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Forces Association (SFA) ~ Devils Brigade Chapter 28 Montana ~ Huson: http://www.sfa28.org/
Members and Sponsors serve through education, training, and support for all members of Army Special Forces. Questions: Bill - President (406) 461-7485, email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org OR Bob - Army Colonel (Retired), Treasurer, 25685 Nine Mile Rd, Huson (406) 626.4687 / C 240.7368, email@example.com
Switchback Records: https://www.facebook.com/switchbackrcrds
Student Veterans, contact us to get involved & support local music and students in Missoula! We plan to host over 20 shows between the VFW, the UM Flat, etc. +1 406-471-4798, firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Fastrax: http://www.teamfastrax.com
Professional Parachute Demonstration Team ~ We are America's Skydiving Team
Questions: (513) 422-5867, email@example.com
Team Red, White & Blue (RWB)
JOIN - it's FREE: teamrwb.org/join/
Team Rubicon: http://www.teamrubiconusa.org/
Team Rubicon is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that utilizes the skills and experiences of military Veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. TR also offers in person and remote trainings, local service projects, professional / personal development opportunities, fire and flood mitigation work, disaster preparedness, and the occasional social to build camaraderie with other like minded individuals.
The Clay Hunt Fellows Program (six-month Base Camp curriculum focused on emotional intelligence through strengths finders discovery, self-awareness exploration and personal assessments, focused cohort discussions, reading, and guided self-reflection assignments): https://teamrubiconusa.org/clay-hunt-fellowship/
TR Montana public group page - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/178204389218402/
TR is collecting the availability of Greyshirts to create an Assignable Reserve of Greyshirts willing to deploy on operations in their local area.
THERE ARE 2 STEPS - In order to be good to go, WE NEED YOU TO DO BOTH:
1. Add the types of deployment opportunities you would be willing to serve in: https://rollcall.teamrubiconusa.org/profile/deployment-preferences/ (Add each capability one by one. Be patient & thorough)
2. Add the dates you are available to serve: https://rollcall-events.teamrubiconusa.org/resourceavailability [rollcall-events.teamrubiconusa.org]
Once you're done, standby for us to notify you about specific opportunities to deploy.
Questions: Anne Marie Scott, TR Region VIII Admin (406) 381-9383, firstname.lastname@example.org
OR Mahlon "Paul" Manson (406) 544-2965, email@example.com
Rick serves in Utah, Idaho, Montana, and the Dakota's. "We are always looking to connect and collaborate with our state Veteran programs. I was in the Navy, Army, and Army National Guard before retiring in 2015." Rick Sego - Associate, Operations (515) 745-2577, firstname.lastname@example.org
Three Rangers Foundation: https://www.threerangersfoundation.org/
The Foundation directly supports active duty and former Rangers, their families, and Ranger Gold Star Families from the US Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment.
2020 VIRTUAL MOG MILE WOD https://www.threerangersfoundation.org/virtual-mog-mile
Together We Served (TWS): https://www.togetherweserved.com/
Online community connecting and honoring every American who has worn the uniform of the United States military.
Questions: 1-888-398-3262, email@example.com
Underwater Soldiers: https://www.underwatersoldiers.org/
Join other Veterans on a new adventure while experiencing comradery, excitement, and healing while having some fun. Come experience the Mental and Physical benefits that SCUBA diving can offer. FREE and open to all Veterans, every other week at Flathead Scuba, 203 Business Center Loop, Ste A, Kalispell.
Questions: Charles Williams (406) 260-1526, firstname.lastname@example.org
Upper Canyon Outfitters ~ Alder: https://ucomontana.com/
6 Tate's Upper Canyon Loop, Alder
Located in the heart of the Upper Ruby Valley, at the foot of the Greenhorn, Gravelly and Snowcrest Mountains. Also known as the “Tate Ranch” which was homesteaded by our Grandparents Peck and Mary Tate in 1910. We offer guided / unguided hunting (Elk, mule deer, whitetail, and antelope), fly fishing trips, horseback riding, hiking / history tours, or a summer vacation at a premier guest ranch in Southwest Montana.
Questions: Jake and Donna McDonald, Owners, (406) 842-5884, email@example.com
U.S. Military Campgrounds & RV Parks: https://www.militarycampgrounds.us/
Use of MWR facilities (includes campgrounds) is primarily for Active Duty, National Guard, Reservists, Retired Military, 0-100% DAV, Purple Heart Recipients, Former POW, Veteran Caregivers, and DoD civilians.
Questions: Larry Farquhar, U.S. Air Force Veteran, Larryf@militarycampgrounds.us
US Senators (Montana) ~ Veterans Casework Liaisons
Senator Daines: Sharon encourages all Veterans to contact her w/ issues as that’s how Senator Daines initiates a lot of legislation to help Veterans! Sharon Parks-Banda, Veterans Casework Liaison - Missoula (406) 549-8198, Sharon_Parks-Banda@daines.senate.gov
Senator Tester: Kate Hahn - Veterans Liaison, 130 West Front St, Missoula, MT 59802, 406-728-3003, Kate_Hahn@tester.senate.gov
OR Shibu Arens - Regional Director (406) 885-3787, firstname.lastname@example.org
US VET Connect Inc.: https://www.usvetconnect.com/
Veterans Outdoors Resource Hub ~ outdoor adventures and service dog providers all over the United States!
Questions: Theresa Walters – CEO / Founder & Navy Vet, email@example.com
Valor Worldwide: https://www.ourmilitary.com/
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 National Cemetery Administration (NCA) ~ Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM): https://www.vlm.cem.va.gov/
VLM is an online memorial space managed by the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) ~ Manages more than 140 national cemeteries as shrine spaces to honor our Nation's Veterans. 3.7 million Veterans are interred in those cemeteries to this digital memorial space by providing a VLM profile page for each Veteran. Questions: Danny Devine, VA NCA Office of Engagement and Memorial Innovations, email@example.com
VA Veteran's Canteen Service (VCS): https://www.vacanteen.va.gov/
VA Veterans Experience Office:
National Veterans Intermediary (NVI) “PsychArmor school, Communities Serving Veterans."
VET2VET & "Veteran X ~ Veterans Empowering Veterans"
PTS Outreach ~ 24 hour hotline open for Veterans and military personnel.
Vet2Vet groups may be arranged by visiting the CBOC outpatient desk, 3885 W. Broadway, Missoula (406) 829-5400 OR Patient Advocate 406-493-3800 or 493-3784. If you are a Veteran or you know someone who has trouble with memories and experiences of war, please call 1-877-VET-2-VET (1-877-838-2838).
“Veteran X ~ Veterans Empowering Veterans” which is a Veteran Led Group at the CBOC (VA Clinic, 3885 W. Broadway, Missoula) every Tuesday 4 – 5pm. Veterans share needs, stories, scenarios, etc. Please feel free to share w/ALL Veterans. Questions: Clayton – Peer Support Specialist (406) 417-8065, firstname.lastname@example.org
Veteran Art Connection ~ Share YOUR Art!: veteranartconnection.com
‘Art as therapy’ is a focus not on the disability, but on each Veteran’s possibility and potential. The Veteran artist receives 50% of the proceeds of each sale. Questions: https://veteranartconnection.com/contact/
Veterans Breakfast Club: http://www.veteransbreakfastclub.org/
VBC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to create communities of listening around Veterans and their stories to connect, educate, heal, and inspire. These events run the gamut of the Veteran experience, from WWII to the War on Terror (Zoom meetings every Monday at 5pm MST). Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/veteransbreakfastclub; Questions: Shaun Hall - Director of Programming, Veterans Breakfast Club (412) 623-9029, email@example.com
Veterans Canteen Service (VCS): ShopVCS.com
VCS is proud to offer Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare, their families and VA employees exclusive online shopping. “Submit a request”: https://support.shopvcs.com/hc/en-us/requests/new
Veterans Coalition of Northwest Montana (VCNWM): www.vcnwm.org
Members of the coalition have been actively 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7266, Kalispell, MT 59904 (406) 407-8423; Questions: Nan Wise (Spouse of Veteran), Executive Assistant, (406) 407-2153, email@example.com OR Jim Higgins (Veteran), (406) 291-0356, firstname.lastname@example.org
Veterans Community Response (VCR): https://www.vetcomres.org/
Non-profit organization composed of firefighters, Veterans and therapists working diligently to support combat Veterans in their post war readjustment process. (509) 730-9413, email@example.com
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW): https://www.vfw.org/join
The VFW offers a wide range of assistance programs aimed at helping Veterans of every generation. Whether that means providing free, professional help filing or appealing a VA claim, offering scholarships for post-secondary education, or providing emergency financial relief when times get tough, the VFW is there for you.
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Active-duty military and Veterans with an honorable discharge are rendered last honors when they die. In Missoula, the local VFW Post 209 Honor Guard does the three-volley salute; however, you do NOT have to be a member of the VFW to be on the Honor Guard and you can pick which funerals fit your schedule. Providing the three-volley salute is an all-volunteer effort; however, the VFW Post 209 will provide the M1 rifles, blanks, white dicky, patches, name tag, Garrison hat, white web belt / gloves, and jacket for winter months (You only need to have blue slacks, white shirt, and black shoes). Please help us honor fellow Veterans, service members, and their families. Contact Susan (719) 661-4037, firstname.lastname@example.org
DILLON ~ Bill Carroll VFW Post 9040, 400 Center Creek Rd (In care of Ralph McOsker, PO Box 4, Dillon 59725); Jodie Jolly (406) 925-3563, "She is an amazing resource for the Dillon area"
LIBBY ~ VFW Post 1548, 114 W. 2nd St. (406) 293-7316, email@example.com; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/libbymtvfw
KALISPELL: Glacier Park Post 2252, 330 1st Ave W., Kalispell (406) 752-2611, firstname.lastname@example.org
MISSOULA ~ Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St.: vfwpost209.org; Our VFW has Free Wifi! Commander: Member meetings 2nd Wednesday of Every Month, and 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! (406) 728-7749, email@example.com; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OleBeckVFWPost209
PHILIPSBURG VFW Post 8292, 14 Maxville Rd “Honoring Veterans, welcoming one and all.” https://www.facebook.com/VFWPOST8292 (406) 859-3657, firstname.lastname@example.org
RONAN ~ Bill Warren VFW Post 5652, 35981 Round Butte Rd, (406) 676-5652 or Glen Sharbono, email@example.com; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RonanVFW5652/
SUPERIOR ~ Lloyd Ridings Post 6238, Meetings 3rd Wednesday (7pm) 201 River St. (406) 595-1191 or (406) 822-4650, or Jim DeBree (406) 360-9046, firstname.lastname@example.org
Montana District 1 of VFW on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MTDistrict1
Veterans History Project (VHP): http://www.loc.gov/vets/
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.
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: https://www.facebook.com/VeteransHonorGuard/
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.
Contact: Glen Sharbono, firstname.lastname@example.org
Veterans Legacy Program: https://www.cem.va.gov/cem/legacy/
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. National Cemetery Administration: https://www.cem.va.gov/cem/history/
Fallen Heroes: https://www.abmceducation.org/understandingsacrifice/soldier
National History Day: https://www.nhd.org/
Veteran News Network: Television for Veterans, by Veterans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA3X-ZxMTfg
Accessible to everyone 24/7
VET TIX: https://www.vettix.org/
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. VA News 2023: https://news.va.gov/96328/experience-live-events-through-vet-tix-with-friends-and-family/
Questions - Message VET TIX on FB: https://www.facebook.com/pg/VetTix/
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) ~ Montana: https://www.vvamontana.org/
Bitterroot Chapter 938 ~ Veterans Helping Veterans! They welcome new members to join them on Friday mornings for breakfast (BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N 1st St, Hamilton, 7 – 8:30am). Or come to their monthly member meeting to join: First Wednesday of Every Month (Except Sept) at Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd St., Hamilton, 7pm. Learn more about the Vietnam Veterans of America - National: https://vva.org/; Questions: Al Sperry – VVA Bitterroot Chapter 938 (406) 381-7899, email@example.com; President Bill Beckman 381-4842 (PO Box 1391, Hamilton 59840); VP Walt Briggs 728-9155; Secretary Monica Ephrom 381-5587; Chaplain Brian Wrede 369-5813
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund: https://www.vvmf.org/
VVMF’s mission is to honor and preserve the legacy of service in America and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and era. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that founded The Wall in Washington, D.C. in 1982. Contact: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, (202) 393-0090, firstname.lastname@example.org
Virtual Hope Box is a multi-media coping skill app designed for individuals struggling with depression (particularly military service members).
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.t2.vhb&hl=en; APP Store preview: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/virtual-hope-box/id825099621
Warfighter Scuba: www.warfighterscuba.org
Nonprofit organization that offers scuba diving to Veterans that have been wounded in combat. APPLICATION: https://www.warfighterscuba.org/become-a-warfighter-diver/
Questions: (602) 399-7243, email@example.com OR 1-833-838-3483
Warrior Expeditions: https://warriorexpeditions.org/
Veterans can hike, bike, paddle across America! VA Blog 6/8/21: https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/89725/veterans-can-hike-bike-paddle-across-america-help-warrior-expeditions/; Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Warriors & Quiet Waters ~ Bozeman: https://warriorsandquietwaters.org/
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, 351 Evergreen Drive, Suite A, Bozeman, MT 59715, (406) 585-9793, email@example.com
Welcome Home, Inc. ~ Polson: https://welcomehomevet.net/
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Western Montana Military Officer’s Association: https://wmmoa.com/
A club that supports military officers in the western Montana mean age is probably 65-70.
We have between 25-30 people at our luncheons.
Open to all Active Duty, Reserve, Retired and Former members of the United States Military Services. Questions: Col Vanessa Berry – President (913) 240-1796, email@example.com OR Tom Ross, firstname.lastname@example.org
****** Women Veterans, XSports4Vets, and Yellow Ribbon BELOW *****
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP): https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs/wwp-registration
We have 2 Support Groups in this area: Our In-Person Peer Support Group is the first Wednesday of every month. We 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 MST.
Questions: Tina N. Waggener - Peer Support Group Leader & US Army Veteran (406) 471-2820, email@example.com
Wreaths Across America (WAA): ttps://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/
Did you know that 10 balsam bouquets make up each Veteran’s wreath, and each one has a meaning? 1. BELIEF in a greater good 2. LOVE for each other 3. STRENGTH, work ethic, and character 4. HONESTY & integrity 5. HUMILITY, selflessness & modesty 6. AMBITIONS & aspirations 7. OPTIMISM for America 8. CONCERN for the future 9. PRIDE in duties 10. HOPES & DREAMS that didn’t always come true, but left them with no regrets. National Wreaths Across America is in December ~ Remember, Honor and Teach by coordinating a wreath-laying ceremony!
Questions: Captain James W. Meixner - Civil Air Patrol (406) 550-2171, firstname.lastname@example.org
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